10 Apr 2017
April is North Carolina Beer Month, and Asheville is the place to celebrate! In particular, you’ll find numerous watering spots in South Slope, a downtown area that has been undergoing a transformation of late. Originally a stoic industrial and warehouse district, South Slope is now a vibrant brewery/restaurant, retail and residential area. It’s being called an “Innovation District” and the “Brewery District” making it just right for a beer celebration in April or any time of the year.
South Slope Breweries
If you’re interested in sampling some of the many local Asheville breweries, South Slope is a great place to start. For one stop, check out Wicked Weed Funkatorium, home of the Sour and Wild Tasting Room on Coxe Ave. Take a tour and have a taste from its revolving beer on tap list that includes fruit infused, barrel-aged sour beers and more. Tours fill up quickly so be sure to sign up on the Wicked Weed’s website. Another local favorite is Burial Beer Brewing that has a large outdoor area, in addition to its indoor space, where they host a great Sunday brunch with local vendors.
Asheville's South Slope area has an abundance of options for drinking holes, including Tasty Beverage Company, also on Coxe Ave. Grab a pint at the bar or take advantage of their large selection of bottled beers to take home. Bhramari Brewhouse, located behind the Orange Peel, has lots of fun beer flavors. Asheville Brewing has pizza and beer, a great combo as well. There are a large number of breweries to choose from including Green Man Brewery, Twin Leaf Brewing, and Hi-Wire Brewery. You really can’t go wrong in Asheville's South Slope, and you may need a couple of trips to try it all out.
More South Slope Options
If you’re looking for a breakfast spot, stop into Vortex Doughnuts for hand-made doughnuts with creative glazes. Right next door is Buxton Hall, a barbecue restaurant that has received lots of national press attention. The restaurant is housed in a former skating rink, and you can read about the property transformation here. Chocoholics should go right over to French Broad Chocolate Lounge Factory for a guided tour and chocolate sampling.
If you’re hankering for something other than food and drink, wander over to the Tracey Morgan Gallery that specializes in contemporary art by American and international artists. Sow Tree Seed has more than 500 seed varieties, including open-pollinated and non-GMO herb, veggie and flower seeds. The potential spots to check out in this area abound.
Come See South Slope!
As you can see, there’s plenty to do in South Slope so you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to meander through. For more information about the area, check out the Romantic Asheville website. The website lists more breweries, restaurants and shopping spots that make up South Slope. Or even better, just head on over there and check it out for yourself.