New Belgium's new brewery near downtown Asheville opened its riverside "Liquid Center" tasting room (21 Craven Street) on May 2, 2016. Sample their locally made beers on Monday-Saturday, 11 AM-8 PM and Sunday 12 Noon-8 PM. Brewery tours will start on September 2, 2016. The free 90-minute tours required a reservation and start every 30 minutes 11:30 AM-4:30 PM.
The 6,000 square foot tap room perched above the French Broad River is clad in local artist-made bars, tables and chairs crafted from nearly 14 linear miles of repurposed wood salvaged from the stockyard that was previously located here. Year-round and current seasonal offerings are always on tap, and Lips of Faith and Hop Kitchen series beers are available upon release. La Folie, New Belgium’s sour flagship, pours on Sundays, and occasionally guests will find a rare or one-off beer as a surprise. Gluten-reduced Glutiny pale and golden ales are available.
Soak in the views from the cantilevered deck perched above the new greenway and French Broad River. Local food trucks will offer a variety of fare, and an event lawn will host bike in movies and outdoor fun starting this summer. Across the river, visit the artists and browse the studios in the River Arts District.
A New Belgium-style Celebration on August 27, 2016, in Asheville will mark their 25th anniversary and this brewery opening ($50/person). Known for its sustainable business practices, the Fort Collins, CO, brewery purchased the 18-acre urban brownfield property in West Asheville as a targeted, sustainable, urban in-fill development strategy. The east coast locale minimizes the company’s national distribution footprint as they reach remaining east coast states, and enables them to engage with guests in a meaningful way through tastings and tours. The company is seeking LEED certification on the brewery, Liquid Center and warehouse, located eight miles west of the brewery.