craft beer

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

The partial shutdown of the federal government includes the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.  Among the agency’s many jobs is approving labels for beer that is bottled and canned.  Delays in that process will force brewers to hold back on new releases.

Making and drinking beer is big business in Asheville and Western North Carolina.  Disruptions to new releases will be felt – not just at breweries, but also in their very unique supply chain.  

Mountain Towns Split On How They Will 'Do Brunch'

Oct 26, 2017
NPR.org

North Carolina’s so-called ‘Brunch Bill’ gives local governments the option of allowing alcohol sales as early as 10 a.m. on Sundays, instead of the usual time of noon.  Hendersonville and Asheville quickly adopted the law. But to the west, there’s still plenty of debate about the bill in some communities. BPR’s Davin Eldridge reports on the contentious new bill and it's status within the region--examining which side of the issue each town is now on--and how a period of only two hours each week can differ so much between them as a result.

Asheville Approves Sunday Morning Alcohol Sales

Jul 24, 2017
Jeremy Loeb/BPR

Updated Tuesday 7/25 7:23pm:  The Asheville City Council approved Sunday alcohol sales unanimously, meaning restaurants and bars can start serving drinks at 10am rather than the previous noon start time.  The original story is below.

Michael Sanders

Western North Carolina businesses are making a name for themselves in the American music festival scene. 

Asheville Beer Week

It's now Beer Week in Asheville--a city in Western North Carolina regularly voted "Beer City, U.S.A.".

Talking Politics with Dr. Chris Cooper

May 16, 2017
Jeremy Loeb/BPR

Western Carolina University political scientist Dr. Chris Cooper is a frequent guest of Blue Ridge Public Radio.  In his most recent visit, Cooper spoke with BPR's Jeremy Loeb and Matt Bush about the latest in state politics.  The conversation touched on the recently-passed Senate budget, a big Supreme Court punt on voter ID, the brewing (pun intended) legal battle involving craft beer, possible campaign finance mischief, Senator Richard Burr's role in the national spotlight, and some high-profile resignations for the progressive left in North Carolina.  

Wicked Weed of Asheville announced this week it was being sold to brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, which owns such brands as Budweiser, Corona, and Stella Artois.  The company has been purchasing small craft breweries in recent years, creating "The High End" business unit for such brands.  In a statement announcing the sale, Wicked Weed co-founder Walt Dickinson called it an "exciting time for the entire brewing team.

Craft brewers lost an important political fight Tuesday. A committee in the North Carolina House voted to strip provisions from a bill which would allow local brewers to sell more of their own product without going through a middle man.

Wikicommons

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another effort by North Carolina's craft-beer brewers to ease state limits on distributing their own products appears to have gone flat.

A new version of a House measure debated Wednesday in committee and designed to benefit the craft industry left out a previous provision to raise the self-distribution limit from 25,000 barrels a year to 200,000 barrels.

The king of beers is, well, still the king of beers. But the hundreds of small breweries, including many in North Carolina, are quickly gaining steam.

QUINN DOMBROWSKI / FLICKR, CREATIVE COMMONS

A bipartisan bill sponsored by Henderson County Republican Representative Chuck McGrady aims to give more flexibility to North Carolina craft brewers to run their businesses.  At a news conference last week, McGrady unveiled House Bill 500, an omnibus bill making changes to the way alcohol is governed in the state.

WCQS

Mountain views, hiking trails an exploding food scene and more breweries per capita than anywhere else in U.S.   It’s easy to see why the Asheville area is spilling over with tourists and newcomers.   The boom is a boost for the economy but often makes for a busier and sometimes more challenging day for police and other first responders whose job it is to care for both tourists and the people who live  here.  WCQS’s Helen Chickering reports.

Davin Eldridge

NPR will be in Asheville on Tuesday February 7th for the latest 'Going There' event.  Weekend All Things Considered host Michel Martin will lead a night of performances and discussion on the topic 'What Happens When Your Hometown Gets Hot?' at the Diana Wortham Theater.  Tickets for the event have sold out but there will be a live stream that night to watch.  You can also join the conversation on Twitter by following @NPRMichel and @WCQS using the hashtag #HotHometown.

WNC Beer Industry Being Watched by N.C.A.L.E

Jul 27, 2015
usatoday.com

The craft beer industry in Western North Carolina has enjoyed remarkable growth over the past twenty years.  And with growth has come greater scrutiny of the industry by law enforcement.  The founder of the blog ASHEVEGAS, Jason Sandford, spoke  with David Hurand about a recent meeting between state and local officials and representatives from regional breweries.