Thoughts about the Brewgrass Festival in Asheville

Gene Beeco, co-owner of Moon River Brewing, and his wife Kristine K. Stevens

Things we noted during our annual pilgrimage to Brewgrass Festival in Asheville, North Carolina:

  1. There was good music but in the first five hours it was not bluegrass music.
  2. The Smoked Stack pint glass of hearty lunch goodness (photo below) was a major hit!
  3. There was a handy shuttle to and from downtown Asheville’s Pack Square to the festival site.
  4. The kettle corn was as addictive as ever.
  5. We were not impressed by the plastic mugs for sampling beers.
  6. A number of people wished they had a gun with them to shoot down the drones that flew over the event.
  7. This year, only craft breweries located within North Carolina or distributed within North Carolina were allowed to participate. This knocked out some well-loved favorites. And inquiring minds want to know why local brewery Wicked Weed didn’t show at the event.
  8. With fewer breweries and a much larger venue (more people attending), we spent far more time standing in line for 8 oz. pours than we had in previous years.



Smoked Stack was a meal in a pint glass.


My new favorite hard cider!
Kristine K. Stevens and Bold Rock Hard Cider founder Brian Shanks.


Distinctive fashion statements at the beer festival.
Some times you just have to take a little nap.

About Kristine K. Stevens

Book Cover200Kristine is the author of "If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It Isn't Big Enough: A Solo Journey Around the World." This nonfiction book tells the story of how she sold her house, quit her job and traveled around the world.

Kirkus Book Review: "... Stevens makes a friendly, relatable narrator ... plenty of colorful stories to make this an enjoyable, inspiring read... An often sweet memoir about finding oneself in many different places."

Next travel book to spotlight Iceland

25817249396_f6c787ef9f_z Kristine broke free from a desk job once again, and this time ended up volunteering in the far corners of Iceland!

Details about the release of this book will be posted on Facebook.