Local Watering Holes

 Local taverns promote local brew | As the list of local microbreweries grows, so does the number of local Asheville establishments that gladly serve them up. A number of the breweries are upping their game with inviting taprooms. Follows is a good selection of where to find Asheville's homegrown craft beer and ale:

Asheville Brewing Company
For this Drinking Liberally hangout on Coxe Ave.: Click Here>

* Asheville Pizza & Brewing
For affordable movies and family fun on Merrimon Ave. in North Asheville: Click Here>

* Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria
For pool upstairs and music downstairs on Biltmore Ave. near Blue Spiral 1: Click Here>

* Burial Beer
One of the most popular microbreweries in Downtown Asheville: Click Here>

* French Broad Brewing Co.
For local brew with song from the source on Fairview Road near Biltmore Village: Click Here>

* Hi-Wire Brewing
Getting bigger and better all the time: Click Here>

* Hillman Beer
Located on Sweeten Creek Road in Biltmore Village, Hillman not only brews good beer, but creates good sandwiches at reasonable prices: Click Here>

* Jack of the Wood
One of Downtown Asheville's favorites with its celtic charm and bluegrass music, located on Patton Ave. near Pritchard Park: Click Here>

* Lexington Avenue Brewery
Called LEX for short, this place is long on beer and a hopping atmosphere with windows that open onto the street: Click Here>

* The Bier Garden
Across from Malaprops on Haywood Street in the heart of downtown: Click Here>

* Thirsty Monk
Facing Pritchard Park: Click Here>

* Wedge Brewing Co.
For an artful pour in the River Arts District in the basement of The Wedge (R.I.P. John Payne) art studio building, Click Here>

More locally crafted beer | For a complete list of Asheville's microbreweries, visit Explore Asheville: Click Here>


Have a pint | With Asheville growing as a craft beer mecca, Asheville Beer Blog used to keep up with the latest and greatest — yet a good listing still remains — at Ashevillebeer.blogspot.com: Click Here>


Asheville ties Portland for first as favorite 'Beer City, USA'
Philadelpia 3rd; San Diego 4th; St. Louis 5th
*SCRUTINY HOOLIGANS' GORDON SMITH recently gave a 'heads up' (so to speak) about putting Asheville on the map as America's top craft beer manufacturing center | He done good! Encouraging Ashevillians to cast their vote by May 7, Smith helped Asheville tie Portland for first place -- and Portland, Oregon, is seven times larger than Asheville. Beer examiner Charlie Papazian posted his updated comments about the poll at Examiner.com, or Click Here> | For Hooligans' heads-up notice, Click Here> | The poll results are just in time to celebrate microbrew suds during American Craft Beer Week, which runs May 11-17, 2009: Click Here> | For 150-plus comments posted on the Examiner.com, Click Here> | Last year, Colbert Nation gave it a special play: Click Here> | And where can you find Gordon Smith discussing his favorite local suds and political takes? Try Asheville Brewing Co. at 77 Coxe Ave. on a Thurs. evening as part of Drinking Liberally where Smith and other locals raise an elbow in "promoting democracy one pint at a time" or Click Here>


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