If you are anywhere near Asheville, North Carolina, this weekend then you surely know about the Brewgrass Festival taking place today starting at noon, featuring a few dozen craft brewers. One of those breweries, Asheville’s own Highland Brewing will be following up the fest with its own mini-extravaganza, the sale of limited edition bombers of its Highland Imperial Black Mocha Stout. The sale starts this Sunday, 9/21, at the brewery from noon to 3 p.m. Bottles are $8 per person with no limit. Last year’s Imperial release did not sell out though it did the year before that so tread carefully.
Lots of other good stuff is happening around North Carolina as well:
Aviator Brewing looks to start offering beers in about two months with a launch date sometime in November. The Fuquay-Varina project has a few beer descriptions up on the site now and boasts that it hopes to offer around a dozen varieties, fairly ambitious for a start-up brewery. They will be brewing on a ten-barrel system.
Finally, it appears as though three North Carolina brewpubs have new tap offerings. We start with Big Boss Brewing, who, earlier this month, came out with Black Diamond Express, a Belgian ale with orange/lemon peel and over 170 pounds of Blackberries. They now have a Harvest Ale coming. Keg label approvals have also come through for French Broad Ryehopper and Saison. Meanwhile, The Olde Hickory Brewery got label approval for Dunkelweizen and Schwarzbier. They may not all be new but it appears as though no beer reviews exist for any of them.