Asheville Beer Week, May 24-June 3, 2012

One of our guests’ favorite beer shops, Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville,
which sells thousands of different kinds of beer
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Photo Credit: Asheville Beer Week

The year 2012 is turning out to be a great one for the love-love relationship between beer enthusiasts and Asheville, NC.

Not only did three breweries announce that they’ll be expanding their operations by planting new roots in or around Asheville (Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Oskar Blues) and adding to Western North Carolina’s already booming brewery and beer scene, but in May, Asheville was crowned Beer City USA for the third year in a row {co-crowned this year, actually, with Grand Rapids, Mich.). Of course, there are also festivals and events throughout the year featuring our fine local breweries.

And now, beer lovers have even more reason to come check out the Asheville area: the first ever Asheville Beer Week, an event taking place over an 11-day stretch, May 24-June 3, 2012. {Kudos to the organizers for stretching the week-long celebration into 11 days!}

During Asheville Beer Week, the popular Asheville Brews Cruise {now in its sixth year} will offer tours of the local breweries during all 11 days. In addition, different locations around the city will offer tastings, beer specials, dinners and special food/beer events, seminars, competitions, fundraisers and festivals, all integrated with Beer Week.

Asheville Beer Week will then culminate in a most appropriate fashion — with more than 40 breweries participating in the third annual Beer City Festival on June 2.

Visit http://ashevillebeerweek.com for more details about Asheville Beer Week, and check out the full list of events here.

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