When Dining in Bryson City, the Beer or Wine You Enjoy Might Be Locally Produced
Western North Carolina has developed quite a reputation for its craft beers. And it's not just Asheville that folks are talking about. Tourists and locals alike are enjoying the unique tastes of craft beers from breweries in Sylva and Bryson City. Micro-brews are the hottest segment of the beer market and you can enjoy locally-crafted beer from these local breweries in many restaurants in the area.
In the early 20th century, North Carolina was the leading wine-producing region in the nation. Prohibition shifted the focus from the patient production of wine to the more faster, more lucrative production of moonshine.
Today wineries are flourishing again all across North Carolina; and Western North Carolina's climate has the perfect combination of warm days (not too hot) and cool nights to enhance the color, flavor and acidity of a variety of wines.
WNC grapes Seyval, Chambourcin, Norton (the oldest cultivated American grape), Catawba, Chancellor and Vidal are gaining nationwide attention; as well as sweet wines from blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and other fruits.
Local Wineries & Breweries
Nantahala Brewing Company, Inc.
Contact: Joe Rowland
61 Depot Street
Bryson City, NC 28713 28713
Located in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nantahala Brewing artfully brews award-winning, unfiltered ales made with fresh hops, whole grains and clean, crisp Great Smoky Mountain water, from one of the purest, protected watersheds on the planet. The brewery is located at in the heart of Bryson City at 61 Depot Street (across from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Our Tap Room is open year around. Our summer season hours are Tuesday - Saturday from noon until 10 pm and Sunday noon until 8 pm. Call us for off season hours at (828) 488-BEER (2337).
Heinzelmannchen Brewery, Inc.
Contact: Sheryl Rudd
545 Mill St
Sylva, NC 28779
Recently named by tripadvisor as one of the Top Ten American Brewery Tours. Visit a working brewery that produces beer in the German tradition. Take home a growler from the brewery or enjoy at one of many local WNC restaurants. Spend some time in the retail shop and the tasting room. Not in the mood for beer-try the handcrafted sodas! Open 10am - 6:30pm Monday-Saturday.
Calaboose Cellars Winery and Brewery
Contact: Eric Carlson
565 Aquone Rd
Andrews, NC 28901
Just 15 minutes from the Nantahala Gorge and Bryson City, there’s an old stone building with bars on the windows that overlooks our small vineyard and micro brewery. Legend has it that the local lawman locked up the hooligans here to cool down until they went before the magistrate. Now the Calaboose is used to incarcerate our award winning wines and beers.