Last Saturday, the Asheville Brewer’s Alliance had their first (and hopefully annual) Asheville Beer Expo, a beer fest meant to showcase and educate about the liquid that makes most of Western North Carolina run. Over 30 area breweries were on hand to showcase some of their best wares. In addition, other local businesses, like Roots Hummus and French Broad Chocolates, were there, allowing expo-goers to sample their delicious, delicious wares.
Some of the beers of note for me: Innovation Brewing’s Green Tea IPA, Oskar Blues (Asheville)’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy, and Wicked Weed’s Triple Double Freak IPA.
What was of particular enjoyment to me at this festival (aside from the friends, the great beer, and the friendly atmosphere) was that it didn’t feel like a typical beer fest. In that, I mean that there weren’t people (and I have been one of them at various points) simply getting drunk on trying to sample as many things as possible. Instead, with five tokens, you took your time with your beers, you sipped and discussed and sipped again. You tried the food, you talked to the vendors, and you got some more beer after that. This kind of atmosphere, plus the four panel sessions open to anyone on a variety of topics, made the day incredibly enjoyable from beginning to end.
(Some photo credits to Molly McGowan-Gorsuch)