While many people know of Asheville as the brewery capital of North Carolina (some say the US) there are a few breweries in Black Mountain, NC that are well worth a visit.
Black Mountain is such a cute town in Western North Carolina with plenty of charm, delicious restaurants, and great hiking opportunities.
Visiting the breweries is one of my favorite things to do in Black Mountain when we visit. It’s the perfect day trip from Asheville and honestly if you’re visiting the area it’s cheaper to stay here than in Asheville itself.
But that’s a whole other story and you’re just here to learn about the breweries!
Black Mountain Brewing
Sitting right on NC-9 as you come into town, Black Mountain Brewing is near all the action. It’s super convenient because if you’re shopping downtown or if you came downtown to eat then you don’t have to move your vehicle again.
The inside is a bit tight as the bar area takes up about half of the building but no worries because there is plenty of space outside. If you do want to sit inside though there is bar seating plus a few small tables with a booth on one side and chairs on the other.
Outside there is a two-story deck with lots of tables of varying sizes. They have live music often on the weekends and they just added a permanent food truck called SMOKE Black Mountain.
Beers on tap are constantly changing since they make them in small batches and there’s usually a good variety.
The brewmaster here is the same one from Bhramari Brewing in Asheville so they will usually have some of their beers on tap too.
If you like IPAs and they have Lorelai from Bhramari on tap then make sure to get that. It’s my absolute favorite IPA.
You can also order ciders, ginger beer, or wine for those who aren’t beer drinkers in your group.
Address: 131 NC-9 | Website: Black Mountain Brewing
Lookout Brewing is one of those spots that will really surprise you. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a beer here that I didn’t like. Taste is subjective of course – I’m just telling you my experience.
They have some indoor seating but on nice days you’ll find everyone outside and they even have a fire pit for when it gets cool.
Don’t worry if it’s raining because they just built a canopy over part of their outdoor seating. If you’re hungry, they have a food truck called Mac’s Burgers & Cheesesteaks.
You can also order takeout from Fresh Pizza & Pasta and get 10% off your order. Once it’s ready you just walk across the road to pick it up and then bring it back over.
You’ll find lots of locals hanging out here especially on weeknights so it’s a great place to come and strike up a conversation. Everyone’s friendly here.
I like their Hazy IPA Test Batch and the Fireside Stout. They also serve wine, non-alcoholic beers, ciders, and ginger beers.
Address: 103 S Ridgeway Avenue #1 | Website: Lookout Brewing
Pisgah Brewing Company
Pisgah’s taproom has been closed since COVID began but they were doing live music and serving beer at their outdoor bar during the summer.
When the weather is nice they’ll also have “pop-up” music days since the season ended. You can follow their Facebook page to keep up with their events.
I’m not sure when they’ll reopen or if it will be at the same location when they do so if you’re visiting the area I would just recommend checking their social media for a status update.
In the meantime you can also get their beer at many of the grocery stores in the area and restaurants too.
When we ate at Veranda a few weeks ago in downtown Black Mountain we had their Vanilla Porter and it was delish. You can look at their website to find out where else you can pick up their beer.
Fun Fact: Pisgah was the first of the breweries in Black Mountain, NC to open and they were voted best brewery in Western NC in 2008, 2009, and 2011.
Address: 2948 US-70 (taproom currently closed) | Website: Pisgah Brewing Company
Other Places to Grab a Drink in Black Mountain
There are plenty of other places to grab a drink other than the breweries in Black Mountain, NC. Here are some of our favorite bars and restaurants serving local brews.
WNC Outdoor Collective
This is a relative newcomer to the Black Mountain scene and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite spots to hang out.
The Outdoor Collective is a store full of outdoor gear – most of which is locally made. Then in the courtyard attached to the merchandise area, you’ll find a bar serving local craft beer and a coffee window.
There are picnic tables for you to hang out at and they even have a bocce ball court. They hold a variety of different events and during the summer there is live music in their beer garden.
Address: 110 Black Mountain Avenue | Website: WNC Outdoor Collective
Black Mountain Ciderworks + Meadery
This is Black Mountain’s only cidery and meadery! Mead is similar to wine but instead of fermented grapes it’s made from fermented honey.
For those of you who love cider, the cider lovers RAVE about this place. I don’t care for it myself but everyone has their own taste.
You’ll love the low-key vibe and friendly locals here.
Address: 104 Eastside Drive #307 | Website: Black Mountain Ciderworks
Oak and Grist Distillery
Right up the street from Black Mountain Cider + Mead you’ll find Oak and Grist Distillery. Here they make whiskey and gin and you can either build your own flight or have a cocktail.
They have a fun, covered outdoor space that you can enjoy rain or shine. It’s a great place to unwind after a long week!
Address: 1556 Grovestone Road | Website: Oak and Grist Distillery
Black Mountain Kitchen & Ale House
Right across the street from Black Mountain Brewing is the Ale House. You can also reach the Ale House from Cherry Street – just look for the door between Seven Sister Gallery and Veranda.
Their chicken sandwich is to die for and they also have a great selection of local draft beers. This is a great casual spot for lunch or dinner.
Address: 117-C Cherry Street | Website: Black Mountain Kitchen & Ale House
Trailhead Restaurant & Bar
If you’re in search of classic dinners with a unique spin then Trailhead is for you. Their burgers are delicious but they also have incredible entrees like the State Street Chicken Plate or the Black Balsam Knob – grilled rare tuna filet with toasted sesame seeds.
They have a huge selection of craft beer on tap and I love the vibe of the place. It’s casual and welcoming literally even if you’ve just gotten off the trail.
This is one of my favorite Black Mountain restaurants so I highly recommend a stop here!
Address: 207 W State Street | Website: Trailhead Restaurant & Bar
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Fresh Pizza & Pasta
My personal favorite pizza place in Black Mountain. They have incredible wood fired pizza with tons of selections for topping combinations.
They have a rotating selection of local and regional beers. While they don’t offer as many as the other restaurants on the list, it’s still one of our favorite spots for dinner and drinks.
Address: 100 S Ridgeway Avenue | Website: Fresh Pizza & Pasta
Which breweries in Black Mountain, NC do you want to try?