This chapter takes place at favorite Ashevillian brewery, The Wedge, which is located in Asheville’s amazing River Arts District. (The Wedge’s Facebook page is here.) The Wedge’s “Iron Rail IPA” appears in the story—a beer so named, I assume, for the operating railroad tracks which run between the brewery and the French Broad River. Iron Rail is a fantastic beer—a standout in a town with more breweries per capita than any other U.S. city. (Speaking of amazing local IPA’s, Wicked Weed Brewing‘s “Pernicious IPA” recently won a sliver medal in the American-style IPA category at the mammoth Great American Beer Fest [6,738 entries; 1,552 breweries from around the country], making it [to quote this article] the first East Coast brewery since 1999 and the only Southeast brewery in the history of the competition to bring home a GABF medal for IPA.)
Ahhhh … beer geekdom. If I were a younger man, that’s a rabbit hole I’d jump down like Bugs Bunny messing with Elmer Fudd. As it is, though, I just … order a local IPA whenever there’s one on the menu, which in Asheville is everywhere.
That’s about all there is, behind-the-scenes-wise, for this chapter.
Oh: EXCEPT FOR THIS WEEK WE LAUNCHED THE “ASHES TO ASHEVILLE” PODCAST! (On iTunes here, on its website here.) Right now you can listen to chapters 1-10; by the time the next chapter of our story is published on this coming Thursday, the rest of the chapters should also be on the podcast. After that, we’ll publish within each new chapter of the story a player that will allow you to listen to that week’s episode, if you’re more of a listener than reader. If you like the podcast, help it out by giving it a nice rating and/or leaving a comment about it on iTunes. Thanks! (If you don’t like it, blame my parents, who gave me my voice—and the schools I attended as a child, being where I acquired my reading skills, such as they are.)
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