Last Updated on November 19, 2021
Last Updated on November 19, 2021
With all the amazing breweries in Asheville‘s downtown, its South Slope District, Biltmore Village, West Asheville, and beyond, it’s easy to see why this is earned the nickname of Beer City USA.
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The wide variety of beers at these North Carolina tasting rooms seems neverending. They include hoppy IPAs, smooth lagers, and hearty stouts.
Gluten-free options including sours, ciders, ginger beers, non-alcoholic beverages, are covered in our guide, along with non-alcoholic beverages.
You’ll also find a variety of sizes, from giant taprooms, second and third locations, and tiny nano-breweries. Many of these amazing local beer makers offer live music, food trucks, and more, too.
Because there are so many options throughout the city (and nearby), we’ve organized this guide into the following sections:
- Downtown/South Slope District Breweries in Asheville
- Biltmore Village Breweries
- River Arts District Breweries
- West Asheville Breweries
- Bonus Breweries in Asheville Area (Surrounding Towns)
No matter which neighborhood or nearby town you choose to visit, we hope this guide helps you safely drink your way through the best breweries in Asheville.
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Map of the Best Breweries in Asheville
We feature more than 25 named breweries in Asheville in this guide.
More than a few have multiple locations and taprooms, putting our count to 40 at the time of writing this guide. For each entry in the following sections, we’ll provide address info for all locations.
If you’d like to visually plan your trip through these breweries in Asheville, check out our map.
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Downtown/South Slope District Breweries in Asheville
As with all neighborhoods and towns in this guide, many of these breweries in Asheville’s downtown/South Slope have locations and taprooms in other parts of town.
We’ll mention those at the beginning of other sections, but will keep the main feature in the section where they’d first appear.
For example, Bold Rock Cider is better known for its Mills River cidery. However, since they also have a location in downtown Asheville, Bold Rock will appear in this section with a brief mention at the beginning of the “Breweries in Asheville’s Surroundings” section.
Asheville Brewing Company
77 Coxe Ave, 675 Merrimon Ave, and 1850 Hendersonville Rd Suite A
Asheville Brewing Company (ABC) was the area’s third brewery and started in North Asheville as a mash-up pizza joint, second-hand movie theater, and brewpub.
Their second Asheville location opened in the South Slope district and now houses the 15 barrel and 7 barrel brew houses. Their third location in South Asheville offers pizza and beer through delivery and pick-up.
At either ABC spot, you can choose from year-round, seasonal, classic, and exclusive brews. Food is also available, including a wide range of burgers, vegetarian/vegan options (seasonal and locally grown), and pizza pies.
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Bhramari Brewing Company
101 S Lexington Ave
Bhramari Brewing Company originally started to represent the company’s unique culture and work environment. At this awesome Asheville brewery, you can enjoy beers with interesting flavors that are both unique and special.
Many of their beers are collaborations with other breweries. Wine, cocktails, and a variety of whiskeys are also available.
The food menu ranges from bites, “big” bites, and pizzas. We personally love their Chicago-style deep dish pizza and can’t wait for our next pie.
Bold Rock Cider
39 N Lexington Ave and 72 School House Rd, Mills River
We mentioned earlier that Bold Rock Ciders is better known for its Mills River Cidery, but there is a location in downtown Asheville, too.
Their ciders include the premium dry, vintage dry, draft, IPA, blackberry, pineapple, apple, seasonal Honeycrisp, watermelon, sangria, and white cranberry. There are also hard seltzers and cocktails available.
You can experience their ciders downtown or drive out to the Mills River Cidery, about 20 minutes from Asheville. Here, there’s a huge inside space filled with seats. You can even watch the production floor and bottling process as you sip on Bold Rock’s tasty ciders.
Another great thing about Mills River is the Bold Bites Mobile Kitchen, which prepares tasty food every day!
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Burial Beer Co
40 Collier Ave and 10 Shady Oak Dr
Burial Beer Co gets its name from New Orleans, where the founders were inspired to start their brewery. Their second location (The Forestry Camp) was initially built by the US Government to hold civilian contractors in the 1930s.
It is now home to a 20 barrel brewhouse with 60 barrel fermenters, a barrel-aging facility, a winery, and the Forestry Camp restaurant. Burial Beer Co has created dozens of beers to date.
Dining at their Forestry Camp location offers indoor dining, with a menu created by their executive chef, including shareable plates and curated cocktails, or The Outpost with a more casual and laid-back atmosphere and menu.
Burnpile, a yearly event that Burial Beer Co offers, allows visitors to purchase tickets to indulge in tastings from 50+ breweries in their Forestry Camp location.
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32 Banks Ave and 63 Brook St
Their available offerings include craft lagers, cream ales, fruited wheat beers, pale ales, IPAs, DPAs, ambers, browns, porters, stouts, gose, fruited kettle sours, saisons, and abbey styles. Preset flights are also available on Fridays and Saturdays.
There is a light snack menu to choose from and special events, including trivia nights and food trucks that stop by.
Catawba Brewing’s flagship location is in Morganton where we’ve visited and enjoy often while in Burke County!
Green Man Brewery
23 Buxton Ave and 27 Buxton Ave
Green Man Brewery offers all-natural English style and newer flavored beers from its main ingredients of malted barley, hops, water, and yeast. Of all the breweries in Asheville, Green Man is one that you’ll likely see in bottle shops throughout North Carolina.
Two taprooms (Dirty Jack’s and Green Mansion) are just a few doors down from each other on Buxton Ave. Dirty Jack’s is Green Man’s original tasting room at 27 Buxton Ave and is friendly for all ages and dogs.
The Green Mansion has three floors, with the tasting room on the top floor that offers a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
56 Patton Ave (S&W Market), and 12 Old Charlotte Highway #200
After all these years, it remains independent and family-owned, maintains sustainable practices, and is also a major player in the local community.
Visitors can choose from year-round, seasonal, limited release, and variety pack beers. Examples of seasonals include Peachful (fresh & fruity ale), Clawhammer Oktoberfest (Marzen lager), Rustic Ridge IPA, and their Thunderstruck Coffee Porter.
While there is no on-site kitchen at Highland, there are food trucks available. The taproom also offers live music as well as opportunities for private events at both locations.
2A Huntsman Pl and 197 Hilliard Ave
Hi-Wire Brewing‘s Big Top location is only half a mile from the Biltmore Estate and in the South Slope District, there’s a 2,700 square foot taproom and production brewery.
At either location, you can choose from flagship beers, seasonals, specialties, and sour & wild ales.
There is a permanent food truck at Big Top, Foothills Local Meats, which serves local, pasture-raised meats and also offers vegetarian options. If you’re in the Black Mountain area, FLM can also be found at the Black Mountain Butcher Bar.
Stay tuned for more news from Hi-Wire, as they plan to add a brewery in Asheville’s River Arts District.
Hi-Wire’s has other locations in North Carolina (in Durham and Wilmington), in Tennessee, and Kentucky, too. This gives them one of the biggest footprints of the breweries in Asheville that started here.
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One World Brewing
10 Patton Ave and 520 Haywood Rd
One World Brewing began below Farmburger, an incredible Asheville restaurant owned by the founder’s brother. With growth and demand came the second One World location in West Asheville, with a 10 barrel brewhouse.
They believe in fostering a community for all walks of life and bringing everyone together. You’ll get that vibe as soon as you walk inside.
That’s at least how we felt after walking in on a random weeknight many years ago.
To keep that sense of community going, One World Brewing West offers Latin nights and live music, and a food truck from Thursdays to Sundays.
Twin Leaf Brewery
144 Coxe Ave
Twin Leaf Brewery is a great South Slope brewery, offering an assortment of pale ales, sours, Belgian tripels, IPAs, German beers, and more.
Other things we love about Twin Leaf are that it’s dog and kid-friendly and the brewery offers a light snack menu. They also carry local ginger beer from Ginger’s Revenge (which we’ll mention shortly) and local hard cider from Urban Orchard’s Sweet English Cider.
The brewery is big on giving back and takes part in “passion projects” a few times throughout the year, including Earth Day and an initiative to help support climate innovator The Collider.
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Urban Orchard Cider Co
24 Buxton Ave and 210 Haywood Ave
We mentioned Twin Leaf offering Urban Orchard Cider but you can also visit one of their two taprooms in Asheville. One is downtown in the South Slope District and the other is in West Asheville.
Both offer tasty aged ciders from Hendersonville apples, along with snacks, cheese, charcuterie, and more to enhance your visit.
Wicked Weed Brewing
91 Biltmore Ave, 147 Coxe Ave (Funkatorium), and 145 Jacob Holm Way, Candler
Wicked Weed Brewing might be one of the best-known breweries in Asheville, and is usually one of the main local beers we’ve found from the mountains to the sea.
They also have taprooms in downtown Asheville (the BrewPub and Funkatorium) and a location in Candler, west of Asheville.
The BrewPub houses the original 15 barrel brewery, a full-service restaurant, a downstairs beer bar, and a bottle shop. There’s also a full-service restaurant, which lets visitors indulge in a fine dining experience with an elevated gastropub menu, 25 beers, and delicious cocktails, both classic and original.
Wicked Weed’s Funkatorium is also in the South Slope District and is a spin-off featuring the many sours that Wicked Weed offers. There are currently 27 different sours to choose from in a variety of flavors.
Visitors can enjoy a beer in any of these spaces, buy from the bottle shop, or find Wicked Weed beer throughout North Carolina.
Biltmore Village Breweries
Downtown and South Slope stars Catawba and Burial have breweries in Asheville’s Biltmore Village, too. Here is another great place to grab a craft beer in the area.
25 Sweeten Creek Rd
Hillman Beer is a family-owned business that wanted to bring back the pub experience to breweries.
Hillman offers a variety of European and American beers, wines/ciders from local partners, as well as 32-ounce growlers to go. Food options include small bites, salads, sandwiches and burgers, and seasonal desserts.
Hillman Beer also has a beautiful location in Old Fort (McDowell County) that is worth a visit.
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River Arts District Breweries
21 Craven St
New Belgium Brewing Company started in Colorado and is based on the brewing culture of Belgium.
The Asheville location opened to the public in 2016 and serves nationally known beers such as Fat Tire, a variety of Voodoo Rangers, and unique New Belgium brews, including fruit beers, sours, and American wild ales.
Though New Belgium Brewery does not have an in-house kitchen, there is a rotation of food trucks that stop by.
Wedge Brewing Company
37 Paynes Way and 5 Foundy St
Wedge Brewing Company has two locations in Asheville’s River Arts District. Their original site is in the dock level of what originally was a building created by an artist for other artists.
The Wedge at Foundation is one mile away, in what was once the largest leather tannery in the country. The offerings of both locations include light beers, hefeweizen, wheat, pale ales, and more.
While they do not serve food, there are many food truck options every day The Wedge is open.
West Asheville Breweries
One World Brewing and Urban Orchard Cider Co have taprooms in West Asheville. These breweries are also popular places to grab a beer on the west side of town.
All Sevens Brewing
777 Haywood Rd
All Sevens Brewing prides itself on “keeping it simple and consistent.” Their beers are served straight from the tanks, making it as fresh as it can get.
Choose from mainstay All Sevens beers (including IPAs, porters, and more), seasonals, domestic and international cans and bottles, gluten-free options, and wines and cocktails.
The All Sevens food menu ranges from lite bites and appetizers to full entree sandwiches, burgers, and wraps made by their partnering Westville Pub.
265 Haywood Dr and 174 Broadway St
Archetype Brewery is the first spot you’ll see in West Asheville if you’re coming from the River Arts Center.
Archetype got its name from Carl Jung’s concept known as the “Archetypal Phenomena.” This concept states that all human behavior can be deduced to 12 archetypes and is represented in how their brews are created.
Archetype Brewing welcomes archetypes of all walks to visit. They also host several events in West Asheville and their second location in North Asheville. Keep up with their calendar for trivia nights, pint nights, charcuterie nights, and more!
Oyster House Brewing
625 Haywood Rd
Oyster House Brewing started with a yummy Oyster Stout and has since grown to include ales (IPA, too), an Ole Dirty Blonde, and more. You can pair these tasty beers with oysters in a variety of forms, shrimp, and deviled eggs to name a few.
Match those two offerings and you have one of the best breweries in Asheville, especially in West Asheville.
We head north of downtown and the South Slope District to feature breweries in Asheville’s Woodfin neighborhood. Each is distinct in tastes and offerings.
French Broad Brewery
101 Fairview Rd D
French Broad Brewing is one of the oldest breweries in Asheville, brewing quality craft beer since 2001. Named after the nearby French Broad River that dominates the area, this brewery will always deserve a mention in Asheville’s thriving beer scene.
Flagships at French Broad Brewing include European-style beers like Kolsch, Scotch Ale, ESB and Porters. They’ve since expanded to offer hoppy beers like IPAs and pale ales.
These beers are inviting enough, but you should keep coming back to sample French Broad’s seasonal and small-batch beers released throughout the year.
829 Riverside Dr Suite 100
Ginger’s Revenge specializes in alcoholic ginger beers, which are all naturally gluten-free and made with 95-percent organic ingredients.
On-tap examples include original ginger beer, lime agave, hibiscus lavender, cranberry herb, and limited batches of passion fruit dry-hopped.
Along with these tasty creations, Ginger’s Revenge offers live music, food trucks on Fridays and Sundays, and other local events within the community.
870 Riverside Dr
Zillicoah Beer sits on 4 acres of land on the French Broad River, offering one of the best views among these breweries in Asheville. Zillicoah also stands out by specializing in open-fermented lager and open fermented farmhouse beer.
Along with those traditional, envelope-pushing beers, you can order Mexican food from Zillicoah’s on-site food truck.
Throughout the week and on Saturdays, you need to be 21 and over to visit, but Sundays are Family Day at the brewery. If you bring kids, make sure they stay well-behaved so all of us with parents can continue to bring our little ones.
Bonus Breweries in Asheville Area (Surrounding Towns)
Wicked Weed West in Candler and Bold Rock Ciders in Mills River are a couple of the best breweries in Asheville’s neighbors to the west and south, respectively. Here are some more in Buncombe County and Henderson County.
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Black Mountain Brewing
131 NC-9, Black Mountain
When driving down or up NC-9 through Black Mountain, look out for the Roberta Flack mural and you’ll be staring at the side of Black Mountain Brewing. Walk inside and choose from any of their seven rotating taps and grab some food from Smoke, BMB’s wood-fire powered food truck.
Hang out on the patio or inside in the afternoon and stick around for live music during the evening. Either way, we think BMB is the perfect introduction to Black Mountain.
However, there are a couple of more breweries in town. One of which, we’ll feature shortly.
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Burning Blush Brewery
4891 Boylston Highway, Mills River
Burning Blush gets its name from an Edgar Allen Poe poem “Song” and this Mills River brewery offers guests an escape into a Victorian-era with a Gothic romance environment.
Burning Blush’s taps feature lagers and dark lagers, pale ales, dark ales, IPAs, pilsners, and an English bitter. Enjoy a beer in the dog-friendly indoor taproom or the outdoor Biergarten.
Burning Blush offers a rotation of food trucks that are announced on their Facebook Page.
Lookout Brewing Company
103 S Ridgeway Ave #1, Black Mountain
Lookout Brewing Company sits just a few blocks down from the main drag of NC-9 in Black Mountain, closest to US-70.
So many of our breweries in North Carolina collaborate with each other but LBC takes it a step further by having family in the game. Owner John Garcia’s parents Rich and Patricia own Good Hops Brewing in Carolina Beach, and the two breweries regularly consult each other on flavors and recipes.
Beach connection aside, we think Lookout deserves a special nod among these breweries in Asheville’s surroundings for the great beer, friendly atmosphere, and tasty food that await.
Stouts, ales, and German seasonal beers frequent the taps, and things rotate to keep LBC visitors on their toes. Don’t leave without grabbing some food from their on-site food truck, which is there every day except for Mondays and Wednesdays.
Mills River Brewing
336 Banner Farm Rd, Mills River
Mills River Brewing was always meant to be in Mills River, but it originally started in Arden, a small community south of Asheville. This wonderful brewery quickly grew and owners Joey Soukup and PJ McCarthy were able to move home across the Henderson County line in Mills River.
Today’s space is an 8,600-square foot production facility and taproom. You can enjoy tasty IPAs, ales, and other styles, but the Mullinax (Dry Irish Stout) is the first beer produced here and a well-deserving menu mainstay.
Beers at Mills River Brewing are complemented by food from Juju’s Craft Cookery.
The on-site eatery’s menu changes according to what’s fresh and available. That way you’ll never run out of new things to try.
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Sierra Nevada Brewing
100 Sierra Nevada Way, Fletcher
Outside of New Belgium, the most recognizable name among breweries in Asheville sits right over the Buncombe-Henderson County line. The California-based Sierra Nevada has a wonderful taproom that’s part of a huge forested campus.
Inside the taproom and in the outdoor area, you’ll find an abundance of IPAs and other beer types, kombuchas, wines, and barrel-aged beers by the bottle.
There is also a taproom food menu that uses fresh, local ingredients when possible and sustainable practices, including minimizing waste and making as many food items in-house as possible.
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Whistle Hop Brewing
1288 Charlotte Hwy, Fairview
The last of our breweries in Asheville’s surroundings is one of the most family-friendly places throughout North Carolina. Whistle Hop Brewing sits right off Charlotte Highway in Fairview and is a huge space, both inside and outside.
Families and dog-owners are welcome to enjoy the amazing beers here, as well as wine, cider, craft soda, and various snacks. You can also play a round of mini-golf, disc golf, and table bowling at this wonderful space.
Which of These Breweries in Asheville Do You Want to Visit?
The craft beer scene in Western NC can be overwhelming and we hope our guide to breweries in Asheville (and nearby towns) helps you plan your boozy trip through the area. Remember to drink responsibly and have a designated driver on hand.
We look forward to returning to these places and discovering more in the area. In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you. What are your favorite places to grab craft beer in and around Asheville?
You can let us know here by commenting, by emailing us, or by sending us an email. Before you do, here are some more things to do in Asheville including and beyond its amazing breweries.