Asheville, North Carolina is one of those great cities where they have lots of brewing companies, ten currently and probably more to come. In between the low key vibe of downtown and the river arts district you can eat at great restaurants, visit the Grove Park Inn, go to the Asheville Museum of Art and hit up each and every brewery in town and those just beyond. With a brewery scene that is as recent as 1994, the veterans and newbie groups have got something happening in this town, and it is beer!
Here are few of the favorites and luckily, many of these are on the Asheville Brews Cruise, a tour of local breweries that requires no driving on your part. Come on now, doesn’t this sound like fun?!!
Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company – With two locations, this brewery is certain to hit the spot. One location shows movies, and the other is perfectly situated downtown. Great people watching and even better beer.
French Broad Brewery– named after the river in the area, the French Broad Brewery is located very close to the Biltmore Estate and has a wide selection of seasonal and standard brews. Live music is often available.
Highland Brewing Company – The first brewery in Asheville, opening in 1994, is a large producer and the largest distributer in town. Beginning in the basement of Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria they quickly outgrew their space and have been producing excellent beer since.
Pisgah Brewing Company – Serving certified organic beer, this brewery is located ten miles outside of Asheville in Black Mountain, North Carolina (also worth a trip). This brewery is also located on the Asheville Brews Cruise. Perfection! With a spring concert series on the outdoor stage and a rotating door of musical events all year long, you are able to pair beer with music. Sounds like a night out to me.
Wedge Brewing – As one of the new kids on the block, this brewery is making a splash, in beer of course. In the river arts district of Asheville, you could find a movie playing outdoors a few nights a month, enjoy the beer in the repurposed building off the train tracks and just relax. Try the Julian Prince Pilsner.