Highland Brewing, Asheville’s oldest craft brewery will open a second taproom next week in their home city. The brewery got its start more than two decades ago in the downtown area, and starting next week will have a home in the center of the city once again.
The historic S&W Building in downtown Asheville, opened in 1929, is now home to the The S&W Market. Building owners Ellington Realty Group has partnered with five-time James Beard nominee Meherwan Irani, known for Chai Pani Restaurant Group and Spicewalla for five different internal food concepts. The space is anchored by a two floor Highland Brewing tap room.
Highland will have 18 taps on site, featuring small batch and barrel aged offerings. Patrons are free to drink, eat, work and wander through the hall at their own leisure.
The food tenants include Bun Intended, Buxton Chicken Palace, Farm Dogs, Hop Ice Cream S&W, and Peace, Love & Tacos. Adjacent to the S&W Building is The Times Bar.
The S&W Market is located at 56 Patton Avenue in Asheville, open to the public on June 16th.
Anderson, South Carolina will soon be home to three craft breweries. Magnetic South Brewery has started renovations.
Anderson, aka “The Electric City,” was devoid of breweries, craft or otherwise, for over 180 years. Then Carolina Bauernhaus brought sour and wild ales to the city in late 2015, followed by Electric City Brewing in 2020.
Later this year, Magnetic South Brewery will join Anderson’s historic downtown strip.
Anderson wasn’t the first city of choice for the brewery, which had been targeting Clemson prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apparently last year’s COVID disruptions pushed the founders to look at Anderson, scraping their plans for Clemson’s The Astro Theater about 30 minutes away.
Paul Cain, Tanner Coombs, and Adam Willier are renovating a 10,000 square foot building that once housed a A&P grocery store, and most recently Carquest Auto Parts. The location will not only be home to a brewery, but kitchen and outdoor beer garden.
Magnetic South has already been producing beers through Thomas Creek in Greenville.
A target opening date is rumored late summer, early fall 2021.
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Just a faint ghost of the A&P logo remains during renovation
Founders KBS Cinnamon Vanilla Cocoa a new variant of the brewery’s famed KBS Stout debuts in November.
For years, the ‘Ides of March’ brought the seasonal release of Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, aka KBS. Like everything in beer brewing, things change. Founders shifted KBS to year-round status and started releasing variants of the venerable stout.
…the sumptuous, deep coffee and chocolate flavors of KBS rise to the next level with a swirl of cinnamon and a hint of vanilla to create a sweet-but-not-too-sweet barrel-aged drinking experience. It’s a whole new spin on KBS that’s sure to sweeten your spirits.
Joining Founders KBS Cinnamon Vanilla Cocoawill be the return of KBS Espresso. Both will be available in 12-ounce bottles and draft across the brewery’s distribution starting in November 2021.
Mother EarthBig Mother Triple IPAhas been the brewery’s anniversary ale since the beginning. It’s back for a limited time.
Big Mother’s recipe is a little different every year, but always has a theme – not too boozy, massively hopped. As far as the 2021 edition is concerned: “A whirlpool and dry hop assault lends aromas and flavors of apricot, navel oranges, red grapefruit, and papaya.”
Mothe Earth Big Mother Triple IPA is available in May and June, celebrating the brewery’s 11th Anniversary in 16-ounce cans and draft.
Actor Nick Offerman, Lagavulin Whiskey, and Guinness are debuting a new partnership ahead of Father’s Day 2021. A combination of single malt whisky and beer – Meet Lagavulin Offerman Edition: Guinness Cask Finish.
Offerman and Lagavulin began a partnership back in 2014. Offerman, probably most famously known as Ron Swanson on the tv show Parks and Rec, was often seen drinking Lagavulin Whisky and rare steaks throughout the show. Swanson (Offerman) even visited the distillery in Scotland in Season 6.
Created with Offerman’s father Ric in mind, Lagavulin took an 11 year Islay Single Malt and aged it for 4 months in Guinness casks from the brewery’s Open Gate Brewery in Maryland. The resulting flavor is describing as ‘sweet peat’ – combining the intense peat and charred wood notes of the Lagavulin with the roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and sweet caramel notes from the Guinness casks.
Offerman’s entire Lagavulin: My Tales of Whisky, including a new episode for this new collaboration is available on YouTube.
Lagavulin Offerman Edition: Guinness Cask Finish will be available in 750-milliliter bottles at select retailers starting in May, $79.99 each.