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Wicked Weed Funkatorium Invitational - Formerly Funk Asheville

Wicked Weed Announces Sour Festival Brewery Lineup

Eblen Charities and Wicked Weed Brewing are gearing up for the third annual sour festival scheduled for Saturday, July 16th. The Funkatorium Invitational (formerly Funk Asheville) will host 50+ breweries both well established and up and coming that are paving the sour and wild path for craft beer. Ticket sales are slated for Monday, May 9th beginning at noon via ETIX.

The currently confirmed list of attending breweries includes;

  • 10 Barrel Brewing Company
  • Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
  • Allagash Brewing Company
  • The Lost Abbey Brewing Company
  • Almanac Beer Co.
  • New Belgium Brewery
  • Anchorage Brewing Company
  • Natty Greene’s Brewing Company
  • Anderson Valley Brewing Company
  • New Holland Brewing Company
  • Avery Brewing Company
  • Other Half Brewing
  • Beachwood Blendery
  • Off Color Brewing
  • Black Project Beer
  • Oxbow Beer
  • Blue Jacket Brewery
  • Perennial Artisan Ales
  • Boulevard Brewing
  • Prairie Ales Artisan Ales
  • Brasserie
  • Trois Dames
  • The Rare Barrel
  • A Sour Beer Co.
  • Breakside Brewery
  • Sante Adarius Rustic Ales
  • Bruery Terreux
  • Scratch Brewing Company
  • Burial Beer Co.
  • Steel String Brewery
  • Cascade Brewing
  • Stone Brewing Company
  • Creature Comforts
  • Transmitter Brewing
  • Crooked Stave Artisan Ales
  • Trinity Brewing Co.
  • Ecliptic Brewing
  • Trophy Brewing Company
  • Fonta Flora Brewery
  • TRVE Brewing Co.
  • Funkwerks Brewery
  • Upland Brewing Co.
  • Goose Island Brewery
  • Westbrook Brewing
  • Green Bench Brewing Co.
  • Wicked Weed Brewing
  • Green Man Brewery
  • Wooden Robot Brewing
  • Grimm Artisan Ales
  • Wrecking Bar Brewpub
  • Haw River Farmhouse Ales
  • Yazoo Brewing Company
  • Jester King Brewery
  • Zebulon Artisan Ales

“We believe strongly in this craft and the cause it supports,” states Head Blender, Walt Dickinson. “We want to be a voice moving the conversation about sour beer forward in the industry. Our goal is to bring in breweries who are dedicated to the craft of sour beer from all across the country into our own back yard to showcase the full potential of American barrel-aged sour and wild ales.”

General admission tickets are $80 (plus service fees and NC tax) and VIP tickets are $100 (plus service fees and NC tax). The Funkatorium Invitational will commence at 8pm (with an 7pm entry for VIP) and end at 11pm in the wooded outdoor space at Wicked Weed’s production brewery in Candler with shuttles available for guests to and from the festival. Guests can expect live music, local food trucks, and over 125 sour and wild offerings.

As a thank you to their hometown, the brewery will again offer 100 local VIP tickets at General Admission price. VIP Local tickets will go on sale May 2nd -6th and can be purchased in person at the Funkatorium (147 Coxe Ave) during business hours. Locals will need identification with an Asheville address and/or mail with proof of address.

“Without the embrace we felt early on from our community we wouldn’t have a sour program,” explained Dickinson. “It was the people who would show up every Friday at three o’clock waiting for us to tap Black Angel when we only had four barrels of it who drove Wicked Weed sour beer and proved that it was viable. This is a small way we can thank them.”

All of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Eblen Charities. Eblen is a local Asheville charity that provides needs within the community for the underprivileged population.   Eblen directly helps the community of Asheville by providing assistance with medical needs, education, energy needs, emergency assistance, housing and more.

“We are honored and excited about being part of this amazing festival this year and to be part of the wonderful outreach of Wicked Weed in our community. Eblen Charities has long partnered with Wicked Weed in touching the lives of those less fortunate in times of need. This new endeavor will not only bring well-deserved recognition to so many breweries, but will help those in need with the assistance they need. We are most grateful for Wicked Weed’s vision, kindness, and compassion,” states Bill Murdock, Executive Director of Eblen Charities.

About Wicked Weed

Wicked Weed Brewing is based in Asheville, North Carolina. Opened in December 2012, the original brewpub consistently hosts 25+ beers on tap including hop forward, West Coast style ales, open fermented Belgians, and barrel aged sour and wild beers. With the opening of the second location, The Funkatorium, in October 2014, Wicked Weed is striving to become the largest producer of barrel aged beers in the Southeastern US. Wicked Weed Brewing was awarded a gold medal for both 100% Brettanomyces Serenity in 2013 and Mompara Honey Ale in 2014 at the Great American Beer Festival. In addition to these beers, Wicked Weed is known for producing Freak of Nature Double IPA, Coolcumber Ale, Tyrant Double Red Ale, Hopburgular Citrus IPA, Black Angel Cherry Sour and Oblivion Sour Red. Most recently, Wicked Weed announced plans to open a 40,000 square foot production facility by fall 2015.

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