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February 17, 2023 – February 19, 2023
Asheville, NC, United States
3 days / 2 nights
We’re excited for another year of great breweries, sights and meals for our Asheville Beer Safari! If you’re a craft beer lover, Asheville should be on the top of your bucket list and this tour will help you check that box! If you’ve toured Asheville with us before, this is an invitation to join us again as we explore more of the great breweries that help make Asheville’s such an amazing beer city! Take a look below at our tentative itinerary.
Enjoy VIP Access and Exclusive Brewery Tours and Tastings: Sip unique regional brews in some of the most unique and best beer-stocked pubs. Visit beer lovers’ favorites and unique local finds such as Zebulon Artisan Ales, Hillman Beer, DSSOLVR and a very special visit and tasting at White Labs along with other surprises!
Experience Asheville Like a Local:
Experience Asheville’s history, architecture and culture during a private tour and free time to explore on your own. Hang out at the local tasting rooms and chill with a beer while playing giant Jenga or foosball with your traveling companions and the locals. Check out a local coffee and donut shop that also has craft beer on tap to pair with your craft donut!
Savor Asheville’s Culinary Scene:
Tempt your taste buds with an eclectic offering of Asheville’s local beer-centric dining options. This year lunch on Saturday and dinner both Friday and Saturday will be included and of course will be enjoyed with more deliciously unique local beer. And of course, we’ve included the awesome breakfast at our hotel to make sure we are fueled up for our adventures. Experience for yourself why Bon Beer Voyage is a 2 time winner of the Food Trekking Awards from The World Food Travel Association.
Relax with Comfortable Accommodations:
The Cambria Hotel will be our host hotel this year. It is a great property with a top rating on TripAdvisor and a fabulous location right in the heart of downtown Asheville!
Be Our Guest:
Relax it’s your vacation! No driving! No figuring out where to eat or how to get from one place to the next! We are happy to help with any of your beercation planning; so don’t hesitate to contact us for pre or post hotel nights at special rates, travel insurance quotes, or for any other assistance you may need. Get ready for the best Asheville Beer Safari ever!
Take Advantage of Presidents Day and Extend the Weekend:
Tour begins a few days after Valentine’s Day: So not only will this tour make a great Valentine’s Day gift, but you might be able to take advantage of the long holiday weekend with Monday Feb 20th being Presidents Day! We have special pricing at the hotel for those who would like to take advance of this extra time off from work , just call us or send us an email asking about this special offer.
2023 Asheville Beer Safari
Feb 17-19, 2023
We are still updating this itinerary with our brewers and other vendors to make sure you have an amazing trip so our final Day by Day itinerary will be posted after the holidays, but in the meantime you can take a peek at what we have planned. To be one of the first to be notified when we open this tour for registration click on the link below.
Booking Information and Pricing Coming Soon!
We will have Single, Double, Triple & Quad Occupancy Rooms Available.
Email us or call 1-888-U-Go-Beer with any questions you have!
If you’ve toured Asheville with us before, it’s time to come back as we explore further out into the breweries that have contributed to Asheville’s reputation as one of America’s great beer destinations! We’ve changed things up with a fresh list of breweries, sightseeing and meals for our 2023 Asheville Beer Safari Weekend!
We’re kicking off this year’s beer safari with a visit to the award-winning DSSOLVR, (and no, this isn’t a typo!) located only a few blocks from our downtown hotel. The brewery houses a 15bbl Brewhouse and a 3bbl Pilot Brewhouse, a dedicated Wild/Funky Barrel Cellar, and fermenters ranging from wine barrels up to 30bbl stainless tanks.
To quote their website, “WE’RE DEAD-FOCUSED ON BRINGING YOU EQUAL AMOUNTS OF OLD SCHOOL AND NEW SCHOOL. That means Lagers, IPAs (clear AND hazy), Wild Ales, Big Ol’ Stouty Stouts, Super Sessions, Chippy Boiz, and everything in between.”
Tonight, we are including dinner with beer as part of this year’s beer safari. As always we have a unique and locally sourced plan in the works for you. Details to come soon, but count on a delicious event!
After our dining tour, feel free to take a walk to explore on your own or join Mike, your beer guide, for a bit of beer hunting to one of the local pubs or breweries for more of the local suds scene.
Return back to the hotel at your leisure tonight
Today’s agenda is packed with great beer, sights, food and fun! After fueling up for our big day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we’ll hop into our coach to start our tour of Asheville. We will be weaving the sights and stories of this eclectic city throughout our day today.
Our first beer stop will be Hillman Beer where we will have a brewer-led guided tasting, hear the story behind the brewery and enjoy lunch, (with beer, of course!)
Hillman is a small, family-owned business that puts an emphasis on quality beer and a focus on classics and comfort. Brothers Brad and Greig Hillman, and Greig’s wife Brandi Hillman, have come together to bring the pub style back to the brewery experience. With a great indoor and outdoor space, they have become an insider favorite since opening their first location in Asheville in 2017.
Afterwards, we’ll see a bit more of the town and then head to Zebulon Artisan Ales, where brewer/owner Mike Karnowski will tell us about his award-winning beers as we sample his wares.
While Zebulon might be known for their focus on Belgian and French farmhouse styles, they also brew historical, forgotten and mythological beer styles. One very cool example of their historical style brews was their Evolution of IPA (1840-2000) Box Set of six historical IPAs recreated from the actual brewer’s logs from Breweries such as Whitbread and Boddingtons. This came with a pamphlet detailing historical/brewing/tasting notes and access to a streaming lecture by beer historians Ron Pattinson and Mitch Steele and included an interview with Vinnie Cilurzo on the history of IPA from the 1700s to 2021!
We are really excited to be visiting Mike and sharing his beers and stories with you. This is one of those breweries that runs the gamut from being totally beer geeky with their attention to styles to just plain fun with their answer as to why they named the brewery Zebulon: “The name Zebulon was chosen because it just sounds awesome, and it starts with a Z which is always cool. There is the famous explorer Zebulon Pike, and of course the USS Zebulon from Star Trek! We just think it sounds bad ass.”
While our next visit of the day is not your typical commercial brewery, they do brew beer. This is because they are a Yeast lab and supplier, so if you brew beer or even if you don’t, you’ve likely heard of them. White Labs is committed to furthering the art of fermentation across the globe. They operate yeast production facilities in San Diego, California; Asheville, North Carolina and Copenhagen, Denmark and have a distribution warehouse in Hong Kong.
White Labs Brewing Company operates the San Diego Tasting Room, as well as the full-service restaurant in Asheville – White Labs Kitchen & Tap. White Labs Brewing Co. was started in 2012 to showcase the influence yeast and fermentation have on beer. Their brewers ferment the same beers with different yeast strains to produce distinctly different beer profiles which they use to supply thirsty beer loving guests, like us, but also for R and D to gain insight into new and innovative yeast strains.
We will be touring their facility and doing a guided side-by-side tasting of some of these beers. We’ll continue our visit here with dinner, enjoying, among other things, some of their delicious wood-fired pizza, made with dough fermented for 72 hours and leavened with their own WLP518 Opshaug Kveik Ale yeast!
After dinner you can join Mike for some local beer hunting or feel free to head out on your own or back to the hotel to chill, it’s your Beercation so enjoy however you see fit!
Return back to the hotel at your leisure tonight or beer hunting with Mike
Another great breakfast is awaiting you at Hemingway’s, our hotel restaurant with the beautiful views. As all good things must come to an end, we say goodbye to those of you heading home or onto your next destination. If you would like to stay a little longer to explore more of Asheville at your leisure, let us know and and we can help you take advantage of our specially negotiated weekend rates at the hotel.
Our tour was such a fun and unique experience. The brewery tours have a great balance of history and brewery identity along with their take on their unique brewing process, and there is ample time to taste many local beers. Most of the tours that you get at breweries would be extremely difficult if not impossible to get on your own or through another source. Ruth and Mike are amazing tour guides and feel like they are a part of your family from the moment you meet them. They know these brewers and locals well and ensure their guests get all kinds of special treatment! I’m already looking at their upcoming schedule for my next tour!
Absolutely a top rate tour with top rate guides who know both beer and travel. It is ‘As Advertised.” Excellent time. One of the best vacations I’ve had.
Ruth and Mike make your beercation a breeze. They plan everything for you so you don’t have to worry about anything except for which beer you want to try. It doesn’t matter if you are a beer newbie or a beer nerd, you will have a great time on your trip. Thanks for a great weekend!
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Our beer tour itineraries are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather, transportation problems, or an unexpected business closure. We’re continually looking for ways to improve our tours and we sometimes come across a special new pub or brewery since the itinerary was published that we’d like to share with you. Since our beer tours are planned far in advance, we may occasionally adjust the itinerary as necessary to provide you with the best trip possible! Since a minimum number of passengers are required in order to run each trip, we suggest you refrain from non-refundable air purchases until 2 months prior to your departure date or confirmation that your trip is a go.