New Mountain Layers Brewing coming to Bryson City, NC this Fall

Mountain Layers Brewing logoMountain Layers Brewing Company™ has begun construction on a 7 barrel craft microbrewery and taproom located on historic Everett Street in beautiful downtown Bryson City. Located in Swain County at the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains, the new brewery is built on the belief that the mountains have layers of history, cultures, and people which are all reflected in our ancient blue mountains stacked one after the other to the horizon.

Once complete, the brewery will feature a family-friendly taproom with bars on two levels including an outdoor upper deck where you can enjoy handcrafted beer while overlooking downtown Bryson City and the Tuckasegee River.  Co-founders Kim & Mark Pettit have found their home in Swain County after a decade and a half of
vacationing here. Their relocation to the area from Minnesota came in 2014 by a combination of Kim’s ability to work from home and Mark’s early retirement from 30 years of public service.

Joining them in launching the new brewery is Noah McIntee who will serve as Head Brewer and General Manager. Noah comes to Mountain Layers from just down the road in Franklin, NC where he
built and launched Lazy Hiker Brewing Co. Prior to Lazy Hiker, Noah was Director of Brewing Operations for Pearl Street Grill & Brewery in a position overseeing their two brewpubs in downtown
Buffalo, NY. “Mountain Layers is being built on an infectious passion for community and people – two of the core traits that define craft beer culture” says Noah McIntee. “I’m honored to be working with Mark & Kim in this exciting venture that embraces and explores the many layers of this amazing region.”


“We couldn’t be happier and more honored that Noah McIntee has joined our team to launch Mountain Layers Brewing Company” commented Mark & Kim Pettit. “Noah brings a commitment to quality and creativity as well as a genuine embrace of the community.”


Twin Leaf Brewing to Re-Release MDXXI Mexican Chocolate Stout

Twin Leaf Brewing to Re-Release MDXXI Mexican Chocolate Stout


Twin Leaf MDXXI


ASHEVILLE, NC – On Saturday, August 6th, Twin Leaf Brewing will re-release MDXXI, an 8.2% ABV Mexican Chocolate Stout originally brewed for the brewery’s first anniversary in early 2015. The brewery is bringing back the beer due to popular demand.


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“As we approached our second anniversary in March, numerous people asked if we were going to brew another batch of the Mexican Chocolate Stout we made for our 1st anniversary,” said Tim Weber, Head Brewer and Owner of Twin Leaf Brewery. “I had already brewed Grand Cru 100, a robust Belgian quad which was aging on oak barrels. I had to tell them no. And yet, the requests have kept rolling in all summer.” Weber added, laughing, “I guess it was time to give the people what they wanted.”


MDXXI Mexican Chocolate Stout draws its inspiration from Aztec drinking chocolate, a spicy and bitter beverage created by the mesoamerican people. In the original drink, pulp from the cocoa seed was blended with spices, wine or pureed corn. MDXXI mimics this tradition by blending cocoa nibs, cinnamon and Arbol chilies with sweeter chocolate malts.


“We create the beer by making a sort of tea with the chilis, in order to get the heat profile correct, and add this tea post fermentation,” said Weber. “The beer then ages on cocoa nibs to impart the bitter chocolate characteristic. It doesn’t take long to extract the flavors from the nibs. The resulting beer has a layered flavor profile, with a smooth, sweet base balanced by mild spice and heat.”
MDXXI will be available for sale in 500 ml bottles in the Twin Leaf taproom, located at 144 Coxe Avenue, on Saturday, August 6th beginning at noon. The stout will also be available on draught in the brewery. For more information about the brewery and upcoming beer releases, check out Twin Leaf Brewing on Facebook at




News from Aviator Brewing


Aviator Brewing in Fuquay Varina, NC has news with a July 30th event that will feature South of the Bully, a LuLaRoe consultant, Food Truck, and their Nascar driver will be there with the Aviator Nascar. They also report a special beer release at the event that will “make you think cool thoughts!”



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Black Mamba

Aviators new Tap House will be open in the next few weeks as they report that construction is nearly finished, and look for new Aviator cans with HorsePower DIPA, Black Mamba Oatmeal Stout, Blue Blood Rivalry Ale, CrackPot Pils & 16 oz HogWild IPA & Devils Tramping Ground. in the new package! The brewery now has Foeder Aged Sour Beers. Look for these brews on tap –  Norsek Sour Cherry Brown Ale, Yucatan Cucumber Lime Saison & Sour Pie.  Aviator also invites you to join their Run Club. The club takes off 6:30 on Thursday nights at the Tap House.  3 & 5 mile routes!

Burial Beer Heads to Georgia this Fall



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Asheville, NC, July 12th, 2016 — In early January 2016, Burial Beer Co. announced their plans for second brewery also located in Asheville, NC and plans for a new side project. The brewery, which opened in 2013 with a one-barrel system, quickly outgrew the home-brew size brewery into a ten-barrel operation. Now having just celebrated their third anniversary in June, the brewery will expand distribution outside their home state.

As Burial Beer Co. gears up to expand distribution, first, to the state of Georgia, they have announced their distribution partnership with Liberator Distributing. Both businesses are family owned endeavors whose ethoses are anchored in organic growth fostered by small beginnings.  “Their (Burial Beer Co.) thoughts regarding quality, innovation, social responsibility, and community make them the type of brewery we want to partner with,” states Jason Wiles, owner and founder of Liberator Distributing. “We started Liberator Distributing to provide a home for small, high quality, like-minded breweries that are looking to start small and grow organically with us. We are excited to be working with such an amazing group of people who clearly care about the why and the how as much as the what.”

With brands like Drie Fonteinen, Ritterguts and Nogne- O in the Liberator portfolio, Burial Beer Co. fits that niche with a range of Belgian and German styles while also extending the current
selection with forward-thinking, experimental American ales. The craft beer scene in Georgia can anticipate brands such as Surf Wax IPA, Gang of Blades Double IPA, Skillet Donut Stout, The Keeper’s Veil Honey Saison, Shadowclock Pilsner, Bolo Coconut Brown, and Scythe Rye IPA, both in cans as well as draft in quantities that are on par with brewery’s goal of growing in measures that maintain the quality of their product.


“Although we are an expanding brewery, we strive to maintain a production size that speaks to our craft, to our culture, and to the people who support us along the way,” explains Jess Reiser, one of three Owners of Burial Beer Co. “Beer drinkers in Georgia can expect a unique rotation of brands to on a regular basis in as many craft beer focused retailers and bottle shops as we are able to reach with the limited amount of beer we continue to produce.”
The brewery is currently working to scale up and dial in recipes on their new twenty-barrel brewing system and anticipates sending beer beyond their 40 Collier taproom sometime between September and October of this year.  “We have self distributed in the great state of North Carolina since day one. Doing so afforded us
the opportunity to understand the intricacies of the craft beer community, form amazing relationships with the local retailers, and really get to know loyal beer drinkers and what they enjoy,” states Reiser. “Moving into a different state is very exciting for our growing business and partnering with a distributor who is passionate, like-minded and an extension of who Burial Beer Co. is both a brand and as people is something that is very important to us.”

Weekly Beer Releases:


Tuesday, July 12th  Mankind Beset by Devils – Quad De Miel – This traditional Quadruple went through primary fermentation in Biltmore wine barrels on North Carolina wild honey. Unexpectedly dry with notes of fig and brown sugar this Belgian-style offering is the perfect nightcap.

|11.1% | 1.096| 35 | Auburn


Wednesday, July 13th Ceremonial Session IPA with Summer Hops – Brewed with a different hop focus each time this session IPA is carved from Pilsner, flaked barley, wheat and oats and is saddled with a new hop vision quest in every new batch. This release hones in on Australian Summer hops in a robust dry-hop yielding aromas of melon and stone fruit. Available in cans and on draught.

|4% | 1.040| 35 | Blonde


Thursday, July 14th The Two Prophets – Summer Saison – This saison is brewed with Riverbend 6 row malt and Wren’s Abruzzi rye, some oats and Munich, and was inundated with 125 pounds of fresh, local Carolina Peaches. Finished with a touch of fresh basil from our urban garden this brew is our ode to the freshness of our Summer’s peak.

|5.3% | 1.052| 15 | Blonde

Sunday, July 17th  Tin Cup – Camp Stout – A team favorite, this easy sipping stout showcases our love for the tin mug at the campfire. A house blend of Counter Culture Coffee beans works with a complex cadre of dark malts, flaked adjuncts and lactose to forge this 5.5% all day delight. Just a little a reminder of another beloved Burial ale.

|5.5% | 1.056| 45 | Black
Founded in June 2013, Beer Co. crafts German lagers, Belgian-inspired ales, and bold American styles with a dedication to creativity, tradition, modernization, and preservation. Residing in and revitalizing the South Slope District of Asheville, NC, the brewery began its life as a one-barrel system that grew to a ten-barrel In just over a year. Summer 2016 will bring a new wave of
expansion and revitalization as Burial Beer Co. expands again to a to a second location, the “Forestry Camp,” a twenty-barrel production brewery, urban farm, locally purveyed restaurant and two-story tasting room in South Asheville.
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New Beers from Catawba Brewing in North Carolina

New Beers from Catawba Brewing in North Carolina


Catawba Brewing releases three new beers into the market this July. All  are collaborations with local businesses. Two were released on July 9th, Bee Charmer Honey Mai Bock and Tangerine Wheat Ale. The third beer, Pyranha Brown IPA, will be released on July 16th.

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Bee Charmer Honey Mai Bock is a collaboration with Asheville Bee Charmers.  This beer is a traditional German style Mai Bock with local Basswood honey added from the Blue Ridge Honey Company. Golden in color, it is light sweet with a balanced bitterness. It contains Basswood honey, which leaves floral and woody notes behind after all the honey sugar is fermented. This is a specialty beer brewed in Catawba’s Asheville brewery at 32 Banks Avenue.  It will be available only through Catawba Brewing’s three tasting rooms, in downtown Morganton, Biltmore village, and the South Slope of downtown Asheville.
Tasting notes: Alcoholic warming, sweet, malty, floral notes from Basswood honey.  ABV 8.15%

About Asheville Bee Charmer:
The Bee Charmer Honey Bar is located at 38 Battery Park Ave in downtown Asheville, NC. Locals have come to know this as a one stop shop for all things bee.

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Tangerine Wheat Ale – Head Brewer, Kevin Sondey, developed a delicious Tangerine Wheat Ale recipe especially for a small group of women business partners of Catawba Brewing.  The women came to Catawba’s boutique brewery on Banks Avenue on June 20 for a special day learning the basics of how to brew beer.  Catawba’s specialty brewer, Sam Bryant, coached the women throughout the day creating an informative and fun experience, which was followed by sensory training led by Cicerone Jo Doyle, Catawba Brewing’s Beer Ambassador.  The women were treated to lunch at Buxton Hall Barbecue, and toured the other breweries of Asheville’s South Slope with coowner, Billy Pyatt.   Coowner, Jetta Pyatt, was part of the women brewing team.  The resulting beer was finished and packaged on July 6.
Catawba will donate $1.00 from every pint of the Tangerine Wheat Beer sold at the release parties in Asheville to FEAST. A total of 14 kegs will come out of this batch, and will be available mainly through Catawba Brewing Tasting Rooms.  Two sixtels of the beer will also travel to upstate SC for two special events with Catawba’s distributor, KW.

About F.E.A.S.T.

FEAST is a local non profit and our mission is to empower youth and families to grow, prepare and enjoy fruits and vegetables through hands on cooking and gardening education. We teach over 1,500 students a year in the Asheville area.

Pyranha Brown IPA will be released on July 16th.   Pyranah Brown IPA is a collaboration between Pyranah Mouldings and Catawba Brewing Company. Several of Catawba’s key staff members are avid whitewater paddlers, so a collaboration with Asheville’s Pyranah Kayaks only seems natural. (Pyranah’s North American headquarters is located in Asheville on the French Broad River.) Pyranah Brown IPA gets the brown color from a blend of crystal and black malts. It is generously hopped with Mosaic and Cascade to give it a plethora of tropical and stone fruit flavors and aromas. It weighs in at 6% ABV.  For the first time, Pyranha Brown IPA will be available in cans.

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About Pyranha Kayaks:

Manufacturers of specialist whitewater kayaks designed by an international team and built in Britain. Pyranha Kayaks are designed and built to the highest standards to be used by the most demanding paddlers on rivers across the world for river running, creeking and freestyle kayak.

About Catawba Brewing Company

Founded by the western North Carolina Pyatt family in 1999, Catawba Brewing operates a main production facility in downtown Morganton, NC at 212 S. Green St; a boutique brewery/tasting room in downtown Asheville, NC at 32 Banks Avenue; and a tasting room in Asheville’s Biltmore Village at 63 Brook St.  Catawba beers can be found in NC, SC, TN, and now AL. Find us at

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