New Belgium's new brewery near downtown Asheville opened its riverside "Liquid Center" tasting room (21 Craven Street) on in May 2016. Sample their locally made beers on Monday-Saturday, 11 AM-8 PM and Sunday 12 Noon-8 PM. Brewery tours start on September 2, 2016, with advance online booking required (read more below). You can also tour on Aug 29-Sept 1 by signing up in person at the Liquid Center.
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 hosts bike in movies and outdoor fun.
Take a free tour of the amazing brewery! The 90-minute tours require a reservation and start every 30 minutes 11:30 AM-4:30 PM. Click here to book a tour online.
Get an upclose look at the brewing process with a few surprises along the way. And learn a little about working for an employee-owned company.
Enjoy tastings at several stops along the brewery tour. Check out the many cool design elements created by 15 Asheville-based designers, with 90% having a studio within five miles.
Get a birds-eye view of the state-of-the-art bottling area. Wow, 480 bottles per minute!
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 Brewery and Liquid Center are seeking LEED certification for its green design and operation. Innovations include repurposed materials from deconstructed buildings on the site, high efficiency cooling and distributed heating and cooling, solar hot water and PV, natural ventilation, and HVAC and process heat recovery. Also, New Belgium partnered with the City of Asheville on the restoration of Penland Creek and development of the adjacent greenway along the French Broad River. Learn about the many more environmentally friendly features on your tour.
Across the river, visit the artists and browse the studios in the River Arts District. For another big brewery tour, head 10 miles south to Sierra Nevada that opened in late 2014. Find many craft breweries just a mile away in the South Slope area near downtown. Read more about Beer in Asheville.