The Jackson County Ale Trail Welcomes Fourth Brewery

(Jackson County, NC) – The Jackson County Ale Trail already boasts three breweries within one mile of each other in the small town of Sylva, North Carolina, and Jackson County is proud to announce a fourth brewery that will open on this summer 2017.

Balsam Falls Brewing will feature 16-20 beers on tap including a rotating selection of IPAs, pale ales and sours, along with six staple beers regularly on tap. Husband and wife partners in the brewery, Corey and Laurie Bryson, plan to utilize fruits, herbs and even vegetables in their brewing treatments.

“Our goal is to have something different on tap every time visitors come in, and we will focus on seasonal pints based on local ingredients,” says Corey. His family grows blueberry bushes, apple trees, cherry trees and grapevines, and those flavors will be instilled into the beer. The Brysons plan to grow several of his own hops.

Balsam Falls Brewing’s name is not just an homage to a local waterfall. Balsam in old English is known as restorative. As Corey says, “We thought it was appropriate for beer. After hiking and biking people want something restorative to drink.”

Balsam Falls Brewing is slated to open in the summer, and will open with guest taps to start. Balsam’s beers will be available on-tap in the fall.

The Jackson County Ale Trail is already home to three microbreweries: Heinzelmännchen Brewery, Innovation Brewing and Sneak E. Squirrel. And just an hour west of Asheville, beer lovers will enjoy less crowds, innovative flavors and some of the friendliest brewers around.

Heinzelmännchen Brewery was the first brewery on the scene in Sylva, where it opened in Sylva in 2004. The small brewery turns out altbier — the style brewed in the warmer regions of Germany since the early days of brewing, featuring a light and refreshing taste.

Innovation Brewing features both traditional brews and a number of seasonal and experimental beers. The seven-barrel brew house turns out more than 30 beers on tap, with 12 year-round favorites.

Sneak E Squirrel offers 13 beers on tap. Well-balanced and classic styles are mixed with funky fusions, such as the French press method that allows guests to make their own hop infusions.

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