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Brewing for Greenways Collaboration: Wedge and New Belgium

Brewing for Greenways Collaboration: Wedge and New Belgium brew a traditional German ale to benefit Greenways

Release party on Tuesday, November 15, $1/pint goes to Friends of Connect Buncombe

Wedge Brewing and New Belgium Brewing have teamed up for a neighborhood brewing collaboration to benefit greenway non-profit, Friends of Connect Buncombe (FOCB) with a take on the traditional German ale, a Dunkelweizen. On Tuesday, November 15, join the breweries for a release party at the Wedge that starts at 5:00 p.m. Both breweries will have the beer on tap and for every pint of the Wedge/New Belgium Dunkelweizen sold, $1 will be donated to putting greenways on the ground in Buncombe County.


5:00 p.m.            Bicycle Beer Delivery – meet at Wedge for a group ride delivering Dunkelweizen to New Belgium

6:00 p.m.            Release Party at Wedge – Brewers talk beer, FOCB talks greenways, Blue Dragons rock music, beer pours

“It was a pleasure getting to take part in the creation of this beer with Ian Leightner (Wedge brewer) and Alex Dwoinen (New Belgium brewer), and an even greater pleasure having New Belgium as our neighbor,” says Andy Shepard, Wedge brewer. “I’m excited by the thought of continued collaboration and brewing more beer in the future. Love, Andy xoxo.”

Brewed in the heart of the River Arts District at the Wedge, Dunkelweizen is a take on a traditional German Dark Wheat Ale, using a decoction mash to bring out malt character reminiscent of chocolate banana bread. Freshly cracked black pepper compliments clove notes from the yeast, with a tart, clean finish. Enjoy this hearty fall beer, and help support Friends of Connect Buncombe. ABV: 6.3%

“We are so grateful for the support and leadership of the brewing community,” says Suzanne Malloy, Director of Friends of Connect Buncombe.  “Imagine one day when our neighborhoods are connected by greenways to local breweries and gathering spots for all of us to enjoy. Working together we can make a difference in our communities.”



Wedge Brewery brews good beer in the classic styles. They use the best sourced ingredients to make beer we can be proud of. The brewery size and production allow them to be a throwback to the neighborhood brewery. Learn more at www.wedgebrewing.com.



New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews thirteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.



A Buncombe County non-profit, FOCBs goal is to see a system of connected trails for public usage to foster and promote tourism, economic development, health, recreation, diverse and safe transportation options, and connect community and the cultural heritage and beauty of Buncombe County. Catalyzed by Highland Brewing Company and New Belgium Brewing in 2015, Brewing for Greenways is an on-going, multi-brewery effort to raise money and awareness for the planned public greenway network that will connect Buncombe County. To date, Brewing for Greenways has supported a $15,000 feasibility study for the East Asheville greenway. Learn more at: www.weconnectbuncombe.org

About New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium Brewing Company is a craft brewery located in Fort Collins, Colorado. It opened in 1991 after Jeff Lebesch, the brewery's founder, took his homebrewing passion commercially. In 2011, it produced 712,800 barrels of its various labels. As of 2012, it was the third-largest craft brewery and eighth-largest overall brewery in the United States.

Fat Tire, an amber ale, is the company's flagship beer.

New Belgium will be opening the doors to their Asheville location located in the River Arts District in 2016.

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