June 27, 2013

Asheville Beer News Roundup

via AshevilleGrown.com
There's been a lot happening in the Asheville beer scene over the past week or two. Here are just a few of the latest stories:

Asheville Growler to open July 22nd

With new NC legislation expanding the rights of retailers to sell growlers, the owner of Asheville's Bar of Soap has pounced on a new business opportunity. The retail outlet in North Asheville will be located a stone's throw from Asheville Brewing Company's Merrimon Ave. location. Check out the press release on Ashvegas.com.

Burial Beer Company opens strong

Just a couple weeks since their grand opening weekend, there is a lot of good chatter about the brews coming out of Burial Beer Co. This is definitely a brewery worth keeping an eye on.

Ben's Tune-Up opens 

Ben's Tune-Up, a bar, restaurant, and sake brewery, opened this week. Read Emily Patrick's fun run-down for the Mountain Xpress, while BlogAsheville gives us a preview of their Asian-fusion menu. The best part is, Ben's is located right between Asheville Brewing Company's Coxe Ave. location and Hi-Wire Brewing Co., making for one hell of a bar crawl.

Hi-Wire Brewing gets rolling

This week marks the release of Hi-Wire's 12-oz. bottles in the Asheville market. Just about everyone has heard that the Hi-Wire Lager is an ideal summer drinker. Check out the Hi-Wire bottle release party this Saturday at the Southern Kitchen and Bar.

Asheville man launches BREW-ed

Cliff Mori, an Asheville-based beer connoisseur, has launched his own beer education company. Mori, a Certified Cicerone, will offer brewery tours, staff training, and beer education classes. Find more information at Ashvegas.com and the BREW-ed website.

Got local beer news to share? Shoot me a line at david (at) localbeerblog (dot) com.

June 20, 2013

Introducing CentUp: Support Bloggers & Charities with a Single Click

CentUp logo
Beer for a cause. It's a theme I've tried to highlight from time to time, one that recurs quite often in the craft beer industry. Something about people that enjoy craft beer -- they love to support good causes!

Now I get to take an active role in raising money for good causes through my own passion for craft beer. And you can help!

You may have noticed a new button on my website: CentUp. Maybe you saw the brewery they built for me on Facebook.

CentUp is an exciting new platform that enables people like you to reward content creators and support good causes with the click of a button. For as little as a penny, you can chip in to support your favorite bloggers and donate to a charity of your choice at the same time. For every click of the CentUp button, 45% percent of the donation goes to the publisher and 45% goes to the charity. CentUp keeps 10% to cover operating costs.

I found out about CentUp through their Kickstarter campaign, which was successfully funded. Watch the video below and tell me if you're not intrigued [video link]...

June 18, 2013

Hi-Wire Bottle Release and Upcoming Events

hi wire asheville brewery
Hi-Wire's sign gets installed at their
Asheville brewery (via Hi-Wire Brewing)
As they wrap up construction of their downtown tap room, Hi-Wire Brewing is getting closer and closer to making their beers available throughout Western North Carolina. Find details in the press release below:


ASHEVILLE, NC, June 17, 2013 – After months of fine-tuning its bottling and labeling equipment, Hi-Wire Brewing’s beers are just about ready for distribution in 12-oz. six-packs! With our beers available on tap throughout Western North Carolina and select locations throughout the state, Hi-Wire is extremely excited to finalize its beer roll-out.

Starting on Wednesday, June 26th, look for Hi-Wire’s beer in 12-oz six-packs at the following local, independent retail outlets:
  • Appalachian Vintner
  • Asheville Wine Market
  • Bruisin’ Ales
  • French Broad Food Co-op
  • West Village Market
  • Hops & Vines
  • Weinhaus

Beginning on Friday, June 28th, Hi-Wire’s six-packs will also be available at a host of other retail outlets as well as in area bars and restaurants.

June 4, 2013

6 Reasons to be Happy AVL Beer Week is Over

The marathon that was Asheville Beer Week has reached its conclusion. From Just Brew It, to the Asheville Rare and Wild Beer Tasting, to Beer City Fest, it was a whirlwind of boozin' and shmoozin'.

You're probably expecting me to say something like "Well, now you can give your liver a break." Au contraire. Asheville Beer Week may be over, but the summer season is just getting started. And with summer comes...you guessed it -- more beer! Here are five upcoming beer (and cider) events to look forward to:

Hi-Wire Asheville Black IPA1. Hi-Wire Opening

Whether you tried them at Beer City Fest or the Thirsty Monk last week, you've got to be excited about Hi-Wire Brewing coming soon to Asheville. Their exact opening date is still TBA, but you can meet the crew and try their beers at the Westville Pub on June 12th.