As stated by one of Asheville’s reporters, “It’s as if Asheville landed two major league baseball teams in the season, as if the Yankees and the Braves both relocated here.” Even though this statement may seen exaggerated, it is truly a major deal for Asheville. Sierra Nevada Brewing and New Belgium Brewing, the No.2 and No.3 American craft brewers, are both coming here.
Our Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast is particularly excited to hear the plans for New Belgium. For years Asheville has been seeking companies to locate to our River Arts District, and New Belgium will build their new East Coast brewery on 20 acres directly on the French Broad River.
More important than Asheville’s informal Beer City title was the local commitment to more bike paths, green-ways, alternative energy, to reducing the city’s carbon footprint and building in a more sustainable community, according to local officials who worked with the brewer.
New Belgium, recognized by it’s red bicycle logo, wanted to build a brewery in a place where it’s workers could live and bike or walk to work.
After years of planning by groups like River Link and the city of Asheville to expand greenways and encourage art studios and restaurants to the once abandoned industrial district, new Belgium will bring even more visitors, residents, and workers to the river front that a few decades ago was the equivalent of an open sewer. New Belgium, a world class employer, shares the Asheville vision for corporate social responsibility.
In addition to the New Belgium and Sierra Nevada, who is building it’s new brewery in Mills River, about 10 miles south of Asheville, there are another ten micro breweries located in Asheville. Several are located in Downtown with in walking distance of our Asheville Bed and Breakfast. Many of our guests have enjoyed the Brews Cruise which uses a van to transport guests to the various microbreweries for tastings. Even though we serve wine at our evening social hour at this Asheville NC Inn, we may be tempted in the future to offer a selection of local brew from the burgeoning beer industry. We have noticed that many of our guests take their brews seriously!