Distilleries & Cideries Near Asheville

Distilleries & Cideries

Featured Distillery: Blue Ridge Distilling & Defiant Whisky
Tucked away in the rolling hills of Rutherford County is Blue Ridge Distilling, makers of the rising star Defiant American Single Malt Whisky. Located in the Golden Valley community (north of Forest City), they picked this location for the water aquifer that is right beneath the distillery. The water originates from the nearby Blue Ridge Mountain peaks and needs no filtering. Stop by to watch the crew at work. They are happy to stop to give you a tour and a sample!

While the distillery itself looks like a small industrial building from the outside, you'll be amazed at what you find inside! You can see the entire process without even moving, centered around their impressive still. Their process is unlike others, not centered on barrels, recipes or tradition - hence the name. They focus on using the best of their four ingredients to create their distinct brand of whisky: barley, oak, yeast and water.

Stop by on Monday-Friday, 9-3:30 for a tour. Weekends by appointment. Starting October 1, 2015, you can buy a souvenir bottle of Defiant Whisky to take home. Address: 228 Redbud Lane, Bostic, North Carolina 28018. From the main road, you'll drive a short distance down a one-lane road and take a right at the intersection of several unpaved roads to reach the distillery.

Hard Apple Cider
Long referred to as a mecca for craft beer (see our brewery guide), Asheville is now a hot scene for hard cider. It makes sense since we have one of the biggest apple producing areas in the nation (see our apple orchard guide). Visit a cidery to see the process and sample the biggest variety of ciders in the Southeast.

More Distilleries & Cideries

Urban Orchard
Urban Orchard Cidery
(210 Haywood Road, West Asheville) Visit one of the few “True Cider Bars” in the nation. Their taproom offers several varieties of their naturally gluten-free hard apple cider on tap.
Black Mountain Ciderworks
Black Mountain Ciderworks
(100 Eastside Drive, Black Mountain) Their Tasting Room has four ciders on tap, made from Henderson County apples.
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.
Noble Cider
Noble Cider Taproom
New for Fall 2015! Watch raw apples arriving for pressing, fresh apple juice being pumped into tanks ready for fermentation or the finished product being put into kegs or bottles. Their 20 taps feature their lineup of crisp and creative hard ciders. Open Thursday-Sunday. 356 New Leicester Highway, Asheville
Bold Rock Cidery
Bold Rock Hard Cider
The biggest craft cider maker in the Carolinas opened its cidery and tasting room in Mills River (72 School House Road) near the Sierra Nevada Brewery. Open 11 AM-6 PM Monday through Saturday, Noon-6 PM Sunday.

CiderFest NC
CiderFest NC
Saturday, October 15, 2016
At North Carolina’s premier cider celebration, taste hard cider from 20 cidermakers and enjoy workshops, local arts and crafts, unique food pairings and live music. Benefits Western NC Green Building Council. 1-5 PM at Salvage Station. $30/person advance tickets
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