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Asheville Beer and Breweries

The breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains enveloping Asheville, N.C., have long-established the city’s reputation as a mountain lover’s mecca. But in recent years, Asheville has reached the pinnacle of another scene: food and drink. From creative craft cocktails to farm-collaborative dining to an unrivaled micro-brew boom, Asheville has become an epicurean’s escape like no other.

Asheville is in a Glass All by Itself

Asheville Craft CocktailsThe craft cocktail scene in Asheville has gained a large, loyal following, not through lots of bells and whistles, but thanks to carefully curated, thoughtful recipes that incorporate seasonal, locally grown herbs, fruits and vegetables to produce the freshest cocktails possible. From downtown Asheville’s bustling eateries boasting popular bars, to laid-back lounges devoted exclusively to the art of the creative cocktail, there’s no shortage of spots to experience the city’s spirited side.

A Brewing Movement in Asheville

With more than two dozen craft breweries operating locally (and that number is growing at a mind-boggling pace), it’s no wonder Asheville has garnered national attention as an innovative, progressive player in the micro-brew boom. With the South Slope in downtown Asheville serving as craft-brew central, the local-tap trend has branched to all corners of the city, providing beer aficianados with high-quality, painstakingly crafted brews boasting flavor undertones that break new ground – think jalapeno, raspberries, dark chocolate, even peanut butter. With the attention to detail small-batch brewing demands, Asheville’s local beers are well-deserving of the unrivalled reputation they’ve gained.

Farm-Collaborative, Locally Sourced Dining

Asheville Fresh FoodThe Asheville area is lucky to be home to a range of farms, producing everything from grassfed beef and pastured pork to heirloom grains and cave-aged cheeses. And Asheville’s restaurants have taken full advantage of their proximity to such an eclectic range of farm-fresh products, crafting their menus around seasonal offerings and incorporating the freshest finds into their dishes. Big-box chains are notably missing from downtown Asheville; instead, you’ll find one-of-a-kind eateries encompassing the locally driven mindset particular to Asheville. With such notable chefs as Katie Button (Curate and Nightbell), John Fleer (Rhubarb and The Rhu), and Elliott Moss (Buxton Hall) at the helm, the Asheville restaurant scene sees no signs of slowing down.

Off-Beat and Hard to Beat

Looking for a not-your-everyday food experience? Asheville boasts plenty of them. There’s nothing vanilla about a molasses bourbon doughnut (Hole) or Basil Lemonade Pepita Milk ice cream (The Hop Ice Cream Café); and with more than 70 food trucks in Asheville offering everything from Lebanese Poutine (Gypsy Queen) to Pork Belly Bao (Bun Intended), adventurous mobile munching has never been more satisfying.

For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Asheville Cideries Snag the Spotlight

Cider Asheville

Asheville is nationally renowned as a craft beer mecca, but craft hard ciders are also gaining a firm foothold in the region. With its proximity to numerous popular and prolific apple orchards, the Asheville area is a natural spot for cideries to set up shop. Below, a few to check out:

Urban Orchard Cidery

Asheville Apples and CiderA local, family-owned hard cider production company and tasting room located in West Asheville, Urban Orchard is one of only a few “True Cider Bars” in the country. The cidery offers craft hard apple cider, local beer, wine and snacks to enjoy with your cider, like meat & cheese plates, bruschetta and a variety of dips and locally baked goods. There are three flagship hard apple ciders on tap, with rotating “Series” options. 210 Haywood Road, West Asheville.

Black Mountain Ciderworks

Black Mountain Ciderworks + Meadery, just east of Asheville, crafts genuine cider and mead from local apples and honey. The cidery ferments its cider in small batches blended from heirloom apples throughout the harvest and pressed in house. Their ciders, never filtered or pasteurized, have no added sugars, concentrates or manufactured flavors. The tasting room has four ciders on tap, made from Henderson County apples. 100 Eastside Dr., Black Mountain.

Noble Cider Taproom

Local Cider AshevilleThe Noble Cider Taproom gives visitors the opportunity to experience first-hand the cider-making process. Watch raw apples arrive for pressing, then see the apple juice being pumped into tanks for fermentation. You can also see the finished product being put into kegs and bottles. Noble offers a full range of Traditional and New American ciders and meads; their taproom boasts 20 taps of crisp hard ciders. Noble can also be found on tap and in bottles in select cities throughout the Southeast. 356 New Leicester Highway, Asheville.

Bold Rock Hard Cider

Bold Rock Hard Cider, the largest craft cider maker in the Carolinas, opened its cidery and tasting room in Mills River in 2015. Visitors to the cidery, 20 minutes from downtown Asheville, can enjoy expansive views of the production floor and bottling line as they learn about the process of creating cider from Henderson County apples. The cidery offers daily tours and hard cider tastings as well as pints, flights and local craft beer. An onsite food trailer sells barbecue and sides, and a cider garden provides an open space for visitors to relax. 72 School House Road, Mills River.

Flat Rock Ciderworks

Started as a humble cider operation, Flat Rock Ciderworks is committed to maintaining its original core values as the company grows. Locally picked and pressed fruit goes into every production line. Favorite flavors Wicked Peel – with just a hint of sweetness – and Blackberry Gold – with mountain-grown blackberries lending subtle flavor to a Golden Delicious cider – are available at Flat Rock Ciderworks’ tasting room as well as locations across North and South Carolina. 305 North Main St., Hendersonville.

For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Artisan Cheese in Asheville: From Field and Farm to Plate

 

 

WNC Cheese TrailAsheville, NC is one of the most food-forward cities a traveler could find.  If a food item or beverage can be cultivated locally and brought to the table, there are passionate Ashevillians doing it.  The city is already known nationally for its craft beer production, and now it is gaining momentum as a center for artisan cheese.  

Details about the WNC Cheese Trail

Be a part of this grassroots movement and celebration of southern cheese by joining in the WNC Cheese Trail on Sunday, April 24th, 2016 from 12pm-4pm.  The event will be held at one of Asheville’s pioneering breweries, Highlands Brewing Company, located at 12 Old Charlotte Highway.  It will be a great opportunity to check out their continuously updated tasting room and production facility as well.  Not to mention, cheese and beer pair so wonderfully.WNC Cheese Trail event

The WNC Cheese Trail is as much about education about the process of bringing cheese from the field and farm to the dinner plate as it is about enjoying the fruits of the labor.  Demonstrations will include the history of the ancient craft as well as the future of the cheese industry.  Of course, there will be ample opportunity to sample and buy a wide variety of local cheese.  

Children are welcome to participate in the family-centered activities, and vendors from across the country will be set up.

Mosaic Realty Sponsors the WNC Cheese Trail

Mosaic Realty is a proud sponsor of this event.  One of the reasons that we love Asheville is the drive and entrepreneurial spirit of the community that calls this town home.  Come join us at the WNC Cheese Trail in celebration of local, artisan cheese!

 

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at mike@mymosaicrealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

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