"Beers experienced from breweries in both cities, I can attest to, are worth the journey to these American beer Meccas. In fact beer enjoyed in most American cities is worth the journey. Beer drinkers are on notice: You can leave home now-better beer awaits," said Examiner.com poll host and founder of the Association of Brewers Charlie Papazian.
About Asheville: Brewtopian Society
Known for its scenic beauty, music culture and robust art scene, Asheville's reputation as a haven for brewing and culinary arts is growing. With a population of just over 70,000, Asheville is giving bigger cities a beer-run for their money with nine diverse craft breweries-more per capita than any city in the nation.
On any given day, about 50 local beers can be enjoyed on draft and in bottles. Asheville is home to a world-renowned specialty beer store (Bruisin' Ales, rated #3 retailer worldwide by RateBeer), five annual beer festivals, a regular "Beer Guy" column in the local paper, and a growing array of local beer-flavored food products. (Highland Black Mocha Stout ice cream, anyone?) Asheville Brews Cruise offers an insider's look at Asheville's rapidly evolving microbrewery scene complete with designated driver.