When you think about beer, most think of the big labels and where they come from, like Massachusetts for Samuel Adams or Germany for Beck as well as a host of other beers. A new and popular trend that has been sweeping the nation is craft brewing. In the Southeast, Asheville, NC has become the mecca for craft brewing and craft brew enthusiasts alike. Asheville has seen this rise in interest and has been included in a select group of cities to be involved in Asheville Brews Cruise. Read on to find out not only about craft brewing, Asheville Brews Cruise, and where to eat once you have finished your tour.
In case you aren’t very familiar about craft brewing, here is some information about it. What makes craft beer so different from large scale beer operations is size. Craft brewing is small. It can be something as small as a 1 man operation in a garage sharing with friends to a small brewery that distributes locally and regionally. They are completely independent, where less than 25% of the brewery business is owned or controlled by an outside alcohol industry member. What also separates them from the beer pack is that these crafters try and make quality, interesting beers in small batches and always tries to create something new.
In Asheville, NC, there has been a host of established and new craft breweries that have been quenching the thirst of locals and visitors alike. This is why Asheville Brews Cruise was started. It is almost impossible for not only your liver but your wallet to experience all that Asheville has to offer. There are 3 tours that you can choose from when you book with Asheville Brews Cruise. They are Walking Tour/Mobile Cruises ($52), Brew Moon Specialty Tour which includes beer and moonshine ($57), or the gluten free No Brews tour which includes cider, mead, and wine ($61). Each tour is knowledge based and has not only a guide but also the brewery staff to help answer any questions that you might have. Each tour is approximately 3 to 3.5 hours and you will visit about 3 to 4 breweries and taste a total of 15 to 16 4 oz samples. As you can see, this will give you an amazing insight to craft brewing in Asheville.
Once you are done with your tour, you will be back in downtown Asheville and the first thing that you will need is some food. There are some nearby restaurants that will pair perfectly with your local brews. The first is The Admiral. This is a perfect restaurant for those of you who like to order a few things and share. There are too many delicious options on their menu to choose just one. Be sure to check out their menu and make a reservation, they are recommended. Next is Cúrate, a Spanish tapas restaurant that will take your tastebuds on a phenomenal tour of Spain. Make sure you pair your meal with one of their amazing Spanish wines. For those of you who are looking for a casual yet fresh meal, check out White Duck Taco Shop. They strive to make every taco to order using only the freshest, local ingredients.
While contemplating which Asheville Brews Cruise tour to choose as well as a complimenting restaurant, consider having your home base be The Orchard Inn in nearby Saluda. This beautiful B&B has the perfect space for you to relax and unwind after a day in Asheville. While staying there, be sure to book a dinner at their in-house restaurant. Contact The Orchard Inn today to book your amazing weekend in Asheville.
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