pisgah_gabf_winner_release_2014Some more of what’s going around:

Pisgah Brewing featured in film: Pisgah Brewing gets some sweet screen time in the new Dumb and Dumber To flick that’s just out. The lead characters head out to a TED-like event and stumble upon a brewery, where they talk their way into a beer served up in a Pisgah glass.

Want to try some of Pisgah’s delicious beer? On Tuesday, Nov. 18, the brewery is hosting a release party for its GABF gold-medal winning brew, Chocolatized. Here are a few more deets:

Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain, NC is set to release their award winning Chocolatized Vortex II (which will now only be known as Chocolatized) in 22oz bottles and on draft on Tuesday, November 18th at their taproom. The limited 5bbl batch will only produce around 40 cases to be sold in bottle, so a pre-order has been set-up through Pisgah Brewing’s venue ticketing partner, TicketBiscuit. Bottles will be $12 each, and the release will begin at 6 pm. …

The release will also feature a chocolate pairing from French Broad Chocolate Factory. A pair of chocolate raspberry truffles will be sold separate or with a flight of “Dirty Raz”, one of the Pisgah staff’s favorite flight pairings consisting of a flight each of Chocolatized and Framboise.

Burial Beer changes hours: Burial Beer down on the South Slope has announced that it is going to keep its taproom open longer as it gears up with new brewing capacity. From Burial on FB:

As we gear up to brew our first batches on our 10 barrel system this week, we are starting to expand our taproom hours!
This week we will be open Wednesday-Friday 4-10PM and Saturday 2-10PM. One more day of Burial goodness!
Tuesdays and Sundays to follow in a couple of weeks as those big batches hit the taps!
Moving on up!

Renovations to Asheville Citizen-Times building: A construction crew has been busy renovating the back half of the ground floor of the Asheville Citizen-Times building at 14 O.Henry Ave. as the newspaper prepares to once again distribute its print product from the downtown location. The newspaper distribution site is currently in Woodfin. Many moons ago, the newspaper was printed and distributed from the O.Henry Ave. location. Printing was eventually moved off site to a location on Sardis Road in western Buncombe County. The press was shuttered a few years ago, and printing was moved to Greenville, S.C., the home of sister newspaper The Greenville News, and then to a press in Spartanburg, S.C. Printing will remain in Spartanburg for the time being.

Industries for the Blind gets nearly $1 million donation: Here are the relevant parts of the press release:

Industries for the Blind is strengthening its commitment to employment, training and services for people who are blind and visually impaired with expanded services for its Community Low Vision Center and a new mobile low vision van that will travel throughout WNC. With funding provided through a $950,000 donation by Miracles in Sight Eye Bank (formerly North Carolina Eye Bank), IFB will provide services for all ranges of vision, and increase the physical footprint of its other community services to improve access to specialized low vision resources. …

Industries for the Blind (IFB) is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1936 that provides employment, training and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. As one of the largest employers of people who are blind or visually impaired in the United States, IFB is headquartered in Winston-Salem, and operates manufacturing facilities in Winston-Salem, Asheville, and Arkansas in addition to more than 40 office supply stores and optical centers across the country. IFB also provides outreach through A Brighter Path Foundation, which operates Community Low Vision Centers across North Carolina and Tracy’s Little Red School House based in Winston-Salem. www.wsifb.com

Diamond Brand stores open: Here’s the low-down on the new Diamond Brand stores from the press release:

On Nov. 20, Diamond Brand Outdoors will open at the Aloft Downtown Hotel, 51 Biltmore Avenue. A second Diamond Brand Outdoors will open on Nov. 2t in South Asheville’s Biltmore Parkway Centre at 1378 Hendersonville Road next to Liberty Bicycles and The Fresh Market. (Grand opening events will take place the following week, Dec. 5 at the South Asheville location and at the Aloft Downtown on Dec. 11.)

Both stores will feature outdoor name brands such as Patagonia and The North Face. The new Diamond Brand at Aloft has been designated an “adventure boutique,” while the new Diamond Brand store on Hendersonville Road is billed as a “heritage outfitter” where “shoppers can test state-of-the-art equipment for everything from kayaking in Nantahala National Forest to world-class camping in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Gingerbread houses on display: The Grove Park Inn is once again hosting the amazing creations. Check out Romantic Asheville for some great photos.

Stump Mutts album release party: This post-Thanksgiving party will include performances by Hard Rocket and DJ Molly Parti, as well as the Mutts. Here’s the press release:

Saturday, November 29 at The Millroom, 66 Asheland Ave., Asheville, NC 28801, (828) 225-2585. 18 and Over.

Album release party for We Can All Relate by The Stump Mutts.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Special guests, Hard Rocket, kick things off at 8 pm. The Stump Mutts take the stage at 9:30 pm. Special DJ Set by Molly Parti from 11 to midnight.

The Stump Mutts play all original, alternative rock. The band’s energy shifts from build ups of sonic intensity to soothing, calm reflection. Lead singer Neal Ward’s edgy vocals rest comfortably in the pocket the band creates for him. Members: Ward, Derek Allen, John Lindsey and Patrick Wells.

Power trio, Hard Rocket, crash-landed in the mountains of WNC to rock Asheville off its foundation. Members: Didier Rubio, Ari Schantz and Joel Schantz.

Molly Parti is the dj alter ego of Molly Kummerle, singer for trip hop band Paper Tiger and motown/jazz/cabaret band RubySlippers. It’s funky, It’s fun, It’s a Molly Parti!

Cover charge $8 at door. $5 in advance. Advance tickets available through The Millroom: Eventbrite (link above).

Free download code to We Can All Relate from The Stump Mutts with advanced ticket purchase. CD’s on sale at show for $5 ea.

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