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The Best Breweries in Asheville, North Carolina – Beer City USA

As a new craft beer fanatic, I’ve been OBSESSED with discovering the best breweries in Asheville, North Carolina. And after quite a few days of brewery hopping through Asheville, I’ve found them.

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Before we dive into each of the best breweries in Asheville, let’s talk about the history of Asheville’s craft beer scene.

As the brewery culture began growing throughout the U.S. in the 80s, Asheville remained surprisingly dry. Until 1994. That was the year that Oscar Wong moved to Asheville and opened up the city’s very first brewery: Highland Brewing Company. And the rest was history.

Today, there are dozens of award-winning breweries, annual beer festivals, and festive beer tours throughout the city. Several breweries including Wicked Weed and Asheville Brewing Co. have been recognized nationally for their epic craft beer, and Asheville has ranked #1 in the annual Beer City USA poll. It’s safe to say that Asheville is the Mecca for beer lovers!

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I’ve been to Asheville several times, and despite its rich artistic culture and countless historic sites, my favorite thing to do is brewery hopping. With the most breweries per capita than any other U.S. state, no wonder it’s called Beer City USA!

Without further ado, let’s dive into the best breweries in Asheville for quality craft beer and a guaranteed good time!

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The Best Breweries in Asheville, North Carolina

All of these breweries are located on the South Slope in Asheville, so you can easily walk from one brewery to the next!

1. Burial Beer Co.

 

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With high-quality brews and an unbeatable atmosphere, it’s no wonder that Burial Beer is a renowned local favorite. The vast outdoor seating and rooftop area make for a lively experience, and they also serve brunch!

Fun fact: Burial Beer was Asheville’s first nano-brewery, meaning it created all its brews in just one barrel. Now, the brewery has expanded quite a bit and even has a location in Raleigh!

2. Wicked Weed Funkatorium

Wicked Weed is one of Asheville’s most well-known spots, but their most iconic location is the Funkatorium.

Known for its sours and “funkier” brews, the Funkatorium is perfect for beer lovers who want to try some crazier flavors! Get a couple of flights to sample brews like the “Cookies and Milk” stout, the blueberry and vanilla bourbon barrel, and the watermelon and basil sour.

3. Twin Leaf Brewery

Another one of my favorite breweries in Asheville is Twin Leaf Brewery! It has a warm and welcoming vibe, very friendly staff, and exceptional beer.

 

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If you’re into Belgian ales and mellower IPAs, this is the place for you. I highly recommend their rosemary IPA – I get it every time I go!

4. Hi-Wire Brewing

 

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You can’t miss this wildly colorful brewery on Hilliard Ave! Known for its award-winning sours and craft lagers, Hi-Wire is an awesome spot to pop into while brewery hopping.

Hi-Wire has five different taprooms throughout North Carolina and Tennessee, and was rated the best new brewery in Asheville in 2013!

5. Asheville Brewing Company

This is definitely one of the best breweries in Asheville – it’s called Asheville Brewing Company after all! It was one of the first breweries in Asheville (the first location opened in 1998) and has remained a town favorite ever since.

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There are three locations in the city, all with next-level pizzas to pair with 15 different beers on tap. I always go there for a slice of pizza and wash it down with the WaWaWeeWa double IPA – yes, that’s an actual name – or the Perfect Day Hazy IPA.

6. Green Man Brewery

Another one of Asheville’s first (and best) breweries is the legendary Green Man! It has some of the most unique and sought-after brews in the Beer City, and the indoor area is absolutely gorgeous with tons of great merchandise to buy.

 

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Keep in mind that there is mostly outdoor seating (on the patio and top deck), so it’s best to go in warmer weather.

7. Highland Brewing Company

This is Asheville’s original family-owned brewery that has been in operation since 1994. Not only are their IPAs to die for, but the atmosphere can’t be beaten!

The taproom is super impressive, and they also have an awesome event space and a huge meadow where there’s often live music playing! This is definitely one of the best breweries in Asheville.

 

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