Asheville and the new brew update: 10 more craft breweries in works for Beer City


The beer train keeps on rolling in Asheville, with at least six new craft breweries in the works. Here’s a quick look. What am I missing?

Updated as of Sept. 7, 2016

Burial Beer’s second location: The popular Burial Beer, based on Collier Avenue on Asheville’s South Slope, announced in January big plans to open a second brewery at 16 Shady Oak Dr. off London Road, which is just off Sweeten Creek Road. (French Broad Brewery and Catawba Brewery’s small tasting room is also nearby, as is Biltmore Village.) The site is just under 2 acres and is home to six buildings. Burial said at the time that it planned to invest about $1.8 million in the site. They’ve been chipping away at the site while at the same time ramping up their beer-making capability and announcing distribution in Georgia.

The buildings off London Road once housed workers for the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal program by President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched in the 1930s to get people back to work. People who stayed in the Asheville camp worked on public projects such as the construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Burial officials have said they plan to produce 15,000 gallons of beer at the location, build a two-story taproom and lounge, plant an urban garden and partner with a local restaurant to open on site. The new location will allow Burial to launch a new line of wild and sour farmhouse-style beers. The idea is to create an urban getaway, one described as a veritable beer estate.

Word on the street is that a new brewery is going in at 255 Short Coxe Ave. on Asheville’s South Slope, also known as the city’s brewery district.

Hillman Beer, to open at 8 Sweeten Creek Road in a 4,000-square-foot building that used to be a night club/bar. Brad Hillman is the brewer, and he’ll be working with his brother Greig and Greig’s wife Brandi. The couple own Subway restaurant franchises in Buncombe and McDowell counties.

A new brewery devoted to ginger beer. It is a project of David Ackley, a home brewer, musician and writer in Asheville who is looking for a location around town. It’s called Upbeat Brewing, and it is planned for the Ramp Studios space at the corner of Riverside Drive and Broadway Street.

Turgua Farmstead Brewery by brewer Phil Desenne is planning a fall opening at 27 Firefly Hollow Dr., a 5-acre farm owned by Desenne, reports Tony Kiss at the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Archetype Brewing has been announced as part of a new development happening along Haywood Road at what’s known as Beecham’s Curve. The brewery is the work of Brad Casanova and Steven Anan, formerly of Hi-Wire Brewing.

White Labs facility, which includes a brewery and tasting room: The folks at California-based White Labs announced more than a year ago plans to build an East Coast yeast-making laboratory at 172 S. Charlotte St. in Asheville. The building is a former tobacco warehouse that was most recently in use by the City of Asheville Public Works department.

Whistle Hop Brewing in Fairview is the work of husband-and-wife team Tom and Gina Miceli. They’ve been hard at work transforming an old Norfolk & Western Railroad caboose into a tasting room. The plan is to have it perched at 1278 Charlotte Highway in Fairview.

Habitat Brewing is well underway at 174 Broadway St., just north of downtown Asheville. Matt Addis and Jonathan Myers are working feverishly to get open in coming weeks, though word on the street is that they’ll likely have to change their name to avoid conflict with someone who has already laid claim to the “habitat” name. From a recent update on their website:

Local craft beer: we won’t be brewing until our federal license comes through, which we have little to no control over. In the meantime, we have the opportunity to honor our brother and sister breweries in town by carrying their brews. The breweries in Asheville and surrounding areas have been so supportive and encouraging that it will be our pleasure to highlight them in our space. It will also give us time to get back into the rhythm of using our equipment and making the proper adjustments for when we’re allowed to begin offering our beers later this year (hopefully).

Fahrenheit Pizza & Brewhouse is set for 17 Lee St. in South Asheville, between Hendersonville and Sweeten Creek roads. It is part pizza joint and part brewery.


Youbettie September 2, 2016 - 5:22 pm

Also of note: Madison County Brewing, in downtown Marshall looks to be nearing completion.

Jason Sandford September 12, 2016 - 11:04 am

Thanks Youbettie!

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