Listen to John Silver talk about his new venture and he’ll tell you all about the basics of starting a new business.
His new brewery, Homeplace Beer Co., is Yancey County’s first craft brewery. (The town approved beer and wine sales six years ago; the county remains dry.) The 5-barrel brewhouse and 10-barrel fermenter will allow him to produce about 600 barrels of beer a year in 2,000 square feet of the Burnsville Town Center, right in the heart of downtown Burnsville. He’ll be tapping into local growers seeking ingredients for the American- and English-style ales he plans to make. He hopes to open in spring.
But listen a little longer, and you’ll hear the respect and appreciation he holds for Yancey County. Silver grew up in Burnsville and Spruce Pine. He’s a local guy who wants to “just wants to do something sustainable for myself and my family,” he says. (He and his wife just had their second child.)
Silver recently bought his grandparents’ house in Yancey County “to get away from the Asheville thing for a little bit.” He views Burnsville as a Norman Rockwell-esque small town with “a great quality of life and great place to grow.” It’s his home place, after all.
The road back to Burnsville
Silver’s well-known in the Asheville craft beer circles. He started washing kegs at Pisgah Brewing in 2005, the year it opened. He moved on to Catawba Brewing, where he landed his first brewing gig and helped them build their Morganton facility. He moved again to French Broad Brewery in Asheville for a couple of years before arriving at Oscar Blues in Brevard in 2012. He finished his tour at Hi-Wire Brewing back in Asheville.
“All the experiences have been good, and I can say that I’m still on great terms with all the places I’ve worked,” Silver says. Regarding his decision to open his own brewery, he says “It was just a great time for me to jump off the cliff.”
Silver says he’s excited about tapping into Yancey County’s agricultural scene as he gets Homeplace Beer going. He’s planning to use a local honey to flavor an oatmeal brown. He’s partnering with a North Carolina grit-maker to brew a corn lager, a “sort of an Appalachian corn beer.” He figures he’ll partner with Snap Dragon restaurant and tap room for food.
All those connections, Silver says, will root his business in the community, a town that’s growing. Burnsville provides incredible access to hikers and anglers. Yancey County is home to a thriving arts scene. A craft fair in Burnsville draws 30,000 visitors for a weekend, and nearby Celo is home to another arts scene. More and more tourists are finding the mountain gem.
For Silver, it all adds up. Love your home, connect and reflect its beauty and “if you have a supportive local base, it seems hard to go wrong.”
Yancey Co. Farmers’ Market
Back on April 22, 2017!
On Saturdays you will find the market bustling just off the beautiful Town Square from 8:30am – 12:30pm
For many years the Yancey County Farmers’ Market has faithfully set up its tents and tables, bringing the freshest locally grown produce and related items to the community. All grown and made just for YOU right here at home.
Visit https://yanceycountyfarmersmarket.wordpress.com/ for more info
MORE UPCOMING EVENTS IN BURNSVILLE!
April 1 Burnsville Spring Retail Expo @ 9:00 am
April 6 Kindergarten Kickoff @ 12:00 noon
April 8 Mountain Air Job Fair @ 10:00 am
April 14 Crowe Brothers @ 7:00 pm
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC | Phone: 828-298-7928
The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is held four days each July and October at the US Cellular Center in Asheville, NC. Discover fine traditional and contemporary crafts by over 200 craftspeople who fill two levels of the center selling their works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.
2017 LiveWell Expo
The 4th annual FREE LiveWell expo will be held on March 25,2017 at the WNC AG Center from 9:00am-5:00pm. Come out and meet some of your favorite News 13 anchors & reporters. Check out over 100 local vendors who can teach you how 2017 can be your best year yet. Or check our live entertainment all day on our main stage or live cooking demos from area chefs on the Carolina Kitchen stage. There will be plenty of FREE health screenings as well. The LiveWell Expo is presented by Asheville Savings Bank, Ingles Markets, and Mission Health.
WHEN: March 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
WHERE: Burnsville Town Center
6 S Main St
Burnsville, NC 28714
The Burnsville Spring Fest Craft Show is here! Featuring one of a kind gift items handmade by local crafters and artisans. Celebrate the arrival of Spring by shopping a wide variety of unique items such as paintings, quilted sheep, teddy bears, wooden bowls, stained glass, painted signs, glass ornaments, beeswax candles, baked goods and much more!
FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 - Tryon, NC
One of the largest sporting events in the world of equestrian sports will take place in 2018 in the nearby community of Tryon, just 45 minutes southeast of Asheville, North Carolina.
The 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games are expected to draw nearly 500,000 people from more than 70 countries to the Tryon International Equestrian Center, September 10-23, 2018. The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport, made the announcement in early November 2016.
Much like the Olympics, the Games are held every four years and are second only to the Olympics in importance on the world equestrian calendar. Eight world championships will be decided during the 14-day event. The competitions include: Jumping, Dressage, Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting, and Reining.
Tryon will join an impressive list of cities to host the Games which include Stockholm, Sweden (1990), The Hague, Netherlands (1994), Rome, Italy (1998) and Normandy, France (2014).
The Tryon International Equestrian Center, created by Mark Bellissimo, attracted the Games in large part because of its world-class facilities. The 1,600-acre venue features 1,200 permanent stables and 12 arenas. The arenas include a floodlit international arena capable of accommodating up to 12,000 spectators, with VIP seating for up to 1,500, and a covered arena that has another 5,000 seats. In addition, the International Equestrian Center has a top-notch cross country course used for Eventing and Driving, and it is surrounded by hundreds of miles of equestrian trails for Endurance.
And, the facility is only continuing to grow. Under the leadership of Bellissimo, the Tryon Equestrian Partners (TEP) have invested more than $125 million as they work to turn the area into the “world’s premiere equestrian lifestyle destination.” TEP plans to invest another $100 million over the next two years leading up the Games.
Make Asheville Your Base Camp
Asheville, North Carolina, is the largest city (pop. 87,000) within 45 minutes of Tryon. The easy drive can be done almost all on major highways (Interstate 26 and US Highway 74).
There are so many things to do in Asheville, before, during, or after the FEI World Games. Asheville has been called a “culinary and cultural capital with a thriving art and music scene.” Enjoy the booming downtown filled with local shops, renowned restaurants and craft breweries. The mountain community in Western North Carolina is also the site of America’s largest home, Biltmore Estate.
In addition to tours of the 250-room historic home and gardens, Biltmore offers guided trail rides for everyone, from the experienced horseman to the first-time rider, on a gorgeous network of woodland trails. The Estate also features extensive Endurance trails and stable facilities. Other nearby horse riding stables such as Cedar Creek Stables and Sandy Bottom Rides offer great experiences for horse enthusiasts.
Your Link To WNC Ski Slopes & Tube Runs
From the bunny slope to black diamond, tow rope to tube run, we’re keeping you updated with the latest conditions at winter resorts throughout Western North Carolina. Pick your resort to check the latest conditions, and go have some fun!
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