Asheville has witnessed a recent boom in the craft beer industry and has earned the title “Beer City USA” two years in a row. Unlike other Beer City winners like Portland, Oregon, Asheville is pretty small by comparison with a population of approximately 75,000. But even with its small stature Asheville offers up 11 different breweries and plenty of beer festivals. Zane and Steve plan to hit 9 of these breweries in one day to taste a beer from each. Then they will square off in an Asheville Beer Taste Test. Learn more about the breweries and their beers below.
WHERE WE WENT
- Highland Brewing Company: Opened in 1994 as Asheville’s first brewery since prohibition, Highland Brewing Company began Asheville’s beer boom and is the largest local brewery, producing 15,000 barrels a year. Highland Brewing Company lives around the mantra: honesty, integrity, and respect which they try to show with every aspect of their business from the grain farmer to the grocery store owner. Thus creating a unique and authentic brewing process. 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite H Asheville, NC 28803 (828) 299-3370
- Oyster House Brewing Company: Oyster House is the smallest brewery of Asheville and is known for creating small-batch, high-quality brews for beer and seafood lovers. Staying true to their name, Oyster House uses real oysters in the brewing process for many of their beers. 35 Patton Asheville, NC 28801 (828) 350-0505
- Lexington Ave Brewery: Brewer Ben Pierson has created a stellar line up of unfiltered, naturally carbonated, additive free beers in LAB’s in-house brewery. They also offer great food, a number of original draft beers, and live music. 39 North Lexington Avenue Asheville, NC 28801-2827 (828) 252-0212
- Pisgah Brewing Company: Known for their quality and organic beers, Pisgah offers a number of high-gravity (more alcohol by volume) beers with a natural sweet taste. Pisgah also host a number of events and live concerts with their outdoor and indoor stages. In addition to music, Pisgah has a full art gallery featuring local artist and their paintings. 150 Eastside Drive, Black Mountain, NC 28711 (828) 669-0190
- Craggie Brewing Company: Craggie is a brewery with a heart, which is evident from the causes it supports, the vendors it does business with, and the way it inspires giving. Craggie sells beer with a conscience – organic in craft and whenever possible, brewed with local ingredients. From building the brewhouse with as much reclaimed or recycled equipment as possible, to discounting Willibechers for those who choose to donate to select non-profits, Craggie Brewing’s Public House is a place where the community can gather to have a good time while doing good for others. 197 Hilliard Avenue Asheville, NC 28801-3616 (828) 254-0360
- French Broad Brewery: French Broad’s focus is to create traditional European style beers while still maintaining the unique flavor of Asheville. French Broad also offers live musical entertainment and a friendly tasting room. 101 Fairview Road Asheville, NC 28803-4301 (828) 277-0222
- Wedge Brewing Company: Located in the River Arts District, Wedge Brewing Company near the train tracks, offers original style beers made with local ingredients. 125B Roberts St Asheville, NC 28801-3128 (828) 505-2792
- Asheville Brewing Company: Asheville Brewing company is known for the “infused” style beers. After the brewing process is complete, many of their beers are then infused with special ingredients (like jalapenos) to give them an added taste and a bit of a kick. 77 Coxe Avenue Asheville, NC 28801-3621 (828) 255-4077
- Green Man Brewery: Brewing Award winning ales since 1997, Green Man was founded in downtown Asheville, originally as a brew-pub. Dennis Thies, a beer industry vet, purchased the brewery in 2010. He expanded operations and made Green Man independent. With the help of John Stuart, Green Man has become known for consistent, traditional ales with a constant eye on quality. 23 Buxton Avenue Asheville, NC 28801-4019 (828) 252-5502
- Thirsty Monk: This pub provides customers with over 36 draft beer, 200 bottled beer choices and over 62 rotating tap lines. Many of which are locally brewed. Thirsty Monk also host a number of different beer events and even has a live online tap list. 92 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28801 (828) 254-5470
What We Featured
Highland Gaelic Ale-Highland Brewing Company
Moonstone Oyster Stout-Oyster House Brewing Company
Red Whitey-Lexington Ave Brewery
Solstice Belgium Triple-Pisgah Brewing Company
Craggie Antebellum Ale-Craggie Brewing Company
Wee Heavy Scottish Ale-French Broad Brewery
Third Rale Double IPA-Wedge Brewing Company
The Fire Escape-Asheville Brewing Company
Green Man IPA-Green Man Brewery
- An oyster produces a pearl as a result of a foreign substance becoming trapped inside its shell.
- The largest oyster producing body of water is the Chesapeake Bay.
- The US is the worlds third largest producer of raspberries.
- The Pisgah National Forest covers 510,119 acres un the Appalachian Mountains.
- Sap from spruce trees can be used to make chewing gum.
- Because of its high vitamin c levels, spruce needles have been used to prevent scurvy.
- Scotch ales are strong ales, and also known as “Wee Heavy”.
- Beer has been produced in Scotland for approximately 5,000 years.
- Jalapenos contain more vitamin A than any other plant food.
- The substance that gives a jalapeno its heat is capsaicin.
- Asheville Brewing Company has two locations, one of which contains a full sized movie theater.
- Cask beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized beer, conditioned in a cask without nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure.
- The term IBU stands for “International Bittering Units,” and refers to a measuring scale for beer.
THANK YOU SIR, MAY I PLEASE HAVE SOME MORE?
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