Fortunately we arrived by bus during RBWG 2014, because this place is a bit far from Asheville, although it’s pretty close to the airport, in case you’re flying in. Head brewer, a youngster, gave a great customized tour. Small handful of beers on tap, and a few other things in cans. Interesting enough.
The Oskar Blues brewery is in a large modern warehouse but has a surprisingly cosy tasting room upstairs and a small shop. We had a very interesting tour led by the head brewer, Noah. I’d never seen a canning machine before and found it fascinating! (Visited 7 February 2014 on the RBWG bus tour).
Visited during RBWG 2014 - Asheville. I quite enjoyed the visit here, mostly because of the thorough tour of the facility. The guide was friendly and informative and I left feeling like I had really seen everything and had all questions answered. The tap room is funky and the staff was attentive. The only downside was that the bar serves primarily the core range of OB beers, with only two non-core beers on tap. (Of all the breweries visited around Asheville during the weekend, this one easily had the most limited selection.) Fun place to for a stop but I wouldn’t say it’s a must-visit if you’re doing a tour of Asheville and its surroundings.
Located in an industrial warehouse just north of downtown Brevard. Once you find the place, the signage was pretty good. They tap room, well it was more like a tap loft, is located in an upstairs part that overlooks the brewery. I loved the view from there and I now realize that my next apartment needs to be in a brewery. They had a 8 on tap with the seven year rounders as well as a special beer specific to the brewery. The outside area had space for picnic tables and brand-specific cornhole. Other than wishing they had more special beers, or was a pretty cool experience.
(Visited 06/2015): Oscar Blues’ North Carolina brewery is located in Brevard, about 45 minutes from Asheville on Mountain Industrial Drive, off 64. There is a large gravel parking lot next to the building.
There is a large open patio outside with ample seating and a bar. Inside a flight of stairs through an archway made out of cans leads upstairs to the taproom. The brewery is visible from the stairs and through windows in the taproom. A bar runs along the left side of the taproom, and there are tables in the rear. Merchandise and beer to-go are on the opposite end. Industrial/DYI decor in the bar. The beers on tap are listed on a board behind the bar.
As for the beers on draught, there are around 10 taps, with several flagship beers plus some less common options like Bourbon Barrel G’Knight, Watermelon Pils and a collaboration with Beavertown called Judas Porter. The beers were all solid. Cans (including a root beer) are also available to drink on premise or take away.
Service on a relatively busy Thursday afternoon was pretty good. The bartenders were friendly and attentive.
Food is not served at the brewery.
Overall this is a pretty good spot to visit outside of Asheville. The experience and selection isn’t on par with Sierra Nevada , but I would probably visit again on a future trip.
Of the big 3 breweries coming to the area, this is the first to open, and it’s clear it’s because they’re after function and not style. This is very much a tasting room stuck inside a large production brewery. The tasting room is located in a loft above the brewery offices. Excellent view of the brewery, and the tasting area itself is very comfortable. Round bar, cheap tables, nice vibe. There is a stage for music, which I imagine reverberates nicely around the brewery. 7 standards on tap with a rotating "special" tap, which was Dry Hopped Dales on my visit. Cans to go are on the expensive side but draft prices are solid. Bartender was very nice. I’m not sure it really counts as a patio, but there are some tables outside.
I really like what they’ve done with the bar area. It’s upstairs overlooking the wide open brewing and canning operation. They’ve spruced up the concrete space with various decorations made out of cans. The bartender was so nice and obviously passionate about the product and excited to be part of the opening of a major brewery in NC. There was nothing rare on tap, but 7 of their solid offerings were available. Cans are available to go as well at a marginally cheaper price than elsewhere around the area. There’s a lot of cool swag available as well. I really enjoyed my visit here.
My comments are in line with jtclockwork’s. The brewery itself is fantastic. Oskar Blues have invested a lot of money into the NC operation, and it was a great treat to tour the brewing facility. The taproom’s welcoming, and the staff were all too happy to provide sample pours. Unfortunately, not much beyond the core range was available on tap. There’s also a gift shop inside the bar with plenty of swag available. Overall, a great stop.
> A fun tasting room inside a mega capacity brewhouse
>> Huge space here slotted to distribute all over the east coast. Guided tours available, reminded me a bit of Rogue on the inside with the elevated tasting room. Decent amount of house beers on tap, but only two were special editions; everything else was their normal line up. Staff was awesome- very friendly. Had cans for sale to go and drink on premise, some of them were new to me but the quality was suspect. Overall, if you are on a group tour and want to learn about the brewing process, this is a fun stop. But if you are after new beers and really good beers, I’d skip.