Did you know that Western North Carolina has close to 70 craft breweries? And the vast majority of those are homegrown!
Asheville’s beer makers like Highland Brewing Company and Green Man Brewery have hit the prestigious 20-year marks of their operations. Others like Hi-Wire Brewing and Burial Beer are becoming nationally known for their award-winning fermentations. But regardless of age or brewing capacity, every beer maker in our region is experimenting with far-reaching styles, local ingredients, and their own unique flair.
If you’re ready to discover the sudsy side of Asheville, road safety is paramount. Don’t risk a ticket—let the professionals drive you around instead. In addition to sampling brews from around the region, you might just learn a thing or two about beer and our local brewing community.
Here is a list of the best craft beer tours in and around Asheville:
Are you looking for a memorable beer tour like no other? Amazing Pubcycle offers a “wicked cool” BYOB pedal-powered (motor-assisted) tour that’s great for groups or singles. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown Asheville as you cruise the streets on the classic 40-minute Nomad Tour. Or hop off at two brewery/pub intermissions during the 90-minute Pub Tour. Both tours pick up and drop off at both the Aloft Hotel and the Renaissance Hotel.
(828) 214-5010 | amazingpubcycle.com
Asheville Adventure Company
Bring weather-appropriate clothes, but don’t worry about helmets and beer—Asheville Adventure Company covers those for you! Their “easy level” E-bike Brewery Crawl talks through bike safety, etiquette, and some of the city’s favorite beer styles before you even begin your four-hour ride. Toast the day to come at Wedge Brewing and continue on to breweries around the city, learning plenty of local insights along the way. The tour concludes in the heart of downtown, and you’ll leave knowing you spent the afternoon drinking the best suds that Asheville has to offer while leisurely cruising around on an awesome e-bike.
523 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville | (828) 417-7109 | ashevilleadventurecompany.com
Asheville Brewery Tours
Take a guided tour through many of Asheville’s breweries, either on foot or in a comfy passenger van. Asheville Brewery Tours are led by a beer connoisseur team who will expand your palate, not just imbibe in beer’s intoxicating benefits. This behind-the-scenes tour is all about providing insights about the brewing process and an educated introduction to Asheville’s diverse brewing scene, as well as tastings of many local beers. Tours run three hours.
(828) 233-5006 | ashevillebrewerytours.com
Asheville Brews Cruise
Asheville Brews Cruise is the original brewery tour of Asheville. Over the last decade, they have taken thousands of beer fans on in-depth tours of Asheville’s brewery scene, setting a standard for brewery tours not only in Asheville, but in other great and growing beer cities. No wonder the dapper yellow bus has been featured in Southern Living, The New York Times, and Draft Magazine. Have fun, learn, and stretch your palate in Asheville’s famous beer world. Each tour lasts 3–3.5 hours and includes visits to 3–4 Asheville breweries, tasting samples, and information about the brewing process.
(828) 545-5181 | ashevillebrewscruise.com
Asheville Tuk Brewski Hop
Book your multiple-stop ride around Asheville in an open air, limo-style Tuk Tuk. Their three-hour Brewski Hop lets you choose to jump out at three (or more) of nine partner breweries. Or you can let your driver set the stops for you. Best of all, your first pint of the day is on your driver! Choose a start and stop point at your hotel or parking garage, or park for free at their office location.
515 Short McDowell Street #6, Asheville | (828) 712-1800 | tukittourco.com
BREW-ed of Asheville
This tour puts the “ed” in brewed. Take your beer game to the next level with these educational tours led by a Certified Cicerone®, a recognized beer expert. At each stop along the walking tour, guides will pour several beers to showcase what makes each brewery unique. There is no limit to the range of flavors and aromas in craft beer, so try everything! BREW-ed has been named among the best brewery tours in the world by National Geographic and TripAdvisor.
70 Woodfin Place #103, Asheville | (828) 278-9255 | brew-ed.com
LaZoom Band and Beer Bus Tour
And now for a completely different kind of ride—bursting with live local music! Known for the wacky and tacky characters on their city comedy tour, LaZoom brings the same enthusiasm to their music and beer tour. Hop aboard the Purple Bus and rock out with a local band while you journey to Asheville’s premier local breweries. The three-hour tour includes three half-hour brewery stops. Additional beverages are available from the LaZoom Room.
76 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville | (828) 225-6932 | lazoomtours.com
Leap Frog Tours
Leap Frog Tours is based in Candler, right down the road from downtown Asheville, and offers a variety of spooky, sudsy, and scenic tours around the region. In Asheville, they offer a variety of tours for craft beverage lovers, including an Asheville Beer Tour, seasonal Asheville Sunset Beer Tour, and Asheville Urban Cider Tour. Whether you want to sip your way through the city’s extensive craft beer scene, see artists in their studios, or take in the many rooftop restaurants and bars, there are activities galore for you and your group.
1465 Sand Hill Road, Suite 1018, Candler | (828) 246-6777 | leapfrogtours.com
Pub and Grub Crawl of Black Mountain
There is no better way to drink up the flavor of Black Mountain with old and new friends than this guided walk throughout town. Experience a half dozen of the best pubs and eateries in town, including Lookout Brewing. At each stop, you’ll receive a local brew or cider paired with great snacks, as well as historical fun facts and trivia about the town. Offered on select Friday afternoons, the tour runs 2.5–3 hours.
Want to go it alone?
Asheville Ale Trail offers a selection of self-guided walking, driving, and bike tours of some of the region’s top craft beverage destinations. Check these out:
- Go West! (breweries west of Asheville)
- WNC Cideries
- Sierra Nevada and Brevard
- Bike Tour: Westside to Downtown
- Walking: Patton Avenue & Downtown
- Walking: South Slope