From its epicenter in Asheville to tiny enclaves around Western North Carolina, craft beverages are a big draw for people from near and far. The number of local craft breweries (close to 70 in the region!) is matched only by their quality, uniqueness, and seasonal ingredients. But our love of handcrafted drinks doesn’t stop there! Our region is also heavily dotted with up-and-coming distilleries, growing cideries and wineries, refreshing soda shops, and eye-opening coffee roasters. And that doesn’t even take into account the bars and restaurants across WNC with expert mixologists ready to concoct a delicious cocktail tailored to your tastes.
Summer is in full swing, and no matter your thirst, WNC is a great region for locally crafted beverages. Even now, with continuing concerns for healthy, safety, and social distancing, many are choosing to visit venues with abundant outdoor seating and never ending mountain views.
With so many locations for liquid libations, how do you choose where to go for a safe drink right now? Luckily, our agents have been known to responsibly enjoy a drink or two on occasion. We asked them: Where is the best spot in Western North Carolina to safely grab a drink outside?
I don’t even drink beer and I love New Belgium Brewery in Asheville. It has a great outdoor space, music, and is pet friendly.
Bhramari Brewing in Downtown Asheville has a great outdoor seating area where tables have been arranged in a manner to allow for social distancing guidelines. They have both excellent beer and delicious food!
BearWaters Brewery in Canton has a relaxed outdoor seating environment along the Pigeon River. If you are looking for a little bit of adventure prior to hanging at the brewery, Pigeon River Outfitters offers a socially distanced tubing float trip that ends at BearWaters Brewery.
Homeplace Beer Company in Burnsville is in a newly renovated three-story building with large rectangular room cutouts on each floor, allowing patrons to grab a craft beer or hard cider, glass of wine, or an order from the delicious menu of Hollow Hog PIzza. But one of the best parts is the covered decks on each level facing the beautiful sunsets to the west. The green space below has picnic tables and leaning posts, yard games (cornhole), and a large fire pit with a chimney preserved from the Historic Hensley House that used to be on the property. It’s a must visit if you are in Burnsville, just 30 minutes north of Asheville.
My wife and I love to grab a drink and relax at Blue Ghost Brewing in Fletcher. The brewery has done an incredible job of utilizing their large property so everyone can spread out and enjoy a drink outside while having plenty of distance from others. With lots of yard space, bring a blanket for a picnic, as the brewery has a variety of food trucks every week.
French Broad Outfitters at Hominy Creek is kind of a hidden gem on the west side of town. Grab a cold beer from the container bar and enjoy live music and food trucks on the weekend, or bring a lawn chair and sit on the wide river beach. There are lots of spaced out picnic tables and areas to explore at a safe distance.
Other than my large deck, I would suggest folks here in Asheville check out White Labs Kitchen & Tap at 172 S Charlotte Street. They have a good amount of outdoor space, both front and back, and easy parking.
If you’d like to enjoy a ride and see the lovely sweet town of Burnsville as well, go to Homeplace Brewery at 321 West Main Street. They have lots of outdoor space. It’s my new “Home Away from Home!” Staycation for sure…
My favorite spot is the Village Wayside in Biltmore Village. It seems like it’s always cool on the outdoor patio, which is also dog friendly. The staff is amazing and friendly and the “Austin Mules” are the best drink of summer. The building is really interesting because it was a train depot for Biltmore Village starting in 1896. It has strong ties to the Biltmore Estate, which was built using the railroad. The restaurant stayed open during the stay home order for to-go food, and they even sold toilet paper and to-go beer and wine to get by.
My favorite spot to grab a local beer outside is Hillman Brewing located on Sweeten Creek Road just outside of Biltmore Village. They have great beer and food and plenty of outdoor space to visit with friends or to hang out with your dog! We actually adopted our puppy, Finley, at a Puppys and Pints event hosted at Hillman last year.
Can’t Quench Your Thirst for WNC? Live Near Your Favorite Drinking Hole!
If you want to patronize local beer, cider, sake, and other craft beverage creators on a regular basis, why not live nearby? Find a home worth toasting to near one of the locations mentioned in this post!
- BearWaters Brewing Company – Search homes in Canton.
- Bhramari Brewing Company – Search homes in Downtown Asheville.
- Blue Ghost Brewing Company – Search homes in Fletcher.
- French Broad Outfitters – Search homes in West Asheville.
- Hemingway’s Cuba – Search homes in Downtown Asheville.
- Hillman Beer – Search for homes in Asheville.
- Homeplace Beer Company – Search homes in Burnsville.
- New Belgium Brewing Company – Search homes in Downtown Asheville.
- Village Wayside Bar & Grille – Search homes in Asheville.
- White Labs Kitchen & Tap – Search homes in Downtown Asheville.