From Baking to Sipping, Asheville has a Beer for That

Asheville, North Carolina is home to the nation’s highest brewery per capita rate with approximately one brewery per 8,000 residents. While visiting for the 2014 Food Blog Forum, Highland Brewing graciously hosted the Taste of Asheville event in their eclectic, indoor event space. With chefs sharing impressive culinary treats from their eateries, a great live band, and over 120 bloggers, it was quite the experience. Check out a few pictures from the event and some interesting facts about the Asheville beer scene.

Tast of Asheville at Highland Brewing
Asheville Beer Scene Interesting Facts:

1. The Asheville, local beer scene began in 1994 when retired engineer, Oscar Wong moved to the city and began Highland Brewing in the basement of Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria.

2. Asheville is a four-time winner of the annual Beer City USA poll by Charlie Papazian with

3. You can indulge in your favorite Asheville beer in everything from ice cream, cake, and mustard to dog biscuits, onion rings, and even shampoo.

4. We’ve heard of farm-to-table but in Asheville, they take it a step further with farm-to-glass. Visit Hop N Blueberry or Echoview farm for a tour of their hops farms.

5. Asheville doesn’t just enjoy beer with their favorite, locally sourced meals they celebrate it. Plan a trip to check out one of these brew-centric festivals for your next vacation: Winter Warmer, The Best Firkin Beer Festival, Asheville Beer Week, Brewgrass, or Oktoberfest.

Highland Brewing Brewers
Find out more about the Asheville beer scene by visiting Explore Asheville and be sure to stop in for a brewery tour when you make it to town.

Chelsea B. Sanz
Chelsea B. Sanz

Chelsea Sanz has lived in East Tennessee since her family moved here from South Florida just before she started high school. While she initially begrudged her new home state, she eventually realized she had come to not only love it, but to “bleed orange” as University of Tennessee Volunteers fans here like to say. She and her boyfriend Hunter, a trail worker for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, enjoy exploring the nation’s most visited national park and coming up with their own farm-to-table recipes.