It’s no surprise that with our abundance of breweries comes some pretty rad beer label art. Recently, USA Today selected Asheville’s Archetype Brewing as one of their 19 choices for their People’s Choice Best Beer Label contest, which we think is pretty great. You can support the cause and vote for them (or your other fave label) once daily from now through next Tues. March 17. Ten winners will be announced Fri., March 27.
That got us thinking – In honor of the beer + art fusion that happens in our city, we wanted to turn it over to you, our loyal readers. Which local beer (or cider, etc.) cans have your favorite art? Bonus points if they’re also designed by local artists.
To help get you thinking, here are a couple of ours –
Illustrated by local artist Becka Schoedel (who also tattoos at Thistle and Pearl) and designed by Big Bridge, we love the flora + fauna on this can – especially that wily fox. 🦊
Now, it’s your turn. We want to know what local beer can art you love. Give us all the deets below. We’ll select our top picks and then let you vote on which brewery is serving up the most artistic beer in the 828. Cheers to everyone who makes our craft beer scene so spectacular. 🍻
What’s your favorite local beer (or cider, etc.) can art?
Southern Living sure loves barbecue, and our very own Buxton Hall was just picked as one of “The South’s Best BBQ Joints 2020.” Buxton came in at #8 on the list for wowing diners with its “traditional whole-cooked hog, ‘chef-driven, grandma-inspired’ sides, and homemade cakes and pies.”
They also recommend tucking into a plate of smoky fried catfish + green beans. Our stomachs are already rumbling. (Southern Living)
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Edu ○ UNC announced late yesterday that it will extend its Spring Break through Sunday, March 22 + shift all classes to online effective Monday, March 23. This is in effect for all UNC campuses, including UNC Asheville. Students will receive additional communication from their programs and instructors and should follow campus news sources for more details. (WRAL) ○ Out-of-state travel is on pause for Buncombe County students + staff in response to the coronavirus. In-state trips are currently scheduled to continue as normal, though principals could cancel or postpone plans at their discretion. Public schools in Mitchell County are excusing student absences until further notice after an employee was tested for a possible case of COVID-19. Officials say the test is likely to come back negative.
WaterCooler ○ NCAA president Mark Emmert has announced that all championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, will take place with only essential staff and limited family in attendance. The NBA announced late last night that it has suspended the season indefinitely after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19.
Civic ○ Asheville’s water woes continue. City Council could allocate $473,000 in funding for emergency repairs at the North Fork Water Plant. The water treatment plant, which is the largest that serves Asheville, needs major repairs, including replacing the baffle curtains in the storage tank (part of the disinfection process), testing the foundation of plant storage areas + more. 🚰 (Mountain Xpress) ○ The new Ravenscroft Reserve Initiative (RRI) aims to save the South Slope Urban Forest. The half acre of urban forest, located at 11 Collier Ave., is currently home to 22 mature oaks, as well as a bee colony + other native wildlife, according to organizers. There’s currently an apartment building proposed for the site, but the property owners have offered the forest for sale to RRI for $600,000. Want to chip in? RRI has created a GoFundMe here. 🌳 (Mountain Xpress)
Region ○ The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians could begin investing in cannabis, citing its future as a successful area crop and the tribe’s desire to diversify its income streams. The ECBI is working on an industrial hemp plan and could move forward soon. Because the tribe self-governs, legislation is not regulated by state agencies. 🌿 (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Biz ○ Internet service provider Frontier could declare bankruptcy this week. Frontier provides broadband service across the state and region, including in many rural areas of WNC – and also provides telecom services in 29 states. The company could restructure to reduce debt + interest expenses. 💰(BPR News)
Cause ○ Calling all Martians and robots.Evergreen Community Charter School hosts a space-themed Galactic Gala on Fri., March 27 at the YMI (20 Eagle St.). The 21+ event is an “adult prom” that will feature DJ Oso, a silent auction, photo booth + donation-based bar. Funds raised go to support Evergreen. Tickets ($30) are on sale now. 🤖
Ranked ○ The Inn on Biltmore Estate was just named the South’s Best Resort by Southern Living. The mag praises the inn’s “elegant public spaces” and “soaring windows,” plus other details like the Estate’s farm-to-table policy and, of course, the Biltmore House itself, which lends its aesthetic to the whole property.We’ll take one staycation, please. 🥇
Dish ○ Pie for Pi Day? Count us in. There are a few spots ($50 each) left in this Saturday’s annual Pi Day Pie class, taught by pie masters Amy Mostwill (of Sweetheart Bakery) and Ashley Capps (formerly of Buxton Hall) at All Souls Pizza. Class will cover all pie making skills, plus include samples of savory + dessert pies. Protip: If you miss this workshop, Ashley + friends are hosting a Really Good Soup workshop Monday. 🥧
Drink ○ The horror-loving staff at DSSOLVR Brewing (63 N. Lexington Ave.) is honoring tomorrow’s Friday the 13th with Curse of the Kaiju, a celebration of all things dark, creepy + wonderful that will feature brats from The Chop Shop (made with DSSOLVR beer), music from Mordaga and Analog Moon, a movie mashup + four brand new brews. Bonus: They’ve also been nominated by USA Today as one of the best new breweries in the country. 🍻
Franny’s Manufacturing has grown significantly in the last 10 months; mastering the “seed to shelf” development of recipes and manufacturing systems for 50+ branded CBD products, from gummies to face masks. And they’re now looking for investors to help grow their business in the billion-dollar cannabis industry.
Happy Friday Jr., Asheville. 🌈 We’re loving the early spring weather and taking advantage of it as much as we can – Ali is planning on getting out in the garden this weekend, and Brook is taking her young’un for a mama-daughter date in Flat Rock.
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