The Beer Lover’s Guide to Craft Breweries in Jackson County

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The Beer Lover’s Guide to Craft Breweries in Jackson County

Flowing in the Western North Carolina mountain towns of Jackson Co., NC are over 120 unique brews from the six breweries located on the popular Ale Trail. Each beer and brewery boast a new and refreshing feel making Jackson Co. the new go-to spot for beer lovers everywhere. Ranging from IPA’s, Sours, Lagers and more, each brewery features a different vibe and atmosphere perfect for every beer enthusiast. There’s even something for non-alcoholic fans, thanks to locally crafted sodas and beverages utilizing locally sourced ingredients. To start your journey, download the Ale Trail map and plan out your visit. New Additions The Jackson County Ale Trail continues to grow and evolve every year thanks to new locations and offerings opening in the area. Now open in Sylva, the Nantahala Brewing Sylva Outpost showcases 40 taps in a family-friendly atmosphere. For those who prefer to try a variety of drinks, you’ll find a full-service bar along with customer favorites including the Dirty Girl Blond, Bryson City Brown Ale and Noon Day IPA. Pair your refreshment with a menu of tasty snacks, southern tacos and hand made burgers. The newest member of the Ale Trail, The Lazy Hiker Taproom in Sylva, features a large selection of brews, including flagship mainstays such as Trail Mate Golden Ale and Slack Pack IPA. This new location shares a home with Mad Batter Food and Film, where visitors will find a collaborative menu full of the popular “Designer Pizzas,” tasty wraps, sandwiches and house specialties. With […]

Plan Your N.C. Beer Month Getaway

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Plan Your N.C. Beer Month Getaway

With more than 260 craft breweries throughout North Carolina, it’s no wonder there is an entire month dedicated to celebrate the state’s beer culture. NC Beer Month, which will be celebrated in April, is now in its seventh year. With a growing craft beer scene of its own, Jackson County proudly welcomes visitors to come sample the smooth golden ales, hoppy IPAs and other tasty offerings at its trail of local breweries.

Cool Down with Cool Sips in Jackson County

Cool Down with Cool Sips in Jackson County

A summer mountain getaway is the perfect time to connect with nature and recharge. Whether your ideal escape includes a refreshing hike to find scenic views or relaxing with a picturesque view from the front porch, winding down and catching a spectacular sunset with a drink in hand is at the top of many vacation bucket lists. With distinct breweries, sophisticated but casual restaurant spaces and more, below are some stops to add to your Jackson County visit when you’re ready to cool down with a cold beverage.

How to Have an Awesome Microbrew Tour in Jackson County

How to Have an Awesome Microbrew Tour in Jackson County

Loaded with more microbreweries than any other southeastern state, North Carolina is rightfully recognized as one of the country’s booming bastions of craft beer. While Asheville’s heavily concentrated collection of microbreweries may have made the town North Carolina’s capital of craft beer, one of the state’s most singular beer trails is just west of the city, in mountain-rippled, stream-laced Jackson County.

48 Hours of Adventure: The Ultimate Weekend Getaway in Jackson County

48 Hours of Adventure: The Ultimate Weekend Getaway in Jackson County

Filled with sylvan streams winding through vast swathes of contiguous wilderness and crowned by the cloud-swaddled peaks of the southern Appalachians, Jackson County, North Carolina, is awash with natural wonders. Beyond the stunning backdrop, the mountain-nestled county is also peppered with inviting towns loaded with bountiful farmers markets, inventive craft breweries, farm-to-fork eateries, and boutiques showcasing locally produced artisanal crafts. Adventures are abundant in Jackson County, but here’s a shortlist of recommendations for an idyllic weekend escape.

Elevate Your Palate in Jackson County

Elevate Your Palate in Jackson County

Bacon-wrapped filet mignon, fried Apalachicola oysters, maple bourbon-brined pork chops, jerk chicken and homemade berry pie—is your mouth watering yet? Food is one of the best parts of any vacation, and in the mountain towns that make up Jackson County, the restaurants make as much of a lasting impression as the towering mountain landscapes that surround you. Enjoy big flavors with a small-town vibe at some of these buzzworthy dining spots.