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A year ago Sanctuary Brewing Company took over all 20 of its taps for the first time ever. In honor of that day, the brewery is throwing its first Beerversary on Sunday.
The brewery will pour old and new recipes from 20 taps, the highlight being Sanctuary’s first barrel-aged beer — a blonde sour ale crafted to be reminiscent of Chardonnay. A year in the making, this oak-forward ale delights with an approachable tartness and notes of peach and pear.
The brewery will also release its first Imperial Stout, a rich and dark high-gravity ale fermented with Brettanomyces. Eighteen other brews on tap will include playful new recipes such as Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale, Jalapeno Raspberry Saison, and a new SMaSH (single malt and single hop) brewed with Southern Cross hops. Local favorites will also be available, such as Bobby Beer Jr., a crisp sessionable Kolsch; Hop Pig IPA, a citrusy and balanced West Coast-style India Pale Ale; and the hearty Nitro Joe, a coffee-infused stout.
Commemorative glassware will mark the occasion, and customers will enjoy live music all afternoon, including the Americana style of Asheville-based artist Gracie Lane (1-3 p.m.) and the self-described “Dirty Funk n Roll” fun of Virginia-based band Lord Nelson (4-7 p.m.).
Founded by beer enthusiasts, philanthropists and animal advocates Joe Dinan and Lisa McDonald in August of 2015, the bar has raised thousands of dollars for local charities since opening. The brewery offers free Sunday meals for anyone in need, and the Kindness Wall outside the main entrance is always stocked with essentials bags for the local homeless population. Recently featured in Thrive Magazine, Sanctuary has even garnered the attention of big names like comedian Ricky Gervais and racecar driver (and recent visitor) Leilani Munter.