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With 11 breweries, Asheville has a beer scene unrivaled for a city of its size (about 74,000 people). Highland Brewing started it all in December 1994, using a system of retrofitted dairy equipment to produce 6,500 barrels of beer a year (it now produces three times as much). Its in-house tasting room has been expanded to accommodate concerts on weekends.

Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain is almost as famous for its music shows as it is for its Pisgah Pale, one of Asheville’s favorite beers. If you go to Wedge Brewing Co., a brewery and tasting room in Asheville’s lively River Arts District, you’ll enjoy not only its Super Saison and Iron Rail IPA, but you’ll also watch the trains go by on the track by the river.

Wicked Weed Brewing Located in downtown Asheville, the Brewpub is the original home of Wicked Weed Brewing housing a full restaurant, downstairs beer bar, bottle shop, and original 15 barrel brewery.. On Buxton Ave Avenue in downtown Asheville is Green Man Brewery, As one of North Carolina’s oldest breweries, Green Man has been producing some of the beer scene’s most iconic ales. Our offerings are consistently recognized for quality as well as loyalty to traditional English styles.

Many of the city’s restaurants have built themselves around Asheville’s beer scene. Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria and Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, both downtown.

And if you’d like to take some of that beer home with you, you might be tempted by the local, national and international selections at popular beer emporiums Brusin’ Ales downtown.