C'mon, Get Hoppy!
It's National Beer Day, or as we like to call it, every day... Though we're joking (kind of), living in Asheville means that we get to keep our finger on the pulse of some tasty hop-malts combinations year round. Here are our favorites, which range from seasonal batches to standby classics.
Angie Houck, Senior Account Executive and Sponsorship Director
Personally, there is nothing better than trying a fun, new Belgium or Sour over at Wicked Weed’s Funkatorium. Depending on the mood, I’ll go for something like the Bramble Barrel Sour, which is aged in Gin Barrels and has blackberries added for a hint of fruit, or the Fille de Ferme Brett Farmhouse, a belgiun style farmhouse ale that is light and refreshing with hints of honeysuckle…hello Springtime in a bottle anyone?
Molly Smithson, Social Media and Account Coordinator
I recently tried Burial Beer Co.'s Saint Hildegaard Dark Grisette and fell head over heels in love for a few reasons. Firstly, it was brewed in honor of International Women's Day, and there is nothing I love more than being a woman or extraneous holidays that spice up a regular weekday. Secondly, even though this is a dark beer, it's very floral, hoppy, and crisp, rather than chocolately or heavy. If you stop by Burial and they still have this beauty, do NOT pass it up.
Coral Darby, Founder
My go-to is Hi-Wire Brewing's Prime Time Pale Ale. With a slightly hoppy, crisp taste, it's never too heavy, but packs enough punch. I also love their fun labels and South Slope location, right in the center of downtown Asheville!
Julie Bacon, Social Media and Account Coordinator
Twin Leaf Brewery 144 Juicy Fruit IPA is my favorite American-style IPA to sip in the sunshine! Give me all of that hoppy goodness plus a combo of grapefruit, orange, and lemon-lime tang and I am in my happy place.
Suzanne Hermann, Account Executive
Wedge Brewing Company Iron Rail IPA. Not too heavy, not too light and packs a punch. Perfect for a hot summer day and goes great with the complimentary peanuts found on every table at Wedge. Also, they have a separate line just for that tap, so you can’t beat that!
Shelly Smith, Account Executive and Digital Media Director
To me, it’s a lot about the ambiance. If I’m drinking a beer, I prefer to be at the Wedge — lots of great memories there and just a chill spot to hang out. Honestly, though, I prefer a Cider and my favorite cider bar in town is Urban Orchard. Every single one of their ciders goes well with their cheese plate. It’s a cozy inside space with a nice outdoor spot too with hammocks and cornhole.
Anna Elliott, Social Media and Account Coordinator
Asheville Brewing Co's Shiva IPA is my go-to! My favorite kind of IPA, super floral, bitter and crisp, with a hint of citrus. Served icy cold, in the can is my favorite way to drink it. At 6% it's not exactly a lawnmower beer, but the higher ABV adds nice flava-flave.
Julie Hansell, Account Executive and Sponsorship Coordinator
Light beers are my calling. I drink Michelob Ultra on the reg. By choice. Which is why each summer, I anxiously await the release of Wicked Weed’s Watermelon Saison. This light and bubbly brew is just the right amount of sweet, perfect for sipping over an extended period of time in the sunshine. It also comes with a wedge of watermelon as a garnish. Basically, it’s a picnic in a glass – and yes, I actually like it better than Michelob Ultra.
Mandy Giles, Senior Account Executive and Agency Director
Catawba Brewing's Astral Bootie Beer is a top pick for me, not only because it was a collab with our local PFD and footwear client Astral Designs, but also because it's a hearty IPA that will put some hair on your chest after a day on the river. This summer, I can't wait to go enjoy a nice refreshing Bootie Beer next to the French Broad.