The rate beer group rallied in Asheville this past weekend! It was a great success! Thanks to John Owens and Beau Shine for all their had work and effort! They helped everyone have a rollickin’, good time! Oowee was honored to help sponsor the event by contributing some leather pint glass sleeves for the cause of good craft beer!
The craft beer festivities kicked off with a Meet & Greet at Barley’s offering dinner and special kegs for the beer lovers and connoisseurs. After the Meet and Greet, Brews Cruise ran a shuttle so folks could go to Appalachian Vintner and Thirsty Monk.
On Friday, things started up pretty darn early with a trip out to Oskar Blues at 8:30am! These guys don’t mess around! The group bounced from there to Catawba/French Broad around 10am. Sunny Point and Oyster House were the noon time stops and great places to grab a bite to eat. Sunny Point was kind enough to have some delicious food ready for the RateBeer group. Next breweries in the line up were Pisgah and Wedge and they capped the night with some dinner eats back downtown at Mamacitas.
Okay, so you think whew, that’s a long day of brewery love, right? Well, for these guys it’s just the beginning! On Saturday the action doesn’t start up until 11am… peeps gotta’ be able to sleep in after such an awesome Thursday and Friday! So, after some shut eye, they began with a bang at 11 at Wicked Weed for a tour and some sampling of specially crafted brews. Next on tap was Burial and Green Man; everything was in easy walking distance. The Grand Tasting was from 3-7 which left plenty of room for folks to take their time enjoying the south slope of downtown. That Grand Tasting was located Asheville Music Hall and had a fun array of bottles and kegs!
RateBeer really knows how to put together an eventful few days. Getting all this to come together has got to be a lot of work! All for the love of craft beer!
Thanks to Travis Nevill for supplying photos!