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Wicked Weed Brewing Breaks Ground 50,000 Barrel Brewing Facility in Asheville

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – In celebration with the Buncombe County Commissioners and the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC), Wicked Weed Brewing breaks ground today on outfitting its new brewing facility in the Enka Commerce Park on the western edge of Asheville. The company’s expansion will add 82 new jobs and invest $5 million in facilities and equipment over the next three years.

The 40,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art brewhouse will enable Wicked Weed Brewing to help meet rapidly growing demand and scale its capacity up to 50,000 barrels a year. Wicked Weed plans to expand its market in North Carolina and eventually other states, while staying focused on its passion for producing creative, world-class craft beers and maintaining strict quality standards through self-distribution.

It’s expected to take about five months to completely outfit the existing building, which the brewery purchased as a shell building from Buncombe County. The brewing equipment installation will occur in June, with brewing and distribution expected to be underway this fall.

“The Asheville community’s overwhelming support and demand for Wicked Weed beer is what drives us forward to keep growing and brewing high quality, award-winning craft beer. As we expand, our focus remains on brewing the most creative and innovative beer styles for our many friends and fans across North Carolina,” commented Walt Dickinson, Head Blender and an ownership partner of Wicked Weed Brewing.

The new brewing facility is Wicked Weed’s third site, since opening its second downtown location, The Funkatorium at 147 Coxe Avenue, last fall. The dedicated sour barrel house and tasting room is the only facility of its type in the Southeast.

RateBeer.com just named Wicked Weed among the top 100 brewers in the world out of over 19,000 breweries listed on its site. Since opening just over two years ago, Wicked Weed has produced about 250 unique beer recipes, won a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2013, and has garnered national attention in the craft brewing industry for its creative, high-quality brews like the Freak of Nature Double IPA.

“Wicked Weed’s job growth and success in such a short time can only be explained by its innovative approach and commitment to brewing only the finest beer. We’re excited to see this family-owned business continue to expand one of the nation’s hottest craft brewing centers, right here in Buncombe County,” stated David Gantt, Chairman of the Buncombe County Commissioners.

Wicked Weed Brewing is an Asheville, North Carolina based brewpub ranked among the world’s top 100 brewers by RateBeer.com. It consistently hosts 20-plus house beers on tap, including hop forward, West Coast style ales, open fermented Belgians, and barrel-aged sour beers. Opened in December 2012, Wicked Weed is destined to become the largest producer of barrel-aged beers in the Southeastern U.S. The brewery is best known for its Freak of Nature Double IPA, Coolcumber Ale, Tyrant Double Red Ale, Hopburglar Blood Orange IPA, Dark Age Bourbon Stout and Black Angel Cherry Sour. Wicked Weed Brewing won a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for its Serenity Farmhouse Ale in 2013. Visit them online at www.wickedweedbrewing.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/WickedWeedBrewing.

The Economic Development Coalition (EDC) for Asheville-Buncombe County is a public-private partnership committed to: creating and retaining high quality jobs, community leadership, and being a resource for better business decisions.  The EDC accomplishes this mission through its four core services: business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurship, research, and marketing and recruitment.  The EDC is funded by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, the Town of Weaverville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and the AVL 5×5 Campaign. Visit www.ashevillechamber.org/economic-development.

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization with over 1,800 member businesses and organizations. Chamber members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business. The Chamber is home to a 4,000 square foot Visitor Center which welcomes over 200,000 visitors per year. To get active in the Chamber, visit www.ashevillechamber.org.

Hi-Wire Brewing to Add 15 Jobs New Brewing Facility

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – In conjunction with the Buncombe County Commission, Asheville City Council, and the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC), Hi-Wire Brewing announced today it will add 15 jobs and invest $1.62 million in a new brewing facility and equipment.

Hi-Wire’s investment will increase capacity from 4,000 to 17,000 barrels, with the potential to grow to 50,000 barrels a year. The new facility, which includes a tasting room, will enable increased statewide distribution and significantly higher production of its six-pack products with a new bottling line. Hi-Wire’s current brewery with seven employees at 197 Hilliard Avenue on Asheville’s South Slope will focus on featuring more special releases of unique styles and barrel-aged beer.

Since opening in June 2013, Hi-Wire Brewing was named Best New N.C. Brewery in 2013 by RateBeer and was awarded the most medals at the 2014 N.C. Brewer’s Cup. Hi-Wire’s light-hearted circus theme and artist-drawn labels embody the fun, authenticity, and creativity of its deep-rooted handmade craft.

“Hi-Wire is one of the success stories in the emergence of the City’s South Slope as a major economic engine. The City of Asheville’s focus on revitalizing this district will stimulate more private capital investment and employment, along with public improvements to infrastructure and walkability,” said Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer.

“We are grateful to the City of Asheville and Buncombe County for their support. And we wouldn’t be where we are today without all of our loyal fans in Asheville and across North Carolina. We’re excited about the opportunity to produce a lot more of our popular Hi-Wire LAGER and flagship beers,” remarked Adam Charnack, co-owner and Ringmaster of Hi-Wire Brewing.

“In the tradition of Asheville’s brewing community, Hi-Wire opened on day one with great beer and high demand. It’s exciting to see the company growing fast and adding good jobs,” commented David Gantt, Chairman of the Buncombe County Commissioners.

“The future is bright for young entrepreneurs like Adam at Hi-Wire whose dedication to quality and high growth elevate Asheville’s reputation as a national leader in craft brewing. The community’s sustained efforts to grow strategic target clusters have reached critical mass in the brewing industry,” said EDC Chairman Paul Szurek.

Hi-Wire Brewing, located in downtown Asheville, N.C., embraces its craft from top to bottom, from its hand-produced beers to its artwork, hand-drawn by a local artist. Hi-Wire was awarded the most medals at the 2014 N.C. Brewer’s Cup and the Best New N.C. Brewery for 2013 by RateBeer. Hi-Wire’s award-winning beers are available on draft at North Carolina bars, restaurants, and its downtown Asheville tasting room, as well as in 6-packs at retail outlets. Featuring four year-round beers—Hi-Wire LAGER, Prime Time PALE, Bed of Nails BROWN, and Hi-Pitch IPA—as well as a rotating selection of seasonal offerings, Hi-Wire Brewing invites you to “Walk on the Wire Side.” For an up-to-date listing of places to find Hi-Wire’s beer, visit hiwirebrewing.com.

The Economic Development Coalition (EDC) for Asheville-Buncombe County is a public-private partnership committed to: creating and retaining high quality jobs, community leadership, and being a resource for better business decisions.  The EDC accomplishes this mission through its four core services: business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurship, research, and marketing and recruitment.  The EDC is funded by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, the Town of Weaverville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and the AVL 5×5 Campaign. Visit www.ashevillechamber.org/economic-development.

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization with over 1,800 member businesses and organizations. Chamber members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business. The Chamber is home to a 4,000 square foot Visitor Center which welcomes over 200,000 visitors per year. To get active in the Chamber, visit www.ashevillechamber.org.

Highland Brewing Company Expansion

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – In conjunction with the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC), Highland Brewing Company announced expansion plans today to add 15 jobs and invest $5 million in new equipment and facilities over the next three years. The expansion, which includes tanks and a new bottling line, will increase its brewing capacity to over 60,000 barrels, or 828,000 cases, and enable the company to expand their distribution over time.

Highland was Asheville’s first brewery after Prohibition and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The origin of Asheville’s thriving brewery scene arose from a hobbyist’s passion for good beer in 1994 when a three-person Highland crew rolled out their first barrels of Celtic Ale from the basement under Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria downtown. The founder, Oscar Wong, has been credited as the Godfather of craft beer culture in Western North Carolina.

Today Highland Brewing Company has 47 full-time employees and is Buncombe County‘s largest brewery. The metro area totals 19 breweries and counting in a fast-growing cluster that yields a growing regional economic impact in increased jobs, a developing supply chain industry, and boosted tourism.

Highland’s current distribution covers nine states from Florida to Washington, D.C. This milestone expansion represents two decades of continuous growth to meet the demand for its popular flagship beers like Gaelic Ale. Notably, Black Mocha Stout has won Silver Medals at both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup in Denver, Colorado.

Beyond Asheville’s brewing industry, Oscar Wong has built a reputation of unparalleled generosity focused on supporting the community’s needs, protecting our mountains and nurturing a sustainable, values-driven business culture. A few of the numerous organizations that have benefited from Highland’s support include: Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, Adopt-a-Stream, Manna Food Bank, RiverLink, The Arc of Buncombe County, LEAF, Red Cross, and many others.

“We are proud that Asheville is the home of Highland Brewing.  We have a deep appreciation for the positive impact Highland Brewing has had in the development of a vibrant economic cluster throughout North Carolina and well beyond our state’s borders. We appreciate the confidence that Highland has shown in our City as the place they plan to grow their business,” said Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer.

Chairman of the Buncombe County Commissioners, David Gantt commented, “Back in 1994 when Oscar started brewing his first batch of beer down the street, I couldn’t have imagined the vital role he would play in jumpstarting the craft beer movement in Western North Carolina. We’re so proud of his successes and the impact this industry has on Buncombe County’s economy.”

“We’re so thankful for the ongoing support from fans, fellow brewers and our beloved Asheville community, as well as the City of Asheville and Buncombe County. All inspire us to give our best to brewing beer and enable us to contribute to many great causes that enhance quality of life in Asheville,” said Leah Wong Ashburn, Oscar’s daughter and heir apparent of Highland Brewing Company.

“Highland Brewing is Asheville’s gold standard for creative entrepreneurism.  Oscar’s focus on quality innovation with integrity, along with his support for the broader brewing community, is a leading example of how high-growth entrepreneurs drive the critical mass necessary to bring talent, capital and ideas together in the 21st century economy,” remarked EDC Chairman Paul Szurek.

“Oscar’s passion for Asheville and beer is without equal. Every pint we drink in Asheville is a toast to Oscar Wong and Highland Brewery,” said Tim Schaller, owner of The Wedge Brewery.

Since its founding in 1994, Highland Brewing Company has focused on quality, with owner/founder Oscar Wong weaving his philosophy of honesty, integrity and respect into every aspect of the company. Wong has been called “The Godfather of Craft Beer in Western North Carolina,” having led Asheville from a zero-brewery town to a brewing community that has garnered national attention, including being named “Beer City USA” four consecutive times in a nationwide poll. Highland’s goal is to be the craft brewery of choice in the Southeast, measured not by size, but by quality of beer and a responsible culture that is sustainable for employees, customers and the environment, and by maintaining strong ties to the local community.

The Economic Development Coalition (EDC) for Asheville-Buncombe County is a public-private partnership committed to: creating and retaining high quality jobs, community leadership, and being a resource for better business decisions.  The EDC accomplishes this mission through its four core services: business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurship, research, and marketing and recruitment.  The EDC is funded by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, the Town of Weaverville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and the AVL 5×5 Campaign. Visit www.ashevillechamber.org/economic-development.

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization with over 1,800 member businesses and organizations. Chamber members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business. The Chamber is home to a 4,000 square foot Visitor Center which welcomes over 200,000 visitors per year. To get active in the Chamber, visit www.ashevillechamber.org.

French Broad Brew Fest Celebrates Fall by the River

Friday, August 29th, 2014
ASHEVILLE NC – Just north of Asheville, Hot Springs is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking whitewater, fishing, hiking, biking, or just relaxing at the Spa by the river.  With the festival grounds located on the banks of the French Broad and it’s intersection with the Appalachian Trail, what better way to celebrate Fall in the Mountains?   Beautiful scenery, live music, great craft beer, and food on one glorious afternoon, camping included!  See details below:
Brew15+ breweries will be onsite and festival-goers will receive a commemorative souvenir glass for sampling from noon to 10 pm on Sat. Sept 27.  Breweries include Asheville Brewing, New Belgium, One World Brewing, Pisgah Brewing, Catawba, Highland, Oskar Blues, Foothills, Sierra Nevada, R.J. Rockers, Natty Greene’s, Lagunitas, Sweetwater, French Broad Brewing, Holy City Brewing, Widmer Brothers, Shock Top, Abita, and don’t forget about the FBBF Homebrew Invitational organized by “The Godfather”!
 
EntertainmentSee Lineup with bios including Yarn, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Tony Trischka & Territory, Hymn for Her, Wick-it the Instigator, Empire Strikes Bass, and the Mountain Top Polka Band in the Brew Tent . . . and more! (see band info below)  Hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, soaking in hot tubs, and spa appointments are optional.
 
Environment:  Where the French Broad River intersects with the Appalachian Trail . . . beautiful campsites included (see Relax).
Relax:  No worries about driving, because camping is included with private campsites, rv sites and cabins available on the festival grounds.  Lodging is also available within walking distance at one of the hotels or B&B’s in town.  In addition to the festivities, festival-goers can also enjoy the 100 acre resort & spa’s modern Jacuzzi style hot tubs, positioned outside along the river and supplied with a continuous flow of Natural Hot Mineral Water and a staff of massage therapists on hand to compliment your soaks.  If you’d like to reserve a soak in the mineral springs or a stay in the campground in advance of the festival (to reserve your spot), go to www.nchotsprings.com or call 828-622-7676.
Check out our YouTube page to see what it’s all about!

Details about campground, parking, etc.
  • Festival gates open at 8 am Sat. 9/28 and tickets include camping for Sat. night, but if you want to arrive earlier (and secure a prime campsite) you can reserve a site for Friday 9/27 or earlier by calling the Hot Springs Campground & Resortat 828-622-7676.  Note: If designated sites fill up, there will still be plenty of room to camp!
  • The brew tent will be open from noon to 10 pm
  • You will be allowed to enter the campground and unload your vehicle at your campsite, but will need to buy a $25 parking pass to remain parked in the festival grounds.  Unloading and parking in parking area is free
  • If you don’t want to camp, check out other accomodations in Hot Springs here.
  • As of now, RV spots are still available but it is recommended that you call and reserve a spot through the campground for Friday night to ensure a site.  On Sat. all sites are 1st come 1st serve.
  • Sorry but NO DOGS allowed in festival grounds!
  • If you have any questions, send email to [email protected] or be sure to like us on Facebook for updates also.

Fall outdoors in Hot Springs
Earn your brew.  What a perfect fall weekend it will be to enjoy the outdoors and all Hot Springs has to offer.
  • Hiking:  Hot Springs is a favorite with hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT), which runs through town and right by the festival grounds.  Lovers Leap Rock , one of the most popular AT side hikes in the area, offers a grand view of the French Broad River and the festival 500 feet below!
  • Biking:  Follow the French Broad about 7 miles down River Road to Paint Rock or head up to the Mills Ridge Bike Trail for singletrack.  An informal pre-festival bike ride is being organized Sat. morning around 9 am.  If interested call 828-230-4054.
  • Whitewater:  It is a River Festival, and Section 9 from Barnard to Hot Springs is what the Cherokee called “Tahkeyostee” or “where they race”.  For a much calmer float but still very scenic, put in at Hot Springs and float to Paint Rock (Section 10).  Check out French Broad Rafting in Hot Springs for a guided trip
  • Fishing:  The French Broad River has great Smallmouth Bass fishing, or catch Trout in nearby Spring Creek or The Laurel River.
  • Spa / Hot Tubs:  The Hot Springs Spa, located across from the festival grounds, features modern Jacuzzi style hot tubs, positioned outside along the tranquil banks of Spring Creek and the French Broad River; the tubs are supplied with a continuous flow of World Famous Natural Hot Mineral Water. They have a nationally certified & state licensed staff of massage therapists on hand to compliment your soaks or for separate service altogether.
For more details or for shuttle services, check out Bluff Mtn Outfitters (http://www.bluffmountain.com/) in downtown Hot Springs

Wicked Weed Brewing Expands in Asheville

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – In conjunction with the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC), Wicked Weed Brewing announced today expansion plans for a new brewing facility to be located in western Buncombe County. The company’s expansion will add 82 new jobs and will invest $5 million in facilities and equipment over the next three years.

The brewery plans to purchase a county-owned building which will become a state-of the-art 40,000-square-foot production facility. This new brewhouse will position Wicked Weed to grow their capacity up to 50,000 barrels a year. Wicked Weed joins a growing number of Buncombe County manufacturers located in Enka Commerce Park, off Sand Hill Road, and brewing is expected to be underway by fall 2015.

This announcement comes as Wicked Weed Brewing opens its second downtown location, a barrel house and tasting room, called The Funkatorium, located at 147 Coxe Avenue. This dedicated sour barrel house will store up to 1,000 barrels used in the process of making Wicked Weed’s signature sour, barrel-aged beers. It is the only facility of its type in the Southeast, with only a handful of craft brewers nationally having a dedicated sour house.

Since opening just over 18 months ago, Wicked Weed has produced more than 155 unique beer recipes, won a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2013 and garnered national attention in the craft brewing industry for their creative, high-quality brews like the Freak of Nature Double IPA.

These expansion plans allow Wicked Weed Brewing to gradually grow their market in North Carolina and eventually other states while staying focused on their passion for producing creative, world-class craft beers and maintaining strict quality standards through self-distribution.

“When opening Wicked Weed, we could have never predicted that after a year and a half we would be opening not only a second location but also a third. While this is very exciting, growth is not the goal for our business; our driving priority is to simply make great and innovative beer in a region of the country we all call home. Brewing world-class beer in Western North Carolina really is a dream come true. We wouldn’t be moving forward in our company without the support of Buncombe County and all the craft beer enthusiasts who love what we do, and we have to express our deepest gratitude for the opportunity to take our passion to the next level.” said Walt Dickinson, Keeper of the Funk and an ownership partner with the brewery.

The success of the company underscores the growing economic value of the craft beverage industry in Western North Carolina. Buncombe County is home to an ever growing number of craft brewers and diverse support services, as well as the Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast at AB-Tech Community College.

Chairman of the Buncombe County Commissioners, David Gantt commented, “Wicked Weed is an outstanding example of the entrepreneurial spirit in Buncombe County. Two local families have combined talents and created jobs and lasting economic value for our community. I am so proud of this company and this announcement.”

“Wicked Weed’s rapid expansion in high-quality, innovative craft brewing shows its tremendous entrepreneurial talent and energy.  It also highlights the dynamic economic contributions of this industry in our community.  I expect other entrepreneurial sectors to follow the high-growth example of the craft brewing industry as our great quality of life and creative attributes continue to attract innovators and highly-skilled individuals,” remarked EDC Chairman Paul Szurek.

Wicked Weed Brewing is an Asheville, North Carolina based brewpub that consistently hosts 20-plus house beers on tap, including hop forward, West Coast style ales, open fermented Belgians, and barrel-aged sour beers. Opened in December 2012, Wicked Weed is destined to become the largest producer of barrel-aged beers in the Southeastern U.S. The brewery is best known for its Freak of Nature Double IPA, Coolcumber Ale, Tyrant Double Red Ale, Hopburglar Blood Orange IPA, Dark Age Bourbon Stout and Black Angel Cherry Sour. Wicked Weed Brewing won a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for its Serenity Farmhouse Ale in 2013. Wicked Weed recently began small scale statewide distribution of kegs and bottles of barrel-aged sour beers to major metro areas in North Carolina. Visit them online at www.wickedweedbrewing.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/WickedWeedBrewing.

The Economic Development Coalition (EDC) for Asheville-Buncombe County is a public-private partnership committed to: creating and retaining high quality jobs, community leadership, and being a resource for better business decisions.  The EDC accomplishes this mission through its four core services: business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurship, research, and marketing and recruitment.  The EDC is funded by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, the Town of Weaverville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and the AVL 5×5 Campaign. Visit www.ashevillechamber.org/economic-development.

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization with over 1,800 member businesses and organizations. Chamber members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business. The Chamber is home to a 4,000 square foot Visitor Center which welcomes over 200,000 visitors per year. To get active in the Chamber, visit www.ashevillechamber.org.

Biltmore Village Beer, Bites, and Bands

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Restaurants and breweries in Historic Biltmore Village have come together to create a new and unique event. Two local breweries and 8 local restaurants have joined together to promote ”Beer, Bites, and Bands” to be held April 4 & 5 from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM at the two brewery locations.

On both evenings, customers will have the opportunity to sample craft beers from Catawba Brewing Company located at 19 Brook Street and French Broad Brewery located at 101 Fairview Street.  In addition to the beer, food from eight different Biltmore Village restaurants will be provided along with live music.

On Friday night, at both brewery locations, food will be featured by:  Moe’s Original BarBQue, Village Wayside, Corner Kitchen and Fig’s Bistro.

Friday night’s entertainment at French Broad will be Todd Cecil & Black South and

Eleanor Underhill & Friendsat Catawba Brewing Company.

Saturday night’s fare will be provided by The Cantina, Katuah Marketplace, Ruth’s Chris and Rezaz.  Performing at French Broad on Saturday will be Tina and Her Pony, while John Henry’s Jazz Band will be performing at  Catawaba Brewing.

The ticket price of $25 per person, per night includes 3 flights of beer, food, commemorative T-shirt and music at both breweries.  Tickets are limited to 100 for each night.

Tickets will be available at www.eventbrite.com and at the breweries.  For more information, please go to www.historicbiltmorevillage.com.

About Historic Biltmore Village:  Located directly across from the world famous Biltmore Estate, The Historic Biltmore Village is truly one of the south’s most unique touring and shopping environments.  The Village features a collection of independent, regional and national retailers along with the most sought after restaurants and outstanding lodging. It’s the perfect night out for foodies, brews and friends.  It’s a must see site for history buffs and architecture aficionados.  In short, it’s a destination like no other.

Calling All Film Makers April 1 Deadline New Belgium Brewing’s Film Tour

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – New Belgium is still accepting original, creative movie clips through April 1 to have their work showcased in New Belgium Brewing’s annual Clips Beer and Film Tour. Clips will travel to more than 20 cities from May to November. This marks the fifth year for the beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show that travels coast-to-coast.

The films should be less than five minutes and touch on (but aren’t limited to) these topics:

  • Craft beer
  • Advocacy or activism
  • Humor
  • Culture
  • Adventure
  • Art
  • Fun.
Selected films and their respective artists are subject to fame and beer-fortune, with audiences from coast–to–coast seeing the chosen films. New this year, New Belgium will create a trophy-worthy beer, in custom-screen printed bottles, made exclusively for ALL selected film artists.Clips is a national beer and film festival that invites guests to try New Belgium’s unique Lips of Faith series alongside popular classics, while watching short films by New Belgium friends and fans. Attendees get to enjoy a night under the stars with proceeds going to local nonprofits in each city. Since its inception in 2010, Clips has raised $366,893 for nonprofits nationwide.

To submit your film, click here and to watch a video about the Clips Beer and Film Tour and learn more go to http://www.newbelgium.com/Events/clips-beer-and-film.aspx.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews nine year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

Historic Biltmore Village Announces 3 New Businesses

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Catawba Brewing Company’s Tasting Room located at 63 Brook Street, Asheville NC, 28803 held it’s grand opening celebrations Feb. 22. The event, that was open to the public, included the release of a new, commemorative beer, music, and limited edition promotional gear.  The new beer, called Brewtal Double IPA, is the creation of Catawba’s Head Brewer, Kevin Sondey.   Dubbed a “big beer for a big beer city”, Brewtal weighs in at 8.8 percent ABV and showcases the brilliant citrus notes of the Mandarina Bavaria hop variety.  Says Sondey, “I wanted someone to be able to come to Catawba and have something different than what’s available everywhere else.  Brewtal Double IPA was made specifically for our Asheville location’s opening, and exemplifies the wide variety of styles we will continue to make for our home market.”  Catawba’s new location will also allow them to feature entertainment groups.

Katuah Market located at 2 Hendersonville Road celebrated their grand opening on Feb. 22.  Katuah Market is a small store driven by big ideals, providing quality and a personal touch only found in locally owned establishments. Their concept combines offering the best local, natural, and organic foods with the convenience and service of a corner grocery store.  John Swann, one of the owners says, “At our heart, we love food. We believe in real food grown without artificial means and made without chemical additives. We obsessively search for new innovative products but still geek out over our old favorites.”  Katuah is a springboard for local folks ready to bring their new hot sauce; vegan brownie or hand crafted soap to retail because the owners at Katuah believe in a strong local food economy.  Fresh and prepared foods are central at Katuah, with their breakfast, lunch and dinner options and the 120-seat indoor/ outdoor café. In addition to ready-to-eat offerings, Katuah has a butcher shop, produce section and full grocery and wellness offerings, stocking only foods scrutinized and selected with the highest integrity in mind.

POSH, A Boutique Hotel and Private Bar is located just two and a half miles from downtown and just around the corner from the opulent Biltmore Estate at 8 Village Lane.  Here, you’ll find their boutique hotel nestled conveniently in Historic Biltmore Village. The aptly named establishment is housed inside of two historic, picturesque buildings and boasts seven luxurious suites, the smallest of which measures a whopping 2,300 square feet.  The seven distinct, intimately sophisticated suites envelop guests in warmth and serenity with refined details like gas fireplaces, private outdoor spaces, granite countertops and glass showers. You’ll find two bedrooms, two full baths, separate laundry rooms, full kitchens, living and dining areas housed in each unit as well as a private outdoor patio or balcony. The hotel is perfect for a weekend getaway, corporate retreat or special event.  This secluded property balances serenity and privacy with the ease of having Asheville right at your fingertips.

POSH BAR, Biltmore Village’s Haute Hangout

Here you will come to experience their brand new, elegant Posh Bar. Guests will enjoy a sophisticated yet cozy, eclectically designed neighborhood haunt. The Posh Bar features a simple menu of both classic and modern cocktails; artisanal wines and spirits; craft beers, and seasonal beverages, all paired with a signature light fare menu.  General Manager, Elizabeth Woodworth states, “we’re very excited about our new bar and outdoor living and will be holding a number of events including an oyster roast, wine tasting and more”.  Reminiscent of a plush, private club in shades of deep red and rich brown, the hardwood floors, unique décor and beautiful original art pieces make the experience refined and attentive yet comfortable and relaxed.

About Historic Biltmore Village:  Located directly across from the world famous Biltmore Estate, The Historic Biltmore Village is truly one of the south’s most unique touring and shopping environments.  The Village features a collection of independent, regional and national retailers along with the most sought after restaurants and outstanding lodging.

New Belgium Begins Brewery Construction

Friday, October 25th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – New Belgium Brewing will resume site work this November on its Asheville location along the French Broad River in preparation for ground-breaking next spring. Contractors will focus on flood plain mitigation, erosion control and concrete removal through the end of the year. Starting in January and running through spring, operations will shift to soil mitigation. Earth moving subcontractors will be hired in November and will begin trucking in dirt by early 2014 for flood plain mitigation. Current schedule projections show the site as “pad-ready” in late spring 2014 at which time building construction will commence. It is estimated that the Asheville brewery will be ready for production in late 2015.

“We are excited to enter this next phase of site preparation and building construction,” said New Belgium’s Asheville General Manager, Jay Richardson. “Adolphson + Peterson will begin site preparation in November, with groundbreaking scheduled for Spring 2014. Our current schedule has us producing beer in Asheville by the end of 2015 and a fine day that will be.”

New Belgium anticipates hiring 50 positions prior to opening the doors in 2015 and expects to create 140 jobs at full build out between the brewery and distribution center. Many of these job openings will begin posting in mid 2015. New Belgium made its first Asheville hire this fall, bringing on board Asheville resident and engineer, Gabe Quisenberry, formerly with Mattern + Craig who will serve as Operations Support Manager.

The brewery will ultimately produce 500,000 barrels of beer per year and will feature production and packaging operations as well as a touring and tasting facility. Negotiations are moving forward to secure a second site for the distribution center as well.  The distribution center will be built at the same time as the brewery. New Belgium is finalizing negotiations with the seller and will announce the site location upon completion. The distribution center will be the hub for distributing product to the east coast and will be located in an industrial area.

Updates to the community are provided at these channels: www.NewBelgium.com/AshevilleBrewery or 888-598-9552.

ABOUT NEW BELGIUM BREWING

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews eight year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

Clips Beer and Film Tour Raised Nearly $11,000 in Asheville

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – On Friday, September 6, New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Beer and Film Tour came through town, raising nearly $11,000 for Asheville on Bikes, which is supported by the Asheville Downtown Association. Approximately 1,700 people came out to Pack Square Park: Roger McGuire Green to sample beers and enjoy films.

Clips Beer & Film Tour is now in its fourth year and will travel to 21 cities this season. The event showcases amateur films while pouring hard-to-find Lips of Faith beers and popular New Belgium classics. Each stop features a screening of selected films, a tasting of New Belgium’s beers, food from local vendors and other fun activities.

Details from the Asheville event:

WHERE: Pack Square Park: Roger McGuire Green

WHEN: Friday, September 6

ATTENDANCE: 1,700, up 36% from last year

MONEY RAISED: $10,926, up 47% from 2012WASTE DIVERSION RATE: 92%

PROCEEDS GOING TO:
Asheville on Bikes, supported by the Asheville Downtown Association
Asheville on Bikes is a nonprofit organization that cultivates the culture of commuting and urban cycling within Asheville through celebration and advocacy.

For the latest information on Clips, go to www.newbelgiumclips.com. For more information on New Belgium Brewing, visit www.newbelgium.com.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews eight year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.