Anne Fitten Glenn

Award-winning author Anne Fitten Glenn has been writing for publication since she was the “Dear Annie” columnist for her fifth grade newspaper. AF (yes, that’s what her friends call her) moved to Asheville in 1997. After having a couple kids, teaching college, and working with nonprofit organizations, she started writing about beer, food, business, and entertainment.

For the first decade of the 21st century, AF primarily wrote for local newspapers, including the Sunday “Small Business of the Week” feature for the Asheville Citizen-Times, a weekly parenting column called “Edgy Mama,” and a weekly “Brews News” column (both for Mountain Xpress).

The History Press published her first non-fiction book, Asheville Beer: An Intoxicating History of Mountain Brewing, in 2012. Her second beer book, Western North Carolina Beer: A Mountain Brew History, was released by the same publishing house in 2018. She’s also written a suspense novel, Storm Mountain, which is now available as a Kindle e-book.

She pens the “Mountain Brew” feature for Edible Asheville and hosted a radio show and podcast called “Imbibe Asheville.” AF has written for and had photos published in numerous publications, including: USA Today, 750 Daily, Thrillist, All About Beer, Paste, Smoky Mountain Living, WNC Magazine, Charleston Magazine, Edible Aspen, Explore Asheville, Vanity Fair, Virginian Pilot, and Additionally, she has consulted to breweries and restaurants in the realms of public relations and communications.

Her alter ego, Brewgasm, spends too much time on social media dishing about beer, bikes, and history.

Ken Grossman

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Anne Fitten Glenn is the beer historian of Western North Carolina. She has done in-depth research into that tradition, challenging our beliefs about the past and projecting a flourishing future…Grab a beer, ideally one made in Western North Carolina, and settle in for a story of malt, hops and determination.

From the author of Asheville Beer: An Intoxicating History of Mountain Brewing

Over the past two hundred years, Western North Carolina has evolved from a mountainous frontier known for illicit moonshine production into a renowned destination for craft beer. Follow its story from the wild days of saloons and the first breweries of the 1870s through one of the longest Prohibitions in the nation. Eventually, a few bold entrepreneurs opened the first modern breweries in Asheville, and formerly dry towns and counties throughout the region started to embrace the industry. The business of beer attracts jobs, tourists and dollars, as well as mixed emotions, legal conundrums, and entrepreneurial challenges.

What People Are Saying About Anne Fitten

Carolina Beer Guy: New book explores mountain brewing

The story of Western North Carolina beer is a fascinating tale filled with groundbreakers and risk-takers. – By Tony Kiss


Tapping into the past, present of Appalachia

Luckily, we have folks like Anne Fitten Glenn. A longtime craft beer writer and industry insider, Glenn has spent several years wrangling in these feral cat breweries that seemingly pop-up overnight, each now a cornerstone of the local business sector and a regional economic driver — a return of blue-collar jobs in a booming tourism market. – By Garet K. Woodward


The Brew that We Do

An aficionado shares the scoop on WNC’s ever-growing beer story. – By Jason Sandford


Asheville food reads: New cookbooks, a local beer bible and more

Interesting factoids include information about long-gone breweries and unearthed tidbits about WNC’s lesser-known cities. – By MacKensy Lunsford


MacKensy Lunsford

Food and beverage reporter, Asheville Citizen-Times

Anne Fitten is as involved in her subject matter as one can be—which isn’t to say she’s deep in her cups. Rather, she has managed to be both on the ground floor and backstage as the brewery scene in North Carolina has exploded. Having worked with Anne Fitten in various capacities in my career, I know that there are few people that can match her knowledge and wit in the arena of brew news.

Garret K. Woodward

DesigArts and entertainment editor, The Smoky Mountain News/Smoky Mountain Livingnation

By the time you get a grasp on the enormity, complexity, and staggering cultural and economical impact of the craft beer scene in Western North Carolina, it’s already moved two steps ahead of you. It’s a ‘catch me if you can’ industry in these parts, with Anne Fitten Glenn seemingly the only one who can—and does—keep up.

Mike Rangel

President and founder, Asheville Brewing Company

Winston Churchill once said, ‘History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.’ Luckily for the WNC brewing community, we have historian and writer Anne Fitten Glenn to take all of the spirit and toil of our local brewery revolution and pour it into a crushable, but full-bodied, book.

Tony Kiss

Beer reporter, Mountain Xpress

The story of Western North Carolina’s brew scene is a rich and colorful tale that needs to be told. Anne Fitten Glenn has lots of experience writing about beer and breweries. Her engaging new book tells how Western North Carolina became such a key place for craft beer.