Move over, San Francisco, Fort Worth and Boston. There are some new craft brewery cities on the block, and they’re making a huge difference in how and what you drink.
Asheville is relatively new to the craft beer scene, but it has quickly become a mecca for beer lovers. According to SMBYO, the craft beer industry in Asheville is booming and has more craft beer breweries than any other city in the country with some serving almost every style of beer. Many consider Asheville’s Wicked Weed Brewing Company to be the best of the best. They opened their doors in 2012 with 25 unique beers and have expanded to four brewing locations and three taprooms. In 2014, the company opened the Funkatorium, which is a taproom dedicated to serving their infamous sour beers. Some of the top-rated beers in the state include Wicked Weed’s Golden Angel, Red Angel and Angel of Darkness American ales. Other popular breweries in Asheville include Burial Beer Company, Pisgah Brewing Company, and Highland Brewery.
Louisville is not just known for its whiskeys. It features a growing craft beer industry that offers consistently great tasting brews. The area boasts an impressive 21 breweries. Many of the beers have flavors crafted from local ingredients, giving them a uniqueness that can only be found in Louisville. The oldest and largest brewery is the Bluegrass Brewing Company. Their main location is in a historic downtown building that offers tours and tastings. Their most popular beers include an American Pale Ale, Dark Star Porter and German Altbier. They also pour bourbon barrel-aged brews. Falls City Beer is the official beer of the Kentucky Derby and serves its Extra Special English Pale Ale, Hipster Repellent and Wheat Ale in a newly opened location. Apocalypse Brewery brews its beers in a facility with solar-powered water and recycled equipment. Its 10 beers include the popular Irish Red Rapture, R.I.P. Rye and Dystopian Dunkle.
According to Maple Ridge Events, craft breweries are popping up all over the Music City and provide unique options to locals and tourists alike. Bearded Iris Brewing serves some of the best beers in the state. Its variety and use of hops and other ingredients are evident in its Attention Please, Homestyle and Double Scatterbrain IPAs. Wiseacre Brewing has the top-rated Astronaut Status Imperial Stout. Yazoo Brewing Company’s Hefeweizen won a gold medal at the 2003 Great American Beer Festival.
Next time you’re in the southern part of the U.S., make an effort to stop in one of these cities to enjoy a beer. You’ll be glad you did.
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