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Pick Up, Paddle, Party! Riverkeeper Beer Series Returns

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Pick Up, Paddle, Party! Riverkeeper Beer Series Returns

Series Includes 6 New Beers and Michael Franti

It’s a second summer full of great beers and fun in the water – the French Broad Riverkeeper Beer Series, presented by MountainTrue and Blue Ridge Orthodontics and sponsored by Mix 96.5.

IMG_9135The kick-off event is Saturday, June 17 at Hi-Wire Brewing’s Big Top location in Biltmore Village. Participants can choose to take part in a river clean-up on the Swannanoa River or a float trip on the French Broad, and everyone is invited to meet back up at the release party of Hi-Wire Brewing’s new, limited-release MountainTrue Mango IPA. Tickets are available here.

This is the first of five French Broad Riverkeeper Beer Series events that will include river cleanups and float trips. Floaters and clean-up volunteers are then invited to sample a new limited-release beer from one of five participating breweries, including Hi-Wire, New Belgium Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery, Wedge Brewing Company and Wicked Weed Brewing. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these very special beers goes to support the work of the French Broad Riverkeeper protecting the French Broad River watershed.

“Asheville and the region love the French Broad River ,and the French Broad Riverkeeper Beer Series is a great way to celebrate that,” says Hartwell Carson, the French Broad Riverkeeper. “Come out and celebrate and support our beautiful French Broad River and try one of these unique beers. It’s great way to enjoy summer in Asheville and support our work keeping the French Broad River a clean and safe place for people to paddle and play.”

Each French Broad Riverkeeper Beer Series event will also be co-sponsored by a local outdoor gear manufacturer which will donate prizes, apparel and gear that will be raffled off at the release parties to support the cause. Supporting gear builders include Eagles Nest Outfitters, Liquid Logic Kayaks, Nantahala Outdoor Center and Watershed.

The Riverkeeper Beer Series includes the August 3 Save the French Broad River Concert starring Michael Franti & Spearhead. Tickets for the concert are on sale now. General Admission is $31 advance / $36 at the door. VIP tickets are $100. VIP ticket holders will have an opportunity to attend a short, intimate acoustic set by Michael Franti prior to the show, access to food by Salvage Station, reserved viewing area with private bar during the main concert, and complimentary special release beers from our Riverkeeper Beer Series. Buy Tickets for the show are on sale here.

“The French Broad River is certainly something to celebrate and we are thrilled that Mix 96.5 is hosting the after party events at brewery partner locations this summer,” says Nikki Mitchell, the station’s marketing director. “The float and organized clean up events across the region can introduce people to new areas of the river. Even if you don’t make it on the water, you can still support the great work of Mountain True at the post float parties.

The full Riverkeeper Beer Series, presented by MountainTrue and Blue Ridge Orthodontics, will take place:

● June 17 – River clean-up and float with a beer release party at Hi-Wire Brewing Big Top.
● July 8 – River float with a beer release party at Wedge Brewing Co. at The Foundation.
● July 29 – Beer release party at Wicked Weed Brewing
● August 3 – Save the French Broad River Concert featuring Michael Franti and Spearhead at the Salvage Station
● August 12 – River float with a beer release party at Oskar Blues Brewery
● August 19 – River clean-up and float with beer release party at New Belgium Brewing.

Ken Ulmer

Former TV weatherguy who never got it right, til the day I predicted mostly cloudy skies with a 100% chance of unemployment. I've survived stints as a morning radio host, stay-at-home dad, and lab assistant. All left me with with varying degrees of side-effects, which somehow combined to make me a good fit to be the editor/video producer of the828.com.

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