Beer Festivals in Asheville

I’m sitting on my favorite rocking chair on the large covered porch ~ looking down the grass hill, past the herb garden to the lovely fish and fountain pond, surrounded by thick trees of every description including two of my favorite ~ Weeping Willows.

The grill is heating; waiting for the lamb chops I bought at the Farmers Market this morning.

I enter the living room with the high ceiling, stone fireplace, leather couches and rocking chairs; which many years ago was a one room cabin.

Sunlight filters through one of the long glass sliding doors which through the other I see my hammock waiting for me.

I’m home again; “Pat’s Place” is mine.


Asheville, NC was voted Beer City USA by readers of for four years in a row. As many more craft breweries relocate to Asheville and local beer aficionados set-up breweries here, Asheville increases in popularity for beer lovers.

This page offers a short description of beer festivals in Asheville and the months they occur. Asheville beer festivals usually charge one general admission price ($40-75) on average. Some offer higher priced passes with VIP perks. Beer festivals even have special passes and pricing for designated drivers, who will not be consuming alcohol. Many of the most popular festivals, such as the Brewgrass Festival and the Beer City Festival are usually sold out soon after formally announcements are made, so purchase tickets as far in advance as possible.

Winter Warmer Festival (January)

The Winter Warmer Festival is one of the newcomers on the craft brew scene in Asheville. Previous owners of the Brews Cruise (which takes visitors on a tour of local breweries) began this festival a few years ago to help ward off the winter blahs. Each year it has grown in the number of breweries participating and the number of attendees.

Beer City Festival (May)

The Beer City Festival is wrapped within the larger Asheville Beer Week events. The festival occurs on the Roger McGuire Green in Downtown Asheville. Tickets are $45 and available online. Nearly 40 breweries from inside and outside the Asheville region will bring their craft beer to the table for this event.

Brewgrass Festival (September)

An incredible lineup of first-class brews and an exciting lineup of first-class bluegrass music is what attendees will experience at the Asheville Brewgrass Festival, which features over 40 breweries and over 120 beers. The event’s history of hosting great national acts like the Yonder Mountain String Band and Tony Furtado makes this a beer festival that cannot be missed. Though dates and details have not been announced for this year’s festival, we will keep you updated as soon as announced. Updates can also be found by visiting the official event site or its Facebook page.

Ocktoberfest In Downtown Asheville (October)

A little traditional German “oompah” comes to Western North Carolina when Ocktoberfest comes to downtown Asheville’s Woodfin Ave. Featuring classic German cuisine and seasonal and house beers from a vast wealth of local breweries, the event will feature live music, traditional Ocktoberfest games, and dancing in the streets.

Asheville has always been a great city for breweries, one of-a-kind beers, and fantastic art and music, and its reputation is only growing. Every year, locals and visitors come out to sample some new craft brews and attend Asheville’s lively events. Each year’s lineup of beer festivals promises to be fun and full of new brews.

We came here for a short getaway from our home & faily in Michigan and we’ve had a wonderful time. The Willow Winds property proved to be all that it had promised and then some. We hope to return with our kids sometime. Asheville was a lot of fun too — very different from what we’re used to. Our favorite eatery was Jack of the Wood’s, We tried the Scotch eggs, some local brew’s and the Sheppard’s pie…all accompanied by some very talented bluegrass musicians.

Thanks Willow Winds for a great place to stay

Jim And Sharon (Michigan)


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