Find Your Pint for the National Park Service Centennial

In honor of the National Park Service’s centennial year, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is teaming up with 16 Asheville-area breweries for special beer releases and fundraising events in August and September to benefit the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Carolyn Ward and Leah Wong Ashburn Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation CEO Carolyn Ward and Highland Brewing Co. President Leah Wong Ashburn raise a brew to the Find Your Pint series.
July 21, 2016

The outdoors and beer go hand in hand in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ask anyone what they love about the Asheville area and they are likely to rank the vibrant local beer scene and the Blue Ridge Parkway at the top of their list. As the Asheville area’s beer scene has grown, breweries small and large have always shown their commitment to protecting the landscape that makes our regional a natural wonderland. That’s why we teamed up with 17 local breweries to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Each brewery is honoring the National Park Service in an exciting way, from one-off batches named for favorite locations on the Blue Ridge Parkway to a photo contest and art show. One beer will be made with blueberries picked at Graveyard Fields and another with Centennial hops. The participants are Asheville Brewing Co., Blue Ghost Brewing, Boojum Brewing, Burial Beer, Catawba Brewing, Green Man Brewery, Highland Brewing, Hi-Wire Brewing, Innovation Brewing, Lookout Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Pisgah Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Sweeten Creek Brewing, Thirsty Monk, Twin Leaf Brewery, and Wicked Weed Brewing. Each brewery is designating a portion of sales for the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

The series of events includes a passport program encouraging beer fans to visit each brewery on its event date to collect Parkway Beer Passport stickers. The booklets will be available at participating breweries and Appalachian Vintner, Bruisin' Ales, and Tasty Beverage Company in Asheville. Passport holders can register online to win tickets to a V.I.P. event at New Belgium Brewing. Beer fans are encouraged to use #FindYourPint in social media posts and tag the breweries and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to spread the word.


Pisgah Brewing Company
150 Eastside Drive, Black Mountain
Date: Friday, August 12, 5 p.m.
The Beer: Little Slaty Extra Pale Ale, the fifth installment of the Seven Sisters IPA series is named for the mountain range that overlooks the brewery in the Swannanoa River Valley
The Event: Pisgah will donate $1 from every pint of Little Slaty sold. Free live music with Vibe & Direct starts at 8 p.m.

Catawba Brewing Company
32 Banks Ave. #105, Asheville
Date: Thursday, August 18
The Beer: Milepost 316.3 IPA, named for the spot that marks Linville Falls Overlook and the headwaters of the Catawba River
The Event: In addition to the beer release, there will be live music and a food truck. Catawba will donate $1 from each Milepost 316.3 IPA sold.

Boojum Brewing Company
357 Dayton Drive, Waynesville
Date: Friday, August 19
The Beer: Three small batch beers featuring wild blueberries, including Graveyard Fields Blueberry Coffee Porter
The Event: Boojum will donate $1 from each pint sold.

Innovation Brewing
414 W. Main St., Sylva
Date: Sunday, August 21
The Beer: Black Balsam Porter, named after the scenic area at milepost 420.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway
The Event: In addition to the beer release, Innovation will host a show of local art focused on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Highland Brewing Company
12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Asheville
Date: Thursday, August 25 + Nonprofit of the month
The Beer: Cranberry Ridge Wheat, named for Cranberry Ridge at milepost 452.1 on the Blue Ridge Parkway
The Event: For every pour on August 25, $1 will be donated. A portion of proceeds for all of August will also benefit the Foundation.

Twin Leaf Brewery
144 Coxe Ave., Asheville
Date: Friday, August 26 - Sunday, August 28
The Beer: Ridge Rider DIPA, brewed with Centennial hops in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service
The Event: Ten percent of sales from Ridge Rider Double IPA through the weekend will be donated. Leading up to the event, beer fans are invited to enter a Blue Ridge Parkway photo contest by tagging images with #ridgerider. A winning image will be selected at the event.

Blue Ghost Brewing Company
125 Underwood Road, Fletcher
Date: Saturday, August 27
The Beer: Blueberry Fields Wheat Ale, made with North Carolina blueberries harvested from Graveyard Fields, milepost 418
The Event: For every pint sold, $1 will be donated until the two-barrel batch is gone.

New Belgium Brewing Company
21 Craven St., Asheville
Date: Thursday, September 1 - Friday, September 30
The Beer: Ranger IPA
The Event: Proceeds from every Ranger IPA sold during September will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

Burial Beer Co.
40 Collier Ave., Asheville
Date: Friday, September 2, 5:30 p.m.
The Beer: A yet-to-be-revealed new brew crafted in the spirit of the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway
The Event: Head brewer Tim Gormley will speak about the exclusive, one-off beer and Burial’s new facility and its connection to the history of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Burial will donate $1 from each pint until the 10-barrel batch is gone.

Sweeten Creek Brewing
1127 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville
Date: Saturday, September 3
The Beer: Busbee Black IPA, named for the mountain which cradles the Blue Ridge Parkway and Mountains to Sea Trail and harbors the headwaters of Sweeten Creek
The Event: Sweeten Creek will donate $1 from every Busbee Black IPA sold.

Green Man Brewery
27 Buxton Ave., Asheville
Date: Friday, September 9
The Beer: A yet-to-be-named brew made with berries found growing along the Blue Ridge Parkway
The Event: The brewery will be hosting a Parkway Pics Night. Everyone is invited to submit their best Blue Ridge Parkway photo to before the event with their name and phone number for a chance to win a free growler. All the submissions will be show throughout the night. Green Man will donate $1 from every pint sold.

Lookout Brewing Company
103 S. Ridgeway Ave. #1, Black Mountain
Date: Saturday, September 10 & Sunday, September 11
The Beer: Dark Town Brown Sour
The Event: For two days, Lookout will donate $1 from each pint of Dark Town Brown Sour.

Hi-Wire Brewing
197 Hilliard Ave., Asheville
Date: Thursday, September 15
The Beer: All beers on tap
The Event: During its weekly nonprofit night, Hi-Wire Brewing will donate 15 percent of the evening’s proceeds.

Asheville Brewing Co.
675 Merrimon Ave. and 77 Coxe Ave., Asheville
Date: Friday, September 16, 5 p.m.
The Beer: Blue Ridge Blueberry Breakfast Pale Ale
The Event: The draft release will go on simultaneously at both Asheville locations, and $1 from the sale of each pint of Blue Ridge Blueberry Breakfast Pale Ale will be donated until the batch is gone.

Wicked Weed Brewing
91 Biltmore Ave., Asheville
Date: Saturday, September 17
The Beer: An original American Wheat with blackberries, dandelion root, and yarrow leaves, which all grow wild on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 5.5% ABV
The Event: Wicked Weed will donate $1 from every pint of the special release beer sold.

Thirsty Monk
92 Patton Ave., Asheville; 51 N. Merrimon Ave. #113, Woodfin; 2 Town Square Blvd. #170, Biltmore Park 
Date: Thursday, September 22
The Beer: A special selection of the day
The Event: At all three locations, Thirsty Monk will donate $1 per pint of the selected beer.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
100 Sierra Nevada Way, Fletcher
Date: Monday, September 26 - Sunday, October 2
The Beer: Blue Ridge Red, a hoppy red ale brewed with local honey
The Event: Sierra Nevada will donate $1 from every pint of Blue Ridge Red sold from September 26 through October 2.