Craft beers and breweries are all the rage these days, and Transylvania County is home to four excellent beer makers.
Oskar Blues, which was founded in 2002 in Colorado, is best known for craft beers in a can, including Dale’s Pale Ale. The brewery’s founder, Dale Katechis, chose Brevard as the company’s East Coast hub because of, among other reasons, the quality of life the area provides, particularly the mountain biking. The brewery made its first batch in Brevard on Dec. 12, 2012, and has been brewing nonstop since.
The Oskar Blues Brewery, which may be toured for free, is located off the Old Hendersonville Highway at 342 Industrial Drive in Brevard and includes The Tasty Weasel Taproom, which is open to the public daily. The Oskar Blues CHUBwagon food truck is often on-hand and serves up CHUBBurgers and tacos. The venue hosts music five nights a week from local and regional bands. Mountain bikers and cyclists who stop by will also find easy access to the city of Brevard’s multi-use path and Pisgah National Forest.
The brewery’s hours and tour times are: Monday to Thursday, noon-9 p.m. (Tour at 4 p.m.); Friday and Saturdays, noon-10 p.m. (Tours at 2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m.); and Sundays, noon to 8 p.m. (Tours at 2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m.). For more information, visit www.oskarblues.com.
The other local breweries are:
•The Brevard Brewing Company is located in the Ansley Building at 63 E. Main St. in Brevard. For more information, go to www.brevard-brewing.com.
•The Ecusta Brewing Company is located at 49 Pisgah Highway, near the entrance to Pisgah National Forest. For more information, go to www.ecustabrewing.com.
•The Peaks & Creeks Brewing Company is located at 212 King Street in the Brevard Lumberyard. For more information, go to www.peaksandcreeksbrewingco.com.