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Asheville Beer Week

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May 23 – 31, 2014

If you want to come to Asheville, NC, to tour the Biltmore Estate or hike the mountains, you can come anytime. But if you want to come to Asheville to sample the local beer selections, the best time is the last week in May. Why? That’s when the 3rd Annual Asheville Beer Week  takes place.

Beer City USA

The hype about Asheville beer began in 2009 when the city was first crowned “Beer City USA” on a national poll by Asheville edged out Portland, Oregon, a much larger metropolis, for the title. Asheville went on to win four consecutive Beer City USA titles. And in 2103, CNN named Asheville one of the eight best beer towns in the U.S.

Photo courtesy of  Asheville Beer Week

Photo courtesy of
Asheville Beer Week


To celebrate the victory in 2009, the Beer City Festival was quickly organized. It became such a rousing success that it’s now held annually. This year’s 5th Annual Beer City Fest will be held on May 31, which not coincidentally is the last day of Asheville Beer Week, which runs May 23 to 31.


Asheville, A Beer Destination

Asheville has become a tourist destination solely because of its beer. Microbreweries and brewpubs have sprung up faster than mushrooms on a rainy day. Major breweries like Sierra Nevada and New Belgium have already started construction on facilities in and around Asheville.

Asheville is already home to the famous Brewgrass Festival and Oktoberfest, but that’s just the foam on the glass. More events are poured onto the social calendar every year. Here’s a sampling of the local beer-related enterprises:

  • The Amazing Pubcycle
  • Asheville Pizza and Brewing
  • Barley’s Taproom
  • The Bier Garden
  • Bruisin’ Ales
  • French Broad Brewery
  • Green Man Brewery
  • Highland Brewing
  • Lexington Ave Brewery
  • Oskar Blues Brewing
  • Thirsty Monk
  • The Wedge Brewery
  • Wicked Weed Brewing

Asheville Beer Week

This year’s events will take place all across the city. Many of the happenings require no admission fee, although you’ll have to pay for your drinks. Last year’s events featured a LaZoom bus tour and beer run, beer showcases, specialty beer merchandise, beer especially brewed for the event, brewery tours, panel discussions, taste-a-thons, and fundraising fests.

Your mileage may vary, since it’s near impossible to attend every event during the week. The staff at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds urges our guests to drink responsibly and not to drink and drive. Luckily, your luxury mountain cabin is so close to downtown that it’s just an inexpensive cab ride away.

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