Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Zillicoah Beer Company will celebrate its second  Session Fest beer festival from noon to 8 p.m. on Aug. 24 at its location, 870 Riverside Drive in Woodfin.

The “small beer” invitational highlights refreshing, session-style beers from some of the most creative and skilled breweries in today’s craft beer scene, according to a press release. Zillicoah, Woodfin’s first craft brewery, specializes in open-fermented ales and lagers.

Last year’s event featured a lineup of 20 craft breweries largely located in the Southeast region. This year, Zillicoah Beer owners Jeremy Chassner, Johnathan Parks and Jonathan Chassner, invited a broader list of makers, focusing on breweries that inspired their own beer journey. The result is an array of brewers making rare and hard-to-get small lagers and ales not typically available to the Asheville craft beer enthusiast. See the full list of breweries participating in Session Fest 2019 below.

Zillicoah is partnering with Asheville’s Buxton Hall BBQ to present whole-hog barbecue cooked on site. The riverside brewery also plans live music for the event.

General admission tickets cost $15 and include two beer tokens, redeemable for 6-ounce pours of beer. VIP Tickets cost $75 and include access to an exclusive VIP area, a complimentary meal from Buxton Hall, an unreleased bottle from Zillicoah Beer Company, and 4-ounce pours of hard-to-find wild fermentation or sour beers every half hour from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Session Fest 2019 brewers

Amor Artis (Fort Mill, SC),

Ancillary Fermentation (Raleigh, NC),

Ardent Craft Ales (Richmond, VA),

Brewery Bhavana (Raleigh, NC),

Birds Fly South (Greenville, SC),

Bog Brewing Company (St. Augustine, FL),

Botanist & Barrel (Cedar Grove, NC),

Casita Cerveceria (Fountain, NC),

Commonwealth Brewing Company (Virginia Beach, VA),

Flying Machine Brewing Company (Wilmington, NC),

Fonta Flora Brewery (Morganton, NC),

Forest & Main Brewing Co. (Ambler, PA),

Fullsteam Brewery (Durham, NC),

Heater Allen Brewery (McMinnville, OR),

Hill Farmstead Brewery (Greensboro Bend, VT),

Homeplace Beer Company (Burnsville, NC),

Jackie O’s Brewery (Athens, OH),

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, MI),

Live Oak Brewing Company (Del Valle, TX),

New Anthem Beer Project (Wilmington, NC),

Oxbow Brewing Company (Newcastle, ME),

Plan Bee Farm Brewery (Poughkeepsie, NY),

Resident Culture Brewing Company (Charlotte, NC),

Saint Somewhere Brewing Company (Tarpon Springs, FL),

Salud Cerveceria (Charlotte, NC),

Steel String Brewing Company (Carborro, NC),

Trophy Brewing Company (Raleigh, NC),

TRVE Brewing Co. (Denver, CO),

Wayfinder Beer (Portland, OR), and

Wooden Robot Brewery (Charlotte, NC).

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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