But Sierra nevada will be opening their brewery in Mills River which is just 15 min south of asheville near the airport on Aug 3. As mentioned wicked weed is a neat local brewery with a fantastic atmosphere and location. I really like the asheville brewing Co which has multiple locations. Also you can check out wedge, and french broad ( gotta try their wee heavy - good stuff). You can also check out the site where new belgium has struck Ground on craven st. Just below the bowen bridge. Asheville is a neat town that I love to call home. Enjoy your trip and check them all out. Great food as well. Those white duck tacos are good near wedge as mentioned.