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Wicked Weed Presents: Funk Asheville Sour Beer Fest

Wicked Weed Brewing and Pints for Prostates present the 2nd Annual Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild and Sour Beers. The festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 18th with VIP and general admission ticket sales available May 15th via ETIX.

Last year’s event was a phenomenal success, and one of the highlights of the 2014 Asheville Beer Week Festivities, and this year’s event promises to be bigger, better, and a whole lot Funkier.  Head Blender at Wicked Weed Brewing, Walt Dickinson says they want the event “to be a voice moving the conversation about sour beer forward in the Southeast. Funk Asheville’s goal is to bring breweries, who are dedicated to the craft of sour beer from all across the country into our own back yard to showcase the full potential of American barrel-aged sour and wild ales.”

The currently confirmed list of attending breweries includes:

  • The Lost Abbey Brewing, CA
  • Jester King Brewery, TX
  • Almanac Beer Company, CA
  • The Rare Barrel, CA
  • Cascade Brewing, OR
  • Ecliptic Brewing, OR
  • Perennial Brewing Co., MO
  • Allagash Brewing, ME
  • Crooked Stave Brewery, CO
  • Avery Brewing Co., CO
  • Societe Brewing, CA
  • Goose Island Brewery, IL
  • 7venth Sun Brewing, FL
  • Bluejacket Brewery, DC
  • Green Bench Brewing, FL
  • Cigar City Brewing, FL
  • Creature Comforts Brewery, GA
  • Burial Beer Co., NC
  • Oskar Blues Brewing
  • NCFree Range Brewing, NC
  • 4 Hands Brewing, MO
  • Anderson Valley Brewing Co., CA
  • Fonta Flora Brewery, NC
  • Full Steam Brewery, NC
  • Haw River Brewing, NC
  • Mystery Brewing, NC
  • New Belgium Brewing, CO
  • Night Shift Brewing, MA
  • Orpheus Brewing, GA
  • Stillwater Artisanal Ales
  • Stone Brewing Co., CA
  • Surly Brewing, MN
  • Trophy Brewing, NC
  • Upland Brewing Co., CO
  • Westbrook Brewing, NC
  • Wrecking Bar Brewpub, GA
  • Yazoo Brewing Co., TN

Funk Asheville begins at 7pm, with a 6pm entry for VIP ticket holders.  The event will take place in the wooded outdoor space at Wicked Weed’s new production brewery in Candler, NC, just a few miles from the original Wicked Weed Brew Pub and Funkatorium. General admission tickets are $80 (plus fees and NC tax) and VIP tickets are $100 (plus service fees and NC tax). VIP tickets offer early entry with no lines, a collaborative food and sour pairing from Chef Terry of Wrecking Bar and Chef Cardiff of Wicked Weed, the ability to talk one on one with brewers, and free entry into a drawing for a nine night tour to Prague, Bamberg, Cologne and Brussels.

“We’re proud to be partnering with Wicked Weed Brewing again this year on Funk Asheville,” said Rick Lyke, founder of Pints for Prostates. “We use the universal language of beer to reach men with an important health message. The funds we raise help support free men’s health screening clinics and support groups for men diagnosed with the disease.”

The famed silent auction benefiting Pints for Prostates will be conducted during the festival and feature unique beer experiences as well as highly collectible items from attending breweries. This partnership of brewery and non-profit, also in its second year, is an integral focus of the festival.

“Their work nationally has been really exceptional. They are committed to putting on great festivals based that bring awareness to, often overlooked, men’s health issues,” states Dickinson. “It was the right fit for everyone and they’ve been amazing partners to work with year after year.”