Sierra Nevada Brewery & Taproom

Sign of Sierra Nevada Brewery & Taproom in Fletcher, North Carolina, Hendersonville Region.

Sierra Nevada Brewery & Taproom, located near the Asheville Regional Airport, offers interesting tours of their brewery as well as a large selection of around 23 beers on tap to pair with their tasty farm-to-table dishes.

On Sundays, during the summer months, they also host outdoor live music events in their Amphitheater.

Where Beer Is Made

Located near the Asheville Regional Airport and 13 miles (21 km) north of Hendersonville, Sierra Nevada Brewery & Taproom is a real brewery, where you can take a tour and see how beer is actually made.

In their Taproom, you can sample one of their 23 beers on tap and also have a wonderful bite to eat. Their farm-to-table dishes are very tasty, use local ingredients and of course pair well with their craft beer.

Weather permitting, you may also take your favorite beer outside to the Back Porch or Beer Garden and enjoy it there while being surrounded by the tranquility of their beautiful forest.

The Sierra Nevada Brewery & Taproom offers various tours, which you may want to reserve ahead of time. The waiting period can easily extend to 2 months for the free Brewhouse Tour. A self-guided tour, called the Visitor Corridor, is also available and can be taken without a reservation at any time.

Visitor Corridor

From the upstairs Visitor Corridor, guests have a birds-eye view of the impressive copper clad brewing kettles. The self-guided tour also takes visitors to see the warehouse and the packaging hall.

There is no age restriction for this tour. NO reservations are required. The tour is free.

Brewhouse Tour

In this 90-minute tour visitors can admire the impressive copper-clad brewing kettles, where you they can also smell the hops. After navigating the entire beer-making process, visitors, who are at least 21 years old, can sample some of Sierra Nevada’s beers, right next to the open fermenters.

Tour participants must be at least 12 years of age. Reservations are required. The tour is free.

Trip in the Woods Tour

This moderate 1.5 mile (2.4 km) hike explores the forestry property of the brewery. The 2-hour tour wraps up near the Estate Garden with a beer tasting for those visitors, who are at least 21 years old.

Tour participants must be at least 12 years of age. Firm shoes are recommended. Reservations are required. The tour costs $10 per person.

Beer Geek Tour

This 3-hour in depth brewery tour is designed for small groups and covers all aspects of the beer making process.

Tour participants must be at least 21 years of age. Firm shoes are recommended. Reservations are required. The tour costs $30 per person.

IPA Tour (seasonal)

IPA stands for India Pale Ale and is a hoppy beer style. The 1.5-hour immersive tour covers the history of India Pale Ale and its success in becoming a beer enthusiasts’ favorite.

Tour participants must be at least 21 years of age. The tour is seasonal. Reservations are required. The tour costs $30 per person.

Ovila Abbey-Style Belgian Beer Tour (seasonal)

This 2-hour evening tour explores the Ovila Abbey Ales, which are brewed in partnership with the Abbey of New Clairvaux, a monastery in Vina, CA, where the ingredients of the ales are grown and harvested by the monks on their 600-acre farm. This seasonal tour also covers the rich history of monastic brewing.

Tour participants must be at least 21 years of age. The tour is seasonal. Firm shoes are recommended. Reservations are required. The tour costs $30 per person.

Live Music

On Sundays, during the summer months, free weekly concerts are held in the Amphitheater behind the Taproom featuring local and touring acts.

Performances usually start at 2pm and last until 5pm.

Sierra Nevada Brewery & Taproom is a place an entire family can enjoy. Great food, a special kids menu and many tours to choose from provide ample entertainment. Reservations are required for most tours.

The Back Porch or Beer Garden allows guests to enjoy their favorite beer and food outside.

The Taproom offers small plate dishes in farm-to-table style. The menu changes with the seasons. A special kids’ menu is available.

The Back Porch has its own shorter menu featuring simple and tasty outdoor dishes.

On Sundays, during the summer months, Sierra Nevada Brewery & Taproom hosts local and touring acts in its Amphitheater. The concerts are free and start at 2pm and end at 5pm.

The Taproom is wheelchair accessible.

Sierra Nevada Brewery & Taproom is air-conditioned.