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Asheville Beer Week: Follow the fun on Twitter

Asheville Beer Week: Follow the fun on Twitter

Follow the Asheville Beer Week fun on Twitter as thirsty locals and beer experts from far and near share the experience. And don’t forget to download the Beer Week app for iPhone and Droid. Please follow and like us:

by May 26, 2012 0 comments Asheville beer
Video: Toasted coconut, chocolate and caramel in new Blind Pig Porter from Pisgah Brewing, coming soon

Video: Toasted coconut, chocolate and caramel in new Blind Pig Porter from Pisgah Brewing, coming soon

Good looking new local signature beer created for Blind Pig Supper Club. Coming soon on tap at select restaurants, growlers also available. Check the video for details. Please follow and like us:

by May 26, 2012 0 comments Asheville beer
Brewer Oscar Wong of Highland on the cover of USA Today’s Money section in article on the rise of craft beer

Brewer Oscar Wong of Highland on the cover of USA Today’s Money section in article on the rise of craft beer

Oscar Wong, the founder of  of Highland and arguably both the godfather of Asheville’s thriving craft beer scene and the prime mover behind Asheville’s meteoric rise on the national beer scene, appears in today’s USA Today. The article, currently not available online, is a perfect grace note during Craft Beer Week and Asheville Beer Week. An informative read on the growth of[Read More…]

Asheville’s highly anticipated chocolate factory is up and running, says French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Asheville’s highly anticipated chocolate factory is up and running, says French Broad Chocolate Lounge

The owners of the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Dan and Jael Rattigan, report that their highly anticipated chocolate lounge is up and running. I had heard that they had recently received their first 5,000-pound shipment of cacao beans. The new facility on Buxton Avenue features a chocolate factory and a tasting room to complement the chocolate lounge location on Lexington[Read More…]

12 Bones’ Hogzilla smoked pork & bacon sandwich named one of Garden & Gun magazine’s “top 21 BBQ sandwiches”

12 Bones’ Hogzilla smoked pork & bacon sandwich named one of Garden & Gun magazine’s “top 21 BBQ sandwiches”

From GardenandGun.com: 12 Bones Smoke House (pictured here) Where: Asheville, North Carolina; 12bones.com What to order: Hogzilla. This audacious sandwich is a mountain of pig: pliant sausage, thick strips of sugar-cured bacon, and shreds of exquisite smoked pork on a toasted sub roll. Link Also, 12 Bones’ Sweet Tomato BBQ sauce was recently one of three selected as the official[Read More…]

Books and Breadboard restaurant temporarily closed

Here’s the note I received from loyal reader John: Jason, What have you heard about the closing of Books and Breadboard down in Biltmore Village. The place has been emptied – a sign says closed – and their website says it because they were not able to renew their lease. This was a great place, and highly rated. I am wondering[Read More…]

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse opens at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

There’s a lot of new action at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Here’s the latest press release: Ruth’s Chris Steak House opens its doors today to guests of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel in Cherokee, NC. Ruth’s Chris Steak House is the latest culinary addition to the growing Harrah’s Cherokee portfolio of exciting new restaurant offerings at the dynamic, expanding resort destination.[Read More…]

How to buy Brewgrass tix: Line up at Barley’s, get wristband, fork over $45 per ticket

The Asheville Citizen-Times‘ Beer Guy aka Tony Kiss delivers a run-down on the final scramble for Brewgrass tickets. Some 500 tickets will be on sale at Barley’s in downtown Asheville on Tuesday. Here are the nuts and bolts: Here’s how to get tickets for Asheville’s Sept. 15 Brewgrass festival. Step 1: Come on Tuesday to Barley’s Taproom, 42 Biltmore Ave.[Read More…]

Perhaps the most fun and most bang-for-your-buck beer fest in Asheville: Just Brew It 2012

The Asheville beer fest Just Brew It shows off the creative work of area homebrewers. For just $16 bucks, you get to taste some of the best beers you’ll find outside a microbrewery and you never know, you might just meet the next Asheville brewery owner. The festival also supports a good cause. Here’s the info: Just Economics Event PSA[Read More…]

Word on the street: New brewery and restaurant coming to downtown Asheville

Word on the street: New brewery and restaurant coming to downtown Asheville

There’s a new restaurant and brewery in the works for downtown Asheville. The location is the former Asheville Hardware building on Biltmore Avenue, right next door to the Orange Peel music venue. The building is owned by Public Interest Projects and will remain so, just as the Orange Peel is owned by Public Interest. More details will be released during[Read More…]

Altamont Brewing prepares to start production, will be Asheville’s newest brewery

Altamont Brewing in West Asheville is preparing to finally live up to its name and start brewing beer. The joint on Haywood Road has been operating as a bar since it opened last March. My colleague Tony Kiss aka The Beer Guy reported thusly on Altamont Brewing’s plans: The brewery part comes later, said partners Ben Wiggins and Gordon Kear,[Read More…]

New Belgium holds public input sessions

Nice Storify roundup here via BlogAsheville: [View the story “New Belgium holds open house for Asheville input about big change in the RAD” on Storify] Please follow and like us:

Cuban coffee hits the streets of Asheville

Here’s a nice note from loyal reader Rebecca: Jason, Coming out of a Page Ave office bldg in the wee hours Thursday morning, a couple of guys at a bright shiny outdoor vendor cart across from Basilica called out “Cuban coffee, is ready!” I walked over there thinking, sure, it’s Cuban coffee (not). But it *so* was. About 5 cups[Read More…]

by April 23, 2012 1 comment Asheville food and drink

New Asheville restaurant, Mr. Frog’s Soul and Creole Kitchen, set to open on Wednesday

Mr. Frog’s Soul and Creole Kitchen is set to open on Wednesday on South Market Street, in a downtown Asheville area known as The Block. The restaurant is the work of Vijay Shastri. Read a little more background here. The opening follows the opening of a couple of new restaurants in downtown Asheville this year, including Strada and Baja Cafe.[Read More…]

by April 19, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink

Word on the street: Yet another craft brewery eyeing Asheville

Word on the street is that yet another crafter brewery is looking to open in Asheville. How much beer is too much beer for Beer City USA? There’s no limit, apparently. What’s been described to me as a regional craft brewery is looking to expand and looking specifically at sites in West Asheville. The news comes on the heels of[Read More…]

by April 19, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink

Updated: Twitter abuzz that New Belgium is coming, announcement said to be coming Thursday

Word on the street is that New Belgium Brewing is planning to announce soon that it has chosen Asheville as the site for its East Coast brewing operation. We’ve heard it before, but sources are apparently sounding more certain than ever. Russ Bowen of WLOS teases with tweets today: New Belgium says Asheville and philly still on list not ready[Read More…]

Home Free Bagels now selling from West Asheville bagel stand

Here’s the note from loyal reader Chris: I know that you are a supporter of Home Free Bagels so I thought you and your readers would like to know that we have opened a bagel stand in West Asheville. Finally, the people of Asheville can buy bagels directly from us! Here is the blurb: Home Free Bagels. Now offering toasted[Read More…]

by March 26, 2012 1 comment Asheville food and drink

Carolina Ground mill now grinding wheat into flour in Asheville

A major missing piece of Asheville’s local food network is now in place – a mill is grinding locally grown wheat into flour. Carolina Ground is the name of the project, which is located in the former Square D plant up on Bingham Road, north of downtown Asheville. The actually production of flour is the result of more than three[Read More…]

by March 22, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink

Celebrity Chef Gerry Garvin makes stop in Asheville

Celebrity Chef Gerry Garvin was in Asheville recently to do some shooting for a TV show. Garvin is a cookbook author and has a new show coming on the Cooking Channel, Tastes of the South, according to his Twitter site. Garvin tweeted that he visited The Chop Shop, the artisan butchery on Charlotte Street in Asheville. Image link for Gerry[Read More…]

by March 22, 2012 3 comments Asheville food and drink

Asheville food news: Farm Burger might land on Biltmore; East Coast Wings looking top open in town; and Gluten Free Expo coming up

Here’s some of what’s happening on the ever-changing Asheville food and restaurant scene: -Farm Burger coming? Mountain Xpress free-lance writer Anne Fitten Glenn tweets that Farm Burger is looking to open in the former Ed Boudreax’s barbecue joint location on Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. The location may also serve as home to a new craft brewery called One World[Read More…]

by March 22, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink

UPDATED: Asheville’s popular 12 Bones barbecue remains in hands of original owners

Contrary to rumors, 12 Bones Smokehouse, the uber-popular barbecue joint in the River Arts District, remains in the hands of the restaurant’s founders. The restaurant opened in December 2005 under owners Sabra Kelley and her husband, Tom Montgomery. Montgomery said Friday morning that he and Kelley retain ownership, that rumors of a sale are untrue. The couple rehabbed a former restaurant[Read More…]

by March 22, 2012 8 comments Asheville food and drink

One World Brewing coming to Asheville

One World Brewing is coming to Asheville, aka Beer City USA. Asheville and Buncombe County are already home to something to the tune of 10 breweries, with two more coming. From One World Brewing’s website: One World Brewing is a Community Supported Brewing endeavor. We offer shares of brew rather than selling it by the pint or bottle. For instance,[Read More…]

Asheville cupcake bakery to compete on Food Network’s ‘Cupcake Wars’; viewing party is April 1

The name of the Asheville company is Take the Cake, a custom cupcake bakery. Cupcake Wars is the show. The viewing party will start at 7:30 p.m. at Broadways. Details: Join us on April Fool’s day as we watch Take the Cake compete in Food Network’s Cupcake Wars! Show starts at 8pm and we will be serving cupcake flavors we[Read More…]

by March 16, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink

News obit: Lou Anne Rhodes, Sunny Point Cafe’s garden manager

Lou Anne Rhodes, the garden manager at the popular Sunny Point Cafe in West Asheville, has died, according to a post on the restaurant’s website. We are saddened to report that our beloved friend and garden manager, Lou Anne, died on 3/14/2012 after a long and arduous illness. Our beautiful garden is a daily reminder of Lou Anne’s direct connection[Read More…]

by March 15, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink

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