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28 Delicious & Best Breweries in Asheville, NC – From Locals

With so many breweries in Asheville, NC, how do you choose? From locals, find the best Asheville breweries for location, flavor, food, and ambiance.

The Asheville breweries have a little bit of something for everyone.

Do you wish to sit by the French Broad River with a Saison on a gorgeous day?

How about enjoying a specialty gluten-free ginger beer in a variety of spiced-up flavors paired with grub from famous food trucks like The Trashy Vegan?

If you crave those experimental oddball brews, we have just the Asheville brewery for you. Not to mention the breweries ensconced in street art, hidden in basements, and ones known across the world.

And, how about the best Asheville breweries with food? You most certainly require lunch, pizza, burgers, and pub grub with all of that local craft beer.

So, with the plethora of breweries in Asheville, North Carolina, how do you choose?

First, we’ll share our top Asheville breweries as locals followed by the most popular and “must-see” taprooms.

Then, we’ll break down the best breweries in Asheville by neighborhoods including RAD, North & West Asheville, and Downtown.

Lastly, find guides for delicious breweries near Asheville — think Hendersonville, Brevard, and Black Mountain.

So, it’s time to chat about Zillicoah, Wicked Weed, Eurisko, Wedge, Green Man, Hillman Beer, and so much more. Let’s get started!

If you need to fill your belly first, don’t miss our Guide To Asheville’s Famous Restaurants.

Best breweries in Asheville NC with picture of two sour beers and one cocktail in front of pink farmer and flower mural at Wicked Weed's Funkatorium
Welcome to our Asheville Beer Guide. What are the best breweries in Asheville, NC? We’ll break down the AVL beer scene for you. See which Asheville breweries we frequent as locals. Then, we’ll share the most popular destination breweries in and around Downtown Asheville. Lastly, we’ll talk about the massive AVL breweries and a few lesser-known ones by location.

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Best Breweries In Asheville, NC

Some of the best breweries in Asheville are the well-known ones along with a few that are less frequented by tourists.

It is pretty hard to pick our favorites as locals since we truly enjoy them all.

However, if we had to share the Asheville breweries that we frequent, it would be these:

Zillicoah Beer Company

Address: 870 Riverside Drive; Woodfin, NC 28804
Phone Number: (828) 424-7929

Technically, Zillicoah is in Woodfin – at the intersection of North Asheville and the River Arts District – and sits along the French Broad River.

Find both covered and uncovered picnic tables alongside the warehouse-like taproom and river.

Zillicoah brews up a delicious Helles beer, and visitors may find Stouts, smoky brews, and a variety of Pilsners and Geists. For non-beer drinkers, select from local ciders and wine.

Zillicoah Beer is also home to the delicious and permanent Mexican food truck, Taqueria Munoz, which serves up some of the best tacos and burritos in town.

Taqueria Munoz has gluten-free and lactose-free options and is budget-friendly.

Out of all of the breweries in Asheville, Zillicoah is hands down the most relaxing – it is about 10-15 minutes from bustling Downtown.

Zillicoah stays quieter on the weekdays with a busy local weekend and weeknight crowd. In the winter, they host an annual Christmas tree burning.

This brewery is dog-friendly, especially with endless acres of land for pooches to romp around on. Please know that this is a 21+ establishment except on Sundays.

There is plenty of parking in Zillicoah’s lots, and they typically check IDs as you pull into the entrance.

Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company

North Asheville: 675 Merrimon Avenue; Asheville, NC 28804; (828) 254-1281
Downtown: 77 Coxe Avenue; Asheville, NC 28801; (828) 255-4077
South Asheville: 1850 Hendersonville Road Suite A; Asheville, NC 28803; (8280 277-5775

One of our favorite breweries in Asheville for pizza, don’t miss Asheville Brewing Company.

A casual spot perfect for dinner or AVL takeout after a long day, devour their artisan pizza and beer. Find pies with punny names from favorite classic movies.

Asheville Brewing even offers a gluten-free pizza crust and vegan cheese.

Plus, indulge in the best bar food like burgers and tater tots. Think famous King Kong wings, salads, and sandwiches.

For local craft beer, enjoy Asheville Pizza and Brewing’s darker brews with chocolate and coconut. They also feature ESBs, Lagers, and IPAs and usually have a local cider or ginger beer on tap.

Asheville Brewing is one of the best kid-friendly breweries in Asheville, especially if you head to the North Asheville – Merrimon Ave. location.

In North AVL, enjoy Asheville Brewing’s movie theater, playing new releases and a few vintage classics.

A quick drive down Merrimon, take the family to The Hop Ice Cream Cafe for dessert in Asheville.

The Coxe Ave./South Slope location features a wings mural with hops, perfect for picture-taking, and boasts of covered outdoor picnic tables. Hi-Wire Brewing is nearby.

For the Coxe Ave. location, park in the garage or pay lots across the street. North and South Asheville have their own lots.

Eurisko Beer Company

Address: 255 Short Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: (828) 774-5055

Located on the edge of the South Slope neighborhood, Eurisko is one of the best Asheville breweries showcasing local artwork.

They make a mean Helles too.

Head upstairs for a cozy tavern-like feel or grab a beer to enjoy on their outdoor patio. 

Eurisko Beer Company features a bit of everything from Stouts, IPAs, Pale Ales, and Lagers. For non-beer drinkers, Eurisko serves up local cider, ginger beer, and wine.

We usually park on the side roads near Eurisko – and on a weekday, you’ll appreciate the quieter vibes for a Downtown Asheville brewery.

12 Bones Smokehouse (South)

South Brewery: 2350 Hendersonville Rd, Arden, NC 28704; (828) 687-1395
RAD BBQ Joint/Taproom: 5 Foundy St Ste 10, Asheville, NC 28801; (828) 253-4499

Did you know that one of the top BBQ joints in Asheville also houses a brewery at their South location?

The Obamas famously dined at the 12 Bones Smokehouse River (RAD) location.

12 Bone’s is known for their local brews and large pulled pork, ribs, and smoked meats platters with all of those illustrious Southern sides. Cornbread. Okra. Slaw. Baked Beans.

At the South location – along with BBQ – find 12 Bones Smokehouse’s brewery and… Anthony Bourdain

Well, an ode to him at least.  Famous Asheville artist, Gus Cutty, painted a portrait of travel-inspiring Bourdain.

The 12 Bones South location has endless indoor and outdoor seating on the edge of a congested area.  It’s worth it.

At the South location, park in free on-site lots.  For the River location, utilize the free lots around the area.

Ginger’s Revenge

Address: 829 Riverside Dr. Suite 100, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: (828) 505-2462

For lovers of the Asheville cideries and gluten-free beer, Ginger’s Revenge is a must.

Although ginger beer may not be for everyone, you have to try it. It’s good for your stomach, right?

Plus, enjoy Ginger’s Revenge’s warehouse vibes. You can even hear the ginger beer brewing.

Their vibrant “ginger” mural is the backdrop for live music. Ginger’s Revenge also has board games and is a kid-friendly Asheville brewery.

Ginger’s Revenge features ginger beer flavored with fruits and spices.

Each year, we anxiously await their fall pumpkin flavors, and anything with lavender is for us. If they have the Arnold Palmer ginger beer on tap, get it.

All of Ginger’s Revenge’s ginger beers are naturally gluten-free and are made with 95% organic ingredients. And yes, they contain alcohol.

Be sure to check out Ginger’s Revenge food truck schedule too. Sometimes The Trashy Vegan and The Smokin’ Onion make appearances, both serving up gluten-free and vegan treats.

Don’t forget that if you head north, Zillicoah is nearby.

If you head south, you’ll hit the River Arts District (RAD), passing the famous AVL silo, Wedge Brewing (both locations), Bottle Riot (a stellar wine bar), and pleb urban winery – one of Asheville’s quirky wineries.

Hillman Beer

Address: 25 Sweeten Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28803
Phone Number: (828) 505-1312

If you are touring Biltmore Estate or dining in Historic Biltmore Village, be sure to head over to Hillman Beer. This is a dog-friendly brewery in Asheville.

Hillman produces some of our favorite beer styles including ESBs, Hefeweizens, Brown Ales, and Saisons.

Enjoy their airy taproom or sit outside on the back patio with your canine. Park yourself at a picnic table by the babbling brook.

Another one of the Asheville breweries with food, select from classic sandwiches, wraps, melts, salads, and pub appetizers.

Historic Biltmore Village also houses a secondary Asheville brewery location for Catawba Brewing.

If you are craving cocktails, head over to Red Stag Grill – with hunting lodge-inspired decor. Or, explore delicious lunch spots like The Cantina, Corner Kitchen, and Well-Bred Bakery.

Catawba Brewing Co.

South Slope: 32 Banks Ave; Asheville, NC 28801; (828) 552-3934
Biltmore Village: 63 Brook St.; Asheville, NC 28803; (828) 424-7290

Catawba Brewing Co. Downtown Asheville NC with two white brunette men and one female drinking beer at table
Catawba Brewing is warehouse chic. Like the River Arts District, Catawba is one of the Asheville breweries surrounded by vibrant street art. You won’t be bored – or thirsty – around this area.

One of the most popular breweries in Asheville, Catawba Brewing Co. won’t disappoint.

Catawba brews up delicious White Ales and plays with flavors like orange, pumpkin, coffee, coconut, peach, and lime.

Of course, find Stouts, IPAs, Porters, Browns, Ambers, Sours, Saisons, and even Cream Ales. We suggest ordering a beer flight since it’s hard to pick just one.

Encounter a chic and sizable warehouse with hanging chandeliers at their South Slope location. Enjoy delicious food trucks too.

Nearby, don’t miss Bear’s BBQ or Buxton Hall, two famous Asheville BBQ joints. Vortex is also a delicious donut shop known for its coffee and variety of vegan donuts.

Catawba Brewing also has a taproom at Asheville’s Historic Biltmore Village.

Hi-Wire Brewing

Big Top: 2A Huntsman Pl; Asheville, NC; (828) 738-2451
South Slope: 197 Hilliard Ave; Asheville, NC; (828) 738-2452
RAD Beer Garden: 284 Lyman Street; Asheville, NC; (828) 738-2454

It’s no secret that you’ll find many of the best Downtown Asheville breweries around South Slope – it’s a happening neighborhood.

Hi-Wire features Lagers and Sour beers. They usually have a Brown Ale and IPA or two too.

Hi-Wire has breweries across North Carolina, including Durham and Wilmington. They also have a Knoxville location, which makes a great day trip from Asheville.

In Asheville, find Hi-Wire Brewing at South Slope, Big Top/Biltmore Village, and now the River Arts District. The Biltmore Village location is a little wild with traffic and congestion though.

Hi-Wire’s South Slope taproom is known for its rainbow mural and offers the ideal location for a day of Asheville brewery hopping.

Be sure to check out the Pack library archive pictures in the restrooms at South Slope that feature Asheville’s unique history.

Next door, Ben’s Tune-Up is a must, complete with a sake bar and beer garden. There’s nothing else like it in all of Asheville.

Newer to Asheville, Hi-Wire’s River Arts District beer garden is an incredible space filled with vibrant murals. Sit in refurbished shipping containers or in their large warehouse taproom.

Find an on-site food truck or dine at one of RAD’s delicious restaurants like Baby Bull, Bull & Beggar, or RosaBees.

All Sevens Brewing (777)

Address: 777 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Phone Number: (828) 225-9782

All Sevens Brewing Asheville NC with white  brunette male in blue t-shirt with 5 flight glasses filled with various amber and blonde beers
For Asheville breweries with food, don’t miss All Sevens Brewing in West Asheville – a fantastic brewpub.

One of our personal favorite breweries in West Asheville, All Sevens Brewing has all of the beers that we crave: Amber, Hefe, Kolsch, Nut Brown, ESB, Helles, and Blonde.

All Sevens Brewing is a part of the Westville Pub, home to budget-friendly pub grub.

777 is one of the smaller breweries in Asheville too. Their beers come straight from the brite tanks that you can see on the left side of the restaurant.

This area is perfect for mural spying. Be sure to check out Gus Cutty’s RuPaul and Dolly Parton mural on the side of the Beauty Parade.

Then, grab Darë vegan cheese from the West Village Market, and enjoy a quirky dinner at Jargon or famous Nine Mile, two delicious West Asheville restaurants.

Or, head to one of the best Thai food restaurants in town, Thai Pearl.

Plus, The Whale Beer Collective – for beer fanatics – is over here.

The Whale has one of the most extensive beer, wine, cider, and mead menus for Asheville bars. Attached to Haywood Common, grab healthy bites and sit on the patio.

We’ve shared favorite Asheville breweries as locals, but we always get asked about the most popular and best breweries in Asheville that travelers must try (not that we don’t love them too).

Below are what many consider to be the best breweries in Downtown Asheville, although remember that all of the breweries on this list are great for different reasons.

Green Man Brewery

Address: 27 Buxton Ave.; Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: (828) 252-5502

Green Man Brewing In Asheville NC with mural of green man logo and white brunette male looking over railing
For one of the biggest breweries in Asheville, don’t pass up Green Man. Find three levels of beer heaven – a Zen rock garden and rooftop bar included. Head to Dirty Jack’s for dive bar vibes, which is right next door.

Green Man is one of North Carolina’s and Asheville’s original breweries, popping up in 1997.

Their massive main location is three stories high with multiple bars, rooftop seating, a zen garden, and views of their brewing process.

Dirty Jack’s is located right next door, which is an equally fun dive bar.

We prefer Green Man’s Lagers, and they make – without a doubt – the best ESB in town. Green Man features IPAs, Ambers, Porters, and Sours. Don’t forget to stock up on their endless beer schwag.

Green Man has a modern and sleek taproom along with the iconic Green Man logo that guards all brews.

In many cultures, the Green Man is a symbol of rebirth, and it’s fair to say that Asheville has grown into quite the destination.

Wicked Weed Brewing

Downtown Brewpub: 91 Biltmore Ave. Asheville, NC 28801; (828) 575-9599
Funkatorium: 147 Coxe Ave., Asheville, NC 28801; (828) 552-3203
Wicked Weed West: 145 Jacob Holm Way, Candler, NC 28715; (828) 365-7166

We are pretty sure that Wicked Weed is one of the most popular and sought-out breweries in Asheville, NC. We love them, but as locals, we also stay away during peak seasons.

Wicked Weed gets packed – and rightfully so. Plus, they are also one of the top Asheville brewpubs.

With cozy indoor seating – we usually squeeze in at the bar – and an outdoor, dog-friendly patio with firepits that overlook bustling Asheville, Wicked Weed Brewing is a Downtown hot spot.

Find a full menu of food, including sandwiches, burgers, and heavier entrees like salmon and steak. Of course, you can snack on a pretzel or hummus while trying one of their foamy beers.

The drink selection at Wicked Weed is impressive with cocktails, red and white wine, ciders, and Asheville beer, beer, beer.

We are always a fan of their fall seasonal brews. Like Catawba Brewing, Wicked Weed loves to play with flavors, including lavender, cherries, chocolate, and chai. They’ll also have the hops.

Nearby, enjoy Downtown Asheville restaurants like Limones, The Blackbird, and Cúrate.

If you look across the street, the purple drunk bus – Lazoom – is always a good idea – and is one of the most fun things to do in Asheville.

Wicked Weed’s Funkatorium

Wicked Weed Funkatorium with two sour beers and a cocktail on table in front of mural of man with pink flowers
Don’t miss Wicked Weed’s Funkatorium, which boasts of the East Coast’s first sour beer dedicated taproom.

Closer to Twin Leaf and Chemist Distillery in the South Slope, if you enjoy sour beers, you’ll want to head to Funkatorium – owned by Wicked Weed.

This is the East Coast’s first sour beer dedicated taproom. Funkatorium has an outdoor Biergarten to enjoy Rosé and sours on tap.

Encounter eclectic flavors to zap your taste buds, including elderflower, raspberries, grapefruit, tropical fruit, vanilla, and cherries.

You can also taste a few of these sours at Wicked Weed. If sour beers aren’t your jam, Funkatorium also serves stellar craft cocktails.

Funkatorium features plentiful covered and uncovered outdoor seating and a gorgeous taproom.

For even more nearby Asheville distilleries like Chemist, don’t miss Cultivated Cocktails and Dalton. Rye Knot in North AVL is both a brewery and distillery serving dinner.

Burial Beer Company

Address: 40 Collier Ave.; Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: (828) 475-2739

Lager at Burial Brewing Co Asheville with Sloth and Tom Selleck mural
Don’t forget to say “hi” to Gus Cutty’s Sloth and Tom Selleck at Burial Beer Company.

Like Hi-Wire, Burial Beer Company has breweries across North Carolina, including South Slope in Asheville and Raleigh.

True to their namesake, Burial beers have pretty spooky and ominous names like “A Guillotine of Contemplation” and “The Shattered Remains of Nothingness.”

Try an Imperial Stout, Barrel-Aged Sour, or India Pale Ale.

Or, visit their Forestry Camp Taproom in Biltmore Village, a full-service kitchen featuring American cuisine, beer, cocktails, and wine.

Bhramari Brewing Company

Address: 101 S. Lexington Ave.; Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: (828) 214-7981

Before we moved to AVL, Bhramari was one of the first breweries in Asheville, NC that we ever visited. Why? Because we heard that they made the wildest beer concoctions.

And yes, they most definitely lived up to this reputation.

With Edison lights and what we can only describe as tree discs stuck to the walls, Bhramari feels a little smaller than all of the breweries in Asheville but packs a whole lot of heart.

Outside, though, they’ve extended their seating.

For Asheville breweries with food, enjoy weekly specials as well as burgers, pizza, peanuts, and nachos while sipping on one of their experimental beers.

Bhramari usually plays with a few Goses, adds magic to India Pale Ales, fruits up some Berliner Weisses, and adds something rich to their Stouts.

The beers change often, and you’ll want to try as many as possible. If traditional beers are your jam, though, we are not sure you will fully appreciate this beer selection.

Highland Brewing

Address: 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 200; Asheville, North Carolina 28803; (828) 299-3370
S&W Market Location: 56 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Highland Brewing Asheville NC with flight of blonde, stout, and amber beers, on a bar in front of Highland Brewing sign
Don’t miss Highland Brewing at the new S&W Market in Downtown Asheville, NC. While there is a first-floor bar conveniently located at the door, head to the second floor for more of their beer selections.

Highland Brewing opened slightly before Green Man in 1994. Highland offers year-round brews as well as small-batch rotating flavors.

Find a little bit of everything with White, Wheat, Pilsner, IPA, Red Ale, and Stout beers. We highly suggest a flight.

New for 2021, Highland Brewing also has upper and lower level bars at the new S&W Market. Along with your beer, you can munch on tacos, fried chicken sandwiches, and hot dogs.

More Breweries In Downtown Asheville

Are you looking for more breweries in Downtown Asheville?

Many of the best breweries in Asheville, NC mentioned above are around or close to South Slope, including Bhramari, Burial, Green Man, Wicked Weed, and the Funkatorium.

Below are a few more of our personal favorite Downtown Asheville breweries – some near restaurants like Tupelo, Red Ginger, and Farm Burger as well as Asheville’s famous cideries like Noble and Botanist and Barrel.

Thirsty Monk Brewery

Downtown Asheville & Top Of The Monk: 92 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801; (828) 254-5470
Biltmore Park Address: 2 Town Square Blvd #170; Asheville, NC, 28803; (828) 687-3873

One of the most unassuming breweries in Asheville, Thirsty Monk has locations in Biltmore Town Park and Downtown Asheville.

Thirsty Monk Downtown features its own beers on the main level. These include Lagers, spiced seltzers, and Belgians.

If you head to the basement, find Delirium Brewing – known for serving some of the best beers in the world. There are only a few U.S. taprooms

Be sure to head upstairs to Top of the Monk, a rooftop bar with cocktails. This speakeasy-like space is cozy with locked-up little treats and stellar craft cocktails.

White Labs Brewing Co. Asheville

Address: 172 S Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: (828) 974-3868

One of the Downtown Asheville breweries with food, White Labs is located on your way into or out of North Asheville.

A local brewery that is family-friendly, White Labs Kitchen and Tap serves pizza, burgers, sandwiches, and sharables – gluten-free and vegan options included.

Of course, they offer fun cocktails and make their own craft beer.

Some of White Labs’ beers are gluten-reduced (just ask), and find Stouts, Lagers, and Ambers.

White Labs also showcases local guest taps in case you aren’t able to make it to all of the incredible Asheville breweries.

Sit inside their taproom or outside on the patio out front or upstairs. There is plenty of on-site parking.

Know that you cannot really walk to White Labs from Downtown – you’d have to cross busy Charlotte Street, which we do not recommend.


Address: 63 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Dssolvr Brewery Downtown Asheville with two small pours of orange and yellow beer and one glass of yellow cider
If you enjoy sours, Dssolvr is a hipster Downtown Asheville brewery. Pictured above are a Kolsch, Mango Gose, and oaky cider.

Technically, Dssolvr labels itself as a “beverage company” versus a brewery. They enjoy making many of the old-school beers like traditional Lagers and IPAs, but then they have a sour side.

Interested in the fermentation process, Dssolvr is hoping to expand past beer into wines, meads, and ciders, teaming up with local farmers and artisans.

For Downtown Asheville breweries, their taproom is filled with fun blend beers and a classic selection.

Dssolvr has both indoor and outdoor seating, and you can order half pours to try a little bit of everything.

One World Brewing

Downtown AVL Address: 10 Patton Ave #002; Asheville, NC 28801; (828) 785-5580
West Address: 520 Haywood Road; Asheville, NC 28806; (828) 575-9992

One World Brewing is one of the Downtown Asheville breweries that is a little quieter. They also have a location over on Haywood Road.

We enjoy the downtown taproom, which sits underground near Farm Burger – one of the top burger spots in town – and is decorated with A Christmas Story leg lamp and other funky colored lights.

Of course, there are alien vibes, too. For Asheville beer, they have a little bit of everything.

If you are looking to escape the bad weather on a rainy day or hide from the crowds, One World is a chill and fun place to be.

Urban Orchard Cider Company

South Slope Address: 24 Buxton Ave; Asheville, NC 28801; (828) 505-7243
West Asheville Location: 210 Haywood Rd; Asheville, NC 28806; (828) 774-5151

Tom has Celiac Disease, which means that he is either ordering cider, mead, or wine at many of these Downtown Asheville breweries.

Sometimes, the breweries will have a reduced-gluten beer on tap too.

However, Urban Orchard Cider Company is for him. In the winter, we are always stoked to see Gluhwein on the menu.

Although technically a cidery, we are including Urban Orchard on this list. It’s still an Asheville must.

Urban Orchard South Slope is a gorgeous building near Catawba Brewing. You cannot miss its vibrant street art out front.

Head inside to an open and modern taproom. Here, try a variety of apple ciders with hops, ginger, fruits, or spices.

Cider isn’t for everyone, but give it a try at least once. You never know!

Don’t miss all of the great cideries in Asheville, including Noble Cider and Botanist & Barrel.

Be sure to check out all of these gluten-free options in Asheville for food and drink.

Twin Leaf Brewery

Address: 144 Coxe Avenue Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: (828) 774-5000

Twin Leaf Brewery Downtown Asheville with picture of taproom
One of the best breweries in Asheville, NC, don’t skip Twin Leaf over some of the more popular names. We love these guys, and their taproom is like sitting in a giant greenhouse.

For Downtown Asheville breweries, we enjoy Twin Leaf Brewery. Although busy, many tourists skip over this brewery opting for Wicked Weed and its nearby Funkatorium.

Twin Leaf’s beer is delicious, and you’ll feel as though you are sitting in a greenhouse.

Twin Leaf is IPA-heavy, and we usually order a Pilsner or Stout. We appreciate their attitude, ambiance, and vibes.

If you are beer-hopping across Asheville, Funkatorium, Catawba, Green Man, Asheville Brewing (Coxe Ave.), and Hi-Wire South Slope are all nearby.

This area gets a bit congested for parking, but you’ll find pay lots around the side streets.

Historic Biltmore Village Breweries

French Broad River Brewery

Address: 101 Fairview Rd D, Asheville, NC 28803
Phone Number: (828) 277-0222

French Broad River Brewery with taps and glass of cider and amber beer
If you are walking around Biltmore Village, sneak off of the beaten track and walk just a bit further to French Broad River Brewery.

We always purchase French Broad River Brewery’s Kölsch at our local Ingles grocery store.

Located on the outskirts of Historic Biltmore Village – but still somewhat walkable – don’t miss their taproom.

Sit inside or outside. Just keep in mind that on a warm day, their taproom doesn’t have AC. It gets a little steamy in here.

French Broad River Brewery serves up IPAs, an ESB, our beloved Kölsch, Stouts, and Porters.

French Broad River Brewery is also in the same area as Edna Ryne Distilling Company. Hillman Beer is just a short walk across the street.

A Notable Asheville Brewery Mention:

Biltmore Brewing Co. – Biltmore Estate House Brews – Although not a brewery, Biltmore makes its own in-house brews that you can order at Cedric’s Tavern.

They are delicious, and Cedric’s – named after the beloved Biltmore pooch – is perfect for lunch or dinner.

Best Breweries In North Asheville, Woodfin, & River Arts District (RAD)

Wedge At Foundation

Wedge At Foundation Address: 5 Foundy Street; Asheville, NC 28801; (828) 253-7152
Wedge Brewery Studio Location: 129 Roberts St, Asheville, NC 28801; (828) 505-2792

Wedge Brewing At Foundation in River Arts District Asheville NC blue building covered with street art
As locals, Wedge at Foundation is another one of our favorite breweries in Asheville. Located in the River Arts District, you’ll find a great beer selection, endless street art, and artist studios.

Wedge Brewing is one of the best breweries in Asheville if you are hoping to tour the River Arts District.

There are two Wedge locations: Foundation – deeper into the River Arts District with pleb urban winery – and Studios, which is closer to the Asheville silo.

The Foundation location is in the heart of RAD. Sip beer on their outside patio surrounded by urban street art, a skate park, shops, cafes, and artist studios.

Inside is pretty cozy too, and we usually pull up a stool and vacation plan here.

Visitors can drink IPAs, Pilsners, Stouts, Lagers, Golden Ales, Cream Ales, and even Sours. For ambiance and location, Wedge Brewing has it all.

Next door, find the famous 12 Bones Smokehouse River location and grab coffee at Summit – one of the best Asheville coffee shops.

Riverside Rhapsody Brewery

Address: 995 Riverside Drive; Woodfin, NC 28804
Phone Number: (828) 575-2370

Riverside Rhapsody Brewery Woodfin NC with white hand holding up a Saison against a mural
Although technically not one of the Asheville breweries, Riverside Rhapsody butts up against North and West Asheville in Woodfin, making this a quiet local brewery to grab a Saison across from the French Broad River.

Riverside Rhapsody is one of the most hidden and no-frills breweries in Asheville and Woodfin.

Just across the street from the French Broad River, find a wooden building filled with Saisons and lighter beers.

Sit at a covered picnic table or grab a bar stool and sit in the sun at a wine barrel.

Riverside Rhapsody’s selection is a bit smaller than the Downtown Asheville breweries, but you’ll enjoy the quiet at this more local joint.

Zillicoah Brewing and one Asheville Pizza and Brewing location are out this way as well.

Not-To-Miss West Asheville Breweries

Lastly, don’t miss the breweries in West Asheville – a hipster Asheville neighborhood filled with gorgeous murals, great food, and a more laid-back, hipster scene.

West Asheville is also home to Hole Doughnuts, Fleetwoods, One World, and Urban Orchard Cider Co. West.

If you are headed there, be sure to read more about West Asheville shops and things to do.

Archetype Brewing

West Asheville: 265 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806; (828) 505-4177
Downtown Asheville: 174 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801; (828) 505-8305

One of the best breweries in West Asheville, don’t skip Archetype Brewing.

This brewery is guarded by a Joan of Arc mural created by Ian the Painter; it’s actually his daughter Ella. Honestly, we get some GOT vibes from it too.

Archetype has a gorgeous (newer) rooftop seating area overlooking Downtown. Sit on one of two different patios and enjoy a quieter ambiance.

The beers are named after their actual archetype, and this Asheville beer company believes in clean and mindful bevies.

We prefer their lighter beers. Find quirky Saisons with sour hints and Belgians.

UpCountry Brewing

Address: 1042 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Phone Number: (828) 575-2400

UpCountry Brewing Asheville NC with colorful wall mural with sun, blue mountains and flowers
UpCountry is just like sitting in a cabin in the woods – with beer taps.

With locations in West Asheville and Brevard, UpCountry is a delicious brewery in Asheville for pizza and beer.

Although located on busy Haywood Road, you feel like you are sitting in your best friend’s backyard with a brew and scrumptious bites.

UpCountry Brewing epitomizes West Asheville with its stellar murals and super chill vibe.

Order the Gratta Pizzeria pizza – you can smell it before you even walk in. And yes, they have gluten-free crust and vegan cheese from Darë.

Grata Pizzeria UpCountry Brewing West Asheville sliced pizza with mushrooms
No one can resist the smell of pizza paired with Asheville craft beer.

West Asheville also has the best specialty foods and vegan and vegetarian restaurants.

Across the street, head to The Odditorium – an LGBTQ+ bar – and Leo’s House of Thirst, one of our favorite wine bars.

Larger & Nationally-Known Asheville Breweries With Food

We saved the biggest breweries in Asheville, NC for last because they are a little more tourist-geared but also fun to visit once.

Technically, Sierra Nevada is in Fletcher/Mills River, but it’s literally next to the airport so it counts…

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Address: 100 Sierra Nevada Way; Fletcher, NC 28732
Phone Number: (828) 681-5300

Sierra Nevada Brewery NC building
If you are famished after your flight into Asheville, don’t miss Sierra Nevada, which is minutes from the airport.

As mentioned above, Sierra Nevada is conveniently located next to the Asheville airport. We tend to stop here before boarding a flight or right when we get back.

If our family is flying into town and hungry for lunch, we head over here too.

We have yet to take a tour, but we enjoy their taproom menu and dropping in for some beer. Order duck fries, and try one of Sierra Nevada’s famous brews.

To us, Sierra Nevada’s beer is hoppy. Sierra Nevada Brewing has a souvenir shop and rather impressive grounds.

Sierra Nevada is located in Mills River, NC. While you are out that way, don’t miss these incredible Mills River breweries.

New Belgium Brewing Asheville

Address: 21 Craven St.; Asheville, North Carolina
Phone Number: (828) 333-6900

New Belgium Brewing Asheville NC with logo on wooden sign at entrance
New Belgium Brewing is another one of the largest brewing facilities and breweries in Asheville. Enjoy a beer and some food truck grub along the French Broad River.

One of the most touristy breweries in Asheville, New Belgium is an icon for Fat Tire. Should you head here? Sure! …And make reservations on Open Table.

Situated next to the French Broad River, enjoy a meal from their rotating food trucks, sit outside along the river, and sip one of their famous brews.

Like Sierra Nevada, we haven’t taken an official tour, but you’ll find a little bit of everything, including a shop and tons of photo ops.

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Beer-Hopping In Asheville? Where Can You Stay?

Asheville, NC Hotels

Hotels and B&Bs tend to book up fast in Asheville, especially in the fall, spring, and around holidays. Make dinner reservations wherever you can, too. A few hotels to consider that either we, our friends, or others highly recommend include:

Downtown Asheville
The Foundry Hotel
AC Hotel By Marriott Downtown Asheville
Hotel Indigo
Aloft – Downtown Asheville *One of our top picks; they renovated in 2020

Near The Asheville Outlets/Biltmore
Hampton Inn And Suites Asheville Biltmore Area *Our second favorite pick. We stayed here before we moved.
DoubleTree By Hilton Biltmore/Asheville
Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville

North Asheville/Montford
The Omni Grove Park Inn *We frequently stop by the Grove Park Inn for sunsets, drinks, and food.
1900 Inn On Montford

Don’t miss our Top Asheville Hotel, Resort & B&B Picks Here.

What are your favorite Asheville, NC breweries?

What are the best Asheville breweries that you frequent? What are your favorite local Asheville beer flavors? Let us know in the comments!

For More WNC Breweries:

Best Breweries Near Brevard, NC
Delicious Breweries In Mills River
Where To Drink In Black Mountain
Must-Visit Hendersonville Breweries

Soak Up That Beer With Some Grub:

Asheville Food & Bevie Guide
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Don Zelm

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

Try the German chocolate stout at Eurisko on Short Coxe.


Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

Yes!! I really love Eurisko's Helles as well. Thanks so much for the beer suggestion.