The breweries keep on popping up all around Western North Carolina. Asheville took the lead, then both Waynesville and Hendersonville followed suit, and now Marshall NC is getting their first brewery thanks to Mad Co. Brewing! This coming Saturday is going to be the big day as they open at high noon and the party lasts until Midnight. Although they are not brewing their own beer just yet, they will have a bunch of guest taps for you to enjoy. If you are in the Madison County area, or just feel like taking a short drive from Asheville, you should check this place out!
When you think about Asheville breweries, the first thing that comes to mind is craft beer of course. But after a short time, and a few brews, your stomach starts to kick in and put in a food request. You can always go to a restaurant that features plenty of local Asheville beer, as so many places do. Barley’s Pizza for example is a staple in downtown Asheville, and although Highland Brewing started their operation in the basement, they have never actually brewed any beer themselves. Instead they have a pizzeria that hosts craft beer taps from the local area, as well as specialty nationwide taps.
Many of you want that brewery experience. In the past, breweries kind of strayed away from food for the most part. Some did not want to seem competitive with eateries, while other just didn’t want the responsibility of food. Because if the food is not great, the beer begins to not taste so great either; consistency is important. So they either offered bar snacks or maybe even featured one of the local food trucks.
Now several breweries in Asheville are serving some delicious food options, and we even caught ourselves going there for the food first, and drinking a brew as an afterthought.
Here are the Asheville breweries-eateries that you must try:
- Sweeten Creek Brewing – they have their own brews on taps as well as several guest taps, and they are all good! But the sandwiches are out of this world. This spot will easily become your favorite sandwich shop. (featured in photo 1)
- Bhramari Brewhouse – talk about some amazing food and brews, this place has it all. You do not want to come to Asheville without stopping here for a beer and something to eat. (featured in photo 2)
- Wicked Weed Brewing – this place did not go from zero to hero by mistake. It was a calculated plan of stellar craft beer, mixed with a bunch of food options.
- Lexington Avenue Brewery – a local hangout in downtown Asheville that features many craft beer taps, a menu with lots of food, and one of the best people watching patios in the area.
- Asheville Pizza & Brewing – what goes better with a bunch of local craft beer taps than pizza? This spot has always been on point, and perfect if you are looking for a pizza & pub food spot that specializes in brewing their own beer.
So I was working today, and stuck doing so. That was until a tweet came across the screen from Sweeten Creek Brewing in South Asheville talking about their lunch specials. One was a ham with double Swiss cheese, and the other was hot shaved beef sub. So I abandoned ship and headed that way. I had been here before, but this was the first time I was here when they were open. The two previous times I was invited here by someone who did not check the hours, so was glad to finally enter the doors.
Upon arrival, I ordered a Brown Ale, because I was at a brewery. Now they had some non-beer non-alcoholic drinks, but I that’s for the kiddos.
I got my sandwich and it was so delicious. The macaroni salad was pretty good too. This place could easily stand with any sandwich shop in the Asheville area.
Great spot with a nice beer bar, indoor space, and lots of outdoor space. It is a little hard to find, but once you get here, you will definitely enjoy!
|Highland Brewing Company|
Highland Brewing company is the first craft brewery of Asheville North Carolina
12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC 28803
|Green Man Brewing|
Green Man Brewery in Asheville North Carolina is one of Asheville's original breweries
27 Buxton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
|Hi-Wire Brewing - Big Top|
Hi-Wire Brewing has a new location near Biltmore Village that is definitely worth a visit.
2A Huntsman Pl, Asheville, NC 28803
|Lexington Avenue Brewery|
Lexington Avenue Brewery is has several brews on tap as well as lots of food
39 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
|Wicked Weed Brewing|
Wicked Weed Brewing came on the scene and has grown tremendously with their craft beer
91 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Bhramari Brewhouse is one of Asheville's newest breweries offering great food and an outdoor patio
101 S Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
|Burial Beer Co|
Burial Beer Co. has been around for a few years now and continues to brew some incredible batches of beer
40 Collier Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
|Asheville Brewing Company|
Asheville Brewing Company started as a pizza joint, expanded to become a brewery, and offers some great beer choices
77 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
|Oyster House Brewing Company|
Oyster House Brewing Company is a little spot in West Asheville that you should check out if you are on that end of town
625 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
|Wedge Brewing Co|
Wedge Brewing Company is located in the River Arts District and is a must-visit in town
37 Paynes Way, Asheville, NC 28801
There is a lot of craft beer all around Asheville and Western North Carolina, but if you cannot drink them all, here are 10 breweries that you should definitely pay a visit to:
- Highland Brewing
- Wedge Brewing Co.
- Green Man Brewery
- Asheville Brewing
- Hi-Wire Brewery
- Burial Beer
- Oyster House Brewing
- Bhramari Brewhouse
- Lexington Avenue Brewery
- Wicked Weed Brewing
See the map above for a full list of coordinates and directions to guide you to each of these great Asheville Beer places.
Luella’s is definitely one of our favorite go-to places if we are in the mood for barbecue. We stopped in tonight and as we were getting seated, I heard Aaron LaFalce playing the guitar, and you can watch the performance by clicking here. So we sat down and were greeted by Aniela, who then took care of us the whole time. Also bumped into my friend Suzie who is now working there. A great night all around!
First, we ordered some craft beer. This was the Soulvation IPA from Innovation Brewing!
Then we had chopped brisket, pulled pork, and pulled chicken, along with some fantastic sides such as mac & cheese, okra, and a pineapple casserole that we called our dessert.
And Aniela then introduced us to their loyalty card where you eat 9 meals and get one free. We did not know Luella’s did this, but now we know, and will definitely use it. Thank you for a wonderful meal, staff and experience!