#27 of 26 Asheville Breweries

French Broad River Brewery in Asheville

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French Broad River Brewery: Bringing European Beer to Asheville
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

French Broad River Brewery delivers the best of European-style beer to Asheville, along with a pleasant vibe that attracts visitors in its own right.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Specializing in a wide variety of European-style beers, French Broad River Brewery has provided the lager-loving citizens of Asheville with a steady stream of suds since 2001. The brewery is now an Asheville staple, even among a large and increasingly competitive local industry.

Open daily during the afternoon and evening, French Broad River Brewery’s tasting room offers a vast selection of brews that will keep you coming back on the regular to see which new creations grace the menu. Seasonal selections such as Zepptemberfest keep the beer list fresh, but French Broad River Brewery also provides a consistent lineup of heavyweight beers that really pack a punch.

There’s more than just top-notch beer to be found at French Broad River Brewery. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, the brewery plays host to some of the area’s most promising musicians. Featured acts range from pop singer-songwriters such as Emmy Law, to bluegrass acts like the High Top Boys — and even the occasional funk and reggae act such as the Shaun Peace Band.

The super accommodating staff makes each trip to the French Broad River Brewery a delight. Fans of the brewery claim that employees regularly go out of their way to assist visitors, no matter how demanding they may be.

A few of our favorite brews on tap include the following:

13 Rebels Extra Special Bitter
If you’re in the mood for something truly memorable, you’ll definitely want to taste the 13 Rebels Extra Special Bitter. Named after the original 13 colonies, this brew features a malty flavor and a vigorous orange color that makes it a feast for multiple senses.

Anvil Porter
On the hunt for something light? Cozy up next to an Anvil Porter, a smooth and chocolatey concoction that leaves plenty of room for one (or two!) more. Don’t let your German friends fool you: a porter is just as hearty and satisfying as a lager.

India Pale Ale
India Pale Ale fans will flock to French Broad River’s take on this staple of the American beer scene. The very definition of a “meat and potatoes beer,” this IPA is consistently refreshing.

Ryehopper Rye Pale Ale
If you favor dry ales, you’ll definitely want to sample French Broad River’s Ryehopper Rye Pale Ale. This satisfying brew is the perfect complement to an evening with good friends and lively conversation.

Gateway Kolsch
An authentic German ale that pays tribute to the city of Koln, the Gateway Kolsch transports you to the heart of Deutschland. Featuring a sweet malt finish that is distinctively German, you’ll never want to say Auf Wiedersehen to this beer!

Insider Tips:

  • With a beer selection this solid, you will certainly want to try a flight. This approach allows you to sample all of the fantastic concoctions currently on tap at French Broad River Brewery.
  • Visit the brewery on Mondays, and you can take advantage of tasting room discounts. An additional source of savings: you never have to worry about paying a cover charge to check out live music; performances at French Broad River Brewery are always free of charge.
  • Dog lovers will be thrilled to learn that French Broad River Brewery has become a popular hangout spot for pups of all sizes — as well as their obedient owners! If you don’t particularly enjoy sharing your space with furry companions, you might want to choose somewhere else to sip on your favorite beer.