Did you know?
Asheville, North Carolina has the most breweries per capita above every other city in the United States? Take that Denver! Just keep in mind what per capita actually means…Asheville is small.
Can’t say that I absolutely LOVE beer…I am definitely more of cider person; which my boyfriend claims is not beer. Alcohol is alcohol to me, doesn’t matter what the fuck you call it.
I really wanted to take our camper (which is 90% complete) to explore a new destination! Somewhere closer to home so we could enjoy more of the weekend rather than spending an entire Sunday afternoon driving. Asheville had been on my list for quite some time; so we packed up and hit the road. We never actually planned on hitting so many breweries while there, but does anyone actually plan to visit 7 in a day? My goal was to see the city while simultaneously drowning myself in alcohol. Here’s the Bonvoyage Bitches self-made Brew Tour through Asheville!
Twin Leaf Brewery
144 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
First stop on our Brewery Tour was Twin Leaf! A beautiful Saturday afternoon and you would have thought this place would be packed already! I mean, it had just opened and we seemed to be one of few degenerates ready to drink our life away, but this place was gorgeous! If breweries are meant to be gorgeous. The industrial mixed with backyard charm, exposed wood and lots of games makes this place the perfect hangout spot. Twin Leaf is known for their house draft beers, and laid back vibe. Oh, and their local beef jerky is FIRE!
My not to miss beer: Urban Orchard Cider
Beer lovers not to miss beer: Double Helix Golden Ale
Worth the “flight”?: Absolutely! You can choose 5 for $10 and share with a friend 🙂
Wicked Weed Funkatorium
91 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Just a short stumble from Twin Leaf is the oh so popular Wicked Weed. I am definitely gonna get some backlash from this but it was probably my LEAST favorite brewery. I am sweet like sugar (my devil horns hold up the halo) but I do not like my beer sour. Low and behold, neither did my boyfriend. It’s not say this spot wasn’t really cool. Almost like a medieval place to drink with the huge wood tables and wrought iron chandeliers. This brewery looked fit for a king! Too bad we played the Joker and hated every beer here. It’s pretty cool to see how they combine the flavors of beer, wine and spices to curate a VERY different taste! To each their own though…try out some sour beer if you dare!
Beer lovers not to miss beer: Recurrant (sour red ale aged in Cabernet barrels & black currants)
Worth the “flight”?: To me? FACKKK no
Burial Beer Co.
40 Collier Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Another hop and a skip away was Burial..and by the name I am sure you can imagine what type of place this would be. We didn’t choose any breweries because of names or ratings. Just simply how fast we could walk to each one haha. Burial turned out to be a small, yet awesome brewery with again, the in and out open air feel. The Saturday we picked seemed to be the best day for brewery hopping. HA get it?? Hopping…like hops that are in beer. We were starting to get hungry at this point but decided to buy a flight of some notoriously good beer to fill our stomachs before!
Burial took my coffee beer virginity! Since I love chocolate AND coffee, I had always wanted to try a nice milky stout. MMMMM was it good! With them menu ever-changing though it is hard to pin point the favorites, but these guys are afraid to stray from the norm with their brews. What stood out to me here however was all the packaging and names reflected Burial as a whole. Skulls, crossbones, and super intense beer names…I loved it all!
Beer lovers not to miss beer: A Most Fitting Death (see what I mean about the names?)
Worth the “flight”?: For Sure!
32 Banks Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
So, I feel bad for saying this but we never would have gone here if the restaurant we wanted to eat right next door wasn’t so packed. Honestly, by this point we were pretty tipsy and hungry. Can’t say anything really stood out to me here except it was ALSO very very busy. I think only because people would come to wait here, and grab a beer while they waited for the BBQ place next door. Sorry ’bout it. ANYWHO, we once again bought a flight, because why the fuck not. I will say though that the staff was super friendly and oh so helpful when we just couldn’t decide on what beer to inhale. This quick pit stop wasn’t much to write home about, and the beer was sub par.
My not to miss beer: Urban Orchard Cider but BLACKBERRY this time!
Beer lovers not to miss beer: Mother Trucker Pale Ale
Worth the “flight”?: Wouldn’t say yes, wouldn’t say no.
39 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Don’t worry about my alcoholism…we subsided the drinking to hit up some famous landmarks and stroll around town before we got here. You’re so judgmental. By this time our stomachs were full and our buzzed feeling was wearing off. Couldn’t let that happen, so we found Lexington. Contrary to reviews online, this place was great! The ambiance wasn’t all that, but their indoor/outdoor space made it perfect for people watching. My favorite hobby while on vacation. As full as we were, I had to get some truffle fries with my beer!
My not to miss beer: Thumper!!!
Beer lovers not to miss beer: Green Thumb
Worth the “flight”?: Totally! But get the truffle fries too 😉
One World Brewing
10 Patton Ave #002, Asheville, NC 28801
By this time, all the breweries started to merge together. We stumbled upon this brewpub by simply walking down the street. Don’t be fooled though…you have to FIND this place. Down a flight of steps and into what looks like a dungeon. Once inside though, it’s an awesome hangout place reminding me of my college days equipped with shuffleboard, darts and other activities. This quaint basement bar down a sketchy alley will surprise the shit out of you with their beer, cider and mead selection! A fun place to escape to for a cold one!
My not to miss beer: Fox Hill Mead
Beer lovers not to miss beer: Saison of Love
Worth the “flight”?: Do It!!!
Urban Orchard Cidery
210 Haywood Road, Asheville NC 28806
FINALLY!! My favorite place we went all day long because its cider and not actual beer. IDGAF what anyone says…Cider can be a “pussy” drink all it wants but I love it and that’s that. I have been to a cidery in Atlanta before and hated it, so I was super stoked to really enjoy this place. A little out-of-the-way, not in walking distance like most of the other ones but definitely worth checking out if you love sweet stuff like me! To our dismay, the service was not that good though. It literally took 35 minutes for a meat & cheese plate to come out. They were nice about it though and comped it off our bill, but still a blow to their 5 star rating I wanted to give. Nonetheless, the ciders were everything I had imagined and that’s all that matters 🙂
My not to miss beer: Umm, all of them but I personally liked Black Hole
Beer lovers not to miss beer: Blue Moon Rizin’
Worth the “flight”?: YES!!
Hopefully you aren’t seeing double after following along on our Asheville breweries tour. The very best advice I can give is to take your time, stay hydrated and let your taste buds do the pickin’! Only you know what YOU like, but have fun and be adventurous! I usually go by which name sounds the best, or by reading which one is the sweetest. Regardless of what you choose, make it a good one!
Have you ever been to Asheville? I know I missed some breweries this time around but damn, wasn’t trying to be wasted the whole weekend. Let me know which ones I shouldn’t miss next time and if you are really loving this…check out my latest YouTube video on our entire Asheville vacation!
ASHEVILLE TRIP …But until then…
xo Bonvoyage Bitches