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The Brew-Hoppers Guide to Western North Carolina

Most people aren’t aware that Western North Carolina is the brewing capital of the Southeast. In fact, on just about any day of the year, one can select from nearly one hundred locally brewed craft beers. From dark rich porters and stouts, to hoppy golden ales, there is something perfect for every beer drinker!

Don’t know where to start? Asheville.com has you covered.

Asheville

The Asheville Brewing Company:

The ABC is a local micro-brewery specializing in hand-crafted delicious ales. Try the Shiva IPA, the flagship beer with a flowery nose and hoppy finish. The patio is the place to be during the summer, and with the heaters on in the winter, you can play cornhole or ladder golf any time of year! The wait staff is friendly and attractive, and the music they play is top-notch! It also serves great pizza and other delicious food.

Burial Beer Co.:

Burial Beer brews favorites such as Skillet Donut Stout, Scythe Rye Pale & Bolo Coconut Brown Ale on the larger system while experimenting on our 1 barrel, pilot system.

Craggie Brewing Company:

craggieCraggie’s beers are as unique as Asheville itself. Each offers a cornucopia of flavors featuring seasonal and/or local ingredients as available. Craggie’s unconventional recipes reflect our innovative interpretation of beer. We suggest the Antebellum Ale, an 1840’s American recipe using water, yeast, molasses, ginger and spruce tips. Don’t forget to try your hand at shuffleboard! craggiebrewingco.com

French Broad Brewing Company:

fbbFrench Broad Brewing Company is nestled near Biltmore in Asheville. Since opening their doors in 2001, the goal has been to create traditional European style beers while maintaining the unique flavor that is Asheville. If you like Extra Special Bitter, then 13 Rebels ESB is for you. A bright copper color with a complex malt palate is complemented by traditional British hops, notably East Kent Golding. frenchbroadbrewery.com

Green Man Brewing:

greenmanGreen Man offers a legendary line of beers for your enjoyment. Locally brewed a few blocks from the pub, Green Man Brewery crafts the finest English-style ales in the region, under the watchful eye of the resident brewer, John Stuart. English and Belgian yeasts and specialty grains give these beers their unique appeal and distinctive style. Don’t forget to ask about the mustard! www.jackofthewood.com

Highland Brewing:

highlandlogoHighland Brewing Company is the largest brewing operation in Asheville. They brew some of the finest and freshest ales in the Southeast. For fifteen years, they have produced an impressive array of ales, from the best-selling Gaelic to the popular winter seasonal, Cold Mountain Ale. Feeling like a full flavored dark brew? We suggest you try the Black Mocha Stout. www.highlandbrewing.com

Hi-Wire Brewing:

Located in Downtown Asheville’s Brew District, Hi-Wire Brewing embraces its craft from top to bottom – from its hand-produced beers to its artwork, hand-drawn by a local artist. Hi-Wire’s light-hearted circus theme embodies the fun, authenticity, and creativity of this deep-rooted craft.

Lexington Avenue Brewery:

labLexington Avenue Brewery offers 6 unfiltered, naturally carbonated, additive free beers on tap. Sample a LAB favorite or seasonal styles, all hand crafted on site by the LAB’s own brewer Ben Pierson. In addition to their hand-crafted beers, they also feature an extensive wine list and full service bar. If you happen to be a fan of Belgian brew, you can’t pass up their Belgian White Ale. www.lexavebrew.com

OysterHouse Brewing:

oysterhouseLocated inside The Lobster Trap in downtown Asheville, The Oyster House Brewing Company is small micro brewery devoted to producing high quality, unique ales for beer and seafood lovers. Looking to try something a little different? Give the Moonestone Stout a shoot, its actually brewed with oysters… shell and all. Though there is no oyster taste present in the brew, but it adds sea salt and calcium to the recipe. www.oysterhousebeers.com

South Altamont Brewing:

South Altamont Brewing is located at 1042 Haywood Road in Asheville, NC. Known locally as “the bar”, the Altamont boasts a wide open floor plan with regulation ping-pong, a foosball table and single disc-golf basket. The place hosts a variety of musicians and dj’s weekly plus open mic-night every tuesday. altamontbrewingcompany.com

One World Brewing:

One World Brewing is a small-batch hand-craft nano-brewery and ale house.
It is located at 10 Patton Avenue in Downtown Asheville (in the basement beneath Farm Burger). One World’s mission is to inspire our community and our region to participate and get involved with solutions to environmental and political issues that effect us all.

Thirsty Monk:

thirsty-monkThe city’s newest brewery, Thirsty Monk South, is tucked in a back space at the Thirsty Monk South pub in Gerber Village on Hendersonville Road. In addition to the hand crafted brews available, Thirsty Monk South offers over 60 rotating taplines, a mouthwatering Food Menu, weekly specials and Team Trivia! www.monkpub.com

Wedge Brewing Company:

wedge2The Wedge Brewing Company is located in the lower level of the Wedge Studios situated in the River Arts District of Asheville. The neighborhood pub is a great place to meet and share ideas. They have chosen to have no TV in the bar, just drinkin’ and lyin’ at The Wedge. A unique beer they offer is the Russian Imperial Stout, brewed with 160 lbs. of raspberries. www.wedgebrewing.com

Cedric’s Tavern:

Named for George Vanderbilt’s beloved Saint Bernard, Cedric, this warm, relaxing tavern overlooks the village green at Antler Hill Village. The décor, ambience, and menu pay tribute to the neighborhood pubs of Britain and Ireland. Enjoy satisfying pub fare alongside robustly flavored American and global cuisine presented with Biltmore flair. On tap are Biltmore’s own Cedric’s Pale Ale and Cedric’s Brown Ale.

Wicked Weed Brewing:

wicked-weedWicked Weed brewing is a new local brewery opening at 91 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC on December 28. Wicked Weed is an unexpected name for a gathering point that celebrates unexpected beer. Agreeable beer with a bit of a rebellious steak. wickedweedbrewing.com

Black Mountain

Pisgah Brewing Company:

pisgah-brewPisgah Brewing Company is located in Black Mountain, NC about 10 miles east of Asheville. They specialize in brewing hand crafted certified organic beer. Pisgah Brewing’s Tap Room is open for your enjoyment 7 days a week. A fan of hops? Try the Vortex I. Called the “hoppiest beer in Buncombe County,” the Vortex I is brewed with over 3.5 grams of four distinct varieties of super high alpha hops per glass. pisgahbrewing.com

Brevard

Brevard Brewing Oskar Blues Brewing:

Brevard Brewing Oskar Blues Brewing is located in Brevard, NC about 30 miles south of Asheville. They specialize in brewing great craft beer. Oskar Blues chose to open a brewery in Brevard because of its small, intimate location which allows them to invest in a small town that shares their passions. oskarblues.com

Bryson City

Nantahala Brewing :

Brevard Brewing Oskar Blues Brewing is located on Depot Street across from the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson city. They craft beers such as the Noon Day IPA, an inagural beer made with pale male and a generous amount of crystal malts, and the famous Bryson City Brown, a mild, easy drinking session beer with a complex chocolate and nutty flavor. nantahalabrewing.com

Hendersonville

Southern Appalachian Brewing:

Southern Appalachian Brewing is a local micro brewery based in downtown Hendersonville, about twenty miles south of Asheville. Their tasting rom is family friendly and friendly dog friendly. In addition to their wide variety beer and wine, they also sell soda and bottled water for non-drinkers and under 21s. Also be sure to check out their big, huge soft pretzels. Southern Appalachian Brewing also allows you to bring your own meal from your favorite restaurant, or simply bring your picnic baskets from home. sabrewery.com

Morganton

Catawba Valley Brewing:

catawba-brewCatawba Valley Brewing provides refreshing beer that is brewed in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their tasting room is opened Wednesday through Friday; feel free to bring your own food! Some of the local favorites include the White Zombie Ale, a hazy golden white brew of a Belgian White Ale, and the Mother Trucker Pale Ale, which has a variety of American hops to create a dangerously quaffable beverage. catawbavalleybrewingcompany.com

Sylva

Heinzelmannchen:

Heinzelmannchen is a microbrewery in downtown Sylva, NC. German-born brewermaster Dieter Kuhn and his wife Sheryl Rudd are creating light and refreshing German beer made with wholesome grains, fresh hops, and no preservatives. The brewery doesn’t have a pub on the premises, but you will find them on tap at several local restaurants in Sylva, Dillsboro, Franklin and Waynesville. Some of their traditional beverages include the Ancient Days Honey Blonde ale, which brings forth the sweet essence of the bees, and the Black Forest Stout, a darke ale balanced with roasted coffee, caramel flavors, and a creamy finish. yourgnometownbrewery.com

Waynesville

Frog Level Brewing:

Frog Level Brewing is located at the gateway of the Smokies in Waynesville, North Carolina. Their beers are distinct in their attitude and ingredients; brewed with wholesome grains and fresh hops. Be sure to try out their Tadpole Porter, with barley, fresh hops, and oatmeal, and also try their Catcher in the Rye, crafted with rye and blasted with hops to form a beautiful red ale. froglevelbrewing.com

Tipping Point Headwaters Brewing:

Tipping Point Headwaters Brewing is located in small-town Waynesville, North Carolina. Their brews include the Chunky Gal Amber and Punch in the Face IPA. While you’re at the brewery, also stop by their tavern which features delicious chili, tacos, and sandwiches. tippingpointtavern.com