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Posted May 23, 2012 in Beer, Beer Awards, Beer Humor, Beer Pairings, Beer Places, Breweries, Brewpubs, Cooking with Beer, Events, In the news, Limited Release, Music, People, Rarerities, Seasonals, Specials, The Beerlanthropy® Project
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2012
The Inaugural Asheville Beer Week Kicks-off on May 24
ASHEVILLE, N.C.—The biggest beer bash to hit Asheville, North Carolina, a.k.a. BeerCity, USA, begins this Thursday, May 24 through June 3 with an incredible number of beer events held all over town and the surrounding areas during the first Asheville Beer Week.
The festivities begin at Highland Brewing’s Tasting Room on Thursday, May 24 4:00-8:00 p.m. with a Benefit for The Ben Harris Family. On April 24, 2012, Ben Harris passed away due to a keg explosion at Redhook Brewing in Portsmouth, NH. This terrible news affected the brewing community nationwide. In Asheville, where beer is loved and brewed, we deeply mourn this tragedy. Ben’s wife, Alysha Miller, is a former Asheville resident and a cousin to Jamie DeJohn, Highland Brewing Company’s Assistant Tasting Room Manager. Ben and Alysha were newly married and Alysha is expecting a child in December. Asheville breweries will donate beer for purchase and beer gear for auction. Hank West & The Smokin’ Hots will be playing from 6-8pm. All proceeds will go to the Ben Harris and Alysha Miller Baby Fund. There is no cover, but donations in any amount will be gratefully accepted. This event, joining local breweries and showing care for all in our industry, is a great way to start Asheville Beer Week.
Asheville Beer Week not only supports the local breweries, restaurants, bars, and retailers, but also many community causes, including the Asheville Brewers Alliance, The Ben Harris and Alysha Miller Baby Fund (Redhook), Habitat for Humanity, Save The French Broad, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC, The WNC Nature Center, and The Appalachian Trail Conservancy to name a few. There are big, fancy dinners and free, fun pint nights—ensuring there is something for everyone.
Some Asheville Beer Week highlights:
May 25, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Barley’s presents: Beer 101 (Open Class)
Learn about beer, history, etc and sample local brews w/ beer columnist, Anne Fitten Glenn. $10/pp
May 26, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Just Brew It! Homebrew Festival
Just Economics Annual Home Brew Festival and Competition. Sample 100+ different beers from 55+ homebrewers. Visit http://justeconomicswnc.org for information. $16/pp.
May 28, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Moe’s Original BBQ presents: Greg Engert Beer & Food Forum
Greg Engert, the Washington, D.C.-based beer director for The Neighborhood Restaurant Group, teams up with our very own Moe’s Original BBQ for a night of beer and food selections. $45/pp. Call Moe’s BBQ for reservation, (828) 505-8282.
May 29, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Pisgah Brewing: Flight Night at The Market Place
Four hors d’oeuvres paired with four Pisgah beers. $16/pp. http://www.marketplace-restaurant.com/
May 30, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Asheville Brewing: “District 12″ Release Party
Ryan Burac from Asheville Brewing rolls out the “District 12 Ale” in honor of WNC’s beautiful showing as backdrop to the blockbuster The Hunger Games. Free, at the brewery.
May 30, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Bruisin’ Ales, Pack’s Tavern and AIR (Asheville Independent Restaurants) present: Beer Chef!
Beer Chef, in Pack’s Tavern Century Room, is a foodie and beer extravaganza—featuring Belgian and Belgian-style beers matched with the delectable creations of some of Asheville’s best chefs. This casual eight-course, eight-beer pairing event is a highlight of Asheville Beer Week. Special Guests: Brian Grossman (Sierra Nevada, Co-Manager & Director of Consumer Experience), Terence Sullivan (Sierra Nevada, Brewmaster & Head Field Educator), and Grady Hull (New Belgium, Assistant Brewmaster). $85/pp. Tickets available at http://beerchef.eventbrite.com.
May 31, 6:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Thirsty Monk presents: Brux with Brian Grossman of Sierra Nevada & Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River
Sierra Nevada Brewing and Russian River Brewing collaborated on a wild ale called Brux. Join us as we pop open some bottles and listen to Brian Grossman and Vinnie Cilurzo talk about their collaboration. This is your chance to try this beer a month before its official release. We will also be the only place in North Carolina pouring a keg of “Love at First Bike,” the beer that Brian and Vinnie brewed for Brian’s wedding! Free entry.
June 2, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Beer City Festival
The 3rd Annual Beer City Fest at Roger McGuire Green. Hosted by Asheville Brewers Alliance. Showcasing the best beers brewed in the Carolinas. Fundraiser for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC and the Asheville Brewers Alliance. $40/pp. Tickets available at local breweries, Barley’s, and Bruisin’ Ales through Thursday, May 24, then at the gate.
For a full calendar, please visit the Events Page.
The Official Asheville Beer Week website is http://ashevillebeerweek.com. Mobile apps are now available in both the Android and iPhone markets. Follow us on Twitter (@AVLBeerWeek), Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare, and Untappd. There is also have an Untappd Badge to earn just for Asheville Beer Week. Use the official hashtags #AVLBeer and #AVLBeerWeek to share your events and get info.
Posted May 22, 2012 in Beer, Beer Awards, Beer Pairings, Beer Places, Breweries, Brewpubs, Cooking with Beer, Events, Goings on, In the news, People, Rants, The Beerlanthropy® Project
Sure, we tied with the awesome town of Grand Rapids, MI for BeerCity, USA this year. The nay-sayers of the economic boon our industry brings will say “who cares?” and the neo-prohibitionists say we’re ruining the city by forcing everyone to drink “the alcohol,” but no. We shall not stand for that. We are a hard-working, vibrant, integral cross-section of this community that knows no borders and has no limits. We are a small bunch. We are strong. We work hard for each other. We work hard for others. We are not jerks. We are trying to make a living. And we like beer. And, moreover, we like that you like beer.
Here’s a Step-by-Step way to bring it home during Asheville Beer Week. If all you can think about is beer right now, skip straight to Step One. Otherwise, humor me.
We get it. Sometimes you’re tired of that regular local beer you always get with the burrito, side of sour cream. Been there. (And I hate sour cream.) Well, expand your local map area and drink something from within the region of the Southeast. There are many great beers by non-NC breweries that are often available from our greater region: Sweetwater (GA), Terrapin (GA), Atlanta Brewing/Red Brick (GA), RJ Rockers (SC), Thomas Creek (SC), Abita (LA). Surely, I am missing many. Even a brew in our general economic region is boost to the industry. And shouldn’t we let the world know we’re not a bunch of light-beer-swillin’ rednecks? It’s great to branch out, but still: the closer to home, the better.
Zoom in, go smaller. NC is awash in breweries and start-ups. We’re not even going to pretend to know everything about each one. We don’t. We’re on a mountain and no one tells us anything. But you can go to the North Carolina Brewers Guild Guide and then ask your favorite restaurant, bar, store (or refrigerator) in Asheville to stock your favorite North Carolina beer. If you don’t see something, ASK FOR IT. (Ask a manager. Also, sorry, managers.) There is no shame in it. In fact, you get extra cool points from the beer gods for doing so. This has been proven somewhere. I read it on the internet.
THREE: Support Asheville Beer Week (May 24-June 3, 2012)
This is the biggest beer bash ever to be held in Asheville, North Carolina, a.k.a. BeerCity, USA. A small, yet mighty group of people is working overtime to put on a stellar “week” for you (Okay, it’s 12 days, or something, but no one said we could count. We can’t.) with an insane number of beer events all over town.
During Asheville Beer Week, not only are you supporting the local breweries, restaurants, bars, and retailers, you are also doing your usual gig for many, many, many good causes. During Asheville Beer Week, the beer community is helping out many groups and individuals, including the Asheville Brewers Alliance, The Family of Ben Harris (Redhook Brewery), Habitat for Humanity, Save The French Broad, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC, The WNC Nature Center, and The Appalachian Trail Conservancy to name a few. There are big, fancy dinners and free, fun pint nights. Three fests ranging from free to $16/pp to $40/pp. We’ve got you covered.
You can visit the Official Asheville Beer Week site at http://ashevillebeerweek.com. We’ve also got apps in Android and iPhone markets. You can play with us on Twitter (@AVLBeerWeek), Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare, and Untappd. We even have an Untappd Badge you can earn to show you Asheville Beer Week pride! Use the official hashtags #avlbeer and #avlbeerweek to share your events and get info.
(Oh, and here’s a link for a contest for two free tickets to Beer City Fest from 104.9.)
When you drink a local beer, you don’t just support the brewery. You support the employees in the office to the folks scraping the mash tun; you support their families, their kids. You support the businesses that carry their products, which means you support small businesses. You support EVERYONE. We’ve heard Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery say many times that the very first beer you enjoy every night should always be a local beer. This is not a lie.
ONE: Drink a Local Beer
You’re doing it! Congratulations. Cheers!
(Photo: MountainXPress/Anne Fitten Glenn)
Posted May 10, 2012 in Beer, Beer Pairings, Breweries, Cooking with Beer, Events, Limited Release, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project
Posted Dec 13, 2011 in Beer, Breweries, Cooking with Beer, Events, Limited Release, People, Rarerities
This week, say hello to Les Addis, the Southeast Rep for Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME. This is our brewery last tasting of 2011, so don’t miss it. Same time, same place: Thursday, December 15, from 5:-00-7:00 p.m. Be sure to click the beer links below leading to the Allagash site for some great recipes to go along with these beers!
What’s on the beer flight:
Allagash White: “Our interpretation of a traditional Belgian wheat beer. Brewed with a generous portion of wheat and spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel, this beer is fruity, refreshing and slightly cloudy in appearance.” [5.0% abv]
Allagash Black: “Allagash Black is a Belgian style stout brewed with 2 Row barley, torrified wheat, oats, both roasted and chocolate malt and a generous portion of dark caramelized candi sugar. The silky mouth feel is a great balance to the roasted character, coffee and dark chocolate notes expressed throughout this beer.” [7.5% abv]
Allagash Tripel: “This strong golden ale is marked by passion fruit and herbal notes in the aroma, with suggestions of banana and honey in the complex palate. The Tripel has a remarkably long and smooth finish.” [9.0% abv]
… and a very special addition straight from the brewery for samples only …
Mattina Rossa: “Mattina Rossa is a beer that was a long time in the making. It was brewed in August of 2008 with a base of 2-Row malt and 440 lbs of local raspberries in the mash. It was then conservatively hopped with Tettanang, German Tradition and Saaz and fermented with our house yeast strain. Shortly after primary fermentation, the beer was racked into eleven red wine barrels, nine of which were inoculated with either Lactobacillus or Brettanomyces ‘Allagensis’. After one year, we placed an additional 100 lbs of local raspberries in five of the barrels. The beer continued to age for an additional year, at which time the barrels were blended to strike the desired balance of fruit and funk. Mattina Rossa has an aroma of fresh raspberry, strawberry preserves and lemon rind. Raspberry is also discernible in the flavor, along with mild quince and pomegranate. The long finish starts with a tart citrus and ends with a pronounced biscuit flavor and a slight bitterness.” [6.9% abv]
(PS: We also have the draft-only release Big Little Beer wild ale on the kegerator for purchase.)