There are so many breweries in Asheville and Buncombe County that you almost need a scorecard to keep track. Throw in the regional breweries and it’s a bit boggling. For visitors and for locals who can’t remember them all, here is the complete rundown.
Highland Brewing, 12 Old Charlotte Highway. The first Asheville brewery, opening 1994, it’s probably best known for its flagship Gaelic Ale. Look for its bottled and draft beers in nine states.
Green Man, 23 Buxton Ave. It was the second Asheville brewery and has become a powerhouse with beers in bottles and on draft. The tasting room is 23 Buxton Ave. in what has become the city’s brewing district.
Asheville Pizza and Brewing, 675 Merrimon Ave. and Asheville Brewing, 77 Coxe Ave. The Merrinion location opened in 1998 as Two Moons Brew-N-View and includes a discount cinema. The downtown Coxe Street location has a full liquor bar. Their beers are in cans and draft.
French Broad Brewing, 101 Fairview Road. Beers include Gatewway Kolsch and 13 Rebels ESB. Bands regularly perform at brewery. Their beers are also in cans and on draft.
Pisgah Brewing, 150 Eastside Dr., Black Mountain. Famous for its pale ale, their beers are also sold in cans and on draft and the brewery includes music stages.
Wedge Brewing, 125 B Roberts St. The brewery is in the River Arts District and framed by the nearby French Broad River and a Norfolk Southern railroad line. Most of the beer it produces is sold only here.
Thirsty Monk. The downtown flagship Monk opened in 2008 at the corner of Coxe and Patton avenues with a lineup of Belgian beers, and then American craft brewers were added. Other Thirsty Monk pubs are located at Gerber Village (site of the chain’s brewery), Biltmore Park and most recently Reynolds Village.
Lexington Avenue Brewery. In the heart of downtown, the LAB has a big restaurant and a cozy back music room.
Oysterhouse Brewing, 6245 Haywood Road, West Asheville. Famous for its Moonstone Oyster Stout made with oysters, it was originally located the downtown Lobster Trap before moving to West Ashevlle.
Altamont Brewing, 1042 Haywood Road, West Asheville, . It opened as a pub in 2011 and then began making its own beers in 2012.
Blue Mountain Pizza and Brew Pub, 55 North Main St., Weaverville. This well known community pizzeria and cafe added a small brewing line. It also offers live music.
Wicked Weed, 91 Biltmore Ave. The combination restaurant and brewery has emerged as among the city’s most popular and include sour and barrel-aged beers.
Hi-Wire Brewing, 197 Hilliard Ave. It took over the former Craggie Brewing location and produces beers in bottles and on draft. All its beers have circus-themed names.
Lookout Brewing, 103 S. Ridgeway Ave., Black Mountain. John Garcia opened this small brewery near downtown Black Mountain in 2013. It includes a homebrew supply store.
Burial Beer, 40 Collier Ave. This small brewery features an ever-changing lineup of craft beers. Owners Doug and Jessica Reiser and their business partner Tim Gormley look to expand by building an European-style farmhouse brewery.
Twin Leaf Brewery, 144 Coxe Ave. Another new player in South Slope brewing district, owners Steph and Tim Weber run this 10 barrel system.
One World Brewery just opened its doors at 10 Patton Ave., at the end of a short alley separating Farm Burger and Salsa’s restaurants in downtown Asheville.
Coming next: Catawba Brewing is building a second brewery in Asheville and operates a tasting room here. New Belgium is building its big its east coast expansion brewery in West Asheville. The Thirsty Monk looks to build its expansion brewery on Thompson Street not far from Biltmore Village.
Around the mountains
Brevard: Home to the small Brevard Brewing in downtown (specializing in lagers) and the big Oskar Blues east coast expansion brewery.
Hendersonville: Southern Appalachian Brewery, 822 Locust St. serves such beers as pilsner, Belgian blonde and also has live music.
Mills River: Sierra Nevada has recently opened its huge east coast expansion brewery here which will eventually include a restaurant and tasting room.
Sylva: Home to the German-themed Heinzelmännchen Brewery and the more recent Innovation Brewing.
Waynesville: This town is home to Frog Level, Tipping Point and Bearwaters breweries.
Morganton: Catawba Brewing has its main production brewery here and is adding a second site in Asheville. Fonta Flora Brewing is also located in the town.
Spruce Pine: Dry County Brewing uses a small system to turn out five gallons of beer at a time.
Boone: Home to Appalachian Mountain Brewery.
Blowing Rock: Blowing Rock Brewing includes a restaurant with the brewery.
Bryson City: Nantahala Brewing is probably best known for its outstanding IPA.
Andrews Brewing: Located in Andrews, its one of the smaller breweries in the mountains, and is paired with an equally small winery.