Asheville, N.C. beer trail: the south’s standout brewing scene

Anne Roderique-Jones, Special for USA TODAY Before visiting Asheville, N.C., I’d never tried — nor heard of — an APA brewed with fresh, fiery roasted jalapeño peppers. Sounds strange, sure, but it is one of the best I sample on a self-guided tour of 12 breweries in just five days. It’s no secret that Asheville is doing some progressive … more

America’s Coolest Breweries

Asheville is a beer town, through and through. What sets ABC apart from the others is its in-house arcade and high-tech movie theater, which charges only $3 a ticket and is kid-friendly. While watching a choice of three features, which run for a week at different times, patrons sample Rocket Girl Lager, Ninja Porter, or … more

Asheville Brewing Releases 2017 Love Ninja Porter

ASHEVILLE — Love Ninja Porter’s stealthy but triumphant return will take place during the last week of December 2016. Asheville Brewing Company’s delicious treat of a beer is brewed with raspberry, chocolate, vanilla, and heaping handful of milk sugar. Again this year, the brew team sourced cacao nibs from nationally-renowned Asheville chocolatier, the French Broad … more

Top 30 Best Christmas/Winter Beers (2 years in a row!)

Asheville Brewing Co. Ninjabread Man City: Asheville, NC ABV: 5.6% The verdict: This is how you do the “Christmas cookie”-style spiced beer right—it’s all about balance of spice intensity, the underlying beer and residual sweetness. ABC knows how to make a porter already, considering that they have a whole yearly line of various “Ninjas,” which … more

Ale for All: a short history of holiday brews

BY ANNE FITTEN GLENN When Western North Carolina’s beer lovers perform their annual ritual of hunting down scarce supplies of Highland Brewing’s Cold Mountain Winter Ale at stores and bars across the region, they probably don’t realize they’re following a tradition that’s more than a thousand years old. Beers made specifically to celebrate the winter … more

Hops for the holidays: Gift ideas for Asheville beer fans

“Let’s start with beers themselves. Before buying a brew for someone, drop a few hints and get some idea of what styles your recipients might enjoy. It’s easy to stop at a local grocer and put together a six-pack or box of made-in-the-mountains beers — including maybe a few cans from Asheville Brewing, Boojum and Catawba, … more

Pizza, hold the dairy

Cory Gates, COO of Asheville Brewing Co., says his company started trying to add vegan cheese back in 1999, before there were any real options available locally. After doing a push to get the word out, people started clamoring for vegan items. “We went from selling 3 pounds of vegan cheese a week to 45-50 … more

The State of Beer

Go onward and you’ll run into Asheville Brewing (features a restaurant and known for its flagship Shiva IPA), Hi-Wire (who did a collaboration beer with Birdsong Brewery in Charlotte), and Green Man Brewery (look for traditional English-style ales at one of the state’s original breweries).

I9PA Beer Release & Connect Buncombe Fundraiser

Asheville Brewing Co. teamed up with Industry Nine Componentry once again to create a delicious beer for a great cause. In its third year, this collaborative brew will be released on Thursday, November 10, at a party at The Millroom in Downtown, benefiting Connect Buncombe (building greenways and bike lanes in the region). The party … more

Cold Mountain turns 20, Ninjabread Man returns

Run, run, run, fast as you can Among those looking forward to 2016 Cold Mountain is Asheville Brewing Co. head brewer Pete Langheinrich. “It would probably be the first beer that I tried in Asheville that had that kind of waiting list feel to it, that kind of, like, ‘Line up at the door,’” he … more