Big Flavors in Small Towns


Above left to right: Reward Pale Ale, King of the Mountain Double IPA, Triclops Tripel at Boojum Brewing

Story by Gary Glancy | Photos by Megan AuthementIt’s no secret that Asheville has become a big time beer destination for tourists from around the country, and even the world. Whether it’s the major draws like New Belgium Brewing Company and Sierra Nevada, or some of the smaller venues that have turned the city’s South Slope neighborhood into a brewing district, visitors just can’t seem to get enough of “Beer City USA.”

That energy has bubbled over to the surrounding smaller towns throughout Western North Carolina. Entrepreneurs in the craft brewing industry have created beer scenes for these communities to call their own.

Last year, the popular Boojum Brewing opened in downtown Waynesville, joining Frog Level, Tipping Point, and Bearwaters for a total of four amazing breweries—the most of any mountain town outside of Asheville in Western North Carolina.

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