Celebrate Asheville Beer Week May 27 – June 4

By Carol Viau | May 25, 2016
Photo by: Donated CELEBRATE CRAFT BEER — Craft beer enthusiasts will enjoy the 5th Annual AVL Beer Week Friday, May 27 to Saturday, June 4, throughout the greater Asheville area, with lots of fun 'beer-centric' events.

Craft beer enthusiasts will have a lot to celebrate during the 5th Annual AVL Beer Week to be held from Friday, May 27 to Saturday, June 4, throughout the greater Asheville area. WNC breweries and businesses will team up with the Asheville Brewers Alliance for a week of events celebrating craft beer appreciation.

“AVL Beer Week is a great opportunity to celebrate the unique craft beer community we enjoy here in western North Carolina, and share our experience with the rest of the world,” said Shelton Steele, Asheville operations manager at Catawba Brewing Company.

The 2016 eight-day celebration will include beer dinners, educational events, a Beer City Tourists minor league baseball game, pint nights and dozens of other ‘beer-centric’ events. The popular Beer City Festival, benefiting Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC, will feature more than 32 breweries Saturday, May 28 at Roger McGuire Green in Asheville. Closing the week’s events will be the Just Brew It Homebrew Festival, benefiting Just Economics of WNC, held June 4 at Wedge Brewery in the River Arts District.

Here’s a sampling of many fun events at this year’s Asheville Beer Week. Just remember — please drink responsibly.

Friday, May 27

• Highland's Rooftop Grand Opening and ABW Kickoff Party – 4 – 9 p.m. at Highland Brewing. Beer week kicks off with grand opening party of new Rooftop Patio, with 360º views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Asheville’s first craft brewery will serve Highland Pilsner in cans for the first time. Enjoy food trucks and music in the meadow. Call 828-299-3370 or visit www.highlandbrewing.com.

• Wicked Weed ‘Coolcumber’ Release — 5 p.m. at WW pub location, 91 Biltmore Ave. Call 828-575-9599 or visit www.wickedweedbrewing.com.

Saturday, May 28

• Asheville Brewing ‘Barrel-Aged Threesome’ release — noon to 6 p.m. at Beer City Festival and Asheville Brewing’s Coxe Ave. location: Toasted Coconut Bourbon Barrel-Aged Carolina Mountain Monster Imperial Stout, Brandy Barrel-Aged Ninjabread Man Porter and Cabernet Savingnon Barrel-Aged Carolina Mountain Monster Imperial Stout. Call 828-255-4077 or visit www.ashevillebrewing.com.

• Beer City Festival — 1 – 6 p.m., Asheville's premier downtown craft beer festival on Roger McGuire Green in downtown Asheville, with more than 32 breweries and live music. Sample the best local and regional breweries from Asheville and surrounding areas. Portion of proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina. Visit www.beercityfestival.com/tickets.

• Brew Your Own IPA Class — 1 – 3 p.m. at Fifth Season Gardening Co., 4 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville; home of NC’s largest brew-on-premises facility, with reduced-rate brewing class for Asheville Beer Week. Call 828-412-3200 or visit www.fifthseasongardening.com/bop.

Sunday, May 29

• Sierra Nevada Brunch at Biltmore Park Thirsty Monk — noon – 4 p.m. Enjoy small brunch plates, paired with Sierra Nevada beers, on TM’s patio. Call 828-254-5470 or visit www.monkpub.com.

• Saison Sunday — noon – 11 p.m. at Wicked Week Pub, 91 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. In honor of AVL Beer Week, Wicked Week releases up to 10 Saisons. Call 828-575-9599 or visit www.wickedweedbrewing.com.

• Biltmore Garage Rock Social — 2 – 9 p.m. at Catawba Biltmore Village, 63 Brook St., Asheville, with food and DJ music at 2 p.m., live music from Doc Aquatic and Analog Moon beginning at 4 p.m. Call 828-424-7290 or visit www.catawbabrewing.com.

• ‘Spring-toberfest’ — 5 – 8:30 p.m. at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Mills River. Enjoy oom-pah music, German snacks, steins of ‘fest bier’ on the SN back porch, turned beer hall. Call 828-681-5300 or visit www.sierranevada.com/brewery/north-carolina/.

Monday, May 30

• Beer Cocktails at the Top of the Monk — runs all week at The Thirsty Monk Pub, 92 Patton Ave., Asheville, with special menu of beer-infused cocktails. Call 828-254-5470 or visit www.topofthemonk.com.

Tuesday, May 31

• Beer Flavors 101 — 1 – 3 p.m. at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, 42 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, with local beer educator, Cliff Mori of BREW-ed; exploration of hops, malt and yeast — tasting and discussing beers. Organized by Asheville Brewers Alliance. Call Barley’s at 828-255-0504 or visit www.barleystaproom.com/.

• Gaining Ground Farm Dinner — 5 – 9:30 p.m. at Yesterday Spaces event center, Leicester. Join Catawba Brewing; chef Liam, of Go Kitchen; and chef John Fleer, of Rhubarb restaurant, at the farm where many of Rhubarb’s vegetables are grown. Five courses of farm-fresh food, Catawba craft brews and craft beer cocktails. Tour the grounds. Call 336-707-8600 or visit www.yesterdayspaces.com.

• Wicked Weed - Sierra Nevada tap takeover — 6 – 11 p.m. at Jack of the Wood Pub, 95 Patton Ave., Asheville, pouring the entire Beer Camp Across America lineup and rare kegs from Wicked Weed; beers accompanied by small bite pairing. Call 828-252-5445 or visit www.jackofthewood.com.

Wednesday, June 1

• Thirsty Monk's ‘Not So Big BIG Beer Festival’ — 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Thirsty Monk's Warehouse, 92 Thompson St., Asheville. Small-scale beer festival with several rare and one-off beers all in one place, curated for by Thirsty Monk. Call 828-254-5470 or visit www.monkpub.com.

• ‘Bees, Beasts and Beer’ dinner — 6 p.m. at Bhramari Brewhouse, 101 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville. Five-course menu created by chefs Josh Dillard and Jake Whitman, paired with Bhramari beers, created and brewed by Gary Sernack. Call 828-214-7981 or visit www.bhramaribrewhouse.com.

• Special beer and chocolate pairing — 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Catawba Brewing South Slope, 32 Banks Ave., Asheville. Four Catawba craft beers, paired with French Broad Chocolate bar and a truffle in an interactive tasting experience. Limited seating in Catawba’s Rickhouse, under the crystal chandeliers. Call 828-552-3934 or visit www.catawbabrewing.com.

Thursday, June 2

• Barrel-Aged Vertical Tasting — 3 – 10 p.m. at Green Man Brewery's Greenmansion, 27 Buxton Ave., Asheville. Flights of two vintages of Holly King Barrel-aged Holiday Ale and two vintages of Demon Dweller Imperial Stout. Call 828-252-5502 or visit www.greenmanbrewery.com.

• New Belgium Patio Party at Thirsty Monk in Biltmore Park — 4 – 10 p.m. Serving Citradelic IPA, Lips of Faith Hof Ten Dormaal collaboration, Hop Kitchen Series and more. Photo booth, New Belgium swag, specialty glassware to take home. Includes giveaway of one New Belgium bike that evening. Call 828-687-3873 or visit www.monkpub.com.

• Skillet Six Ways — 4 – 5 p.m. at Burial Beer, 40 Collier Ave, Asheville. Burial splits its coffee breakfast stout six ways, aging it on different ingredients, then taps them with Vortex donut pairings. Visit www.burialbeer.com.

• Swine, Swill, Whisky Cue & Brew — 6 – 9 p.m. at Buxton Hall BBQ, 32 Banks Ave., Asheville. Buxton Hall, with Oskar Blues Brewery and Defiant Whisky, hosts a five-course beer dinner, created by chef Elliot Moss and team. Taste special release beer from Oskar Blues Brewery, created with whisky-aged wooden spirals from Defiant Whisky. Call Buxton Hall at 828-232-7216 or visit swineandswill.splashthat.com.

• Thirsty Thursday Baseball ‘Beer City Tourists’ v. Greenville Drive — 7:05 p.m. first pitch at McCormick Field, Asheville. Craft beers $2. Call 828-258-0428 or visit www.theashevilletourists.com.

Friday, June 3

• Bold Rock Hard Cider Birthday Bash — three-day bash at Bold Rock Cidery’s Mills River Tap Room (noon, June 3 – 8 p.m. June 5), with music, food and cider pairings, activities for children and demos. Call 828-595-9940 or visit www.boldrock.com.

• Sunny Point Café/ New Belgium Brewing Beer Dinner — 6 – 10 p.m. at Sunny Point Café, 626 Haywood Rd., West Asheville. Celebrate four-course NBB beer dinner pairing, featuring fresh-from-the-garden produce. Call 828-252-0055 or visit www.sunnypointcafe.com.

Saturday, June 4

• Catawba’s King Coconut Luau — King Coconut Porter release party Luau at Catawba’s South Slope tasting room, 32 Banks Ave., Asheville. Tasting room opens noon. Outdoor games and pit-cooked pig. Food begins 4 p.m., Kon Tiki Dance Band 5 p.m.; Empyrean Arts aerial artists performing 6 p.m. Call 828-552-3934 or visit www.catawbabrewing.com.

• Hi-Wire Brewing Crawfish Boil & Can Release — noon – 4 p.m. at Big Top Taproom, 2 Huntsman Pl., Asheville. Hi-Wire releases first can run of Hi-Wire Lager and Gose. Visit www.hiwirebrewing.com.

• Just Brew It Home Brew Festival — 2 – 5 p.m. at Wedge Brewery. Sample homebrews, choose People’s Choice Award; more than 150 beers for sampling. Includes music, scavenger hunt, food trucks and Just Economics info.; must be a 2016 member of Just Economics to attend. Call 828-505-7466 or visit www.justeconomicswnc.org/just-brew-it.

AVL Beer Week events are hosted by Asheville area local retailers, restaurants and breweries. For the calendar of events, visit www.avlbeerweek.com.