The Asheville Beer Week’s first day may only have a few events, but it still starts with a bang. If you thought hanging out at Wedge on any given day was fun, hold on tight. On May 25, the front lot will be taped off and packed with 50 homebrewers serving more than 100 beers.
While a minority of folks may think homebrew means substandard beer, most know that here in Asheville half the homebrew club was brewing before you were born. These folks can brew.The beers run the gamut from classic styles to creative concoctions. Past years’ standouts have included everything from fresh Pale Ale and Patersbier to Chocolate Coconut Coffee Stout and soured Saison. Oh, and a handful of these beers are selected by breweries in town — Green Man, Wicked Weed, Burial and Altamont at the time of writing — for brewing on a commercial scale.
As if the event couldn’t get any better, the whole shebang is put on by Just Economics, Asheville’s living-wage-advocacy organization. That means when you pay to attend, you’re joining an organization that works hard to make sure people are paid fairly — extremely important work in a town like ours with its high number of service-industry jobs.
Tickets: $20 (or $17 if your employer is Living Wage Certified)