Outdoor Gear Builders Village to showcase at Mountain Sports Festival in Asheville, NC!

Western North Carolina is home to a national park, several national forests and wilderness areas, and even more state parks. It only makes sense that outdoor gear manufacturers, like SylvanSport, would start their operations here or in other cases, relocate here. Not only is this area a perfect place to test gear, it provides employees (and owners) a fantastic quality of life, and is conveniently located to reach a large percentage of our country’s population. So, we did a headcount to see how many of us were actually out there making cool gear and clothing for people to get outside. There are over 30 companies in the western part of North Carolina researching, developing, testing, and manufacturing gear and clothing for the outdoor market. That’s pretty awesome!

So, to try and harness all this creative and physical energy, a group, Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina, has been formed to share knowledge and information and provide support for one another. With this, the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC is excited to announce the first annual Outdoor Gear Builders Village at the 2013 Mountain Sports Festival in Asheville, NC. This will be a great opportunity for folks to check out and demo some world-class gear and clothing from locally-based manufacturers. As many of you may know, the Mountain Sports Festival is an absolute blast. It’s a 3 day festival, May 24-26, 2013, that has a little (or a lot) for everyone. Great music line-up, races, events, kids activities, and now, the OGB Village.

Looking at the list of other manufacturers in the area lets us know that we’re in really good company here. It also helps us to keep raising the bar on what we do and how we do it. We’re really excited to part of the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina and hope that in the end, the real benefits will be felt by all of you.

Definitely check out the Mountain Sports Festival next month in Asheville and make sure you stop by the Outdoor Gear Builders Village to see some of the best gear that Western NC has to offer.

Stay tuned…we have an exciting post coming your way on a cool collaboration with Prestige Subaru!

Oskar Blues Brewery Update!

Back in September, we mentioned that Oskar Blues Brewery was preparing to set up shop in our hometown of Brevard, NC. Their plan was to be brewing by the end of the year. I’ll be honest, I thought it was a lofty goal to start from scratch and have a fully operational brewery running in about 4 months. Well, it’s now 2 months later and it looks like they are right on track! I will never again doubt the power behind the need for beer.

photo: Oskar Blues Brewery

Over the last couple of weeks, Oskar Blues has been receiving tanks, vats, lines, and all sorts of brewing equipment, in addition to building out the space to contain it all. As everything moves into place, the first run of Dale’s Pale Ale is schedule to be on December 12. They just held a “media & brewers” open house to show off their progress. Here are some pics of the facility taken by Rick from Asheville’s ROCK 104.9 radio station.

Moving the tanks off the 18 wheelers. photo: Oskar Blues Brewery

Preparing to set tanks in place. photo: Rick @ ROCK 104.9

280 12oz cans per minute...wow. photo: Rick @ ROCK 104.9

Media / Brewer Tour photo: Rick @ ROCK 104.9

So, mark December 12 on your calendar and get ready for some Dale’s fresh off the line. We’re psyched that these kinds of folks are not only moving into our area, but that they are here for the same reason we are. Stay tuned in an we’ll keep you updated on their progress!

Along with SylvanSport, Brevard, NC is now home to Oskar Blues Brewery!

Years ago, when SylvanSport was just starting out, the world was our oyster and we could pick, more or less, wherever we wanted to settle down and plant some roots. After a lot of soul searching and a stint in Cedar Mountain, NC (about 20 minutes from where we are now), we have settled into our cozy home that most people refer to as Brevard, North Carolina.

A little mountain town in western NC, Brevard boasts a population of around 7000 people. But here is where it gets good. We are 10 minutes from the entrance of Pisgah National Forest, which is home to some of the country’s best single track for hiking, running, and biking, fly fishing that rivals some of the “famous” rivers out west, and so many waterfalls, that you’ll need an abacus to count them all. We’re also about 20 minutes from DuPont State Forest and 30 minutes from Gorges State Park. So with all of this, it hard to imagine where a brewer of beer and a lover of the outdoors, such as the folks at Oskar Blues Brewery, would choose other than Brevard for their east coast brewery.

Starting with a restaurant in Lyons, CO in 1997, Dale Katechis decided to turn it into a brewery pub and did so well, in 2002, he became the first craft beer to can their goods, rather than bottle them. So started a revolution. After 10 years of canning, awards left and right, Dale has decided to open a brewery east of the great Mississippi. I guess he could have tried to find the most efficient location, closest to an interstate and central to distribution, but Dale’s love of small town, good people, and gobs of single track, led him to none other than, our home town of Brevard, NC. Construction has just started in renovating a truss plant to start brewing beers, offering tours, and tastings. They are hoping to up and running by years end or early 2013.

So, throw the bikes and boats on top of the car, load up the fly rods, hiking boots, camping gear, and running shoes and check out beautiful Brevard, NC. While you’re at it stop by and see us at SylvanSport! We’re about 1 mile from downtown Brevard and would love to show you around our facility and demo a GO  trailer for you! (remember: glass does not belong in the woods, bring your beverages in a can!)