Outdoor recreation communities are often home to some great breweries, and Brevard is no exception. In fact, when you come off the trails in Pisgah, you’re only moments away from one brewery, and just a couple minutes on the community bike path from another. If you stay on that path, there are two more breweries in downtown Brevard. That’s four great breweries that are less than a 20-minute bike ride from each other!
The newest brewery in town is UpCountry, located in the Lumberyard District at 212 N. King St., Suite B, behind Squatch Bikes and Brews and Magpie Meat & Three. UpCountry Brewery was founded in West Asheville in 2016 by craft beer industry veteran John Cochran, co-founder of Terrapin Beer Company. UpCountry’s mission is to create awesome experiences while sharing their passion for craft beer, local music and getting outside. Their newest location in Brevard’s Lumberyard District was opened in 2018. For more information, visit www.upcrountrybrewing.com.
Brevard’s oldest existing brewery is the Brevard Brewing Company, located downtown on East Main Street. The relaxed, community-friendly atmosphere at Brevard Brewing Company has made it a favorite spot for locals to enjoy conversation over a pint of one of the world’s oldest crafts.
Owner and brewmaster Kyle Williams offers German-style lagers in addition to American ales. Williams said it is the only brewery in western North Carolina to specialize in lagers, which can be more costly to produce and require patience to brew due to a long aging process.
According to Williams, most mass-produced lagers are light and lack flavor, whereas many craft breweries strive to make consistently bolder and hoppier brews. Brevard Brewing Company’s goal is to give beer lovers the best of both worlds – beer that is both drinkable and flavorful. For more information, visit www.brevard-brewing.com.
Of course, if you’re a mountain biker, you know that Oskar Blues, as a company and as a culture, is cut from the mountain biker lifestyle of “Work hard, play hard.” That vibe, along with access to the trails, and, of course, clean water, are a big part of why Dale Katechis brought his business here.
Katechis had been visiting the area for years to ride mountain bikes, and began coming so often that he bought another bike to leave here.
“One thing led to another,” he said. “I sketched it out on a napkin, and it made more sense to build a brewery here. I knew I wasn’t going to be giving up quality of life, but instead was going to enhance my quality of life.”
In return, Oskar Blues has done much to improve the Brevard community. Not only are there bands at the brewery and events and their nearby biking facility, the REEB Ranch, but the Can’d Aid Foundation, a nonprofit arm of the brewery, has given 50 bikes to kids in the community. They also regularly fund trail projects in the region. After all, REEB’s mantra is “Ride Bikes. Drink Beer.”
The Can’d Aid foundation also regularly drums up support for other communities that have experienced a natural disaster. When a community near their Austin, Texas, brewery was leveled by tornados, they canned tens of thousands of cans of water for disaster relief.
For more information visit www.oskarblues.com.
Ecusta is the Cherokee word for the Davidson River, so it’s only right that Ecusta Brewing sits on the riverbanks at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest. A recently renovated space, fresh ideas about beer and proximity to the forest keep it hopping with people coming in and out of the woods.
It’s not uncommon to see a nod to outdoors culture at Ecusta Brewing, with beer names like Rey’d On, First Descent IPA, Forest Party Red and Parkway Pils. Recurring events like their local dart league and trivia nights have a loyal following, and the brewery is always a popular spot for a post-ride pint.
“We now have two great entities that draw people to our area, craft beer and our forest,” said owner Josh Chambers. “Both have the same effect: they help you decompress, enjoy the moment and bring like-minded people together. What better way to finish, or plan, an adventure than talking it over with a fresh local brew! Simply put, they both make you feel good.”
For more information, visit www.ecustabrewing.com.