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16 Standout Asheville Breweries to Visit Now

Take a beer tour in the mountains of North Carolina

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The mountains are calling and so is the beer. It’s no secret that beer lovers from all over the world travel to the hills of Asheville for one thing — breweries. From big names to neighborhood spots, here are the top 16 breweries to visit in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Zebulon Artisan Ales

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Bringing the hip to hipster, Zebulon brewing is only open 1-6 on Friday and Saturday creating the elusive waiting and scheduling game to beer collectors from all over the world. Living in a warehouse in the town of Weaverville, Zebulon Artisan Ales focus on Belgian, French farmhouse, and historical beers. All beers are unfiltered and often never to be seen again as there are no flagship beers consistently available. Plan accordingly while visiting this brewery.

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IPA from Zebulon.
Zebulon Artisan Ales

Zillicoah Beer Co.

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Sitting on four acres of riverfront land just two miles outside of Asheville, Zillacoah Beer Company levels up on the brewery views. With specializations in open fermented lagers like the Austrian Gold, as well as farmhouse beers, Zillacoah keeps the traditions of beer brewing while pushing into mixed culture beers.

Dssolvr

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Touted as not just a brewery but a beverage company, Dssolvr focuses on beer while leaving room for other kinds of fermentation. With surreal artwork covering cans and walls and over the top beer names like Blood of My Kin and Conjuring Spirits, Dssolvr brings an edgy taproom to Asheville using both old school and new school methods of brewing.

Noble Cider & Mead Downtown

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Don’t like beer? Well, maybe this wasn’t the list to read. However, Asheville does have another option. Noble Cidery lives just outside of Asheville in the growing town of Leicester, where the taplines consist of every cider imaginable alongside meads for the adventurous drinker. With ciders and folk art-inspired can designs, Noble Cider brings history and fresh local pressed apples to the masses. Noble Cider also has a taproom and restaurant within the city of Asheville.

Asheville Brewing Company

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Pizza and beer just go together. Asheville Brewing Company brings large slices, pretzels, and pub fare to its three locations. With legacy tap lines like the Perfect Day IPA and the Space Dog American Wheat, Asheville Brewing company upgrades patio drinking in Asheville.

Wicked Weed Brewing Pub

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This nationwide brewing company houses four locations within the Asheville area. Wicked Weed initially opened in 2012 offering West Coast IPAs and barrel-aged sours, expanding into a sour program with its sister brewery known as the Funkatorium on the South Slope of Asheville. A full kitchen is available, as well as long waits to get in the door for this nationally distributed company. Early arrival is recommended to beat the lines.

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Various cans of Wicked Weed beers.
Wicked Weed Brewing

Twin Leaf Brewery

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Located in the popular South Slope portion of Asheville, Twin Leaf Brewery brings a family friendly atmosphere with giant Jenga sets, foosball, and shuffleboards. Dogs are invited to drink with their owners (water bowls available) both inside or outside. With a heavy American IPA tap list, Twin Leaf Brewery also brews a variety of lagers, sours, and stouts.

Burial Beer Co.

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Burial Beer sits in the South Slope district of downtown Asheville, popular for multiple breweries within walking distance from each other and allowing for easy bar crawl action. With its large murals and empty trucks and cars used as seating, Burial Beer brings a fun atmosphere to complement its award-winning IPAs like the Surf Wax. In addition to the brewery, Burial Beer has opened Forestry Camp, a newer restaurant in Biltmore Village featuring a menu to pair with an extensive beverage menu including its very own Burial Beer.

New Belgium Brewing Company

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New Belgium Brewing sits along the river in West Asheville with an expansive outdoor area, food trucks daily and brewery tours (on hold for now). Beer lovers and tourists converge daily on this active brewery. Find old faithful New Belgium beers like Fat Tire sitting on the tap line next to other favorites like the Voodoo Ranger IPA or Imperial IPA.

Wedge Brewing Company

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In West Asheville’s river arts district, Wedge Brewing brings an eclectic feel to its tap room. With ample space for food trucks and outdoor seating, Wedge Brewing houses light, hoppy, and specialty beers with two guest tap lines.

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Wedge Brewing in Asheville.
Wedge Brewing

Archetype Brewing

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Named after the four main ingredients in beer (grain, hops, yeast, and water), Archetype brings the chemistry of brewing to the customers. Archetype Brewing is located in West Asheville with an additional tap room downtown. Core beers like the Commitment Phobia IPA and the Cowboy Poet load the tap lines alongside core rotational, seasonal, small batch, and barrel-aged for every palate.

Cursus Keme

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At the back of a dead end lane, Cursus Keme sits behind a fence with an artsy biergarten feel. Walking into the renovated tractor trailer service building, large wooden tables and greenery bring a lush taproom feel. Cursus Keme brings traditional brewing to Asheville with wood-fired brew kettles. A variety of styles are available, including IPAs, lagers, and stouts. Cursus Keme does not plan to distribute, but instead prefers to bring guests into the space to experience the beer.

New Origin Brewing Company

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One of the newest kids on the block, New Origin Brewing, sits right down the lonely street from Curses Keme but is still in the heart of the Biltmore Village. The industrial tap room also houses an outdoor beer garden and food trucks with options to bring both kids and dogs. Look for contemporary beers like Focal Point, a Vienna Lager; Drizzle, a milk stout; and Pickles, a New England-style IPA.

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Bar at New Origin.
New Origin Brewing Company

Highland Brewing Company

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Touted as the first legal brewery in Asheville, Highland Brewing, started in 1994, is still one of the largest independent and family owned breweries in the Southeast. Highland Brewing sits on 40 acres overlooking the mountains of Asheville, allowing for large gatherings and events. Highland Brewing’s tap line consists of traditional favorites like the Gaelic Ale and the AVL IPA as well as seasonal and limited release options. Often multiple food trucks set up outside the brewery doors to help soak up all those beers.

French Broad River Brewery

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Named after the body of water that runs through the heart of the town, French Broad River Brewery sits on the edge of the Biltmore Village. With a newly expanded taproom, year round taps sit next to the seasonal and small batch lines. Live music and special events are held weekly.

Hillman Beer

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With two outposts, Hillman Beer’s first location sits just outside of the historic Biltmore Village and the second location in the town of Old Fort within the Black Mountain area. Both spots provide a beer-friendly food menu to accompany the Hazy Half-Back IPA or the Four Fat Baby Belgian Quad.

Zebulon Artisan Ales

A fancy beer bottle next to a beer glass.
IPA from Zebulon.
Zebulon Artisan Ales

Bringing the hip to hipster, Zebulon brewing is only open 1-6 on Friday and Saturday creating the elusive waiting and scheduling game to beer collectors from all over the world. Living in a warehouse in the town of Weaverville, Zebulon Artisan Ales focus on Belgian, French farmhouse, and historical beers. All beers are unfiltered and often never to be seen again as there are no flagship beers consistently available. Plan accordingly while visiting this brewery.

A fancy beer bottle next to a beer glass.
IPA from Zebulon.
Zebulon Artisan Ales

Zillicoah Beer Co.

Sitting on four acres of riverfront land just two miles outside of Asheville, Zillacoah Beer Company levels up on the brewery views. With specializations in open fermented lagers like the Austrian Gold, as well as farmhouse beers, Zillacoah keeps the traditions of beer brewing while pushing into mixed culture beers.

Dssolvr

Touted as not just a brewery but a beverage company, Dssolvr focuses on beer while leaving room for other kinds of fermentation. With surreal artwork covering cans and walls and over the top beer names like Blood of My Kin and Conjuring Spirits, Dssolvr brings an edgy taproom to Asheville using both old school and new school methods of brewing.

Noble Cider & Mead Downtown

Don’t like beer? Well, maybe this wasn’t the list to read. However, Asheville does have another option. Noble Cidery lives just outside of Asheville in the growing town of Leicester, where the taplines consist of every cider imaginable alongside meads for the adventurous drinker. With ciders and folk art-inspired can designs, Noble Cider brings history and fresh local pressed apples to the masses. Noble Cider also has a taproom and restaurant within the city of Asheville.

Asheville Brewing Company

Pizza and beer just go together. Asheville Brewing Company brings large slices, pretzels, and pub fare to its three locations. With legacy tap lines like the Perfect Day IPA and the Space Dog American Wheat, Asheville Brewing company upgrades patio drinking in Asheville.

Wicked Weed Brewing Pub

Various cans of Wicked Weed beers on a table.
Various cans of Wicked Weed beers.
Wicked Weed Brewing

This nationwide brewing company houses four locations within the Asheville area. Wicked Weed initially opened in 2012 offering West Coast IPAs and barrel-aged sours, expanding into a sour program with its sister brewery known as the Funkatorium on the South Slope of Asheville. A full kitchen is available, as well as long waits to get in the door for this nationally distributed company. Early arrival is recommended to beat the lines.

Various cans of Wicked Weed beers on a table.
Various cans of Wicked Weed beers.
Wicked Weed Brewing

Twin Leaf Brewery

Located in the popular South Slope portion of Asheville, Twin Leaf Brewery brings a family friendly atmosphere with giant Jenga sets, foosball, and shuffleboards. Dogs are invited to drink with their owners (water bowls available) both inside or outside. With a heavy American IPA tap list, Twin Leaf Brewery also brews a variety of lagers, sours, and stouts.

Burial Beer Co.

Burial Beer sits in the South Slope district of downtown Asheville, popular for multiple breweries within walking distance from each other and allowing for easy bar crawl action. With its large murals and empty trucks and cars used as seating, Burial Beer brings a fun atmosphere to complement its award-winning IPAs like the Surf Wax. In addition to the brewery, Burial Beer has opened Forestry Camp, a newer restaurant in Biltmore Village featuring a menu to pair with an extensive beverage menu including its very own Burial Beer.

New Belgium Brewing Company

New Belgium Brewing sits along the river in West Asheville with an expansive outdoor area, food trucks daily and brewery tours (on hold for now). Beer lovers and tourists converge daily on this active brewery. Find old faithful New Belgium beers like Fat Tire sitting on the tap line next to other favorites like the Voodoo Ranger IPA or Imperial IPA.

Wedge Brewing Company

Exterior of Wedge Brewing.
Wedge Brewing in Asheville.
Wedge Brewing

In West Asheville’s river arts district, Wedge Brewing brings an eclectic feel to its tap room. With ample space for food trucks and outdoor seating, Wedge Brewing houses light, hoppy, and specialty beers with two guest tap lines.

Exterior of Wedge Brewing.
Wedge Brewing in Asheville.
Wedge Brewing

Archetype Brewing

Named after the four main ingredients in beer (grain, hops, yeast, and water), Archetype brings the chemistry of brewing to the customers. Archetype Brewing is located in West Asheville with an additional tap room downtown. Core beers like the Commitment Phobia IPA and the Cowboy Poet load the tap lines alongside core rotational, seasonal, small batch, and barrel-aged for every palate.

Cursus Keme

At the back of a dead end lane, Cursus Keme sits behind a fence with an artsy biergarten feel. Walking into the renovated tractor trailer service building, large wooden tables and greenery bring a lush taproom feel. Cursus Keme brings traditional brewing to Asheville with wood-fired brew kettles. A variety of styles are available, including IPAs, lagers, and stouts. Cursus Keme does not plan to distribute, but instead prefers to bring guests into the space to experience the beer.

New Origin Brewing Company

Light wood bar with stools and plants.
Bar at New Origin.
New Origin Brewing Company

One of the newest kids on the block, New Origin Brewing, sits right down the lonely street from Curses Keme but is still in the heart of the Biltmore Village. The industrial tap room also houses an outdoor beer garden and food trucks with options to bring both kids and dogs. Look for contemporary beers like Focal Point, a Vienna Lager; Drizzle, a milk stout; and Pickles, a New England-style IPA.

Light wood bar with stools and plants.
Bar at New Origin.
New Origin Brewing Company

Highland Brewing Company

Touted as the first legal brewery in Asheville, Highland Brewing, started in 1994, is still one of the largest independent and family owned breweries in the Southeast. Highland Brewing sits on 40 acres overlooking the mountains of Asheville, allowing for large gatherings and events. Highland Brewing’s tap line consists of traditional favorites like the Gaelic Ale and the AVL IPA as well as seasonal and limited release options. Often multiple food trucks set up outside the brewery doors to help soak up all those beers.

French Broad River Brewery

Named after the body of water that runs through the heart of the town, French Broad River Brewery sits on the edge of the Biltmore Village. With a newly expanded taproom, year round taps sit next to the seasonal and small batch lines. Live music and special events are held weekly.

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Hillman Beer

With two outposts, Hillman Beer’s first location sits just outside of the historic Biltmore Village and the second location in the town of Old Fort within the Black Mountain area. Both spots provide a beer-friendly food menu to accompany the Hazy Half-Back IPA or the Four Fat Baby Belgian Quad.

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