I’m super excited to finally share a three-part travel guide from our trip to Asheville, North Carolina. In October, Seth and I spent a week there hiking, eating, drinking and exploring. If you’ve been reading for awhile, you’ll remember I shared our mini-adventure there last year. After that visit, we knew we had to go back for a longer period of time.
There are a TON of local spots in this gem of a city and since we did quite a bit while we were there, I’m breaking these posts up into three: where to drink, hike and what to do. Let’s get to it, shall we?
- Asheville Brewing Company – This was by far our favorite of the breweries we visited. The staff was friendly, they had a wide variety of beers, each with unique flavor. (Pro tip: if you’re there during the fall/winter, try the Ninjabread Man – it’s SO good!)
2. Hi-Wire Brewing – Loved the bright light vibes in this bar. Lots of friendly people, and they had some unique beers, for sure. Even if you’re not a huge beer drinker, they had a couple brews that weren’t super ‘beery’ if that makes sense – like the ‘Purple Punch’ and the ‘Lo-Pitch Juicy’.
3. Twin Leaf Brewery – I have to admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of this brewery, which is super rare. There was a real lack of variety when it came to the different offerings. You can really see in the photo below of my flight – they were all pretty light, which isn’t always bad, but there wasn’t much variety.
4. Catawba – This was one of the busiest breweries we visited. They had a huge selection, along with live music. I wasn’t a big fan of the line to get beer, and it was tough to find a seat, which can definitely deter.
7. One World Brewery – This brewery is quite literally underground which is different from the others in Asheville. We actually visited last year, and weren’t there long because the live music was SO loud we couldn’t even have a conversation (signs we’re getting old?).
Non-breweries: There are an abundance of non-breweries to visit in Asheville, too. We of course visited a few of these:
- Top of the Monk – this is a whiskey bar, which I wasn’t super into, but they have a variety of craft cocktails as well, and this is a great spot to catch the sunset.
2. Pillar Bar & Restaurant – This is the rooftop bar at our hotel with a ‘garden
to glass’ theme. It’s a very unique place, with indoor and outdoor seating, so you can enjoy it year-round. The bartenders were super friendly and recommended a few restaurants and hotspots for us.
This is by no means a fully comprehensive list. We could have spent all day, everyday just exploring breweries and bars. Don’t forget to check out my posts from our last visit (what we did and where we stayed) as well, and tune in later this week for more Asheville sites and bites!