Beer City U.S.A.

I’m a little behind on posts, but what better way to kick-off this blog than talk about Beer City, U.S.A. – better known as Asheville. Nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina I was lucky enough to travel to the beer mecca for my 30th birthday.

My wife and I dubbed this trip our first “beercation.” Although we were a month shy of Asheville Beer Week, we certainly made the most of our three-day excursion. We even took an obligatory pit-stop at Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem on the way.

We’ve only lived in North Carolina for 19 months and we’ve enjoyed the exploding craft beer scene in the Triangle. Asheville gets a lot of hype on its own, so it only made sense to go west. In all, we visited eight breweries – Asheville Brewing Co., Burial Beer Co., Green Man Brewing, Hi-Wire Brewing Co., Lexington Avenue Brewery, Twin Leaf Brewery, Wedge Brewing, and Wicked Weed Brewing. We came away very impressed. Quality beers, delicious food, fun people, and an overall amazing atmosphere.

I could sit here and type all night, but I’ll call out a few of the highlights.

  • Brusin’ Ales – Our first stop upon arrival and a must see on the bottle shop front. It was a great opportunity to scour the shelves for beer not readily available in the Triangle.
  • Brew-Ed – The walking beer tour by Certified Cicerone, Cliff Mori, was outstanding (even though it rained all day!). It’s a tour for beer novices and nerds alike. Not to mention Cliff sprinkles in some fun history of Asheville and beer in general. Highly recommended.
  • Hi-Wire Brewing Co. – The #1 brewery I was excited to check out since their beers arrived in the Triangle. Their future is bright.
  • Wicked Weed Brewing – The #2 brewery on my to-do list. I’ve never seen a brewery so packed.
  • Burial Beer Co. – A quaint spot that doesn’t look like a brewery, but the libations were impressive. The large crowd was indicative of the quality beer.
  • Twin Leaf Brewery – New to the South Slope, Twin Leaf boasts a large taproom and a quality view of the brewing operation.
  • Asheville Brewing – Awesome pizza and a big selection of brews. Enough said.

Whether you’re a grizzled craft beer vet or new to the scene, I highly recommend a trip to Asheville. There’s a lot of great places to see, things to do, and beers to drink. We can’t wait to go back!