Asheville Beer Safari

Date:
February 17, 2023February 19, 2023

Location:
Asheville, NC, United States

Duration:
3 days / 2 nights

Price:
$899 per person, double occupancy$1,116 per person, single occupancy, limited availability

We’re excited for another year of great breweries, sights and meals for our  Asheville Beer Safari Weekend!  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 before, You know there are always new places to sip and see.  Join us as we explore the breweries both old and new, large and small, that help make Asheville a world-class beer city!  Take a look below at our updated itinerary. 

Asheville Beer Safari Weekend

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 Wedge, New Belgium, Riverside Rhapsody Beer Company, 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. And a visit with tasting at the French Broad Chocolate Factory will add a sweet touch to it all. 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:
This year’s tour begins a few days after Valentine’s Day and runs over President’s Day Weekend:  So not only will this tour make a great Valentine’s Day gift, but you might want to take advantage of the long holiday weekend and stay an extra day through Monday, President’s Day!  We will have special pricing at the hotel for pre and post stays, based on availability. Just call us or send us an email  asking about this special offer.

2023 Asheville Beer Safari
Feb 17-19, 2023

Make sure to click on the Itinerary Tab above to see the full day by day details!

We are constantly updating our 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 we know some of you are planning to book these tours as a holiday gift, so we have opened up registration!

Wait-List Only
Double Occupancy Room only
$899 per person
Single Occupancy Room only $1116 per person

Call us for Triple or Quad Occupancy Room Availability and Pricing. 

Wait List Me for the Asheville Beer Safari Today !

Email us or call 1-888-U-Go-Beer with any questions you have!

Included

  • 2-Nights Cambria Hotel Downtown Asheville Accommodations
  • Private Brewery Tours and Tastings
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Lunch with Local Beer
  • 2 Dinners with Beer
  • Privately Guided Tour of Asheville
  • Privately Guided Tour of French Broad Chocolate Factory
  • Private Coach Transportation to breweries out of walking range from hotel
  • Other suprises to come...!

Not Included

  • Airfare and transportation to and from tour start point and end point
  • Meals or drinks with meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry or telephone calls
  • Expenses for any activities not included on the itinerary
  • Passport or visa fees
  • Gratuities for guides, bus drivers and tour leaders
  • Tour insurance to cover tour cancellations/interruptions, lost luggage, etc
  • Any necessary Covid-19 testing requirements
  • For full information, please navigate to our Terms & Conditions webpage
  1. Day 1 – Friday February 17th 2023

    If you’ve visited Asheville before, you know there is always more to see and sip every time you return!  This year we’ve added some new breweries to our itinerary and plan to revisit some old favorites(who always have something new to share!) Welcome to our 2023 Asheville Beer Safari Weekend!

    Asheville Beer Safari WeekendWe’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, “It’s our forever quest to bring you the most SURREAL offerings we can craft, highlighting the best and greatest of both OLD SCHOOL and NEW SCHOOL brews. That means Lagers, IPAs (clear AND hazy), Wild Ales, Big Ol’ Stouty Stouts, Super Sessions, and everything in between. In our surrealist endeavors, we work with local farmers, artisans, and makers of all kinds in an effort to expand our tastes and visuals beyond your average horizons.”

    Tonight, we’ll be enjoying dinner at a local favorite, Tupelo Honey.  Their recipes are simply crafted and made from scratch with responsibly sourced ingredients that bring the best of every season. For over 20 years, they have infused Southern spirit into every bite- from their famous Fried Chicken & Buttermilk Waffles to their Tupelo Shrimp & Grits.  And of course, they have an assortment of local brews to sip while you are savoring.

     

    After dinner, 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

     

     

  2. Day 2 – Saturday February 18th 2023

    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.

    Asheville Beer SafariOur first stop today is to French Broad Chocolate Factory for a tour and – of course – a tasting of their chocolates.  Started in a home kitchen and quickly outgrowing the space, French Broad Chocolate expanded to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge and eventually The French Broad Chocolate Factory & Tasting Room- making owners Dan and Jael’s dream of becoming bean to bar chocolate makers a reality. Intent on nurturing connections to the source, French Broad Chocolate began sourcing cacao from trusted farmers and transforming it into fine chocolate, which they continue to this day. The flavors of cacao, paired with ingredients thoughtfully selected for their integrity, provide inspiration for a compendium of confections and desserts, which can be found in multiple locations in Asheville and beyond. We’ll be visiting the factory, which was moved into a14,000 sf space in 2018 and where they churn out nearly 50 tons of chocolate each year!

    Asheville Beer SafariAfter our chocolate immersion, it will definitely be time for a beer!  Our first beer stop will be Riverside Rhapsody Beer Company, where we will enjoy lunch, taste their delicious brews and hear the story behind the brewery.

    The story of Riverside Rhapsody Beer Company began when Joey Cagle and Mike Vanhoose began home brewing together in the mid 2000’s. After years of developing their own brews, while at the same time, hard at work immersing themselves in the local beer scene, they finally saved enough capital to open their own brewery. Their shared experience in the service industry and the local brewing scene combined with their mutual love of music and the outdoors, led to the creation of Riverside Rhapsody. Here you will find a wide variety of rotating styles on tap, all rooted in tradition, but ever evolving.

    Next, we are off to New Belgium Brewing, where great beer, art and fun all come together on their awesome tour experience.  We’ve arranged a private tour for our beercationers . where we will have the opportunity  to sample some year-round as well as some rare offerings! From the beautiful brewhouse where the tanks are surrounded in thousands of colorful handmade tiles shaped like bottles and hops, to the mural of the iconic Belgian bar-the Bruges Beertje – New Belgium is a brewery worth visiting, time and time again.

    After our New Belgium visit, we’ll make a stop for a beer at The Wedge.  Depending on the weather we’ll go to either Wedge Foundation or Wedge Studios.

    The Wedge’s website has a very unusual description of the site where the Wedge Foundation is located: a brewery in a dirt parking lot in a sketchy building down by the tracks.

    Surprisingly, while this describes the location perfectly, this is also part of the charm of the place- along with great beer.  It is a must-see, weather permitting. Fortunately, for us, if weather is not working to our advantage, the Wedge has another cool location, in the River Arts District, so while it may not be as sketchy, the buildings in the area are all covered in colorful works of art to enhance our tasting experience.

    Asheville Beer SafariWhile 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

  3. Day 3 -Sunday February 19th, 2023

    Another great breakfast is awaiting you at Hemingway’s, our hotel restaurant with views of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. 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 take advantage of the holiday weekend and explore more of Asheville at your leisure, let us know. We are happy to help you take advantage of our specially negotiated rates at the hotel.

    2023 Asheville Beer Safari 
    February 17- 19, 2023

    Wait-List Only
    Double Occupancy Room only $899 per person
    Single Occupancy Room only $1116

    Call us for Triple or Quad Occupancy Room Availability and Pricing. 

    Wait List Me for the Asheville Beer Safari Today !

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!

– Tom Eastman, Burlington, NJ

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.

– Rob Renfro
Washington, DC Beer Safari Weekend 2015

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! 

– Jodi W.

Please Read our Terms & Conditions, and complete your Signature & Release Form before you travel. You will need to sign and then either mail or fax this page back to us at least 30 days prior to tour departure-thanks.

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.