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This week, we welcome a new brewery to the Asheville Ale Trail with the opening of UpCountry Brewing. In a world of constant change, as one brewery moves in, we’re also a little sad to see West Asheville’s Altamont Brewing moving on. No need to be too sad, though, as UpCountry is taking over the Altamont Brewing space, and West Asheville’s favorite local brewpub will keep much of the same staff, atmosphere, and vibe of the original.

Our first inkling of something new happening at Altamont was back in May of this year, when the brewery announced they were taking over the adjacent restaurant space and naming it ‘UpCountry Eatery.’ Word amongst the brewing community followed soon after that the West Asheville spot was considering a sale, and we know now that the scuttlebut was true. Last night we were honored to attend the new brewery’s soft opening event, where we got our first real glimpse into what UpCountry has in store for the former Altamont location.

John Cochran, a craft beer industry veteran and one of the original founders of of the hugely successful Athens based Terrapin Beer Co., will be helming the new Asheville brewery and eatery. In a press statement Cochran states “I fell in love with the Asheville beer scene and wanted to be a part of it. Altamont is a locals bar and anchor of the West Asheville scene. We look forward to continuing to serve everyone who works, lives and enjoys the scene here.”

Plans for the restaurant include an major upfit, with Chef Matt Kovitch running the kitchen. Until the renovations are complete, a limited menu of food is available at the bar. But once the restaurant space opens, Chef Kovitch tells us to expect an innovative menu of ‘Southern Appalachian Eats’ designed to pair perfectly with the brewery’s sessionable, and thirst quenching brews.

We’re expecting big things from West Asheville’s little brewery, so stay tuned to the Ale Trail for more upcoming announcement, brews and releases from the new UpCountry Brewing, and check out these pictures from last night’s event!