The brewery scene in Asheville doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, and a lot of people are wondering if (and when) the bubble will burst. However, more and more small, hyper-local Breweries with a “neighborhood pub” feel are opening with success across the country. Most of these breweries focus on quality product, little to no distribution, and an emphasis on the community. At least four new Breweries plan to open their doors in Asheville this year – the Ale Trail team has done a little digging and here’s the dirt:
Habitat Tavern & Commons – Open Now
Habitat, located next to the Moog Museum downtown, opened its doors back in November with a tap list full of local brews. Since then, they’ve put a heavy emphasis on community with a number of great events such as open mic night, “Pints with Professors,” and pop-up shops. On February 24 and 25, get a first taste of their own beers, along with local food trucks and music.
Hillman Beer – Opening April 2017
Hillman Beer, located at 8 Sweeten Creek Rd, will feature “bier garden” style communal tables inside, outdoor seating, and elevated bar food from attached Rise Above Deli. Expect clean, well executed brews separated into three distinct categories: Belgian, English, and American.
Ginger’s Revenge – Open Now
Owners David Ackley and Cristina Hall won the People’s Choice award at Just Brew It in 2015 with their alcoholic ginger beer, beating out many more traditional brews. Soon, their delicious ginger beers will be available at their brand new taproom at 829 Riverside Dr.
Archetype Brewing – Opening Spring 2017
Founders Brad Casanova and Steven Anan believe “there is a beer for just about everyone; whether you’re an everyman, a lover, a ruler, or an outlaw,” and their goal is to “substantiate that belief.” Expect to see clean American and Belgian-inspired ales at their West Asheville brewery, right by OWL Bakery.
Eurisko Beer Company – Opening Fall 2017
Eurisko, which roughly translates to “I find” or “I discover,” is self-described as “a place both wonderful and strange” on their website. Currently still in the construction phase of their multi-building space behind Adam Dalton Distillery on Short Coxe Ave, the brewery is shooting for a Fall opening.
Turgua Brewing Company – Open Now
A Farmstead brewery in Fairview, North Carolina located on a five-acre farm owned by brewer Phil Desenne. Their focus is outside-the-box beers made using local ingredients and seasonal crops like fruits and root vegetables – beets, yams, carrots. The meaning of Turgua (pronounced Turg’wah) is valley of the birds, the area in Venezuela where Phil was born.