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The High Country beer trail

Every time you visit the High Country, there’s a good chance another new craft brewery has opened. Beer lovers will find plenty of deserving destinations in the area’s growing list of breweries.

One of the newest to hit the High Country craft beer scene is Flat Top Brewing Company, located at 567 Main St. in Banner Elk. Flat Top became Banner Elk’s only craft brewery with up to 12 years on tap at any given time. Various restaurants and bars across the High Country have begun to carry Flat Top brews on tap.

Featuring mountain spring water and locally sourced hops, Flat Top's selection includes four year-round brews, four seasonal brews and small batches.

For the winter season, the taproom will be open Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. However, the brewery advises that hours are subject to change weekly, so check the “What’s On Tap” page at the company’s website,, as well as its Facebook page.

Located at Beech Mountain Resort, Beech Mountain Brewing Co. operates on seasonal hours to serve skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers and other resort visitors. The brewery features a dozen beers and is capable of brewing up to 100 gallons per day, according to its website.

Beech Mountain Resort is located at 1007 Beech Mountain Parkway. For more information and hours, call ahead at (828) 387-2011.

Blind Squirrel Brewery’s brewpub at 4716 S. U.S. 19 is located at the historic 1919 Vance Toe River Lodge in Plumtree, which also features a bed and breakfast, winery, restaurant and disc golf course.

Blind Squirrel offers a variety of beers on tap and in 22-ounce bottles.

Year-round hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, including a full list of what’s on tap, call (828) 765-2739, or visit

In Watauga County, you will find Lost Province Brewing Co. at 130 N. Depot St. in downtown Boone, serving up house brews, wood-fired pizza and other gourmet bar food.

The restaurant and taproom also offers a full calendar of activities, including trivia nights and live music.

While indulging in fine brews and food, guests may also peek in at the brewery’s many fermenting vats to see how the brews they’re drinking were made.

Lost Province is open Monday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. till 10 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. For more information, visit

Joining the Boone brewing community earlier this year was Booneshine, a microbrewery distributing to local restaurants and retail locations throughout the High Country.

Follow the lantern to Booneshine’s tasting room, located inside Basil’s Fresh Pasta and Deli at 246 Wilson Drive, Suite L, in Boone. Basil’s hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; the restaurant is closed on Sunday.

Need more information? Try the website

A High Country beer tour is not complete without a stop at Appalachian Mountain Brewery, which has quickly grown into an award-winning, regional leader in craft brewing. Boone’s pioneering Appalachian Mountain Brewery opened its doors on Valentine’s Day 2013, being the first brewpub in the town for over a decade. AMB is host to open mic nights, “drink and draw,” trivia, special events and more.

AMB offers more than a dozen brews on tap and donates a portion of proceeds to area nonprofits. The taproom also plays host to live music, games and many other weekly activities.

The brewery and taproom are located at 163 Boone Creek Drive and are open Mondays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays from noon to 11 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m.

For more information, visit or look the brewery up on Facebook.

Also in the area, Blowing Rock Brewing Company debuted Blowing Rock Ale several years ago and later opened the Blowing Rock Ale House at the former Maple Lodge on Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock.

The venue offers eight rooms and a full pub and is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday (except Wednesday) and on Sundays. Friday and Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, visit

In Ashe County, Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant is located at 108 S. Jefferson Ave. in West Jefferson, offering small batches of handcrafted beers, as well as more than 30 craft beers with a strong focus on North Carolina brews.

The taproom is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Check out for more information.

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Winter is a top-four season for beer, with many new brews coming out every year using spices and flavors that increase in popularity as the temperature decreases. The High Country is home to numerous breweries willing to take chances and take advantage of the classic combination of cold and beer.

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The High Country offers various breweries for folks to enjoy a nice, cold brew on a warm summer day.

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Beer industry titans have long dominated the U.S. beer market and many beer consumers, including North Carolinians, often reach for these stalwart brands in their local beer aisle.

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The High Country is increasingly becoming known as a hub for brewing, turning the northeast corner of North Carolina into a cool destination for beer-lovers everywhere.

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With a variety of microbreweries to satisfy any craft beer lover’s palette, the High Country beer scene is hoppin’.

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BLOWING ROCK — Less than a decade after founding Blowing Rock Brewing Company, beer enthusiasts Jeff Walker’s and Todd Rice’s idea has grown into an outfit that encompasses two breweries, two ale houses (restaurants) and an inn.

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BEECH MOUNTAIN — Patrons at the second annual Winterfest Beer Festival sampled craft brews from across the state, all in the name of supporting a good cause.

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BOONE − Lost Province Brewing Company won three medals at the 2015 N.C. Brewers Cup, which takes place in conjunction with the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh. The award winners are displayed in an exhibition throughout the duration of the fair, which takes place this year from Oct. 16 through 25.

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Perhaps in part because mixed drink sales were banned here for so many years, Boone has long been a beer-loving town. Now it’s quickly earning a place on the map as a beer-making destination, as well.

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Wine and Beer Festival pours into Avery County June 27

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From Dec. 4 to 6, Appalachian Mountain Brewery will release three of its house-made brews in four-packs of 16-ounce cans, celebrating with various events over the weekend, including a mini-terrain park on-site, live music and a chili cook-off.

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Appalachian Mountain Brewery is proud of its beer — so much that it is infusing a little bit of its flavor into everything it is doing these days, including a recently launched onsite food truck.

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