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New Belgium Rumor Ails Fans of Local Ales

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Since April of 2012, Asheville has been anxiously awaiting the opening of New Belgium Brewing Company’s second production facility, which will be located in the River Arts District of Asheville.  The brewing facility and tasting room are expected to open sometime in 2016, which has had excitement at a peak.  However, recently the neighborhood has been buzzing about news that the company, which is currently employee-owned, has hired investment advisors Lazard Middle Market to explore potential sale of the company for at least $1 Billion.

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Green Man Brewery Releases The Dweller 4 Packs in January

The Dweller

Green Man Brewery Releases The Dweller 4 Packs in January

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Whistle Hop Brewing Company Brings Big Flavor To Fairview

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Tom Miceli, the brewer behind the soon-to-be opened Whistle Hop Brewing Company hands me a sample of his India Pale Ale spiced with Chai spices. Right away he lets me know what Whistle Hop Brewing Company beer is going to be all about:

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New IPA To Highland Brewing Company’s Beer Line

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Highland Brewing Company today announced it will release its new, year-round West Coast-style IPA on Jan. 4, 2016. It is the first of 12 new beers the 22-year-old brewery will debut in 2016. Highland will release two other year-round beers, three new seasonals, two new Warrior Series beers and four Kinsman Project beers in 2016.

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Hi-Wire Brewing Releases Tropical Fruit Golden Strong Ale

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Hi-Wire Brewing is set to release the newest offering from its South Slope Specialty Brewery (197 Hilliard Avenue, Asheville, NC) run by Head Specialty Brewer, Jonathan Parks. A fruit-forward 11.3% ABV beer, this American style Golden Strong Ale was made using fresh guava, papaya and mango.

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Devils Backbone Brewery Adventure Pack Collaboration Sampler 2016

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Devils Backbone Brewing Company is excited to announce that in January, it will debut its annual Adventure Pack Collaboration Sampler. For the 2016 pack, Devils Backbone reached out to five brewing friends to help them craft a collaboration adventure including: the hop-centric NoDa Brewing Company from Charlotte, NC; a leader in the craft cream ale category, Sun King Brewery from Indianapolis, IN; Surly Brewing Company from Minneapolis, MN, which Beer Advocate Magazine named “Best Brewery in America;” Thunder Road Brewing Company, making its northern hemisphere debut all the way from the land down under, Australia; and the brewing brothers of Wicked Weed from Asheville, NC.

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Draft Releases at Burial Beer Week of December 8th

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ABV: 6.4%        OG: 1.056       IBU:  33        Color: Golden     

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Green Man Brewery Collaborates with Local Artist for Holly King Label

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Rich and decadent, Green Man Brewery’s special holiday release Holly King is back for 2015.  This celebrated Holiday Ale is aged in barrels and carefully blended to create warm bourbon notes and tasty hints of toffee, vanilla, and tobacco.  With a score of 95 on ratebeer.com, Holly King is one of Green Man’s most sought-after offerings.    

For the third release of this beer, Green Man has commissioned local artist, Rob Hunt of Forever Tattoo to design the label art. This ornate variation of the Green Man logo depicts one of the many interpretations of the Green Man in folklore. Holly King will be available in a new format this year; 12 oz. bottles in 4 packs.  

To showcase Mr. Hunt’s artistry, there will be a pre-release art event at the Satellite Gallery, 55 Broadway in Downtown Asheville on December 3rd from 5-7 pm. The opportunity to purchase a signed archival print of the label art, a taste of 2015 Holly King, Rob Hunt’s artwork on display, and light snacks will be enjoyed at the event.  The prints will be collectors items, as Green Man will collaborate with a different local artist for subsequent Holly King labels in years to come, and this event is the first of a yearly holiday tradition.

From 6-8 pm Bruisin’ Ales bottle shop, across the street from the Satellite Gallery at 66 Broadway, will be hosting a tasting of Green Man’s line up. The official bottle release for Holly King is on December 4th at retail outlets where great beer is sold.

About Green Man Brewery
The legendary Green Man has existed for centuries but it’s no myth that he’s been brewing great beer in Asheville since 1997. Green Man has been producing some of the beer scene’s most iconic ales for 18 years. The English style flagships are consistently recognized for quality, and the specialty and barrel-aged offerings are highly sought after. 

Green Man is currently undergoing a 25,000 square foot expansion next to the current facility on Buxton Avenue in downtown Asheville.  It includes a state of the art Kaspar Schulz brewhouse, a packaging hall with a KHS bottling line and CombiKeg, an indoor/outdoor tasting room loft, and a retail shop. For information and tours, visit: greenmanbrewery.com

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Salt & Smoke Expands Kitchen at Burial Beer

Salt and Smoke

As many have noticed, once again Burial’s taproom at 40 Collier Avenue is undergoing renovations. We are finishing up enclosing the back patio to create heated indoor space in the winter. Don't worry, during the warm months, the garage doors will be open to let the outside, in.

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Pisgah Brewing Celebrates Second Release of Award Winning Beer

Pisgah Brewing

Pisgah Brewing Company in beautiful Black Mountain is a popular destination for both locals and tourists who enjoy the local Asheville beer.  Their well known regulars like Pisgah Pale and Greybeard IPA are found at nearly every bar and restaurant around town, as well as their excellent seasonal selections.  This week, however, Pisgah started pouring and selling bottles of a very special beer, dubbed Chocolatized.  This Imperial Stout earned them the Gold Medal in the Chocolate Beer category at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) 2014, undoubtedly the largest event of the year in the American craft beer industry.

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