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  • Groundbreaking Celebration: May 2 at The Grey Eagle

    Going up! We are starting our building process of our East Coast brewery in Asheville and want to celebrate with you!   In West Asheville, along the French Broad River, a 133,000 SF brewery and tasting room, where we will eventually brew 500,000 barrels annually, will be emerging.  We'll support upwards of 140 jobs at full build out.  Brewing will begin in late 2015, but the celebration starts now! Asheville, we plan to celebrate with you in fine style. Asheville-based rock, soul, gospel band David Earl and the Plowshares join us to get down with you! Tickets are ...

     

  • Partner: Industrious Productions (sweet film makers)

    We’re working with some cool Asheville cats to document the building of our Asheville brewery - Rod, Francine, and Adams from Industrious Productions. Industrious Productions has worked with some amazing clients, including American Express’s Open Forum, Leaf International, and The Biltmore to name a few.  They’ll be helping us tell the story of building a brewery, the history of the area, and all the partnerships, challenges and successes that are part of that process. In the 4 years since they formed Industrious Productions, they’ve have had assignments that have taken them from Point Hope, Alaska to the Copper Canyons ...

     

  • March 2014: Site Update (Month Overview)

    Soil Stabilization + Improvement and Floodplain Mitigation Anticipated community impact: 3.5 of 5 (noise and trucks) Due to some weather-related impacts, we continue to work on soil stabilization and floodplain mitigation on site and will do so into early May.  The work on site will increase in intensity in March and April.  We will be working many Saturdays and will delay starting work until at least 8:00 a.m. on Saturdays.  Aggregate Piers: 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. There ...

     

  • Wicked Weed Beer Collab: Tapping March 8 in Asheville

    We teamed up with Wicked Weed Brewing to brew a collaboration beer in Fort Collins last fall. A limited amount of the collaboration beer –a Brettanomyces IPA or Brett IPA– has made it to the east coast.  The east coast tapping will occur at Wicked Weed’s Brewpub downstairs taproom at 91 Biltmore Ave. with representatives from both breweries on Saturday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m.      Wicked Weed owners and brothers, Luke and Walt Dickinson, jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with our brewer, Matty Gilliland after meeting at a beer dinner hosted at Wicked Weed’s brewpub.  And, we ...

     

  • Partner: Asheville on Bikes + Bike Love baby

    We’ve been working with Asheville On Bikes since 2010 through Clips of Faith.  AOB is a non-profit advocacy organization advancing bicycle culture in Asheville, NC. Their work, along with other strong organizations and advocates, and public and private partnerships (like ours!) is steadily making cycling in Asheville safer and more available.  On February 22, AOB is hosting one of their largest fundraisers of the year, Bike Love (and we're a proud sponsor).  There’s music -Jamar Woods & the Broken Spokes and DJ Marley Carroll - and fun, but also dynamic, quick information sessions to learn about how ...

     

  • 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 ...

     

  • 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 ...

     

  • 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 ...

     

  • 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 ...

     

  • 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 ...

     

  • 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. ...

     

  • 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, ...

     

  • 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 ...

     

  • 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 ...

     

  • 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 ...

     

  • 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 ...

     

  • 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).  ...

     

  • 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 ...

     

  • 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!

     

  • 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 ...

     

  • 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 ...

     

  • 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....

     

  • 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 ...

     

  • 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 ...

     

  • 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 ...

     

  • Fire on Future Brewery Site (Update: 4/6 @ 4.30 p.m.)

    4.8 @ 8:00 a.m. Update: General Manager Jay Richardson assessed site damage and security first thing Sunday morning with A+P, Fire Chiefs Burnette and Cowan, as well as the deconstruction project managers.  The details of the fire and arson were discussed, as well as the security of the site.  Richardson will meet with the Leader’s Roundtable Monday evening to review information.  In this picture, they are reviewing details of the fire and materials lost in the former Penland Auction House building. 4.6 @ 4:30 p.m. Update: The Asheville Fire Department has informed New Belgium that the fires appear to ...

     

  • Asheville Brewery Design (March 2013)

    Even though these designs are likely to change throughout the ongoing design process, we couldn't help but share these exciting renderings from our architect partners, Perkins + Will. Brewery + Liquid Center Liquid Center

     

  • April 2013 AVL Site Update

    As deconstruction begins, we will provide regular site work updates here on the Site Stories page.   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. 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 1-12, 2013 Anticipated Neighborhood Traffic Impact:  Week of April ...

     

  • Contact Information

    Your question may be answered in our FAQs.    NewBelgiumAsheville Facebook General or Non-Emergency Site Question Email When you send an email to AshevilleBrewery@NewBelgium.com our talented co-worker Nora reviews them weekly and distributes them appropriately, so your question or comment gets into the right hands. Non-Emergency Site Concern Kent Calvert, Adolfson + Peterson Construction:  828-281-7012 Site Emergency Call 911 Non-Emergency Off-Site Concern (including all Craven Street work) Marsha Stickford, Neighborhood Liaison: 828-259-5506   McCray Coates, Craven Street Project Manager: 828-450-7921 from the City of Asheville City of Asheville Citizen Alert System Call 2-1-1 and ask to receive the City’s Delta Alerts ...

     

  • Asheville Equipment Partners Chosen

    We have chosen our vendors to supply brewing process and packaging equipment for our Asheville facility. Brewhouse, cold block, filtration and finishing systems will come from GEA Brewing Systems GmbH. All fermentation and storage vessels will come from Ziemann International GmbH. Kuenzel Maschinenbau GmbH will supply the malt storage and handling systems. Albert Handtmann Armaturenfabrik & Co GmbH will supply the process equipment for fermentation and yeast cellars. The bottle line will be supplied by KHS-USA. “It was a difficult decision with so many qualified suppliers so we went with those who could best fulfill our needs, ...

     

  • March 2013 Open House Summary

    A loosely estimated 800 people came earlier this month to meet New Belgium co-workers and partners who are supporting the process of building the brewery and improving infrastructure in our community.  Partners presented their collaborations with New Belgium around: bicyclist/pedestrian infrastructure, stream best management practices (BMPs), brownfield development, re-purposing deconstructed materials, bus shelters, spent grain re-use to support farmers and innovative technology, as well as the nuts and bolts of brewery design and truck routing. The room was full to the gills at Isis Restaurant + Music Hall and if you weren’t able to get to the event or had ...

     

  • Deconstruction: Old World Architectural + Salvage Co.

    Bradley Barrett from Old World Architectural + Salvage Co. is supporting deconstruction at the old stockyard and storage site along the French Broad River in West Asheville and River District–the future New Belgium brewery and liquid center site.  He is on-site getting the process going and gleaning samples of materials for our architects to re-purpose materials in the new brewery. The architects will use the sample materials to model walls and other parts of the liquid center and brewery prior to building them.  Interested in e-newsletter updates from Bradley about site deconstruction and how to access stockyard materials once we finalize ...