Altamont Brewing Now UpCountry Brewing

upcountry2One of the first breweries in Asheville, Altamont Brewing, recently changed hands, and is now UpCountry Brewing. The same charming place that was Altamont - the brewery with the most character in Asheville - will continue on with the same community standards, under the new name UpCountry. You will find the same people, same dogs, and same staff as before! What's different? The assistant brewer from Altamont, Jordan Veale, is now the Head Brewer at UpCountry, giving us certitude that great beer will continue to flow from their taps. Executive Chef Matt Covich, an avid disc golfer, has moved to Asheville from Athens, GA and created a delicious contemporary southern menu. Pizza and burgers are still served, as before... but now, they are worth every penny! Brewer Jordan Veale, Manager Nicole Flynn, Crowler Chris Power, and Brewpon Tommy Green chat it up in episode #0038.

the local beer company

america beerAnheuser-Busch InBev is not ruining the craft beer we drink... quite the contrary. ABInBev, soon to merge with another giant beer corporation, facilitates the distribution of craft beer so that all American's can have a taste at a fair price. Epsidoe #0028 had an all star cast at Bhramari Brewhouse that included Beer Guy Tony Kiss, Bud of Asheville Chad Wood, Bhramari Brewing and culinary extraordinaire Gary Sernack, and hosts Brew Papa Tommy Green and Crowler Chris Power. Tinder brought us together.

Tony Kiss: The Beer Guy

Tony KissSpecial guest Tony Kiss "The Beer Guy" discusses the history and future of the Asheville beer scene. Not so special guest, Stump Mutts guitarist, Drink Local Now Prophet Derek Allen, joins the riveting craft beer discussion as well, in episode #0024. Chis Power and Tommy Green were also on hand drinking craft beer. Tony drank water, recovering from a weekend of hard work visiting a multitude of breweries over the weekend. Life's a bitch... but Tony's not complaining. ;-)

Homebrew Horse Blanket and Hydroponics

fifth-season-gardeningOwner Mike Weeks and brewer Jeremy Bruder drink local now with us for episode #0020 at their Fifth Season Gardening hydroponic and homebrew store on Tunnel Road in East Asheville. Find out about the oldest bar tab in the World and horse blanket on the flavor wheel (ref: cat piss #0016). "More esoteric styles of beer are on the horizon and less innovation," postulates Jeremy. Local hops growning in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Mexican hops, Australian hops, and Sierra Nevada's trademark ownership of a specific type of hop are cheery topics of discourse. Though tropical plants are the big sellers at Fifth Season, we go for the great craft beer on tap and their all-gender bathrooms.

Asheville Beer Lawyer Derek Allen

derek-allen-dollyparton In the middle of the photo on the left is Derek Allen, lawyer to the stars of Asheville (breweries). In the middle of the photo on the right is Dolly Parton's cleavage. To find out what this is all about listen to episode #0011 of Drink Local Now. Download the Brewpon app in Apple and Android stores to hear all about it!