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Though we help craft breweries across the United States, Craft Brewery for Sale is proud to be based in Beer City, Asheville, NC. This weekend, western North Carolina is preparing for thousands of solar eclipse viewers in towns like Andrews, Murphy, Bryson City, and Sylva. For your convenience, we have compiled this list of six breweries you should check out while you are in the area for the eclipse.

1) Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City, NC

Nantahala Brewing Company is located in downtown Bryson City, a couple blocks from the Tuskegee River. They feature a wide range of beers, from IPAs to Belgians and stouts. There are even bourbon barrel aged beers on tap.

  • Featured Beer: Noon Day IPA. ABV: 6%. IBUs: 51.
  • Food: The Taproom features local farm-to-table meals.
  • Location: North of the eclipse center, but within totality.
  • Event: Eclipse event all weekend, with featured beers, music, and fun.

2) Innovation Brewing, Sylva, NC

On the way to Western Carolina University, Sylva, NC is one of the first towns in the eclipse zone you will reach when traveling from Asheville. Innovation Brewing is committed to bringing “Fermentation, experimentation” and innovation to their patrons. The often feature live music and have fun non-alcoholic drinks, in a family-friendly atmosphere.

  • Featured Beer: Circumnavigation Double IPA. ABV: 8.4%.
  • Food: Food truck available Thursday.
  • Location: Near Cullowhee (WCU), north of the center line, but within totality.
  • Event: Low-key eclipse event.

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3) Lazy Hiker Brewing Company, Franklin, NC

Franklin is a picturesque town, surrounded by mountains, and a popular destination for eclipse viewers. Lazy Hiker Brewing Company is the perfect stop for serious hikers from the Appalachian Trail and the rest of us who simply enjoying wandering around in the forests of the Smokey Mountains. Lazy Hiker is partying all weekend ahead of the eclipse, with fun new beers, music, and a beautiful atmosphere.

  • Featured Beer: Trail Mate Golden Ale. ABV: 4.6%. IBUs:
  • Food: Foot trucks.
  • Location: Slightly north of center line, well within totality.
  • Event: Large event with live music, featured beers, food trucks, and fun.

4) Currahee Brewing Company, Franklin, NC

Named in honor of western North Carolina’s deep Cherokee heritage, Currahee Brewing’s beautiful facility overlooks the Little Tennessee River in Franklin, NC. During or after the eclipse event, enjoy their many seasonal brews and a farm-to-table fresh meal from Mountain Fresh Grocery.

  • Featured Beer: FRANKENSTARK Belgian Style Golden Ale. ABV: 8.2%. IBUs: 30.
  • Food: Mountain Fresh Grocery food trailer.
  • Location: Slightly north of center line, well within totality.
  • Event: Live music and special beer release.

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5) Andrews Brewing Company, Andrews, NC

“There’s beer in [the] hills,” in and around Andrews, NC, a town which lies directly on the line of longest totality, according to Andrews Brewing Company. ABC will help host the town’s The Great American Eclipse Center Line Celebration, featuring food, music, beer, and wine.

  • Featured Beer: Scarlet Overkill Imperial Double Red Ale. ABV: 7.7%. IBUs: 100.
  • Food: Food at event.
  • Location: Center line of longest totality.
  • Event: Large event with food, music, wine, and beer. Collaborative event with Hoppy Trout Brewing Company and other businesses.

6) Hoppy Trout Brewing Company, Andrews, NC

Hoppy Trout opened on New Year’s Day in 2016. They will play in integral role in hosting the Great American Eclipse Center Line Celebration as well. You don’t have to wait till Monday to party with Hoppy Trout. They will be hosting parties, music, and all manner of fun throughout the weekend.

  • Featured Beer: Pterodactyl’s In Suits Saison. ABV: 6.4%. IBUs: 19.
  • Food: Food at event and in restaurant/taproom.
  • Location: Center line of longest totality.
  • Event: Large event with food, music, wine, and beer. Collaborative event with Andrews Brewing Company and other businesses.

Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event safely and responsibly. If you are ready to start your craft brewery business, do not wait until the next eclipse, contact us.