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ere's a toast to Asheville. We're a community of makers. A community of people who aren't satisfied with the standard and want to push the boundaries. “Lite-Beer” this town isn't! Artisans of all stripes call our city home, and in this issue we want to highlight the brewers and winemakers, along with the people helping grow the culture.

Alana and Austin Bennett with children Gracyn, Paris, Mia, Brielle and Carson.

The legendary beer scene is continuing to boom here with large market players Sierra Nevada and New Belgium making huge investments in Asheville, expanding the great footprint laid down by the pioneering brewers of this area. As they say, iron sharpens iron, and we're so excited to have the fresh ideas that help continue to grow our beer culture. The reasons abound for brewers to call this place home; from the beauty and the spirit, to the fresh water supplies and the drive for better and more unique, Asheville is a craft brewing mecca. It's incredible the economic impact these large brewers and the dozens of truly local outfits have in drawing people to Asheville. We've found some amazing people and stories surrounding the beer and wine industry here and we're so excited to highlight them in these pages. With fall upon us, it's the perfect time to get outside and enjoy one of our locally produced beverages, whether popping off a cork or a cap! Here's mud in your eye Asheville!

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Locals Only

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Locally Owned

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Culinary Creations

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Local’s Choice

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Hops & Vines

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Inspired By

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

Table’s Jacob Sessoms’ Fresh Recipe

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Our Six Picks for Kid-Friendly Breweries

30 Winding, Wine-ing Roads

Explore the WNC Wine Trail

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Good Times

Sandlot in the Sandlot

Red Maple Dental sponsored the Sandlot in the Sandlot for the North Asheville Little League. The event was a great night of family-style fun to celebrate the summer season!

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Good Times

3rd Annual Night Flight

Highland Brewing Company’s 3rd Annual Night Flight race raised over $15,000 for the Asheville Parks and Greenways Foundation. Over 600 runners came out for the 4.5-mile race and the post-race party, which included an awards ceremony on Highland’s new Rooftop Patio and a DJ dance party. PHOTOGRAPHY | NATHAN RIVERS CHESKY

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

NORTH CAROLINA APPLE FESTIVAL

a national movement started right in our state, features Rangerled programs at state parks. Bring the little ones out for fun hikes, nature education and a night under the stars. Kids get in free with an accompanying adult admission ticket. For more information, visit ChimneyRockPark.com.

NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR Every kid who’s seen the classic Charlotte’s Web knows, “A fair is a veritable smorgasbord-orgasbord-orgasbord,” and the Mountain State Fair is no exception! It’s a ten day extravaganza with over

If fall in western North Carolina has a flavor, it’s certainly the sweet,

180,000 eager Carolinians gathering for a true smorgasbord of tasty

crisp notes of an apple. The annual North Carolina Apple Festival

eats and sweet treats. The Mountain State Fair is a classic carnival

celebrates the sights, sounds and above all tastes of our favorite fruit

complete with breathtaking rides, tricky games, live music, extreme

every Labor Day weekend in Hendersonville. The picturesque main

garden veggie competitions and cute farm animals. The Fair, held at

street is home to a bevy of booths hocking fresh-picked apples, cider,

the Western North Carolina Agriculture Center just south of Asheville,

and everyone’s favorite—pies! But even if you're not a fan of the fruit

celebrates the people, agriculture, art and traditions that make our

(gasp!), there’s still plenty to see and do, like lots of live music, arts

region great. No childhood is complete without a trip to the fair—

& crafts, a bike tour, a street fair, orchard tours and 200 vendors. The

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event culminates with the King Apple Parade at 2:30 on Labor Day. Gather your brood and your baskets and head to Hendersonville for a weekend of apples.

ASHEVILLE ART MUSEUM RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS GRANT

EARTH FARE GRAND REOPENING Founded in 1975 in Asheville, NC, Earth Fare is one of the largest natural and organic food retailers in the country, with 37 locations across 9 states in the Southeast, mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Their full-service philosophy incorporates the highest food Quality

If you’ve taken a stroll downtown anytime recently, you’ve probably

Standards in the industry with compelling value, friendly and

noticed the scaffolding that currently flanks our Asheville Art Museum.

knowledgeable service, and superior shopping experience. It’s a

Over the past 15 years, the museum’s collections have nearly quadru-

philosophy that makes it easy to live a healthier lifestyle, every day.

pled in size and significance, prompting the extensive expansion and

Earth Fare has two locations in Asheville, and their home office

renovation to create the new Asheville Art Museum, which is slated

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for completion in early 2018. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation

The Earth Fare South Asheville store has undertaken a major

recently awarded the Museum a prestigious $250,000 grant as part of

remodel/renovation with several new features and a whole new look.

the Museum’s Art WORKS for Asheville Capital Campaign. The grant

They celebrated with a grand re-opening ribbon cutting, gift card

will support the creation of a new Curatorial and Collections Center,

giveaway to the first 100 people in line, free samples, local producer

which will include a Collections Resource and Study Area, collections

demonstrations, giveaways and more. There will be more than 1,000

storage facilities and curatorial program offices. This celebrated grant

new products in the store, even more locally produced products

will help facilitate an expansion that will be enjoyed by generations of

available, beer and wine on tap and their Heirloom Café featuring all

art lovers and Ashevillians to come!

organic juices, smoothies and coffee.

FAMILY FUN FOR ALL AGES AT CHIMNEY ROCK Chimney Rock is a tourist destination for many reasons: sweeping views of the Blue Ridge, easy and rewarding hikes, nature education programs enjoyable for kids and older folks alike. In the fall, bird watchers and ornithologists flock to the stately ridge for the region’s premier fall migration birding event, the Flock to the Rock, which will take place this year on September 17th. Because Chimney Rock is an official stop on the NC Birding Trail, you’ll find over 130 species year-round, including warblers, woodpeckers and even birds of prey, like the Peregrine Falcon. During this special weekend you can also catch live Birds of Prey programs, bird walks led by local experts, and other fun birding activities. If you’ve got kids in tow, visit the park during Take a Child Outside Week, September 24th–30th. The week, 14

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Bacchus THE MYSTIC MOSAIC AT GREEN MAN BREWERY

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ith name comes tradition. That's why if you walk into Green Man’s new South Slope location, you’ll come face-to-face with the twenty foot tall stare of a figure on par with the Roman  god of brews,  Bacchus:  Asheville’s own Green Man. The Green Man now overlooks the taproom of Asheville’s oldest brewery. But unlike Bacchus, this deity is entirely  manmade. Assembled by local stoneworker Marc Archambault  and his team at Hammerhead Stoneworks, the 20 by 16 foot mosaic covers an entire wall in the brewery, overlooking the mirth of pub crawlers, craft beer fans and casual drinkers alike. The materials used in this undertaking unite  Asheville’s geological surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its historic city dwellings.  16

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Archambault works on "The Boy With Antlers," a personal piece with a character from the bedtime stories he tells his son.


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Archambault works much like stoneworkers hundreds or even a thousand years ago, only with the benefit of modern stone saws and precision tools. “It’s a grounding experience,” Archambault says. No pun intended? Like a brewer trying to find the taste, Archambault doesn’t know how the work will coalesce until he finds that “a-ha!” moment and all the stones fit together just right. The Green Man mosaic itself took two attempts before it was finalized. Along with team members Gary Wilson, Fred Lashley and Jonathan Frederick, Marc has been laying technically elaborate and  appealingly simple stonework all over Asheville, from brewery to Baptist church. The Hammerhead crew’s most recent work is a rendition of the French Chartres Cathedral labyrinth a little closer to home in the First Baptist Church’s new garden. While the meaning of this labyrinth will send one down a rabbit hole of medieval history, a walk along its winding path accompanied by the tinkle of wind chimes and the trickle of a waterfall offers an introspective respite from downtown’s daily grind. The labyrinth itself is contained in a 44 foot wide circle, but despite its sheer size the handiwork offers unique details every step of the way. In this fast-paced day and age with information at your fingertips, it does wonders to give your smartphone some space and return to the rough mountain stone and chill of a cold beer. While we can’t whisk away to simpler times, we can at least consider the simpler things –whether it be the texture of a stone, a fossil hidden in the details or even a cold pint.

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Locally Owned

Craft

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BRUISIN' ALES APPROACHES 10 YEARS IN ASHEVILLE

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sheville has changed a lot over the past ten years. The population has doubled, parking lots have risen higher, new businesses fill our once-vacant downtown, and tourists clog our alleys and trailheads even Jason Monaghan, outside of leaf season. But the greatest change to our town undoubtedly co-owner/marketing; lies in the beer industry—and Bruisin’ Ales has been witness to it all. Julie Atallah, co-owner/ “There were only six breweries in Asheville when we opened,” says Julie operations; Jason Atallah, store manager; John Atallah, who co-owns the bottle shop downtown alongside her husband McCarley. (Not shown: Jason. “The scene was much, much smaller; everyone knew everyone, and store clerk/customer it was low-key and even a little bit sleepy.” When the Atallahs opened their service Scott Douglas.) doors almost exactly ten years ago, they had no idea of the industry expansion that would follow. “The wild ride of massive growth over ten years has been incredible—certainly not something we projected or expected. But it's really put Asheville on the map, making us one of the powerhouse cities for beer in the United States. I can't say that there is even a slow season anymore. It's nonstop and keeps on getting better.” So how did the Atallahs manage to open a bottle shop—at the time, one of only ten or so in the country—exactly on the cusp of Asheville’s brew boom? The answer, it seems, is “sheer luck.” The Atallahs moved south from Allentown, Pennsylvania; their town's proximity to Philadelphia bore their love of beer. When it came time to invest their passion for brews into a business, Asheville was the obvious answer. It was our smalltown beer community that initially appealed to the Atallahs; they could see that their knowledge and expertise proving profitable for themselves, and advantageous to the city, too. Plus, the timing was perfect. “The beer laws—with the help of grassroots Pop The Cap, which raised the ABV to 15%— had just changed, opening up a world of beer that had never been available in NC before,” Julie remembers. “We knew we had the business experience and beer knowledge to bring those beers to the people. And we knew that at that time, a smaller market and city that supports small, independent Bruisin’ Ales will celebrate their 10th business would be the perfect place to take the risk.” Anniversary this holiday season! The rest, as they say, is history. Bruisin’ Ales (so named for Join the celebration throughout 2017 the phonetic entendre: brews and ales) quietly opened in the as they offer special beer releases winter of 2006 and since then has gained a loyal following of and events. Follow Bruisin’ Ales on local and national ale enthusiasts.  social media for the latest.  As the local beer culture has changed and expanded, so has the operation of Bruisin’ Ales. It remains the premier beer and bottle ARTICLE WESLEY BROWN shop in Asheville, offering an incredible selection of unique (and PHOTOGRAPHY CINDY KUNST, delicious) brews that you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere, plus CLICKS PHOTOGRAPHY a solid base of extensive knowledge and genuine passion. “Being that you can buy good beer almost anywhere these days, what continues to set us apart is our passion for beer and customer service,” 18

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Julie notes. “We have always had an aggressive approach to sourcing new brands. And, since our shop is so tiny, we have to be choosy about what hits our shelves.” The craft beers you find on the varied shelves of Bruisin’ Ales are taste-tested by the folks behind the counter and hail from all corners of the globe. These aren’t just America’s trendiest brews—they’re the tastiest, most unique ales from around the world. “We work very hard to offer a carefully curated selection that rotates constantly,” Julie promises.

Since Bruisin’ Ales expanded their online inventory last year to include real-time inventory, shipping across the country has also become a big part of their business. For Julie, the best part of their expanded online retail is the benefit it has for our local Asheville community. “Beyond the simple thrill of getting Asheville and WNC brands out to other places and people, it's been incredible to witness the uptick in interest. It's even better when an online order not only turns into a repeat customer, but may also inspire them to visit our town and be a part of the scene themselves.” If you’re cruisin’ for a bruisin’, Bruisin’ Ales is definitely not your destination. But if you’re looking for great beer and good people with some serious brown-bottle know-how, well, this just might be the place.

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Culinary Creations For Jacob Sessoms, life, and cook-

Set the Table TABLE'S JACOB SESSOMS CREATES A SIMPLE, SUMMERTIME RECIPE

Chef Jacob Sessoms

ing, seem easy. The owner and chef behind Table’s deliciously simple and perpetually popular menu can whip up a topnotch meal—and answer a slew of interview questions—in five minutes flat, with the perfected offhandedness of a truly confident and accomplished creator. It’s his nonchalant mastery of his art that catapulted Table to the top of the Asheville food pyramid some nine years ago. But of course, there’s a lot more to Table—and Sessoms—than meets the eye. After meeting and falling in love with his wife Alicia while in college in western North Carolina, the two ventured north to the Big Apple, where Sessoms attended the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. After working under the tutelage and guidance of various esteemed chefs across the city, Sessoms and Alicia returned home to Asheville to embark on their own endeavor.

ARTICLE EMILY GLASER PHOTOGRAPHY SHONIE KUYKENDALL Cucumber, Blackberry & Straciatella Salad

Today the duo mastermind not just Table, but craft cocktail and charcuterie capital The Imperial Life and mainstay café Tod’s Tasties, too. Like every great husband, Sessoms is sure to give the credit to his wife.

Ingredients

“She is the business end. It’s her intelligence and keen-

4 cucumbers of differing varieties

ness that keep our restaurants open,” he promises.

1/2 pint blackberries

But it’s undoubtedly Sessoms’ talents in the kitchen

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that have made his businesses some of Asheville’s

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favorites, especially Table. It’s a talent that earned him a

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nomination as a James Beard Award semifinalist for Best

Coarse sea salt

Chef: Southeast in 2010. He describes his culinary tastes

Straciatella

as French Southern, melding the lightness of French

1/2 pound mozzarella

cooking with that down-home heartiness we all love.

1/4 cup heavy cream

For this month’s What’s Cooking, Sessoms created

2t kosher salt

a recipe that’s indicative of the culinary style he

Tear mozzarella into ribbons, season, and

advocates at Table daily. “ This recipe represents our

leave to soak in the cream.

approach to food in general. It’s made with the best ingredients from people I know, who I have been

Citronette

buying from for years,” Sessoms notes. The pro-

2T honey

duce, like the cucumbers and berries, was picked

1/4 c lemon juice

at the height of freshness and comes from a local

2/3 c extra virgin olive oil

grower, a husband and wife whom Sessoms has

2T poppyseed

been working with since before he set the first

Combine all ingredients in plastic container,

table at Table. “We try to use as few ingredients

shake to mix. In a stainless steel bowl, shave cucumbers into thin ribbons. Pick herbs from stem. Toss

that’s exactly what this dish represents.” So maybe life for Sessoms is pretty simple

cucumber, berries and herbs together. Dress to

after all—or at least his approach to dining

taste with citronette.

is. Capture the final flavors of summer with

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as possible at their height of seasonality—and

his Cucumber, Blackberry & Straciatella

on top of the cheese in each bowl. Season

Salad and maybe you’ll get a taste of

liberally with coarse sea salt and black pepper.

the simple life, too.

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Twin Leaf Brewery

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PACK Six Kid-Friendly Breweries Around Town

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all it Beer City and proclaim to keep Asheville “beered,” because we are undoubtedly a brew-focused burg! Whether you’re in the mood for a twilight ale after work or a noonday brewski on a summer Saturday, there’s a brewery in every corner of town to suit your suds craving. The only problem? What to do with the kiddos when you want to nip out for a cold one. But in Asheville, that’s not a problem at all. Beer may be for the adult crowd, but so many of our breweries welcome tots too. With games, lounge areas, big screens and wide open spaces to keep them occupied while you sip your suds, there’s no reason not to bring the kids out. You’ll all get to socialize with like-minded brew enthusiasts and their broods of little ones. We’ve rounded up a six pack of our favorite local kidfriendly breweries so that your next night out or day drink can include the kids. That babysitter money you’re saving? Put it toward your next beer. 

Kids and adults alike line the picnic tables at The Wedge.

Creative Kids at Urban Orchard

Asheville Pizza & Brewing

ASHEVILLE PIZZA AND BREWING 675 Merrion Ave. Asheville Pizza and Brewing’s original location in North Asheville is definitely the mecca of kid-friendly breweries. With a movie theater, a cavernous room full of all sorts of arcade games, squishy booths and every kid’s favorite food—pizza—your kids  will be begging to go to this brewery. The younger crowd will love the Game Room in the back of the brewery, a vaulted space that once held a second theater, where you’ll find classics like skee-ball, air hockey and even a big screen (football season, anyone?). But it’s certainly not all geared for tykes; the pizza is award-winning, the wings are our personal favorite in the city, and the beer is stellar. We definitely recommend Asheville Pizza and Brewing for your babe’s next birthday party; the kids can run amok while the parentals kick back, beer in hand.  CONTINUED >

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SIX PACK (CON TI N UED)

TWIN LEAF BREWERY 144 Coxe Ave. South Slope is positively teeming with breweries these days, and one of our favorites for adults and kids alike is definitely Twin Leaf. This cavernous space, converted from one of the dozens of old warehouses on this side of town, often fills with the raucous squeals of youngsters. “My 4 year old runs around here all the time and we’ve had a number of impromptu kid parties!” says owner Tim Weber. There’s plenty to keep the kids busy, like shuff le board and giant jenga, plus a new outdoor space perfect for boisterous romps. You’ll usually find one of Asheville’s favorite food trucks parked out front, so they won’t go hungry, either. There are always all sorts of beers on tap, including regulars like Juicy Fruit IPA, rotating beers and fun small batch brews like the Peach Tea Saison.

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CATAWBA BREWING CO. 32 Banks Ave. Another South Slope gem for the beer aficionados with kids in tow? Catawba Brewing Co. This brewing company is one of the fastest growing businesses around town, with locations in Biltmore Village and Morganton, but it’s the South Slope location that you’ll want to bring the kids to. If you’re stuck inside, sidle over to the back of the warehouse, where barrels of beer will muffle the sounds of tots and adults can admire the views out the big back windows. But the best views, and places for kids, are outside. Their expansive outdoor area is dotted with picnic tables, big barrels and swinging Eno hammocks perfect for loungers of any age. Their beers offer a flavor for everyone, including seasonals like the Le Sexxxy Saison and collaborations like the Astral Bootie Beer, which celebrates our water culture and local whitewater paddling shoe creators Astral Designs.

WEDGE BREWING COMPANY 37 Paynes Way History, beer and family-friendly fun meld at this Asheville favorite. Take the kids for a stroll through the River Arts District before stopping in at what's colloquially known as the Wedge, housed in a 19th-century warehouse right off the French Broad River. The interior may be small, but the Wedge makes up for it with acres of graveled yards and seemingly endless seating. Set the kids up with a game of corn hole and grab a seat at a picnic table. Your little ones won’t have any trouble befriending their peers; you’ll always find cliques of kids spotting the property, usually with a dog in tow. When they get hungry, send them to the centrally-located food truck (our favorite? Melt Your Heart, which serves gourmet grilled cheese at the Wedge on Fridays and alternating Sundays). As for beer, the Wedge always offers plenty of their own brews (especially IPAs), as well as other Asheville ales. 


URBAN ORCHARD CIDER CO. 210 Haywood Rd. Maybe you’re not a beer person (we’ll forgive you). Don’t fret, Urban Orchard Cider Co. is a great kid-friendly option in West Asheville that pours perfectly palatable cider for you non-beer folks (with a couple of ales on tap, too). Family owned and operated, their ciders are made from locally-sourced apples hailing from nearby Hendersonville. Inside you’ll f ind plenty of seats (plus a menu of surprisingly tasty snacks), but again, it’s outdoors where your kids will be happiest. A big covered patio offers plenty of tables for the adults and a prime view of the greenspace below. Completely set apart from parking lots or by ways, this yard is totally safe for kids. Let them run, jump and play in the grass, or set up the teens with a friendly game of corn hole.

SIERRA NEVADA 100 Sierra Nevada Way, Fletcher Last but certainly not least, one of the newest Asheville transplants, Sierra Nevada, offers a welcome respite for crews with kids. You probably know it’s a great place to grab a beer (after all, it’s one of the most popular and award-winning craft beer producers in the country) and a bite (their extensive menu includes fancy and fun finger foods like lamb tartare, duck fat fries and veal meatballs), but it offers even more for families. The ample outdoor area includes fire pits, organic gardens, a stage and a play area for rough and tumble little ones. Their children’s menu includes all your brood’s favorite foods: mac n’ cheese, burgers, even pizza. Grab dinner inside the bustling brewery, then head outdoors to let the kids blow off some steam while you sip a final beer around the fire pits. You’ll leave happy with a full belly and tuckered tots.

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o the outsider’s eyes, the Asheville brewery scene may seem saturated. After all, we’ve got just shy of twenty breweries pumping out barrels within our city limits, and plenty of new ones on the way. But to us insiders, we know there’s always a new, innovative way to brew a beer or run a business. Take, for example, Bhramari Brewhouse. Poised on a prime corner of Lexington, just behind the Orange Peel and straddling the cusps of downtown and South Slope, Bhramari opened its doors in January of 2016. Like a bee to honey, the beer lovers of Asheville and beyond have f locked to this new brewery and restaurant. With an airy tasting room, ample space for dining and events, and a bistro light-laden patio decked with bag boards and giant jenga (plus a real parking lot), it’s easy to trace the roots of Bhramari’s popularity. But the real source of their success lies, of course, in their beer— and their food. When Josh Bailey hungered for a more personal brewery stop to conclude his Asheville Brewery Tours, he imagined a small tasting room: a couple of barrels, a few stools, maybe some bar snacks. He turned to his longtime friends from his time at Zambra, Gary Sernack and Josh Dillard, for inspiration. Two years and multiple investors later, they found themselves with a 6,000 square foot space in downtown Asheville—definitely a little more than they’d bargained for. 28

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But the trio certainly weren’t dissuaded or even intimidated. Over the course of the year they transformed the office building into a brewhouse and full kitchen. Down went the cubicles, in went a 15-barrel brewhouse, a beautiful single-slab bar, a 27 tap system and an infusion tower. Though you can attribute much of Bhramari’s success to its creative and quirky ales by Head Brewer Sernack (upcoming brews will include the Honey Pie Rye, an imperial vienna rye with local honey; Smoking Fox, an imperial smoke ale with peaches; and Wit Dream, a blueberry basil witbier), the surprising show stealers at Bhramari come straight out of the kitchen. Whereas Bailey had initially envisioned casual bar snacks, Head Chef Dillard developed a menu that distinguishes Bhramari from the other run-of-the-mill breweries ‘round town. “As we developed our plan and started looking at this space and this scope of business, a big part of what we’ve been trying to do is the integration of beer and food,” says Allison Simpkins, head of marketing and wife to Gary. “Our menu is appropriate for pairing all the time. A lot of the time there are products of the brewing process in the food that we serve. We’re still working on a way to describe that to people— it’s not just beer mac’n’cheese. We’re making so many of our main ingredients in-house: truffled hop smoked American cheese, saltine crackers, spent grain pretzels. If our spent grain doesn’t go to the kitchen, it goes to Morgan Farms, a farm in Leicester where we source our beef.” According to Allison, Bhramari’s daily offerings are akin to the special, monthly dinners you’ll find at other breweries. “We love the ideas of beer paired dinners, but honestly we do it all the time,” she says with a laugh. “That’s our bread and butter.” As you might expect, it’s a menu that changes daily, depending on the ingredients on hand and in season. You can usually start with their pickled egg: a boiled, pickled poultry egg paired with a sweet and savory orange marmalade, herb aioli, machismo sauce and house-made saltine. For entrees you’ll find complex layers and flavors in dishes like their pork belly and tenderloin. As for dessert, sip a smokey IPA or order up a fancy grilled cheese paired with that most magical condiment, Nutella. Even beyond those incredible brews and bites, Bhramari has a lot to offer, like live music three to four nights a week, a retail space rife with quirky souvenirs and house-brewed kombucha, plus a barrel-aging program that’s slated to begin in the next few months. “Bhramari” is the Hindu goddess of bees (hence the company’s logo), but at this rate, it’s also destined to be the goddess of brews.

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nbeknownst to tourists and locals alike, the mounPHOTOGRAPHY AMELIA FLETCHER tains around our brew-centered city are positively packed with wineries and vineyards, their leafy trellises blanketing the hillsides in vibrant greens. Thanks to the work of Pete Fland and the WNC Wine Trail, more and more winos are getting an introduction to the blossoming wine world just outside Asheville. When Fland moved south with his wife a few years ago, the passionate wine drinkers soon stumbled upon the French Broad Vignerons, a local organization that supports Western North Carolina vineyards, orchards, wine and cider makers and their products. Within the year, Fland was head of the organization. Now he’s a self-proclaimed harbinger of local vineyards and wineries as the mastermind of the the new WNC Wine Trail and tours. The tour takes wine connoisseurs through the scenic hills of our region with stops at a miscellany of different wineries, from Hendersonville to Leicester. Whether you want to take your Bachelorette party on the road or enjoy a delicious winery dinner with your sweetie, the four tour options offer something for everyone. We took a tour and and stopped at several award-winning wineries to get a taste of that Carolina wine ourselves.

FONTAINE VINEYARDS For a truly unique winery experience, Fontaine is it. Jackie and Michel Fontaine founded their vineyard and winery on a breathtaking peak just north of Asheville in Leicester; from the moment you set foot on their soil, you’re treated to 360 degrees of unparalleled mountain views. Even more beautiful than the views are the spirits of Jackie and Michel; the former speaks with enthusiasm and a French lilt while her husband, a renowned French baker, smiles and lends a hand in wine tastings and weddings. Fontaine is part wedding venue, part vineyard and winery, and part home. Whether you’re getting married beneath the white trellis with the valley of Asheville in the background, or tasting their wines (we love their chardonnay!) in their authentic French cellar, you’ll love the homey romance of Fontaine.

ADDISON FARMS VINEYARD A mere stone’s throw from Fontaine is Addison Farms, but the similarities between the two wineries end there. Where Fontaine offers the allure of the French provincial, Addison is pure Southern charm. Family owned and operated, Addison’s roots are generations deep; even before Jeff and Dianne Frisbee planted the first vines in 2009, the farm had been in the family since 1937. Now a modern tasting room and event space, complete with soaring ceilings and gorgeous polished woods, overlooks acres and acres of rolling vines. The wines, poured during our tasting by Jeff’s charming mother, are award-winning (especially this year’s Structure, a cabernet franc), their names and labels all harkening back to some family story or legend. Addison offers lauded wines with a touch of that old-school Asheville attitude we love. 30

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BURNTSHIRT VINEYARDS Head south to Hendersonville and you’ll find Burntshirt Vineyards. The mountain’s name hails from local lore, which claims that in years past farmers would burn their fields to clear the land on Burntshirt Mountain for planting; they tossed their shirts in the fire for good luck and the fields yielded a bountiful crop! Today, Burntshirt is a family-run wine company with a dedication to craftsmanship spanning 80 years; it’s an estate grown and produced operation unique for its high elevation vineyards. What started primarily as a grape growing operation evolved into a winery when owners Lemuel and Sandra Oates, recognizing the quality of their fruit and the opportunity to be a part of the thriving North Carolina wine industry, embarked on production of their own premium estate wines.

ST. PAUL MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS Just down the road from Burntshirt lies St. Paul, a hopping destination for local winos. All the grapes used in St. Paul’s wines, which range from an off-dry chardonnay to cabernet blends, are grown in their own soil (five acres that are scattered outside the tasting room, as well as an additional 10 acres over the hill). What really sets St. Paul apart is their selection of artisan hard ciders, which is more akin to sparkling wine than ale-like ciders you’ll find elsewhere. Their cider is produced from a well-kept secret recipe from generations back in the Bardwell family and made from 100% local Henderson County apples. Their vibrant tasting room and busy patio are the perfect place to top off your tour! Schedule your own trip on the WNC Wine Trail at FrenchBroadVignerons.org.  September 2016 | Asheville Lifestyle

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and the Social Lounge & Tapas Bar. Guests can look forward to a fine selection of hors d’oeuvres, such as beef wellington, bacon CONSTANCE WILLIAMS & THE RAISE YOUR HAND AUCTION AND GALA ARTICLE JANET MOORE | PHOTOGRAPHY KATIE AVANT & HANNAH BELLE PHOTOGRAPHY and bleu cheese stuffed dates and candy apple pork belly with Chianti reduction. The dinner entrees include vegetarian, seafood and meat options. When plates are cleared and the bidding begins, it’s art that captures the spotlight. “And who better than the incomparable Constance Williams, our 2016 Signature Piece Winner, to be front and center,” says Siekman. “She is a longtime friend of WNCAP and supporter of Raise Your Hand, and this year is no exception.” On the auction block is one of Williams’ newest works, Distillation Series: GreenBlue. This painting is a part of series that she Sarah Tennyson-Gildersleeve unveiled in the spring of 2016. “I call this

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hat could be better than an evening of good wine, fine food and great art (all of it up for auction), shared among friends and benefitting a worthy cause? For almost 30 years, the Raise Your Hand Auction and Gala has done just that. On October 1st, 2016, the greater Asheville community will once again gather at the Asheville Event Centre on Sweeten Creek Road to support the life-saving, life-changing work of the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) at the 28th Annual Raise Your Hand Auction and Gala. “Initially, Raise Your Hand was all about the art, and with good reason. We always have very generous donations from some of the region’s leading artists” says Pam Siekman, gala organizer and WNCAP volunteer. “But over the years, with the help of local restaurateurs, the gala and auction have featured great food and wine, too.” Siekman realizes that the event has grown into something much, much more. “Now when people ask me to describe it, I say that Raise Your Hand is about feeding the body with delicious food and inspiring the soul with beautiful art so that WNCAP can help those in greatest need. My hope is that folks will come ready to make a donation to our cause; they will bid high and often, and take home a cherished treasure.” This year’s menu is being developed by Chef Anthony Cerrato from Strada Italiano

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body of work Distillation because it captures my journey as an artist. I form rhythmic arrangements of color while focusing on the hue’s flow, transparency and saturation.” Long recognized for her work in encaustic, Williams has recently turned her attention to a new medium—alcohol inks. Her work now incorporates these inks on encaustic paint, Yupo paper or aluminum board. “In 2015, I experimented with painting on my encaustic, and now I work purely with alcohol ink on aluminum board. The fluidity of this medium is soft and rounded. Now I use compressed air as my painting brush. The results are mesmerizing shapes and forms, with the subject matter being the color and its movement.”  Other auction items include in-home dining experiences from some of Asheville’s best known chefs, antiques, jewelry, get-away CONTINUED >


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Septmeber FIRST FRIDAYS, APRIL THROUGH DECEMBER

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Annual Greek Festival! Sample traditional

growing, home cooking, fermentation, preser-

foods like pastiche and  spanakopita and

ASHEVILLE DOWNTOWN GALLERY

vation, homestead skills, self-reliance, backyard

pastries like baklava and kourambiethes

ASSOCIATION ART WALK

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sic. Browse through the "agora" (market-

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place) while catching a live performance

a First Friday Gallery Walk, which takes place

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