The Whale :: A Craft Beer Collective to Host Inaugural International Beer Festival, The Whale Invitational, June 3rd, 2023

Article Contributed by Victory Lap PR | Published on Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Craft beer enthusiasts, get ready to mark your calendars for the most exciting event of the summer! The Whale Invitational Craft Beer Festival is making its debut in Asheville, North Carolina, to showcase the best beers in the world. The Whale is celebrating its 5th anniversary by throwing an extraordinary party that will undoubtedly live up to their high-caliber reputation. Don’t sleep on this one!

The festival, set for June 3, 2023 at 1:00pm, will take place at The Mule at Devil's Foot Beverage (131 Sweeten Creek Road Asheville, NC 28803). We are coming together to celebrate the artistry and craftsmanship of the best breweries of all time. The Whale Invitational will bring together handpicked selection of over 50 breweries from all over the country and beyond.

This year's festival will feature exclusive beers that are rarely found outside of the brewery. Attendees will have the opportunity to savor and appreciate these one-of-a-kind beers, while mingling with fellow beer enthusiasts and the brewers and brewery owners themselves.

There will be over 50 revered breweries in attendance, from local favorites like Zebulon and DSSOLVR to the legendary Cantillon out of Belgium. The Whale is stoked to bring highly sought-after breweries from all over the country, such as Other Half, Jester King, The Veil, Trillium, and 450 North, right here to Asheville.

Along with the insane brewery lineup, The Whale Invitational will also have rad vendors on site, killer live music, puppy hangs and cuddles from our sponsor Mountain Pet Rescue and chill vibes all day long. There will be events you won’t want to miss during the week leading up to the Invitational at both The Whale :: West Asheville and The Whale :: Outpost. They’re keeping a few surprises up their sleeves, so keep your eyes peeled for more details and announcements.

Tickets for The Whale Invitational Craft Beer Festival are limited, so snag yours now! General Admission tickets to The Whale Invitational are $100 and include festival admission from 1-5 pm. VIP tickets are $125 and include festival admission from 12-5 pm, special glassware, Whale bottles, and VIP access to the Whale Lounge. Tickets can be purchased here.

Andrew Ross, co-owner of The Whale says, “Every ounce of effort we've put into organizing this event has been with the goal of making it the best beer festival we’ve ever been to. We're going full-send and can't wait for everyone to experience it.”

"Curating the brewery lineup for this festival has been an absolute blast, and I'm thrilled with the awesome selection we have in store. I have no doubt that beer lovers are in for a treat, and it's going to be a truly unforgettable experience, " adds Jesse Van Note, co-owner of the Whale.

If you’re interested in sponsoring the festival and all the enticing perks that come with it, reach out to The Whale at [email protected].

Full List of Breweries in Attendance

450 North Brewing Co.

AZ Wilderness Brewing Co.

Bellwoods Brewery

Birds Fly South Ale Project

Blue Jacket Brewery

Boneflower Craft Mead Co.

Brasserie de la Senne

Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon

Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Brouwerij De Ranke

Casita Brewing Company

Cellarist Beer Project

Charles Town Fermentory


Dancing Gnome Brewery

Dream State Brewing

Edmunds Oast Brewing Co.

Eighth State Brewing Co.

Evil Twin NYC

Fantôme Brewery

Fidens Brewing

Finback Brewery

Fonta Flora Brewery

Funk Factory Geuzeria

Funktastic Meads

Good Word Brewing & Public House

Halfway Crooks Beer

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Hop Butcher For the World

Hopfly Brewing Co.

Human Robot Brewery

Humble Sea Brewing Co.

Incendiary Brewing Company

Interboro Spirits & Ales

Jester King

Little Cottage Brewery

Magnanimous Brewing


Oaklyn Springs Brewery

Orchestrated Minds Brewing

Orpheus Brewing

Other Half Brewing

Prison Pals Brewing Co.

Proflyfk Brewing Project

Resident Culture Brewing

Salud Cervecaria

Schilling Beer Co.

Somewhere Else Br

The Veil Brewing Co.

Tommie Sjef

Trillium Brewing

Tripping Animals Brewing Co.

Two Tides Brewing Co.

Untitled Art

Vitamin Sea Brewing

Weldwerks Brewing Co.

Widowmaker Brewing Co.

Wildflower Brewing & Blending

Xul Beer Co.

Zebulon Artisan Ales

Zillicoah Beer Co.