Last call for Burning Can Beer Fest tickets!! Next Saturday, Oskar Blues Brewery celebrates the 1st Annual Burning Can Brevard Festival, which promises to be a can-kicking, kick-ass celebration of great craft beer in cans. No taps here, this beer fest is 100% all about the CANtastic tasty craft brews that you can find in a can.
Taking place on the July 4th weekend, Burning can will have you kicking off your holiday weekend right with a full afternoon of craft beer and music at the festival pre-party on the 4th at the Oskar Blues Brewery with music from Sol Driven Train. Then, on Saturday, the big festival opens up with an optional morning of bike riding and/or (depending how ambitious you think you are) river running, followed by a full afternoon of craft beer and music at the festival. Proceeds from this very first Burning Can Brevard event will benefit the Western North Carolina Alliance.
The Pisgah Bike Farm is organizing a group bike ride from downtown Brevard to the brewery for the festival, leaving Brevard’s Courthouse at noon, then picking up more riders along the bike path next to Lowe’s, then arriving at the brewery en masse, where Sycamore Cycles will be manning a bike corral. The aforementioned WNC Alliance is also organizing a river float to the festival as well. Oskar Blues is sponsoring the Pisgah Omnium’s Brevard Road Race, which will start and finish near the brewery that day as well.
To get a good idea of what to expect, here’s a video of last year’s Longmont, CO. Burning Can Festival:
Tickets for the July 5 Festival can be purchased online (highly recommended) for $30, and for $35 on the day of the event. Tickets are available online at Etix.com, and more details about Burning Can, including the music line-up and schedule, will be available over at the Oskar Blues Website.
Anne-Fitten Glenn, brewery Communinatrix at Oskar Blues Brevard tells us, “We’re pretty sure Burning CAN will be the first beer festival ever in Brevard, and definitely in Transylvania County, which is still dry outside of the Brevard and Rosman city limits!. It’s the first all canned beer festival in WNC, and probably in the Southeast”. She also tells us Oskar Blues will host an education tent at the festival, with Brewer John Silver talking hops & grains, and lab guy Dave Morris offering some sensory tasting analysis, with Anne-Fitten taking festival-goers on an IPA tour of the attending breweries.
Anne-Fitten, who’s been working with Oskar Blues for about two years now, is also well known in Asheville’s brewing scene for her hard work promoting all things #AVLBeer and as the author of Asheville Beer: An Intoxicating History of Mountain Brewing. We asked her what beers she was excited to see at very first Brevard Burning Can Festival, and here’s what she told us:
“I’m particularly excited about having Bell’s Brewery’s new CANs at Burning Fest. Also, Oskar Blues will be rolling out some special CANs from the Colorado brewery, including Station 3, Simultaneous Release, Death by Coconut and G’Afternoon” (descriptions below). She also teased us with the fact that OB might have one more very special beer available, but needed to get confirmation before she can tell us more.
El Guapo himself has endorsed this crisp, dry lager beer. It’s about as sessionable as it gets at about 5% ABV, so get together with your little buttercup and drink a plethora.
Station 3 is a traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen brewed in honor of all Colorado firefighters. In the Lyons Fire Protection District, Station 1 is located in the town of Lyons and Station 2 is located near Blue Mountain. Lyons firefighters affectionately refer to Oskar Blues Grill & Brew as Station 3, so this beer is named in tribute to them. Made with 48% wheat, this light and refreshing beer gets its signature flavors of clove and a slight hint of banana from the use of an authentic German yeast strain.
Death By Coconut (Oskar Blues/Shamrock Collab.)
Irish porter aged on dessicated coconut and dark chocolate from Robin’s Chocolates in Longmont.
6.5% ABV/45 IBUs
A hoppy Red Ale featuring Galaxy, Falconer’s Flight, and Amarillo hops. Intense fruity hop aroma with a dry finish. Your burps will smell amazing.
6% ABV / 64 IBUs
Want to know who’s coming? Brewers scheduled to appear (with more expected to be added!) are:
- Asheville Brewing Co.
- Aviator Brewing Co.
- Bearwaters Brewing Co.
- Bell’s Brewery
- Catawba Brewing Co.
- Cigar City Brewing
- Crazy Mountain Brewing Co.
- French Broad Brewing Co.
- Golden Road Brewing
- Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
- Intuition Ale Works – Piney River Brewing Co.
- Pisgah Brewing Co.
- Red Hare Brewing Company
- Revolution Brewing
- Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
- Ska Brewing Co.
- Sprecher Brewery
- Straight To Ale
- Sun King Brewing Co.
- Sweetwater Brewing Co.
- Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
- Tin Man Brewing Co.
- Union Craft Brewing
- West Sixth Brewing Co.
Get ready…we’ll see you there!
What: Burning Can Beer Festival
Where: Oskar Blues Brewery Brevard, 342 Mountain Industrial Dr, Brevard, NC 28712
When: Brewery Pre-Party Friday, July 4th, with the Festival taking place from 1-6 pm on Saturday, July 5th, 2014