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 in 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 of 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 process. Easy parking.
Sierra Nevada Brewery, Asheville
Sierra Nevada Brewery
(100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River) See their impressive east coast brewery in south Asheville - complete with a taproom, big restaurant, free tours, events and live music.
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-aged sours. Open daily.
New Belgium Brewery Asheville
New Belgium Brewing
(21 Craven Street, Asheville) Sample brews in the riverside Liquid Center Tasting Room, located just across the French Broad River from downtown Asheville. And take a free, 90-minute brewery tour. 
Jackson County Ale Trail
Jackson County Ale Trail
For a more laid back, small town beer adventure, head to Sylva’s Main Street for Balsam Falls and Innovation Brewing. Then venture to Innovation's new Dillsboro riverside spot and Whiteside Brewing in Cashiers.
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.
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+ 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, Asheville
The Montford Rooftop Bar
Soak in epic sunsets and mountain views from atop the Hyatt Place Hotel in downtown, while enjoying seasonal craft cocktails, local beer, wine and small bites. Both indoor and outdoor spaces. Valet parking. 199 Haywood Street, Asheville
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. Visit their second brewery with a tasting room and beer garden in Biltmore Village, 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" has multiple tasting rooms and 18 taps (mountain views from the top floor). Open seven days a week with tours Thursday through Saturday. Pet-friendly.
Catawba Brewing
Catawba Brewing
(32 Banks Avenue, Asheville, South Slope) Catawba opened its big, seven-barrel specialty brewery and tasting room downtown in 2015. They also have a place in Biltmore Village. They have a dozen of their brews on tap. Open every day. 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 has a huge covered patio. Their original "mothership" location at 675 Merrimon Avenue has a movie theater.
One World Brewing
One World Brewing
(10 Patton Avenue, Asheville) Small-batch, hand-crafting nano-brewery and ale house located underneath the Farm Burger in 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. 
Gingers Revenge Beer
Ginger's Revenge
(829 Riverside Drive, Asheville) A short drive north of downtown, this new brewery specializes in gluten-free alcoholic ginger beers as well as grain-based brews. All organic ingredients, including ginger direct from Hawaii. In RAMP Studios, open Wed-Sun afternoons.
Archetype Brewing, Asheville
Archetype Brewing
(265 Haywood Road, Asheville) Find easy drinking, clean Belgian and American inspired ales in a taproom with games, community tables, music and a range of food options nearby in hip West Asheville.
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 and 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 on 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.
Whistle Hop Brewing Company
Whistle Hop Brewing Company
(1288 Charlotte Hwy, Fairview) Located 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, this dog friendly taproom is housed in two retired train cars surrounded by a deck with mountain views and outdoor activities. Their flavorful brews with local ingredients include the Honey Fig Saison, Banana Wheat, Chimperial DIPA and SOB (South Of the Border) Porter. Open Thursday-Monday afternoons.
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Featured Event

Oktoberfest Sierra Nevada Asheville
Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Join a festive evening at their big brewery south of Asheville, with music, glassblowing, stache competition, souvenir beer stein, special beers and a German-inspired feast. 5-10 PM. $25-$30/person. Limited tickets, buy online. Free shuttles from Asheville and Hendersonville.

Downtown Asheville Brewery Map

Biltmore Village Breweries
Located just two miles south of downtown is the historic village outside the entrance of Biltmore Estate. It's becoming the next hot spot for breweries - and it's usually easier to find parking! Check out Catawba Brewing (63 Brook Street), French Broad Brewery (101 Fairview Road) and Hi-Wire Big Top (2 Huntsman Place). Sample 50+ beers, ciders and wines at Pour Taproom (2 Hendersonville Road). Read more about Biltmore Village.

Beer Festivals & Events

January 5, 2019: 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 on the ski resort. 4-8 PM. Go to their website.

March 17, May 26, June 16, July 21, Aug 18 and Sept 1, 2018: 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 at 7 PM. Read more.

April 7, 2018: Sylva BrewHop
Celebrate NC Beer Month with a progressive tasting at five stops in Sylva's cool downtown, including two local breweries Balsam Falls and Innovation. 

May 25-June 2, 2018: Asheville Beer Week
A full week of special events, workshops, dinners, infused brews, cask ales, a collaborative brew and more, held at many locations.

June 2, 2018: 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 9, 2018: "State of Origin" Craft Brew Festival
Go to Morganton for a boutique 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 from flora and fauna. 5-9 PM. $50/person. Go to their Website.

June 16, 2018: Beer Camp
This epic adult day camp at Sierra Nevada Brewery includes games, obstacle course, keg bowling, hammerschlogan, silent disco, costume contest and more. Pair those with favorite Sierra Nevada beers, special collaboration beers and great food. 12-5 PM. $25/person includes entertainment and free shuttle with pick up in downtown Asheville. Get more info and buy tickets online.

August 10-11, 2018: Oskar Blues Burning CAN Beer Fest
Overnight event on their scenic REEB Ranch near Brevard, sample 200+ beers from 50 craft-canning breweries. Includes mountain sports including biking, running and paddling - along with international touring bands, camping, food trucks, and more. Read more.

September 15, 2018: Brewgrass Festival
Held at Memorial Stadium near downtown Asheville (above McCormick Field baseball park) from 1-6 PM with 45 breweries. $45/person. Buy advance tickets. Go to their website.

October 6, 2018: Asheville Oktoberfest
Sample beers and local food at this ticketed street festival in downtown Asheville, mixing Bavarian traditions with local eclectic vibe. See our Oktoberfest Guide.

October 13, 2018: CiderFest NC
Sample this crisp fall beverage from 15 cideries from several states. Live music, cheeses, baked goods, art and crafts, and educational activities for the kids. Benefits WNC Green Building Council. Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Drive, Asheville. 1-5 PM. $30/person advance. $40 day of. Limited tickets. Buy online.

October 13, 2018: Oktoberfest at Sierra Nevada
Enjoy a German feast, music, glassblowing and more at Sierra Nevada south of Asheville. 5-10 PM. $45/person. Limited tickets, buy online now.

November 3, 2018: Tryon Beer Fest
A festive time with outdoor oyster roast, games, live music and great selection of 50 craft beers and ciders. Downtown Tryon. 12-6 PM. $35/person advance. $40 at event. Tickets capped at 1,000. Buy online.

Top 10 Craft Breweries Outside 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. Nearby is Balsam Falls on the Jackson County Ale Trail.

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

Sanctuary Brewing Company (147 First Avenue East, Hendersonville) in downtown is a place for craft beer enthusiasts and animal lovers for a strong sense of community and environmental responsibility. Try their farmhouse ales, American stouts and West Coast IPAs.

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 have 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, they 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.

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, which 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.

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