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Mumbo Gumbo: Cruisin’ for a Brews-In

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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 several years now, Mark Lyons and crew have been shuttling beer lovers from brewery to brewery to sample the best of what Asheville has to offer. Tours include transportation, samples and in-depth, behind the scenes looks at the beer-making process. With the scene ever-growing, the Brews Cruise has kept in step with the times and has recently expanded the tours to provide more options in their guided pub-crawls.

While hardly a “cruise” per se, Lyons has added walking tours to the weekly itinerary. Participants meet up downtown and stroll between the Asheville Brewing Company, Green Man and the Oyster House — the Lobster Trap’s new in-house brewery. “The walking tour is just so new and fresh,” Lyons says. “I really like not having to get in and out of the van at each stop, and the fact that all of the breweries downtown are so close is exciting.” What’s more, depending upon the day, beer fans get to sample food at either the Trap or the ABC… read the entire article HERE