With a nickname like “Beer City USA,” Asheville has certainly put itself on the map for global craft beer lovers. A city with over 35 breweries, you can’t drive or walk too far without coming upon a spot to sample the local hops. So, where’s a good place to start? Now home to nine of the best breweries in Asheville, the South Slope area is a perfect jumping off point.
Why South Slope for the Best Breweries in Asheville?
South Slope has become the beer destination within the beer destination. It’s an area of Asheville currently undergoing a revitalization, and the beer scene is lending a helping hand. Beer doing a city good? We’re all over that! You’ll see signs of the area’s past as an automotive dealer and industrial zone, only adding to the allure. Some of the breweries even pay homage to that history in their naming conventions, decor, and overall style. It’s a funky area that makes you feel hipster, millennial, and a little bit of “Am I cool enough to be here?” all at the same time.
And we say, even if you aren’t cool enough, fake it ‘til you make it. You don’t want to miss out on the nine breweries here. You can easily walk to all of them, making it the perfect spot to spend a day. So, catch an Uber or designate a driver to get you there, then spend several hours making your way on foot.
Here’s what you need to check out, in alphabetical order:
Asheville Brewing Company
77 Coxe Avenue The vibe at Asheville Brewing Company is chill. They have three locations around town but were the very first brewery to set up shop in South Slope. They have a small indoor bar so don’t necessarily plan on pulling up a stool. But you can set up at one of the indoor booths or a table in the huge outdoor space. It’s also a great spot to grab a pizza along with your brew. They’ve clearly been doing this awhile too, as the server was very well prepared to talk us through each of the beers. It’s a perfect place to kick off your tour of best breweries in Asheville because it comes with a solid education lesson if you ask!
Ben’s Tune Up
195 Hilliard Ave Ben’s Tune Up isn’t just one of the best breweries in Asheville; it’s also a place to get their house-made sake! They have a beer garden-type setting with a relaxed vibe, good food, and fun music. They brew their own beer and sake in small batch production, so you won’t get it anywhere else. You can order flights of sake or a pint of one of their brews. Or they have a full bar and wine list. There’s something for everyone! There’s even Asian-fusion food!
Bhramari Brewing Company
101 S Lexington Ave We’re sad to say we didn’t make it to Bhramari on our visit. But we had several locals tell us it was their favorite Asheville brewery. So, it must be doing something right! They focus on local ingredients and layering of flavor to bring you unique and noteworthy sips. Don’t make the same mistake we did. Be sure to stop in!
Burial Beer Co
40 Collier Ave Have you been searching for a mural of Tom Selleck and Sloth your whole life? If so, Burial Beer Company is the place for you! Notoriously known as one of the best breweries in Asheville, this expansive and funky place is perfect for an afternoon chill session. The bartenders are friendly and the music and beer flow freely. Well, the beer isn’t free. But you get the idea! The team here likes to experiment, so you never know what might end up on tap. And as far as the setting, they have indoor and outdoor options to suit your fancy. If you sit inside, still be sure to venture to the courtyard for a glimpse of the weirdest mural ever.
Catawba Brewing Co
32 Banks Ave Catawba Brewing has several locations – it’s just that popular. You’ll get more of a “big operation” sense here, but the design is beautiful nonetheless. Floor-to-ceiling windows span the back wall and barrels line the side. There’s an industrial look and feel to the place, helping pay homage to the South Slope roots. It’s all inside, but you’ll almost feel like you’re outside. Perfect for a rainy day or more extreme weather!
197 Hilliard Ave If you’re looking for a no-frills experience, Hi-Wire Brewing is the place to go. An open garage door welcomes you into the small taproom. It’s industrial, perfect for South Slope. The brewery operation is in plain sight, where they experiment with unusual and sour flavors. It’s a hot place to hang out in the summer. But in the spring or fall, it would be a perfect place to catch a breeze and test out some of their unique sips.
Green Man Brewery
27 Buxton Ave Green Man Brewery has earned its stripes as one of the best breweries in Asheville – and beyond. In addition to their small original taproom, they also have a 3-story, 20,000 square foot brewery with a rooftop patio. They hold regular tours to help you get acquainted with their product and processes. It’s impressive! The best part about visiting is that there’s something for everyone. If you can hang with the best of craft beer aficionados, head to the small, discreet original taproom at the back of the building. But be warned, flights are unlikely here, and there won’t be smiles that greet you at the door. It’s raw, unfiltered, and heavily tattooed. If you aren’t as confident around beer or have a bubbly personality, the rooftop taproom in the new building is probably the place for you. Either way, don’t miss this Asheville staple!
Twin Leaf Brewery
144 Coxe Ave Another dog and kid-friendly brewery in South Slope is Twin Leaf. They’ve got a relaxed vibe with indoor-outdoor seating, board games, and massive Jenga. Ping pong or shuffleboard more your style? They’ve got that too! But, it still feels like a brewery. Yet again, this is a place you could easily spend a couple of hours. If I’m beginning to sound redundant, there’s really nothing I can do. That’s a common theme when talking about the best breweries in Asheville!
Wicked Weed Funkatorium
147 Coxe Ave Located across the street from Twin Leaf is the ninth brewery in South Slope, Wicked Weed’s Funkatorium. Wicked Weed was bought by Anheuser-Busch in May 2017, thus scrapping the “craft” label. There’s undoubtedly a stigma in the beer world when it comes to craft breweries “selling out” to the big guys. But if Anheuser-Busch was willing to shell out some serious cash for their stuff, you can bet they are one of the best breweries in Asheville! If you like sour or funky beer, you should check out the Funkatorium. They’re the East Coast’s first sour-dedicated taproom.
The Growth of South Slope
If these breweries haven’t convinced you, I’m not sure what will. But I’m sure these nine will quickly grow to ten and beyond. If you’re reading this much past September 2017, it probably already has! South Slope is up and coming, but has already made a name for itself. Don’t miss it!
Kate is Co-Founder and Content Creator at Intoxicating World, a travel blog featuring the history, culture, and booze of the world. She loves a good cabernet, won’t turn down a dirty vodka martini, and will usually order the Hefeweizen on tap.
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