Here’s a toast to Asheville. We’re a community of makers. A community of people who aren’t satisfied with the standard and want to push the boundaries. “Lite-Beer” this town isn’t! Artisans of all stripes call our city home, and in this issue we want to highlight the brewers and winemakers, along with the people helping grow the culture. The legendary beer scene is continuing to boom here with large market players Sierra Nevada and New Belgium making huge investments in Asheville, expanding the great footprint laid down by the pioneering brewers of this area. As they say, iron sharpens iron, and we’re so excited to have the fresh ideas that help continue to grow our beer culture. The reasons abound for brewers to call this place home; from the beauty and the spirit, to the fresh water supplies and the drive for better and more unique, Asheville is a craft brewing mecca. It’s incredible the economic impact these large brewers and the dozens of truly local outfits have in drawing people to Asheville. We’ve found some amazing people and stories surrounding the beer and wine industry here and we’re so excited to highlight them in these pages. With fall upon us, it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy one of our locally produced beverages, whether popping off a cork or a cap! Here’s mud in your eye Asheville! Cheers!