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    With Asheville being BEER CITY USA and all lets here what y'all are drinking. I'm working on some Highland Brewing Clawhammer OKtoberfest Lager! YUM!

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    Wee Heavy comes in a can now. That makes me very happy.
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    Hehehe I've got 3 jugs empty to take back.....Sooo smoooth! Should not be seasonal!!!!

    Whoops! All mine say Summer Ale!

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    Well, beer city USA a few years ago.

    Not a fan of Highlands. There stuff is OK but all over priced. Much better beers available in that price range and cheaper.

    For Asheville beers, I like Shiva after a good a ride.
    An IPA just sits right in the summer. Especially after a good ride.

    Also if you want to really experience good local beer you need to hit the small breweries.
    I like Southern Appalachian in Hendersonville. Close to the house, good beer, good service.
    But there are plenty of other places to enjoy a good local brew such as the Lab, The Wedge, Green Man (Jack of the Woods) just to name a few and all better then Highlands IMO.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatTireGoose View Post
    Wee Heavy comes in a can now. That makes me very happy.
    +1 on cans and glad to see French Broad is switching over.
    Most beers taste better in cans with the improvements made with them.
    However, I still prefer some beers in the bottle.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Was I the only one here to attend clips of faith? Beer AND bikes. Anyhow, local beers to pursue: high wire, wicked weed, and wedge breweries stand out amongst the rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    Was I the only one here to attend clips of faith?
    I was thinking about going but after working late and being in a crawl space all day working I just wanted to go home jump in the shower and drink some beer.

    I know some other people from here that went.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Ride bikes, drink beer!

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    ^^^FTW

    I would call that the ultimate trail ale.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    I'm a Green Man fan boy. Both their IPA and their porter are the best in town to me, Wedge a close second. I need to try more HiWire and Wicked Weed to have an opinion.

    I drink Shiva at home more than any other local beer; it's cheaper and delicious.

    I also like Tecate.

    Clips of Faith was fun. The city should do movie night more often, the big glowing screen keeps the crowd chill and the back drop is awesome.

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    ABC's Shiva is my go to, it is just YUMMY. Their 828 Pale is also very nice, sorta a toned down Shiva. Green Man IPA is my #2. I really like Wicked Weed's Double Freaky IPA, and a couple others I have had there, but some of them seem "confused". I worked my way across the board at Hi-Wire a couple weeks ago, and I was very satisfied. I have yet to make it to Burial when they are serving, but I've heard good things. The Wedge always has something good on tap, and is always a party. Being within walking/staggering/stumbling distance of all of these is the most awesome part.
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    I gotta chime in on this one! Wedge Brewery in AVL has the best IPA west of Oregon.

    Hands down.

    I'm also loving the newly local Dale's Pale!
    ​mountain biking is fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docter_zab View Post
    I gotta chime in on this one! Wedge Brewery in AVL has the best IPA west of Oregon.

    Hands down.

    I'm also loving the newly local Dale's Pale!
    Hmmmm? West of Oregon? Wouldn't that be the Pacific Ocean? But the beer is delicious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    Hmmmm? West of Oregon? Wouldn't that be the Pacific Ocean? But the beer is delicious.
    I like to take the long way around hahaha!
    ​mountain biking is fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerry68 View Post
    ABC's Shiva is my go to, it is just YUMMY. Their 828 Pale is also very nice, sorta a toned down Shiva. Green Man IPA is my #2. I really like Wicked Weed's Double Freaky IPA, and a couple others I have had there, but some of them seem "confused". I worked my way across the board at Hi-Wire a couple weeks ago, and I was very satisfied. I have yet to make it to Burial when they are serving, but I've heard good things. The Wedge always has something good on tap, and is always a party. Being within walking/staggering/stumbling distance of all of these is the most awesome part.
    I need a note pad to jot down all the info in this thread!

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    For ABC, I like the Ninja Porter more than Shiva. Shiva is pretty good though.

    Southern Appalachian Brewery's IPA is awesome. The rest, not so much.

    Highland's line could be a lot stronger. I love their Oatmeal Porter but the Kashmir and Gaelic are just OK. Their seasonals are OK at best.

    I can drink and enjoy all the Oscar blues beers but, for the most part, but I find their line to be a wee bit sweet my palate.

    I like most of the AVL area breweries except, for Craggie. I've tried five or six their beers and have not been a fan of any of them. I actually poured out a growler of their beer, I know, I know. I tried to give it to 8 or 10 different people and no one would drink more than a sip.

    I also drink the hell out of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo. Are they local yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bfluid View Post
    For ABC, I like the Ninja Porter more than Shiva. Shiva is pretty good though.

    Southern Appalachian Brewery's IPA is awesome. The rest, not so much.

    Highland's line could be a lot stronger. I love their Oatmeal Porter but the Kashmir and Gaelic are just OK. Their seasonals are OK at best.

    I can drink and enjoy all the Oscar blues beers but, for the most part, but I find their line to be a wee bit sweet my palate.

    I like most of the AVL area breweries except, for Craggie. I've tried five or six their beers and have not been a fan of any of them. I actually poured out a growler of their beer, I know, I know. I tried to give it to 8 or 10 different people and no one would drink more than a sip.

    I also drink the hell out of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo. Are they local yet?
    Craggie is long gone and replaced by hi wire. The two share nothing other than location and a few key employees. The beer is good and worth a try. Sierra Nevada is close, real close, but not local yet.

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    As long as they didn't share the same recipes as Craggie, I look forward to trying out all of their beer.
    He/she who works the trails does so in their own image.

    Speed just slows me down...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bfluid View Post
    As long as they didn't share the same recipes as Craggie, I look forward to trying out all of their beer.
    They did not. In fact, the horrible beer "recipes" from craggie, were the owners. And fortunately, he took them with him.

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    While back in the area to visit the family, a riding friend took me to Brevard Brewing in "downtown" Brevard. Their Munich Dunkel was most excellent, as I am an huge lager fan, (real, old country style lagers). It is great to see a brewery concentrate on the lost art of lagers. Their IPA was really good as well, full of fruity hoppy flavor without the bitterness found in over hopped ales. We went to Oscar Blues the next day and while acceptable they just seemed uninspired. Two brewers in Brevard, my grandpa would have been so proud.

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    Hi Wire has some LEGIT hoppy beers. Their IPA is almost as good as Iron Rail.

    But Shiva is still my daily drinker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by docter_zab View Post
    Hi Wire has some LEGIT hoppy beers. Their IPA is almost as good as Iron Rail.

    But Shiva is still my daily drinker.
    I'm not a IPA fan but it looks like I need to give Shiva a try.

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    I've always thought shiva was over hopped and not very well balanced. But my wife loves it and we served it at our wedding. I enjoyed that.

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    Can't say I've seen Shiva for sale anywhere, who carries it?

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