We all know that Asheville is the East Coast’s capital for craft brews. But, did you know that its neighbor to the west is rich with some of the Tar Heel State’s best ales? Waynesville, NC, breweries bring people out of the bustle of Asheville and into the beauty of the undisturbed mountains. The town provides all of the eclectic flavors with a genuine, small-town feel.
Exploring Waynesville, NC, Breweries
There are plenty of options for getting your drink on in the hills of the Smokies. The tree-lined streets of Downtown Waynesville offer award-winning options to satisfy the palates of tart, hoppy lovers to smooth, milk stout enthusiasts. Here’s everything you need to know about the two best breweries in Waynesville.
- Frog Level Brewing
Frog Level Brewing is all that you could possibly want in a brewery. Located right on Richland Creek, the restaurant-brewery serves scenic views along with tasty twists on classic bar food. And, of course, the beer. Some local favorites are Salamander Slam IPA, Croak-A-Nut Porter, and the Raspberry Basil Summer Shandy. We suggest ordering a flight. There are so many uniquely crafted brews on the menu, so why not try a little bit of it all?
Start your ale tour with an order of beer-boiled peanuts or hummus and pimento plate. The pimento is freshly made in Frog Level’s kitchen. Or, split a stone-fired chicken and bacon naan pizza. If you’re hungry for more, indulge in a classic beer veal brat topped with sautéed peppers and onions.
Visit on a Friday or Saturday and enjoy live music from a local artist. Their outdoor patio is large, dog-friendly, and partially covered. Pull up an Adirondack chair next to the river and enjoy the relaxing sounds of the gentle creek.
- Boojum Brewing Company
Waynesville is best for basking in the mountain air in a T-shirt and flip flops. The casual atmosphere welcomes everyone, and Boojum Brewing Company is no exception to that rule. The local taproom is known for its friendly atmosphere and unpretentious brews. Each month offers new recipes to match the Great Smoky Mountains’ environment. Grab one of their shareable appetizers and a table under the shaded outdoor patio, and breathe in the fresh mountain breeze.
Without discouraging you from the exquisite beer menu, you’re going to want to check out their expertly crafted cocktail menu. Even non-liquor drinkers will melt into the sour, coconut Mountains to Sea drink or the trendy bourbon-based Yes, Honey, topped with a piece of candied ginger.
But, back to the beer. The Little River Blonde and the King of the Mountain IPA are two of their best sellers and are perfect for a steamy mountain day. Pair it a side of whistle pigs (soft pretzels stuffed with bacon and pimento cheese) and one of their made-to-order, all-beef burgers. Boojum will keep you coming back for more.
End Your Night At Oak Hill On Love Lane!
Our elegant bed and breakfast is just a half a mile from Downtown Waynesville. Stay in the White Oak Suite and enjoy treetop views of the seemingly endless Smoky Mountain range. Wake up to a decadent, three-course, house-made breakfast. Check our availability and start planning your Western North Carolina beer tour!