Friday, September 19, 2008
Countdown to Brewgrass
Well, its that time of year again. Tomorrow, 3500 beer lovers will descend on downtown Asheville for the 12th annual Brewgrass Festival. Tickets have been sold out for months, and if you don't have one, you are out of luck. There are two things that you can do though. First, check out craigslist, and hope that someone is selling a ticket at face value instead of scalping it for a hundred dollars a ticket. The other thing you can do is to show up at Martin Luther King Jr. Park about an hour early and see if anyone will be selling tickets. Every year I see a few people who are tyring to sell their extra tickets, so you might get lucky. I wish you luck in your search.
For a great writeup on what the local brewers are doing for Brewgrass, check out Anne Fitten Glenn's excellent write up in the Mountain Express (Anne is also known as the blogger Edgy Mama). Perhaps the most anticipated beer at Brewgrass will be Highland Brewing's Imperial Black Mocha Stout. This is the third year that Highland has introduced an Imperial version of one of their beers, and I think this year may be the best yet. Be sure to hit the Highland tent early, as they will likely run out of the Imperial Stout before the end of the day. As a matter of fact, it is a good idea to figure out what special beers that the breweries are offering and drink them early in the day. The good thing about the Imperial Black Mocha Stout is that you will be able to pick some up on Sunday. Highland is once again be selling their special beer at the brewery from noon to 3 pm.
The weather for tomorrow's festival should be perfect, with a forecasted high of 73 and no rain in sight. We'll hopefully see you there, and I will post a writeup of the festival early next week.