Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
A stop by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is a must any time we are going to be in the Asheville area. Located in Mills River, which is just a few minutes south of Asheville, you will find this brewery nestled in the trees alongside the French Broad River. On this nearly 190 acre property, you will find much more than your average brewery.
You can easily spend an entire day with the whole family here. The sheer size of this place is amazing. You will first travel down a long winding secluded driveway that makes you feel as though you are driving out to the middle of the Appalachians. Then you see the brewery. The impressive architecture is only one of the many things you will notice as the brewery comes into view. There are massive storage tanks and all the technology on display.
Food and Beer
Of course they offer all of their standard beer that you see in stores but you will also find a wide variety that you won’t find anywhere else. One of our absolute favorites was a seasonal Chocolate Cherry Stout! There is a large wrap around bar, a huge dining room, as well as outdoor dining. We found us a seat in the sunroom and ordered Flatbread (wood fired focaccia, kitchen garden pesto, shiitake mushrooms, charred scallions, pecorino romano) and the Coppinger Burger (grass-fed + pasture raised brasstown beef, sequatchie cove creamery coppinger cheese, smoked paprika and confit garlic aioli, Pale Ale onion jam, arugula, citra hop brined pickle). While waiting on our meal, Lewis ordered the Narwal Whal Imperial Stout and said it was delicious. It may seem ridiculous to list the main ingredients but, stick with me, I have a good reason…if someone had warned me about what the menu offered I would have stopped at a steakhouse on my way in! I later found out that the bar offers some awesome appetizer options like pimento cheese and beer cheese dip with pretzels. Those were great! We are more of a meat and potatoes kind of family but you may love it! Just know your options before you go in hungry! Click here to check their website before you go.
The back yard is amazing. There are so many things to do. You can play corn hole or bocce ball. You can stroll through the garden where they grow many herbs and spices to use in their beer blends and kitchen or go for a hike. When the sun begins to set, I recommend you grab a rocking chair around the large fire pit. They also have an amphitheater where you can enjoy free concerts during the summer. If you are planning a trip, I recommend you check the schedule on their website for bands that may interest you, although any free music is good music!
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company offers several different tour options. Our favorite is the Brewhouse Tour. This tour is totally free and worth every penny but you do need to have a reservation and you will want to make that well in advance of your visit. They get booked much earlier than I anticipated. You will get to see the entire beer making process from start to finish and at the end of the tour you will get to sample a variety of brews. If you book a tour during the week you get to see the bottling process in action! This tour is great for anyone from the novice to the expert, beer lover or not. The other tours include activities that range from hiking in the woods to in depth behind the scenes experiences. Some tours are seasonal so check the website for pricing and availability. If your trip happens to be spur of the moment and you can’t book a tour you can always take a self-guided tour around the brewery.
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