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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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Lowes Foods in Asheville Closing

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Lowes Foods, currently located at 1378 Hendersonville Road, is closing the store doors. This email was sent out to all customers who have a Lowes Foods Card: Dear Customer, In June, Lowes Foods acquired the Asheville store at 1378 Hendersonville Road from Harris Teeter. Over the past several months we have enjoyed serving and getting to know the customers in this community. We appreciate your support, but we have made the difficult decision to close this store effective December 15, 2012. Since entering Asheville, we unfortunately have not realized the results we expected. The lease on the store is ending, and we have decided not to renew. We regret having to close the store and have offered all employees either a relocation or a severance package. Lowes Foods views its employees as a top priority because without them, we could not have served you so well. We want to thank all of our Asheville employees for their hard work and dedication. It has been a pleasure serving you. For questions, please contact: Lowes Foods Customer Care 1-888-537-8646

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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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