Race to the Taps: Southern Appalachian

Race To The Taps Hendersonville NC

The popular local racing series, Race to the Taps, came to downtown Hendersonville’s Southern Appalachian Brewery. June 11 th marked the second race of the beer and run loving series. Produced by Mix 96.5 and Kick It Event Management, Race to the Taps is a four race series that cumulatively equals a marathon (26.2 miles). One of the event’s mottos this year is “Who says a marathon has to be run in one day?” The second installment was a 6.2 mile/10k run at 11 am on a particularly warm day. Runners at the starting line were already looking forward to the beer reward for finishing the race.

At the starting line, you see loved ones giving kisses and embraces to wish their runner good luck. You can see smiles being exchanged among other runners. Participants were taking last minute stretches, mp3 checks, tying their laces just right, readjusting racing bibs or making light conversation with their neighbor. Some last minute racers scrambled to the starting line while other runners became stoic to prepare themselves mentally for the run. The running community brings a feeling of togetherness, but also an individual sense of accomplishment.

The course was not particularly “elevationally” challenging, but Mother Nature threw in quite the variable with temperatures in the upper 80s. Every race has its individual demand; whether it is the course, the outdoor elements, distance or just your particular mindset that day. Hands down, this race’s challenge was the heat. When running races, it is just as much about your mental game as it is your physical fitness. Running can quickly humble you, but the psyche must be reinforced with positive self-talk and curbing negative thoughts.

The route weaved through neighborhoods, William H. King Memorial Park and Oklawaha Greenway. I didn’t even know these places existed and I live in Hendersonville! One of the beautiful things about running is that you get to experience your environment in a different way. Racing delivers a bird’s eye view of your surroundings and you may even experience a feeling of connectedness to your community.

Seeing and hearing the spectators as you near the finish line can bring a third, fourth or even a fifth wind! Knowing the end is near and that a delicious, ice cold Southern Appalachian beer will soon be in your grips, is just enough encouragement to add a little extra gas to your tank. People and children are smiling and cheering; it warms the heart and brings joy and gratitude. You completed 6.2 miles for yourself today and it feels so good.

After the cool down and recovery, the postrace celebration was in full effect. Smiles and nods of mutual respect were exchanged among runners. Racers were holding a pint of their favorite cold brew while enjoying the openness of the tasting room. I chose the always fantastic Belgian Blonde Ale and sipped it victoriously in front of a fan.

Once I felt fully recovered, I was able to once again step out into the sunshine to peruse the vendor and sponsor tents. Paramount Kia, Gold’s Gym, Fleet Feet Sports, Whole Foods, Blue Ridge Orthodontics, Mills River Partnership and many others were out in full force volunteering and representing their organizations. Live music, freebies and information were aplenty. It was pleasurable to take a step back and appreciate that a community can come together in support of one another. Not just the runners, but sponsors working together to support a great event and one another. And this is what being in a community is all about; fellowship, building and fostering relationships, support and providing opportunities for all to make progress and win.

For more information about the running series: www.racetothetaps.com

Written by Tamara Bernazky-Alm. Find and follow me on Twitter @rabbitlb09

Nightlife in Hendersonville NC

Hendersonville NC Nightlife

If you’re looking to experience the nightlife of Hendersonville, North Carolina one weekend, AskHendersonville has some suggestions for you! There are a lot of great restaurants and bars to visit all day long, but we want to highlight a few of the awesome evening spots. Hendersonville has places to visit for beer lovers, wine lovers, music lovers, and food lovers! We’ll start with where to go in the early evening and work our way to late night.

Hendersonville, NC has two wonderful vineyards that you can tour and enjoy a glass of wine or sample multiple types: Burnshirt Vineyards and Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards. You can experience a vineyard tour, stroll the property, and end with a wine tasting at each. Chat with knowledgeable staff and learn about North Carolina wine. Sometimes both vineyards have live music that you can listen to while you sip their signature wine. Both vineyards feature a tasting room with indoor and outdoor seating for all weather. Both vineyards tend to be open until 6 or 7 pm in the evenings.

If beer is more to your liking, we are really fortunate to have Sierra Nevada Brewery just outside of Hendersonville in Mills River, NC. You can take a variety of tours at the brewery, and then drink and eat at their stunning brewery. Their food is fantastic and they have tons of beer on tap. The property has plenty of outdoor seating, walking trails, gardens, games, outdoor fire pits, and even an amphitheater for live music. Snag some Sierra Nevada gear on your way out at the gift shop! Sierra Nevada is typically open until 9 or 10 pm.

You can also enjoy local craft beer closer to downtown Hendersonville. There are several local breweries nearby – Basic BrewerySouthern Appalachian Brewery, and Sanctuary Brewing Company. These breweries have a wide selection of their own beer and guest taps and even hard cider. They each have live music often and a great atmosphere. Each brewery is open fairly late depending on the night.

As the clock ticks to a later time in the evening, venture to downtown Hendersonville. You can find fine wine and craft beer at the Poe House, located below West First Pizza. The Poe House has a unique intimate setting and its décor and darkly romantic ambiance reflects its namesake, the Gothic author Edgar Allen Poe. The Poe House describes itself as “coming off somewhere between an English pub and a trendy wine bar.” It’s really a neat place to go! There is often live music or special events like Champagne Tuesdays.

For a less intimate setting, check out two local favorites – Black Rose Public House and Hannah Flanagan’s Pub and Eatery, an Irish pub. These two busy pubs located on Main Street of Hendersonville are open late with a great selection of beer, wine, and a full liquor bar. They both are full restaurants where you can order dinner or just late night appetizers. Try a burger at Black Rose Pub or wings at Hannah’s. Both places have plenty of table and bar seating with a fun atmosphere and even TVs to enjoy your favorite sports game.

If you take some of our suggestions, it should lead to a pretty fun evening out in Hendersonville, whether you’re an early bird or a night owl! Where else are you hanging out in the evenings in Hendersonville?