art beernewsA home brewing class for beginners will be led by Clark Williams of Frog Level Brewing Company every Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5-26 at Southwestern Community College in Sylva.

The final product from Southwestern Community College’s first class turned out so good that Williams took bottles from each batch home and shared them with his wife. The class itself went so well that Williams agreed to serve as the instructor for another. 

“I was very pleased with the beer from that first class. We made three batches of a pale ale, each with different ingredients. The carbonation was great, and the beers were all really good,” he said. “I had a blast teaching other people how to brew, and I think they were a little surprised that it’s not as hard as it seems. Once you start learning the process, there aren’t a lot of hugely scientific equations involved.”

This time around, Williams plans to help students brew three different types of beers, including a Mexican-style cerveza and a dark beer. Class members will help determine the third type of beer they’ll brew.

Cost for enrollment in the new class will be $99.

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Craft beer fair returns to Waynesville

The Waynesville Craft Beer Faire will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the American Legion Post 47 in Waynesville.

The event will feature an array of craft beer vendors, live music and food vendors. Breweries included this year will be BearWaters, Frog Level, Tipping Point, Nantahala, Highland, Hi-Wire, Innovation, Double Barley, Oskar Blues, and many more. 

Tickets are $35 per person, with $45 VIP passes available. Proceeds will go to the American Legion, a nonprofit veteran organization that is committed to youth mentoring and promoting wholesome community projects. 

The event is strictly for ages 21 and over. State identification is required for entry. The faire will be held rain or shine.



• Satulah Mountain Brewing Company recently opened in Highlands and it is the first official operating brewery in Macon County. It is located at 454 Carolina Way. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday. The Smoky Mountain News will be sharing more about this brewery soon. or 828.482.9794.

• Innovation Brewing Company in Sylva has upgraded their system from a 1-barrel to a 3-barrel production facility. They also are having live music weekly, with a food truck for hungry patrons parked nearby. 828.586.9678 or

• Boojum Brewing Company will be the newest brewery in Haywood County. Expected to start production next month, the business will be located in the Dellwood area of Waynesville. More about this brewery in a future issue.

• Both Frog Level and BearWaters brewing companies in Waynesville have successfully canned their product. Frog Level canned their Salamander Slam IPA, while BearWaters went with their Sliding Rock Ale. Both canned brews are available at the breweries and select regional locations. or

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