With no progress on Catawba Brewing’s new Asheville brewery, is a new location in the works?


It’s been six months since Catawba Brewing announced a new timeline for the construction of its new boutique brewery near Biltmore Village in Asheville. And while the Morganton-based brewery followed up with its plans to open a temporary tasting room nearby, there’s been no progress on the actual brewery at 2 Fairview Road, right across the street from French Broad Brewery.

Here’s the plan Catawba announced back in January. At the time, they said they hoped to have their new brewery open by mid summer.

I’ve heard that Catawba Brewing has been looking for a new permanent location for its Asheville brewery, which owner Billy Pyatt has said he is committed to doing. Anyone got a bead on a new location?

Meantime, Catawba’s tasting room at 62 Brook St. is a sweet little watering hole. Check ’em out. Here’s a photo gallery of Catawba’s tasting room near Biltmore Village.


Larry September 12, 2014 - 1:59 pm

I lived in Asheville for 50 years and never heard of the South Slope.Where is that?

Jason Sandford September 12, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Larry, it’s the southern portion of the city’s central business district. Coxe Avenue, Banks, Buxton, Asheland, Hilliard….

MusicLover45 July 17, 2014 - 9:34 am

Word is that they are going into the back portion of the new space on Bank St in the South Slope. This is where the new BBQ restaurant, Vortex Doughnut, and Public School Bar is being built. South Slope quicking becoming the Brewery District.

Alice July 16, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Catawba should consider Weaverville

indie July 19, 2014 - 6:42 pm

Agglomeration economies suggest that wouldn’t be an optimal choice.

Gus July 16, 2014 - 4:04 pm

I know but will never tell muhahaha!

Nate July 16, 2014 - 3:55 pm

That Catawba tasting room in the Village is so close to a bar that I’m not sure there’s a meaningful difference. They’re not brewing the beer on site, and they officially stay open until 10 pm on weeknights and 11 on Fridays and Saturdays, but are often open later. On busy days their patrons take over the whole parking lot plus adjacent spaces across the street, often blocking access to the only other remaining business in that strip, Old School Subs.

Nearly all the other tasting rooms in town close down at 8, even on weekends, to avoid competing with the local bars . . . not clear why Catawba has decided not to follow the standard pattern. It’s definitely working for them, though, business is booming!

Orton July 16, 2014 - 7:32 pm

That’s an old paradigm…

Chris July 16, 2014 - 8:58 pm

Burial closes at 10pm. Wedge closes at 10pm. Oysterhouse 11pm. Dirty Jack’s is 9pm on weekdays, 10pm on weekends. Asheville Brewing and Wicked Weed both have restaurants I guess but close at midnight. French Broad is the only place I can find that closes at 8pm.

Orton July 16, 2014 - 9:54 pm

Highwire also closes at 11 weekday nights..

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