–Chick-fil-A on Merrimon: Chick-fil-A says it’s new Merrimon Avenue restaurant will celebrate its grand opening on April 3 if all goes according to plan.
-Beer City USA poll is dead: Poll creator Charlie Papazian says the poll has served its purpose. Asheville won, or tied for first place, in four out of the five years the online poll was held.
The point I thought was missing was a measure of community support for craft brewers and the spirit of community they were helping to build. This in my opinion was essential and fundamental to the success of small and independent brewers in America, but no one was really giving craft brewery enthusiasts and beer drinkers any credit for the unparalleled growth and success of America’s craft brewers. Their role in the equation for success and revolution was sorely missing from the “statistics” that were defining the beer phenomenon sweeping this country.
It was quite obvious from the 156,000 votes cast from 2009 to 2013 that beer mattered. But a mobilization of many beer communities happened in ways never before observed. It wasn’t just about the beer but about the community spirit behind the craft brewing movement.
-Hendo town name will be on Sierra Nevada label: The Hendersonville Lightning has the news:
Communications Manager Ryan Arnold said that the Chico-based brewery will add the name Mills River to the label, which identifies the brewing location as Chico, Calif., across the bottom. The top corners are flanked by the trademark phrases “Purest Ingredients” and “Finest Quality.”
“We’ll have a label that does claim both locations but that will be universal,” Arnold said last week. In other words, beer brewed here will have the same label as beer brewed in California.
-Dance Your Diaper Off: That’s the name of the Asheville Flyer for Kids party, coming up this weekend:
Asheville Flyer for Kids, the fun, free, monthly paper just for kids, is Having another party at The Mill Room, just for the kids and parents of Asheville! The Mill Room, 66 Asheland Ave, Asheville — On Sunday March 16th from 2pm to 5pm there will be a festive dance party happening to celebrate… nothing in particular! It is hosted & produced by Asheville Flyer for Kids (AFK). There will be Live Music by the Freewheeelin’ Mamma’s, Magic T-Bone, a performance by poet and children’s author Barbie Angell, free balloons by Mister Twister, free face and body painting by Amy (Asheville Face and Body Painting), an interactive Lego area with Bricks 4 Kidz, games and activities by H&A, giant coloring pages, Banjo The Whistlepig bean bag toss, ice cream by The Hop, pizza (and beer for the grown-ups) by Asheville Pizza & Brew, and much more!
-Toga, toga, toga: Asheville Pizza & Brewing celebrates its 18th birthday with a toga party at the Mill Room on Saturday, March 15. DJ Kipper. 9 until.