In Asheville, enjoying the craft-beer scene goes beyond simply sitting back and sipping: Thanks to everything from state-of-the-art spaces and informative tours to live entertainment, lawn games and scenic surroundings, a number of area breweries are becoming destinations for the entire family. Following, a few spots that supply fun for adults and kids alike:
New Belgium Brewing Company
This brewery, situated in the heart of Asheville by the French Broad River, is surrounded by an expansive lawn perfect for tossing a ball, a roomy deck for watching the action along the water, and paths for exploring native gardens or bike-riding. Take the entire family on a free all-ages tour of New Belgium’s operations, or enjoy the outdoor shows the brewery hosts throughout the warmer months. On-site food trucks mean you can make an afternoon of your visit.
Highland Brewing Company
The tasting room of this East Asheville brewery, open year-round, offers a spacious, family-friendly space to enjoy a beer and live music, which Highland hosts throughout the year. In the warmer months, the entertainment moves to the Meadow, a green space surrounded by trees perfect for energetic kids to run around in. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic along with your beer, or grab a bite from a rotating roster of popular food trucks.
Wedge Brewing Co.
With two locations in the River Arts District, The Wedge offers plenty of opportunities to make a family evening of your brewery outing. Enjoy a range of live music and outdoor movies in the summer months, or play a game of corn hole as the sun sets.
Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.
This popular brewery, boasting three Asheville locations, is the epitome of family-friendly. The North Asheville location is a combo pizza place, dine-in movie theater, and brewpub, and also features an airy game room perfect for letting the kids loose while you enjoy one of their many on-tap beers. The downtown location has a large covered patio for taking in the South Slope scene while you savor a meal and a brew.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
This Mills River destination, against an Appalachian backdrop, stuns with its state-of-the-art brewery, restaurant and taproom, along with both an indoor entertainment space and outdoor amphitheater hosting free concerts. The Visitor Corridor offers the entire family a bird’s-eye view of the stunning brewhouse, warehouse and packaging hall from its raised mezzanine. Lounge in the large outdoor area, stroll through the gardens, or play a game of cornhole or bocce ball.
Oskar Blues Brewery
This Brevard brewery features live music from local and regional bands, farmer’s markets, and Monday music jams for all skill levels, guaranteeing your little ones will have lots to enjoy. Grab a bite from the CHUBwagon food truck and enjoy a family evening at the outdoor patio bar.
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