Distribution Center Location Secured

Folks, we have secured a site for our East coast distribution center at the Enka Center off Highway 19/23 in Enka-Candler, NC. It's about 8  miles from the brewery and liquid center site. At full build out, the distribution center operations will support about 30 of the total 140 expected jobs. Hiring will begin by early 2015.  “New Belgium beer will be brewed in Asheville and distributed up and down the East coast from our distribution center in Buncombe County,” says Jay Richardson, General Manager of New Belgium’s Asheville operations.  “We’re proud to bring these jobs to Western North Carolina and our beer to the East coast.” We invited several firms to submit design-build proposals ...
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February 2014: Site Update (month overview)

FEBRUARY 2014: Soil Stabilization +  Improvement and Flood Plain Mitigation  Anticipated community impact: 3.5 of 5 (noise and trucks) This month, we will be stabilizing the soil on site in preparation for foundation by installing aggregate piers, and through March 2014, we’ll be working to raise the site above the floodplain – up to 8 feet in some areas. Soil Stabilization: As foundation preparation, large cylindrical holes will be drilled into the ground on site and stone will fill the holes and be compacted to stabilize the soil. Aggregate piers are the result of this process. There will be trucks bringing stone to the site, in addition to drilling. You will see heavy earth moving e...
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January 2014 Site Update (Month Overview)

Please also read our December 2013: Construction Process Update for more details about the upcoming neighbor construction update meeting and local construction subcontractor meet and greet in January 2014. WEEK of 12/30/2013 – 1/3/2014 Concrete Grinding + Site Clearing Anticipated community impact: 3 of 5 (noise and trucks) Concrete Grinding: Concrete on site is being excavated and ground to reuse as soil stabilization and in other applications; some of the unusable concrete pieces will be hauled off site. Site Clearing; To clear the site, usable trees will be salvaged and hauled off site to be mulched. WEEKS OF 1/6/2014, 1/13/2014 and 1/20/2014 Soil Stabilization + Foundation Pr...
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December 2013: Construction Process Updates

Here are a few important updates to keep you informed: TRUCK ROUTING: Fill Dirt Coming to the Site via Riverside Drive – mid-January Starting in early 2014, our earthwork subcontractor will begin moving dirt to the site to raise the site out of the flood plain, up to 8 feet in some places. Heavy dump truck traffic is part of this process. Accommodating our request to alleviate trucks along Haywood Road, the vast majority of the earthmoving dump trucks will be using Riverside Drive.  Please be aware that some trucks may have to navigate along Haywood or Amboy Roads at some point in the process, so you may see some trucks on Haywood or Amboy Roads as well. We are proud to be wo...
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Riverbend Malt House + New Belgium Brewing Collaborate

Riverbend Malt House (L) and Bryan Simpson (New Belgium) and Brian Simpson (Riverbend) hang out We recently had a chance to visit Riverbend Malt House in Asheville and hang out with Brian and Craig – awesome good times! When we returned to Fort Collins, we reached out to Matty Smooth who develops beers for our Hop Kitchen series to learn more about our pending collaboration with Riverbend. Here’s how it all came together in Matty’s words: So, I heard of these guys during Asheville Beer Week last year. We set up a visit and were pretty blown away by their “lil” operation. They were doing batches of 1000 lbs at a time, floor malting (a practice nearly lost to antiquity), and doing everyth...
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Site Update: Month Overview (11/20/13- end of year)

Construction of our Asheville Brewery is beginning.  We will provide month overviews and bi-weekly updates here. Building is a dynamic process. Changes will happen and we'll do our best to keep you posted of things that will impact the community. Please subscribe to this blog to have these updates sent directly to your email inbox. See a timeline and more info on staying informed. The building process will be a challenging time and we thank you for your patience and cooperation. There will be noise, trucks and dirt.  We especially thank the neighbors immediately adjacent to our site. If you have an address within  mile of the site, your household will be receiving a letter with more informa...
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Stay Informed. Here's How.

Here's a reminder about how to stay informed about the New Belgium Asheville brewery - direct from the source. ***SUBSCRIBE TO RECEIVE UPDATES IN YOUR EMAIL***   Sign up for the City's Citizen Alert System for street closure info Quick Facts: Site preparation begins in November 2013 runs through Spring 2014 Groundbreaking and building begins in Spring 2014 runs through Winter 2015 Hiring begins in early 2015 Brewing beer in Asheville by the end of 2015 Read more  New Belgium Asheville Brewhouse Rendering, Perkins + Will ON-LINE INFORMATION CHANNELS New Belgium Asheville Website (hint, you're here, bookmark it :) The website includes: Site Stories + Updates  I...
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Brewery Construction Begins - November 2013

Asheville Office (left) + Brew house (right) Renderings by Perkins + Will ** SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOG FOR SITE UPDATES sent to your email ** We're excited to resume site work this November on our Asheville brewery along the French Broad River in preparation for ground-breaking and building to begin next spring. Phase I Deconstruction: COMPLETED -- Spring 2013 Phase II Site Preparation: mid-November – Spring 2014 Contractors will focus on flood plain mitigation, erosion control and concrete removal through the end of the year. Starting in January and running through spring, operations will shift to soil mitigation, where we'll continue to work closely with NC Department of Environmen...
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Partner: Asheville On Bikes, Clips Partner Since 2010

By: Mike Sule, Director of Asheville On Bikes Clips: Beer and Film Tour returns to Pack Place Park Friday September 6, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Clips is a beer-toting, films-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show that travels to 21 cities coast to coast.  Clips has been making a stop in Asheville and partnering with us since 2010, raising more than $15,000 for AOB. Three of our favorite things converge at this awesome annual event put on by New Belgium Brewing and Asheville On Bikes! Enjoy great beer, interesting films and celebrate bike love. Ride your city, corral your bicycle, and show your love for advancing  Asheville’s bicycle culture and infrastructure. AOB Volunteer Beer Gypsy's a...
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Hey Jay: Asheville-brewed Beer by end of 2015

Renderings by Perkins + Will It's been a nice few days being out and about in Asheville with my wife (who loves it here).  Meeting and picnicking with community leaders and business owners in West Asheville, as well as City partners has been great too.  Just wanted to provide an update to our timeline adjustment: We will break ground on our Craven Street site in West Asheville by early 2014. Since May, we have been convening with co-workers, building and design partners, and city partners to adjust our site building timeline.   We adjusted our timeline in late May 2013 because it made sense for our business and our partners. This adjustment was the result of increased capacity coming ...
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Cycle to Farm (you thought we were going to say Beer!)

Cycle to Farm is a bike ride with stops at well, yes, local farms!  Really, it’s a series of bicycle rides that encourage cycling and support local food, local farms and a variety of charitable causes.  CTF-Black Mountain takes place Saturday, July 20. CTF began in 2012 with a metric century ride (that’s 63 miles) in Black Mountain, NC, and this year includes multiple locations and ride difficulties.  Cyclists stop at farms, taste foods, take a break and purchase items along the way.  The event culminates with a fun party, celebrating cycling, local food and craft beer. We partnered with CTF during their inaugural ride in 2012, and are proud to be back in the saddle this year for the CTF...
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Hey Jay: We love our site

French Broad River Junk Yard, 1976 (Photo: Charles McLarty, Southern Highlands Research Center and D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville and            Our future brewery site, June 2013 We are excited to call Asheville home, and we are particularly excited about building our brewery in West Asheville starting in 2014.  Although a little rough and tumble now, this site will soon be home to us! Our brewery site on Craven Street along the French Broad River in West Asheville is a brownfield site (photo 2 above).  Choosing an underutilized property was a more sustainable decision in our minds than choosing a clean lot that could potentially tak...
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Site Update: May 29 - Summer 2013

Future New Belgium Brewing - Asheville Site taken on May 28, 2013 Jay Richardson, New Belgium Asheville GM, takes a look at milled wood to be reused for flooring/siding. Deconstruction is nearly complete on our West Asheville/River District site. Our reusable materials have been moved to a storage area until we're ready to re-purpose them.  The site is 2-3 weeks away from being completely deconstructed.   With deconstruction complete, we are adjusting our construction timeline by about 8 months, meaning that now that deconstruction is nearly complete, we will continue with site development and building construction in 2014.  With recent additions to our capacity in Fort Collins, we rea...
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Community Design Event: May 31, 2013

The City of Asheville and local design non-profits, Asheville Design Center and OPEN Asheville host this community engagement event on Friday, May 31 from 5-8 p.m.  Give input on the West Asheville Bus Shelter, Riverside Drive and two other River Arts District and West Asheville community improvement projects.  Have an idea?  Here's a great place to SPEAK UP and be heard!
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May 13-25: 2013 AVL Site Update

DH Griffin deconstructing + saving materials for reuse, photo by: Zen Sutherland The construction process is complex and there will be dirt, trucks and noise. We will do our best to anticipate challenges and provide information on this page for the New Belgium site construction process.  Thank you, in advance, for your patience. Working Hours: Normal working hours will be Monday-Friday 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Some work on Saturdays will be required and that will also be scheduled 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM. SITE UPDATES: May 13-18, 2013 Anticipated Neighborhood Traffic Impact:  Week of May 13-18: None + No work is scheduled for Saturday, May 18 Week of May 20-25: None anticipated as of today,...
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Sour Beer Symposium: Asheville

We had a packed house Thursday, May 2, at the --as yet to be opened--Top of the Monk with about 60 attendees and some of our North Carolina team, as well as Sensory Specialist, Lauren Salazar from Fort Collins.  Here's a fun interview with Lauren, that will give you a taste of the Sour Beer Symposium: Asheville...well, without the beer and experimenting to make your own sour beer! Hope to see you next time!  Special thanks to The Thirsty Monk and their great team! Lauren Salazar talks about sour beer as if they are her own children, giving them names and discussing each barrel's personality.  Trey Wheeler, event organizer and New Belgium Beer Ranger, is often seen about Asheville and lives...
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City of AVL: Flooding causing road closures

We are sharing the City of Asheville's update regarding flooding and road closures. Photo of Amboy Road at French Broad River Park by Zen Sutherland. Flood waters force road closures ASHEVILLE – High river levels have impacted several roadways, making them impassable to vehicle traffic. To ensure the public’s safety, the City of Asheville has barricaded certain roadways along the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers and detoured traffic onto alternate routes. The following roads are currently closed to traffic: Lyman Street near Riverside Drive (at 12 Bones). Riverside Drive under the train trestle from Hillside Drive to Amboy Road. Sections of Amboy Road. Azalea Road east at the ...
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April 29 - May 11, 2013 AVL Site Update

The construction process is complex and there will be dirt, trucks and noise. We will do our best to anticipate challenges and provide information on this page for the New Belgium site construction process.  Thank you, in advance, for your patience. Working Hours: Normal working hours will be Monday-Friday 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Some work on Saturdays will be required and that will also be scheduled 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM. SITE UPDATES: April 29-May 11, 2013 Anticipated Neighborhood Traffic Impact:  Week of April 29-May 3: None + No work is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 Week of May 6-11: None anticipated as of today, will update as needed. Anticipated Site Work April 29-May 3: Stormwate...
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April 15-28, 2013 AVL Site Update

The construction process is complex and there will be dirt, trucks and noise. We will do our best to anticipate challenges and provide information on this page for the New Belgium site construction process.  Thank you, in advance, for your patience. Update as of 4/24/13: This SATURDAY, 4/27/13 there has been a shift in the construction schedule.  Deconstruction will be happening on site for half the day on Saturday, April 27 from about 7 a.m.-noon.  This will not affect anything beyond the site activity, but just wanted to make you aware of this change.  We will try to keep up with changes throughout the construction process and appreciate your understanding that the site is dynamic and sh...
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Site Security + Leaders Meeting

Facts have been gathered and the Leader's Roundtable meeting just ended.  Here's the latest update, but first and foremost: Asheville Fire Department and Police Department ask community members who see suspicious activity or who have information about recent fires to please report it. FACTS Site Damage The April 5, 2013 fire heavily damaged two buildings on New Belgium’s Craven St. property. The Penland’s Auction House was completely destroyed and the hay barn across the site was partially destroyed. Wood floors in the Penland’s Auction House, slated for reuse in the brewery, were one of the largest losses of the fire, emotionally and financially.  Investigators believe the fire was in...
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