Whether you’re a casual beer lover or a raving hophead then you belong in Asheville, NC. The artsy mountain town has more breweries per capita than any other city in the country, and more brewing operations (from the likes of Sierra Nevada and New Belgium) are coming soon.
Access to all those suds could be overwhelming to a thirsty weekend traveler, so the Roaming Gnome has selflessly taken it upon himself to test out Asheville’s best tasting rooms to create the quintessential beer lover’s guide:
The new small-batch brewery in the South Slope brewing district, Burial is entirely family-run and very kid-friendly. But that doesn’t stop them from paying incredible attention to craft with creative brews like their Counter Culture Coffee Saison Series.
The polar opposite of Burial, this massive beer haven in Downtown Asheville has fire pits and tasting tables for days. And Belgians, Saisons, and IPA’s for days too.
Also in the South Slope brewing district, this quirky Local favorite started as a brewpub and grew from there. It really hops at night so be sure to include it on your brewery hopping tour.
In the River Arts District, this brewery takes flights seriously with 8 half pints per taster. The tasting room itself is quite cozy, but the outdoor area is abundant and it’s worth a visit for the amazing mechanical barking dog sculpture alone.
And finally, no Asheville brewery tour would be complete without a stop at locally –owned Bruisin’ Ales. Named one of the top 10 bottle shops in the U.S. it’s not a brewery per se, but has 1,000 beers in stock, which make for perfect souvenirs.
To start planning your Asheville beer getaway, check out Travelocity’s Asheville vacation page.