The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Beer City USA

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Highland Brewing Company facility, Asheville NC

Each year since 2009 an American city has been crowned "Beer City USA" as a result of votes cast in a national poll produced by the Brewers Association. Asheville has won this award four times since the poll began, a clear recognition of its growing and vibrant craft beer culture. All of Western North Carolina with its growing number of large and small companies can be considered the brewing capital of the southeast, with Asheville the absolute epicenter. On any given day, a staggering array of craft beers can be purchased on draft or in bottles at local pubs, bars and restaurants, and over 17 craft breweries (and counting) can be found In the Asheville area alone. With the arrival of major companies Sierra Nevada in South Asheville and New Belgium in the River Arts District, Asheville has arrived as a true beer lover's paradise. There are a number of popular beer-centric festivals -the Winter Warmer Beer festival in January, the Beer City Festival In June and the Brewgrass Festival In September all topped off with the Oktoberest in October. A number of local craft breweries, as well as Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Highland Brewing, also give tours of their facilities. Daily walking, mobile and private tours of Asheville's micro-brewery scene is also offered by Asheville Brewery Tours (828-233-5006).

Listed below are the best places to sample the staggering array of beer offered by Asheville area breweries and pubs. See also Asheville Nightlife for more information about Asheville's many nightclubs and music venues

 

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Asheville Craft-Brewery Tasting Rooms & Pubs:

Altamont Brewing Company
Location: West Asheville
Address: 1042 Haywood Road, Asheville NC 28806
Telephone: 828-575-2400
Website: www.altamontbrewingcompany.com
Hours: 2:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. seven days a week
Offers: Full spectrum of ales, including IPA, American Pale, Golden Amber, Stout, Porter and many others
Notes: 20+ taps including beer from other breweries. Weekly live music, dog-friendly and special events.

Asheville Brewing Company
Location: 3 locations
Downtown Asheville Address: 77 Coxe Avenue, Asheville NC 2880; 828-255-4077
North Asheville Address: 675 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC 28804; 828-254-1281
South Asheville Address: 1850 Hendersonville Road, Asheville NC 28803; 828-277-5775
Website: www.ashevillebrewing.com
Hours: Open daily 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Offers: Hand-crafted beers and ales since 1998.
Notes: Asheville's third oldest brewery. Coxe Avenue location is home of production facility.

Biltmore Brewing Company/Cedric's Tavern
Location: Antler Village, Biltmore Estate
Address: 1 Approach Road, Asheville NC 28803
Telephone: 828-225-1320
Website: www.biltmore.com/cedrics
Hours: Open daily year round, lunch through late dinner
Offers: Handcrafted Cedric's Pale and Brown ales
Notes: Authentic popular tavern located on the famous Biltmore Estate. Great food served with style, and live music beginning every evening at 6:00. Brewed in partnership with Highland Brewery

Burial Beer Company
Location: Downtown Asheville
Address: 40 Collier Avenue, Asheville NC 28801
Telephone: 828-475-2739
Website: www.burialbeer.com
Hours: Friday 4:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday 2:00-8:00 p.m.
Offers: Traditional German lagers and Belgian-style ales.
Notes: Experimental beer making.

Catawba Brewing Company
Location: Biltmore Village area
Address: 65 Brook Street, Asheville NC 28803
Telephone: 828-424-7290
Website: www.catawbabrewing.com
Hours: Monday-Friday 4:00-10:00 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 2:00-10:00 p.m.
Offers: Custom craft beers and ales, including their popular Farmer Ted's Cream Ale.
Offers: Notes: Asheville branch of the Morganton NC main beer production operation.

French Broad Brewing Company
Location: South of Asheville near Biltmore Village
Address: 101 Fairview Road, #D, Asheville NC 28803
Telephone: 828-277-0222
Website: www.frenchbroadbrewery.com
Hours: Open seven days a week from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Offers: Six+ staple year-round European-style beers, plus seasonal beers
Notes: Since 2001, great tasting room, continental European-style production brewery and live music on week-ends.

Green Man Brewery
Location: Downtown Asheville
Address: 23 Buxton Avenue, Asheville NC 28801
Telephone: 828-252-5502
Website: www.greenmanbrewery.com
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 3:00-9:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday 2:00-10:00 p.m.
Offers: English-style ales and beers
Notes: One of Asheville's oldest breweries. Featured also at Jack of the Wood, a popular Celtic style pub located at 95 Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville, and the original home of Green Man Brewery.

Highland Brewing Company
Location: Southeast Asheville, near Swannanoa River
Address: 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite H, Asheville NC 28803
Telephone: 828-299-3370
Website: www.highlandbrewing.com
Hours: Brewery tours: Monday-Thursday 4:30, 5:45; Friday 4;30, 5:45, 6:30,7:30; Saturday 2:30, 3:0, 4:30,5:30, 6:30; Sunday 2:15, 4:15
Tasting Room: Monday-Thursday 4:00-8:00; Friday 4:00-9:00; Saturday 2:00-9:00, Sunday 1:00-6:00
Offers: An impressive array of year-round and seasonal beers, and small batch brews found only in the Tasting Room.
Notes: Asheville's first legal brewery since Prohibition opened in 1994 and is NC's largest homegrown brewery. Now in it's second generation of family ownership, an expansion brings new guest areas and a rooftop bar opening in 2015.

Hi-Wire Brewing
Location: Downtown Asheville
Address: 197 Hilliard Avenue, Asheville NC 28801
Telephone: 828-575-9675
Website: www. hiwirebrewing.com
Hours: Seven days a week. Call for hours
Offers: Features 4 year-round "Main Attraction' beers and a rotating selection of seasonal offerings.
Notes: Tasting room.

Lexington Avenue Brewery (LAB)
Location: Downtown Asheville
Address: 39 N. Lexington Avenue, Asheville NC 28801
Telephone: 828-252-0212
Website: www.lexavebrew.com
Hours: Call for hours or visit website
Offers: Beers crafted in their 15 barrel onsite brewery.
Notes: Full service bar, menu and extensive wine list. Highly popular watering hole.

New Belgium Brewing Company    Under Constructions -NOT OPEN UNTIL LATE 2016
Location: Asheville Arts District
Address: Craven Street, Asheville NC 28801
Telephone:
Website: www.newbelgium.com
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, call for hours
Offers: New Belgium beers and ales
Notes:

One World Brewing
Location: Downtown Asheville
Address: 1 Silverstone Drive, Asheville NC 28801
Telephone: 508-982-3757
Website: www.oneworldbrewing.com
Hours: Hours vary, call. Usually 4:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. weekdays and 12:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. weekends
Offers: Six flagship beers and four rotating taps.
Notes: small-batch hand-craft nano-brewery and ale house.

Oysterhouse Brewing
Location: West Asheville
Address: 625 Haywood Road, Asheville NC 28806
Telephone: 828-575-9370
Website: www.oysterhousebeers.com
Hours: Open daily at 5:00 p.m.
Offers: Known for its Moonstone Oyster Stout served with fresh, raw oysters.
Notes: Asheville's first nano-brewery devoted to producing high quality, unique ales for beer and seafood lovers.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Location: Mills River area south of Asheville
Address: 100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River, NC 28732
Telephone: 828-681-5300, Tour Desk 828-708-6176
Website: www.sierranevada.com
Hours: Taproom and restaurant open daily, call for hours or visit website.
Offers: A myriad of seasonal beers and bottled specialties Sierra Nevada has produced in recent years, as well as an expansion of the brewery's well-known flagship product: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Notes: Daily tours, taproom and restaurant. Located on 200 acres along the French Broad River. Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is one of America's premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only whole-cone hops and ingredients of the finest quality.

Thirsty Monk Pub & Brewery
Location: 4 locations
Downtown Asheville Address: 92 Patton Avenue, Asheville NC 28801; Telephone: 828-254-5470
Biltmore Park Address: 2 Town Square Blvd., Asheville NC 28803; 828-687-3873
North Asheville Address: 51 North Merrimon Avenue, #113 (Reynolds village), Asheville NC 28804; 828-424-7807
Website: www.monkpub.com
Hours: Call for hours or visit website
Offers: Huge selection of beers. Over 36 on tap and 150 bottled.
Notes: National recognition as a great beer bar, they tap over 1,200 beers at their four Asheville locations.

Urban Orchard Cider Company
Location: West Asheville
Address: 210 Haywood Road, Asheville NC 28806
Telephone: 828-774-5151
Website: www.urbanorchardcider.com
Hours: Call for hours or visit website
Offers: Their own, naturally gluten-free craft hard apple cider on tap year-round with a rotating selection of sea-sonal and experimental batches. Also local craft beers and wine.
Notes: Family-owned company and tasting room, with the Urban Orchard Cidery located directly beneath the Cider Bar.

Wedge Brewing Company
Location: River Arts District
Address: 125B Roberts Street, Asheville NC 28801
Telephone: 828-505-2792
Website: www.wedgebrewing.com
Hours: Monday-Thursday 4:00-10:00 p.m., Friday 3:00-10:00 p.m., Saturday 2:00-10:00 p.m.
Offers: Iron Rain IPA and a variety of handcrafter beers and ales.
Notes: Popular tasting room located in the lower level of the Wedge Studios. Production size of about 1300 bar-rels.

Wicked Weed Brewing
Location: Downtown Asheville
Address: 91 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC 28801
Telephone: 828-575-9599
Website: www.wickedweedbrewing.com
Hours: Call for hours or visit website
Offers: Creative, big-flavor, hop-forward West Coast style beers and Belgian style ales.
Notes: Gastropub offering locally sourced food.
 

 


 


 

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