To many, Asheville, North Carolina has become a craft beer destination to travel to and enjoy. It’s not hard to get to either; Asheville has a regional airport and Greenville, South Carolina’s international airport is only about an hour or so drive away. With 17 breweries within the city limits and about another dozen or so within a 30 minute to hour drive surrounding Asheville, you could spend a good weekend or even a week exploring both the beautiful outdoors and breweries found in the area.
My trek to Asheville lasted about 24 hours, after visiting some family in central North Carolina and my family and I were driving back to Texas and decided to stop for a night on our way home. It’s a quant mountain town with a lively downtown and a few other growing areas surrounding, like Montford and Biltmore Village. With plenty of touristy things to do in Asheville, the hotels available are a mixture of trendy boutique kitschy motels and big name hotel conglomerates, and everything in between. I understand there is a pretty eclectic selection of Airbnb spots, too.
But, the beer.
If you’ve heard of Asheville and never visited, I would imagine it would be because of either Wicked Weed Brewing or perhaps Burial Beer Co. If you haven’t heard of those, then you probably know that Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues and New Belgium all opened their second locations in (or down the road) from Asheville. These veteran breweries knew what Asheville folks already knew; there is great water, room for expansion and a community to support great beer.
Even though I only had 24 hours and was only able to visit Wicked Weed and Burial Beer Co, I can tell you with great confidence that I can’t wait to get back to Asheville. There are many breweries I didn’t get to hit up like Highland Brewing, Fonta Flora (Morgonton), Hi-Wire Brewing, Pisgah Brewing (Black Mountain) and others waiting to be discovered.