Video beer and brewery reviews with Rick Rice of Rock 105.1 and iHeart Media

The Asheville Ale Trail is proud to┬ápartner with Rick Rice and Rock 105.1 to bring you a weekly video review of Western North Carolina brews and brewing news. As program director for iHeart Media’s classic rock station, Rock 105.1, and announcer for our local baseball team, the Asheville Tourists, Rick is the voice of Western North Carolina. He’s also a fixture in the craft beer community. When he’s not emceeing events he can be found on the other side of the stage education his pallet.

Rick Rice:

With hopes and dreams, and a suitcase filled with Molson Canadian Lager, I headed off to college. Less than a year later, and a plea agreement with a reduced sentence (…never convicted), my college experience wasn’t exactly going as planned. But, with threats of bodily harm from Mom solidly in my back pocket, I managed to graduate from Gannon University in Erie, PA, and looked forward to a lucrative career in broadcasting. Soooooooo…I’ve bounced around from station to station in such vacation hot spots as Clearfield, PA, Joplin, MO, Evansville, IN, and Fayetteville, NC. In February of 1999, I took the job that I have now (more or less). I never did find that pot of gold, but I’ve had a lot of fun along the way. And moving here was the best thing that ever happened to me. I met my beautiful wife, Stacy, while watching a Bills game at what used to be Damon’s on Tunnel Road, and we were married in September of 2001. I lost my wedding ring in a bizarre chicken wing incident (true story), so I really have no proof. But I think she’ll vouch for me. We don’t have any children, but we do have cats. Not as many as we used to, mind you. But we still lead the neighborhood.