Press release here. Last night, I sampled the the pale ale made for Grove Park Inn by Highland Brewing and loved it. I tasted a couple of cocktails, which were fine, but them, I’m not a big cocktail drinker:
Centennial Food & Wine: Over the years, The Grove Park Inn has served famous guests such as Eleanor Roosevelt, F. Scott Fitzgerald, President Clinton and President Obama. To honor the anniversary, the Inn launched a series of Centennial Cocktails, including The Bootlegger, The Corset, The Pink Lady, and Donald Ross “Tee.”
The nine cocktails will be rotated at resort dining outlets and served in signature take-home Centennial glasses atop napkins printed with recipes. Cocktails are $16 each, including glass; Centennial Cocktail Coasters with recipes available for sale in the gift shop.
Guests can also raise a frothy glass to the 100th anniversary with the Centennial Pale Ale. The signature American-style pale ale was created exclusively for the Inn by beverage partner Oscar Wong of Highland Brewery in Asheville. The brewery started in 1994 and has been a key influencer in the Asheville beer scene ever since. Guests can order a glass at all resort dining outlets or pick up a six pack at the gift shop.
The CT reports that the parking fee is now back to $10 to park yourself outside …
the “specialty drinks” are $16 (plus service charge of 18% and taxes – and yes the service charge is taxed as well because “the house” retains part of that money) …
the final cost for 1 drink (and the experience): $30.25 …
who’s got the first round?
BTW … the hotel has also started charging their overnight guests a $25 per day “resort fee” which is not included in the room rate(s) which are around $300 a night … and don’t forget the parking!
I heard they went over budget. Popped their wad pretty quick, didn’t they? The reviews on Trip Advisor make it sound like a terrible ordeal. It is a money machine, that’s all, disguised as a ‘historic hotel’. When does the Starbucks go up in the Great Hall? I wonder how much a six pack of the Centennial beer will cost? $20? The Great Gatsby Abbey was pretty good but I couldn’t force myself to drink it anymore, reminded me of the years I pissed away working at GPI.
One bottle or draft is $8.84 (including service charge and tax) … so a six pack would be $53.16 … and don’t forget the $10 parking fee [or more if you park inside or use the valet service (tip not included)]
Anyone know why construction has come to a halt? The grove was full steam renovating and then it seems projects are at a stand still, did they run out of money . Some low quality work being done on site when girlfriend and I walked around after a glass of wine.
Does the glass come with a tube of lube?
Do they have special “centennial” parking rates as well …
$16 for a specialty cocktail? When did Grove Park Inn turn into a Carnival Cruise boat? (PS you get to keep the glass on a carnival boat as well)