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Beer City USA

6 August 2011

My hometown, Asheville, NC, has been Beer City USA for the past three years running. There are 9 breweries in the city itself, and several more in the area. Per capita for the city, there is one brewery per 9,250 people, which is a ridiculously small number as it goes. Also, as I found out yesterday, there are more taps of Highland Gaelic (the flagship beer of the oldest and largest brewery here) in Asheville than there are taps of Anheuser-Busch InBev—a fact that warms my soul. Here’s the basic rundown of the breweries in the Asheville Brewers Alliance, followed by some other beer-related members.

Asheville Brewing Company (aka ABC, or Asheville Pizza & Brewing)
Motto: Where you’re special, just like everyone else.
Founded: 1998
Signature brew: Shiva IPA
My favorite: Ninja Brown Ale
77 Coxe Avenue, Asheville (Downtown)
http://www.ashevillebrewing.com
 

 

Catawba Valley Brewing Company
Motto:
Founded: 1999
Signature brew: Farmer Ted’s Farmhouse Cream Ale
My favorite: (I’ve never had any of theirs because they’re about an hour away)
212 South Green Street, Morganton
http://www.catawbavalleybrewingcompany.com
 

 

Craggie Brewing Company
Motto: Locally crafted. Locally supported. Locally involved.
Founded: 2009
Signature brew: Dubbelicious Belgian Double, or Toubab Brewe Zwickel
My favorite: (Going this week…stay tuned…)
197 Hilliard Avenue, Asheville (Downtown)
http://www.craggiebrewingco.com
 

 

French Broad Brewing Company
Motto: World beer…Asheville flavor
Founded: 2001
Signature brew: Wee-Heavy-er Scotch Ale
My favorite: Rye Hopper Ale
101 Fairview Road, Suite D, Asheville (Biltmore Village)
http://www.frenchbroadbrewery.com 
 

 

Green Man Brewery
Motto: Legendary Ales
Founded: 1997
Signature brew: Green Man IPA
My favorite: Green Man ESB
23 Buxton Avenue, Asheville (Downtown)
http://www.greenmanbrewery.com/
 

 

Heinzelmännchen Brewery
Motto: Purity. Freshness. Tradition.
Founded: 2004
Signature brew: Ancient Days Honey Blonde Ale
My favorite: (I’ve never had theirs because they’re an hour away and only do kegs and growlers.)
545 Mill Street, Sylva
http://www.yourgnometownbrewery.com
 

 

Highland Brewing Company
Motto: For Love of Beer and Mountains
Founded: 1994
Signature brew: Gaelic Ale
My favorite: Gaelic Ale, but also Black Mocha Stout
12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite H, Asheville (Oakley)
http://www.highlandbrewing.com
 

 

Lexington Avenue Brewery (aka Lab)
Motto:
Founded: 2010
Signature brew: American Pale Ale
My favorite: Chocolate Stout
39 North Lexington Avenue, Asheville (Downtown)
http://www.lexavebrew.com
 

 

Nantahala Brewing Company
Motto:
Founded: 2009
Signature brew: Noon Day IPA
My favorite: (I’ve never had any of theirs because they’re an hour away)
61 Depot Street, Bryson City
http://www.nantahalabrewing.com/
 

 

Oyster House Brewing Company
Motto:
Founded: 2009
Signature brew: Moonstone Oyster Stout
My favorite: (Going this week…stay tuned…)
35 Patton Avenue, Asheville (Downtown)
http://www.oysterhousebeers.com/
 

 

Pisgah Brewing Company
Motto: Treat Yourself
Founded: 2004
Signature brew: Pale Ale
My favorite: Valdez
150 Eastside Drive, Black Mountain
http://www.pisgahbrewing.com
 

 

Southern Appalachian Brewery
Motto:
Founded: 2003
Signature brew: Copperhead Amber Ale
My favorite: (I’ve never had any of theirs)
822 Locust Street, Suite 100, Hendersonville
http://www.sabrewery.com/
 

 

Wedge Brewing Company
Motto:
Founded:
Signature brew: Iron Rail IPA
My favorite: (Going this week…stay tuned…)
125B Roberts Street, Asheville (River Arts District)
http://www.wedgebrewing.com
 


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