Beer Series Will Benefit the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Find Your Pint is back and even bigger. This year, 30 breweries and one cidery are teaming up to raise funds for the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation with special beer releases and events in August and September.

In its second year, the beer series is sweeping up and down the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville to breweries in the High Country of North Carolina, Virginia, and even Winston-Salem.

n its second year, the beer series is sweeping up and down the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville to breweries in the High Country of North Carolina, Virginia, and even Winston-Salem.

“We’re honored that the brewing community has rallied around the Blue Ridge Parkway for the second year of the Find Your Pint series,” said Jason Urroz with the Foundation. “It’s representative of how meaningful the Parkway is to the communities it reaches, and demonstrates that great things can happen when partners come together to help raise awareness, money, and a pint (or two) to support one of the most-visited units of the National Park Service.”

Each brewery is celebrating the connection between beer and the outdoors. Some are creating special beers in honor of the 469-mile scenic route, while others are highlighting flagship brews in their lineup. For instance, Noble Cider will release a Pounding Mill Chocolate Chai cider created with cocoa nibs from French Broad Chocolate Lounge and chai from AppalaChai!. Oyster House Brewing is creating a Blue Ridge Parkway Oyster Stout, bringing the mountains and the sea together. Innovation Brewing will highlight its Black Balsam Porter, named for the popular hiking spot. Every brewery is generously donating a portion of sales to support the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation as the nonprofit celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

“Living near the Blue Ridge Parkway and New River Trail for most of our lives has fostered a great appreciation for the outdoors,” said Tonya Reavis, co-owner of Creek Bottom Brewing based in Galax, Virginia. “We hope that our involvement in this event will raise awareness among our customers that it is our obligation to maintain the beauty and serenity of the parks. Combining our passion, brewing craft beer, with this effort seems only natural.”

The 2017 participants are: Archetype Brewing Company, Asheville Brewing Company, BearWaters Brewing Company, Bhramari Brewing Company, Blue Ghost Brewing Company, Boojum Brewing Company, Boondocks Brewing, Booneshine Brewing Company, Catawba Brewing Co., Creek Bottom Brewing Company, Flying Mouse Brewery, Frog Level Brewing Company, Ginger’s Revenge Craft Brewery and Tasting Room, Green Man Brewery, Highland Brewing Company, Hi-Wire Brewing, Innovation Brewing, Loose Shoe Brewing Company, Lost Province Brewing Company, Mills River Brewery, New Belgium Brewing, Noble Cider, One World Brewing, Oyster House Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Sweeten Creek Brewing, Thirsty Monk Brewery and Pub, Twin Creeks Brewing Company, Twin Leaf Brewery, and Wise Man Brewing.

The series of events includes a passport program encouraging beer fans to visit each brewery to collect Parkway Beer Passport stickers. The passport booklets will be available at participating breweries and can be downloaded online at brpfoundation.com/findyourpint. Beer fans are encouraged to use #Fin­­­dYourPint and #brpfoundation and tag the breweries in social media posts to spread the word.

Schedule of WNC Beer Series:

Sweeten Creek Brewing
1127 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville,
Event: Aug. 12
The Beer: Busbee Black IPA
The Giving: $1 per pint of the designated beer will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Archetype Brewing
265 Haywood Road, Asheville
Event: Aug.19
The Beer: Belgian Blond
The Giving: $1 per pint of the designated beer be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Mills River Brewery
330 Rockwood Road #103, Arden
Event: Aug. 20
The Beer: Middle Fork IPA
The Giving: On Sundays in August and September, $1 per pint of the designated beer will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Boojum Brewing Company
50 N. Main St., Waynesville
Event: Aug. 25
The Beers: Graveyard Fields Blueberry Coffee Porter, Blueberry Saison, Blueberry Hefeweizen
The Giving: $1 from each pint of the designated beers will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Green Man Brewing
27 Buxton Ave., Asheville
Event: Aug. 25
The Beer: Only the Green Man himself knows what special beer is brewing
The Giving: $1 from every special pint sold on Aug.25 and 26 will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Innovation Brewing
414 W. Main St., Sylva
Event: Aug. 27
The Beer: Black Balsam Porter, named for the popular hiking spot on the Parkway
The Giving: All the proceeds from each Black Balsam Porter sold, plus 10 percent of sales for the day, be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Catawba Brewing Company
32 Banks Ave., Asheville
Event: Aug. 31 (live music and a food truck)
The Beer: Small batch Wild Berry Saison brewed with fresh blueberries picked on the Parkway
The Giving: $1 per pint until the batch is gone will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

One World Brewing
10 Patton Ave. #002, Asheville, N.C.
Event: Sept. 1
The Beer: A special batch crafted in honor of the Blue Ridge Parkway
The Giving: During September, $1 for every pint of the designated beer will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Blue Ghost Brewing Company
125 Underwood Road, Fletcher
Event: Sept. 2
The Beer: Small batch of Blueberry Fields Wheat Ale, made with Riverbend Malt House’s Appalachian Wheat and fresh blueberries harvested from Graveyard Fields
The Giving: $1 from every pint until the batch is gone will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Frog Level Brewing Company
56 Commerce St., Waynesville
Event: Sept. 2
The Beer: A yet-to-be-designated flagship brew
The Giving: $1 from each special pint sold on the event date will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Ginger’s Revenge Craft Brewery
829 Riverside Drive, Suite 100, Asheville, N.C.
Event: Sept. 3
The Beer: Honey Chamomile Ginger Beer made with local Haw Creek honey
The Giving: $1 from the sale of each pint of the designated beer during September will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Sierra Nevada Brewing
100 Sierra Nevada Way, Fletcher
Event: September 4
The Beer: A yet-to-be-revealed flagship brew
The Giving: $1 from each pint of a designated beer from September 4-10 will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Thirsty Monk Pub & Brewery
92 Patton Ave. & 2 Town Square Blvd. #170, Asheville
Event: Sept. 7
The Beer: A special seasonal IPA
The Giving: $1 from each full pour of the designated beer sold from September 7-10 will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Noble Cider
356 New Leicester Highway, Asheville
Event: Sept. 8
The Beer: Pounding Mill Chocolate Chai cider
The Giving: $1 from each pint of the special batch will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Highland Brewing Company
12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville
Event: Sept. 8
The Beer: A yet-to-be-revealed special batch
The Giving: $1 from each pint of the special batch will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Pisgah Brewing Company
150 Eastside Drive, Black Mountain
Event: September 14
The Beer: The next installment in the Seven Sisters IPA series
The Giving: $1 from each pint of the new beer through October 13 will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Asheville Brewing Company
77 Coxe Ave. & 675 Merrimon Ave., Asheville
Event: Sept. 15
The Beer: A yet-to-be-revealed special batch
The Giving: $1 from each pint of the special batch will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

BearWaters Brewing Company
101 Park St., Canton
Event: Sept. 22
The Beer: Sliding Rock American Mild Ale
The Giving: $1 for each pint of the designated beer sold from Sept. 18-24 will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Twin Leaf Brewery
144 Coxe Ave., Asheville
Event: Sept. 23
The Beer: A yet-to-be-revealed special batch
The Giving: 10 percent of proceeds from the entire batch will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

 

New Belgium Brewing
21 Craven St., Asheville
Event: September 30
The Giving: From Septe. 24-30, all the tip donations received at the Liquid Center tasting room will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the news editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for more than six years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.