Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the impressive (and big) Sierra Nevada Brewery and sample some brews. Unwind with brews in their Taproom and enjoy lunch or dinner in their massive restaurant, a showpiece for the brewery with 400 indoor seats, a big outdoor dining terrace, 23 beer taps and a chef-driven farm-to-table menu that complements their craft beer. The brewery is located between Asheville and Hendersonville, in the community of Mills River.
The centerpiece of the Taproom is Sierra Nevada’s experimental 20-barrel pilot brewhouse, supplying limited rotating drafts exclusive to the restaurant.
During much of the year, enjoy outdoor dining and plenty of live music at their big Amphitheater (especially Saturdays & Sundays). Relax on their Back Porch and stroll through the Beer Garden.
Take a tour! Choose between self-guided and guided. They have several guided tours. Book in advance to secure your spot. Here's a sampling of options:
- The Brewhouse Tour: Tour the production facility and beer-making process from fermentation to packaging. End the tour with educational beer tastings. 45-minutes, ages 12+ and reservations are required.
- The Beyond the Pale Tour: Explore Ken Grossman's (founder) youthful adventures and the evolution of craft beer. Dive into the brewing process, and ingredients, and see how their commitment to sustainability fits into it all. 90-minutes, ages 12+ and reservations are required.
- Guided Educational Tasting: A knowledgeable guide will walk you through the tastings of eight beers, discussing beer styles and their history as well as what makes Sierra Nevada’s beer unique. 30-minute beer sampling, ages 21+ and reservations required.
Sierra Nevada is near the Asheville Airport (NC 280 near I-26) and the WNC Agriculture Center. Their street address is: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River, NC 28732.
Hendersonville's Cheers Trail
One stop on the trail that features breweries, cideries and wineries for a self-guided tasting tour. Read more about the Cheers Trail.