Distilleries & Cideries Near Asheville

Distilleries & Cideries

Visit, tour and taste at distilleries and cideries near Asheville in Western North Carolina. 

Defiant Whisky
Tucked away in the rolling hills of Rutherford County is 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. Stop by on Monday-Friday, 9 AM-3:30 PM for a tour. Weekends by appointment. 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.

Elevated Mountain Distilling

Elevated Mountain Distilling
See their innovative still and take a tour to discover the secrets of great moonshine making in Maggie Valley. Sample their vodka, white lightning and whiskey. See our Elevated Mountain Feature.

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
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 7, 2017
At North Carolina’s premier cider celebration, taste hard cider from 15 cider-makers, plus see local arts and crafts, taste unique food pairings and enjoy live music. Benefits Western NC Green Building Council. 1-5 PM at Salvage Station. $30/person advance tickets. 
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