7th Annual AVL Beer Week Kicks Off Friday

Western North Carolina breweries, businesses and non-profits team up with Asheville Brewers Alliance for a week of events celebrating local craft beer.

ASHEVILLE, NC: AVL Beer Week 2018 will be held May 25 through June 2, offering a variety of events in and around the Greater Asheville Area. Now in its seventh year, AVL Beer Week has grown into the largest annual celebration of craft beer’s impact in Western North Carolina. It stands as a tribute to local community, diversity, and artisanal spirt – as well as barley, hops, yeast, and mountain water – all the ingredients that have collectively made Asheville one of the nation’s top travel destinations.

A project in collaboration with the Asheville Brewers Alliance, AVL Beer Week weaves industry, economy, education, and culture together into a week-long series of beer, food, music, and outdoor-centric events. Locals and visitors alike will come together to celebrate the nectar known as craft beer, learn about the art of fermentation, meet the people behind the beers, sample some of Asheville’s finest cuisine, explore stunning natural surroundings, and craft their own memorable mountain experiences.

This year’s nine-day celebration features a “Grain to Glass” theme, showcasing local producers and incorporating exclusive AVL Beer Week small batch beers, educational events, beer dinners, festivals, film screenings, and dozens of other beer-centric indoor and outdoor events. The week culminates in Beer City Festival, held at Roger McGuire Green in Asheville’s Pack Square Park on Saturday, June 2, featuring over 40 breweries.

AVL Beer Week 2018 sponsors include:
98.1 The River, Archetype Brewing, Asheville Ale Trail, Asheville Brewers Alliance, Asheville Screenprinting, Bhramari Brewing, Carolina Wine Supply, The Casual Pint, Catawba Brewing, DrinkTanks, Highland Brewing, HomeAdvisor, Mix 96.5, Mountain Xpress, Oskar Blues Brewery, Richardson Sports, Sierra Nevada, Signarama, SmartStop, Sovereign Remedies, Thirsty Monk, Twin Leaf Brewery, UpCountry Brewing, Ward & Smith, Wedge Brewing, White Labs, and WNC Nature Center.

Event highlights include:
• Beer City Festival
• Catawba Brewing Beer Dinner: Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers
• Hi-Wire Brewing Keg Hunt
• Just Brew It Homebrew Festival at Wedge Foundation
• Thirsty Monk Not So Big BIG Beer Festival
• Asheville Tourists Thirsty Thursday
• Hi-Wire Brewing Pig On a Wire BBQ Sauce Competition
• Burial Beer Co. Skillet 6 Ways
• Zebulon Artisan Ales Historic IPAs with Stan Hieronymous
• White Labs “Fermented” Film Screening + Dinner
• And many more!

For a complete listing of over 80 special events for AVL Beer Week 2018, please visit the avlbeerweek.com events calendar. Check back often for the latest ticketing and event info. You can follow AVL Beer Week on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @avlbeerweek, and by using the hashtag #AVLBeerWeek.