Wicked Weed Brewing Funkatorium Opens

Today at 4:00 pm, Wicked Weed Brewing will open the doors to their second location, the Funkatorium.

This is another positive step in firmly establishing the Southern Appalachian region as the go to place for craft beer in the eastern United States.

Despite its close proximity of just three blocks from their original brewpub, this wild and sour tasting room boasts an entirely different feel. Designed to pay homage to the Belgian influence in sour and wild beer, the Funkatorium’s ambiance more closely resembles a Belgian bar than an American brewpub.

Wicked Weed Briars and Brett, Terra Locale series
Among the beers available at the Funkatorium opening will be Wicked Weed Briars & Brett from the Terra Locale Farmhouse Ale series. It’s a gin barrel aged ale with blackberries. It will be sold in both bottles and draught. Photo from Wicked Weed Brewing Company.

“We wanted to create a place that not only showcased our love of Belgian and sour beer, but also created a full experience,” commented Walt Dickinson, Keeper of the Funk and Head of Brewing Operations.  “We wanted them to feel like they had just stepped off the streets of Brussels and into our bar.”

The Funkatorium will pour predominately sour and farmhouse style ales from their 16 taps and 2 traditional hand pumps.

“There is an enormous movement towards drinking and enjoying sour beers in the US,” said Dickinson. “We are honored to be a part of the shift that is happening and believe that educating and exposing people to sour beer is our responsibility.

“We want drinkers to come to the Funkatorium to see and touch the barrels, learn the smell of a wood cellar and really become intimate with this amazing style of beer. I can’t think of anywhere else on the East Coast where people can enjoy 16 different brett or sour beers while gazing at the 500 barrels from which those beers came.”

The food at the Funkatorium will also reflect a very different vision than Wicked Weed’s brewpub. Head Chef Cardiff Creasey developed a menu designed for tasting with a focus on each item’s ingredients rather than their place in the meal. He designed the menu to allow individuals to build their meal around the beer and not the other way around.

Grand Opening tap list

Following is the planned tap list for the grand opening as announced on the brewery Facebook page.

Amorous sour IPA
Black Angel cherry sour
Genesis blond sour
Oblivion red sour
Perzik Morte peach sour
Medora blackberry + raspberry sour
Pompeon Pumpkin sour
Framboise Morte raspberry sour
Berliner Weiss
Malice date and blackberry farmhouse ale
Serenity 100% brett farmhouse ale
One keg of THE gold medal winning batch of Serenity
Taketake New Zealand Brettanomyces saison
Lusus Naturae Brettanomyces IPA
Abigail Dubbel
Sir Ryan the Pounder

10405281_264545400336034_4025800866997278342_nThe Funkatorium is located on 147 Coxe Avenue in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. The doors will open to the public at 4pm on Friday the 10th. To find out more information about specific items on the Funkatorium menu or to find hours of operation, please check the Wicked Weed Brewing website at www.wickedweedbrewing.com.

Appalachian breweries score at GABF

Appalachian regional breweries took home eight medals in addition to a top brewery honor from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) last Saturday in Denver.

Devils Backbone Brewing
The Devils Backbone Brewing crew as they won the title for best beer at the Virginia Craft Brewery Festival in 2013. They are recognized as one of the top small breweries in the U.S.

Devils Backbone Brewing Company’s Outpost brewery in Lexington, Virginia, won the prestigious title of Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year for 2014.  This was not the brewery’s first success at the festival. Devils Backbone’s Basecamp brewery in Roseland, VA,  had won small brewery of the year in 2012 and 2013, but this was the first win for its Outpost brewery. The Outpost is located in Appalachia, while Basecamp is not.

Other Appalachian region brewery winners included:

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Big Timber opens taproom

Big Timber Brewing logoBig Timber Brewing Company of Elkins, West Virginia opened a taproom at the brewery in Elkins. Featuring seven taps, you can count on a great variety of fresh Big Timber brews.

Located at 1210 S. Davis Ave., the taproom will offer light food and snacks along with Big Timber beer.

Matt Kwasniewski, owner/brewer, said he hopes the taproom will become a community meeting place like the taverns of yore. He likes the connection it allows him to have with the customer. Continue reading “Big Timber opens taproom”

Paw Paw moonshine flows at Appalachian Distillery

ApDist-04Paw Paw Moonshine? I’ll bet you’ve never heard of it, let alone tried it. Well that all changed for me with a visit to Appalachian Distillery located at Ripley, West Virginia.

Two former coal miners with deep family roots in the moonshine industry opened this rustic little distillery to continue a long-standing family tradition. A couple of years ago, while still working in the mines, co-founders Dwayne Freeman and James Hager began talking about leaving the mines and entering the whiskey business.

Hager tells a bit of their story in this video.

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Mountain Dragon Mazery masters mead

Mountain Dragon Mazery is certainly one of the most exciting new producers of meads and other honey-based wines anywhere in the Southern Appalachian region.

Mountain Dragon Tulip Poplar Honey Mead
Mountain Dragon Tulip Poplar Honey Mead is a varietal mead made of honey from the blooms of the tulip poplar tree.

Located in Fairmont, West Virginia, Mountain Dragon Mazery makes a wide variety of meads, melomels and methyglyns, several of which are unique to the market. Some of their products harken back to the old days of mead making in the British Isles. In fact, the name Mazery is taken from an old English word for meadery. Continue reading “Mountain Dragon Mazery masters mead”

September farmers market and Bramwell Oktoberfest

Sept Farmers Market
September is a great month at the local farmers market. It’s the change out between summer and fall crops. You get some of both.

I love to visit a farmers market this time of year here in Southern Appalachia, but I also know that the summer garden season is coming to an end.

Apple harvest is in full swing and cider production is well underway. Local wineries and cideries are busy places now. It will likely be a few months though before we get to taste the magic of the 2014 vintage, especially for the red wines and hearty ciders that need a good bit of time in the barrel to mature. Continue reading “September farmers market and Bramwell Oktoberfest”

State of Origin Craft Brew Festival revisited

State of Origin Festival
The first annual State of Origin Craft Brew Festival was held June 14, 2014 in Morganton, NC.

Definitely one of my favorite beer events of the past year was the State of Origin Craft Brew Festival in Morganton, North Carolina. I’m all in when it comes to local ingredients in local beer, and that is where this festival excelled.

Put together by Todd Boera and others at local Fonta Flora Brewery, this festival was unique in that it brought together over 20 breweries, each bringing beers with North Carolina ingredients.  The following video gives you an 8-minute look at the 2014 festival held on June 14.

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