Catawba has big plans for its Small Batch Program, with 52 new beers destined for release in 2017. Every Thursday throughout the year, all Catawba tasting rooms will tap a new small batch beer brewed in the Asheville South Slope 7-barrel brewhouse.
The brewery has a new rewards program for regular customers who want to explore the unique Catawba beers.
Here’s how it works: Go to any Catawba tasting room to pick up a Beer Passport booklet. When you order a small batch beer (full pour) for the first time, you get a stamp in the passport. For various levels of achievement (13, 26, 39, or all 52 unique Small Batch beers), Catawba passport holders qualify for prizes at year-end.
The grand prize for those who reach the 52 Club will include a private party in the South Slope Rickhouse bar with catered food, an advance preview of a special beer release and additional prizes to be announced later.
The first two Passport Beers are a Chocolate Saison (Jan. 5) and Coffee Porter (Jan. 12). Since Catawba’s small batch beers typically last only about three weeks, passport participants are advised to get the brews before they’re gone.
Founded in 1999 by the Pyatt family, natives of Western North Carolina, Catawba Brewing operates a main production facility in downtown Morganton, at 212 S. Green St.; a boutique brewery/tasting room in downtown Asheville, at 32 Banks Ave.; and a tasting room in Asheville’s Biltmore Village at 63 Brook St. Catawba beers are distributed in NC, SC, TN and AL. Visit www.catawbabrewing.com.