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Catawba Brewing Announces New Festbier Specialty Release

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Catawba’s Festbier surfaced at Gauley Fest 2016, a fall festival famous among paddlers as American Whitewater’s biggest fundraiser for river conservation nationwide. Brewed in their Asheville pilot brewery, this crowd-pleaser established an early high-water mark for the first year of Catawba’s Small Batch Program.

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Highland Brewing Company’s Thunderstruck Coffee Porter hits shelves in October

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A Highland Brewing Company perennial favorite, Thunderstruck Coffee Porter, is back this October with two coffee infusions. The lightly caffeinated, cool weather beverage is a collaboration between Highland and Dynamite Roasting Company. After an August 12th tour of Dynamite Roasting and a primer on coffee tasting basics, the Highland brewing team got down to business and participated in a “cupping” to determine what roasts and varietals Highland wanted to include in this year’s recipe. The cupping practice, guided by Dynamite owner Andy Gibbon, involves a multi-step process of steeping, smelling and audible slurping (the louder the better) to fully realize the coffees’ characteristics. “There are some really cool parallels in the sensory evaluation of coffee and beer. I’m now able to experience my second favorite beverage with the same amount of depth that I enjoy a good beer,” said Brewmaster Hollie Stephenson. After sampling several varietals, the fully amped group settled on a dark roast Mexican blend for the brew house addition, and a lighter Honduran blend for the post fermentation addition.

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Bow Wow Film Festival to benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

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The Bow Wow Film Festival, in coordination with Sanctuary Brewing Company and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, is excited to announce the 2016-17 Bow Wow Film Tour, featuring the irresistible personalities of our beloved canines. After a wildly successful inaugural year with dozens of shows around the country, Bow Wow is back with another rousing & fun loving collection of films. 

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New Belgium Brews One for North Carolina

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In celebration of their 25th anniversary and grand opening in Asheville, NC, the New Belgium Asheville brewing team is sending their first limited release, one-off beer out of New Belgium’s Asheville brewery to draft lines across North Carolina. The 25th Anniversary Ale is an unfiltered citrus pale ale hopped like an IPA but at a drinkable 5.7% ABV. Beer fans can find the hoppy pale ale on draft at the Asheville Liquid Center now, and at taprooms across the state starting next week. 

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Highland Brewing’s Gaelic Ale Available in Cans

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Towers of empty ruby red beer cans await being filled and chilled at Highland Brewing. When they are released on September 16, Gaelic Ale will go outdoors in a big way. Brewed and bottled since 1994, 12-ounce cans will be available in all areas where Highland is sold. Gaelic Ale has long been the top-selling native beer in North Carolina. The addition of cans makes the beer more welcome outdoors, which is often where Highland staff are found.

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Wicked Weed Brewing Opens Distribution in DC and Northern VA

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Wicked Weed Brewing has announced their expansion into the Washington DC and Northern Virginia markets beginning on Monday, September 12th. The Asheville, North Carolina based brewery will be launching their beers in these regions by hosting numerous tap takeovers and events in the areas.

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New Belgium Starts Brewery Tours in Asheville This Week

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In an effort to host locals for the first tours, New Belgium hosts day-of tours from Monday, Aug. 29 – Thursday, Sept. 1. Tours, for this limited time, will be booked in person on a first-come, first-served basis, and for that day only. Each tour accommodates up to 25 people, and runs for 90 minutes leaving the Liquid Center on the half hour starting at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m.

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The Chocolate Lab Brings The Original Beer City Truffle to Woodfin

The Chocolate Lab Brings The Original Beer City Truffle to Woodfin

Lisa Klepzig was a family practice nurse for twenty years, but has been known for years as the chocolate expert by her friends, showing up to holiday parties and feasts with loads of chocolates to share with her friends. Five years ago, she started The Chocolate Lab, but this year, she and her husband Kier decided to take it to the next level. She worked on her recipes and began to incorporate local beers into her truffles. She was invited to display her wares at the Asheville Wine and Food Festival, where she crossed my path, and this month has opened up her very own chocolate shop in north Asheville: The Chocolate Lab.

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Asheville Food & Wine Pre-Fest Kicks Off May 1st

Asheville Food and Wine Fest

The Asheville Wine & Food Festival makes it possible to sample every delicious flavor Asheville has to offer.

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