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Stu Helm: Food Fan – FOOD MAP – Asheville’s RAD

Stu Helm: Food Fan – FOOD MAP – Asheville’s RAD

  Hello Asheville! Click, drag, click, drag, click click click, join, eyedropper, click, paint bucket, click, deselect… oh, hi! I didn’t see you there. I’ve been working in Adobe Illustrator making a bunch of nifty Food Maps!  That means I’ve been doing lots and lots and LOTS of clicking and dragging and selecting and deselecting… and when things get really exciting,[Read More…]

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 8 – “A Bitter Pill”

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 8 – “A Bitter Pill”

Hello Asheville! The eighth and latest episode of the AVL Food Fans podcast has been recorded, posted, and is currently available to listen to and download, and you can even get it for free from the iTunes store! As always, Chef Joe Scully is my co-host, and this time, our special guests are Chef Hollie West of The Sweet Monkey Bakery, who won the Chef’s Challenge at the Asheville Wine &[Read More…]

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 7 – “Penance and Cheesecake”

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 7 – “Penance and Cheesecake”

Hello Asheville! The seventh and latest episode of the AVL Food Fans podcast has been recorded, posted, and is currently available to listen to and download, and you can even get it for free from the iTunes store! As always, Chef Joe Scully is my co-host, and this time, our special guests are Chefs Mandy and Christopher Butler from 50/Fifty: The Art of Dessert, and they brought us[Read More…]

Innovation Brewing in Sylva wins round in trademark dispute with Bell’s Brewery

Innovation Brewing in Sylva wins round in trademark dispute with Bell’s Brewery

Chalk one up for the little guy.

New nano brewery, Blue Ghost Brewing, coming to Fletcher

New nano brewery, Blue Ghost Brewing, coming to Fletcher

Erik Weber, one of the owners in the family venture, is a former brewer at Oskar Blues Brewery.

by September 9, 2015 1 comment Asheville beer, Asheville News
New Belgium’s Clips Beer & Film Tour tonight in downtown Asheville

New Belgium’s Clips Beer & Film Tour tonight in downtown Asheville

A beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show by New Belgium, in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park.

by September 4, 2015 0 comments Asheville beer, Asheville events
Thirsty Monky’s Thirsty Fest beer festival set for Sept. 7-13 in Asheville

Thirsty Monky’s Thirsty Fest beer festival set for Sept. 7-13 in Asheville

Try scarce and unique beers during this week-long beer festival.

by September 4, 2015 0 comments Asheville beer, Asheville events
Hendersonville Lightning op-ed: Reform N.C. alcohol laws now

Hendersonville Lightning op-ed: Reform N.C. alcohol laws now

The opinion piece suggests lawmakers rein in the N.C. ALE and ABC, two state agencies whose recent actions are suppressing the vitality of WNC’s craft beer industry.

by August 24, 2015 3 comments Asheville beer, Opinion
Hendo Times-News: Disconnect between craft brewers, N.C. ALE and ABC

Hendo Times-News: Disconnect between craft brewers, N.C. ALE and ABC

Two Republican state lawmakers from Henderson County have taken note N.C. ALE’s actions in recent months.

by August 24, 2015 3 comments Asheville beer, Asheville News
Photo Gallery: AVL Food Fans at The Asheville Wine and Food Festival 2015

Photo Gallery: AVL Food Fans at The Asheville Wine and Food Festival 2015

Hello Asheville! Here are just a few shots of some of the staff, volunteers, and attendees at the three major events that make up  the Asheville Wine and Food Festival: Elixir, Sweet, and The Grand Tasting. The women looked great, as usual. The men? Frump-dee-dump-dump (to the theme of TV’s Dragnet) for the most part. A few dudes looked okay,[Read More…]

Nonprofit cancels Hendersonville beer festival, cites difficulties with ALE, ABC officials

Nonprofit cancels Hendersonville beer festival, cites difficulties with ALE, ABC officials

The environmental nonprofit MountainTrue says permitting hurdles and increased alcohol law enforcement has had an “an unfortunate chilling effect.”

by August 18, 2015 22 comments Asheville beer, Asheville News
Video: Could 750 ml of sour beer to the face be Asheville’s new ‘ice bucket challenge’?

Video: Could 750 ml of sour beer to the face be Asheville’s new ‘ice bucket challenge’?

No matter what the answer, Wicked Weed brothers Luke and Walt Dickinson answer the challenge.

by August 17, 2015 4 comments Asheville beer
N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control slaps West Asheville’s Altamont Brewing with $1,500 fine

N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control slaps West Asheville’s Altamont Brewing with $1,500 fine

Using binoculars, a N.C. ALE agent spied an Altamont Brewing employee drinking on the job back in February.

Updated: In email, N.C. ALE agent reacts to weekend enforcement actions

Updated: In email, N.C. ALE agent reacts to weekend enforcement actions

In the note, N.C. ALE Special Agent in Charge Stacy Cox says no violation reports will be submitted to ABC regarding the Burning Can festival.

N.C. ALE officials put Asheville-area craft breweries on notice

N.C. ALE officials put Asheville-area craft breweries on notice

In its most high-profile action in years, N.C. ALE cited 10 Asheville-area craft breweries for a host of alleged alcohol law offenses.

Updated: N.C. ALE pours cold water on Burning Can beer fest in Brevard, but party goes on

Updated: N.C. ALE pours cold water on Burning Can beer fest in Brevard, but party goes on

Oskar Blues turns ticketed festival into “private party” after alcohol law enforcement officials bar 26 out-of-state breweries from pouring beer at the event.

Bend Bulletin: Deschutes Brewery continues to scout Asheville for new brewery location

Bend Bulletin: Deschutes Brewery continues to scout Asheville for new brewery location

Deschutes plans to make a decision about where to locate its new East Coast brewery by the end of the year.

Buxton Hall Barbecue, Catawba Brewing team for July Fourth cookout on the South Slope

Buxton Hall Barbecue, Catawba Brewing team for July Fourth cookout on the South Slope

Beer, barbecue, local music, outdoor patio, Banks Ave. y’all.

Altamont Brewing expanding into next-door space on Haywood Road in West Asheville

Altamont Brewing expanding into next-door space on Haywood Road in West Asheville

Altamont is taking over the space just vacated by Nona Mia restaurant.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Punk Rock Hot Dogs

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Punk Rock Hot Dogs

Hello Asheville! Do you guys like to do stuff? I like to do stuff. A lot of stuff. As a way to make money, occupy my hands, or just pass the time in a remotely interesting fashion, using the limited skills that I have, until I finally go belly-up and die. I like to write. About food and flip flops and such. I like to draw[Read More…]

Sierra Nevada Brewing in Mills River announces opening of big outdoor spaces

Sierra Nevada Brewing in Mills River announces opening of big outdoor spaces

A beer garden, back porch and amphitheater and a vegetable garden are all opening this week at Sierra Nevada’s new East Coast brewery just south of Asheville.

WIN TICKETS To Burning Can beer festival at Oskar Blues in Brevard

WIN TICKETS To Burning Can beer festival at Oskar Blues in Brevard

This year, Oskar Blues is offering festival-goers the chance to camp at their REEB Ranch facility.

Asheville’s Hi-Wire Brewing gears up for July opening of new production facility

Asheville’s Hi-Wire Brewing gears up for July opening of new production facility

Hi-Wire’s new production facility is located near Biltmore Village.

Asheville’s Thirsty Monk brewery to host annual Sour Fest in July

Asheville’s Thirsty Monk brewery to host annual Sour Fest in July

Sour Fest will go from July 6-10 at Thirsty Monk’s downtown location, and will have one-day celebrations at Biltmore Park and Reynolds Village.

by June 22, 2015 0 comments Asheville beer
Oskar Blues puts Brevard brewery on blast: expansion will more than double capacity

Oskar Blues puts Brevard brewery on blast: expansion will more than double capacity

Oskar Blues in Brevard is on track to produce 85,000 in 2015. The expansion will increase capacity to 210,000 barrels.

LaZoom, Asheville’s comedy bus tour, introduces ‘Band & Beer Bus Tour’

LaZoom, Asheville’s comedy bus tour, introduces ‘Band & Beer Bus Tour’

The new purple bus tour starts June 13 and will feature great local bands like the Roaring Lions, Empire Strikes Brass, Firecracker Jazz Band and Sugar and Spice.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on The Big List: May 2015, and AVL Food Fans Podcast with Chef Joe Scully

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on The Big List: May 2015, and AVL Food Fans Podcast with Chef Joe Scully

Hello Asheville! Who likes lists? Lists are fun. Lately I’ve been keeping a list of ALLL the places that I eat at every month, and then posting my lists to FaceBook. This time around, I actually talked to Chef Joe Scully (from Corner Kitchen and Chestnut) about each and every one of the venues on my May List during the pilot episode of AVL Food Fans,[Read More…]

Thirsty Monk’s beer fest Wednesday will offer first look at new Asheville production facility

Thirsty Monk’s beer fest Wednesday will offer first look at new Asheville production facility

The festival ticket include bus transportation, locally catered food and beer offerings from a host of breweries.

New Belgium Brewing will christen massive Enka distribution center Friday

New Belgium Brewing will christen massive Enka distribution center Friday

It’s one of the biggest refrigerators in Buncombe County, big enough to hold 12 million bottles of beer.

Brewhouse arrives at Hi-Wire Brewing’s new production facility near Biltmore Village

Brewhouse arrives at Hi-Wire Brewing’s new production facility near Biltmore Village

Hi-Wire’s “Biltmore Big Top” will soon take over production of the brewery’s flagship beers.

Stu Helm, Food Fan: Mellow Mushroom wows crowd, judges at Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest

Stu Helm, Food Fan: Mellow Mushroom wows crowd, judges at Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest

The Mellow Mush crew crushed it with their “French onion soup” grilled cheese sandwich.

Bhramari Brewhouse aims for July opening in Asheville

Bhramari Brewhouse aims for July opening in Asheville

Asheville’s craft brewery scene continues to hum with new activity.

by April 10, 2015 0 comments Asheville beer
New Asheville brewery has a new name: Bhramari Brewhouse

New Asheville brewery has a new name: Bhramari Brewhouse

The just announced HiveMind Brewhouse changed its name to avoid any future battles over its name.

by March 30, 2015 2 comments Asheville beer, Asheville News
Stu Helm, Food Fan: On Gan Shan Station, {Re}HAPPENING, Asheville

Stu Helm, Food Fan: On Gan Shan Station, {Re}HAPPENING, Asheville

The dumplings and curry pork special were delicious, but please change the in-house tunes, Stu reports.

Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain to celebrate 10th anniversary throughout 2015

Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain to celebrate 10th anniversary throughout 2015

A series of events in April in Asheville will mark exactly 10 years from the first kegs ever sold to participating locations.

Sold! Biltmore Avenue property in downtown Asheville to Green Man Brewery

Sold! Biltmore Avenue property in downtown Asheville to Green Man Brewery

Green Man is on a roll.

In brewery war of words, Bell’s vs. Innovation is waged via social media

In brewery war of words, Bell’s vs. Innovation is waged via social media

The beer battle between big Bell’s Brewery in Michigan and little Innovation Brewing in Sylva, about 45 minutes west of Asheville, was waged Thursday via social media. The firestorm started following an Asheville Citizen-Times story published Wednesday that detailed a trademark dispute between the two. Last year, Bell’s took action to stop Innovation from trademarking its name. Bell’s claimed trademarking[Read More…]

by March 12, 2015 4 comments Asheville beer, Asheville News
HiveMind Brew House is planned for this building on the left at the corner of South Lexington and Hilliard avenues. The building is the former site of Asheville Music School. It's near Storm rum bar and restaurant, the Orange Peel music venue and Wicked Weed Brewing.

New brewery, HiveMind Brewhouse, planned for Asheville’s South Slope

HiveMind is just the latest in a wave of crafter brewers open, or planning to open, on Asheville’s Beer Slope south of downtown.

Stu Helm, Food Critic on Oskar Blues Brunch, Sovereign Remedies, Wasabi Asheville

Stu Helm, Food Critic on Oskar Blues Brunch, Sovereign Remedies, Wasabi Asheville

Also, Helm notes the passing of Drexler McStyles.

New Belgium brewhouse vessels to arrive in Asheville first week in January; expect traffic delays

New Belgium brewhouse vessels to arrive in Asheville first week in January; expect traffic delays

All the vessels are scheduled to arrive on Craven Street in Asheville by Jan. 10.

by December 30, 2014 0 comments Asheville beer, Asheville News
WIN TICKETS To Highland beer tasting at N.C. Arboretum Winter Lights event

WIN TICKETS To Highland beer tasting at N.C. Arboretum Winter Lights event

The event marks the end of a year-long 20th anniversary celebration of Asheville’s Highland Brewing.

by December 26, 2014 44 comments Asheville beer, Asheville News
Wicked Weed Brewing to celebrate second anniversary in Asheville

Wicked Weed Brewing to celebrate second anniversary in Asheville

Wicked Weed has brewed a 14% ABV Imperial IPA for the occasion.

by December 17, 2014 2 comments Asheville beer
Interior view from front entrance

First look at plans for Catawba Brewing’s new Asheville brewery

Catawba’s 5,400-square-foot space on Asheville’s South Slope will house a 7-barrel brewing system capable of producing over 500 barrels of specialty/small-batch beers a year.

by December 16, 2014 1 comment Asheville beer, Asheville News
Ashvegas Beer News: Thirsty Monk keg drop on New Year’s Eve

Ashvegas Beer News: Thirsty Monk keg drop on New Year’s Eve

Also, Burial Beer is now offering a kick-ass jazz brunch on Sundays.

Asheville’s Hi-Wire Brewing announces $3 million expansion to make more beer

Asheville’s Hi-Wire Brewing announces $3 million expansion to make more beer

The announcement of Hi-Wire’s expansion caps off a remarkable year in the growth of Asheville’s independent craft breweries.

Richardson: Construction on New Belgium’s Asheville brewery on track; brewing to start in late 2015

Richardson: Construction on New Belgium’s Asheville brewery on track; brewing to start in late 2015

Jay Richardson, general manager of New Belgium’s new Asheville brewery, said Tuesday that construction at the Craven Street site will peak from now until April.

Massive brewing tanks start arriving at New Belgium’s new Asheville brewery in January

Massive brewing tanks start arriving at New Belgium’s new Asheville brewery in January

Six big brewhouse tanks will arrive on trucks from Charleston starting the second week in January. Another set of fermentation tanks will arrive in March.

With Oskar Blues Brewery’s new flagship Pinner, beermaker nods again to marijuana

With Oskar Blues Brewery’s new flagship Pinner, beermaker nods again to marijuana

The Colorado-based Oskar Blues has never been shy about making pot references.

by December 4, 2014 0 comments Asheville beer
Brew-ED Beer News: A few Asheville craft beers to pair with your Thanksgiving dinner courses

Brew-ED Beer News: A few Asheville craft beers to pair with your Thanksgiving dinner courses

Here a few local beer ideas to go with your Turkey Day feast.

Downtown Asheville motorcycle shop Moto Vicious to open bar next year

The bar at Moto Vicious’ 99 S. Lexington Ave. location will start with four taps for beer, as well as wine.