-Thirsty Monk’s future brewery site on Thompson Street: Thirsty Monk will host its ThirstyFest: No So Big BIG Beer Festival beginning at 6 p.m. on May 28 at 92 Thompson St. The site is in a warehouse district alongside the Swannanoa River near Biltmore Village. It will be the future home of a Thirsty Monk Brewery.
The new location will add to the nice little beer scene developing around Biltmore Village. French Broad Brewing has long been in the area on Fairview Road, and Catawba Valley Brewing is building a new brewery practically across the street from French Broad.
More about the beer week event, with tickets on sale now at $35 a pop:
With featured beers such as the 2010 Burton Baton from Dogfish Head, Avance from Allagash, a Belgian Tripel brewed for the Craft Brewers Conference by Victory, 2012 Silent Night by Mother Earth, bourbon barrel beers from Founders, and many more rare and one-off beers, it will be a can’t miss for Asheville beer fans. And, due to the limited availability and intimate setting, advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended, because there are certainly more craft beer lovers and fans who would love to try these beers than there will be room for at the festival.
-Wicked Weed’s sour beer tasting room: Wicked Weed is planning one of the most interesting beer events of Asheville Beer Week. The event, beginning at 7 p.m. on May 30, will be held at 147 Coxe Ave. on Asheville’s South Slope in a venue the brewery is calling the Wicked Weed Funkitorium. The new 12,000-square-foot barrel aging facility will serve as a tasting room for the brewery’s popular sour beers. This will be the first big event for the venue.
This location is smack dab in the middle of Asheville’s South Slope, which might as well be renamed the Asheville Brewing District for all the nearby craft beer happening, action that includes Asheville Pizza & Brewing, Green Man Brewing, Twin Leaf Brewing, Burial Beer and Hi-Wire Brewing all within walking distance.
Tickets are $80 for this event, which will also include photography by Parker J. Pfister and fashion by the following team: R. Brooke Priddy of Ship to Shore (costume), Serenity + Scott (make up), & Amy Grooms (hair) for what they’re calling an installation. More:
Tickets for Funk Asheville are $80 with a $5 service charge via Etix. The event includes beer samples, food provided by Wicked Weed, music, art and the opportunity to hang with the brewers. A total of 500 tickets will be sold to the public for the event, which will be held on the eve of the popular Beer City Festival. A silent auction benefiting Pints for Prostates will be held featuring unique beer experiences and collectible items.
-VIP Party at 655 Riverside Drive: The Asheville Beer Week opening VIP party will be held at this salvage yard just north of where the Smoky Park Bridge passes above. The owner of Barley’s Pizza, Jimi Rentz, and his business partner are hosting the party.
I contacted the two a couple of months ago to ask them about their plans for the spot, and they declined to talk details, saying they’re still working out details. Word on the street is that the two are leasing six acres, including the salvage yard, and have plans for a riverside music venue. Sounds like it could be an exciting new hot spot, just a hop, skip and a jump away from New Belgium Brewing’s new East Coast brewery on Craven Street, and the new Smoky Park Supper Club shipping container restaurant – both under construction. This is an invitation-only event.