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Weekly Scoop (November 11-17) - The Urban Gastronome checks out the new Twisp at Catawba Brewing! 🥤 Plus lots to do this week!

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Drink This... with The Urban Gastronome


Catawba Brewing gets a new Twisp!

Photos by Stephan Pruitt Photography

Jockey box, white canopy, small table, camp chairs and stickers. Sound familiar? The basic tools needed to serve beer at any festival, event or function. And it was no different for Catawba Brewing Company and their humble beginnings back in the day.

The sweat equity fueled by the Pyatt brother’s passion and vision took them from a windowless ivy infested building to a beautifully architected location on the South Slope. Not only that, but there are 4 other destinations that also includes Palmetto Brewing of which they are the parent company for and the production facility for their newly released product.

Move over beer! Hard seltzers have made their presence known in the market, and Twisp is no exception. This locally-sourced hard seltzer is cocktail-inspired through the names of their 3 inaugural products. “The Spritzer,” which captivates your taste buds with red raspberries and floral hibiscus; “The Mule,” embraces the flavors we all love in ginger and lime; and “The Paloma,” subtle notes of grapefruit and lime. These refreshing products low in sugar/calories/carbs are also gluten free and tout a lot of flavor. To experience them in a private tasting of my own was a real treat. A must for anyone's fridge or cooler.

Twisp research and development took about a year. The colossal challenge was obtaining the appealing flavor profiles and clarity of the product. This steep learning curve from the beer industry led to a Denver field trip, where they experienced a multitude of seltzers introduced into the west coast market. What I found amazing was how they used their customer base from their Passport Loyalty Club to participate in blind tastings and vote on the flavors. This inclusive collaboration speaks volumes while creating a deeper sense of ownership with locals.

For me personally, I enjoy hard seltzers for they are refreshing and stimulating to the taste buds via the carbonation and array of flavors. It also presents another opportunity. Why not use them in a good cocktail? We already consume beverages that have these flavors with tonics and seltzers. Why not reduce the steps and use a hard seltzer pre-built with flavor; add a spirit and maybe a simple syrup to taste? The possibilities are endless and could be performed with ease at any social gathering.

The product is available at all of their tasting rooms, and will be distributed to large retailers at the beginning of 2020. Look out for potential new flavors. Maybe a Cosmo with cranberry and orange could be on the horizon. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @twispseltzer to keep up on all the hype!

Until we drink again, Cheers!

Be sure to check out Catawba Brewing Company’s profile for upcoming releases and events, and don’t forget to keep an eye on The Urban Gastronome to see where he’ll show up next!

Below you will find one locally curated Scoop chosen for each day this week — but make sure to check out all the Scoops this week on our Dig Local Scoop Calendar.

Monday, November 11

1111 Higher Vibes Yoga + Live Hip Hop
at Ambrose West
Celebrate 11/11 and raise your vibe with bliss-activating yoga and conscious rapper Bryan Divisions! 
Tickets and more details.
More to do Monday
Tuesday, November 12
Taco Tuesday Give Back Night
at Mountain Madre
Head to Mountain Madre for Taco Tuesday where 10% of all proceeds from the day (and night) will go to support Food Connection to reduce waste and ease hunger!
More details.
More to do Tuesday

Wednesday, November 13

$10 Burger + Beer Wednesdays!
at Twisted Laurel
Come for a delicious burger and beer for just $10! It's also Whiskey Wednesday where premium whiskeys and scotch are $2 off. Come hang out inside, or enjoy the patio with your pup. Remember to ask about the Dogs of Daphne menu too!
More details.

More to do Wednesday

Thursday, November 14

Family Fun: An Evening with Defective Swing
at The Hop Ice Cream Cafe

Check out Asheville Music School student band Defective Swing while chowing down on some of the best local ice cream!
More details.

More to do Thursday
Asheville’s original seasonal brew by Highland Brewing is back! Celebrate November 14th - 16th at Highland Brewing Company.
Check it out here for more details!

Friday, November 15

Free Planet Radio Album Release
at Isis Music Hall

Asheville world music trio, Free Planet Radio, celebrates the release of their new album "Pursuit." Limited tables are available with a dinner reservation.
Tickets and more details.
More to do Friday

Saturday, November 16

3rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair
at Pisgah Brewing

Just in time for the holidays! Come check out an array of local vendors, all from Western North Carolina. Support local this holiday season and keep small businesses strong in our community!
More details.
More to do Saturday

Sunday, November 17

Spaghetti Western
at AUX Bar
The Blind Pig presents a coursed Tex Mex/Italian pop-up dinner!
Tickets and more details.
More to do Sunday
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