May 25-June 2, 2018: Asheville Beer Week
Now in its seventh year, AVL Beer Week features events at many locations. The 2018 theme is “Grain to Glass”, showcasing local producers and incorporating small batch beers, educational events, beer dinners, festivals, film screenings, and dozens of other beer-centric indoor and outdoor shindigs. The biggest event is the Beer City Festival on June 2.
Here's a sampling of Beer Week events:
- 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
- See a full list of events on the Asheville Beer Week Web site.
June 2, 2018: Beer City Festival
Taste beers from 30 breweries in and near Asheville at this fun outdoor festival in the heart of downtown. The Beer City Festival runs 12-5 PM at the Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park. In addition to plenty of tastings (included with your ticket), enjoy plenty of live music from regional bands. Hosted by Asheville Brewers Alliance (ABA). Also buy food from local vendors.
Bring chairs or a blanket to picnic. There will be free water stations and cooling areas. Parking is available at many nearby locations, including the Buncombe County Parking Garage at 164 College Street. We suggest getting an Uber or Taxi ride to the festival. Or stay in a downtown hotel. Discounted tickets are available for designated drivers.
General admission tickets are $25-$45/person (advance) and $50 (day of event if available). Each ticket includes the wristband, tasting mug and full access to the festival. Food is extra. It usually sells out, so get 'em early. Buy tickets online.
Don't forget to try some local hard ciders too! Pack Square Park is located at 121 College Street. Every year, a portion of event proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina, a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives of children facing adversity between 6 and 18 years of age.
To enjoy local beer and other events year-round, see our Asheville Beer Guide.