Partial Funk Asheville Brewery List Announced

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Wicked Weed Brewing and Pints for Prostates have announced a partial list of breweries scheduled to pour beers at Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers.

The 20 breweries that have committed to be at the event include: Allagash Brewing, Portland, Maine; Anderson Valley Brewing, Boonville, Calif.; Boulevard Brewing, Kansas City, Mo.; Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, Fla.; Crooked Stave Brewing, Denver, Colo.; Fonta Flora Brewery, Morganton, N.C.; Green Bench Brewing, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Green Man Brewing, Asheville, N.C.; Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Saxpahaw, N.C.; Mystery Brewing, Hillsborough, N.C.; Natty Greene’s Brewing, Greensboro, N.C.; New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colo.; Oskar Blues Brewing, Brevard, N.C.; Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis, Mo.; Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Baltimore, Md.; Stone Brewing, Escondido, Calif.; Trophy Brewing, Raleigh, N.C.;  Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, N.C.; Wrecking Bar, Atlanta, Ga.; and Yazoo Brewing, Nashville, Tenn.

The event will be held May 30 from 7-10 p.m. at the Wicked Weed Funkitorium, a new 12,000-square-foot barrel aging facility located at 147 Coxe Ave. The event is part of the 3rd Annual Asheville Beer WeekTM and will bring some of America’s top brewers of barrel-aged sour beers to the city.

Tickets for Funk Asheville are $80 with a $5 service charge via Etix. A very limited number VIP tickets offering one hour advance entry remain for Funk Asheville at $100 with a $5 service charge. The event includes beer samples, food provided by Wicked Weed, music, art and the opportunity to hang with the brewers.  A total of 500 tickets will be sold to the public for the event, which will be held on the eve of the popular Beer City Festival.  A silent auction benefiting Pints for Prostates will be held featuring unique beer experiences and collectible items.

Sour and wild beers embrace a wide range of historic brewing styles still popular today in Belgium, France and Germany, including lambic, Flanders red, gose, gueuze, Berliner weisse and saison. The use wild yeasts like, Brettanomyces, and bacteria, like Lactobacillus, add varying degrees of sour notes to the beer, which are often enhanced through barrel aging and bottle conditioning.  American craft brewers have expanded the range of these beers to develop distinctive sour and Brett-style beers.

Funk Asheville is another reason for beer lovers to visit Asheville. It helps to anchor the final weekend of Asheville Beer Week with the Beer City Festival, making this one of the most exciting two days in craft beer in the United States.

About Wicked Weed Brewing

Wicked Weed Brewing is an Asheville, N.C., based brewpub that consistently hosts 20+ beers on tap including hop forward, West Coast style ales, open fermented Belgians, and barrel aged sour beers. Opened in December 2012, Wicked Weed is striving towards becoming the largest producer of barrel aged beers in the Southeastern U.S. Wicked Weed Brewing was awarded a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for 100% Brettanomyces Serenity Farmhouse Ale in 2013. In addition to Serenity, Wicked Weed is known for producing Freak of Nature Double IPA, Coolcumber Ale, Tyrant Double Red Ale, Hopburglar Blood Orange IPA, Dark Age Bourbon Stout and Black Angel Cherry Sour. Most recently, Wicked Weed began small scale statewide distribution of kegs as well as bottles of barrel aged sour beers to major metropolitans in North Carolina. Learn more at www.wickedweedbrewing.com and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WickedWeedBrewing.

About Pints for Prostates

Pints for Prostates reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men of the importance of prostate health screenings by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, 233,000 American men will be diagnosed with the disease this year and 29,480 will die from prostate cancer. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@pints4prostates).