Beer Festival Brings the Funk

Beer Festival Brings the Funk
Craft beer goes sour, in a good way

Since its opening in late 2012, Wicked Weed Brewing has become known for tapping into a craft beer genre that is largely new to Asheville's hopheads.

Sour and wild beers have generated so much buzz that the brewers at Wicked Weed are opening a brand new tasting room and launching a new festival wholly dedicated to this tangy variety.

Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers will kick off May 30 at 7 p.m. as a part of the festivities celebrating Asheville Beer Week. The fest will feature barrel-aged, sour and wild brews from 23 local, regional and national craft breweries, including Asheville's Green Man Brewing, Natty's Greene's Brewing in Greensboro, N.C., and Stone Brewing from California.

Sour and wild beers embrace a wide range of historic brewing styles still popular today in Belgium, France and Germany, including lambic, Berliner weisse and saison. The use wild yeasts add varying degrees of sour notes to the beer, which are often enhanced through barrel aging and bottle conditioning.

The event will be the first held in Wicked Weed's new 12,000-square-foot barrel aging facility and sour tasting room, known as the Wicked Weed Funkitorium and located at 147 Coxe Ave. in downtown's up-and-coming South Slope neighborhood.

Funk Asheville is also teaming up with Pints for Prostates. A silent auction will be held during the festival to benefit the group, and a local barber will also offer beard trims and styling. Tickets and additional details are available through the Wicked Weed website.

Check out other Asheville Beer Week events.
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