Look out Nashville, “Music City,” because here comes Asheville…Beer City USA! In less than two decades Asheville, NC has grown from no breweries to “Beer City.” If you’re thinking of moving here or find yourself driving through town, tune into WSFM 103.3 Asheville FM …a non-commercial radio station dedicated to promoting and supporting local community events designed to elevate awareness and procure conscious living.
On May 30, 2018, 103.3 Asheville FM aired the Slumber Party show hosted by, Jake Frankel, Michele Scheve, and Ali McGhee. Slumber Party rocked our world with their unique presentation and fun-filled, entertaining way of taking us to new horizons. They delightfully inform listeners of unusual “on-goings” in Asheville. The Slumber Party team announced Asheville Beer Week beginning May 25th and culminating on June 2nd with the Beer City Festival. (For more information go to www.AVLBeerweek.com).
What’s up with all the “brew-ha-ha?” For starters, the Craft Beer Industry is attracting tourists whose patronage racks up revenue like Music City spits out Hits! If that isn’t enough to put some ‘stout’ in your pants, Beer City will be home to innovative entrepreneurs who can, to quote Jake Frankel, “…Make a ton of money opening Beer Spas!”
Another noteworthy event brought to our attention by the Slumber Party team is the “Black Jar Honey Tasting Contest,” sponsored by The Center For Honey Bee Research. Guest speakers proudly informed us about the importance of beekeeping and the valuable attributes of honey. Honey is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial substance used to disinfect and preserve food. Ann, the Center’s Representative, said, “What you grow next to the beehive defines the flavor of the honey.” She also urges people to protect the bee population, stating that 7-8 different fruits and vegetables come from pollinators and beekeepers. Ann points out that we should reduce monocrops because, “It is bad for bees.”
Ann told us all about the annual “Black Jar Honey Tasting” event which draws participants and contest entrants from all around the globe. The contest offers an award of a $2,500 Grand Prize US Blue Ribbon, plus $150 for winners in ten categories. This year’s Grand Prize went to Chrysse Everhart of Swannanoa, North Carolina. The People’s Choice Award went to David Stallings of Hendersonville, NC. (For more information, visit www.honeybeeresearch.org).
By: Ameilia Terry