Winter is coming, and so is seasonal beer. The one cold beverage that feels even more at home in the frigid months, beer is a High Country staple.
￼ Appalachian Mountain Brewery
Appalachian Mountain Brewery is a Boone highlight, with their brews available around the state. The popular local is known for more than 100 beers and ciders, meaning almost everyone will find something to love in the mountain brewhouse.
Some of the house favorites are the Boone Creek Blonde, the bitter Long Leaf IPA, Mystic Dragon Cider and the Spoaty-Oaty. AMB also hosts weekly events including open mic nights, fundraisers and charity fundraisers.
For more information, you can visit the website at, amb.beer, or call (828) 263-1111.
￼ Beech Mountain Brewing Company
Possibly the most conveniently located place to get a beer on the planet, Beech Mountain Brewing Company’s taproom and grille is directly at the bottom of the resort’s slopes. You can literally pop off your skis, grab some food and a craft beer as soon as you hit the bottom of the mountain.
The brewhaus features in-house ales like its IPA, Mountain Town Amber and Patroller Porter, which are perfect pairings for the end of a day on the cold slopes. The brewery also has its signature Beech Blonde, a classic blond ale for tired snowhounds.
For more information, you can go online to their website, beechmountainresort.com/mountain/brewery, or call (828) 387-2011.
￼ Blowing Rock Brewing
Blowing Rock Brewing Company is dedicated to sustainability, placing a priority on sourcing local ingredients that embody The High Country in its brews.
The High Country Ale flagship is a golden ale brewed with a mix of American and Muchich style malts. The Hop Hiker IPA is a hoppy brew with a mixture of pine, citrus and tropical notes while the Big Chocolate Porter is made with a mixture of malts, including chocolate of course, a relatively burly alcohol content and nib-ground cacao.
The locale also serves as a venue for wedding reception and rehearsal dinners.
For more information, you can go online to their website, blowingrockbrewing.com, or call (828) 414-9600.
￼ Boondocks BrewingBoondocks is a West Jefferson stalwart, creating brews to reflect the area.
The brewery has released beers like the Blue Ridge Brutal Brown, named after the Blue Ridge Brutal Bike Race, the West Jefferson Centennial Ale, brewed for the celebration of West Jefferson’s 100th Anniversary, the JMB stout, named for the owner’s father who passed away unexpectedly and the New River Red IPA, aptly named after the New River which flows through the High Country.
Boondocks has a Brew Haus and a restaurant, and even hosts wine and beer pairing dinners each month.
For more information, you can go to their website, www.boondocksbeer.com, or call (336) 246-5222.
￼ Booneshine Brewing CompanyBooneshine was founded by a pair of friends, Carson Coatney and Tim Herdklotz, who were home brewers before starting Booneshine. The brewery focuses the community and partnerships with other local companies.
Booneshine has a number of beers in different styles currently on offer, including its Booneshine IPA, Tropicpale Ale, Hatchet Coffee Porter, its Nuclear Seahorse pale ale and the Electric Hellbender pale ale. There are also eats on offer at the brewery.
Booneshine’s tasting room is in located at 465 Industrial Park Drive in Boone. For more information, you can go to their website, booneshine.beer, or call (828) 278-8006.
￼ Kettell BeerworksKettell Beerworks is a family name meaning kettle, or Cauldron. An appropriate name for a brewery, the Banner Elk location is brewing up a storm.
On tap is the Vonderbier, a Muich-style lager, ROLLCAST, a Kolsch ale with fruit notes and a clean finish, Cooper Elk, an American amber ale and Velvet Panda, an creamy oatmeal stout.
Taproom Manager Kayleigh Mae said the brewery recently opened its kitchen and is serving up classic bar staples and began distributing throughout the state. The brews can be found throughout The High Country at a large selection of restaurants and grocery stores.
For more information, you can go online to their website, kettellbeerworks.com, or call (828) 898-8677.
￼ Lost ProvinceBranded as downtown Boone’s microbrewery, you can find Lost Province’s brews throughout The High Country.
There is a name for any brew you could want, from the Kiss My Grits lager to the Bless Your Heart blonde Ale or the Hipster Juice IPA, you can find something you like at the Boone staple.
The location is also known for its food. Wood fired pizzas, charcuterie and a long list of pub fare are there to fill you with something other than beer during your visit.
For more information, you can go online to their website, lostprovince.com, or call (828) 265-3506.
￼ Molley ChomperMolley Chomper, the Lansing based cidery, makes ciders to that show the potential of fruit and farmers in Southern Appalachia.
The Stunt Pumpkin is made from Heirloom pumpkins from Ashe County, the Bent Apple, is made mostly with fruit from sister farm Bent Apple Farm, Hopped Molley has most of the fruit sourced from a Watauga County orchard. Many of the ciders have a commitment to using local ingredients behind them.
For more information, you can go online to their website, www.molleychomper.com, or call (336) 488-0809.
￼ New River BrewingFounded by the father-and-son team of Greg and Adam Hershner, the Lansing-based brewery has spread its brews through out the area.
Some of their beers include the Tipsy Kilt scotch ale, The Rye R Squared barleywine, The Sessionably Late India session ale and the Old Caboose Golden English mild ale.
New River’s brews can be found in establishments throughout the High Country in restaurants and locations that sell beer and wine.
For more information, you can go to their website, newriverbrewing.beer, or call (336) 846-2739.