An Intoxicating History

An Intoxicating History

Local Brew Aficianado Authors History of Asheville's Beer Culture.

When people think of drinking in the mountains, images of “white lightning” and backwoods stills may spring to mind, but in her book Asheville Beer: An Intoxicating History of Mountain Brewing author Anne-Fitten Glenn tells how Western North Carolina moved from running moonshine to shining as one of the top craft beer destinations in the nation, Beer City USA, even.

Glenn moved to Asheville in 1997, right as the town’s craft brewing culture was taking off. She has spent the past seven years writing about beer and the beer industry for Asheville’s newspapers, including a regular “Brews News” in the weekly Mountain Xpress. In short, she knows her beers.

Asheville Beer tells the story of Highland, Green Man and the other 10 craft breweries in Asheville, as well as a handful of nearby brewers throughout the region. Other businesses built on beer are spotlighted, including Barley’s Taproom and Bruisin’ Ales specialty shop, as are the area’s many beer festivals and events. The book is packed with inebriating stories, interviews with brewers and beer-lovers, and tons of photos to bring the Asheville brew scene to life. A handy guide to WNC breweries and a beer glossary turn this heady history into a veritable craft brew guidebook.

Pick up a copy of Asheville Beer at the Asheville Gift Shop, and take it along as you taste your way through Beer City USA, creating your own intoxicating history as you go.

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