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With a laid-back attitude and eclectic nightlife, Asheville, N.C., knows it’s hip

Asheville Convention & Visitors BureauThe Blue Ridge Mountains rise behind the skyline of Asheville, N.C., a compact town with a big-city vibe. ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Despite its Southern latitude, Asheville always has been cool, because it has mountain altitude, which means it’s always a shade less sultry in the summer than most of Dixie. But…

Asheville’s Brewery Scene

Asheville Brewery Information History of Beer: A Long Way From Asheville Breweries Throughout history, the art of the brew has been tradition – passed down from father to son, generation to generation. In fact, beer is one of the world’s oldest beverages created by man. Beer may even date to 9000 BC, and there are…

Mumbo Gumbo: Cruisin’ for a Brews-In

Photo by Brent Fleury It’s no wonder Asheville was recently named “Beer City, USA“. Alright, we tied with Portland, but by any account, our fair town is a haven for hopheads. With all of the breweries popping up seemingly o daily, it becomes hard to keep track of what’s what. Enter the Brews Cruise. For…

Good Times On Tap On Brews Cruise

It came to Mark Lyons like a bolt out of the blue. For a long time, Asheville has had a burgeoning microbrew scene, but the breweries had never really become a part of the area’s visitor industry. Lyons, however, was about to change that. “It was an epiphany”, he says, “It all came at once….

Beer Town of the South

featured in Southern Living, July 2008 By Tanner C. Latham “A life without beer is not a life I want to lead,” declares a guy sitting in the back row of the Asheville Brews Cruise van. Everyone nods in acquiescence at such a definitive and reverent statement. Yes. A brews cruise. Basically, owner Mark Lyons…

36 Hours in Asheville, N.C.

A drum circle at Pritchard Park. CreditRebecca D’Angelo for The New York Times WHETHER it’s culture, the great outdoors or homegrown food and beer, Asheville takes its pleasures seriously. Playgrounds are equipped with rock-climbing walls. Bumper stickers exhort the locals to buy local. There’s even a fund-raising drive under way to erect a museum named for…