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a few weeks back AF and I flew out to attend moogfest in asheville, NC.  as we soon found out, the self-proclaimed “beer city” had a lot to offer.

  • one of the best things asheville has going for it is its size – most of the major downtown spots are within walking distance from each other.  it only took about ten minutes to walk from moog music on one side of town to the orange peel and wicked weed on the other!
  • speaking of the orange peel/wicked weed, that combo is one of the best I have ever experienced.  a world-class beer bar immediately next door to the best venue in town – what a symbiotic relationship!  wicked weed was the sleeper hit of my trip – I had vaguely heard of them before heading over but their great beer and food lineup really took me by surprise.  after talking shop and pouring us some taster flights of their core lineup, one of their long-time employees took me and AF on a tour of the facility and introduced us to their killer sour program.  I couldn’t believe their modest system pumped out the dozens of available taps.  I also couldn’t believe their pricing – many full pours were under three bucks!
  • the city wasn’t just a one trick pony either – breweries, tasting rooms, and bottle shops turned up around every corner.  some favorites were bruisin’ ales (great bottle selection), burial beer co. (great hangout spot a little off the beaten path), and thirsty monk (cool basement spot with a great belgian selection in bottles and on draft – thanks for the heads up ML!).  even the local pizza and beer joint, barley’s taproom, impressed with great pies and beer to match.
  • after dozens of shows, events, and beers it was time to head back home, but I won’t hesitate to head back to asheville given the opportunity – it is a great walkable downtown with an impressive beer presence that rivals many west coast locales in quality.  I just wish I could grab a direct flight there (my connecting flight was horribly long)!
  • side note: one of my “jobs” at moogfest was concert photographer.  you can check out some of my shots (and other photo work) at SSF PHOTO.

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