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Catawba Brewing Company: Another Look

Barrels at Catawba Brewing Co

My fellow beer blogger, Mia Pedersen, began our series with her grand opening day assessment of the new Catawba Brewery on Asheville's “South Slope” (http://ashevilleblog.com/a-taste-of-catawbas-new-brewery/).  Our intent is to provide friendly beer banter, fully expecting that the weekly beer world perspectives of a female in her early twenties and this “ol' man” might not always mesh.  We'll provide insight to various beer-related fests and events, as well as reviewing the brews we sample.  We hope you enjoy our differences as we both report on Asheville's ever-exciting craft beer news, sometimes lauding great praise while at other times taking-to-task those who deserve it.

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Wicked Weed Happenings 4/24 – 4/30

Wicked Weed Brewing

Beers on Tap Today
Pernicious IPA: Our flagship IPA is back on tap!
Lunatic Blonde
Poperinge Saison
Run Club Rye Pale Ale: <

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Wicked Weed To Pre-Sell Golden Angel May 2nd

Golden Angel

Wicked Weed Brewing is set to pre-sell and release the second offering in the Angel Series; Golden Angel Saturday, May 2nd at 12pm (EST) via Brown Paper Tickets. Aged for a total of 10 months, this American sour rested on a total of one metric ton of apricots over the course of its life in the barrel. Deep golden with a bright fruit haze and stone fruit tartness, this ale pulls inspiration from traditional Lambic fruits and showcases the depth and range of apricot flavors.

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Highland Brewing’s New Seasonal Beer Lost Cove Coming Soon

Lost Cove

Get lost this summer with Lost Cove American Pale Ale, a new seasonal beer from Highland Brewing coming in May. Rising temperatures in the South are the perfect setting for this delicately nuanced brew. Lost Cove’s pilsner malt imparts a light body with low bitterness and 4.5% alcohol by volume, accented by the fruit aromas of Cascade hops and the mild fruit and spice accents of Hallertau, a German noble hop. Head Brewer Hollie Stephenson said, “Lost Cove is a thirst quenching, fun, light, sessionable beer with grassy German hops and citrusy American hops. This beer is interesting, its backbone is pilsner malt from the American Midwest, and we fermented it with our house ale yeast, creating a unique spin on an American pale. I’m looking forward to drinking one in the Meadow!”

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Introducing the Asheville Bar Fly

Asheville Bar Fly

Hi sweet lovely fellow semi conscious almost always hungover kindred spirits in a rocks glass!  I am your voluptuous, rowdy, randy and almost always tipsy friend the Asheville Bar Fly!  A sparkly, glittery half drunk version of course, but not one that will be easily pigeon holed.  My persona is about as ADD as my focus on the task at hand... just know that you are loved, you are important and you will be a more informed drunk each week after our session.   The back wash of the back story begins long ago in a bar room far away. 

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Beer City Festival Announced: May 30th, 2015

Beer City Festival


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Burial Beer: Moon Series Bottle Release April 30th

burial beer moon release

Burial Beer continues their Moon Series into the fourth (of 12) releases. This series is a handmade series and a tribute to our craft. From the art and design, to the trinkets hand crafted to each bottle and of course, the beer and the inspiration behind it: Small batch.

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A Taste of Catawba’s New Brewery

catawba brewing flight

Beer has been flowing at Catawba's new south slope tasting room since their soft opening on Tuesday, but I decided to head over for the grand opening on Friday April 3rd, which included specialty beers, live music, and a food truck.

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Sanctuary Brewing Supports Animals, Comes to Hendersonville

sanctuary brewing

A new brewery is coming to town - except this time, Asheville isn't the location. Sanctuary Brewing Company will be located in the heart of downtown Hendersonville, Asheville's southern neighbor. Located a mere thirty minutes from beer city, Sanctuary Brewing will be a drinking destination for residents of Asheville, Hendersonville, Flat Rock, Horse Shoe, and beyond. 

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Happenings at Highland Brewery April 3rd – 4th

highland brewing company

It's a fairly normal week at Highland Brewing Company with The Allen Thompson Band playing at the brewery on Friday and Red Honey on Saturday. Highland will be releasing a special small batch brew on Friday, specifically created for the "Re-Happening Event" that takes place this Saturday, April 4th at Camp Rockmont. Re-Happening is an annual event put on by the Black Mountain College + Arts Center that honors the history and significance of Black Mountain College. It is known around the world and just got mentioned in the NY Times.  

Information about the small batch brew known as Abstract Black IPA: Opaque and black, delicious aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, loads of citrusy hops and a hint of smoke mingle on the nose, carrying through to a balanced, bitter, roasty middle and finish. Brewed with Columbus, Amarillo and Cascade hops and dry hopped with Equinox, Horizon and Mosaic, there’s no shortage of bright citrus flavor in this beer. It’s like a simple breakfast of black coffee and grapefruit (although, we wouldn’t recommend it for breakfast). ABV - 5%

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