Beer – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:26:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.15 Hi-Wire Brewing to Expand Distribution to Memphis http://ashevilleblog.com/hi-wire-brewing-expand-distribution-memphis/ http://ashevilleblog.com/hi-wire-brewing-expand-distribution-memphis/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:26:11 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11838 Hi-Wire Brewing will be launching distribution into the entire city of Memphis, TN beginning Saturday, October 20 with roll-out events scheduled through October 23 throughout the city.

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Hi-Wire Brewing will be launching distribution into the entire city of Memphis, TN beginning Saturday, October 20 with roll-out events scheduled through October 23 throughout the city.

Hi-Wire will be launching Memphis with their entire portfolio, including year-round, seasonal, and specialty offerings. For distribution, Hi-Wire has partnered with Athens Distributing, a family-run company dedicated to building relationships and connecting with people throughout the community.

“East and Central Tennessee have been enjoying Hi-Wire beer for the past few years.” says co-owner Adam Charnack. “We’re excited that we’ve found such a great wholesaler in West Tennessee to bring our beer, fresh and cold, to the good people of Memphis, Jackson, and the rest of West Tennessee. And we think it’ll pair nicely with that melt-in-your-mouth BBQ they’re cooking up.”

Johnny Aaron, President of Athens Distributing of Memphis adds, “We are so proud to introduce Hi-Wire Brewing to the West Tennessee marketplace at the 2018 Cooper Young Beer Fest on October 20th.  When we first met Adam [Charnack, co-owner] and his team at Hi-Wire, we knew immediately their commitment to delivering the highest quality products at a terrific value to the craft beer lover. Their passion for this business shines through in the people they have working for them, and the beers they produce.”

To celebrate, craft beer drinkers alike will be able to join the owners and sales team of Hi-Wire Brewing at Cooper Young Beer Fest and a variety of tap takeovers, tastings, and other specialty events throughout the market launch. Here’s a sampling of the events. Check out Hi-Wire’s social media for more announcements:

Saturday, October 20

  • Cooper Young Beer Fest

Sunday, October 21

  • Loflin Yard, 3 – 6pm – Tap Takeover

Monday, October 22

  • Flying Saucer (Cordova location) Pint Night, 5 – 8pm – “Buy the pint, keep the glass”
  • Beer tasting at Buster’s Liquors & Wines, 4 – 6pm

Tuesday, October 23

  • Young Ave Deli – Quarters Competition, 6 – 8pm
  • Cash Saver Beer Tasting (Madison Ave), 7pm

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The 22nd Annual Brewgrass Festival Postponed Due to Hurricane Florence http://ashevilleblog.com/22nd-annual-brewgrass-festival-postponed-due-hurricane-florence/ http://ashevilleblog.com/22nd-annual-brewgrass-festival-postponed-due-hurricane-florence/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 13:18:36 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11791 The Annual Event is Rescheduled for October 27th, 2018 at the Salvage Station

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The Annual Event is Rescheduled for October 27th, 2018 at the Salvage Station

After several hours of deliberation, the producers of the 22nd annual Brewgrass Festival officially rescheduled the event due to the current forecast regarding Hurricane Florence. This decision — the result of consulting Asheville city officials and the ever changing weather reports — was made not only to ensure the safety of those potentially traveling to the event from out of town but also to give brewery partners in harm’s way the chance to focus on preparing for the approaching storm. Co-founder of the event Eddie Dewey, owner of Dewey Property Advisors, said that after 21 years of this festival, it is of utmost importance that safety take precedence in this situation.

“Brewgrass is the longest running beer festival in Western North Carolina. We love that once-a-year we get to come together and celebrate North Carolina’s ever growing beer scene. But it is difficult to think that we may be celebrating with beer and music while some of our brewery partners are in harm’s way. We have breweries in Charleston telling us they need to stay home and prepare. We also have breweries in Raleigh wondering if they are going to get a foot of rain or more. A category 4 hurricane that hits Wilmington is only two hours south of Raleigh. How do we ask these people to travel through that weather?  Even if Asheville is spared high winds and heavy rains, most of our state won’t be so lucky.”

Instead of canceling the event, the festival producers decided to reschedule Brewgrass for October 27th, 2018 at the Salvage Station along the French Broad River in Asheville. Although a smaller venue, the space will provide for a more intimate event. The event producers are in contact with the bands to determine if they are able to reschedule as well.

“We haven’t been able to confirm with all of the bands if they can join us for the new date,” said Dewey. “But we should know in the next day or two and a band who can’t join us will be replaced with another, similar act.”

On Tuesday, September 11th, an email will be sent out to those who already bought tickets and  media outlets will be alerted about the change in plans. Any ticket purchased for the 22nd annual Brewgrass on September 15th will automatically be transferred to the new date in October. Anyone unable to make the new October 27th date should reach out to the organization for a full refund. Brewgrass Festival apologies for any inconvenience this change in plans causes. For more information, please visit www.brewgrassfestival.com

 

About Brewgrass Festival

About Brewgrass Festival Founded in 1996, Brewgrass Festival is Asheville’s original craft beer event promoting local, regional, and national breweries while raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina. North Carolina is now home to over 100 breweries and brewpubs, and since those early days, Asheville, NC has formed a burgeoning beer scene — even reigning as “Beer City USA” four years in a row. Brewgrass Festival is proud to donate a portion of all proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina, a United Way Organization.

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Hi-Wire Brewing Announces New Year-Round Beer: Hop Circus Rotating IPA Series http://ashevilleblog.com/hi-wire-brewing-announces-new-year-round-beer-hop-circus-rotating-ipa-series/ http://ashevilleblog.com/hi-wire-brewing-announces-new-year-round-beer-hop-circus-rotating-ipa-series/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 13:31:54 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11802 Hi-Wire Brewing is pleased to introduce the Hop Circus IPA program, an experimental hop series exploring the endless spectrum of hop flavors and aromas, to their line-up of flagship beers, with the first release from the program hitting shelves in October 2018.

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Hi-Wire Brewing is pleased to introduce the Hop Circus IPA program, an experimental hop series exploring the endless spectrum of hop flavors and aromas, to their line-up of flagship beers, with the first release from the program hitting shelves in October 2018.

The Hop Circus IPA Series is an homage to Hi-Wire Brewing’s original launch of what is now their Speciality Program. Pushing the limits through hop exploration and creative ingredients, it is Hi-Wire Brewing’s goal to bring a new IPA to the market every three to four months. Each release from the Hop Circus IPA Series will feature different combinations of hops, fruit, or adjuncts, keeping the program fresh and interesting.

Co-owner Chris Frosaker notes “our best selling beer is Hi-Pitch Mosaic India Pale Ale, which is a traditional West-Coast Style IPA. We have also been having a blast with our Hazy&Juicy&Hoppy&Fresh series, which rotates some of our favorite hops in a Northeast IPA style. With the Hop Circus series, we get to meet in the middle by experimenting in the wide range of IPA styles, but keeping the beer at a more affordable price point.”

The first release from the Hop Circus IPA Series is a Tropical White IPA (6% ABV). Blending tropical sweet tart flavors from mango and pineapple, with dank white grape and citrus notes from Hallertau Blanc and Citra. A heavy-handed portion of flaked wheat rounds out the flavors in this bright and silky brew. Available in 6-pack 12oz cans and draft, this beer, and all releases from the Hop Circus IPA Series, will see full distribution in Hi-Wire Brewing’s entire footprint.

Hop Circus will be an addition to Hi-Wire Brewing’s current line-up of flagship beers including Hi-Wire Lager, Bed of Nails Brown, Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA, Lo-Pitch Juicy IPA, and Hi-Wire Gose. For more information on the full selection of beers from Hi-Wire Brewing visit their website at hiwirebrewing.com.

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Highland Brewing, Sovereign Remedies, and Biltmore Winery Announce Appalachian Beer and Wine Dinner http://ashevilleblog.com/highland-brewing-sovereign-remedies-biltmore-winery-announce-appalachian-beer-wine-dinner/ http://ashevilleblog.com/highland-brewing-sovereign-remedies-biltmore-winery-announce-appalachian-beer-wine-dinner/#respond Tue, 28 Aug 2018 21:08:27 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11769  

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Highland Brewing, Sovereign Remedies, and Biltmore Winery  Announce Appalachian Beer and Wine Dinner

Highland Brewing Company, Biltmore Winery, and Chef Graham House of Sovereign Remedies will be hosting Grapes, Grain, & Graham, a ticketed dinner event benefitting Manna FoodBank on Sunday, September 16th, 2018. The dinner will feature four Appalachian-inspired courses expertly paired with a Highland beer and a Biltmore wine.

This event is both an exhibit of Chef House’s dedication to local agriculture and foraged ingredients as well as an exploration of the relationship between beer and wine. Drawing upon the olfactory and taste sensations of Chef House’s creations, Highland Sensory Scientist Megan Rayfield and John Justice of Biltmore Winery have selected drink pairings that highlight different aspects of each dish. Rayfield, Justice, and Chef House will guide guests through the inspiration behind courses and how the food is complemented by both the wine and the beer.

 The partnership of Highland Brewing Company, Biltmore Winery, and Sovereign Remedies is one that is thoroughly rooted in Western North Carolina’s culture. Highland Brewing is the pioneer of Asheville’s nationally recognized craft beer industry. The Biltmore Winery, meanwhile, has developed from a small part of the Biltmore Estate to now being the country’s most visited winery. Finally, Sovereign Remedies represents Asheville’s now nationally recognized culinary scene. Having recently been invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York City, Chef House’s creations reflect a changing view of Appalachian cuisine and terroir.

A portion of each ticket sale will go to Manna FoodBank, an Asheville-based non-profit dedicated to ending hunger in Western North Carolina.

 

DETAILS

Sunday, September 16th at 5:00 PM

At the Highland Brewing Company, Asheville, NC

Dinner is limited to 100 guests

Tickets: $100, including tax & gratuity

Tickets are online at https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/6291151/grapesgrain-and-graham-asheville-highland-brewing-company

 

About Highland Brewing Company:

Highland Brewing was founded in 1994 by retired engineer and entrepreneur Oscar Wong, establishing it as the pioneer of Asheville, NC’s now booming craft beer industry. An annual production of around 46,000 barrels makes Highland the largest independent family-owned brewery born in the Southeast and it has the third largest solar array in an American craft brewery. The Asheville brewery is in a rehabilitated manufacturing facility on a hilltop, affording space for thousands of visitors to enjoy limited release beers, tours, and live music. Today, the company is led by Wong’s daughter, Leah Wong Ashburn, and has 50 full-time employees. For more information visit www.highlandbrewing.com. 

About Sovereign Remedies and Chef Graham House:

A native of the wooded land between Asheville and Brevard, North Carolina, Graham is no stranger to the botanical bounty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. His experience as an adolescent included exploring the countryside, collecting wild flowers, weeds, vegetables, and finding things that came straight from the earth. This fascinated him far more than hunting and fishing.  After attending the well-known AB Tech Program for culinary school, a family tragedy sent him to Atlanta, where he worked his first job in a high-end restaurant, Pricci.  There, he found himself constantly inspired by the chefs he worked with, but also reluctant to settle. This mindset sent him traveling to work for restaurants like Osteria Del Bouche in Lake Como, Italy; Rotisserie and Wine with Jeremy Fox, who would become a major influence in his career; and on to Redd in Yountville, California, and Prospect in San Francisco. Graham made his homecoming to Asheville to become the Executive Chef at Sovereign Remedies, where his commitment to working with local farmers and foragers continues to shape his style and constantly changing seasonal menu of local fare. http://www.sovereignremedies.com/ 

About Biltmore Winery:

Located in Asheville, N.C., Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt.  Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Biltmore Estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Among the many attractions on the estate is the nation’s most visited winery, started in 1985 in a converted dairy barn. In keeping with the Vanderbilt tradition of entertaining in style and embodying the agricultural legacy of its founder, Biltmore produces award-winning wines at the estate Winery in Asheville using fruit harvested from its own vineyard as well as from partners in N.C. and other premium growing regions including California and Washington. To learn more about Biltmore Wines, please visit www.BiltmoreWines.com.

About Manna Foodbank:

MANNA FoodBank is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Western North Carolina since 1983. As an accredited member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, the mission of MANNA FoodBank is to involve, educate, and unite people in the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina. MANNA serves over 200 community-based non-profit food assistance agencies in 16 Western North Carolina counties and distributed 18.2 million pounds of food in 2017/2018. For more information, visit MANNAFoodbank.org, or call 828-299-FOOD.

 

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Hi-Wire Brewing Announces 2nd Annual NC Small Batch Festival http://ashevilleblog.com/hi-wire-brewing-announces-2nd-annual-nc-small-batch-festival/ http://ashevilleblog.com/hi-wire-brewing-announces-2nd-annual-nc-small-batch-festival/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:28:15 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11490 Hi-Wire Brewing will be hosting their 2nd Annual NC Small Batch Festival on Saturday, March 10th from 1:00PM-5:00PM at their Big Top Production Facility and Taproom in Biltmore Village | 2 Huntsman Place.

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Hi-Wire Brewing will be hosting their 2nd Annual NC Small Batch Festival on Saturday, March 10th from 1:00PM-5:00PM at their Big Top Production Facility and Taproom in Biltmore Village | 2 Huntsman Place.

The festival will feature 21 North Carolina craft breweries that have brewed a small, one-off-batch, that can not be found in the market. No styles are off-limits as long as it is a one-off product. Hi-Wire’s Brewery Operations Manager, Ben Jutras, notes “this is one of (his) favorite festivals. It is a great opportunity to showcase North Carolina craft breweries and all of the talent we have in this state. We look forward to seeing what everyone came up with and share the craft with new and old friends alike.”

The awesome line-up of participating breweries includes Archetype Brewing Company, Birdsong Brewing, Boojum Brewing Co., Burial Beer Co., Catawba Brewing, Crank Arm Brewing, Free Range Brewing, Homeplace Beer Co., Innovation Brewing, Lexington Avenue Brewery, New Anthem Beer Project, Newgrass Brewing Co., Pisgah Brewing Company, Resident Culture Brewing, Steel String Brewery, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Thirsty Monk Brewery, Trophy Brewing Co., Wooden Robot, and Zillicoah Beer Company.

Guests can expect food from Foothills Local Meats, beats from local band The Chris Cooper Project, and delicious beer. Entry is $10 and includes two beer tokens and commemorative tasting glass. For more information visit our facebook page @Hi-Wire Brewing or website at www.hiwirebrewing.com.

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Sanctuary Brewing Company to Host Third Annual Vegan Chili Cookoff http://ashevilleblog.com/3rd-annual-vegan-chili-cookoff/ http://ashevilleblog.com/3rd-annual-vegan-chili-cookoff/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:44:25 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11501 Come Sunday, chili lovers from all over will be digging into bowls of deliciousness at Sanctuary Brewing Company, 147 1st Ave East in Hendersonville, NC. The popular brewery is hosting its Third Annual Vegan Chili Cookoff on Sunday, February 25th from 2 to 5 p.m., with music by the brotherly harmonic duo, Brother Bluebird.

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Come Sunday, chili lovers from all over will be digging into bowls of deliciousness at Sanctuary Brewing Company, 147 1st Ave East in Hendersonville, NC. The popular brewery is hosting its Third Annual Vegan Chili Cookoff on Sunday, February 25th from 2 to 5 p.m., with music by the brotherly harmonic duo, Brother Bluebird.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to enter the mouthwatering contest for a fee of $15. All entries must be completely free from animal products, but otherwise, anything goes! Each entrant needs to bring one full-sized crockpot of their scrumptious creation. Winners will receive a certificate and cast iron skillet, the perfect tool for the home chef. If you’re more of a foodie and less of a cook, you can taste all the chili you want for a fee of $15 for adults, $10 for kids (free under three).

“Our chili cookoff is one of my favorite events of the year,” says Sanctuary co-founder Lisa McDonald. “You’d be blown away by some of the incredible chefs we have in the area and the amazing chili they make – all animal free! Seriously, it’s not-to-be-missed for and anyone who loves great chili.”

Attendees can watch their chili selections down with a whole host of craft beer options from the signature, flavorful Hop Pig IPA to the refreshing Bobby Beer Jr. Kolsch. Sanctuary has 20 rotating taps featuring freshly brewed creations from light to malty to hoppy, plus a new wine menu and cider and non-alcoholic options.

The proceeds from the cookoff will benefit Sweet Bear Rescue Farm, the new 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by Sanctuary owners McDonald and Joe Dinan. The farm is home to 19 animals including best friends Ollie the pot-bellied pig and Charlotte the chicken; Maggie and Shadow, two newly adopted goats; George and Paul, turkeys rescued by Farm Sanctuary and who recently joined the fold, and numerous other furry/feathered inhabitants.

Sanctuary Brewing has raised thousands of dollars for charitable causes since its opening in 2015, offers free Sunday meals for anyone in need, and has a Kindness Wall outside the main entrance that’s always stocked with essentials for the local homeless population. Recently featured in Thrive and Our State magazines, Sanctuary has even garnered the attention of big names like comedian Ricky Gervais, ARCA racecar driver Leilani Munter, and filmmaker Kip Anderson (Cowspiracy, What the Health).

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Donna the Buffalo Performs at Loaded Up & Truckin at Oskar Blues Sat 4/14 http://ashevilleblog.com/donna-buffalo-performs-loaded-truckin-oskar-blues-sat-414/ http://ashevilleblog.com/donna-buffalo-performs-loaded-truckin-oskar-blues-sat-414/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:39:25 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11498 Donna the Buffalo is joining forces with legendary Producer/ Engineer Rob Fraboni to record their next album February 2018 at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, TX. It is one of the world's largest residential recording studios and is built around an 80-year-old hacienda and pecan orchard right along the border. The band recently visited Jam in the Van while in Los Angeles and recorded a video session of one of their new songs, “Swing That Thing.” Check it out at https://youtu.be/UEkcqzg-L88.

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Donna the Buffalo is joining forces with legendary Producer/ Engineer Rob Fraboni to record their next album February 2018 at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, TX. It is one of the world’s largest residential recording studios and is built around an 80-year-old hacienda and pecan orchard right along the border. The band recently visited Jam in the Van while in Los Angeles and recorded a video session of one of their new songs, “Swing That Thing.” Check it out at https://youtu.be/UEkcqzg-L88.

Fraboni is well known for his work with Bob Dylan, The Band, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Tim Hardin, The Beach Boys, Joe Cocker, and Bonnie Raitt, and as Vice President at Island Records where he oversaw the remastering of the entire Bob Marley catalog. He produced the soundtrack on Martin Scorsese’s groundbreaking concert movie, The Last Waltz, which included an all-star cast of famous rock and roll performers. He built and designed the legendary Shangri-La studios in Malibu to the specification of Bob Dylan and the Band. Referred to as a “genius” by Keith Richards in his bestselling autobiography Life.

Donna the Buffalo’s fanbase, The Herd, will be excited to hear this news since their most recent album, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, came out nearly five years ago in the spring of 2013. All Music Guide says of it, “This is what 21st century Americana sounds like, a little bit of this and that from anywhere wrapped up into a poignant, jamming dance reel, a place where the past and history meet easily in the immediate now and everybody feels like dancing.”

Known as one of the most dynamic and determined bands continuously touring America since 1989, The Erie Times says, They craft spirit-soaring songs with distinct sensibilities: Nevins’ songs are unfailingly melodic, brisk and buoyant, powered by her reassuring, wisdom-soaked vocals and ever-present fiddle and accordion. Puryear’s songs accentuate the groove, his exceptional guitar work and sly, Dylan-like way with lyrics.”

New Haven Register expands upon this to say, “Donna the Buffalo knows a thing or two about rhythm. Cajun, zydeco and old-time rhythms. A bit of reggae rhythm. Various guitar and fiddle rhythms. The rhythm of traveling by bus year after year for more than a quarter-century now, criss-crossing America… over and over again.”

Donna the Buffalo is Jeb Puryear (vocals, electric guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, fiddle, guitar, accordion, scrubboard) joined by David McCracken (B3 Hammond organ, Hohner Clavinet & piano), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums). “It’s been really fun with this lineup,” Puryear says. “You get to the point where you’re playing on a really high level, things are clicking and it’s like turning on the key to a really good car. It just goes.”

Donna the Buffalo drew it’s original inspiration from a cherished part of the American heritage: the old-time music festivals of the south that drew entire towns and counties together. Not only was it playing music at these events, it was the vibe and the togetherness that bonded the people that attended.

“Those festivals were so explosive, and the community and the feeling of people being with each other, that’s the feeling we were shooting for in our music.” Puryear says, “Donna the Buffalo is an extension of the joy we’ve found.”

It’s a great feeling to promote such a feeling of community, like you’re really part of something that’s happening, like a movement or a positive force…” Nevins says. “All those people that come and follow you and you recognize them and you become friends with them — you’re all moving along for the same purpose. It is powerful. It’s very powerful, actually.”

Donna the Buffalo has released ten albums and are affiliated with several others including  two solo albums from Nevins including 2011’s Wood and Stone (produced by Larry Campbell in Levon Helm Studios) and Mule to Ride in 1999,  Puryear’s 2007 solo album Hopes and Dreams, and a 2003 release, Wait Til Spring, with Jim Lauderdale. The band’s 2008 release, Silverlined, as well as the 2013 release, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, (both on Sugar Hill Records) did well on the Americana Music Chart, each placing well into the top ten.

“Though it will always be hard to pinpoint the key to an act’s staying power, distinctiveness and consistency surely can’t hurt.” Pittsburgh City Paper says, “Donna the Buffalo has carved out a niche; it has weathered trends, and even made some of its own by being unapologetically itself.”

Take a look at their official music videos:

“Across The Way” → https://youtu.be/JqbVb2302Xs

“Working On That” → http://bit.ly/1eXPofS

“I Love My Tribe” → http://bit.ly/1i9fy9Q

For more information and tour dates, please visit www.donnathebuffalo.com

facebook.com/donnathebuffalo and twitter.com/donnathebuffalo

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Highland Brewing To Shutter Its Doors (Temporarily) February 19 http://ashevilleblog.com/highland-brewing-shutter-doors-temporarily-february-19/ http://ashevilleblog.com/highland-brewing-shutter-doors-temporarily-february-19/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:59:13 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11506 Asheville’s first craft brewery since Prohibition, Highland Brewing, is closing its doors February 19 - but will reopn 4 days later to celebrate their rebranding.

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Asheville’s first craft brewery since Prohibition, Highland Brewing, is closing its doors February 19th.

For four days.

“We are unveiling of our new branding and visual identity digitally on February 19th, and will re-open on February 23rd with a new look in the tasting room,” said Molly McQuillan, the brewery’s marketing manager. “We’ve been working on this project for over a year and look forward to this launch with great anticipation.”

The launch celebration will be held during normal business hours that day, from noon until 10 p.m. and will feature new small batch beers, including Highland’s very first Brett brew, as well as throw-back favorites including Little Hump, Razor Wit, and Vintage 20th Anniversary Scotch Ale. Live music will be provided by Mark Shane, Woody Wood, and All the Locals. New merchandise will be on sale and the new packaging and branding will be highlighted. Popular food trucks Smashbox and Appalachian Chic will also be on site, at 12 Old Charlotte Highway. The event is free and open to the public.

“Highland Brewing has been a pioneer in beer since my father founded the company in 1994,” said President Leah Wong Ashburn. “Over two decades, we led with beer, and in recent years, we developed our beer portfolio significantly with fresh new styles and our innovative spirit is firing. The result of the changes was that our beer and our brand were sharing different messages. I love that we are now aligning the message.  

What that means is we focused on the four things we know to be true about ourselves: authenticity, sense of place, consistently excellent beer and an inventive spirit.”

Highland’s new look will be reflected in all of its marketing, labeling, point of sale, packaging and merchandise, said McQuillan, who participated in extensive research and development work collaboratively with Austin, TX, firm Helms Workshop which informed the project. All beers will continue to be labeled under the name “Highland Brewing Company” but will now sport imagery of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the suggestion of a pioneer’s compass and the clear messaging that Highland remains Asheville’s first craft beer.

“Our name is perfect. With it, we honor the local Scots-Irish heritage. We are also on high land – in the mountains and on a hilltop.

We believe in authenticity,” said Ashburn, who became second-generation President of the family-owned business in 2015. She was referring to the staff survey that named authenticity as a common value. “You act the same way when no one else is looking. You deliver the same level of quality every time that only you could notice. You are authentic when your actions align with your words. And when our brand aligns with our beer. This refreshed brand is who we are.”

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Burial Beer Begins Built Out of Forestry Camp http://ashevilleblog.com/burial-beer-begins-built-forestry-camp/ http://ashevilleblog.com/burial-beer-begins-built-forestry-camp/#respond Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:29:39 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11455 Burial Beer Co.’s newest wave of expansion is taking shape in South Asheville in the form of a new craft beer bar called Forestry Camp.

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Burial Beer Co.’s newest wave of expansion is taking shape in South Asheville in the form of a new craft beer bar called Forestry Camp.

The two-story structure, built in the early 1900’s by members of the Conservation Civilian Corps, will soon house a small selection of Burial beers and focus on a diverse draught and retail beer list featuring breweries from around the country and internationally. The owners of Burial have a stated goal of curating a selection of beers that feature craft offerings beyond the Burial portfolio and their South Slope taproom.

“Burial’s taproom will always exist at 40 Collier. There is no way that you could replace the aura of that storied ground,” states Doug Reiser, Co-Founder. “When we purchased the new property in 2015, we did so with the hope and dream of bringing a real, community-driven beer bar to Asheville. The goal is to connect Ashevillians with the great people (owners/brewers/employees) that make some of the best beer in the country.

We won’t just buy beer off lists, we will bring the beer and the people behind it into the beer bar the for these interactions. The purveyors of craft will also be smiling faces about the bar; they will be humans who live and breathe and talk with the visitors. The goal of Forestry Camp is to offer everything that craft was intended to be.”

The two-acre property is currently home to Burial’s production brewery, corporate offices, and sour barrel facility where day-to-day operations have been conducted since October 2016. In keeping with their core values, Burial is aiming to build out Forestry Camp with the same revivalist spirit that has guided the whole of their expansion.

“We aim to breathe new life into those beautiful old bones while carefully maintaining their soul,” explains Tim Gormley, Co-Founder. “We chose to keep the original name of the property, “Forestry Camp”, as homage to its vibrant roots. We aim to use as much wood from the property as possible to build the tables, chairs, and bar itself. With the décor we will continue to celebrate the initial purpose of the property, utilizing tools of the trade, a purposeful tie in with our current South Slope taproom. When you have a beer at Forestry Camp, you’ll have the comforts of a modern bar, but you’ll have traveled back in time. You’ll have experienced a history so important to Asheville, and it’ll taste so good.”

Slated to open to the public in early summer 2018, the Forestry Camp property will afford the brewery both a new outlet for retail and much needed space for their ever growing festivals and events.

“Forestry Camp was named as such because it truly is a camp,” states Gormley. “Six building are spread across its two acres, creating a feel akin to a winery estate or a university commons. I can’t imagine a better place for a festival. We may keep one of our annual festivals in the South Slope, for nostalgic reasons, but we will definitely be moving toward Forestry Camp hosted events. More info to come as the property becomes more fully realized.”

Forestry Camp boasts ample parking space via its own lot and connected parking above for an estimated 100 cars total. For events and weekends, 200 additional spaces will be available across from the property.

A small menu of sandwiches, charcuterie, and other locally purveyed goods are in planning for the beer bar. Additionally a curated wine list with a moderate whiskey and Amaro selection will be offered all the while keeping the focus on craft beer.

“The beer bar will have 20 taps of craft beer, but will offer vintages of over 150 different canned and bottled beer, including extremely limited beers that you could otherwise only get at brewery taprooms,” states Reiser. “This is the craft drinker closeness and experience that we hope to purvey – and we hope other brewers follow suit in their own home states.”

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Social Media Superstars To Emcee Annual Puppy Bowl festivities http://ashevilleblog.com/social-media-superstars-emcee-annual-puppy-bowl-festivities/ http://ashevilleblog.com/social-media-superstars-emcee-annual-puppy-bowl-festivities/#comments Tue, 09 Jan 2018 19:04:24 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11371 Social media superstars, serial entrepreneurs, and world-famous animal advocates The Vegan Bros will be playing with puppies and drinking brews at Sanctuary Brewing Company’s (SBC) annual Puppy Bowl on Sunday, February 4th,  all to benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue (BWAR) and Sweet Bear Rescue Farm. The famous duo will be flying in from LA to emcee the popular annual event, where puppies play football in an epic showdown of cuddly cuteness.

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Social media superstars, serial entrepreneurs, and world-famous animal advocates The Vegan Bros will be playing with puppies and drinking brews at Sanctuary Brewing Company’s (SBC) annual Puppy Bowl on Sunday, February 4th,  all to benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue (BWAR) and Sweet Bear Rescue Farm. The famous duo will be flying in from LA to emcee the popular annual event, where puppies play football in an epic showdown of cuddly cuteness.

Phil and Matt Letten boast tens of thousands of social media followers and have been featured on Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC, Vice, NPR and all of the other major media networks for their totally unique and undeniably powerful approach to social change and activism. The two are about to launch a new company, and have a book coming out this year via the world’s largest publisher, Penguin Random House.  

“We are beyond excited to have the Vegan Bros host the Puppy Bowl!” says SBC co-founder Lisa McDonald. “We love their message and approach to animal advocacy, With puppies, beer, and the Bros, it’s gonna be such a phenomenal day!”

Now in its third year, the Puppy Bowl is a massively popular event at the Hendersonville, NC, brewery. Each year, dozens of adoptable puppies hit the field for adorable antics. This year’s lineup includes Team Tuff and Team Gruff, with all players available for rescue from Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

Attendees will be asked for a $5 cash donation at the door, and the event will kick off at 2 p.m. Funds raised will benefit BWAR and Sweet Bear Rescue Farm, the new 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by SBC owners Lisa McDonald and Joe Dinan. The farm is home to 17 animals including best friends Ollie the pot bellied pig and Charlotte the chicken; Maggie and Shadow, two newly rescued goats; Oskar the cat; dogs Harry and TT and numerous other furry/feathered inhabitants.

SBC has also raised thousands of dollars for charitable causes since its opening in 2015, offers free Sunday meals for anyone in need, and has a Kindness Wall outside the main entrance that’s always stocked with essentials bags for the local homeless population. Recently featured in Thrive and Our State magazines, Sanctuary has even garnered the attention of big names like comedian Ricky Gervais, racecar driver Leilani Munter, and filmmaker Kip Anderson.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, located in Asheville, was founded in 2007 to provide the resources and life-saving programs to build No-Kill communities. As a grassroots organization, Brother Wolf operates an adoption center that is open to the public — making it easy to adopt, volunteer, and become involved in our No-Kill mission. In 2018, Brother Wolf will be opening a Sanctuary in Leicester, NC as a resource of learning and healing for all.

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