Brews News: Asheville Area Breweries Serve Up Seasonal Flavors
In Asheville, NC everyone notices the changing seasons and especially all of the local breweries who are on hand to pump out their latest concoctions. This year the choices are abundant and mouthwatering. So belly up and try a few.
OysterHouse Brewing: Asheville’s smallest brewery is located inside the Lobster Trap and offers a selection of house made Ales. Here you will find the perfect Oyster Stout to accompany your meal. The brewery opened in the back of the restaurant in 2009 was a brainstorm and a brewing dream come true for their head brewer.
Craggie Brewing Company prides itself on being “a brewery with a heart.” Here you can drink and donate to your favorite non-profit at the same time. The 4 seasonal brews this year are Germinator Doppelbock: A German-Style "Double" Bock, Herkulean IPA: A Dark IPA and Meet Your Maker: A Barley Wine Ale. Now that last one sounds real interesting.
At the Highland Brewing Company the two newest beers are Seven Sisters Abbey Style Ale and Cold Mountain Winter Ale. Being the oldest brewery in Asheville they just opened a tasting room and invite you to visit and partake in their bounties of the season.
French Broad Brewing Company located past Biltmore Village and across the tracks on Fairview Road may look small but they put out brews with big taste. Their motto is World Beer – Asheville Taste. The current featured brew is Zepptemberfest. Be sure to stop in for some live music and take home a cool jug of brew for later.
Catawba Valley Brewing Company is located down the mountain in Morganton, NC. Here you will find King Don’s Pumpkin Ale, King Coconut Porter and Hyper Monkey Java Stout to quench your thirst for a brew of the season. This Brewing Company opened last year and is quenching many a thirst in their once dry community.
For a taste of Germany in the mountains of WNC you will enjoy brews from Heinzelmännchen Brewery in Sylva NC. They will be Celebrating the Holiday Season by offering Gnutty Gnome Ale.
Appalachian Craft Brewery located in Fletcher, NC offers a very appropriate brew for the season, Black Bear Stout. No need to hibernate with this hearty beer available. Watch for their tasting room opening soon in Hendersonville, NC.
Lexington Avenue Brewery located in downtown Asheville not only offers fine brews but a great selection of food, entertainment and a bed for the weary traveler at their hostel located upstairs from the brewery. Currently they are offering 6 beers including Marzenbier a malt lover’s beer which is brewed in the Oktoberfest tradition.
Wedge Brewing Company located in an old warehouse in Asheville’s French Broad River Arts District has a few new brews up their sleeve as well. But not for long as coming in December will be the season’s Imperial Stout. In January they will release the brew 3rd Rail aptly named as the brewery faces out onto railroad tracks and a train yard. Nestled among the artist studios in the once abandoned warehouses they were voted Best Local Brewery by the Mountain Xpress.
Pisgah Brewing Company is located about 10 miles from Asheville in Black Mountain and was voted Best Brewery in Western North Carolina. Specializing in brewing organic beers their current seasonal offerings are Baptista, Hellbender Barleywine, India Pale Ale and Cosmos.
Asheville Pizza and Brewing and Asheville Brewing Company is not only a brewery but a great venue to eat, drink and watch a movie. New this year the brew described on their website as being “straight from the heart from us to you” is Christmas Jam White Ale. Just in time for the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam that comes to Asheville every year. Asheville Brewing is proud to have this brew as the official licensed beer of the Jam and all proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity. Now that’s in the spirit of the season and not unusual with the kind owners of this local favorite and the nice folks of Asheville who come out to support them.
Green Man Brewing is the second oldest brewery in Asheville and is always experimenting with new batches of brews to satisfy even the weariest soul. This brewing was originally owned and operated out of the back of Jack the Wood but in April of this year they went under new ownership. Jack of the Wood is still a strong supporter and carries all of their beers. Watch for Irish Dry Stout and Imperial Stout to be flowing soon at the tasting room known around town as “Dirty Jack’s.
So this Holiday Season you can celebrate with friends while drinking local brews and supporting local businesses. That’s the spirit of the holidays and of the Asheville Community!