Wicked Weed Brewing To Release Menage-A-Freak For Asheville Beer Week
Asheville, NC – In celebration of the now third annual Asheville Beer Week, Wicked Weed Brewing will release their much sought after Menage-A-Freak Triple IPA. Previously known as the Freak of Nature, this beer is a brewpub release that is only available at the end of May every year.
“The first year we released this beer people were in love. We kept getting asked again and again if it would be a regular release but that, unfortunately, is something we can’t make happen,” said Luke Dickinson, Head of Brewing at Wicked Weed.
Menage-A-Freak is hopped at a rate 6 pounds per barrel, with the average IPA in the country hopped at less than half that average. There are 95 pounds of beer-absorbing hops used in the brewing of this beer. That means what starts as a 17 barrel batch turns into 13 barrels when all is said and done.
“If we decided to make all our beers this hoppy, we would never make any money” laughed Luke. “But that isn’t what this beer is about. This beer is about to blowing people’s minds and giving them something to look forward to every year. If you drink only one beer of ours, drink this one.”
The Menage-A-Freak Triple IPA will be on tap during the first Saturday (5/24) of Asheville Beer Week, and is set to be Wicked Weed’s kickoff to the week.
“We are throwing down for this beer,” said Abby Dickinson, Director of Fun. “Although the beer is being tapped at noon, the real party will kick off at 6pm. We are doing a small partnering with the Asheville Burlesque Festival and Asheville Aerial Arts Studio to bring in some fun acts for the day. The goal is to make a fun, strange, interactive environment that embodies the Menage-A-Freak vibe. The vision is to host this party at our new barrel house next year and have a huge party. Look forward to that next year for sure.”
The beer will be tapped at opening on Saturday, May 24th at 12pm. A live band will perform from 1:30 to 4:30. Begining at 6pm there will be interactive elements downstairs with a second band starting at 9pm. All of the festivities will take place in the downstairs tasting room at the brewpub on 91 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville, North Carolina. The party is free and open to the public.
About Wicked Weed Brewing
Wicked Weed Brewing is an Asheville, North Carolina based brewpub that consistently hosts 20+ beers on tap including hop forward, West Coast style ales, open fermented Belgians, and barrel aged sour beers. Opened in December 2012, Wicked Weed is striving towards becoming the largest producer of barrel aged beers in the Southeastern US. Wicked Weed Brewing was awarded a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for 100% Brettanomyces Serenity Farmhouse Ale in 2013. In addition to Serenity, Wicked Weed is known for producing Freak of Nature Double IPA, Coolcumber Ale, Tyrant Double Red Ale, Hopburglar Blood Orange IPA, Dark Age Bourbon Stout and Black Angel Cherry Sour. Most recently, Wicked Weed began small scale statewide distribution of kegs as well as bottles of barrel aged sour beers to major metropolitans in North Carolina.