Asheville may only be the 11th largest city in North Carolina, but they are making more of an impact in the world of beer than most of the largest cities in the country. With 84,000 people, this city in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains has one of the highest brewery per capita ratios in the world. With New Belgium (Ft. Collins, CO) and Sierra Nevada (Chico, CA) expanding operations to Asheville in the coming years, this beer city will only be getting bigger. With the breweries slated to open in the next few years, there will be a brewery for every 6,000 people in town by 2014.
For the past few years, Asheville has been giving Portland, Oregon a run for their money for the title of “Beer City, USA”. With the community’s passion for beer and a host of beer-related events throughout the year, it will continue to nip at Portland’s heels.
Visiting Asheville and having a “macro” beer would be like going to Mexico and ordering take-out Chinese food—it’d just defy logic.