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Asheville Breweries

I understand there are a few breweries in the Asheville area. What beers are worth trying? Are any of them 'brewpubs' where you can sit and eat and drink what's made on premises? I've heard there's a place called Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company, but they don't actually brew anything.

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  1. There are several breweries and brewpubs in the Asheville area. The oldest is Highland Brewing who used to brew below Barleys Taproom on Biltmore across from Doc Chey's. Asheville Pizza and Brewing does brew their own beer (about 8 varieties of which Shiva IPA is probably the most popular) and their location at about 675 Merrimon Ave. in North Asheville serves a wide selection of pizza, sandwiches, salads etc. They also have another brewhouse on Coxe Ave. Jack of the Wood is downtown on Patton Ave. They make their on beer at a place on Buxton not far from there. They also have a pretty good selection of pub food. Two other breweries in the area are French Broad Brewing in the Biltmore Village area and Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain.

    1. there are 2 beer tasting places I know of, one of which I have been to.
      Asheville Brewing on Coxe Ave and the one I have been to(French Broad River Brewing) is close to Biltmore Village off of Fairview Road.
      There is actually an Asheville Brews Cruise that takes you to 3 local breweries

      1. This is a website that lists brewpubs in the south by state and city. The one in Sylva sounds interesting also.

        www.homestead.com/beersouth/Guide2NC....

        1. Asheville is the beer capital of North Carolina. There are a few brewpubs, plus several excellent local breweries. I think one of the best right now is Pisgah Brewing.

          The Brews Cruise would be a good way to get a survey of what's available.
          http://www.brewscruise.com/

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          1. re: Tom from Raleigh

            I like the idea of the Brews Cruise. Gotta see if we have time for that. Thanks all!

          2. so much great beer in asheville. Ditto to all the other posts. Another suggestion is Green man Ales. These are served at a pub downtown called "jack of the Wood", but you can goto the tasting room on Buxton ave. Downtown, they have a small bar there. Most of the local breweries are also willing to do tours if you call in advance.

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            1. re: bethd127

              So, the Jack of the Woods tasting room is on Buxton Ave? Do you need a reservation or anything to go taste?

              1. re: lavendula

                We went to French Broad Brewing yesterday (very close to Biltmore Estate). They had awesome beer and live music. Seemed like they usually have live music, which makes this a nice place to drink a couple of beers. Unfortunately they don't have any food, but we got free pretzels. Highly recommended.

            2. Make sure you check out Barleys. Amazing local beer selection and great pizza.

              1. Asheville Pizza makes great beer! Try the shive and Red Light IPA's.

                "Dirty Jacks" The local name for the Jack of the Wood brew pub is very cool -super local flavor and some really good people and beer to be found there.

                Yes, us Asheville hounds don;t have to go thirsty for long ,no sir!

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                1. re: jbyoga

                  Thursday evenings Pisgah has open tastings where you can fill up Growlers and see the operation.

                  1. re: Spreadhead

                    Pisgah makes some fine beer. i bought a growler at the indy grocery store when i was up there last. good stuff. can't wait to go back and get a few more

                2. Most recently I tried Asheville Brewing on Coxe Ave. They had a lunch buffet that wasn't too bad (pizza, salad, etc).

                  I tried the porter. It was really good. Fresh as can be, good balance. I even got to meet the brewer.