It’s been a year of fits and starts for Catawba Brewing’s planned boutique brewery in Biltmore Village. Originally slated for a location right across the street from French Broad Brewing Co., Catawba’s owners have decided to scrap plans for the new brewery’s location after the site proved too difficult and costly to work with. Despite the considerable time, money and effort at the Biltmore Village site, Catawba owners just couldn’t overcome the site’s challenging site requirements and restrictions.
Fortunately, Catawba had the foresight to open up a temporary taproom in Biltmore Village while waiting approval on the new brewery. During this time, the new tasting room has exceeded the owner’s expectations, making them more determined than ever to continue development of a brewery somewhere in Asheville.
So, Catawba isn’t throwing in the towel on a new Asheville Brewery – instead they’re bringing their innovative brews to the area’s hottest brewing district, Asheville’s south slope. Billy Pyatt, owner at Catawba Brewing Co., just forwarded us this press release, and even though it’s in the early stages of planning, Catawba’s relocation to Asheville’s South Slope along with Green Man Brewing, Wicked Weed (including the newly planned sour tasting room), Asheville Brewing, Burial Beer, Hi-Wire and Twin Leaf has to make this one of the most concentrated brewery districts in the country!
Catawba Brewing Co. Announces New South Slope Brewery and Tasting Room
Asheville, NC – Catawba Brewing Co., one of Western NC’s oldest breweries, has finally found the home for their Asheville brewery. After two years of searching, and many stops and starts, Catawba has leased a significant portion of the old Standard Paper building at 32 Banks Avenue in the heart of the South Slope.
Billy Pyatt, one of the Catawba owners, describes the journey. “Our Tasting Room in the Historic Biltmore Village has been a huge success. We have been honored by great support there, and we tried so hard to establish it as our permanent home. But two years effort and a lot of investment failed to move us forward on the Fairview Road site. Regardless, we never lost our desire to brew in Asheville, our first and largest market. So we regrouped and searched anew. It turns out there are many more options available now – including the renaissance that is Banks Avenue and the South Slope. We walked in and felt right at home there.”
Catawba plans to deploy a 7-barrel “boutique” brewery on the site. “We have owned this equipment for a while, and we will augment it with gear we have outgrown in our Morganton facility. Once up and running, we will have over 500 barrels of annual capacity in unique, specialty, and small-batch beer production at Banks. We will offer most of that for consumption in the facility, and of course, augment it with products produced in Morganton” says Kevin Sondey, Head Brewer.
In addition to the operating brewery, the preliminary plans call for significant indoor/outdoor space, two bars, a barrel-aging room, and event space. Scott Pyatt, co-owner, describes the vision. “We want the facility to be an interactive, educational brewing facility. Self-guided and hosted tours will be available, and all the brewing processes will be on display. This will be a place to enjoy a beer and learn how it all comes together.”
There will be more details released as they come available. “The schedule is a little fluid right now, but we hope to be in the building this fall. We don’t even have plans or sketches to share right now, but we wanted to start getting the word out”, said Billy. “This is a beer town, and people need to know what we’re up to!”
We’ll have more details when they become available, so stay tuned for more exciting developments along the Asheville Ale Trail.