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“ There is a covered patio, lawn, indoor seating, tables along the river , and another substantial outdoor area. ” in 126 reviews

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“ If you are looking to see more of the details of brewing, you can can book a Behind the Scenes Brewery Tour . ” in 41 reviews

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“ The taproom has a huge selection of New Belgium's best and some that are very unique and difficult to find. ” in 32 reviews

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21 Craven St

Asheville, NC 28806

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The daily public tour says the tickets are available day of on a first come first serve basis. Can I call and buy tickets or do I need to be in person to buy the tickets?

I don't recommend but have your credit card ready. I bought my tickets on the day we took the tour (4 people). Just in case there was some unforeseen circumstance on the way to New Belgian.

Are there TVs to watch football on Sundays?

I don't recall TVs during our visit and we sat at the big bar inside. Which means if they do have them, they are limited.

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Nice place to visit and the beer was absolutely wonderful to taste and drink! They had food trucks out there that we tried and the food was wonderful and the people that go there were very nice as well and friendly!

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Such an awesome spot. Sitting out back over the river and enjoying a beer, can't beat it! Staff was very nice and beer was great.

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View is pretty from there patio. Patio is huge. Lots of of shade under there patio. Loved the small pours.

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Located near Asheville along the French Broad River that offers brewery tours and beer tastings near the River Arts District. Open daily 12-8 They do not serve food but there is usually a food truck on site. Beers are super cheap. Had the Mountain Time which is a light lager. If you don't want to sit inside the tasting room overlooking the river,there are plenty of tables outside near the food truck. Great for families. Parking is available in the lot or on the street.

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We came here to check out the scenery and have a few drinks before dinner. They make their own beers and have quite a few of them. Fat Tire was a great one and was a cool place to hang out. Bartenders were great and would come back to hang again.

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Happy times!! First time at New Belgium. The HARD sour tea...a party in my mouth. All ages, kids playing, food trucks, a view of the river. This spot is bangin. Like it's somewhere you should go if in Asheville. It's one of those. Go! Now!! Yes.

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New Belgium is a "must visit" when in Asheville. We had tried to make plans for a Sunday tour (they offer several 90 minutes tours). Had a problem with the website and was only able to book one spot and there was two of us and they were now sold out. Decided to go for beers anyway and I mentioned that I wouldn't be doing the tour since it was sold out and didn't want to leave my wife behind. Talk about great customer service. A woman who I assume was a manager offered to for my wife into the tour. I explained that we had now made other plans so she refunded my ticket and bought us each a beer. They get five stars just for Customer Service but the building and property are almost as amazing as their beers were. Front lawn is very open, spacious tasting room and cool back deck with outdoor heaters. The small breweries in town were great but this place is a destination. Check them out! Kid friendly Plenty of Parking A little off the beaten path so use your GPS

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Love the outdoor space and beer options! EV charging stations. Pet and kid friendly. Right off the bike path!

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Been lucky enough to visit this brewery twice (live in Texas). New Belgium is my favorite brewery because they're a company who is environmentally conscious and cares for their employees. They offer complimentary tours of the brewing facility which I attended on my first visit. The tour was so informative and included free beer tastings! Unfortunately, on my second visit the tour I came to take had been cancelled. Wish there was a better way to communicate cancelations to customers. We stayed and enjoyed a few flights and tried their Dominga mimosa sour which was delicious! So bummed I can't buy it anywhere where I live. Fortunately, I can get their Voodoo IPAs locally. I highly recommend the Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze. So GOOD. The tasting room is very large and dog friendly. There's indoor and outdoor seating. Highly recommend sitting outside and enjoying the view to the river below. Come check New Belgium out!

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Enjoying a Dominga mimosa sour

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The brewery is a great beer experience. There's very comfortable seating inside and outside on the patio. There are heaters outside in a couple of spots for the colder weather. Inside the bar tenders are top notch. They're incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. They'll happily treat you to samples and walk you through beers. There are curated flights that sample their best as they see, or you can build your own. The water cups are compostable which is a great touch. Be sure to check out their gift shop.

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"It was a birthday gift to remember. Awesome choices, plenty of time to explore and enjoy the other options available. Our guide was very knowledgeable and I have made changes in what we look for in beers as well as how we drink it - always in a glass. Fun and cool"

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"The tour was great from beginning to end. Mark was an awesome guide. Perfect man for our group. We really enjoyed his knowledge of beer and history. All the brewery stops were good, but Bantam Cider was my favorite. Will definitely be back!"

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"This tour was a great way to experience the city of Boston and see what various types of beer it has to offer. The tour guide was very informative and made the overall experience fun and enjoyable. Plus, who doesn't like to sample 15-18 beers in under 6 hours? Will definitely recommend this tour to friends!"

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Top 5 reasons to visit new belgium asheville.

Are you planning a trip to Asheville, NC, and wondering which breweries to add to your itinerary? Look no further than New Belgium Brewing Asheville ! Founded in 2016, this brewery has quickly become a staple in the Asheville beer scene . Here are five reasons why you should make sure to visit the New Belgium Asheville tap room.

1. Unique Beer Selection

New Belgium Brewery Asheville is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a unique and diverse beer selection. Though New Belgium Brewery is known worldwide for its famous Fat Tire ale , the brewery has a wide variety of beers that cater to different tastes and preferences, ensuring that there is something for everyone.

One of the most popular beers at New Belgium Brewery is the Citradelic Tangerine IPA. This beer is a combination of tangerine peel and citrusy hops, making it a refreshing and unique IPA. It has a bright, tropical flavor that is perfect for those who enjoy a fruity and hoppy beer.

Another popular beer at the brewery is the La Folie Sour Brown Ale. This beer is aged in oak barrels for one to three years, giving it a complex and tart flavor. It has a distinct sourness that is balanced by a hint of sweetness, making it a popular choice among sour beer enthusiasts.

The New Belgium Asheville tap room also offers a range of other beers, including seasonal and limited edition brews. Some of the seasonal beers include the Spring Blonde Ale, which is a light and refreshing beer that is perfect for warmer weather, and the Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, which is a hoppy and flavorful IPA with a higher alcohol content. The limited edition beers change regularly and are only available for a short period, making them a must-try for beer enthusiasts.

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In addition to their unique and diverse beer selection, New Belgium Brewery also offers flights that allow visitors to sample a variety of beers. You can choose from pre-selected flights or create your own, ensuring that you get to taste a range of different beers.

Overall, New Belgium Asheville’s unique beer selection is a major draw for beer enthusiasts. Whether you’re a fan of hoppy IPAs or sour beers, there is a beer for you at New Belgium Brewery. With their commitment to quality and creativity, the brewery is constantly innovating and coming up with new and exciting beers to try.

Need to Know: Go behind the scenes at more of Asheville’s best breweries with an all-inclusive City Brew Tour .

City Brew Tours Asheville takes guests on VIP-level tours to breweries all around Asheville. These tours include meal stops and round-trip transportation, so you can soak in the suds and enjoy Asheville’s legendary craft beer scene.

2. Sustainability Practices

New Belgium Brewery is not only known for its delicious beers but also for its commitment to sustainability. The brewery has been dedicated to sustainable practices since it was founded in 1991 and has been a leader in the craft beer industry in this regard.

One of the most impressive sustainability practices at New Belgium Brewery is their use of renewable energy . The brewery is powered by a 200-kilowatt solar array, which provides about 15% of the brewery’s electricity needs. In addition, they also use methane from their wastewater treatment plant to power their boilers, reducing their reliance on fossil fuels.

New Belgium Brewery also focuses on reducing their water consumption. They have implemented water-saving measures such as installing low-flow toilets and urinals, using a closed-loop cooling system, and reusing water in their brewing process. They have also partnered with local farmers to use their spent grains as animal feed, reducing waste and supporting local agriculture.

Another sustainability practice at New Belgium Brewery is their focus on packaging. They use recyclable aluminum cans and have also implemented a can recycling program to reduce waste. In addition, they have reduced the weight of their bottles, making them more efficient to transport and decreasing their carbon footprint.

The brewery also prioritizes sustainable transportation. They encourage their employees to bike to work by offering incentives such as a bike-share program and a bike commuter subsidy. They also offer electric vehicle charging stations for visitors to use.

3. Beautiful Location

The New Belgium Asheville tap room is located in a beautiful spot, making it a destination not only for beer enthusiasts but also for anyone looking to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. The brewery is situated on a 17-acre plot of land in the River Arts District , just a short distance from downtown Asheville.


One of the highlights of the brewery’s location is its stunning views. The brewery’s expansive outdoor patio offers panoramic views of the French Broad River, which is a popular spot for water activities such as kayaking and tubing. Visitors can sit back, relax, and enjoy a beer while taking in the picturesque scenery.

The brewery’s location also offers easy access to nearby hiking trails. The nearby Bent Creek Experimental Forest offers over 30 miles of trails for visitors to explore, with options ranging from easy strolls to challenging hikes. These trails offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and forests and are a great way to work up an appetite for a beer tasting.

In addition, New Belgium Asheville is located in the heart of the River Arts District, which is known for its vibrant arts scene. Visitors can explore local galleries and studios and watch artists at work, making for a unique and cultural experience.

4. Brewery Tours

One of the most popular activities at New Belgium Asheville is the brewery tour . The brewery offers a variety of tour options for visitors to choose from, each providing a unique and informative experience.

One of the most popular tours is the “Signature Tour,” which offers an in-depth look at the brewing process and the history of New Belgium Brewery. Visitors will learn about the brewery’s commitment to sustainability, as well as the various ingredients and techniques used to make their delicious beers. The tour also includes a guided tasting of some of the brewery’s flagship beers.

For those who want a more hands-on experience, the brewery also offers a “Liquid Center Tour” that allows visitors to create their own custom beer blend. This tour starts with a tasting of various base beers and then guides visitors through the process of blending their own unique creation. Visitors can then take their custom blend home with them as a souvenir.

In addition to these tours, New Belgium Brewery Asheville also offers private tours and group tours for those looking for a more personalized experience. These tours can be customized to meet the specific interests and needs of the group.

5. Community Involvement

New Belgium Asheville has a long history of supporting the local community through various initiatives and partnerships.

One of the ways in which the brewery supports the community is through its philanthropic efforts . They have established the New Belgium Family Foundation, which provides funding and support to a variety of nonprofit organizations in the area. The foundation focuses on supporting organizations that promote environmental sustainability, social justice, and cultural diversity.

In addition to their philanthropic efforts, New Belgium Asheville also supports the local community through partnerships with local organizations. They have partnered with organizations such as Asheville on Bikes, the River Arts District, and the Greenway Foundation to support their efforts to improve the local community and environment.

The brewery also prioritizes hiring locally and supporting the local economy. They work with local farmers and suppliers whenever possible and offer job opportunities to members of the local community.

Another way in which New Belgium Brewery Asheville supports the community is through their community events. They host a variety of events throughout the year, including live music performances, food truck festivals, and fundraisers for local organizations. These events bring the community together and provide a platform for local artists and musicians to showcase their talents.

New Belgium Asheville is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves beer, beautiful scenery, and sustainable practices. With their unique beer selection, commitment to sustainability, beautiful location, brewery tours, and community involvement, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Make sure to add New Belgium Brewery to your list of Asheville breweries to visit on your next trip to North Carolina.

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New Belgium Asheville Brewery Tour

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Earlier this summer I went on a wheat and dairy farm tour in western NC.

Not only did we get to tour a dairy farm, a wheat farm, a MilkCo production facility, explore local Asheville restaurants AND stay in downtown bed and breakfasts – we also were able to eat (and drink!) things that included wheat and dairy.

What kind of wheat do you drink? BEER.

New Belgium Brewery Asheville beer tour

New Belgium brewery was probably my favorite stop on this whole trip!

I’m not even a huge beer drinker, but our tour guides (Mike & Mike) were AWESOME, friendly, hilarious, genuine people. I simply love when people enjoy what they do and believe in what they (and their company) stands for.

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The biggest message I got through my head during this tour was that New Belgium brewery cares about sustainability .

Everything from their “trifecta of LEED certifications ” down to collecting steam from one processing vessel to use as water later. Their logo is even a BIKE – a fitting symbol, no?

Random fact: They also do small brew testing for new brands, and for their small batches they work with the local River Bend malt house. (A “small batch” starts at 16-17 full size kegs.)

New Belgium Brewing started in Colorado, so when they opened the location up in Asheville they faced a challenge I never even thought about – they had to start by making their most popular beer, Fat Tire , taste the same as it does in Colorado.

Consistency of product is very important, and things like environment, different elevation, and even the water all affect it! Who knew?

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This Western Carolina Livestock sign is made up of old photograph shots of the 17 acres that they are now occupying. (Note to self: home decor idea!)

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And from there – take the slide, not the stairs.

A trinket from each employee. (I was sworn to secrecy which one was contributed by our guide.)

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The cellar is where all the magic happens.

“That’s Bonesy! Bonesy don’t do anything!” (Told you they have fun.)

New Belgium Brewery tour - Mr Bonesy

We got the exclusive “deck view” of the beer production line.

And that’s me, picking a beer off the line, not looking at the right camera.

New Belgium Brewery tour - picking a beer off the line

If you want to work at New Belgium Brewery – good luck! Our tour guide Mike joked that he got his job way before there were 400 applicants per opening.

Some of their employee perks: At your 5-year anniversary, you get a trip to Belgium! After 10 years, you can take a 4-week sabbatical anywhere you want. They also give their employees a bike (surprised?), and a 12-pack of choice per week.

They also have a “taste master” program, where you can give feedback on their brews.

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I don’t have any idea why there’s a tiger jumping out of the Fat Tire sign but this picture was too perfect not to include.

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Asheville is apparently known as the “Beermuda triangle” with more beer brewed per capita than any other city. Beer city!

So while there are many choices to get your drink on in Asheville, you should definitely check out New Belgium brewery. Their tours are about 90 minutes long and free. There has never been a script, so they are all different depending on your tour guide! There is also a paid private tour available.

They also have an area where you can just hang out, drink a beer and enjoy their beautiful views. So if you’re ever in the Asheville area, hit them up!

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5 Breweries in Asheville You Can Tour

A list of asheville breweries you can tour.

Did you know that there are a handful of beloved Asheville breweries you can tour? And that some are FREE brewery tours!? It’s only fitting given that Asheville is known as Beer City and the Beer Capital of America. Our claim to brewery fame is that we have more breweries per capita than any other city .

Entrance to Highland Brewing in East Asheville

What’s so great is that a few of these breweries are happy to lift the curtain to share how the beer is made. You’ll find everything from free brewery tours to $75 in-depth tours. The no-cost brewery tours are at the top of our guide to free things to do in Asheville . It doesn’t get better!

For all you beer enthusiasts or industrial tourism enthusiasts out there, this list is for you!

Read on to see which Asheville brewery favorites offer tours of their production facilities. And one last thing– make sure to wear closed-toed shoes!

If you are excited about touring breweries in Asheville but aren’t sure where to start …

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Take the stress out of it and book with City Brew Tours ! They have two different tours to choose from that include transportation to 3-4 breweries, beer samples and even a few bites. Tours start at $75.

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5 Asheville Breweries You Can Tour

And now onto the list! All of these breweries offer online reservations and we have included links for each.

1. Sierra Nevada Brewery Tours

Sierra Nevada’s Asheville area brewery, located in Mills River, NC is the Taj Mahal of breweries. They offer three tours that go into varying levels of depth of Sierra Nevada history and the beer brewing process. You can reserve a spot for each of these tours online.

Sierra Nevada’s shortest tour is the Brewhouse Tour. This is a basic brewery tour that lasts about 45 minutes , during which you will learn about the entire beer making process, see live production and packaging equipment and finish with a tasting of a few of their beers . Cost for the tour is $9 per person.

The next tour is their Beyond the Pale Tour which goes into more depth about the history of Sierra Nevada in addition to the brewing process and production facility. The tour lasts 90 minutes and includes a sample of nine Sierra Nevada beers along the way. Cost for this tour is $25 per person .

The most in depth tour that Sierra Nevada offers is the Beer Geek Tour , a 3 hour deep dive into how Sierra Nevada operates. The tour limits groups to six people for an intimate experience. Cost for this tour is $75 per person.

2. New Belgium Brewery Tours

Situated on the banks of the French Broad River, New Belgium Brewery calls West Asheville home to its East Coast production operations. They offer several brewery tours of their expansive facility. Check their website for more details and to book your tour!

First and most importantly FREE (!!) is their Tour Teaser . This 45 minute tour takes you through their production facility and includes a sample of their beer. Tour times are daily at 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Tickets are available day of on a first come first serve basis. Oh and did we mention its free !?

Next up is New Belgium’s The Classic Tour . This 90 minute experience goes into more depth about New Belgium’s history and connection to Asheville as well as a full production facility tour. The tour includes a guided flight of beers to show you what New Belgium has to offer. Cost for this tour is $20 per person and reservations are recommended.

For an in depth tour, New Belgium offers their Grain to Glass Tour which they call a production adventure. This 150 minute tour goes behind the scenes and more in depth into the production areas. Tours are limited to 6 people to ensure an intimate experience. Cost for this tor is $75 per person .

New Belgium also offers group tours , so be sure to check their website if you plan to visit with a group!

Brewery equipment at New Belgium brewery in West Asheville, NC

3. Highland Brewing Tours

Highland Brewing kicked off Asheville’s beer scene in 1991 as the first craft brewery in Asheville (aren’t we thankful for that.)

They offer a 50 minute tour of their brewery that guides guests through their production facility and gives an overview of their history and process. The tour includes samples of 5 beers along the way!

Tours are offered Friday through Sunday. Tickets must be reserved in advance on their website . Cost for the tour is $15 per person.

4. Burial Beer Co. – Forestry Camp Tours

Burial Beer is a beloved local craft brewery in Asheville offering a lineup of mouthwatering brews. Luckily for us they also offer tours of the production brewery in the historic Forestry Camp location.

Their tour is a 60 minute tour in which you will see their process for brewing learn about Burial’s history. Tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 and 3:00pm.

Burial’s tour includes sampling as well as a commemorative glass. Reservations are required, so book online before you go! Cost for the tour is $35 per person .

5. Wicked Weed Brewery Tours

Wicked Weed Production Brewery in downtown Asheville, NC

Wicked Weed is another of Asheville’s brewery darlings, establishing themselves as a mainstay in the craft beer scene. They offer a FREE brewery tour at their original brewpub location.

The tour includes a behind the scenes look at the brewpub and includes 3 samples of their delicious beer. You’ll also become the proud new owner of a commemorative Wicked Weed Glass.

Reservations are recommended so don’t forget to reserve a spot online .

Yes, several breweries offer free tours including New Belgium and Wicked Weed.

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Our Asheville tasting room (we call it the Liquid Center, or LC.) We are located at 21 Craven St. Hours are Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Stop by for a pint, taster, growler fill or schwag. If you're allergic to crowds, we suggest visiting us on a Tuesday. Visit our website to book a tour, see the food truck schedule, as well our beer line-up.

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New Belgium Asheville begins public brewery tours

September 2, 2016

New Belgium Brewing Company’s Asheville brewery, which has been producing beer since this past spring, begins offering scheduled public tours Friday, Sept. 2. It is the general public’s first opportunity to book a tour and see inside this highly anticipated brewery.

New Belgium’s free tours run daily on the half hour and reservations are necessary. Starting Friday, September 2, you can  book a tour here .

Brilliant Stream tours the Asheville brewery

Last week, Brilliant Stream participated in media day tours at the facility and found it most impressive. Taking the New Belgium tour would be a worthy adventure for any beer fan or beer novice. Beer fans will especially appreciate the multiple beer stops along the tour route.

On the typical brewery tour, you have to see all the insides of the brewery first before you get to visit the taproom and sample some brews. At New Belgium Asheville, you sample at several tasting stations along the way—inside the brewery—and you still get dropped off in the main taproom at the end. It’s a great concept.

All tours begin at the Liquid Center. Inside the center you’ll find a large room with lots of beer-on-tap, tables, chairs, packaged beer to take home, growler filler, logo merchandise, and a nice outdoor patio with seating overlooking the French Broad River.

While you are waiting for your tour to start, you can purchase a glass of brew and relax for a bit. The huge selection lets you choose from every New Belgium beer that is currently available.

From the Liquid Center your tour leader will guide you over a winding path to the main brewery building. You can’t take glasses of beer out of the Liquid Center over to the brewery. But don’t worry, New Belgium will take care of you in just a few minutes.

The brewery itself is a thing of beauty. All aspects, from the landscaping and architecture to the brewing equipment and tasting stations, show great attention to detail.

As you approach the brewery building, you’ll notice three tall, shiny metal tanks sitting out on the left. These are a special heat capturing and transferring mechanism for energy conservation. They are indicative of New Belgium’s commitment to sustainability.

Entering the building, the first stop is a large room containing the brewhouse. It’s made up of four big stainless steel vessels: mash tun, later tun, brew kettle, and whirlpool.

Here’s a close-up photo of the colorful tile work at the base of the tanks. Absolutely beautiful. Click on it to see a larger image. It is all totally custom. A local artist made the tiles from scratch and installed them in a pattern inspired by a hop cone.

Alex Dwoinen, Brewing Manager, New Belgium Asheville, is the main man responsible for overseeing the brewing program operation.

The Asheville brewery has a production capacity of 500,000 barrels annually. Add that capacity to the Fort Collins, Colorado brewery, and New Belgium’s total capacity is roughly 1.5 million barrels a year.

Your first special treat is the brewhouse tasting station where you get to sample your initial tour beers.

Next, you traverse through stairways and corridors where you see all the key workings of the brewery, except for the outdoor fermentation tanks. The tour guides are well-versed in brewery details and can answer just about any question you throw at them.

The main control room is filled with computer equipment. From there, most all brewery activities can be monitored and controlled.

Brewery workers truly cover all the bases, including keeping the viewing windows sparkling clean.

Soon, you get to the mid-tour tasting station that appears as if you are right outside the ‘t Brugs Beertje cafe in Bruges, Belgium. They say that’s where the New Belgium founders first got their inspiration for the beer they would make. Daisy Claeys is surely proud and happy about the free advertisement.

Quality assurance is a key component of a large craft brewery operation. New Belgium’s laboratories are first-rate.

The packaging room is massive. Kegs, cans, and bottles are all filled, labeled, and packed up for storage here, awaiting shipping. The bottling line can process 480 bottles per minute.

Opposite the packaging room window is the next tasting station. You won’t want for beer samples on this tour. This bar is constructed with many reclaimed materials.

To get a good look at the large outdoor fermentation tanks, you have to walk around the outside of the brewery building.

An emphasis on artwork

Art is displayed all around the brewery facilities. Much of the furnishings and the bar in the Liquid Center were also locally produced. Ninety percent of the artists and crafts people who made the art live within 5 miles of the brewery.

Much of the artwork, fixtures, and furnishing include materials reclaimed from the old livestock market that originally sat on the space now taken over by the brewery.

Though not done by a local artist, this cow was pretty amazing.

While you can sample and purchase all of New Belgium’s current portfolio in the Liquid Center, most of the beers are not yet brewed here. As of last week, the Asheville brewery was only producing three of New Belgium’s many beers. Fat Tire has been brewed here since April 2. Ranger IPA was the second beer produced here, and Citradelic, the third. They will phase in production of additional beers over the coming months until all most if not all the core brands and seasonals will be brewed here (as well as in Colorado). Some of the last beers that might be made in Asheville are the sour beers and the Lips of Faith Series. No timetable has been announced for producing additional beers.

Another great reason for a road trip

All in all, this is definitely another don’t miss stop on an Asheville visit—whether or not you are a beer fan. They do a great jobs of telling the story of New Belgium beer. And an interesting story it is. This brewery tour is another compelling reason to get over to Asheville again.

New Belgium Asheville

Liquid Center 21 Craven St. Asheville, NC

Hours are Monday-Saturday from 11 A.M.–8 P.M. and Sunday from 12 P.M. – 8 P.M.

The free tours take approximately 90 minutes and can be booked, first come-first served, here: For your tour, you should wear closed-toed shoes for safety.

New Belgium Brewing Company is an employee-owned business headquartered in Fort Collins, CO. It’s 800 employee-owners just celebrated the brewery’s 25th anniversary.

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The mountains are calling and so is the beer. It’s no secret that beer lovers from all over the world travel to the hills of Asheville for one thing — breweries. From big names to neighborhood spots, here are the top 16 breweries to visit in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Zebulon Artisan Ales

Bringing the hip to hipster, Zebulon brewing is only open 1-6 on Friday and Saturday creating the elusive waiting and scheduling game to beer collectors from all over the world. Living in a warehouse in the town of Weaverville, Zebulon Artisan Ales focus on Belgian, French farmhouse, and historical beers. All beers are unfiltered and often never to be seen again as there are no flagship beers consistently available. Plan accordingly while visiting this brewery.

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Zillicoah Beer Co.

Sitting on four acres of riverfront land just two miles outside of Asheville, Zillacoah Beer Company levels up on the brewery views. With specializations in open fermented lagers like the Austrian Gold, as well as farmhouse beers, Zillacoah keeps the traditions of beer brewing while pushing into mixed culture beers.

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Touted as not just a brewery but a beverage company, Dssolvr focuses on beer while leaving room for other kinds of fermentation. With surreal artwork covering cans and walls and over the top beer names like Blood of My Kin and Conjuring Spirits, Dssolvr brings an edgy taproom to Asheville using both old school and new school methods of brewing.

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Noble Cider & Mead Downtown

Don’t like beer? Well, maybe this wasn’t the list to read. However, Asheville does have another option. Noble Cidery lives just outside of Asheville in the growing town of Leicester, where the taplines consist of every cider imaginable alongside meads for the adventurous drinker. With ciders and folk art-inspired can designs, Noble Cider brings history and fresh local pressed apples to the masses. Noble Cider also has a taproom and restaurant within the city of Asheville.

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Asheville Brewing Company

Pizza and beer just go together. Asheville Brewing Company brings large slices, pretzels, and pub fare to its three locations. With legacy tap lines like the Perfect Day IPA and the Space Dog American Wheat, Asheville Brewing company upgrades patio drinking in Asheville.

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Wicked Weed Brewing Pub

This nationwide brewing company houses four locations within the Asheville area. Wicked Weed initially opened in 2012 offering West Coast IPAs and barrel-aged sours, expanding into a sour program with its sister brewery known as the Funkatorium on the South Slope of Asheville. A full kitchen is available, as well as long waits to get in the door for this nationally distributed company. Early arrival is recommended to beat the lines.

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Twin Leaf Brewery

Located in the popular South Slope portion of Asheville, Twin Leaf Brewery brings a family friendly atmosphere with giant Jenga sets, foosball, and shuffleboards. Dogs are invited to drink with their owners (water bowls available) both inside or outside. With a heavy American IPA tap list, Twin Leaf Brewery also brews a variety of lagers, sours, and stouts.

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Burial Beer Co.

Burial Beer sits in the South Slope district of downtown Asheville, popular for multiple breweries within walking distance from each other and allowing for easy bar crawl action. With its large murals and empty trucks and cars used as seating, Burial Beer brings a fun atmosphere to complement its award-winning IPAs like the Surf Wax. In addition to the brewery, Burial Beer has opened Forestry Camp , a newer restaurant in Biltmore Village featuring a menu to pair with an extensive beverage menu including its very own Burial Beer.

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New Belgium Brewing Company

New Belgium Brewing sits along the river in West Asheville with an expansive outdoor area, food trucks daily and brewery tours (on hold for now). Beer lovers and tourists converge daily on this active brewery. Find old faithful New Belgium beers like Fat Tire sitting on the tap line next to other favorites like the Voodoo Ranger IPA or Imperial IPA.

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Wedge Brewing Company

In West Asheville’s river arts district, Wedge Brewing brings an eclectic feel to its tap room. With ample space for food trucks and outdoor seating, Wedge Brewing houses light, hoppy, and specialty beers with two guest tap lines.

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Archetype Brewing

Named after the four main ingredients in beer (grain, hops, yeast, and water), Archetype brings the chemistry of brewing to the customers. Archetype Brewing is located in West Asheville with an additional tap room downtown. Core beers like the Commitment Phobia IPA and the Cowboy Poet load the tap lines alongside core rotational, seasonal, small batch, and barrel-aged for every palate.

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Cursus Keme

At the back of a dead end lane, Cursus Keme sits behind a fence with an artsy biergarten feel. Walking into the renovated tractor trailer service building, large wooden tables and greenery bring a lush taproom feel. Cursus Keme brings traditional brewing to Asheville with wood-fired brew kettles. A variety of styles are available, including IPAs, lagers, and stouts. Cursus Keme does not plan to distribute, but instead prefers to bring guests into the space to experience the beer.

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New Origin Brewing Company

One of the newest kids on the block, New Origin Brewing, sits right down the lonely street from Curses Keme but is still in the heart of the Biltmore Village. The industrial tap room also houses an outdoor beer garden and food trucks with options to bring both kids and dogs. Look for contemporary beers like Focal Point, a Vienna Lager; Drizzle, a milk stout; and Pickles, a New England-style IPA.

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Highland Brewing Company

Touted as the first legal brewery in Asheville, Highland Brewing, started in 1994, is still one of the largest independent and family owned breweries in the Southeast. Highland Brewing sits on 40 acres overlooking the mountains of Asheville, allowing for large gatherings and events. Highland Brewing’s tap line consists of traditional favorites like the Gaelic Ale and the AVL IPA as well as seasonal and limited release options. Often multiple food trucks set up outside the brewery doors to help soak up all those beers.

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French Broad River Brewery

Named after the body of water that runs through the heart of the town, French Broad River Brewery sits on the edge of the Biltmore Village. With a newly expanded taproom, year round taps sit next to the seasonal and small batch lines. Live music and special events are held weekly.

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Brewery, wellness studios to open as one-stop neighborhood hangout in Asheville

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ASHEVILLE - A local couple is on the path to bringing fitness and entertainment to the Asheville community at a hybrid brewery-wellness center.

This month, Josh and Shannon Brewer acquired the keys to the former Down Dog dog park, bar and yoga studio that closed last spring at 51 Sweeten Creek Road. The Brewers will transform the newly leased commercial building into a craft beer taproom with wellness studios.

Josh Brewer, who started as a home brewer, sought a place to open a brewery in Asheville after years as a professional brewer in Eastern North Carolina. Shannon Brewer recognized an opportunity to share her expertise in wellness with an audience in a joint venture.

“I said, ‘Why don’t we do a wellness studio and brewery together and it’s like whole-person wellness ― it’s mental, physical, spiritual, social and community — everything all together,” Shannon Brewer said.

The months-long renovation plan to upgrade the nearly 4,000-square-foot facility, spruce up the patio, and get beer production churning is intended to be complete in time for a November/December opening.

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The entrepreneurs envision a place for the community to gather and find inner peace by participating in a yoga class or relaxing with a cold craft beer.

Josh Brewer said he imagines Brewwell as a local hangout due to its placement in the Sweeten Creek neighborhood surrounded by other local commercial businesses, restaurants and breweries like Hillman Beer and 7 Clans Brewing.

“It’s an area that has some strong established businesses and hangout places here,” Shannon Brewer said. “It’s growing and evolving, and I think we’ll continue to see it grow and evolve so it’s exciting to be getting in on the earlier stage of the second wave.”

The fitness factor

A receptionist will greet guests entering the front of the building seeking to spend time on the wellness side of the business.

The two existing studios will host regularly scheduled classes like yoga, Pilates and meditation. The workshops and seminars may include practices like sound healing and reiki, and specially scheduled one-to-two times per month.

“Whatever people are interested in,” Shannon Brewer said. “I’m hoping to curate a collection of opportunities for people to explore and find the thing that sparks their element of interest.”

Instructors and other professionals will be contracted to lead the sessions.

The brewing side

The design theme is one Shannon Brewer has dubbed “Scandinavian boho industrial” as it will have a clean-line modern style with metal trusses overhead, natural materials like wood, terracotta and plant accents, and a color scheme of black and white contrasting with the copper beer kegs.

The taproom will be in the back half of the building and offer table, bar and lounge seating.

The existing bar will receive a facelift and drywall will be installed on the back wall from which the beverage menu will hang.

Nearly 600 square feet will be partitioned off the area to create a designated beer production space.

Six copper tanks will hang above the bar. The perks of the unique beer brewing and draft method are that it will save floor space for operations and storage while getting beer directly to guests in the taproom. Also, it will be easy to clean as it uses replaceable bags in the tanks.

Josh Brewer, said the “tank beer” set-up is popular in Europe, but Brewwell will be the third brewery in the U.S. to use them.

Beer is funneled from the brewery to the copper kegs through ceiling piping, and then a draft line will run from the kegs to the back wall of the taps.

Several additional taps behind the bar will be reserved for local guest beverage companies providing options like Prosecco, wine, kombucha and sour beers. Non-alcoholic options on the menu will include zero-proof beer, fruit smoothies, handcrafted sodas and sparkling teas.

Josh Brewer plans to introduce the brewery by releasing Czech-style pilsners and dark beers, a German-style Helles, an English-style pale ale, a nitrogen stout and Indian pale ales.

Light snacks will be on the menu, but visitors will be encouraged to patronize guest food trucks, pop-up vendors and neighborhood restaurants.

Brewwell’s creekside patio

The patio will offer covered and open spaces and an elevated section that will back up to Sweeten Creek.

Enhancements will include a new awning and seating.

The fencing will be changed to create a more open and inviting social space.

“We want it to feel community-oriented. People can come in and be themselves, relax and hang out. It's a little bit more of an open feeling,” Shannon Brewer said.

The patio and taproom will be accessible from the side parking lot. A window at the back of the building will be replaced by a door for an additional entryway between the taproom and the patio.

The parking lot at Brewwell is limited to about a half-dozen spaces but additional parking will be available across the street.  

Although the venue will no longer be a dedicated dog park, dogs will be welcomed at the brewery but in a traditional sense on a leash and on the patio with their human counterpart.

Where: 51 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville.

Opening: Tentatively November/December 2024.

Info: For more, visit or follow on Instagram @brewwellavl .

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