While Asheville is widely known for its beer scene (ranked #2 in the country for breweries per capita), there is a rapidly expanding and relatively new distillery scene emerging in the Western North Carolina mountains. Thanks to prohibition era laws overturned in recent years, several distilleries opened production with a variety of locally made and loved spirits where mountain tradition and ingredients offer a flavor unique to North Carolina. (Feature photo: The Chemist Distillery)
Take a tour! Many distilleries offer a behind-the-scenes look at the distilling process which can vary widely in technique and style. Many offer free tastings in their tasting room, as well as a dedicated bar with signature cocktails for purchase. From mountain moonshines to barrel aged single malts, there is something for everyone in this budding Asheville distillery scene.