Estimated Project Schedule:
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We will be hiring about 50 jobs in 2015. Hiring is happening now and continuing as we ramp up through end of 2015. We'll likely hire up to about 140 jobs at full build out between the tasting room, brewery and distribution center. We'll be working with AB-Tech to develop training programs for some of these positions.
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Please review guidelines and submit an application for any sponsorship + event requests.
*We need 60 days to review your request, and we do our best to get back with you within a few weeks.*
EVENTS and PRODUCT DONATIONS We need 60 days to review your request, and we do our best to get back with you within a few weeks. Eventing is a huge part of the way we reach out and have fun with all
our friends and fans. Some of the most interesting people we meet are
through our Event Sponsorships.... these are local events in your town
or 'burg that New Belgium helps drive up interest by donating beer,
schwag or other tangible items in order to help raise awareness and
GRANTS We have an Environmental Stewardship Grants Program to serve and connect with the communities where we sell our beer. Our goal is to improve the health of the planet and inspire others to joyously embrace sustainable choices. We give away $1 for every barrel of beer we produce, which means in 2012, we donated over $700,000 to programs in 29 states. Building the Asheville brewery will allow us to support more projects in the future, so thank you for bearing with us through this building process to make that happen! Grants have guidelines and deadlines, so please take a look and let us know how we can work together to support great things.
Here is a list of organizations we supported in 2011 to give you an idea of the types of projects and non-profits we support. Event sponsorship and product donation guidelines and submittals are found here.
Thanks for your interest! There are many ways to keep up with what’s going on:
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ONLINE INFORMATION CHANNELS
New Belgium Asheville Website (hint, you're here, bookmark it :)
The website includes:
Site Stories + Updates If you want site updates, this is where you'll find them.
Frequently Asked Questions These questions are pulled from meetings with community leaders, as well as when we see duplicate questions coming through AshevilleBrewery@NewBelgium.com. Some questions we don't have the answers to yet, but will provide updates as available.
New Belgium Asheville Facebook Are you on Facebook? We use this page to provide a heads up when new info is available on this website as well as recognize our partners.
Leaders’ Roundtable The Leaders' Roundtable is a coalition of mission-based neighborhood and business associations-adjacent to the site- with leaders who represent a collective community voice. We have been meeting regularly since July 2012 to work to work through challenges and share information, and the organizations provide information and gather feedback from their members. The Leaders' Roundtable minutes and partners are publicly published under the FAQ section of this website under "Stay Informed."
Media When we have updates, we share them with news media and respond when they request interviews, so you may also find information through local media channels.
OFF-LINE INFORMATION CHANNELS
Site Updates + Voice Mail: 828-333-6900 We record updates that include basic information, as we want the information to remain accurate over a period of time, and the dynamic nature of the project does have things changing. You can also leave us a voice mail.
Neighborhood Letter In January 2013 we mailed an update letter to businesses and residents within one mile of the site, about 4,000 addresses. Additional letters will be mailed as major construction milestones are approaching, such as groundbreaking.
Open House In addition to a July 2012 open house at the Civic Center, we hosted a West Asheville Open House at Isis Restaurant + Music Hall (thanks Isis!) with our community and building partners. While our intent was to share information with the community, it was a challenge because the turnout was so large, despite our tempered outreach efforts focused on the neighborhood. Since then, we have been attending neighborhood and business association meetings, as possible and invited, to share information in smaller groups.
Neighbor Construction Update - January 10, 2014 at Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center
Contact Postcards We have printed postcards with contact information. You can find them at businesses near the site and community meetings.
I'M A NEIGHBOR, HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH?
Thanks for your interest! The best way we've found to meet people is to attend community meetings. If you're a neighbor and interested in talking with us at your next meeting, please contact your neighborhood or business association leaders and request they get in touch to find a time to get together.
AshevilleBrewery@NewBelgium.com is reviewed weekly and sent to the appropriate contacts. You can also leave a voicemail: 828-333-6900 (leave your email and phone number in your message). For those questions that are asked repeatedly such as hiring timeline, we create an FAQ. Please review the FAQs before emailing to see if your question is already answered. Right now we are prioritizing construction and construction communications, and will provide information as it is available.
Get in touch with your association leaders if you have specific questions you'd like them to bring to the table, invited: River Arts District Artists, River Arts District Business Association, West Asheville Business Association, Green Opportunities, East West Asheville Neighborhood Association, Southside Community Advisory Board, WECAN, Hall Fletcher Neighborhood Association, Asheville Riverfront Redevelopment Coalition, Livingston Neighborhood, HACA Residents Council, Asheville on Bikes
Here are summaries from our past Leaders' Roundtable meetings:
2012: July 27, 2012 September 27, 2012 November 1, 2012 November 29, 2012
2013: January 3, 2013 April 8, 2013 May 28, 2013 August 8, 2013 October 22, 2013
2014: January 2014 March 2014 July 2014
If you’d like to form a neighborhood association or find out if there is one available in your area, please contact Marsha Stickford from the City of Asheville. firstname.lastname@example.org
How many trucks can we expect to see during the construction process?
A: Each phase of construction has different impacts and transportation needs. We are working with our contractor and subcontractors to use alternate routes when possible during the construction process. Sometimes it’s possible to divert construction traffic from Haywood Road and sometimes it is not possible.
After the Brewery is open:
How many trucks can we expect to see after the brewery is open?
A: Trucks going to and from the site after we open will be transporting raw materials and packaged beer. While Haywood Road is our approved truck route, our goal has always been to minimize impact along Haywood Road by diversifying our truck routes if possible. We worked with neighborhood leaders, City staff and trucking logistics experts to find a way to divert half of the shuttle truck trips from Haywood Road while Riverside Drive north is navigable, prior to RADTIP improvements. Haywood Road will also be used as a route for trucks unable to navigate Riverside Drive north.
The City of Asheville and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) are responsible for working on the roads to accommodate increased vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic in West Asheville.
The NC DOT will work on Haywood Road from 240 to Beechum’s Curve and down to Craven Street.
The City of Asheville is working on Craven Street and 5 Points Intersection at Clingman and Roberts Streets, including new sidewalks. The City is also installing the greenway on New Belgium's site along the French Broad River that will connect Craven St. and Haywood Rd. The river greenway will be public, and operate under the normal park ordinance hours of dawn til dusk. It will be managed, maintained, and operated separate of New Belgium by the City. Get more information on the Craven Street Improvements Project.
Craven Street, as well as several local intersections, will be improved and widened using an easement onto the New Belgium property to accommodate truck traffic as a part of the City of Asheville's proposed infrastructure improvements. Bike lanes and sidewalks will be included as a part of the Craven Street improvements by the City of Asheville.
Craven Street milestone reached in August 2015
Craven Street Improvements Plan and cross-section.
We received some neighbor complaints about smell -unrelated to mashing in- in Fort Collins during a time when we were running some tests on the biodigesters in our process water treatment facility. We had to let it run high to effectively run the test. Once the test was complete, the smell went away. Otherwise, we get little to no feedback regarding odors at the brewery. Unlike Fort Collins, in Asheville, there will be no open air biodigesters on site, so there will not be any smell from that process.
What are biodigesters?
Bradley Barrett of Old Town Salvage Co. created a thorough inventory of all reusable materials on the site. Our design team and architects are figuring out what we're going to reuse in our buildings--certainly some of the steel trusses, metal siding, and old wood. The remaining materials that are worth salvaging we're going to offer to the community. Here's how it's coming along!
Contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction (Charlotte, NC)
Architect: Perkins + Will (Charlotte, NC)
Environmental Consultant: Hart & Hickman (Charlotte, NC)
Landscape Architect: Cole Jenest & Stone (Charlotte, NC), Russell + Mills Studios (Fort Collins, CO)
Civil Engineering: Cole Jenest & Stone (Charlotte, NC), Mattern & Craig (Asheville, NC)
Geotechnical: ECS Limited (Asheville, NC)
Surveying: Ed Holmes & Associates (Asheville, NC)
Material Reuse: Old Town Salvage Company (Asheville, NC)
While final decisions have yet to be made, here are some of the things we're researching. Remember, we're likely not going to be able to accomplish them all immediately, but will over time.
Throughout New Belgium's East Coast site search process, we focused on brownfield sites--previously developed areas in need of clean up. Why? To prevent taking agricultural land out of production or eliminating natural habitat, to lovingly bring what was once a source of jobs and industry back into productive use, and to find a location near other amenities, increasing density and walkability.
We are working with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR) on site mitigation to make it safe for our intended use.
In Asheville, we are planning on selling our spent grain, at market rate, to local farmers to be used as animal feed. So far, we have had conversations with several small and mid-sized farmers, the Buncombe County Agricultural Advisory Board, the Center for Environmental Farming Systems and the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. From these conversations, we are currently researching the following three options for spent grain disposal in Asheville.
The first option is to sell our grain via a distribution network. This would allow us to dispense our grain out to the multitude of small livestock farms in and around the Asheville area. Ideally this would be done through a partnership with a local University or organization that would act as a distribution center. The second option is selling our grain to one or two of the “larger” farms in the Asheville area. Our last option is a potential hybrid of the first two options. We are also keeping in mind that there will be an influx of spent grain producers in the North Carolina area, so additional collaborations with both grain producers and consumers are a possibility.
Air pollution control in Asheville, NC, as well as the greater Buncombe County area, is controlled through the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency (WNCRAQA). This agency is one of three local programs in North Carolina, which enforce state and federal air pollution regulations separate from other agencies (such as NC DENR). The WNCRAQA’s mission is as follows, “The Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency monitors and regulates Buncombe County’s air quality to safeguard public health and the environment, while persevering the quality of life and economic vitality of the area.”
When air quality is assessed, EPA sets standards for criteria pollutants called National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Criteria pollutants include Carbon Monoxide, Lead, Nitrogen Dioxide, Ozone, Particulates and Sulfur Dioxide. The vast majority of North Carolina is in attainment for these standards, including Buncombe County. WNCRAQA enforces these EPA standards for all NAAQS, as well as for Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs).
The main criteria pollutant of concern for New Belgium Brewing Company (NBB) is ground level ozone. Ground level ozone is created as a result of chemical reactions between oxides of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and sunlight. The main air pollutant from NBB is VOCs from brewing and packaging equipment as well as from ancillary equipment. Obtaining an operating permit helps to ensure that emissions from NBB will not affect the overall air quality of Buncombe County in relation to criteria pollutant attainment levels.
Our Asheville brewery will be defined by the WNCRAQA as a synthetic minor source of air pollution. The basis behind this classification comes from assessing all potential air emissions before pollution control devices. With all control devices in place, air emissions from the NBB facility are quite low. We will be doing all we can to use the latest pollution control devices and install systems and equipment to ensure the lowest emissions possible.
The air permit was approved by the WNCRAQA on March 13, 2014. Since this is a synthetic minor permit and not subject to Title V regulations, there is no public comment period. For more information on the NBB facility or other facilities who have permits through the WNCRAQA, please review the facility list: http://www.buncombecounty.org/Governing/Depts/wncair/facilities/lists.aspx
For more information about the WNCRAQA, please visit their website at http://www.buncombecounty.org/Governing/Depts/wncair/default.aspx.
For additional questions relating to air quality in Asheville, please email the WNCRAQA at email@example.com
We like the idea of this. It's not something we do in Fort Collins, but would be worth considering to help spread the word about the great variety of Asheville beers.
Curious how our craft brewing neighbors in Fort Collins feel about us? Ashvegas did a Q+A with them.