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In a first, Sierra Nevada buys a brewery

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Sierra Nevada to brew Resilience to support recovery from Camp Fire

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Henderson County News

Sierra Nevada sets up fund for Camp Fire, which threatens its headquarters

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Potentially threatened by the devastating Camp Fire in northern California, Chico-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has set up a fund to help with recovery and rebuilding in the aftermath of the fire.   Read Story »

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Bet on brewery paid big returns

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Some people criticized the Henderson County commissioners seven years ago when they agreed to tax incentives of more than a quarter-million dollars a year to recruit a prospect with the code name of Big Forest.   Read Story »

Tags: Sierra Nevada | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development

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Mills River brewery creates this year's Oktoberfest seasonal

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Sierra Nevada recalls some bottles made in Mills River

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Sierra Nevada impresses bloom judges

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Karin Rindal has seen plenty of green-oriented businesses in her role as a judge for the America in Bloom program, which measures among other things a community’s efforts to sustain the planet. She’s never seen a business as environmentally conscious as the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., one of nearly a dozen stops the judges and the local America in Bloom team will make this week.   Read Story »

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Sierra Nevada wins platinum for environmental design

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MILLS RIVER — Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s Mills River plant has become the only U.S. production brewery to earn a Platinum designation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a recognition of the site's commitment to environmental sustainability, recycling, water quality and clean air.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Sierra Nevada to hold Oktoberfest

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Sierra Nevada is hosting its inaugural Oktoberfest at the brewery in Mills River on Oct. 24.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Hoppy days are here at last

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Amy Huffman ordered the Side Car Amber Ale and her husband, Brad, chose a Harvest Wild Hop IPA, which suggested no ordinary taste adventure. The finale of the 2014 Harvest series, the IPA is made from a North American wild hop called neomexicanus that "imparts striking melon and apricot aromas as well as floral undercurrent and citrus-like flavor."   Read Story »

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Sierra Nevada's Taproom and Restaurant opens next week

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will open the Taproom and Restaurant at its brewery in Mills River next week.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Sierra Nevada invites 50 breweries to pour hearty beers

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MILLS RIVER — More than 50 breweries from across the country will converge at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. on March 28 as the brewery hosts the first Burly Beers and Barleywines Festival.   Read Story »

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Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada gift shop opens

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Sierra Nevada's gift shop is now open, offering clothing, accessories and gifts, bar supplies like glasses and tap handles and, of course, beer.   Read Story »

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Mills River News

Mills River cautiously endorses NC 280 bikeway

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MILLS RIVER — With as much doubt as enthusiasm, the Mills River Town Council gave a lukewarm blessing to a study for a proposed 15-mile bikeway along N.C. 280 that would cost $8 million.   Read Story »

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Sierra Nevada offers sneak peek at brewery

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Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada debuts fall 12-pack with two new brews

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is premiering two new beers in a fall variety 12-pack that will ship from its California and Mills River breweries.   Read Story »

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Mills River Business

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Cross-USA beer festival ends in Mills River

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MILLS RIVER — More than 4,000 people swarmed the grounds of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. here on a sun-splashed Sunday afternoon for the finale of the craft brewery's cross-country beer tour and the public debut of its first East Coast plant.   Read Story »

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Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada beer festival sold out

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MILLS RIVER — If Sierra Nevada officials had any doubts about the reception they'd receive in once-dry Mills River, they need not have worried. The big public debut is sold out.   Read Story »

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Mills River Business

WSJ visits Sierra Nevada in Mills River

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As it opens for public tours and its fame grows, the new Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. plant and grounds in Mills River are destined to attract more national media attention.   Read Story »

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Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada announces food trucks for Aug. 3 event

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has announced the food trucks that will be on site when the Beer Camp Across America comes to Mills River, the last stop on the coast-to-coast craft beer celebration. The Mills River event is 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3.   Read Story »

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Two local brews make Beer Camp 12-pack

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has released its Beer Camp Across America 12-pack ahead of a coast-to-coast craft beer tour that ends on Sunday, Aug. 3, at its new Mills River brewery. Two locally made beers made the commemorative package.   Read Story »

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Mills River Life

Sierra Nevada's 'Rain Check' salutes wet summer

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Sierra Nevada is celebrating the official start of brewing at its new Mills River plant with the release of Rain Check Spiced Stout, a specialty beer named in fun for the climate challenges that were anything but fun during brewery construction last year.   Read Story »

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'Mills River' goes worldwide on Sierra Nevada labels

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As promised, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has put Mills River, N.C., on the map — or at least on its beer labels that ship nationwide and around the world.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Grossman shares story of brewery’s growth, success

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Ken Grossman's story starts when he jams a pair of tweezers into an electrical outlet, gives himself a jolt, blows a fuse and scares the wits out of his mother.   Read Story »

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Brewery founder headlines Blue Ridge Bookfest

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Ken Grossman, founder and president of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and author of Beyond the Pale, and novelist Cassandra King, author of the Highlands, N.C.-set Moonrise and four other Southern novels, headline the sixth annual Blue Ridge Bookfest at Blue Ridge Community College on Friday and Saturday.   Read Story »

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BIG FOREST: The courtship of Sierra Nevada

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Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada prepping for visitor experience

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MILLS RIVER — During a tour of the new Sierra Nevada brewery, Brian Grossman led visitors into the brewhouse, where four magnificent kettles extended from floor to ceiling. Shaped — ironically — like an upside-down wine glass, the kettles had copper skin and curved lines.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Mills River says yes to brewery, no to beer

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MILLS RIVER — An offer from Mills River's most high-profile employer to raise money for the Town Park with an event that sold its signature product was not enough to persuade the Town Council.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Park | Sierra Nevada | parks and recreation

Mills River Business

Mills River adopts 10-year building pact with Sierra Nevada

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MILLS RIVER — The Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Mills River Town Council have ensured that future development on the 180-acre brewery campus will remain in the town of Mills River.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Duke gives $250,000 for brewery and winery training at BRCC

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Duke Energy awarded $249,867 to and Blue Ridge Community College to help train new and current workers in the growing brewery, winery and cider-making industry in Henderson and Transylvania counties.   Read Story »

Tags: BRCC | Sierra Nevada | Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards | Burntshirt Vineyards | breweries

Mills River Business

'Mills River' will be on Sierra Nevada label

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MILLS RIVER — The question had come to mind ever since the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announced 26 months ago that it would build its East Coast brewery on the French Broad River in Mills River.     Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Year in Review Business: Health care, bank shares and craft beer

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In health care the fight for market share continued in Henderson County.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | Sierra Nevada | Boyd Chevrolet | Mountain 1st | Pardee-Mission health campus

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Volks, breweries honored as 'Friends of the River'

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The Land-of-Sky Regional Council presented "Friends of the River" Awards during the 36th annual "Friends of the River" Dinner in Asheville.   Read Story »

Tags: Sierra Nevada | environment | water quality | water issues | breweries | French Broad River | Barbara Volk | Dr. Jim Volk

Mills River News

Sierra Nevada to landscape, light roundabout

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MILLS RIVER — Sierra Nevada plans to light, dress up and maintain the roundabout that workers and visitors will see when they first approach the brewery property at Ferncliff Industrial Park.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada | Mills River Town Board | Ferncliff Industrial Park

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Mills River to take up incentives for beer distributor

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Board will take up a request to grant incentives of up to $21,000 to help recruit a $20 million beer distributor across the French Broad River from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.   Read Story »

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Beer distributor eyes $20 million Mills River facility

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MILLS RIVER — In the first sign of a major spinoff from the new Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River, an Asheville beer distributor is expected to announce plans to locate a distribution center on Old Fanning Bridge Road across the river from the beer-maker.   Read Story »

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Old Fanning Bridge Road to close for brewery work

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The N.C. Department of Transportation will close Old Fanning Bridge Road at the intersection with N.C. 280 (Boylston Highway) near the Buncombe and Henderson county line at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 29, to construct road improvements for the new Sierra Nevada Brewery near the Asheville Airport. The road will be closed until June 21.   Read Story »

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Mills River Business

Tanks a lot: Sierra Nevada receives a big shipment

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MILLS RIVER — Up before first light, Brian Grossman waited on King Street in Hendersonville Sunday, March 17, for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s biggest delivery.   Read Story »

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French Broad could connect new greenways

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MILLS RIVER — The French Broad River is one of the best bodies of water to fish for muskie, which is what Bryan Jeffords tried to do on a recent Sunday.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Sierra Nevada | Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy | parks and recreation | French Broad Rivers | greenways

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Booze now the toast of the town

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A year ago, if you walked into a convenience store in Horse Shoe, Tuxedo or Edneyville, you couldn't buy a six-pack of beer or a bottle of wine.   Read Story »

Tags: economy | economic development | Sierra Nevada | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards | Burntshirt Vineyards

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Rhythm and Brews concert series on tap downtown

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is teaming up with the city of Hendersonville and the Friends of Ecusta Trail to bring a summer concert series downtown.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Sierra Nevada | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Main Street Advisory Committee

Mills River News

Growth expected to tax Mills River government

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River will see more growth in 2013 as the economy recovers, commercial businesses take advantage of a new sewer line, the new Ingles supermarket opens and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. starts making beer, town manager Jaime Laughter told the Town Council during its first 2013-14 budget work session.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada | Mills River Town Board | supermarkets | Ingles | Legacy at Mills River | Jaime Laughter

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Minutes reveal substance of closed sessions

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners in August 2011 considered making an offer of $1.5 million for the Highland Lake Golf Course and planned to share the cost with the Henderson County Soccer Association.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Sierra Nevada | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | parks and recreation | Hendersonville Christian School property | Tuxedo Community Park | Athletics and Activities Center

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Five things to watch in 2013

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Five things to watch in 2013:   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Mills River | Fletcher | Sierra Nevada | Hendersonville Lightning | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | parks and recreation

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BRCC wins $485,000 grant for training upgrades

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The Golden LEAF Foundation has awarded Blue Ridge Community College a $485,000 Mid Skills grant to upgrade advanced manufacturing training in Henderson and Transylvania counties.   Read Story »

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Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada recruiting maintenance workers

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MILLS RIVER — Sierra Nevada announced it is hiring six positions in its maintenance department including a lead electrician and other electricians and mechanics.   Read Story »

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YEAR OF THE PARK: Towns, breweries going green in 2013

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Jaime Laughter has served as Mills River's town manager from concept through construction of the town's 50-acre community park. In that role, she's observed a shift in the public's perception of the 10-year-old town that is now the proud owner of a park.   Read Story »

Tags: Sierra Nevada | parks and recreation | Oskar Blues

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YEAR IN REVIEW: Booze becomes big business

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The biggest business news of the year could be summed up in a word that local leaders would not have associated with economic growth 30 years ago: alcohol.   Read Story »

Tags: business | Sierra Nevada | Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards | retail | Burntshirt Vineyards | Southgate Shopping Center | construction

Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada accelerates launch schedule

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MILLS RIVER — The Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is accelerating plans to begin production in Mills River, moving the opening up from November to July of next year.   Read Story »

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Sierra Nevada to begin hiring in the spring

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The Sierra Nevada brewery will begin hiring next spring, BRCC officials were told Monday.   Read Story »

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County poised to fund brewery roads

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MILLS RIVER — Henderson County will make its first sizable cash investment in the Sierra Nevada brewery if the Board of Commissioners follows a staff recommendation.   Read Story »

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