The craft beer industry is absolutely booming! With more than 4,000 craft breweries across the US, it is not an industry going away anytime soon. Asheville has become the hub on the East Coast for the craft beer scene.
Here are the best craft breweries to visit in Asheville, North Carolina.
You can't visit Asheville and not pay homage to Green Man and Highland, which have been around for 25+ years and put Asheville on the map. I would also check out the newer breweries that have made quite an imprint on the beer scene like Wicked Weed, Twin Leaf, Hi-Wire, Burial Beer, and Asheville Brewing Company.
Here are the 10 Top Breweries according to Beer Advocate:
- Burial Beer Co. – 40 Collier Ave, Asheville
- Wicked Weed Brewing – 91 Biltmore St, Asheville
- Green Man Brewery – 23 Buxton Avenue, Asheville
- Hi-Wire Brewing – 197 Hilliard Ave, Asheville
- Altamont Brewing Company – 1042 Haywood Rd, Asheville
- Wedge Brewing Company – 125B Roberts Street, Asheville
- Highland Brewing – 12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Suite 200, Asheville
- Asheville Brewing Company – 73 Coxe Avenue, Asheville
- French Broad Brewing Co. – 101-D Fairview Road, Asheville
Not only can you visit these breweries, but you can also see the expansion of some of the bigger names in the craft beer industry. California's Sierra Nevada, Colorado's New Belgium and Oskar Blues have all created facilities in Asheville to produce great beer to be distributed on the East Coast and throughout the South. You can visit them for a brewery tour and beer tasting to see what all the fuss is about.
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Asheville has quickly become a beer mecca and a must visit place for beer lovers around the world. You can easily visit quite a few breweries in one day or spend an entire week taking in the city and all the breweries within an hour of Asheville. With the increase in popularity in sour and gose beers, you would be remiss if you didn't make it to Funkatorium, which is a spin-off of Wicked Weed Brewing.
The safest way to visit all the breweries is by using Uber. You can also go on one of the many brewery tours offered in Asheville if you like a more organized tour. I like to go where I want at my own pace, so typically will call an Uber 10 minutes before I am ready to leave and head to the next brewery on my list. My favorite way to taking in all the amazing beers in Asheville!