Guide to Asheville’s Beer Scene

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Asheville’s beer scene has been legendary for more than a decade.

With 50+ craft breweries, it ranks among the cities with the most breweries per capita in the U.S. Meeting planners will be a hit if they incorporate unique beer experiences into itineraries for conferences, retreats or other corporate events held in Beer City USA.

To help, we’ve collected a list of Asheville-area breweries that have private event spaces. We’ve also rounded up breweries that offer private tours for groups where attendees will get the VIP treatment and plenty of samples. So for any Asheville meeting, consider tapping into one of our greatest resources — our amazing beer scene and talented brewers!

Brewery Venues

Catawba South Slope
This industrial space in the South Slope of downtown has an upscale vibe and hosts about 60 private events per year.

  • Rickhouse: 44 seated, 80 standing
  • Concourse: 40 seated, 55 standing
  • Rickhouse + Concourse: 76 seated, 120 standing

Hi-Wire Big Top
This circus-themed brewery sits in Biltmore Village and has an on-site food truck that caters 99% of their private events in an open-roof back patio. A semi-private event can host 160 standing, 80 seated. The entire space can be reserved for a group of 200+.

Highland Brewing Company
Highland is considered the godfather of Asheville’s beer scene. The brewery’s event center has three private event spaces available at its secluded hilltop location just outside of downtown and hosts over 200 events per year.

  • First Floor: a dozen taps with cider and wine, 220 seated or 125 theater-style facing the stage
  • Mezzanine: six beer taps, 80 seated
  • Rooftop: enclosed bar, 350 standing, 200 table seated
  • Entire event center: two enclosed floors, 400 standing, 300 seated

New Belgium
As one of the few breweries in town along the massive French Broad River, New Belgium’s industrial-meets-the-outdoors property has their Brewhouse available for rent with no catering restrictions.

  • The Brewhouse has capacity for 350 standing and 150 seated.

Sierra Nevada
If you’re looking to impress your guests, it’s tough to beat the striking, sustainable platinum LEED architecture, copper accents and impeccable decor at Sierra Nevada.

  • High Gravity room: 60 minimum, 225 seated, 310 standing
  • Three private dining rooms: 24, 36 or 62 guests

Brewery Tours

Immerse your meeting attendees in Asheville’s beer culture with a top-notch brewery tour that incorporates several breweries in a three-hour or longer experience.

Need Help Deciding?

Explore Asheville is your one-stop shop for meeting planning assistance. We’re here to ensure your meeting is a success, and we are your best first point of contact when choosing Asheville as your meeting’s destination.

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