Are you looking for gin, whiskey, rum, moonshine, and liqueurs in AVL? Don’t miss these 5 fantastic distilleries in Asheville, NC — and their spirited products on local shelves.
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It’s no secret that Asheville is a major foodie town with endless breweries. However, did you know that Asheville also offers even more boozy adventures like wineries and distilleries?
The distilleries in Asheville host tastings, tours, and cocktails. You can find their spirits and liquors at local restaurants and package stores (OK; I’m busted here: I am originally from CT…liquor stores!? Whatever you call them).
I won’t pretend to be a distillery expert here, either. I just drink the goods, know what I like, and occasionally whip up a cocktail for my other site, The Uncorked Librarian.
So, what Asheville distilleries should you visit for your spirits and liquors? Which ones have bars and serve cocktails? Below, UA is sharing 5 main distilleries in Asheville, NC and what makes each so special. Let’s get started.
**Please keep in mind that while we frequently update our articles, double-check all information about tastings and tours during this pandemic.
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It’s no secret that Cultivated Cocktails (formerly H & H Distillery) is one of our favorite distilleries in Asheville. We also partner with them for The Uncorked Librarian’s literary cocktails — our sister site.
Along with classy home bar schwag like double jiggers, glassware, and shakers, you can purchase whiskey, rum, vodka, gin, and liqueurs. Our favorites include the Steel Horse Whisky, Shades of Rose Gin, and Coffee Liqueur. They also sell delicious bitters, and you can order a craft cocktail at the bar.
You might remember The Uncorked Librarian showcasing one of their craft cocktail boxes — complete with glasses, recipe, and ingredients — on the Aloft Hotel’s new Ledge mid-2020.
Cultivated Cocktails Distillery Location
Distillery & Shop: 29 Page Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Cultivated Cocktails’s production facility is located in East Asheville. Tours of the Asheville distillery are by appointment only.
Founded in 2010, one of the Asheville distilleries on our bucket list includes Asheville Distilling. 2020 has been quite a year, and usually, they offer tours and tastings.
Asheville Distilling Company is also one of the few distilleries in Asheville that produces Moonshine. Here, you can taste whiskey brimming with mountain-flavors like honey and nectarine.
Asheville Distilling Location
12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC 28803
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If you are looking for distilleries in Asheville near all of the local breweries like Twin Leaf, the Funkatorium, and Green Man, head to Chemist Spirits. Explore many of Chemist’s creations at local Asheville establishments like Chiesa and Biltmore, too.
Chemist specializes in gin, and you can do a tasting while there. They also produce a Chocolate Orange Gin Liqueur, Reserve Whiskey, and Biltmore Rose Gin.
For 2020 into 2021, they have temporarily halted distillery tours for safety. Don’t forget to visit Antidote at Chemist Spirits, their 19th-century cocktail lounge.
Chemist Spirits Location
151 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
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A family-run Asheville distillery, Dalton Distillery is Asheville’s first legal downtown distillery. They specialize in vodka and rum, and their spirits are Caribbean Island-inspired mixed with Appalachian love.
Dalton Distillery also boasts of a “dive bar,” Dalton Distillery Bar, that serves the most local spirits in town. You will find a hipster place with arcade games and outdoor seating.
Dalton Distillery Location
251 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC, 28801
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Like many of the distilleries in Asheville, Eda Rhyne Distilling Company’s goal is to capture the essence of Southern Appalachia. They are also intrigued by the medicinal properties of the local flora and fauna.
Uniquely, Eda Rhyne is the only distillery in North Carolina to produce Amaro, an Italian herbal liqueur. Along with their Amara Flora, Eda Rhyne produces an Appalachian Fernet and Rustic Nocino.
Their tasting room is temporarily closed.
Eda Rhyne Distilling Company Location
101 Fairview Rd Suite A, Asheville, NC 28803
Touring Your Way Around Asheville? Here Are Some Accommodation Ideas:
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:
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
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 distilleries in Asheville, NC?
What is your favorite Asheville distillery and spirit? We’d love to hear about your boozy Asheville experiences. Tell us all in the comments.