Catawba Brewing Releases Festbier Lager and Urban Trail Session IPA

Morganton, NC — Catawba Brewing releases their new Festbier Lager (5.3 percent ABV) on Friday, August 18, at all locations. Brewed according to modern day Bavarian standards, the Catawba Festbier represents a lighter, more sessionable evolution of the classic Märzen style. This easy-drinker showcases its distinctive Vienna malt character. Balanced with a touch of Noble hop bitterness, it finishes smooth and clean. Festbier makes its debut in 5-state distribution in 2017. Find it on draft and in 6-pack cans wherever Catawba beers are sold through September.


On Thursday, August 17, Catawba taps their Small Batch Urban Trail Session IPA (5.1 percent ABV). Brewed in partnership with the Asheville Downtown Association, Catawba will donate $1 from each pint sold to the Asheville City Schools Foundation. The beer highlights the aromas and flavor notes of fresh Ekuanot hops, creating a medley of melon, citrus, tropical fruits, and resin – with a hint of peppery spice. This experimental hop variety was developed in the Pacific Northwest’s Yakima Valley, and introduced in 2014.

Urban Trail Session IPA is Passport Beer #33 in Catawba’s 2017 Small Batch rewards program. Brewed in their Asheville South Slope brewhouse, the beer is available in Catawba’s four tasting rooms, and in limited distribution.

About Catawba Brewing Company

Founded in 1999 by the Pyatt family, natives of Western North Carolina, Catawba Brewing operates a main production facility in downtown Morganton, NC at 212 S. Green St; a boutique brewery/tasting room in downtown Asheville, NC at 32 Banks Ave; a tasting room in Asheville’s Biltmore Village at 63 Brook St.; and a new Catawba brewery/tasting room in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood at 933 Louise Ave. Catawba beers can be found in NC, SC, TN, AL, and now in GA. Find us at

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