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The Wal-Martization of Beer


First, let me say, I don’t care for Wal-Mart. Second, I should, in full disclosure tell you that more than once, when I was near overdrawn and my kid was hungry, I have shopped there. Gasp, eye-roll, stink-eye. I know. I feel it myself. Don’t hate me. We’re just getting to know each other here. Look, I recently read that it’s easier to be moral about your shopping purchases when you have the money to do so. I can be all high and mighty about the mom and pops but my bank account reminds me I need to run a damned tight ship when it comes to my food budget; couple that with the proximity of the big box and the price of gas and the occasional trip to Wal-Mart is going to happen. As reported in Bloomberg earlier this week, Wal-Mart has been positioning itself to be world’s biggest beer seller. They are planning to double their alcohol sales by 2016. They want the largest piece of the beer market. The beer market? It’s currently a 45 BILLION dollar industry and growing. How are they planning such a feat? They are planning to take over the beer world by …

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Green Man Brewery’s Harvester

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My Asheville amble of autumn ales is awesome!See what I did there.Dark and mysterious....Well, anyway. I recently found myself at Green Man Brewery or, as locals like to call it, Dirty Jack's. It is called that because of their original relationship wi...

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Wicked Weed Off With Their Gourds! PumpkAnne Ale

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I have loved Wicked Weed since it opened early this year. I was excited to read that they were doing not just one but a series of pumpkin ales this Fall. The series is called "The Gourds are Coming" an they will be releasing each pumpkin beer throughou...

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And Now For Something Completely Different

I love to drink beer seasonally and for me the impending Fall means Browns, Pumpkins, and Oktoberfests. Sierra Nevada's regular Fall seasonal, Tumbler, is probably my favorite brown this time of year. I've already enjoyed a few in early September.But t...

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Autumn Beer with a Side of Laundry

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It is no secret that I am a huge fan of The Bar of Soap on Merrimon Road in North Asheville. This Laundromat that is also a bar that is also a used book store that now also serves food is a great spot to spend an evening. You can get your clothes clean...

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Autumn Seasonal Beer Time!


Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest 2012Hello very neglected beer blog. I attempted to make an effort to post here more during Asheville Beer Week and only managed one post. I am a bad beer writer.But I like to think of myself as a good beer drinker.Beer d...

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Thirsty Fest Sept 2-8


Let’s Get Wild!! Monday kicked off Thirsty Monk’s Fourth Annual Thirstyfest. Thirstyfest is a celebration of rare, wild, and obscure beers and they have some doozies. They have been stashing, hoarding and cellaring beers all year for this, some of them will never be available again! The full list of beers is available on the Thirsty Monk website. While they will be pouring these great beers all week, they will be spotlighting certain ones each night.
Here are the featured beers:

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Sipping Beer Now and Zen


I’m sitting at Thirsty Monk South sipping an IPA -- hoppy goodness in a pint. Work was crazy and it’s only Monday. I take a slow sip and look off into the distance and take a long deep breath. It’s far from quiet here but the pressure and stress of the day seems to belong to someone else now. The sun is shining (for now) and fellow patrons are chattering and laughing. Outside, some birds are singing their songs.

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Asheville Beer Week 2013: Sunday through Tuesday


This weekend kicked off the second annual Asheville Beer Week. I have been waiting 365 days for this week long, city wide event. Matt on the BusA rival from Grand Rapids MIThe week started off with a bang. On Sunday afternoon we went on the LaZoom Come...

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The Best Beer You Can’t Get in Asheville


As you might have noticed, I am a fan or broadly sweeping statements. I thought I might share with you my favorite regional beer from somewhere other than North Carolina.The key statement here is that this beer is not available in North Carolina. Sure,...

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