But is touring one brewery really enough for any craft brew aficionado?
Western North Carolina has 40+ craft breweries, the vast majority of which are homegrown. Beer makers like Highland Brewing Company and Green Man Brewery have hit the prestigious 20-year marks of their operations. Others like Wicked Weed 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.
Whether you’re ready to paint the town red in Waynesville, Hendersonville, downtown Asheville, or one of WNC’s wonderful spots in between, 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 specialty beer tours in Asheville and surrounding areas:
A wicked cool BYOB pedal-powered (motor-assisted) tour like no other.
Tours depart from Aloft Hotel or Renaissance Hotel; 40 minutes ($13) or 1.5 hours ($23) with 2 brewery/pub stops
ASHEVILLE BREWERY TOURS
A tour through many of Asheville’s breweries, either on foot or in a comfy passenger van.
Tours depart from Bhramari Brewhouse; all 3.5-hour multi-brewery tours $59
101 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
ASHEVILLE BREWS CRUISE
The original and first brewery tour in Asheville, in the dapper yellow bus.
Tours depart from Hi-Wire Brewing or the Zebulon Vance Memorial at Pack Square; 4-hour multi-brewery tours $59 ($30 for DDs)
BREW-ed OF ASHEVILLE
An education in beer, led by a Certified Cicerone®, a recognized beer expert.
Walking tours depart from various locations; $37 for 2 stops/2 hours or $50 for 3 stops/3 hours
LAZOOM BAND AND BEER BUS TOUR
And now for a completely different kind of ride… (complete with live local music)
Tours depart from the Tasty Beverage and will visit Highland Brewery, Altamont Brewery, and the Wedge Brewing Company; Fridays and Saturdays only; 3 hours, $29
162 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
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.
6 stops along the walking tour; $48
SOUTH SLOPE BREWERY TOURS
An exclusive inside look at Asheville breweries, led by the staff of Wicked Weed and Burial Beer.
40 Collier Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 | 147 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
$8 for Burial Beer, $12 for Wicked Weed (includes glass)
Not into beer? WNC is a center for all kinds of craft beverages, from beer to kombucha to wine and cider. Here is an alternate tour for the less hops-minded.
THE TROLLEY COMPANY WINE TOURS OF HENDERSONVILLE
A behind-the-scenes tour of two of the finest Henderson County wineries, each with a Provence style.
3.5 hours; $79+ depending on the tour
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