Your Guide To Asheville Beer Week

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Your Guide To Asheville Beer Week

More Than 70 Events From May 26 To June 3

Asheville Beer Week is so full of activities, it takes eight days to fit in all the events. You can participate from May 26 through June 3.

“This year we have more than 70 events over 8 days,” says Kendra Penland of the Asheville Brewers Alliance.

The first day features new beer releases at locations around the city May 26. Then, the next day, the taps takeover Pack Square Park for Beer City Festival 2017.

“It’s amazing to have so many independent craft breweries come together. We’ll have 2500 attendees at Beer City Festival getting a taste of who we are as a beer region. For some, it will be the first chance to try some of our newer brewers, such as Whistle Hop or Hillman.” The festival also features a collaborative brew designed by several ABA members, the Melon Ball IPA, brewed at Boojum. “It has aromas of apricot and melon, and is very refreshing.”

Beer City Festival also features a few regional guest brewers, including Yee-Haw of Johnson City and Brown Truck from High Point.

Other events throughout the week have a uniquely Asheville vibe. “We’re doing Angry Yoga at the Wedge at Foundation, listening to metal and rap while drinking beer,” Kendra tells us. “It’s a whole different way to release.”

You can also sign up for the Giant Jenga Tournament at Twin Leaf, partake in a beer and Vortex Doughnut pairing at Burial, and enjoy craft brews with a backdrop of baseball at a special “Thirsty Thursday” Beer Week event with the Asheville Tourists. There are beer releases, food pairings, and brewery tours happening every day. Kendra says the slate of activities shows the continued strength of the local beer business and its members.

“The ABA has nearly 200 members now. 68 of those are breweries, which is significant growth over the 32 just a year and a half ago. We’re excited about our new members, and for those who have been around who continue to grow and evolve who they are as a brand.”

See the full rundown of all the Asheville Beer Week activities here.

Ken Ulmer

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