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Beer City USA Poll Open Until Friday, May 10th

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Taps at Green Man Brewery, AKA Dirty Jack's, in AshevilleThere are just a couple of day left to vote for Beer City USA. Check out the poll here if you haven't voted yet. I cast my vote on Monday. I voted for Asheville, of course. There are 22 cities on...

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Beer and There – Beyond Asheville: Flagstaff, Arizona

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I just got back from a week's vacation in the southwest. We started out visiting some friends in Albuquerque and ended up visiting some friends in Phoenix and in between we enjoyed time in Flagstaff, Sedona, and Jerome.As you might imagine Matt and I c...

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Drink Seasonaly: Devil’s Britches from Highland Brewing

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Yesterday someone asked me the question:"What is your favorite beer?"How in the world does someone answer that question? I guess a lot of people have a go-to beer or a favorite style. For me it seemed like trying to pick a favorite child. I thought abo...

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The Second Best Beer in Asheville

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There is one small problem with declaring The Best Beer in Asheville. It is that the next time you have something as delicious you feel as though you are cheating on the other beer.I didn't mean to, Heresy Brown. It just happened. I'm sorry. Last summe...

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Sweeping Declaration: I know the Best Beer in Asheville

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Okay, okay...I know. Beer taste is entirely subjective. You might prefer stouts or you might like hyper-hoppy double IPAs. That means making a sweeping declaration like The Best Beer in Asheville is really completely meaningless. That isn't going to st...

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Oskar Blues in Brevard

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Oskar Blues Brewery, out of Colorado, has recently opened a facility near Asheville in Brevard, NC. The coolest part - they offer a TROLLEY that picks you up in downtown Asheville and takes you all the way to the brewery then brings you back to town as...

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Beer and Now: The Future!

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Hello Beer and Now readers! I'm sorry there hasn't been much content here lately. I have big plans for the site though, so stay tuned.I'm afraid I have been spending quite a bit of time focusing on tiny houses. See, I started writing for two tiny house...

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In the woods with the Wicked

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Wicked Weed, Ashevilles’ newest taste topic who had originally intended to open on the 21st, welcomed A-Town to pull up a thirsty stool December 28th, 2012. And bring in the New Year they most certainly did, with 15 specialty craft made brews. Half American, half Belgian style ales, lagers, stouts and sours. The best part is they plan on having more to come throughout the year. I didn’t have a chance to find out what the staple beers were but I did get a taste of 7 delicious ales, all with Wicked Weeds wickedly clever titles: Freak double I.P.A. (8.4%) Dark age burbon stout (10.5%) Transgressor red (7.2%) Vixen cocoa stout (8.8%) Bedeviled golden strong (9.4%) Black angel cherry sour (5.6%) I was concerned at first that two guys from Dogfish Head wouldn’t have the flavor and style to compare to Ashevilles unique scene and culture. But gladly mistaken I was. This beer is on point. The freak double IPA hints at the 60/120 minute IPA but lacks the sweetness, which in my humble opinion, is a good thing. Citrus hops immediately punch me in the face and leave me wanting more right before noticing the subtle sweetness calming me back …

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Pub Cycles Voted In

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During an Asheville City Council meeting on December 11th, 2012, the topic of pub cycles was brought to a vote. For those that don’t know what a pub cycle is, let me fill you in. A pub cycle is also referred to as a party bike, cycle pub, or beer bike. Generally these pub cycles are powered by the passengers, whom are perched atop their individual seats on the cart, facing a bar. The steering and braking of the bike is controlled by the driver. Each cycle is equipped with its own bar, and provides beer and spirits to the cyclists on board. According to the City Council, two new businesses are already interested in bringing this beer bikes into the town. The council voted unanimously to allow them into downtown, as well as on roads with speed limits under 35 mph. This proposal will have to pass a second reading at the next council meeting, happening January 8th, 2012. I suppose this means that soon Asheville’s tricycle riding nun will have to share the road with pub cycles – this should be fun to watch!

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Writing about beer quite a bit…just not here

I have been doing quite a bit of writing about beer, thanks for asking. Fortunately for me those posts are going up at Beer City Guide instead of here. So If you're looking for great new beer content from me, go there and check it out. While you're there, check out some of the other stuff. It is all good.

I am really enjoying these opportunities to check out breweries in the Asheville area. I've been able to review old favorites as well as brand new operations in the area.

Seriously, go read them. I might cry if you don't.

In the tiny glasses laid before me were the Porter, the ESB, a cask ESB, the IPA, and their summer seasonal Wheat. Our bartender, Autumn, declared the ESB the best beer but said that IPA was most popular. She did concede that it was popular for potentially all the wrong reasons – everyone (*cough* hipsters *cough*) wants to try IPAs even if they don’t like them. The ESB has been my favorite since I discovered it, though. It is a delicious example of a bitter beer with just the right caramel notes. I was surprised to find myself unimpressed with the cask ESB, however. I thought the regular tap was more complex while the cask tasted strongly of the caramel and chocolate with less hops coming through.

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