Asheville has been crushing the beer scene ever since it was named Beer City USA back in 2009. Looking at statistics, it is no wonder why. Asheville has more breweries per capita than any other city in the entire United States! Let’s take a quick look at how Asheville rose to fame in this very tasty category.
Back in 1994, a retired engineer by the name of Oscar Wong decided to pursue home brewing as a hobby. That hobby quickly grew into a very successful brew operation and today is known as Highland Brewing. As the first successful brewery operation in Asheville, Wong has been touted as the ‘Godfather’ of Beer City USA/Asheville.
Today, Asheville has more than 26 craft breweries locally and over 60 regionally! Asheville has garnered so much attention in the beer scene, that new breweries are constantly sprouting up. Asheville’s breweries have a taste for everyone that enjoys the common as well as the very distinctive and wild flavors. From IPA’s to Sours and everything in between, you will most definitely find your favorite while exploring the beer scene. One of our tips of advice is to try one the of the local beer tours. Asheville Brewery Tours is a good one and recently opened up a food tour as well. BREW-ed Brewery Tours of Asheville is another option for tours as well as educating those soon-to-be brewers!