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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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UnChain AVL Rally November 21, 2015

downtown asheville

Asheville Grown in partnership with UnChain AVL and the Asheville Music Hall are planning a rally in support of locally owned businesses and the unique culture of our downtown. 

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Food Review of Lex 18’s New Menu: A Mixed Blessing

Stuffed peppers. Photo Credit Janet Bray

Lex18, a dinner club and moonshine bar whose speakeasy past shines through in its throwback 20s decor, fine dining experience and novel approaches to both dinner and entertainment, invited us to sample their new menu and publish our food review of the new menu. The new menu features twists on Southern favorites, and I was excited to see what was on offer.

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Sustainably Made And Locally Sourced Bari Naturals Launches New Product Line

powdered shampoo bari naturals

Naturals’ Kickstarter campaign for its debut product an all natural, powdered, dry shampoo has now secured over half of its required funding. The campaign aims to gather support for a new to the market product that will have a tangible social and environmental impact.

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Asheville School of Film Announces December Film Class Lineup

asheville school of film

Asheville School of Film is a new, local film school focused on providing affordable part-time and weekend classes in film production for all experience levels.  The founders and primary instructors of the school have decades of experience as film school instructors and professionals.  They are currently awaiting renovations of their leased space in downtown to be completed. In anticipation of the completed school space, ASoF will hold several filmmaking classes in December.  

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Pastimes Comic Book & Gaming Store Celebrates 35 Years in Asheville

pastimes comic book store

November 2015 marks Pastimes comic book stores' 35-year anniversary serving Asheville and the surrounding communities. The shop is honoring the monumental birthday by offering a huge 35% savings off most products in the store for the entire month of November. Pastimes also has plans for an all day giant birthday party on Saturday November 28th, with free comics, cake and fun for everyone! 35% of ALL profits that day will be donated to “Eblen Charities” for all the hard work they do for the community. Every weekend in November will have something extra special going on, from creator signings to free products, so watch the Pastimes Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages or visit their website comicshopasheville.com for frequent updates.

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Beyond The Plate: The Aftermath of Waking Life

Protest at Waking Life Espresso

Saturday, September 19th is the day that marked a shift in the Asheville community for years to come. When the story about Jared Rutledge and Jacob Owens, owners of the former Waking Life Espresso in West Asheville first broke, it was met with a mix of concern, disdain, outrage, and disgust. Concerned West Asheville citizens organized an impromptu protest on the sidewalk in front of the popular coffeehouse at 4 pm. Normally open until 8 pm, co-owner Jacob closed the doors to the store at 4:10. This was the start of the avalanche that suddenly immersed Asheville in a wave of a culture that few knew about: the red pill, pick up artists, and misogyny.

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New Woman Owned Coffee Cart Hosts Grand Opening

motorcycle coffee club

A new Asheville espresso cart is hosting their Grand Opening Sunday September 27th alongside likeminded Café Racers, to raise money for prostate cancer.

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Waking Life Espresso Potentially For Sale

waking life esprosso

The now controversial coffee shop is for sale, we learned today. Protesters had resumed their stance outside, offering coffee and doughnuts to passersby. "The coffee shop is indeed for sale," one of the parties who wishes to be unnamed, told us. "At this point, it is more selling the assets than the business itself." The two individuals who had arrived at the coffee shop late this morning shared that they also own other coffee stores, and are interested in the cold brew equipment. 

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