Statistics show that Asheville is the US city with the most craft breweries per capita. You’ll find an average of about 28 breweries for every 100,000 people in this North Carolina city, so it’s easy to say that there are some great craft beer bars in Asheville.
The same study revealed that Asheville has won the title of Beer City, USA four times in a row. So, when we say that the craft beer bars here are some of the best in the entire country, we mean it. You’ll find the hoppiest of hops, creamy stouts, and even an entire beer bar dedicated to just sour beer.
Feeling thirsty? Check out the seven best craft beer bars in Asheville. We suggest starting at the top and visiting all seven of them. You won’t be disappointed.
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The Whale is the spot for you in North Carolina if you’re looking for a super Instagrammable bar. And sure, the cute whale lighting behind the bar and the even more impressive whale bones hanging from the ceiling create a nice atmosphere. But, their 20-beer tap list and even more extensive bottle list have some of the best craft beers on this side of the Mississippi.
Thirsty Monk is recognised pretty much all over the country for being one of the best beer bars in the United States. So, if you’re passing through Asheville, you simply can’t pass up the opportunity to visit Belgian-inspired local pub. This three-story bar has got a combined total of over 30 different beers on tap. Brews range from Belgian-inspired to coffee stouts and small seasonal batches.
Wicked Weed Brewing is perhaps one of the most popular breweries in Asheville.Their two-story downtown pub features 25 different quality craft beers to sip on as you enjoy a dog-friendly patio space or the cosy wooden interior. If you’re looking for something truly unique, however, head over to Wicked Weed’s The Funkatorium. You can sample 22 different sour beers on tap or choose from 34 different bottles to enjoy. It’s a beer lover’s dream.
Head down to Asheville’s eclectic River Arts District and make your way to Wedge Brewing Company. Their downstairs taproom is easily one of the best craft beer bars in Asheville, serving up strong IPAs and well-crafted brews year-round. Head on in and grab a pint or two then take it outside to enjoy on their covered patio space. If you get hungry, you can enjoy munching on whatever they’re serving at one of the food trucks that stop by to visit.
Hi-Wire Brewing is one of the most well-known breweries in Asheville. The focus on producing balanced beers that are perfect for both those brand new to craft beer and those who know their way around a lager, IPA, and Gose. The Big Top Taproom is a 27,000-foot industrial space designed to welcome locals and travellers alike, enticing them in for a flight of cold craft beers and some tasty eats to pair it all with.
If you’re visiting from out of town, or out of the country, then you can’t pass up the chance to visit the Asheville taproom of Burial Beer Co. It’s about as Carolinas as it gets and it’s filled with rustic Southern charm and lots of hometown vibes. They’ve got close to 15 craft beers on tap, featuring inventive names such as The Art of Dissonance and Hollow of Despair. Pair any brew with a dish ordered from their menu, which is filled with American comfort food.
It wouldn’t be a list of the best craft beer bars in Asheville if we didn’t include Highland Brewing Company. It’s without a doubt one of the best, if not the best in the city. They’ve been crafting quality brews for thirsty locals since 1994, so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing. The attached beer garden is called The Meadow. And, it’s the perfect place to kick back and relax with a Highland Pilsner or Gaelic Ale.