When you think of black bears, what comes to mind for you?  Some may think of a large, wild creature raiding neighborhood trash cans while others may recall a charming sighting of a mama bear with her adorable cubs during a childhood camping trip.  For residents of Western North Carolina, bear sightings are quite common…

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The Southern Appalachians have their share of trails: bike trails, hiking trails, paddle trails—and thanks to the craft brewery boom, an abundance of beer trails. Explore multiple breweries, wineries, and distilleries while also enjoying quick access to some of the South’s best adventures. BREWLY NOTED BEER TRAIL, Tennessee/Virginia—48 miles The Tri-Cities of Johnson City, Kingsport…

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If you love bikes, brews, yummy food, and a warm, collaborative community, Downshift Handcrafted Bikes and Brews is the place for you. Their goal is to “bring bikes to life” for the people of Roanoke, Virginia, by offering expert advice, bike mechanics, and gear to help riders reach their full biking potential. With their selection…

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U.S. Soldier Makes Podium at First Ever American Appearance at Military World Climbing Championships When First Lieutenant Tyler Casey flew to Mitterdorf, Austria to compete in the Military World Climbing Championships, he wasn’t expecting much. Casey, a Dallas, Texas native who began climbing while in college at the University of Arkansas, was the first American…

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The Blue Ridge is already known for its moonshine and microbreweries, but a new crop of flavorful and innovative beverages have been brewing (or fermenting) in these mountains lately. From sake to cider and soda to juice, we’re taking a look at the family-owned businesses that are bringing innovative new twists to the beverage industry…

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The paddling world is easing it’s collective hangover this week.  Gauley Fest 2018 has come to a close. Read about it in our latest blog right here!

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Star Hill Brewing Jam Pack

I always considered myself very good at monogamy; I drove the same car for like, 20 years, and my wife and I have been together basically since puberty. But Starr Hill’s new Jam Pack has me thinking that maybe I’m supposed to be a swinger. At least in terms of the beer I drink. Because…

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I spend a lot of time riding my bike, because A) it’s fun and B) it’s a great way to get around town. I’m convinced that Asheville has some of the best urban riding in the country. You want some singletrack? We got that in town. Gravel grind? Yep, that’s right here in town too.…

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At this point in the year, I’ve abandoned all hope of fulfilling my New Year’s Resolutions. I’m honestly not even sure what they are. Maybe eat more hot dogs? I don’t know. I’m not even the same person I was six months ago, so you can’t hold me to the promises I made at that…

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I understand that rain is a necessary part of life. If it doesn’t rain, plants won’t grow and we won’t have water to drink, yada yada yada. I get it, but I don’t like it. Rain means I can’t ride my bike. Can’t go climbing. Can’t go paddleboarding…When it rains, I basically stand on my…

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Life is about to get good. That’s what Memorial Day weekend means to me. Because I love summer and this is the beginning of summer. I don’t care if the Summer Solstice isn’t until late June—I don’t follow the hippie calendar, I follow the redneck calendar so I know it’s summer when I see the…

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If Asheville was known for one thing and one thing only, it wouldn’t be the mountains, it would be the beer.  Recently I had the pleasure of sitting down with Kendra Penland, Executive Director of the Asheville Brewers Alliance (ABA). We had lunch and chatted about the ABA, Beer City Festival, AVL Beer Week, and…

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