Craft beer and snacks at a local Asheville brewery. Read our blog on Asheville breweries for our top recommendations!

How to Have the Best Time at Asheville Beer Week

Asheville Beer Week is always frothing over with good times! Each year, beer lovers from every corner of North Carolina gather to celebrate this fantastic fermented beverage in all of its hoppy glory. Read on to learn how to make the most of your trip to the 2019 festival. And, if you are looking for more ways to get a taste of the Asheville area, take a look at our free Chimney Rock/Lake Lure Vacation Guide. Our guide is full of recommendations for restaurants, breweries, wineries, and more so that you can spend less time planning and more time having fun!

Your Complete Guide to the 6th Annual Asheville Beer Week


Every year, the city of Asheville celebrates its local breweries in a big way! Asheville Beer Week is a beloved summer tradition that features award-winning craft beers, eclectic eats, music, and so much more. You can look forward to a variety of activities each day. In past years, Asheville Beer Week has included special bottle releases, food pairing events, and beer education workshops.

Over 2,500 people attend the festival each year. Please keep in mind that workshops and food events are first come, first served. For a complete list of this year’s events, visit the Asheville Beer Week website.


The Beer City Festival is Asheville’s premier craft beer festival. This event takes place on the last day of Asheville Beer Week. You can look forward to enjoying over 30 local breweries in one place. There isn’t a better way to get a proper taste of Western North Carolina’s craft beer scene!


  • Asheville Beer Week 2019 begins on Friday, May 24. The Beer City Festival kicks off on Saturday, June 1!
  • Admission to Beer Week is $45 per attendee. In addition to having access to live music, events, and more than 30 local breweries in one location, you’ll also receive an official Beer City Festival mug.
  • At the festival, you’ll likely sample more than you originally planned. Always have a designated driver.


After a day of sipping and savoring the best of Western NC at Asheville Beer Week, head home to The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant to continue your culinary adventure. Our beer menu is full of local favorites, and our dinner menu changes with each season to take advantage of the finest, local ingredients. Savory shrimp and grits, crab cakes, and Southern-style classics are a few of our specialties!

When you book any of our mountain cabins, like The Rocky Broad River Cabin, you can always look forward to the best amenitiesvacation packages, and top-notch service. Complimentary gourmet breakfastspa services, and proximity to some of the area’s most beautiful hiking trails are a few perks to enjoy! When you are ready to plan your next vacation, check our current specials and book your stay. We can’t wait to host you at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant!

View our events calendar for a list of more annual Asheville area events.

The interior of the Rocky Broad River Cabin at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant.