As if Asheville’s beer scene wasn’t amazing enough, the addition of the gorgeous Sierra Nevada Brewery & Taproom, 30 minutes south of Asheville, has added to one of the best beer areas in the United States.
The large Tasting Room and Restaurant is one of the highlights of the facility. They focus on ‘great beer and incredible food with a Southern craft focus’. There are 20+ of Sierra Nevada’s beers on tap, many of which are small batch beers brewed exclusively on site at this brewery.
One of the highlights for most people are the tours offered. Four different types are available, from the 90 minute “Beer Geek Tour” to the half day “Trip in the Woods” tour.
I didn’t avail myself of any of the tours, instead I chose to spend an informative hour and a half walking the elevated walkway, which doubled as a museum, above the brewery and the bottling line.
The highlight for me (and many visitors) is the “Back Porch” area, located on a scenic stretch of land located up against the French Broad River.
The Back Porch is a family friendly area, which has ample open spaces as well as games and comfortable seating to accommodate any size group or family gathering.
The area also has a small, outdoor concert venue. As of the time of my visit, Sierra Nevada still says they are working on seeing what the local demand for such a venue produces.
As a brewery, and one of the first craft beer producers in the country, Sierra Nevada has long focused on sustainability, and the North Carolina grounds emphasize that through a series of informative displays and exhibits.
Any visit to the lively beer scene in Asheville isn’t complete without a visit to Sierra Nevada’s outstanding grounds.
(There will be a post coming soon about the scene in Asheville, truly one of America’s top beer cities.)