While North Carolina Beer Month (April) may be over, there is still A LOT brewing around Haywood County. Our four local microbreweries have a variety of seasonal taps available like Boojum Brewing’s Tropical Green Tea Pale Ale and the Folkmalt Mango Lager at Bearwaters Brewing in addition to our favorite year-round taps like the Salamander Slam IPA at Frog Level Brewing and the Plott Hound Porter at Tipping Point Brewery. Waynesville has the highest concentration of microbreweries west of Asheville in Western North Carolina, so if you love great beer and incredible views, Waynesville is where you want to be. And speaking of Waynesville, do you know how the town got its name? Revolutionary War General “Mad” Anthony Wayne is where the town’s title originated and is the namesake of the town’s newest brew-business, slated to open this week. Mad Anthony’s Bottle Shop and Beer Garden will open its doors at 124 Branner Ave on May 22nd in Waynesville with plans to have 40 rotating taps and 300 unique bottles of craft beer, cider and wine. Mad Anthony’s promises to be a hub for delicious craft beer, live music and other local events. Check them out and follow them here: Mad Anthony’s Bottle Shop & Beer Garden.
Looking for a celebration of all things craft beer? Go ahead and buy your tickets and book your accommodations for the Waynesville Craft Beer Faire on August 15, 2015. Western North Carolina has exploded with thriving craft breweries including four in Waynesville alone. The Waynesville Craft Beer Faire celebrates the rapid growth of beer culture in Waynesville and all of WNC. The Faire features tastings from dozens of local and regional craft breweries, great local music, fine foods, homebrew and educational displays. Located within walking distance from historic downtown Waynesville at the American Legion Post 47, attendees to the Waynesville Craft Beer Faire will have easy access to local farm to table restaurants, unique shops and galleries and a variety of local entertainment. To buy your tickets and learn more: Waynesville Craft Beer Faire.
Also, don’t forget to head over to Blue Ridge Outdoors’ website and participate in their “Best Sixer Ever – Craft Beer Contest”. It is no secret that the outdoor adventure industry pairs perfectly with the booming craft beer scene and it is no different in Haywood County. This area of the North Carolina Smokies is serving up a unique flight of outdoor adventure and delicious craft brews, which is why Haywood County has chosen to be the head sponsor for Blue Ridge Outdoors Beer Contest. Home to 46 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway and a large portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Haywood County and its five towns of Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde are a Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. From the hardcore backpacker to the leisurely leaf looker, the North Carolina Smokies offer year-round activities for all ages and skill levels. And what could be more perfect after a long day on the trail than kicking back with a delicious craft brew? So head over to the “Best Sixer Ever” contest and build your perfect six pack…you’ll even find one of Waynesville’s own breweries to choose from.
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