Showing posts with label North Carolina. Show all posts
Showing posts with label North Carolina. Show all posts

March 25, 2015

Review: Hi-Wire Single-Hopped Simcoe Session IPA

Hi-Wire Brewing has been absolutely killing it since they opened two years ago. Their taproom is always busy, they recently announced the location of a new production brewery, and the beer's good. Really good.

It seems like not so long ago that 40 IBUs was pretty standard for an IPA. These days, if an IPA doesn't wreck your palate, it isn't hoppy enough. Hi-Wire's Single Hop Simcoe Session IPA, on the other hand, is well balanced at 40 IBUs & 4.8% ABV, so the 22 oz. bomber won't knock you out.

The brewers did a great job executing the Simcoe hop flavor, which can easily be overdone. Balance, according to Hi-Wire co-founder Adam Charnack, is head brewer Luke Holgate's hallmark, and I have to agree. In this beer, those Simcoe hops give this beer an expertly restrained grassy, herbal flavor, supported by soft, sweet malt in the background.

So what else might Hi-Wire be working on?

When they open their new facility (which could be as early as this summer), the current brewery will remain a creative outlet for some of the more adventurous beers they like to make. Examples might include beers like their dry-hopped Belgian, brewed with SouthYeast yeast harvested from a local nectarine, Riverbend malt, and El Dorado hops. Or maybe more hop forward beers like Maneater Double IPA. And seeing as this single hop beer was labeled "Vol. 1," hopefully many more expertly crafted single hop brews will be coming down the line soon.



October 29, 2014

Wicked Weed/New Belgium Collaboration Benefits the French Broad River

A new collaboration between Wicked Weed Brewing and New Belgium will benefit WNCA’s French Broad Riverkeeper, a program which works to preserve the environmental integrity of the French Broad River in Western North Carolina. Wicked Weed, a fast-rising star in the Asheville beer community, and New Belgium, which is building a new brewery on the banks of the French Broad, will release "Tributary", an Imperial Brett Saison, on November 15th.

The beer will feature malts from two up-and-coming craft malt houses: Asheville's Riverbend Malt House and Colorado Malting. It is also made with a combination of yeasts from both breweries, sugar beets, Mosaic hops, and an experimental, yet-to-be named hop.

“The local brewery scene in Asheville is so vibrant,” said Alex Dwoinen, New Belgium’s Asheville Brewing Manager, about the partnership. “We’re excited to be involved with Luke, Walt and their team with this collaboration.  The experimentation they do never ceases to amaze me.”

The full press release can be found below.

October 22, 2014

CiderFest Returns to WNC


Cider fans will soon gather in Asheville to celebrate one of the fastest growing segments of the craft beverage industry: hard cider. After a very successful 2013 event, CiderFest NC returns to Western North Carolina on November 2nd, 1pm-5pm. The cider festival will be held this year at the WNC Farmer's Market at 570 Brevard Rd.

In the US, the hard cider market has grown exponentially, tripling in production between 2011 and 2013. Locally, the cider industry is also growing rapidly. Noble Cider recently announced expansion plans, while newcomers Black Mountain Cider Works and Urban Orchard Cider have joined the party in the last year.

This year's CiderFest will host at least 16 different hard cider companies, including several local and regional cideries, plus a handful from as far away as Michigan, Vermont, and even Spain! The following cideries have been confirmed:
  • Naked Apple Hard Cider (NC)
  • St. Paul Vineyard (NC)
  • Black Mountain Ciderworks (NC)
  • Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill (SC)
  • Bull City Ciderworks (NC)
  • Fishing Creek Hard Cider (NC)
  • Urban Orchard Cider Co. (NC)
  • Noble Cider (NC)
  • Three Sisters Cidery (NC)
  • Bold Rock Hard Cider (VA)
  • Red Clay Ciderworks (NC)
  • Sourwood Brewing (NC)
  • Blake's Hard Cider (MI)
  • Woodchuck Hard Cider (VT)
  • McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks (NC)
  • Bereziartua (Spain)
In addition to hard cider, CiderFest attendees will have the opportunity to sample cheese and other artisanal foods. Non-alcoholic cider will also be available.

All proceeds from the event will support the WNC Green Building Council. Tickets can be purchased at CiderFestNC.com for $30. Kids and young adults 20 and under get in free.

It's apple season in the mountains! (image via WNCGBC)
Two happy cider fans (image via WNCGBC)

October 8, 2014

Sylva, NC: Heinzelmännchen Brewery

As you're driving across western North Carolina this fall, enjoying the changing colors, consider stopping in Sylva, North Carolina. This small town about an hour west of Asheville hosts one of the oldest craft breweries in the area: Heinzelmännchen Brewery.

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Before there were Wicked Weed, Hi-Wire, or even a notion of New Belgium opening a brewery in Asheville, there was Heinzelmännchen. Husband and wife team Dieter Kuhn and Sheryl Rudd opened Heinzelmännchen Brewery in 2004, survived the Great Recession, and are now poised to expand their brewery and become a serious player in the regional beer market.

The Brewery

The current brewery is located at 545 Mill Street in downtown Sylva, a town of fewer than 3,000 people. Though Sheryl and Dieter have become well-known entrepreneurial figures in the area and regulars come in on a daily basis, the brewery relies heavily on tourist traffic from out of town. Dieter spoke fondly of a pair of friends who came through Sylva when the brewery first opened ten years ago. They’ve stopped in every year since when they pass through for their annual camping trip, and now bring their kids along as well.

German-born Dieter Kuhn has personally run the brewhouse for the past ten years, specializing in well-balanced, German-inspired ales. Many of Dieter’s recipes are influenced by the old style of brewing in Germany, where each village would have its own brewery to service the local population. In addition to a rotating line-up of 8-10 draft taps, Heinzelmännchen also serves two homemade soft drinks -- a root beer and a birch beer -- which are popular with the kids.   

The Beers

Among the beers I tasted on my visit were Roktoberfest, a rich, toasty, malty-sweet festbier, and Ancient Days Honey Blonde Ale, a pale, lightly-hopped blonde ale made with locally-sourced Catamount honey. The honey contributed a spicy complexity to an otherwise straightforward beer. All of the beers were well-balanced, though Dieter makes a couple IPAs for the hop heads, including Orange Blossom Imperial IPA and Gnarly Gnome, a 7% ABV Black IPA.

Future Plans

Having established themselves in WNC, Sheryl and Dieter have reached the limits of their current space and are planning a new production facility just down the road in Dillsboro. The new, 30-barrel brewhouse will increase production significantly, enabling Heinzelmännchen to put their beers in cans and bottles, thereby reaching droves of new customers.

The Heinzelmännchen expansion will have a significant economic impact on the surrounding area. The new space will have room to serve up to 144 people, creating a good number of local jobs. The new brewery will occupy an abandoned rail depot, offering an opportunity to revitalize an older part of town. To finance the project, Sheryl and Dieter have begun raising money through a crowd-sourced funding campaign, in which supporters earn rewards for their contributions. Some of the higher-level gifts can be split among a group of supporters.

Aerial concept of the new Heinzelmännchen Brewery.

As Dieter puts it, Heinzelmännchen has been developing the customer relationship “one glass at a time.” That customer-oriented business-style and economic investment will surely have a positive impact on the brewing industry of WNC. 

The future home of Heinzelmännchen Brewery.



May 7, 2014

Preview: NC Brewers & Music Festival

This weekend is the fourth annual North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival. I've heard great things about the festival -- not once but twice a cashier at the local Earth Fare told me I had to go. To give us a sense of what to expect from the fest, I asked Executive Director Jeff Fissel a few questions about the event.

LBB: As a first-time attendee of the North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival, what should I know about the fest? What makes NCBMF different from other beer and music festivals?

JF: What makes this festival different is the effort and time put into both the music aspect of the festival as well as the beer side. We try our best to put on an event that promotes great local NC beer and pair that with some talented bands from across the country. If it is your first time at the festival just know to be ready to spend the day outside and to pace yourself, there is a lot of beer and a lot of bands to take in.

LBB: Why Rural Hill? 

JF: Rural Hill is a historic working farm and we do unique events year round to raise money for the site and our educational programs. The 265 acre farm lends itself perfectly as a unique outdoor festival venue and we are located just outside of Charlotte in Huntersville.

LBB: What makes NCBMF one of the best festivals in the Charlotte area?  

JF: What makes us unique is our venue and the fact that you can camp for the weekend. The campground is a great place to hang out and is filled with great people who are here to enjoy themselves. Live music from world class bands certainly helps as well and focusing on beer brewed right here in our home state is a big part of the festival's success.

LBB: Which musical act(s) are you looking forward to the most?

JF: Personally I love Greensky Bluegrass, but I am really looking forward to seeing Spirit Family Reunion for the first time on Saturday.

LBB: What beers or breweries are you looking forward to the most?  

JF: I also love to see what the crowd favorites like Noda and Highland bring, but I am also excited to try beers from some of the new guys like Primal and D9.

LBB: What eight words best summarize NCBMF?

JF: Fun, laid back, great moods, tunes, and beer.

LBB: Anything else we should know about the festival?

JF: Check out the website for all the scheduling info and FAQs and we will see you this weekend. It might also be good to know to get your tickets in advance just in case they sell out before Saturday.

Check back after the fest to see how it went! Cheers!

February 18, 2014

Brewconomy: An Interview with Camden Watts

In North Carolina, a small group of filmmakers are exploring what makes our local beer economy so vibrant. Set for release in 2015, Brewconomy will reveal the people and the passion behind North Carolina craft beer. If you'd like to learn more about the project and meet the filmmakers, there is an information session tomorrow, Feb. 19th at the Bull City Burger & Brewery in Durham, NC. To get a behind the scenes look at the project, I asked producer and director Camden Watts a few questions...

1. Camden, what inspired you to create this film?

Craft beer and I have had a slow-burning romance since Pop the Cap legislation was signed in 2005. This film is essentially a love letter to craft beer and the people making it. I’m a huge fan. The more I learn, the more I fall in love with it.

The idea began at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, N.C., after Ignite Durham a few years ago. I had just listened to Shane Johnston give a talk about craft beer. (Watch the video here.) Since I was wrapping up my first feature-length documentary at the time, we jokingly talked about making a film about North Carolina craft beer. That turned into a few, more serious, conversations after my film wrapped. Now we’re actually making Brewconomy and I couldn’t be happier about it.

2. Is this your first documentary?

This is my third documentary and my fourth film. I keep a list of my films here if you’d like to learn more. I produce and direct, mostly on documentaries and comedies.

Filmmaking is something that makes me ridiculously happy. It’s challenging, complex, and collaborative. I also get a chance to meet interesting people and share their work with the world. My hope is that every film I make will help improve someone’s life a little, through awareness about something I believe in or a bit of comedy.

3. What experience do you have in film making?

I’ve always dreamt of being a filmmaker, even as a little girl. My background is in graphic design, photography, and communications. I’ve also worked in marketing and project management. But I never had a formal filmmaking education.

Much like home brewers testing their beers and improving each step of the way, I’ve been learning more with every film I make. The school of hard knocks is filled with unforgettable teachers. Those lessons aren’t easily forgotten.

Brewconomy is going to be my best film yet. We have an incredible team and very professional crew working on it. So that people can get an idea of what we’re working on, we’ve been posting clips on YouTube. I’m so proud of what we’ve captured and how it’s all coming together.

4. What's so special about local beer in general, and NC beer in particular?

Local craft beer is an incredible thing. It’ll be tough to keep this answer short.

Like a lot of folks, I was used to drinking watered-down beer that had very little flavor. Over the years -- and with a lot of help from friendly brewers and beer enthusiasts -- I’ve come to love the taste of just about any style of craft beer. Each one is so different, flavorful, and delicious.

A lot of breweries source locally, which is what makes North Carolinian beers so distinct. They reflect the area because they’re made from what’s available here. I prided myself on knowing the South well because I was born and raised here. Then we interviewed Sean Lilly Wilson at Fullsteam, and I was schooled pretty quickly. They make beers from fruits I never knew existed, like the paw paw. Check out their forager series of beers; they’re incredible.

We interviewed the folks at Riverbend Malt House who are helping brewers make distinctly Southern beer. They provide brewers with locally farmed, artisan malts. They’re doing such great work. Watch a clip from our interview with Riverbend Malt House here and learn more about their work with New Belgium here.

But, you know, it’s not just the beer, the experience of savoring each sip, or even pairing it with amazing food that keeps me fascinated. It’s much bigger than what’s in the pint. The craft beer industry is having a big positive impact on the state’s agriculture, community, and economy -- and that’s the focus of our documentary.

5. Why should someone support your Kickstarter campaign?

Beer enthusiasts should support the Brewconomy Kickstarter campaign because they believe in local brewers. We do. We want to share their story -- but we can’t do it alone.

The Kickstarter campaign is helping us fund the rest of production (equipment, travel, accommodations, talent, etc.), but it’s also building a community of supporters. That’s really important to us. We want the community to be a part of the filmmaking journey.

By contributing to the campaign, backers will get behind-the-scenes information about the making of Brewconomy in addition to rewards. Our backers will be with us every step of the way. When the film makes it into festivals and starts screening in 2015, our backers will be able to say, “I helped make that film!”

I’m so grateful for the overwhelming support we’ve already received. We’re very close to our $10,000 goal. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing site so if we don’t make the goal, we don’t have that cash to put into the production. Every dollar counts.


We need help. Please become a Kickstarter backer. Tell your family, friends, and co-workers about it. If they’re not familiar with how to use Kickstarter, walk them through the process. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube as we continue making Brewconomy. Thank you!

November 14, 2013

Hard Cider Takes Off in Western NC

As with the rest of the United States, the craft cider scene is exploding at an impressive clip. Asheville is embracing this young and exciting movement, with a rapidly developing cider scene of its own. Six months ago there were no local cider companies in the area -- now there are three. It’s a movement that’s well suited given Western North Carolina’s abundant apple production. Two events from the past month, the first annual CiderFest NC and the MALT club annual cider pressing, introduced a number of craft beer enthusiasts to the world of cider.

October 13, 2013

Wicked Weed Brings Asheville a Gold Medal

Enjoying the Gold Medal at the GABF
award ceremony (via Twitter)
Wicked Weed Brewing has made history by being the first ever Asheville brewery to bring home a gold medal from the Great American Beer Festival, the top brewing industry event in the country and the largest commercial beer competition in the world.

Despite the fact that they just opened this past December, Wicked Weed has proven that they've raised the bar on the quality of beer coming out of this city. Their gold medal was in the American-Style Brett Beer category for Serenity, a beer formerly known as Transcendence. "Brett" is short for Brettanomyces, a historically wild yeast that today's most adventurous brewers have harnessed to create beers with complex, funky characteristics. In the style category, Wicked Weed's Serenity surpassed 37 other entries, including those of California's Russian River (maker of what is arguably America's favorite craft beer) and Colorado's Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (whose brewer literally wrote the entry on Brettanomyces in the Oxford Companion to Beer). This all bodes well for the New Belgium/Wicked Weed/Riverbend Malt House collaboration beer mentioned in my previous post.

This is only the third ever GABF medal for Asheville breweries. In 2011, Lexington Avenue Brewery won a bronze medal in the Brown Porter category. Prior to that, Highland Brewing Company earned a silver for Black Mocha Stout (2008, American-Style Stout category). Wicked Weed's is the first GABF gold medal for a North Carolina brewery since 2010.

Other 2013 winners from North Carolina include:
  • Silver - Old Ale / Strong Ale category, Irish Walker Barley Wine, Olde Hickory Brewery, Hickory, NC
  • Bronze - Bohemian-Style Pilsener category, Bohemian Pilsner, Mother Earth Brewing, Kinston, NC
  • Bronze - Robust Porter category, Genuine Oatmeal Porter, Carolina Brewery, Chapel Hill, NC
Congratulations to all the winners from GABF!

More results and stats from the Great American Beer Festival can be found in the press release from the Brewers Association.

October 11, 2013

Riverbend Malt House Announces Expansion, GABF Collaboration Beer

Asheville's Riverbend Malt House is in the middle of several exciting projects, including a major expansion and R&D with the North Carolina agricultural extension office. Plus, tonight in Denver, New Belgium and Wicked Weed will unveil a small batch collaboration beer made with Riverbend malt -- a Brett IPA brewed with experimental hops, German spelt, and Riverbend's Appalachian wheat.

Here's some more information about the collaboration and the release event:

September 11, 2013

Recap: High Country Craft Beer and Food Festival

It's been a busy past couple weeks in the craft beer world! It's the end of the summer, and it seems that everyone wants to squeeze out as many beer festivals as possible before the cold weather sets in.

This past Friday was the New Belgium "Clips" Beer and Film Tour in Asheville, while the weekend before was the High Country Beer Festival at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

September 4, 2013

Highlands, NC: Ruka's Table Masters the Beer Pairing Dinner

Narrow, winding roads lead into the mountains of Highlands, NC, the kind that make you wonder how the treads on your tires are doing. Suddenly the forest road opens up to offer sweeping views of the surrounding states. Located in a small resort town in the Nantahala National Forest, Ruka's Table sources ingredients from its neighbors in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, and delivers food fit for any of the best restaurants in Atlanta, DC, or New York City. Head Chef Justin Burdett recently presented a beer pairing dinner showcasing many of these local ingredients.

Prior to working at Ruka’s Table, Burdett was Chef de Cuisine at Miller Union, a highly regarded farm-to-table restaurant in Atlanta. In March 2013, he was named among the top chefs in the Southeast by Food & Wine Magazine. He has also competed on the Food Network show "Chopped" -- and won.

August 29, 2013

Appalachian State's "Ivory Tower" Brewery Creates 100% NC Beer

all north carolina beer hops kettle
NC hops go into the kettle at ASU's
Ivory Tower Brewery.
Day by day, brewers around the country are embracing local ingredients in their beer making, whether malt, hops, honey, produce, or yeast. Now, as a new generation of brewers prepares to enter the workforce, that commitment to local suppliers is top of mind. I recently spoke with Rusty Kuhfeld, Lab Coordinator for the Appalachian State fermentation science program, to get the scoop on a beer made with ingredients sourced entirely from North Carolina.

Ivory Tower Brewery is the pilot brewery at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. ASU's fermentation science program is an increasingly popular course of study, allowing future brewers and winemakers to earn a four-year fermentation science degree that will give them a significant leg up when they're ready to enter the industry.

The program recently purchased a 3-barrel brewing system, allowing them to produce upwards of 90 gallons per batch. The plan is to sell the beer produced by the students in order to help fund research and supplies. Unfortunately North Carolina law prohibits the sale of alcohol produced by universities, but they hope that the state will revise its laws so that they can raise money for the program, clear out capacity, and allow the students to gain more experience. The fermentation science program also offers lab services for professional craft brewers to receive analysis on things like IBUs and alcohol content, color, and clarity.

August 22, 2013

Local Beer Event Roundup

A lot of exciting beer events coming up in the Southeast: beer dinners, festivals, New Belgium "Clips" Film Festival... Are you ready?

Tonight, Aug. 22, 2013 - Oskar Blues Pint Night at the Brew Pump

The Brew Pump is a brand new beer bar in a converted gas station at 760 Haywood Road in West Asheville. This is the bar's first pint night, featuring our new neighbors from down in Brevard. There will be bluegrass music with Steven Shealy, free Oskar Blues merchandise, and the El Kimchi Food Truck will be on site providing the grub.

See you there.

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 - VA Craft Brewers Festival

August 1, 2013

The Grove Park Inn Goes Craft: Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen

The attractive interior space opens into
even more impressive mountain views.
Someone made a very wise move when they decided to make craft beer and local food the focal point of the Grove Park Inn's classy new restaurant. 

Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen carries ten North Carolina beers on tap, including several local brews. Edison will offer flights of up to four pours, allowing drinkers to sample some of North Carolina's finest ales and lagers. The draft beer selection is rounded out by number of quality canned and bottled beers, again with a focus on the regional and local.

July 24, 2013

Tonight: Mother Earth Pairing Dinner at Ruka's Table

Late notice, yes, but this beer dinner sounds pretty amazing. Ruka's Table is in Highlands, NC, about
an hour southwest of Brevard.


For Immediate Release: 

July 23, 2013

In Print! AVL on Tap Magazine Covers the Local Beer Scene

For the first time, my writing has been published in print! AVL on Tap is a new Asheville magazine that covers the local beer beat. Founder and Editor Mitch Morgan invited me to write a piece about Riverbend Malt House, and I was glad to oblige. Look for the (free!) magazine around town at all your favorite craft beer spots, or check out the digital version by clicking the picture below.

Hope you dig it! Cheers!

Asheville local beer magazine AVL

July 11, 2013

This Friday: Tour the NC State Hops Research Yard in Western North Carolina

Image via NC Alternative Crops and Organics
If you missed the Hops Growing in North Carolina workshop this past March, don't despair. The Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Mills River, NC, is offering a free, public tour of their hops yard this Friday, July 12th, from 4pm to 6pm.

This is a great opportunity to learn all about the challenges that face a possible hops industry in the Southeast. In case you haven't heard, Sierra Nevada's building a giant brewery down in Mills River, so see below for travel information. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person.

Via the NC Alternative Crops and Organics Blog:

"In direct response to the expressed needs of hops growers in North Carolina, three years ago we established a hops variety trial at the research station in western North Carolina. Ten varieties were planted on a 20 foot trellis. The first year (2011), we had one of the prettiest hop yards in the Southeast. The second year (2012), Downy Mildew, spider mites, and Japanese beetles took a terrible toll on the plants and the differences between varieties really became apparent. We lost one variety completely; Newport. Downy Mildew actually killed the crowns. This spring we took the opportunity to informally test a few new varieties by planting them where the Newport crowns had been planted. This year we have taken a much more aggressive approach to controlling diseases and insects. We have also done some cultural practices, such as spring pruning in an effort to increase lateral formation and yields. 

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 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:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.