It’s no secret the Outdoor Industry loves their brews. With the perfect pairing between a ridiculously comfortable Blue Ridge Chair and a cold beer you can’t go wrong. We have the chairs, now what about the beer? August 2nd is the official (yes officially according to the calendar of the national days) IPA day! A global celebration of craft beer’s most beloved and iconic style, the infamous Indian Pale Ale. With International Beer Day falling right after on August 3rd we wanted to take the time to appreciate some of the local IPA’s in the Carolinas. Take note and head out for one of these babies this week!
1) Green Man Brewery
A staple in Asheville, NC and a must on Saint Patty’s Day, Green Man Brewery has been serving up great beer for over a decade. From one of the first tasting rooms in Asheville to one of the largest downtown they always have a great selection on tap from seasonal pours to funky sours to dark and creamy concoctions. Swing by on IPA Day for one of their staples, the Green Man IPA. A mixture of British malts creates a rich flavor keeping you coming back for more! This delicious brew can be found on tap anytime of the year so stop by when you’re in the area!
No Carolina beer list would be complete without those famous Wicked Weed beers! Not for those that get overwhelmed with choices, Wicked Weed also has a plethora of options to pick from. One of our favorite being the Pernicious IPA. With a name that just rolls off your tongue the Pernicious IPA has a Tropical mango hop aroma with a dry finish. Sitting at 7.3% ABV this is one to sip slowly and enjoy the flavors. Take a seat in the upstairs dinning and bar area or head downstairs for a more pub like feel. With music playing on the weekends this is a go-too spot for a good time!
3) Burial Beer Co.
Slightly hidden from the main streets follow your GPS to get to Burial Beer Co. on the south slope of downtown Asheville. In addition to some delicious brews you can also find some great artwork displayed on the walls of the brewery and in the surrounding area. The cans themselves are decorated with stunning visuals catered to each individual beer. Our IPA here goes to ‘When I Surfed the Sky’. This 8.8% brew will easily take your mind off the troubles of the day and the fun atmosphere will help guide you into a good time. When I Surfed the Sky is double dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic Cryo.
Pronounced (brah-mah-ree) the brewery name comes from a love of nature, travel, music, and the local farmers in the area. Just a hop away from the famous music hall, The Orange Peel, grab a pint before or after a show. With plenty of fun bar games and a patio that lights up the night this is also a great Sunday Funday option. The Lorelai IPA (6.9% abv) is one of their Flagships and constantly on tap. This American IPA showcases aromas of tangerine, strawberry, cantaloupe, and grapefruit (YUM). Cool off this summer with this tasty beverage and know all ingredients are local to the area.
5) Highland Brewing
Kicking off in 1994 Highland Brewing knows how to toss back a cold one. Part of their limited release this summer includes their Hawaiian Lounge Juice. The name says it all right?! An IPA with passionfruit and mango this is a great option for those long lake days or a paddle down the French Broad. With an ABV of 8% make sure to pack some water and stay hydrated. Check out their monstrous tap room next time you are in the area and be sure to check out one of their fun summer concerts!
Highland brewery is a great spot to relax in their lawn for some fun music. Skip the blanket and bring along your light-weight Caravan Chair. This chair sits low so you won’t be blocking anyone’s view! Set up your small Blue Ridge Folding Side Table for beers or games with the kids. A small set-up goes a long way for a comfortable and relaxed good time.