Asheville, it’s a beer city, it’s a foodie town, it’s a music town, it’s a mountain town. Our city is so many things! And just when we thought we had it all figured out, someone comes along and surprises us. After hearing great reviews from our guests, last week James and I took a drive out from our downtown Asheville B&B to the recently opened Sierra Nevada Brewery.
Located just past the Asheville Airport, about 20 minutes from the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, the Sierra Nevada Brewery is reached by means of a long meandering driveway which takes you past hops growing in the fields and remnants of different time when brewing beer was much less automated. It is a lovely entrance, and sets the tone for the experience awaiting you. James and I were not coming for a tour (although everyone tells me we must try one), we were taking Abby, our daughter, out to dinner and trying out a new restaurant at the same time.
Through the front windows of the brewery we could see giant copper kettles glowing in the light (hmmm, yes, need to take the tour) but our destination was the Taproom to the left. We were amazed at how busy it was for a Monday evening! We hadn’t thought to make reservations but we able to buy a flight of beer at the bar and then took it outside on the veranda to enjoy. The idea was to try the beers in the flight and then you will know which beer to buy. The sun was setting over the hills, the air was a comfortable temperature, families sat around the tables and played corn-hole. Behind us a large truck was being filled with spent grain. We did not mind at all waiting a short half-hour for a table.
Once seated inside,we were intrigued by the menu. At the Sierra Nevada Brewery they have a wide variety of small plates intended to be shared so that guests can enjoy a variety of beer and food pairings. It was at the same time elegant and fun. Not at all your usual taproom fare!
We started by sharing a plate of Duck Fat Fries, a plate of Lamb Tartare and a plate of two types of Spring Peas, Asparagus and Radish over a Goat Cheese and Black Garlic sauce. Each was delicious! Then James finished with a Burger, I had the Chicken Fried Quail and Abby went for a Mason Jar Salad. Everything was great. The service was attentive and the entire experience a pleasure. We all agreed that this would be a good spot to bring someone new to Asheville to see something a bit outside of the normal areas.
Definitely worth the visit!