Wicked Weed is starting off the fall season in style with their own take on Pumpkin Beers, a Pig Pullin’ and a little Blue Grass Pickin’. Not content to offer just one pumpkin brew, Wicked Weed is going for Great Pumpkin status with four fall gourd flavoured ales at this Friday’s Pickin’ and Pullin’ Fest.
Pickin’ and Pullin’ Fest, is billed as a not-so-raucous celebration of all things fall in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Wicked Weed has partnered with 12 Bones Smokehouse to smoke and serve up an entire Apple Brandy Farms hog at the event this Friday. Served up with all the fixins’ that 12 Bones is known for, Pickin’ and Pullin’ Fest will be a family friendly affair that offers something for everyone. Live bluegrass music will be playing, and there’s no need to purchase tickets ahead of time…just head to the downstairs tasting room from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Friday the 26th and choose to either purchase beer by the pint and enjoy the music, or partake in the full on harvest style feast with pig and sides for just $14.
This year’s beer lineup includes the classic as well as the unusual. The brewery’s tried and true pumpkin ale, Pumpkanne, returns to the chalkboard as part of the fall lineup full of warm and comforting pumpkin pie spices. There will also be a chance to do a little trick or treating with a cocoa nib + chili pumpkin beer, Jack’o’hammered, an ale that marries the bitterness of cocoa nibs with the smoky, spiciness of serrano, ancho, and habanero peppers. A velvety, smokey pumpkin porter is also on the agenda, made with local Riverbend Malts that were smoked at 12 Bones’ right next to the meats. Last, but not least, it wouldn’t be a party without one of Wicked Weed’s spectacular sours to round out the lineup, and the brew team will be delivering a pumpkin beer that was brewed last season and (just like that bag of candy you hid in the back of your closet until the next Halloween) has been aging in barrels for 12 months. Expect overarching notes of tartness with a subtle backbone of pumpkin in what the brewery promises to be a regular annual release in the coming years.
What: Wicked Weed;s Annual Pickin’ & Pullin’ Fest
Where: 91 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
When: 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Friday, September 26th