7th Annual AVL Beer Week Kicks Off May 25 Through June 2, 2018

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 30 breweries.

AVL Beer Week 2018 sponsors include: Blue Ridge Outdoors, White Labs, Wedge Brewery, Thirsty Monk, Asheville Ale Trail, Sierra Nevada, Highland Brewing, Catawba Brewing, HM Schwartz, Ward & Smith, AVL Radio Group, and SmartStop.

Event highlights include:

  • Beer City Festival
  • Catawba Brewing Beer Dinner: Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers
    •    Hi-Wire Brewing Keg Hunt
    •    Just Brew It Homebrew Festival
    •    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

Keep up with announcements about daily events and sponsors in the weeks ahead at avlbeerweek.com. And follow AVL Beer Week on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @avlbeerweek, and by using the hashtag #AVLBeerWeek.