Asheville is a beer town. One of the nation’s craft brew capitals, no visit here is complete without stopping into at least one of our unique, popular craft breweries. Whether you favor funky sours, traditional Belgians, or experimental brews, there’s a beer here for you. Find the brewery (or breweries) that sound the best to you with this complete guide to Asheville’s breweries:
Asheville Brewing Co
One of Asheville’s original breweries, the Asheville Brewing Co is well known for their expansive array of games. With three locations around the city, ABC offers a full movie theatre at one location, and outdoor games and an expansive projector screen at another. This is the place to stop for a fresh-made pizza and a brew.
Wedge Brewing Co
Located in Asheville’s beautiful River Arts District, Wedge Brewing Co. offers some of the best beers in town. They’re known for many brews, but you’ll want to check out their imperial stouts and crisp farmhouse ales. This is a great place to go with a group, with a stunning location on the river and plenty of yard games to keep you entertained. Best of all, food trucks and a taco shop nearby mean you certainly won’t go hungry!
Catawba Brewing Co
Though Catawba didn’t get its start in Asheville, their two very popular locations, one on the South Slope and one in Biltmore Village have made this brewery an Asheville staple. No matter which one you head to, be sure to check out their famous Peanut Butter Jelly Time brown ale, or the well-loved White Zombie Ale.
Highland Brewing Company
If you’re not headed to the South Slope on this Asheville visit, then you’ll want to stop by Highland Brewing Company. Located just outside of downtown, this bustling brewery features live music nearly 7 days a week, and they pull in bands and musicians with national recognition. They also serve up some of the city’s favorite brews, their flagship Gaelic Ale and Oatmeal Porter being particularly popular.
Wicked Weed Brewing
Wicked Weed Brewing might just be Asheville’s coolest brewery. Best known for their sours, Wicked Weed opened up their Funkatorium a few years ago to offer the finest, funky sours to Asheville residents and tourists alike. Try a barrel-aged beer at their original location, or head to the Funkatorium on South Slope for some surprising, unique sours.
If you’re looking for a classic pub-house feel with delicious craft brews, then Hillman Beer is the place to be. They’ve got a full range of beers, from Belgians to sours to English-style beers, and you’ll love anything from the Rise Above Deli, who shares their space and offers a full menu of made-from-scratch sandwiches and more. It’s a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Another South Slope staple, you’ve got to head to Hi-Wire if only to see their impressive big-top location. Best known for their well-balanced, approachable beers, Hi-Wire now has three locations across the city, each offering up something a little different. If you head to their big-top location, be sure to hit up the permanently located food truck outside. You simply can’t beat the offerings from the locally-sourced, butcher-shop style Foothills Local Meats.
If you’re just not sure what you’re looking for, head to the Thirsty Monk — they’ve got it all. This two-level brewery offers exciting craft beers from the region and across the US, while their lower level serves up more classic Belgian and English style ales to suit any palate. Offering more than 100 bottles and 30 beers on tap, you’re sure to find something at the Thirsty Monk you’ll love.
Though New Belgium isn’t an Asheville-native, this is one of the breweries that pushed the craft beer revolution, and we love that they chose to open their East Coast headquarters and tasting room here in NC. Located just off the French Broad River, this is the spot to enjoy an original craft beer while you watch kayakers float by on a sunny summer day. New Belgium’s beers are well-known, and they never disappoint.
Sierra Nevada Brewing
Another nationwide-favorite, the Sierra Nevada taproom here in Asheville is a must-stop for any craft beer lover. A destination in itself, Sierra Nevada’s east-coast headquarters feature two bars, a gift shop, a full-service restaurant, and a large production area. Head outdoors to take in their beautiful amphitheater, or to check out their garden of fruits and veggies that go into the beers made right on site. Tours here book weeks in advance, so if you want the full experience, be sure to plan ahead!
Green Man Brewing
Founded in 1997, Green Man Brewery is one of Asheville’s oldest local breweries. They got their start serving up classic English ales (many of which are still on the regular roster today) but branched out in 2010 to meet the demand for funky, fresh, delicious beers. If you’ve got a traditional palate, try their original ESB or porter. If you’re up for something creative, check out the Snozzberry Wild American Ale. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.
Burial Beer Co
Burial Beer is a staple for most beer-loving Asheville locals. This large brewery calls an old warehouse home and has made quite a name for itself in recent years. Burial puts a heavy focus on fostering local community, and partners with area restaurants to develop a weekly rotating menu that pairs well with their beers. They also use locally sourced produce, like wildflower honey and NC sweet potatoes to jazz up their massive variety of craft brews. Be sure to ask about their special, limited bottle releases, many of which are made in collaboration with other local breweries.
Bhramari Brewing Company
One of Asheville’s newest breweries, Bhramari was named after the Hindu goddess of bees. Like their namesake, they work to foster a “hive mind” community that’s focused on collaboration and community. They’re best known for small batches of quality craft beers and year-round seasonal releases you just won’t find anywhere else. Bhramari is also lauded as a restaurant in its own right, so be sure to check out their delicious rotating menu based on locally sourced, seasonally available ingredients.
White Labs Kitchen & Tap
It’s not often that you hear about a place that’s best known for their yeast, but that’s While Labs’ claim-to-fame. White Labs develops and tests most of the brewers’ yeast that’s used to make beer across the nation. Beyond that, White Labs does its own creating, too. Their Asheville location always has something new and different brewing, and they serve up selections that pair perfectly with their delicious wood-fired pizza. (Believe it or not, they use their own yeast to start the pizza dough too!)
Zilicoah Beer Company
Another Asheville newcomer, Zilicoah Beer Company has been popular ever since their opening in 2017. Their beers are awesome, and the location simply can’t be beat. Right on the French Broad River, it’s a beautiful spot for an afternoon beverage. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, you’ll love sitting inside, right next to their massive fermentation tanks that make you feel like you’re a part of the process.
Headed to Nearby Black Mountain?
That’s a lot of Asheville beer! If you’re headed outside the city, know that there are still so many excellent local craft breweries to check out. Our personal favorite is Pisgah Brewing Company, located in nearby Black Mountain. The town is quaint, with plenty of hiking trails and local boutiques to check out. After a day of exploring, head to the brewery to relax and catch a live band with friends. Not sure what to get? You’ll love their Pale Ale, Tripel, or Porter.
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