ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Asheville Brewing Co. is honoring Zelda Fitzgerald in possibly the most Asheville way ever — with an IPA.
Fitzgerrald died in a fire at the Highland Hospital on March 10, 1948.
The head brewer at Asheville Brewing designed the beer, aptly named Zelda, to taste like a gin and tonic.
“He thought it would be fun to do a cocktail-inspired beer. And the gin and tonic was popular in the day, so why not try it out?” manager Ben Cox said.
Brewery officials said the reception to the beer has been overwhelming. It was only meant to be on tap for a week, but they’re going to keep it around a little longer because it’s so popular. Drinkers just be warned, this beer is 8 percent alcohol.