2018 Riverkeeper Beer Series

Join us for another great summer of fun on the river and great special beers with the French Broad Riverkeeper Beer Series, presented by MountainTrue, 98.1 the River, and Asheville GreenWorks.

From June through August, there will be nine French Broad Riverkeeper Beer Series events that will include clean-ups, float trips on the French Broad River, and concerts, beer release parties and more. Floaters, clean-up volunteers and the public are invited to try new limited-release beers from our eight participating breweries: Catawba Brewing Company, Hi-Wire Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery, Sanctuary Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Wedge Brewing Company, and Wicked Weed Brewing. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each glorious pint of these special beers goes to support the work of the French Broad Riverkeeper protecting the French Broad River watershed.

There will also be prizes from outdoor-gear builders for most trash collected, weirdest thing pulled from the deep, and more.

Asheville GreenWorks, MountainTrue and 98.1 the River are proud to present the French Broad Riverkeeper Beer Series:

  • April 21 – Cleanup of the French Broad River in Henderson County with beer release party at Sanctuary Brewing Company.
    Register.
    RSVP on Facebook.
  • June 28 – Cleanup of the French Broad River with beer release party at Wicked Weed Brewing Pub.
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  • July 7 –  Cleanup of the Swannanoa River with beer release party at the Wedge at Foundation.
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  • July 21 – Cleanup of the Swannanoa River with beer release party at the Catawba Brewing Company in Biltmore Village.
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  • July 27 – Michael Franti & Spearhead Concert at the Salvage Station.
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  • August 10 –  Cleanup of the French Broad River and Asheville area streams with New Belgium Brewing Company and Asheville Greenworks. After-party at New Belgium Brewing Company.
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  • August 25 – Cleanup of the French Broad River and Hominy Creek with a beer release party at French Broad Outfitters, featuring a tap takeover by Hi-Wire Brewing and live music (artist TBD).
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  • September 8 – Cleanup of the French Broad River with an after-party and concert at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
  • September 15Cruise Then Brews Paddle with Headwaters Outfitters. Paddle down the French Broad River in Transylvania County followed by a beer release party at Oskar Blues Brewery.
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The Riverkeeper Beer Series includes the July 27 Save the French Broad River Concert starring Michael Franti & Spearhead. Tickets for the concert go on sale on Friday, March 30 at salvagestation.com


Through Muddy Water Watch, volunteers go out hiking, biking, and driving to collect data about sources of sediment pollution. The data is used to work with the US Forest Service to repair damaged roads, culverts, and other sources of sediment to ensure these streams remain healthy.
After nearly a decade of work by WNCA (now MountainTrue), 11th District Congressman Heath Schuler, and many others, the long-proposed North Shore Road along the shore of Fontana Lake was put to rest. The people of Swain County were financially compensated in lieu of the originally promised road, and pristine streams, sensitive aquatic life and public land were preserved.