Staying true to your roots: Lazy Hiker Brewing celebrates milestone, pushes ahead

It’s an unusually warm and sunny day for late November in Macon County. The patio tables at Lazy Hiker Brewing in downtown Franklin are filled with locals and visitors alike, each enjoying the concoctions pouring out of from the large warehouse behind the taproom. 

For whatever ales you: Blue Ridge Beer Hub navigates beverage market during pandemic

While society continues to adapt to ongoing shelter-in-place orders, many folks would jump at the chance to be in the presence of endless shelves and coolers filled with craft beer. But, for Marlowe Mager, all he can think about is how to get rid of all the bottles and cans that currently surround him.

Breweries west of Asheville

Andrews

• Andrews Brewing — 828.321.2006 • www.andrewsbrewing.com

• Hoppy Trout Brewing Company — 828.835.2111 • www.hoppytroutbrewing.com

 

Bryson City

• Mountain Layers Brewing — www.mtnlayersbeer.com

• Nantahala Brewing — 828.488.2337 • www.nantahalabrewing.com

 

Canton

• 7 Clans Brewing — www.7clansbrewing.com

• BearWaters Brewing — 828.246.0602 • www.bwbrewing.com

 

Cashiers

• Whiteside Brewing — 828.743.6000 • www.whitesidebrewing.com

 

Franklin

• Currahee Brewing — 828.634.0078 • www.curraheebrew.com

• Lazy Hiker Brewing — 828.342.5133 • www.lazyhikerbrewing.com

 

Hayesville

• Haynesville Brewing — 828.835.6010

• Nocturnal Brewing — 828.305.7337 • www.nocturnalbrewing.com

• Valley River Brewery828.389.1472 • www.valleyriverbreweries.com

 

Highlands

• Satulah Mountain Brewing — 828.482.9794 • www.satulahmountainbrewing.com

 

Murphy

• Valley River Brewery — 828.837.2337 • www.valleyriverbreweries.com

 

Sapphire

• Sapphire Valley Brewing — 828.743.0220 • www.sapphirebrewingcompany.com

 

Sylva

• Balsam Falls Brewing — 828.631.1987  www.facebook.com/balsamfallsbrewing

• Innovation Brewing — 828.586.9678 • www.innovation-brewing.com

• Nantahala Brewing (Outpost) — 828.641.9797 • www.nantahalabrewing.com

 

Waynesville

• Boojum Brewing — 828.944.0888 • www.boojumbrewing.com

• Frog Level Brewing — 828.454.5664 • www.froglevelbrewing.com 

Crafting together community: How craft beer impacted WNC

According to recent numbers, there are around 75 breweries within Asheville and greater Western North Carolina. And 19 of those breweries are located west of Asheville. 

But, back in 1999, when The Smoky Mountain News launched, this was the number of breweries in our jurisdiction — zero. None. Not a single one. The idea of craft beer, let alone something concocted in your backyard, was not only somewhat unheard of, it never was thought to be something of an economic driver. 

Combining the culinary arts: Mad Anthony’s pairs craft beer, fine dining

Just off Main Street in Waynesville, tucked down the hill below Bogart’s, and across the street from American Legion Post 47, sits Mad Anthony’s Taproom & Restaurant.

Originally opened on Branner Avenue some three years ago, the business relocated to Legion Drive in July 2017. With 50 continuously rotating taps, it’s the largest selection of draft craft beer west of Asheville (aka: “Beer City USA”). But, in recent months, the taproom has transitioned into one of the most talked about gourmet farm-to-table restaurants in the area. 

Tapping into the past, present of Appalachia

In the six or so years I’ve lived and worked in Western North Carolina, the amount of craft breweries in our region has literally quadrupled. And as someone who has written extensively about craft beer, industry trends and so forth, it’s pretty impossible to keep up with it all. 

Nantahala Brewing to open Asheville outpost

Following the announcement of its upcoming Sylva outpost, aimed at a fall opening, Bryson City-based Nantahala Brewing will launch an Asheville location by the end of this month. 

Located at 747 Haywood Road in West Asheville, the two-story outpost was formerly The Anchor Bar (and Buffalo Nickel before that). It will feature a downstairs restaurant that will offer a farm-to-table “cosmopolitan country” style menu. The upstairs taproom will also be poised to become a music venue, primarily focusing on bluegrass and Americana acts. On opening day, there will be 20 Nantahala brews on tap. 

Brewing success: Two WNC craft breweries win national medals

With sunshine spilling into the taproom of Currahee Brewing Company in Franklin one recent afternoon, brewmaster Taylor Yates is all smiles. A hearty beverage raised high, the sun’s rays are a cherry on top of the news currently floating around the facility.

Trail town chow down: Franklin A.T. season launches with hiker meal

When Sharon Van Horn organized the first-ever Thru-Hiker Chow Down in Franklin, she and her husband Bill were pretty fresh off the trail themselves. 

The Van Horns started hiking the 2,000-plus-mile Appalachian Trail piecemeal in 2005, getting more serious about it in 2010 and completing two 300-mile sections per year thereafter until their 2013 finish. During that time, they became well acquainted with the ways of hikers, from Georgia up to Maine. 

Life is too short for cheap beer, bad coffee

I’m not a snob. In fact, I’m more of a bleeding heart. But when it comes to beer and coffee, I’m admittedly a bit of an elitist. 

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