Best Of The Best

Hi-Wire wins RateBeer’s best new NC brewery award for 2103.

Meanwhile, executive director of RateBeer named Wicked Weed the best brewpub in NC.

Congrats y’all!



This Is What I’m Saying!!

I recently said this!

Now, here’s the impact the brewing industry has on our state.

And now here’s the whole “Innovation Hub” idea.

Why can’t we, Western North Carolina, be the next “hub”?  This is my new project.

This and the Asheville Beer Price Index.


Craft beer in North Carolina is $791 million market

Holy Collaboration Batman!

“Holy Weed will be a Double IPA made with green tea leaves from Charleston Tea Plantation, brewed in collaboration with Luke and Walt Dickinson of Asheville’s Wicked Weed Brewing.”

I love collaborations!  And Wicked Weed is (one of) the best breweries in AVL’s ‘Brewery District’.  I wish I could get this beer bottled but looks like it’ll only be kegged.


Holy Weed Wicked Weed collaboration

I See In Your Future…

You already know I love collaborations.  But did you know that I also love nature?  Well I do.  That’s why I want this to happen soon with the WNC Nature Center and maybe Hi-Wire since they’re so philanthropic.  And maybe not maple but chestnut or sorghum or sassafras.

Mt. Carmel, Cincinnati Nature Center team up for maple syrup beer

Sierra Nevada Mills River Could Open August!

“We are done with the first phase of our building” plans and are brewing beer, “but we are struggling to mimic the product flavor profile due to a number of differences in the altitude and the weather,” compared to the company’s headquarters in Chico, Calif., he said.

“We are finally getting it tuned down. I would really, really be surprised if by the end of this month we are not in the first phase of our full production” of beer that tastes exactly like that coming from Chico.”

Sierra Nevada making progress; brewery could open in August

And In Local News…

Work is continuing on the New Belgium site in the River Arts District.  As is expected they are taking great care with the environment during the building process.  Gotta keep that French Broad clean.

But if you’re concerned, “the state will take public comment through Feb. 13. If no substantial issues are raised, the plan will be approved.”  Gotta keep that community involvement goin.


New Belgium site shapes up; comment on brownfield

Winter In Asheville, Nothing Like It

Ahhh, to live in Beer City USA.  What a wonderful place to be.  Sure it gets cold, but there’s the Christmas Jam, Winter Warmer, and now this.

Any other event I can get drunk at and then clean up?

Ratebeer Winter Gathering 2014

For reals though, the reason I’m a drunken janitor is cause brewers are really just glorified janitors who do some brewing and we get free beer.  Not disparaging the art or science of brewing but cleaning is the real work, amirite?