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.

Burial Beer Co Grand Opening
2. Burial Beer Opening

Burial Beer Co. had one of the longest lines I saw at Beer City Fest, and for good reason. Their saison was one of my favorites of the festival. Burial's grand opening celebration is June 15th, 2pm-8pm, at their new brewery on 40 Collier Ave.

Noble Cider Asheville NC

3. Noble Cider Release Party

Yet another craft beverage business making their Beer City Fest debut, Noble Cider ran out of their Summer Blend pretty quickly. Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 5th, they'll be celebrating with a release party at Wedge Brewing Co. from 4:30pm-7:30pm.

4. Tour de Fat in Durham

For those looking to imbibe further afield, New Belgium's Tour de Fat is a great option. The traveling beer and bicycle festival rolls through Durham on June 15th. Don't forget your bike and your costume!

5. The Wedge Outdoor Cinema

The Outdoor Cinema series kicks of this Saturday, June 8th, at Wedge Brewing. Try some Noble Cider, which should be on tap at the Wedge throughout the summer!

6. All the other amazing beer in this awesome city! 

In all seriousness, Asheville Beer Week was a blast. Check out these photos from the past week and start making plans for next year!

Just Brew It 2013

My booth
VICTORY! (Image courtesy theAVL.com. Check out
the full photo album here.) 

New Belgium/Oskar Blues Tap Takeover at the WALK

New Belgium Cocoa Mole
Cocoa Mole...yeah
Saison Insanity at Wicked Weed

Wicked Weed Asheville Saisons 1
What would you do in this situation?
Wicked Weed Asheville Saisons 2

Asheville Rare and Wild Beer Tasting

I volunteered at the event and poured Viking Metal from Jester King Craft Brewery out of Austin, TX:

Jester King Viking Metal
"This rendition of Gotlandsdricka—an ancient Swedish farmhouse ale that was once the beer of Vikings—was brewed with birchwood smoked malt (smoked in house), juniper and Myrica gale, then aged in Old Tom gin barrel for several months with wild yeast and souring bacteria. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally conditioned."
Some of my top beer included three dark sours: New Belgium Foeder #2, Deschutes Burgschrund Black, and Weyerbacher Sour Black.

Hi-Wire Preview at the Thirsty Monk

Black IPA - mmm, roasty
Beer City Fest

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