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Asheville Breweries Bloom with Expansions & Taproom Reopenings

Asheville Breweries Bloom with Expansions & Taproom Reopenings
Eeva Sharp

Asheville brewery expansions and reopening announcements have been in full bloom this spring. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announcing the reopening of their taproom, Hi-Wire Brewing Co. will open a new beer garden and Burial Beer Co. expanding its South Slope footprint. All in all, craft beer fans will have a lot to explore this summer in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Burial Expands South Slope Presence with VISUALS Tasting Room


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Last week, Burial announced that they acquired another location in Asheville’s South Slope on the former site of Asheville Hardware. In the space, the brewery plans to showcase its new line of VISUALS wines, ciders and vermouths with a tasting room, rooftop deck and retail shop. The site, adjacent to the brewery’s original location, will also allow Burial to expand its barrel-aging program and packaging facilities.

Jess Reiser, Co-Founder and CEO of Burial said, ‚ÄúThis community has supported us from the beginning. We look forward to digging in and continuing to grow in the neighborhood that drew us here. We can’t wait to see what further creativity will come with more opportunities to expand our offerings.”

Burial also announced the opening of a Charlotte taproom this week, bringing its number of taprooms in Asheville to three, and five in total across the state of North Carolina.

Hi-Wire Finds New Home in the RAD


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Hi-Wire Brewing announced that it will open a beer garden in the River Arts District (RAD) south of downtown Asheville this summer. It will be Hi-Wire’s seventh taproom overall and its third taproom in Asheville. The RAD Beer Garden will feature upcycled shipping containers surrounding an open-air space large enough for the brewery to host future festivals and events.

This location will also house a distribution center that the brewery hopes will create more space for the production team at Hi-Wire’s Big Top facility in Biltmore Village.

On their Instagram, Hi-Wire also noted that the Big Top taproom will get some summer upgrades including new interactive games, murals and metalwork by local artists and expanded outdoor seating.

Sierra Nevada Targets May Reopening for Mills River Taproom

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After more than a year with their public spaces closed, Sierra Nevada announced that they plan to welcome guests back to the taproom starting on May 12. Capacity will be limited and reservations for dining in will be required.

The brewery gift shop will also reopen for in-person shopping at that time and will continue to offer curbside pickup.

Second-generation family owner and Vice-President Brian Grossman said in a statement, “We are thrilled to once again open our doors to our customers.”

Feature Photo of Sierra Nevada Taproom Garden by Eeva Sharp

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