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Asheville Grit: Be the #MayorOfBrewgrass

Posted Aug 28, 2015 in Beer, Beer Awards, Beer Places, Coolness, Events, Goings on, In the news, Miscellany, People, Tech, The Beerlanthropy® Project

mayor-of-brewgrassVia Asheville Grit today. This seems like fun!

Do you want to be the #MayorOfBrewgrass?

Do you love all things about craft brews? Do you know the difference between Pale Ale and IPA? Are you ready for the beer adventure of a lifetime? Then you just might have what it takes to be the Mayor Of Brewgrass!
Brewgrass Festival along with Asheville Grit and iHeart Media are searching for the perfect person to be the Mayor of Brewgrass Festival 2015 by taking and posting a kick-ass pic. This lucky individual will claim this year’s amazing prizes and bragging rights for a year. The winner and their photo will be selected via a panel of judges and peers on You can also check out the stream of #MayorOfBrewgrass pics and start picking your favorites.

How to Enter:

First of all, you MUST be 21+ to enter and have a public Instagram account so that we can see your pics!
Between August 28th – September 4th, take a photo of yourself showing why you deserve to be the Mayor of Brewgrass Festival on Instagram using the #MayorOfBrewgrass hashtag.
Our panel of esteemed judges will select their favorite 5 photos to participate in an online voting poll. The finalists will be announced on September 7th.
Voting will be open to all from September 7th until September 9th at midnight.
The winner will be announced on September 10th.
More information can be found at

As Mayor Of Brewgrass 2015 you will receive:

  • A one of a kind mayoral sash and tasting cup worthy of your title
  • Two (2) VIP Passes to Brewgrass Festival 2015 on September 19th at Memorial Stadium
  • Two (2) Invites to the Brewer’s Only Dinner on September 18th
  • A Gift Basket of Brewgrass Festival goodies from our participating breweries and sponsors
  • Two (2) Tickets to Brewgrass Festival 2016

#MayorOfBrewgrass Photo Judges Include:

Ayana Dusenberry > Asheville Grit
Jason Sandford > Ashvegas
Danny McClinton > Brewgrass Festival Organizer
Tom Best > iHeart Media
Crissa Requate > Mason Jar Media

Bruisin’ Ales beer stats through 6/30/15

Posted Jul 03, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, History, In the news, Miscellany, Reports, Tech, The Beerlanthropy® Project

reportsHere is some nerdy stuff for you. J ran some data reports for the first half of the year that we think are pretty interesting. All reports are by consumer dollar sales in descending order. There are some surprising things here. For the first year ever, our Top Beer by Brand is not from Asheville. And, Green Man, Olde Hickory, and Wicked Weed all pushed into the top five our of the Top Breweries, knocking down some older, familiar players.

Top 20 Countries

  1. USA
  2. Belgium
  3. England
  4. Germany
  5. Denmark
  6. Scotland
  7. Italy
  8. Canada
  9. Austria
  10. Switzerland
  11. Iceland
  12. Netherlands
  13. France
  14. Sweden
  15. Japan
  16. Ireland
  17. Spain
  18. Sri Lanka
  19. Finland
  20. Poland

Top 50 Breweries

  1. Green Man
  2. Olde Hickory
  3. Wicked Weed
  4. NoDa
  5. Pisgah Brewing
  6. Foothills
  7. Nantahala
  8. Stone Brewing
  9. Asheville Brewing
  10. Boulevard
  11. Epic Brewing
  12. Hi-Wire
  13. Burial Beer
  14. Dogfish Head
  15. Evil Twin
  16. Bell’s
  17. Catawba
  18. Cascade
  19. Founders
  20. New Belgium
  21. Terrapin
  22. Sierra Nevada
  23. Rogue Ales
  24. Fullsteam
  25. The Bruery
  26. Knee Deep
  27. Southern Tier
  28. Allagash
  29. Highland
  30. Duck Rabbit
  31. French Broad
  32. Oskar Blues
  33. Anchorage
  34. Westbrook
  35. Sweetwater
  36. New Holland
  37. Victory
  38. PRAIRIE Artisan Ales
  39. Triple C
  40. Anderson Valley
  41. Lagunitas
  42. Mother Earth
  43. Dark Horse
  44. Weyerbacher
  45. Mystery
  46. Steel String
  47. Alvinne
  48. Thirsty Dog
  49. Twin Leaf
  50. Ommegang

Top 50 Beers by Brand

  1. NoDa Hop Drop ‘n Roll
  2. Olde Hickory Event Horizon
  3. Olde Hickory Omega Point
  4. Wicked Weed ‘Genesis’
  5. Wicked Weed ‘Oblivion’
  6. Epic Big Bad Baptist
  7. Green Man Nocturne Barrel Aged Smoked Imperial Porter
  8. Pisgah Pale Ale
  9. Green Man Holly King
  10. Olde Hickory Death by Hops
  11. Green Man The Dweller
  12. Wicked Weed ‘Amorous’
  13. Burial ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ Saison
  14. Green Man Demon Dweller
  15. Boulevard Love Child
  16. Foothills IPA of the Month
  17. Pisgah Greybeard IPA
  18. Green Man Rainmaker
  19. NoDa Coco Loco
  20. Nantahala Barrel Aged Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout
  21. Green Man None More Black
  22. Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Bigfoot Ale
  23. Wicked Weed ‘Bretticent’
  24. Pisgah Chocolatized Vortex II
  25. Southern Tier Creme Brulee
  26. Duck Rabbit 10th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Anarchy
  27. Foothills Jade IPA
  28. Pisgah Red Devil
  29. Pisgah x Burial Cemetery Gates
  30. Twin Leaf ‘MDXXI’ Imperial Mexican Chocolate Stout
  31. Stone Enjoy By IPA
  32. Knee Deep Simtra Triple India Pale Ale
  33. Catawba Valley Peanut Butter Jelly Time
  34. Green Man IPA
  35. Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout
  36. Pisgah Valdez
  37. Bell’s Hopslam
  38. Pisgah Tripel
  39. Dogfish Head American Beauty
  40. Cascade Figaro
  41. Pisgah Oak Aged Pale P.O.A.P.
  42. New Holland Dragon’s Milk
  43. Founders ‘Backstage’ Blushing Monk
  44. PRAIRIE ‘Funky Gold Amarillo’
  45. Nantahala Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout
  46. Green Man ESB
  47. Burial ‘Skillet Donut Stout’
  48. Green Man Bootsy
  49. Ilkley The Mayan
  50. Wicked Weed ‘Take Take’

2015 Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference to be held in Asheville, July 17-19

Posted Mar 06, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Coming Soon, Coolness, Events, In the news, People, Tech

BBC15-Conf-Badge1Did you know the 2015 Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference will take place July 17-19 in Asheville, North Carolina? How exciting for our little mountain beer city. Over that weekend, look for the presence of both industry and citizen beer bloggers as well as many major players in the beer community, both local and national. If you have a local beer blog—or are considering starting one (even within your existing blog platform)—now is the time to get started! Here is what the BBC has to say about this year’s conference in Asheville:

“We are extremely pleased to bring the 2015 Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference to Asheville, North Carolina, on July 17-19.  Asheville is one of the greatest beer towns in the world, with over two dozen breweries in the town of less than 90,000 citizens. According to the NC Beer Guys blog, the state of North Carolina now has 111 breweries.

But it is more than just numbers that make Asheville and North Carolina high on a beer writer’s list of places to visit. The town itself is a fun small town with lots to do and the brewers are leading the nation in the beer revolution.

In addition to the 20+ years of brewing experience in the city, recent additions include large breweries established by long-time BBC supporters Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium. We want to especially thank Oskar Blues and Sierra Nevada for stepping up to support the conference. We will be visiting Oskar Blues’ new brewery for an afternoon Taste the Taps event and Sierra Nevada’s new brewery for a dinner, tour, and tasting.”

The weekend agenda is being updated as panels, workshops, and events are scheduled. You can find that here. Local sponsors include the NC Brewers Guild, the Asheville Brewers Alliance, and ExploreAsheville, Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues, among others. The session kicks-off with Julia Herz of the Brewers Association and You’ll have a chance to listen to professionals who will improve your blog writing (WordPress is a sponsor), best social media practices, plus all the social events promoting local breweries. Join us and register here!

Updated Press Release: Moog Filtered Ale

Posted Jul 02, 2010 in Beer, Breweries, Coolness, In the news, Limited Release, Music, People, Tech

Moog Filtered Ale, on Sale Until the End of July, Creates a Buzz in Its First Month

July 1, 2010 – The limited edition Moog Filtered Ale, a pale beer named in honor of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog, has been selling at record rates, according to the Asheville Brewing Company and the Bob Moog Foundation, partners in creating the beer. Its launch on May 27 coincided with the late inventor’s 76th birthday. Proceeds from all sales go to support the Foundation’s mission to teach science through music.

Moog Filtered Ale will be sold only until July 31, after which it will no longer be available. It is retailed via shipping nationally and internationally in 22-ounce bottles through Asheville’s Bruisin’ Ales. It’s also sold in bottles at Greenlife Grocery, Earth Fare, Hops & Vines, and Bruisin’ Ales, and it’s available on tap in various locations throughout Western North Carolina, including Asheville Pizza Company, the Orange Peel, and Lucy Otter.

Asheville artist Phil Cheney designed the bottle’s original label, which shows Bob Moog leaning over a keyboard with his head surrounded by knobs, cables, and musical notes. The beer has gotten rave reviews not only for its taste, but for the benefit it supports:

“We love the idea of paying tribute to a great pioneer like Bob Moog with a beer. What higher honor is there? Moog Filtered Ale is a good session beer for drinking with coworkers after a hectic day of work. And that session can be made even more enjoyable by admiring the awesome label.”

“I can’t recall shipping any one beer to so many states before. Clearly the bond between musicians and beer speaks volumes with the sales success of Moog Filtered Ale.”
Julie Atallah, Owner, Bruisin’ Ales (RateBeer 2010’s #3 Beer Retailer Worldwide)

“Moog Filtered Ale is definitely the fastest selling beer we’ve ever produced, a testament to Bob Moog’s connection with people all over the world and to the beer’s great taste. The high volume of sales confirms that synergistic combination. Add the fact that it supports an essential non-profit organization, and it’s a win-win for all.”
Mike Rangel, President, Asheville Brewing Company

“This stuff is really tasty. I’d better stock up so I have plenty on hand before it disappears in a few weeks.”
—   Geary Yelton, Contributing Editor, Electronic Musician

“My father would have loved the taste of this beer and the concept behind it. He’d be delighted to have a brew all his own.”
— Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director, Bob Moog Foundation

Asheville Brewing has been making outstanding craft beers since 1998 and has won several awards for its beers. As an active supporter of local non-profit groups, they are thrilled to be working with the Bob Moog Foundation, whose work is innovative and historical. Through Moog Filtered Ale, Asheville Brewing aims to support the interactive educational programs that the Foundation is developing to teach science through music and to eventually build a Moogseum.

“Moog Filtered Ale is an American-style pale ale with distinctive notes of caramel and pine. It’s a very accessible beer that reflects the ingenuity and creativity behind the Moog legacy. I’ve been a fan of Bob Moog since college, and I am excited to present a beer in honor of an American pioneer,” says Doug Riley, brewer and part owner of the Asheville Brewing Company.

Asheville Brewing Company President Mike Rangel says, “We are thrilled to be working with the Bob Moog Foundation to help keep Bob’s vision and legacy alive. By donating the profits from Moog Filtered Ale, we will be supporting innovative science education through the Foundation’s MoogLab outreach project. We are proud to be joining some of the larger beer companies in supporting important educational work in our community. Moog Filtered Ale is absolutely the most exciting project our company has been involved in.”

Help bring Google Fiber to Asheville, NC!

Posted Mar 24, 2010 in Coming Soon, Coolness, Goings on, In the news, Movies, Music, Science, Tech, Travel, Unrelated to Beer, Video

Google is having a national competition for communities to “win” a Google fiber-optic network. Thus began the Asheville Google Fiber Network Initiative. We’re now on the tail end of the first round—Friday, March 26. Will you help us to bring Google Fiber to the Asheville community?

Asheville is already prevalent on numerous lists for travel—historic sites, the Blue Ridge Parkway, food, music, the arts, and craft beer. Imagine: Super-sexy high-speed internet access for businesses large and small. A wide network reaching even the most rural of communities, bringing us together. An school system as a network pioneer offering the best in education, plugged directly into the community. Musicians working at lightning speed. Our diverse, active and creative arts organizations benefiting for the über-hip HATCHfest, TEDx, the 48-hr Film Project, Twestival. A bigger and booming addition to Asheville’s high-tech sector. Live-streaming of Asheville’s very cool, consistent calendar of events and fundraisers. Maybe we could stream from Brewgrass or LEAF Fest? LAAFF? BeleChere? And think of the possibilities this has with tourism? I know, it’s the “dirty t-word,” but tourism is a big part of who we are. And for many, it pays the bills. But we’re warm people and we open up the mountains year-round and invite people to share in our world for just a week (or a day). I say: It’s time to show the world in REAL TIME who we are.

The GoogleAVL page is up with lots of helpful information. Please refer there for any questions, then click on the big, red “NOMINATE ASHEVILLE” button and tell Google why they need to bring Google Fiber to Asheville, North Carolina.

We’ve done all five. Will you?

  1. Nominate Asheville. This is really, really, important.
  2. Ask your friends to nominate Asheville in a sincere, really-do-it, kind of way.  This is also important.
  3. Put a badge on your website to show your support for bringing Google Fiber to town.  Now you are doing something extra.
  4. Publicly endorse Asheville’s effort to attract Google fiber.  You have become cool.
  5. Write about why you want Google fiber in Asheville using your web site, your blog, or a youtube video. You are radically cool.