Nestled in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is known for its lovely historic architecture and a very lively art scene. For those travelers who are passionate about beer and want to end their busy sightseeing day with a cold pint in their hand, you’ll be happy to know that Asheville is filled with a bounty of breweries that add to an already vibrant cityscape. Here are 10 of the best breweries to make beer connoisseurs thrilled they made Asheville their travel destination.
1. Asheville Brewing Company; go-to brew for locals
Opening its doors in 2005, Asheville Brewing Company is definitely a local favorite. With more than one locale, the most popular residing in the famed South Slope brewery district, it’s a must-stop if you want to drink in the local flavor. Asheville Brewing Company goes the extra length for its patrons, offering unique beers like Fire Escape Pale Ale, made with roasted jalapenos. Not only is the beer a cut above, but Asheville Brewing Company’s food menu, filled with hearty pub fare, has won awards. The place knows how to entertain as well, offering outdoor games, a projection screen showcasing popular movies, and picnic tables under the spacious covered patio.
Asheville Brewing Company
Address: various locations, check website
Website: Asheville Brewing Company
2. Bountiful choices at Burial Beer Company
One of the most revered breweries in Asheville, Burial Beer Company offers a consistent variety of suds on tap, so your taste buds are never bored. Relish Burial Beer Company’s rare seasonals and specials boasting unique ingredients. Sample the Thai Iced Tea Skillet brewed with donut flavorings, or try the ominously-named Death in the Distance, an India pale ale. Burial Beer Company provides a permanent food truck on the premises, so you can quell your hunger pangs as well as your beer desires.
Burial Beer Company
Address: 40 Collier Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Website: Burial Beer Company
3. Green Man Brewery; oddball ambiance & tasty pints
Boasting a quirky and relaxed atmosphere, Green Man Brewery provides a delightful beer-drinking experience. When you step through the doors, patrons can enjoy a huge three-story establishment. Green Man Brewery features a beautiful rooftop patio, a toasty fire pit, an open-air deck, and an adjoining bar. The locals wait patiently all year for Green Man Brewery’s seasonal favorites, like The Rainmaker, a double IPA, and The Dweller, an imperial stout. Green Man Brewery also offers a tasty menu, fun board games, and, an added bonus, comfortable bar chairs.
Green Man Brewery
Address: 27 Buxton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Website: Green Man Brewery
4. Highland Brewing Company; granddaddy of frothy delights
When Highland Brewing Company opened in 1994 it was bestowed with the distinction of being Asheville’s first brewery since Prohibition. In fact, Highland Brewing Company has paved the way for a variety of breweries in the city today. Highland Brewing Company is family owned and its name pays tribute to the Scotch-Irish Americans who settled in Appalachia in the 1700s. The locals clamor for several of Highland Brewing Company’s seasonals that include Cold Mountain, a winter ale with notes of vanilla, hazelnut, dark fruit, and cinnamon. In addition, the establishment offers a great rooftop beer garden.
Highland Brewing Company
Address: 12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC 28803
Website: Highland Brewing Company
5. Most taps under one roof; Hillman Beer
Boasting a phenomenal 18 in-house beers, Hillman Beer is sure to satisfy the most discerning beer fan. From Belgian to English to American styles, Hillman Beer has you covered when it comes to delicious wide-ranging suds. If you’re adventuresome, try the Funky Cold Medusa, with super ripe and juicy guava, melon, and mango notes. For an extra bonus, check out the adjacent Rise Above Deli that serves a scrumptious fresh food menu. Don’t leave without sampling the decadent pig missile sandwich, a pretzel stuffed with bratwurst and sauerkraut! Don’t forget to pair it with Hillman Beer’s Keller Pils, a German-style pilsner!
Address: 25 Sweeten Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28803
Website: Hillman Beer
6. New Belgium Brewing Company; soothing suds along the river
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New Belgium Brewing Company is keen on a healthy environment, and it shows with its dazzlingly nature-loving location. Located on a spacious parcel of lush and manicured green land along the French Broad River, New Belgium Brewing Company is the ideal spot to unwind. Sip on a Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA, or try Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, while watching kayakers paddle and tubers float down the river. A food truck, with delectable items to tempt you, can be found on the grounds, along with cornhole boards to keep patrons entertained.
New Belgium Brewing Company
Address: 21 Craven St, Asheville, NC 28806
Website: New Belgium Brewing Company
7. Wedge Brewing Company; ultimate craft beer destination
If you want to immerse yourself in the RAD, River Arts District, life then head straight to Wedge Brewing Company. The top hangout for the artistic crowd, Wedge Brewing Company offers the most unique craft beer spot in Asheville. Wedge Brewing Company provides first-rate lagers and pilsners that are brewed in small batches for a peak beer-drinking experience. Wedge Brewing Company’s beer selection is filled with pale and cream ales, hoppy IPA, fruity beers, and even dry apple ciders. There’s something for everyone’s taste buds at Wedge Brewing Company.
Wedge Brewing Company
Address: 37 Paynes Way, Asheville, NC 28801 & 5 Foundy Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Website: Wedge Brewing Company
8. Zillicoah Brewing Company; warehouse of top lagers and ales
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Patrons of Zillicoah Brewing Company can opt to enjoy their pint indoors, alongside the large fermentation tanks of this industrial space, or relish the breezy outdoor space by the lovely French Broad River. Either place will put you in a mellow mood to savor whatever’s on tap. A quick 10-minute drive north of Asheville, Zillicoah Brewing Company features a tasting room that rotates up to 12 taps, including in-house beers and guest taps. A food truck serving authentic Mexican food is a permanent fixture at Zillicoah Brewing Company, and ready to satisfy any appetite.
Zillicoah Brewing Company
Address: 870 Riverside Drive, Woodfin, NC 28804
Website: Zillicoah Brewing Company
9. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company; freshest beer around
Alongside a garden of fruits, vegetables, and herbs that go into their latest brews, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company displays a grand production on its 90-acre (36-hectare) grounds. With a full-service eatery, two fully-loaded bars, a huge production area, and a fun gift shop, it’s easy to spend an entire day, and well into the evening, at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. If you’re new to craft beer and want to go light try Old Chico Crystal Wheat, brewed with malted wheat and barley, and perfectly balanced by unique Crystal hops. If you want something more daring, then choose Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s classic stout, which is rich, bold, and dark as midnight.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Address: 100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River, NC 28732
Website: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
10. Hi-Wire Brewing; stellar spot on beerscape
Known for their flagship Bed of Nails Brown Ale and Hi-Wire Lager, Hi-Wire Brewing has honed its beer-making skills fermenting approachable and balanced beers. Their motto is creating beer you want to drink on a regular basis. Specializing in sour and wild ales, don’t leave Hi-Wire Brewing without tasting the Pumpkin Sour Ale brewed with pumpkin, basil, and ginger. The Wild Rye IPA is also worthy of a sample, a tropical India Pale Ale blending rye spice, dank mango, and pine notes from American hops.
Address: 197 Hilliard Ave, Asheville, NC
Website: Hi-Wire Brewing
Hoppy goodness in Asheville
Bursting onto the craft beer scene in 2009, Asheville has since cemented its place among the top cities with some of the best breweries on the beer landscape. Whether you’re inclined to sample stouts or favor more lagers, Asheville is a prime destination to cater to your every frothy-craving indulgence. Next time you say pour me a pint, make sure you’re in one of these Asheville brewhouses!
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