Visited on 02-26-2013. A very small brewery with very friendly owner and staff. The brewer was very friendly during our visit and spent a good deal of time at our table and observing us rating the beers. The aromas were difficult to detect due to the hoppy aroma in the brewery. Other than that the beers were good and if I lived near here I would probably be a consistent customer. Worth visiting.
I didn’t have high expectations, but this was the only brewery in Sylva that was open when I passed through. I was very pleasantly surprised. It’s a small system in sort of a garage space with a few benches and tables Oktoberfest style. Dieter was busy brewing the next batch of IPA, which was their tastiest beer for me, although the others were solid as well. We had a very enjoyable chat about the reinheitsgebot and associated things, Dieter and his wife both are extremely friendly, and the chat over tasty beer was the highlight of my entire trip that day. Well worth a stop.
stopped in on 7/14/11. i like the idea... it just doesn’t seem to pan out. gnomes are creepy and badass though.
beers are decent. i would have drank a lot more but it is tasting room only...growlers are pricey considering i would probably never come back. but, if i lived in the area the refills are quite reasonable. i bought a ton of schwag. i wanted to take the adorable old lady who was running the place home with me.... but alas.
October 2011. Sylva is a cozy little NC mountain town. H-mannchen is an interesting little brewery in the little town. The German owners bring some traditional German sensibilities to some brews that are striving to hang with the American oddities. The owner mostly gets it right with the beers. The brewery tasting room, store-front on the other hand isn’t quite right. $1 tasters and odds and ends for sale doesn’t quite scratch the beer geeks’ itch. Go up the hill to City Lights Cafe and have a few full pints and a really good sandwich. (#556)
tucked away in neverland. sylva NC home to WCU. small batch brewery specializing in german ales. a personal tour given by dieter kuhn was very informative and personal. giving alot of his own history as to how he got started and why he ended up here. plentiful sampes of each of his beers (8) i think..when one thinks german beers you think lagers but dieter does all ales and he’s very good at it. he does a monthly beer and food pairing as well a course at WCU.about 45 miles sw of asheville its a beautiful drive thru the mountains. their spicy mustards are very good as well...we tried the honey blonde, and one that was dry hopped which was very good. the hoppy gnome, the hefe, the roktoberfest, black ipa and the big amber gnome. if you have the time go its well worth it.
My girlfriend and I weren’t sure what to expect from this brewery, as we had never heard of it before. I was immediately blown away with the knowledge of the brewing process that Anna had (the girl that works the samples and register) We ended up sampling all beers, but unfortunately they were out of the root beer and Birch beer which I really wanted to try out! We stayed a while and ended up getting to try some of their new brews that weren’t being sold yet which were absolutely amazing. Dieter, the owner, showed up a while after we had been there. He had samples with us and told us about his experience as a child growing up in Germany. He is extremely passionate about his beers, and knows what beer is supposed to taste like. I think before long, these beers will start to make their way around the states and everyone will get to enjoy them. I give this place 2 thumbs way up and I know that people are whining about growler prices, but look at the style of these growlers! I will definately be back there first chance I get!
lithy (156) Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania | October 27, 2009
So much thanks to Dieter and Sheryl for holding the door open for us at just 5 minutes to closing. We were passing through on a trip for the weekend and got a later than expected start but that didn’t stop them from having us for about 30 minutes to do a tasting. They had 7 beers on tap, 2 sodas, which I was impressed with the majority. Cool little town they are right on the main street in Sylva. Growlers were out of my price range since I wouldn’t be returning, refills were reasonable though. I made a donation for my sampler and we headed out. Could also be your one stop shop for garden gnomes. I wish them luck.
Nestled in the nice town of Sylva, it was one of our stop going thru the Smokeys.
They had 6-7 beers on tap, one root beer, and sodas on draft.
Heinzelmännchen means gnome in German so the inside is filled with little gnomes and the atmosphere is very basic if you enjoy to chat about beer, they will gladly answer all your questions.
All samplers were free, and beer was available in growlers.
We got the nice German style growler of Scotch. 2 liters with the growler runs about 35$ with he jug being worth at least 20$
It’s a nice small place with the owners and a student running the brewery. Owner still delivers all his beers. Friendly and definitely worth a stop. Good people!
They sell some local produces, tshirts.
Very small brewery located in downtown Sylva, which is a very charming mountain town. The people here were extraordinarily nice, including the brewmaster who was eager to show off his setup, answer questions and get feedback. They brew extract but do a much better job than other breweries I’ve visited with the same setup. The beers were all solid with a standout or two. Unfortunately, they only sell their beers in high priced fancy growlers. They are happy to give samples, though, and if the growlers are too pricy for your budget then there are several bars within walking distance that carry their beers on tap.