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2016 Conference Information



Reception and Special Events

Brews Cruise

October 31, 2016
$40.00 / per person

Start Time: 5:00pm "Take and go" bar snacks and water for the bus ride will be available in Vanderbilt A.
Tour Departure 5:30pm

Register through the Registration page. Tour leaves from the Doubletree Hotel.

Back by popular demand we will be hosting the second Asheville Brews Cruise event. We are excited to show you some of the reasons Asheville has become a beer mecca. The cruise is a tour of (3) local breweries with at least 4-5 samples per stop. The breweries we will be visiting are Hi-Wire Brewing, French Broad Brewery, and Twin Leaf Brewery. The cost is $40.00 per person. This is a great deal as the tours regularly cost $59.00 per person. Register early as seats for the tour are limited.

Don’t forget to start out with a little bite to eat before we depart. Meet us in Vanderbilt A for some treats that are included in your price.

Listed below are details about each brewery we will be visiting.

Asheville Brews CruiseThe Brews Cruise is the ORIGINAL and FIRST brewery tour in Asheville.  Thousands have taken our tour over the past 10 years, and we have long-lasting relationships with many of the breweries here.  In fact, our tours often include the opportunity to talk with some of Asheville’s most experienced brewmasters. Our tour guides are EXPERIENCED, FUN, and TAKE PRIDE IN engaging everyone to sample a wide variety of beers, understanding the brewing process, the history of beer, the way to taste and even pair beer with food, and offering a behind-the-scenes peek of a brewery. Our tours offer a WIDE VARIETY and AMPLE AMOUNT of BEER.  Come stretch your palate and learn more about beer styles (and leave the driving to us!)

Simply put, our tour-goers have FUN, LEARN, and EXPERIENCE Asheville’s famous beer world on the big, yellow bus with a smile!

At Hi-Wire, we strive to be as independent and authentic as possible, while maintaining an approachability to our beers.  Located in Downtown Asheville’s Brew District, Hi-Wire Brewing embraces its craft from top to bottom – from its highly drinkable, hand-crafted brews to its artwork, hand-drawn by a local artist. Our light-hearted circus theme embodies the fun, authenticity, and creativity of this deep-rooted craft.  You can find our beers on draught and in bottles at North Carolina bars and restaurants as well as in our tasting room.  Or grab a 6-pack of bottles at area groceries, gas stations, convenience stores, and specialty beer/wine shops. Hi-Wire features four approachable year-round “Main Attraction” beers – Prime Time Pale, Hi-Pitch IPA, Bed of Nails Brown, and Hi-Wire Lager – a rotating selection of seasonal offerings, as well as “Side Show Seasonals”, available exclusively at our tasting room.  Come visit us in our Downtown Asheville Tasting Room seven days a week. “Walk on the Wire Side” /// Hi-Wire Brewing.

Hi-Wire Brewing

French Broad Brewing Co

"Since opening our doors in 2001, our goal has been to create traditional European style beers while maintaining the unique flavor that is Asheville. Our tasty creations can be found all over North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Louisiana, with new territories coming soon."

Founded in 2001, located in Asheville on Fairview Road near Sweeten Creek, the French Broad Brewery is a continental European-style production brewery. Andrew Dahm is the president. Aaron Wilson is Head Brewer. Adam Everett was a Big League shortstop.

Most famous for the Wee-Heavy-Er Scotch Ale, French Broad beer can be found throughout the Carolinas, in Athens and Atlanta, and as far west as . In Asheville, the French Broad Brewery has 93 tap lines in 61 different locations. Currently the Brewery offers six staple, year-round beers: the Wee-Heavy-Er Scotch Ale, 13 Rebels ESB, IPA, Ryehopper, Gateway Kolsch & Anvil Porter. These are always on tap at the Tasting Room, along with an assortment of seasonal specialties, and frequently a beer on cask.

Our Tasting Room is open from 2 PM to 9 PM Monday-Saturday, and 1 PM to 8 PM on Sunday. Pints at the Tasting Room (typically $3.75) are a dollar off on Mondays, and growler refills (typically $9.50)  are a dollar off Wednesdays. The Brewery is happy to feature live music on the Tasting Room stage every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

Twin Leaf Brewery

On March 8, Twin Leaf Brewery opened on the corner of Coxe Avenue and Banks Street in Asheville. One of the newest breweries in town and located in what is referred to as “ Brewery Row”. What began as a twinkle in the eye of college sweethearts Steph and Tim Weber more than seven years ago is about to come to fruition. The 5,000 square-foot space incorporates a 1,800 square-foot brew house and an 80-occupancy taproom featuring a spacious bar, large seating area, music stage and a cool 14-foot ceiling fan.

Engineers at heart, Steph and Tim have been faithfully hands-on from the start, with both working side by side with contractor Rhett Pace during construction of the brewery.  The taps – all 16 of them - will be pouring five house beers, one or two seasonals and a slew of one-off experimental/recipe development batches brewed on a half-barrel pilot system.

The house beers will span the color, strength and origin spectrum and include Uproot ESB (5.3% alcohol by volume), White Noise Wit (5.5%), Dark Matter Oatmeal Stout (5.4%), Luminosity Tripel (10%) and a rotating IPA. The one-offs, meanwhile, should feature single-hop brews with the same base malt bill and a Belgian style fermented with an identical yeast strain at five different temperatures to produce varying degrees of those fruity esters and spicy phenols found in Belgian brews. “We’re science geeks,” said Steph Weber, who will run Twin Leaf’s yeast lab with her husband. “This brewery is our baby, and we basically want it to be a reflection of ourselves.”

The couple met at the University of Delaware in 2003 and, three years later, began home-brewing together. Drawn to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and the craft-beer boom in Asheville, Steph and Tim knew early on they wanted Western North Carolina as the home for their future brewery, so, in July 2012 they packed up and made the move from their home just outside Philadelphia.

Besides making great beer, the Webers – also avid nature lovers – strive to be strong environmental stewards and good community partners. They hope to eventually host fundraising events that benefit the environment, animals and other causes close to their hearts, and to be as sustainable as possible with their facility potentially adding solar panels and a wind turbine if the city allows it.

Don’t forget to join us in the Vanderbilt A Ballroom at 5:00pm for some "take and go" bar snacks and water prior to the departure of the tour. This is included in the cost of the event. We hope you will join us on this fun event that will showcase just a few of the many breweries Asheville has to offer.

Casino Night

Tuesday, November 1 at 6:00pm in Burghley B

Join us on Tuesday evening for a fun filled evening of music, dance, and gambling. We will provide everything at no cost to you. Our attendees always enjoy the chance to play at no cost and have some fun while winning prizes during the event. Whether you are a novice or expert you really have nothing to lose. Join us in Burghley B from 6:00pm to 9:00pm where the various gambling tables will be open. The music and dancing will continue until 10:00pm.

Don’t forget to visit your exhibitors this year where you will have the chance to also obtain some extra chips/markers which will provide you with extra opportunities to win prizes during Casino Night and throughout the Conference.

No Cost To Participants