Ahh, late summer in Asheville. It’s the perfect time to kick back and enjoy one of our local microbrews – whether you’re into craft beer, cider, ginger beer, or even mead. And, from our office downtown at Center for Craft, we can’t throw a koozie without hitting a craft brewery. So, since it’s International Beer Day, we decided it was time to update our list.
According to CNN, Asheville had 33 breweries in 2019, and 48 breweries in the greater Asheville area. And, we have the second highest number of breweries per capita in the country (after Portland, ME). The beer industry also contributed an estimated $1 billion to the local economy in 2016 and grew around 754% since 2011.
COVID-19 has hit Asheville’s food + bev scene hard, but our craft breweries have shown amazing resilience, reopening safely if they are able or pivoting to curbside service. So without further ado, here’s where to go to get your brew on. Protip: Be sure to check each brewery’s hours as they may be different due to COVID-19. Most places are offering curbside pickup or delivery if they are not open for dine-in.
Want to geek out even more about local beer? Check out books by local author Anne Fitten Glenn on Asheville + WNC beer and breweries.
The iconic BBQ spot launched in 2005, and added a brewery + taproom in 2018.
A five-barrel brewhouse that opened in 2018 as an expansion of West Asheville’s iconic Westville Pub. Also offers classic pub food.
A 10-barrel brewhouse home to a large taproom + production brewery along with outdoor space. As of today — Aug. 7— their Explorer, Cowboy Poet, and Talking to Plants brews are now available in pre-release 16 oz. cans.
Opened in 1997 and now has taprooms in two locations. The South Slope production brewery has an additional pilot system + brewpub serving pizza and pub fare. The original taproom in North Asheville has a pizzeria + second-run movie theater. Featured beer: NinjaBread Man Porter will be released on Oct. 24. Named a 2017 Top 20 Best Beers in North Carolina by Paste Magazine. Features fresh vanilla beans, toasted cinnamon sticks, raisins, molasses, and caramelized ginger added to the Ninja Porter.
Opened in 2016 and originally called Hive Mind. Production brewery, taproom + restaurant with outside space. A new collabo pilsner with King Canary Brewing, Fear of Blissing Out, comes out today and features floral + grassy notes thanks to locally foraged berries, leaves + flowers and is available in four packs of 16 oz. cans online and at Bhramari’s brewpub.
Circa 2018. Old-world style brewery + beer garden.
Opened in 2013. Brewery and taproom with permanent food truck and large outdoor area on South Slope. Opened the Forestry Camp (10 Shady Oak Dr.) which includes a restaurant.
Two locations in Asheville including South Slope which has a pilot system, rotating food trucks, and venue space. Smaller taproom is near Biltmore Village. Original production brewery and taproom located in Morganton + a large taproom in Charlotte. Boozeberry smoothie sour, their latest small-batch smoothie sour, is the first to feature four different kinds of fruit. It’s available in 10 oz. pours and 32 oz. to-go crowlers.
Formerly Lexington Ave. Brewing. Brewery + tasting room complete with space for private events. A part of the CANarchy Craft Brewing Collective.
Production brewery + taproom opened in 2018. Also offers wine, cider, mead + non-alcoholic beverages.
Their Dortmunder Export, a pale lager brewed with a variety of German malts and noble hops, will be released in late Sept.
Production brewery + taproom in South Slope. They are working on a downstairs lounge space.
Pizzeria + small batch brewing.
Taproom + regular live music. Their Zepptemberfest, a German Märzen clocking in at 6.1% ABV, will be released in early Sept. It’s made with German ale yeast instead of lager yeast for a clean lager smoothness with a big malty body.
Taproom and brewery producing gluten-free ginger beers + regularly featured guest beer taps from local breweries.
Taproom with outside patio/original taproom (Dirty Jack’s) and tasting room in the brewhouse next door (Green Mansion). Opened a new taproom, the Dweller (10 Market St.) Also have Jack of the Wood (95 Patton Ave.), a pub and sandwich shop. Two of their most popular options, Gingers Have Soul + Tart Berry, have been re-released and are available on tap and in 16 oz. can four packs.
Brewery + taproom with live music on weekends. Brews Biltmore Brewing beers as well. This OG Asheville watering hole is planning its expansion into the new S+W building. Their Clawhammer, a Bavarian-inspired marzen lager, will have a small release on Aug. 14 at the brewery. And the always-anticipated Cold Mountain, the brewery’s famous winter ale with notes of hazelnut, vanilla, cinnamon + dark fruit, should be out in Nov. (so start lining up now).
Brewery + taproom with on-site restaurant + outdoor space. Be on the look out for their IFFY (It’s [email protected]!#*ing Fall Y’all) Strong Red Ale brewed with local heirloom pumpkins from Rayburn Farms. Release date is end of Sept.-early Oct. 2020, depending on how the pumpkins grow.
Original South Slope taproom and sour + wild ale production facility. Biltmore Village production brewery and taproom with permanent food truck (Foothills Meats).Try their GABF Gold Medal-winning Zirkusfest Oktoberfest, released on July 31. Available in taprooms + online.
Production brewery and taproom in Mills River + taproom with brewpub in Arden.
Colorado-based brewery. Taproom, large outdoor space + rotating food trucks.
Underground production facility + taproom downtown and second production facility and taproom opened in West Asheville in 2018. Their Belgian quadruple ale — fermented for three+ months — is on tap now. Sip slowly, it’s 9.0% ABV.
Small batch production facility + full restaurant.
Their Oktoberfest Festbier — a crisp lager with toasty malts + German hops — comes out mid-August.
Brewery, taproom + sandwich shop with a large outdoor space. For a refreshing change of pace, check out their Plum Pomegranate Ginger hard seltzer, which came out at the beginning of August
Multiple locations. Downtown location is three stories that includes a Belgian beer bar, American beer bar with a bar menu + cocktail bar. Biltmore Park location offers a taproom + bar menu. Brother Joe’s Coffee Pub has a taproom and light cafe menu.
Production facility + taproom with outside seating.
Taproom with patio seating, bar menu + regular live music. Former location of Altamont Brewing Company.
Both locations have production facilities, taprooms + outside seating. Local rotating food trucks. Venue rental space at Wedge at Foundation.
Local yeast provider. Taproom + restaurant onsite, with a mix of beer brewed in-house and in collaboration with regional breweries. Try their hard seltzer, available on tap, that’s customizable with housemade tinctures + syrups. The lemon-rose flower flavor is especially tasty.
Biltmore Avenue location has a brewpub, restaurant + downstairs taproom. South Slope location houses a tasting room + bottle shop. Production brewery + another taproom is at 145 Jacob Holm Way, Candler. Their Coastal Love hazy IPA is part of their Beers That Build series, and a portion of its proceeds benefit hurricane relief efforts throughout the Southeast.
🍎 Bold Rock Cider, 72 School House Rd., Mills River
Classic crushed apple flavor, including rosé and IPA-style ciders. Featured release: The return of White Cranberry is scheduled for late Sept. and pairs Blue Ridge apples with white cranberries harvested just before peak freshness for a pronounced, bright tartness.
A creative small-batch cidery in a working art studio in the historic Cotton Mill. Featured release: Look out for Bourbon Garland, a chai-spiced hard cider aged in bourbon barrels, in late Oct. Yes, please.
Bonus: Be sure to check out Noble’s Greenhouse restaurant + bar when it reopens.
Lots of choices on tap, with an outdoor patio in West Asheville and an airy indoor space on the South Slope.