Beer Month Wraps Up in Beer City with The Best Firkin Beer Festival, Beer Runs & More in Asheville


You know we love our beer here in Asheville! As Beer Month draws to a close in Beer City, don't miss out on some of the beer-centered activities going on here in Asheville. Check them out!

The Best Firkin Beer Festival
That's right, you heard correctly. This is The Best Firkin Beer Festival around. In all seriousness, firkin is a synonym for cask. Cask ale (also known as cask-conditioned beer) refers to an unfiltered, unpasteurized beer which is conditioned and served from a cask. No additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure is added. That's what this festival is all about: cask-conditioned, barrel-aged, and specialty beer.

The Best Firkin Beer Festival takes place on Saturday, April 27 from 3-7p.m. at The Meadow at Highland Brewing Company on Old Charlotte Highway in Asheville. Enjoy this pre-prohibition era festival with old-time music by The Big Nasty Jazz Band and food from The Lowdown Food Truck.

The Best Firkin Beer Festival is brimming with breweries. Here's the list of what you can find on-hand:

  • Fox Hill MeaderyThe Best Firkin Beer Festival  
  • Heinzelmannchen
  • French Broad        
  • Foothills
  • Highland               
  • Asheville Brewing
  • Blue Pants            
  • Natty Greene's   
  • Yellow Hammer    
  • Yazoo
  • Smoky Mountain   
  • LAB
  • Thomas Creek      
  • Wicked Weed
  • Altamont               
  • Tipping Point
  • Frog Level             
  • Bearwaters
  • Pisgah                   
  • New Belgium
  • Oskar Blues          
  • MALT
  • Sierra Nevada

Tickets sell out fast, so don't delay. You can purchase them here. If the event is not sold out by the day of the festival, tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $45, VIP $65 (gives you early entry to the festival and a t-shirt). Guests must be age 21 or over. No dogs are allowed at the festival.

Asheville Running Tours Beer Runs
Runners and beer lovers alike meet up at the Lexington Avenue Brewery at 3:45p.m. (the run starts promptly at 4p.m.) on Friday, April 26 for Asheville Running Tours 2-Mile Beer Run through the streets of Asheville with stops at some of the downtown breweries for a sampling of local beers. The runs are at a social pace. The cost is $30 per person. Other dates for the two-mile run continue throughout December.

Beer RunOn Sunday, April 28, the Original Asheville Beer Run is held at 4:30p.m. and offers a 5k running tour with stops at downtown Asheville breweries. It's similar to the two-mile tours; it is just a longer version. The cost is $30 per person. Additional dates for the 5k run continue throughout the year.

All participants in the beer runs must be age 21 or over. Runs are held rain or shine. They run to drink! Will you?

Make the most of your time in Beer City by staying locally in a downtown Asheville vacation rental. Be close and convenient to all of the action in your vacation-home-away-from-home. It's the only way to travel!

We're looking forward to seeing you in and around Asheville in the very near future. If you've enjoyed any of the Beer Month festivities, we'd love to hear about your beer adventures in our comment section. Cheers!


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