Asheville Beer Week 2019 is well underway, and we're thrilled to be a sponsor. 

Now in its 8th, AVL Beer Week has grown into the largest annual celebration of craft beer's impact on Western North Carolina. The nine-day festival offers residents and visitors a chance to enjoy locally brewed craft beer, food, music, and live entertainment. Additionally, there are plenty of educational opportunities in the form of panels.

One of those such forums will feature Ward and Smith's alcoholic beverage law attorneys Derek Allen and Hayley Wells. On Tuesday, May 28, they will join Rebecca Crandall of McGuire, Wood, and Bissette, and Jake Farrar of The Van Winkle Law Firm for the "Don't Brew Up Legal Trouble" panel. Moderated by Garret Woodward with the Smoky Mountain News and Rolling Stone, this legal roundtable tackles the most common legal pitfalls brewery owners experience.

The panel starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Aloft Hotel on Biltmore Ave. It's free to attend, but registration is required.  Sign-up here. For more information about AVL Beer Week, visit