Plan your Visit to Beer City, USA
While many visit Asheville for its outdoor adventures, eclectic music and art scenes, and historical architecture, craft beer enthusiasts have recently started flocking to the area for the local breweries. Our thriving microbrewery culture is rooted in the success of the original basement brewer, Highland Brewery. Today, Asheville boasts more breweries per capita than any other US city. So, what is the key to success? It is all about the harmonious union of available land, pristine water, and convenient transportation.
We look forward to helping you plan your visit to Asheville! Please utilize the resources below to help map out your visit to local breweries. Planning on consuming a good deal of delicious beer? Join us for an overnight stay and our 24-hour Concierge will be happy to help you schedule your tastings and safe transportation.
Grab your friends and head on over to Asheville, every beer connoisseur's paradise. More than 20 craft beer brands call Asheville home. Some of our favorite breweries include:
Since opening in 1995, Asheville Brewing has become a local favorite with three locations around town offering a unique assortment of brews, food, and fun. We suggest heading over to the Merrimon Avenue location that features the original brewery and a discount movie theater. Or, stop by their Downtown Asheville location on Coxe Avenue to enjoy a brewery tour or to simply relax with a beer on the pet-friendly patio.
Our Pick: Ninja Porter
Addresses: 675 Merrimon Avenue, 77 Coxe Avenue, and 1850 Hendersonville Road
Head to the tasting room, open daily from 1:00pm - 8:00pm, for a flight of beer amongst friendly patrons and staff. French Broad opened in 2001 and their beer is now served all over Asheville along with bars in North Carolina, Tennessee, and beyond.
Our Pick: Zepptemberfest, Seasonal
Address: 101 Fairview Road, #D
The perfect choice after a long day of touring around Asheville, this local hotspot features a fantastic beer selection and unique bites set in a casual atmosphere. Lexington Avenue Brewery, a.k.a. "LAB", is open daily and offers a late night menu every Wednesday through Saturday. LAB prides itself in utilizing locally produced ingredients at their onsite brewhouse. From flatbread pizza to pork belly tacos and locally-raised beef dishes, the dining menu offers something for everyone.
Our Pick: Lab Honey Wheat
Address: 639 North Lexington Avenue
This local brewery strives to push creative boundaries with bold flavors and even better naming conventions. Plan a brewery tour with Wicked Weed via one of the tour companies listed at the bottom of this page. The tasting room is open to the public daily. Or, head upstairs to their restaurant to indulge in local, fresh cuisine that pairs perfectly with the beverage selection.
Our Pick: Milk it Milk Stout
Address: 91 Biltmore Avenue
Even More A-Z Breweries...
- Altamont Brewing
Our Pick: Boulevard "Two Jokers" Double Wit
- Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub
Our Pick: North Main Black IPA
- Burial Beer Co.
Our Pick: Slasher Sweet Potato Porter
- Catawba Brewing Company
Our Pick: Peanut Butter Jelly Time Brown Ale, Seasonal
- Green Man Brewery
Our Pick: The Rainmaker Double IPA
- Highland Brewing Company
Our Pick: Gaelic Ale
- Hi-Wire Brewing
Our Pick: Snakedancer Saison, Seasonal
- Lookout Brewing Co.
Our Pick: Black Mountain IPA
- Noble Hard Cider
Our Pick: The Standard
- One World Brewing
Our Pick: Paradise Coconut Porter
- Oyster House Brewing Company
Our Pick: Oyster House Cask Conditioned Chamomile Pale Ale
- Pisgah Brewing Company
Our Pick: Hellbender Barleywine, Seasonal
- Sierra Nevada
Our Pick: Pale Ale
- Thirsty Monk Pub & Brewery
Our Pick: Doc's Draft Dry Hopped Hard Cider
- Twin Leaf Brewery
Our Pick: Uproot ESB
- Wedge Brewing Company
Our Pick: Iron Rail IPA
- Asheville Beer Fest: Enjoy a lineup of regional favorites and national guest breweries along with music performances. Date: Fourth Saturday of January.
- Asheville Beer Week: Is there anything better than a week of fantastic beer and food deals around town? This is key to Beer Week in Asheville. Additionally, take part in various events such as bottle unveilings, special dinners, pet events, and blind taste tests. Lask week of May.
- Beer City Festival: The perfect finale to Beer Week, this event features dozens of breweries and a variety of live musical performances. Last Saturday of May.
- Brewgrass Festival: A local favorite, this event gathers over 40 American breweries and a great lineup of bluegrass magicians. Date: Third Saturday of September.
- Asheville Brewery Tours: Take a walking or mobile tour with local aficionados. Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to top destinations.
- Asheville Brews Cruise: Learn about the brewing process and different beer styles on a walking tour or mobile cruise. Not a beer lover? Try the "No Brews" all gluten-free specialty tour.