Beer, Breweries & Pubs in Asheville

Asheville Beer Top 40: Breweries, Pubs, Events

NPR calls Asheville the "Napa Valley of Beer!" Our beer scene features an amazing selection of bars, brewpubs, micro craft breweries, cideries and restaurants. Sample hundreds of local brews from dozens of western North Carolina mountain breweries. Asheville, per capita, has one of the highest rates of craft brew consumption in the Southeast. Accolades include being named Beer City USA for four years in a row, Forbes Travel Guide 5 Beer Cities To Hit This Summer and CNN 8 Best Beer Towns in the USA.

Here are our top picks for beer the Asheville area. Many are located downtown within walking distance of each other (see our South Slope Brewing District Walking Tour). Also see the best downtown Asheville bars for wine and cocktails.

Top 30 Breweries, Pubs, and Beer Tours in Asheville

Highland Brewing Asheville
Highland Brewing Co.
(12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville) Visit the pioneers in craft beer in Asheville, brewing since 1994. Stop by their big Tasting Room to sample 15 brews every day of the week, along with live music and many outdoor concerts. Take a 45-minute guided tour of the fascinating brewing and packaging. Plenty of parking. See our guide to Highland Brewing.
Sierra Nevada Brewery
Sierra Nevada Brewery
Sierra Nevada (100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River) opened its east coast brewery in south Asheville recently with a taproom, restaurant, free brewery tours and live music.
New Belgium Brewery Asheville
New Belgium Brewing
Sample brews in the riverside Liquid Center Tasting Room at New Belgium Brewing, located near downtown Asheville. And take a 90-minute, free brewery tour. 
The Amazing Pubcycle
The Amazing Pubcycle
Ride through downtown on a wicked-cool 13-person pedal powered (motor assisted) contraption like no other. Imagine riding your bike sideways, hanging out at your favorite pub on wheels. Pubcycle is a BYOB activity, so get your brew on!
BREW-ed Brewery & History Walking Tours
BREW-ed Brewery & History Walking Tours
Take the only brewery tour in Asheville led by a certified beer expert! Learn how beer is made and how to taste it. Get special access to Asheville's breweries and learn the stories behind the pints. On the short walks between breweries, your guide will share stories of the early days of Asheville.
Pub and Grub Crawl
Pub and Grub Crawl
Start the weekend with Creative Mountain Food Tours at some of the best pubs and eateries in town! Drink up the flavor of Black Mountain with old and new friends on a 2-3 hour guided walk through town. Stop at pubs, restaurants and a brewery and get introduced to local beers and ales paired with snacks made by local chefs. Historical fun facts and ghost trivia included!
Packs Tavern
Pack’s Tavern
(20 South Spruce St, downtown Asheville) A lively, fun spot thanks to an extensive renovation of an historic building by Pack Square Park, in front of City Hall. They carefully pair beer styles with food and rotate 30 or more local, national, and international craft beers to offer the best selection available. Park-side outdoor dining area too!
Jack of the Wood
Jack of the Wood
(95 Patton Avenue, downtown Asheville) This lively British Isles style pub features Irish food items such as bangers and mash, Irish stew, fish and chips along with 18 rotating taps and one cask tap. Sample brews while local musicians fiddle away on Irish reels or picking olde time mountain music.
Montford Rooftop Bar
The Montford Rooftop Bar
Soak in epic sunsets and mountain views from atop the Hyatt Place Hotel in downtown Asheville, while enjoying seasonal craft cocktails, local beer, wine and small bites. Both indoor and outdoor spaces. 199 Haywood Street
Wicked Weed
Wicked Weed Brewery
(91 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville) This 15-barrel downtown brewhouse has a Tasting Room in the basement and another bar and restaurant upstairs with 20 beers on tap. They specialize in west coast style hoppy ales, open fermented belgian beers and barrel ages sours. Open daily.
Troy and Sons Distillers‎
Troy and Sons Distillers‎
Located next to Highland Brewing in the former Southern Railway Wheelhouse, the distillery houses a custom-made 2,000-liter copper moonshine Kothe Still and state of the art distilling equipment needed to produce high quality spirits. Tours are on Fridays and Saturdays.
Twin Leaf Brewery
Twin Leaf Brewery
(144 Coxe Avenue, Asheville, South Slope) Twin Leaf has a dozen beers on tap, classic Belgian, English and American style ales and a rotating line up of lagers and other adventurous styles. Open every day.
Hi-Wire Brewing
Hi-Wire Brewing
(197 Hilliard, Asheville, South Slope) Hi-Wire is open every afternoon with four-year round beers: Prime Time Pale Ale, Hi-Pitch IPA, Bed of Nails Brown Ale and a pilsner lager, Hi-Wire Lager. They also offer seasonals. In summer 2015, they opened a second brewery with tasting room and beer garden in Biltmore Village at 2 Huntsman Place.
Funkatorium Brewery
(147 Coxe Avenue, Asheville) Wicked Weed opened their nearby barrel house and sour tap room in the South Slope in late 2014 to store 1,000+ wine and bourbon barrels. This tasting room has 16 taps for sour and wild beer. Open daily. Read more about the South Slope Brewing District.
Burial Beer
Burial Beer Brewery
(40 Collier Avenue, Asheville, South Slope) Burial focuses on Belgian ales and German lagers with a one barrel pilot system. Downtown Taproom is open Tuesday-Sunday.
Green Man Brewery
Green Man Brewery
(27 Buxton Avenue, Asheville, South Slope) Sample iconic ales loyal to traditional English styles at one of the oldest breweries in NC. Their 3-story "Greenmansion" opened in 2016 with multiple tasting rooms with 18 taps (mountain views from the top floor). Next door is their "Dirty Jack's" at their original location. Open seven days a week with tours on Thurs-Sat. Pet friendly. (Next door to French Broad Chocolate Factory.)
Catawba Brewing
Catawba Brewing
(32 Banks Avenue, Asheville, South Slope) Catawba opened its seven-barrel specialty brewery and tasting room downtown in 2015. They have 30 taps and open 2-10 PM Monday-Thursday and Noon-10 PM on Friday-Saturday. Their main production facility is in Morganton.
Asheville Brewing Company
Asheville Brewing Company
(77 Coxe Avenue, Asheville, South Slope) In addition to their longtime favorites, their brewer series pushes the paradigm with amazing creations. Ask for a tour! In addition to great pizza, their downtown spot have a huge covered patio. Their original "mothership" location at 675 Merrimon Avenue has a movie theater.
Lexington Avenue Brewery
Lexington Avenue Brewery Pub
Locals just call it "LAB," home to unfiltered beer crafted in-house and a meal featuring the freshest food, with beef on their own farm. Comfort foods and bar favorites with a delicious twist. Live music. 39 N Lexington Avenue, downtown
One World Brewing
One World Brewing
(10 Patton Avenue, Asheville) Small-batch hand-craft nano-brewery and ale house located underneath the Farm Burger downtown near Pack Square. With a 1.5 barrel system with 10 fermenters in constant rotation, 10 taps feature 1 local cider and 9 rotating OWB taps. Mon-Thurs 4-12, Fri 1-12, Sat 12-12, Sun 12-10
Oyster House Brewing Company
Oyster House Brewing Company
(625 Haywood Road, West Asheville) Oyster House creates craft beer in various styles, including their award winning "Moonstone Stout" brew with oysters (shell and all) as an ingredient to give hints of sea salt, calcium and other minerals. They have a full food menu.
Wedge Brewing Co
Wedge Brewing Co
(37 Paynes Way, West Asheville) Located in a warehouse turned art studios in the River Arts District, this local's favorite neighborhood brewery serves classic styles paired with a big variety of food trucks. Open every day 12 Noon-10 PM.
Up Country Brewing
Up Country Brewing Co
(1042 Haywood Rd, Asheville) They specialize in making beers that perfectly accompany any outdoor activity. Open every day. Live music many nights. West Asheville
French Broad Brewing Co.
French Broad Brewing Co.
(near Biltmore Village, 101 Fairview Rd, Asheville) Sample their year-round European style beers: the Wee-Heavy-Er Scotch Ale, 13 Rebels ESB, IPA, Ryehopper, Gateway Kolsch & Anvil Porter. Tasting Room also has an assortment of seasonal specialties, and frequently a beer on cask. Open 1-8 PM every day. Pints dollar off on Mondays, and growler refills are a dollar off Wednesdays.
Thirsty Monk
Thirsty Monk
(92 Patton Avenue, downtown Asheville) Recognized as one of the best beer bars in the world, they tap 1,000+ different beers a year. The upstairs bar features American Craft Beers with 20 rotating tap lines. Take the stairs down to the basement level to the Belgian Bar (50 Commerce St.) with 16 Belgian, European and rare beers on draught. An extensive bottle list will impress beer-snobs and novices alike.
Bier Garden
The Bier Garden
(46 Haywood St, downtown Asheville) The Bier Garden has had the best beer selection around since 1994. With a 200+ beers of the world including local microbrewery favorites, they also have a full bar and wines. Their big menu features American fusion cuisine. Top pick for sports bar with 26 HD TVs.
Westville Pub
Westville Pub
(777 Haywood Road, West Asheville) This local favorite has about a dozen taps pouring a frequently-changing variety of local and regional craft beers. This neighborhood bar in West Asheville is a bit off the tourist path but well worth a visit with live music many nights.
Dig Local Asheville App
Dig Asheville Local Beer App
Download the free Dig Local Asheville app and use their Daily Scoop feed to see what's on tap at breweries and pubs, live music, specials and more. It's updated every day. Then use their interactive map to find your way.

Downtown Asheville Brewery Map

Beer Festivals & Tastings

January 7, 2017: Beech Mountain Winterfest Beer Festival
Sample 50 brews and ciders from a variety of regional breweries while enjoying live music on both levels of the Beech Tree Bar & Grille of the ski resort. 4-8 PM. Go to their Web site.

January 21, 2017: Winter Warmer Beer Festival
Held inside on the main floor of the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. Tickets are $45/person and include a souvenir mug, samples during the event, and food provided by a local caterer. Go to their Web site.

March 17, May 27, June 17, July 1 and Sept 2, 2017: Fontana Trestle Train BBQ & Brews
Enjoy slow-cooked BBQ and local beer tastings as you ride the scenic Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, starting in Bryson City. Read more.

May 26-June 3, 2017: Asheville Beer Week
A full week of special events, workshops, dinners, infused brews, cask ales, a collaborative brew and more, held at many locations.

May 27, 2017: Beer City Festival 
Fun downtown Asheville festival with 30+ breweries and live music in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. Get tickets in advance. Read more.

June 10, 2017: "State of Origin" Craft Brew Festival
Go to Morganton for a craft brew festival held on the historic Courthouse lawn. Presented by Fonta Flora Brewery, 20 craft breweries from all across North Carolina will present unique beers brewed with local ingredients. Read more.

July 21-22, 2017: Oskar Blues Burning CAN Beer Fest
Held on the brewery grounds in Brevard, they partner with the Pisgah Omnium for a weekend of bike races and rides, with a road race that will begin and end at the brewery. Enjoy beer tastes from more than 35 local, regional and national breweries. Read more.

September 2017: Brewgrass Festival
Held at Memorial Stadium near downtown Asheville (above McCormick Field baseball park) from 1-6 PM with 55 breweries. Read more.

October 14, 2017: Oktoberfest
Sample beers and local food at this ticketed street festival in downtown Asheville, mixing Bavarian traditions with Asheville’s eclectic vibe. See our Oktoberfest Guide.

October 2017: CiderFest NC
Cideries from North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina will be serving samples of this crisp fall beverage. Live music, food trucks, panel and activities for kids. Benefits WNC Green Building Council. 

Top 10 Craft Breweries Outside of Asheville 

Oskar Blues Brewery (342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard) Oskar Blues' east coast brewery opened in late 2012 and produces 56,000 barrels of beer a year. Take a tour any day of the week. Some specialty draft ales are only available at the brewery tasting room, with includes a restaurant and music venue. See our Oskar Blues Brewery Guide.

Brevard Brewing Company (63 East Main Street, Brevard) They specialize in lagers, cold-fermented and aged over twice as long as ales.

Pisgah Brewing Company (150 Eastside Drive, Black Mountain) Located in Black Mountain about 10 miles east of Asheville, they specialize in brewing hand crafted certified organic beer. Try the Pisgah Solstice, a Belgian-style ale, or the darkest ale, the rich and smooth Pisgah Porter.

Heinzelmännchen Brewery (545 Mill Street, Sylva) German-born brewermaster Dieter Kuhn and his wife Sheryl Rudd are creating light and refreshing German beer made with wholesome grains, fresh hops & no preservatives. This microbrewery is about 45 miles west of Asheville.

Innovation Brewing (414 West Main, Sylva) They create traditional styles of ale and ol’ standbys, along with experimentation with a variety of fun and fresh ingredients for unique styles.

Southern Appalachian Brewery (822 Locust, Hendersonville) They specialize in making small batches of craft beer. Tasting Room downtown frequently has live music.

Nantahala Brewing Company (61 Depot St, Bryson City) From their Flagship, Noon Day IPA, to their epic adventure inspired Trail Magic Ale™ Series, their brews ties to the rich history of brewing in the Great Smoky Mountains.

BearWaters Brewing (130 Frazier St #7, Waynesville) Their full service Tap Room features 10 signature and rotating beers on tap. Start with a sampling flight paddle.

Frog Level Brewing Company (56 Commerce Street, Waynesville) Taste some of the smoothest craft beer to touch your tongue, from the bite of their IPA to the smokiness of their Scotch Ale.

Fonta Flora Brewery (317 North Green, Morganton) This microbrewery is striving to create a totally unique North Carolina/Appalachian style of beer. By utilizing local grains and foraging the countryside for wild flora, we are taking brewing back to its agricultural roots.

Catawba Brewing (212 South Green Street, Morganton) This family owned, 15-year old craft beer maker with a great location for live music while sampling brews. They opened a downtown Asheville brewery in 2015. 

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