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Asheville, NC was voted Beer City USA by readers of Examiner.com for four years in a row. As many more craft breweries relocate to Asheville and local beer aficionados set-up breweries here, Asheville increases in popularity for beer lovers.
This page offers a short description of beer festivals in Asheville and the months they occur. Asheville beer festivals usually charge one general admission price ($40-75) on average. Some offer higher priced passes with VIP perks. Beer festivals even have special passes and pricing for designated drivers, who will not be consuming alcohol. Many of the most popular festivals, such as the Brewgrass Festival and the Beer City Festival are usually sold out soon after formally announcements are made, so purchase tickets as far in advance as possible.
The Winter Warmer Festival is one of the newcomers on the craft brew scene in Asheville. Previous owners of the Brews Cruise (which takes visitors on a tour of local breweries) began this festival a few years ago to help ward off the winter blahs. Each year it has grown in the number of breweries participating and the number of attendees. Check the Winter Warmer website to purchase tickets.
Highland Brewing Company, which opened in 1994 used to have its first brewery in downtown Asheville. Now the Highland Brewing Company is in East Asheville - the site of the Best Firkin' Beer Festival. The focus is on casks of craft brews. This is an outdoor event occurring in the meadow near the main brewing facility. Tickets can be purchased through Asheville Brews Cruise.
The Beer City Festival is wrapped within the larger Asheville Beer Week events. In 2013, the festival occurs on June 1st from 12-6 p.m. on the Roger McGuire Green in Downtown Asheville. Tickets are $40 and available at Barley's or Bruisin' Ales. This is the first year for the Beer City Festival and is being dubbed the 'brewers beer festival.' Nearly 40 breweries from inside and outside the Asheville region will bring their craft beer to the table for this event.
An incredible lineup of first-class brews and an exciting lineup of first-class bluegrass music is what attendees will experience at the Asheville Brewgrass Festival, which features over 40 breweries and over 120 beers. The event's history of hosting great national acts like the Yonder Mountain String Band and Tony Furtado make the $40.00 admission fee a deal. Though dates and details have not been announced for this year's festival, the event will be held sometime in September. Updates can be found by visiting the official event site or its Facebook page.
A little traditional German "oompah" comes to Western North Carolina on October 12, 2013, when Ocktoberfest comes to downtown Asheville's historic Wall Street. Featuring classic German cuisine and seasonal and house beers from a vast wealth of local breweries, the event will feature live music, traditional Ocktoberfest games, and dancing in the streets. Tickets, at $25.00 per person, will go on sale here on September 1st. Only 1, 800 are available and the event always sells out quickly, so mark it on the calendar. (If tickets are still available on the day of the event, admission is $35.00).
Asheville has always been a great city for breweries, one of-a-kind beers, and fantastic art and music, and its reputation is only growing. Every year, locals and visitors come out to sample some new craft brews and attend Asheville's lively events. This year, 2013's expanded lineup of beer festivals promises to be fun and full of new brews.