Now that the state’s Stay At Home order has been extended through May 8 – and Buncombe County’s has been extended indefinitely – you might be feeling the need to diversify the selection at your favorite neighborhood watering hole (i.e. your home bar). Since alcohol purveyors are considered essential businesses (classified under food + beverage in Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order), and since we live in a mecca for craft brewing, there are plenty of places to restock. We asked you for recommendations on where to go to get your happy hour on, and today we’re sharing your picks.
DYK: Alcohol sales in NC are controlled by the state’s ABC Commission, which oversees all alcoholic beverage sales, transportation, manufacture, consumption + possession. And alcohol is an important moneymaker for our state – Last year, revenue from alcohol sales, taxes + fees totaled $1.2 billion. Of that, $463 million was distributed to N.C.’s General Fund, and to the local municipal governments where those sales took place.
Spirits are sold through the state’s 437 ABC stores – 12 located in Buncombe County, and by individual distilleries. While this breakdown doesn’t include ABC stores, they’re all open right now as well. Protip: All of our ABC stores can do special orders for you, with no minimum order requirement.
Most places offering delivery usually only deliver to certain areas of town, so be sure to check to see if you’re in the delivery radius before ordering. Unless otherwise stated, delivery usually costs at least $5.
Looking for everything in one place? The Asheville Craft Beverage Collective offers beer, cider, and wine, plus coffee, tea, and other non-alcoholic libations, for pick-up and delivery.
Beer + cider
To-go beer – including cans, bottles, and growlers, and snacks from the brewery on offer. One of the brewers behind the Stay Home/Stay Asheville IPA, brewed to raise funds for coronavirus relief.
Offering curbside pick-up and local delivery from 3-8 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Asheville Brewing also just introduced their eco-friendly six-pack rings. Bonus: Order a pizza to-go while you’re there.
Free delivery or curbside pickup. Growlers, six-packs and food available. Open Wed.-Sat. 12-8 p.m. One of the brewers behind the Stay Home/Stay Asheville IPA, brewed to raise funds for coronavirus relief.
Free delivery for orders above $30. Curbside pickup for cans, bottles, kegs + merch. Open Mon.-Sun. 12-6 p.m.
Selling their own brews, as well as sips from collab breweries including Divine Barrel Brewing. One of the brewers behind the Stay Home/Stay Asheville IPA, brewed to raise funds for coronavirus relief.
“Dockside” pickup Thur.-Sat. from 2-6 p.m. Ginger beer, growlers, snacks + more.
Delivery + curbside pickup. Growlers, six-packs + more available. Open Mon.-Sat. 12-6 p.m.
Local pick-up + delivery available. Hi-Wire has also been organizing multi-brewery drive through pallet sales – follow them on Instagram for updates.
To-go brews from AVL’s OG craft brewery. Check out their curbside menu here. Highland is also accepting donations for MANNA FoodBank.
Open Tues.-Sat. from 12-7 p.m. + Sun. from 2-5 p.m for delivery + pickup. Ciders + local brews available.
Curbside pickup for beer from 3-6 p.m.
Beer to-go for curbside pickup Mon.-Sat. from 2-7 p.m. One of the brewers behind the Stay Home/Stay Asheville IPA, brewed to raise funds for coronavirus relief.
The West Asheville location is open for cider + snacks to-go from 2-6 p.m. daily.
Delivery for orders over $25. Curbside pickup for cans + bottles everyday form 6-8 p.m.
Open everyday from 2pm-7pm for walk in to go sales, as well as contactless curbside delivery. Home deliveries available upon request. Email TheWhaleAVL@gmail.com or call during business hours (828) 575-9888. Full list at TheWhaleAVL.com
Delivery for orders over $25 on Tues., Wed., Fri. + Sat. Foundation Window open 4-7 p.m. Fri. + Sat. Curbside pickup at pleb urban winery Wed. + Fri. 2-7 p.m. and Sat. 12-5 p.m.
Beer available for pickup Thurs.-Sat. from 12-4 p.m.
Open for curbside orders. Besides wine, this shop stocks craft beer, cider, and meads (both local + harder-to-find), snacks, bar accessories + other goodies.
Free delivery on orders of $50+. Beer, wine, coffee, chocolate + more available for curbside pickup as well.
Curbside pickup + delivery from 2-8 p.m. everyday for beer, wine, cider + mead.
Delivery + curbside pickup Tues.-Sat from 12-6 p.m.
Cocktails + cocktail kits
Weekly cocktail care packages, complete with special cocktail mixers. Delivered every Thurs. with a $25 suggested donation.
Cocktail kits complete with a complimentary 2 oz. bottle of hand sanitizer. Open Tues.-Sat. from 2-6 p.m. for curbside pickup + delivery.
Cocktail supplies, beer + wine which can be shipped. Spirits are available for pickup. Open Tues. + Wed. from 12-7 p.m. and Thurs.-Sat. from 12-8 p.m.
Special mason jar cocktail mixers. Open Thurs.-Mon. from 4-8 p.m for pickup and delivery.
20% off + free statewide shipping on all wine.
Curbside pickup + delivery from Mon.-Fri. from 1-5 p.m. Wine, food + merch including limited edition face masks.
Curbside pickup daily from 2-5 p.m. of their natural wines. Order by 4:30 p.m. for same-day pickup.
Curbside pickup + limited delivery from Wed.-Sun. from 12-5 p.m. Wine, glassware + other accessories.
Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m + Sun. from 12-5 p.m. for curbside pickup + delivery. Wines + essential groceries.
Curbside pickup on Wed. + Fri. from 2-7 p.m. and Sat. from 12-5 p.m. Wine + local brewery products available.
Grab wine and cheese + charcuterie (and other snacks) to pair it with.
Curbside pickup for all wine on Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. + Sat. from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Bonus: While you’re sipping, check out our history of the Appalachia’s illicit alcohol – a.k.a. moonshine.
Did we miss your go-to local source for sips? Or, are you just outside of Asheville and want to shout out your local shops + breweries? Comment below and let us know. And, if you’re not a fan of alcohol, tell us where you’re going for your mocktail ingredients.