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BREW-ed Asheville Walking Tour

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BREW-ed Asheville -Walking Tour for Brew Lovers
Staff Score:
5.0 / 5
The Bottom Line:

No matter your taste in beer, there is sure to be something for you on the BREW-ed Asheville Walking Tour, Asheville’s only expert led brewery tour. Each day of the week offers different brewery combinations, meaning you can choose your event. It also means that you can take the tour more than once and have an entirely different experience.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

BREW-ed Asheville Walking Tour has been named among the top tours in the world by none other than National Geographic. More than a simple pub crawl, you are introduced to new brews by internationally recognized beer experts and guided behind the scenes of the some of Asheville’s finest breweries. Rather than simply taste, you get a sense of what went into creating each beer and learn more about the passionate brewers behind each new concoction.

If you did not already know that Asheville was split during the Civil War — with some men joining the Confederacy and others the Union — or that the city in the 1890s was recognized internationally as a world class health resort, you’re in for a fun surprise. Stories about the roaring twenties when Asheville was known as “The Paris of the South” will help you recognize the depth of the city. The fact that author Thomas Wolfe called Asheville home will illustrate its intellectual richness. Those are just the sorts of stories you will learn during your brewery tour. It’s not all about the beer, but also about the place that inspires so many craftsmen to ply their trade.

BREW-ed is a one-of-a-kind experience, an opportunity to learn things like how brewers transform four raw ingredients into the massive variety of beers available today. You won’t simply sip a pint, but will learn its genesis, how it was conceived and created.

Without exception, each tour is led by a Certified Cicerone, a uniquely trained guide who will give you the clearest insight into Asheville and its breweries. The passion of these beer-obsessed guides is a big reason for BREW-ed’s five-star rating.

There are 13 breweries in downtown Asheville alone, but due to the deep immersion style of BREW-ed’s walking tour, you’ll only visit two or three of those on a single two or three hour tour (depending upon which day of the week you go and the breweries that most capture your interest).

You can expect an enjoyable walk, punctuated with interesting stories about Asheville. And once inside a brewery, you’ll have the opportunity to try everything you’re introduced to. This is your chance to enjoy a beer you might never have thought to order on your own, to discover new favorites and gain a greater appreciation for different types of brews.

The tour is open to visitors like you of course, but BREW-ed also helps business owners train their staff and beer industry professionals advance their careers by training to pass industry examinations. The truth is, there is so much expertise among BREW-ed’s staff that they are able to share the knowledge with novices and professionals alike.

Have you ever been curious about what makes a beer go skunky and how to prevent it, or wondered at the difference between a pilsner and a lager? This tour is your opportunity to ask those questions as well as any other beer-related queries you may have.

Asheville is a picturesque, artsy, warm place to visit. It’s also one of the best places to vacation if you’d like to learn more about beer from some of the best and brightest in the brewing business.

Insider Tips:
-If you’re visiting with a group of six or more, take advantage of BREW-ed’s customized tour. Let them know you’re coming, what you’re most interested in, and they’ll help you design the tour of a lifetime.
-If you know another beer-lover who is visiting Asheville, gift certificates are available for both two and three brewery tours.