One of downtown Morganton’s most popular breweries is turning 20.

Catawba Brewing Co. is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a party from 1-10 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, and it wants to celebrate with its customers and supporters.

“It’s extremely exciting,” said Ivy Johnson, the tasting room manager at Catawba’s Morganton location. “I’m extremely proud of the Pyatt family and all the employees who have gotten us here. It’s a pretty big deal.

“Our community is really important. They’ve supported us, and we seem to get more support every year.”

The nine-hour block party will feature special anniversary beers, a limited-edition anniversary T-shirt, live music throughout the day, several different food trucks, photos with Farmer Ted and White Zombie and multiple chances for those in attendance to win prizes.

“We will be having Emerald Isle, which is a hazy IPA, that will be available in cans and on draft,” Johnson said. “We will also have several anniversary barrel-aged Zombies. And then, we’re also bringing back Firewater, which is one of our original IPAs that we don’t make anymore.”

The band lineup consists of Sunset Strip from 1:30-3 p.m., J.J. Hipps from 3-5:30 p.m., Red Dirt Revelators from 5:30-7 p.m., The Civics from 7-8:30 p.m. and Scott Moss and The Hundred Dollar Handshakes from 8:30-10 p.m.

“I’m really excited. We’re going to have music inside and outside,” Johnson said. “We’re actually shutting the street down here in front of the brewery. We’ll have a stage set up, and Codex Sound is providing the stage.”

When partiers get hungry, nearby food trucks will include Hangry Hooligans and Cranky Crab Seafood, along with at least one more.

Hangry Hooligans, based out of Newton, gives a twist to traditional dishes, according to its website.

Cranky Crab, according to its Facebook page, features combination seafood platters of one ($10), two ($12) or three ($13) choices of flounder or catfish, deviled crab and shrimp. Extra fish is $3 and extra shrimp costs $4. The oyster platter (if available) costs $13. All platters come with fries, coleslaw, homemade hushpuppies and a choice of sauce.

The food truck’s shrimp ‘n grits bowl costs $10 and comes with fried shrimp, bacon, a touch of heat and stone-ground cheese grits with hushpuppies.

Appetizers and sides include five conch fritters ($7), Cranky’s Sweetfire Boom Boom shrimp ($7), five oysters ($6), deviled crab ($3 or two for $5), a dozen hushpuppies ($5) and extra sides ($2).

The brewery also is running a special “Find Green, Get Green” promotion at its downtown tasting room leading up to the 20th anniversary celebration.

On each day from Monday through Friday leading up to the anniversary bash, the Morganton tasting room will have one pint glass with a green sticker on the bottom of it, an emerald green color in honor of the 20th anniversary. The glass will be randomly hidden in the day’s serving glassware.

The lucky person to be served the emerald glass gets “green” — a special emerald-colored $20 gift card valid for anything at the Catawba tasting room. The guest who is served the emerald glass during the July 20 anniversary party will receive a $200 gift card.

Catawba Brewing Co. is located at 212 S. Green St. For more information, visit the brewery’s Facebook page or website at

Justin Epley can be reached at or 828-432-8943.

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