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Breweries and Taprooms Near Pilot Cove!

It’s no secret that brewing is a booming business throughout Western North Carolina! In recent years, Brevard has seen many incredible breweries come to life, providing great watering holes and diverse beer options for locals and tourists alike. Below are some great options for a pint during your next visit to Pilot Cove!


Ecusta Brewing Company

Ecusta Brewing Company opened during Summer 2016 to rave reviews. Brews include a diverse selection of flagship brews and specialty seasonal offerings. This amazing brewery is located walking distance to Pilot Cove!

Oskar Blues Brewery

Founded in 1998 in Lyons Colorado, Oskar Blues has grown to become one of the nation’s top craft brewers for size and beer quality. Opened in late 2012, the Brevard location serves as Oskar Blues’ East Coast brewing and distribution facility. The Tasty Weasel Taproom overlooks the brewery production floor, offering a wide selection of Oskar Blues year round and seasonal offerings. Also be sure to check out the Oskar Blues Reeb Ranch, offering bike pump track, trails, and festivals bordering DuPont State Forest.

Brevard Brewing Company

Located on Main Street in the heart of downtown, Brevard Brewing Company is a family owned brewery specializing in creating hand-crafted lagers and other offerings. This is a favorite watering hole for both locals and tourists browsing the streets of Downtown Brevard. Their lagers are especially refreshing on a hot summer day!

Sierra Nevada Brewery

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is world renowned for their beer and commitment to sustainability. Opened in 2015, the Mills River location serves as the company’s East Coast brewing and distribution facility, and it is a spectacle to behold! The property spans over 100 acres, offering multiple taprooms, gardens, an amphitheater / events space, a restaurant, and gift shop. This is a must stop for anyone who loves great beer! Sierra Nevada Mills River is located 20 minutes from Pilot Cove.

Asheville Breweries and others throughout the region

Too many to list! Known as “Beer City USA”, the Asheville area alone boasts over 40 breweries, with many more throughout the region. Businesses like Leap Frog Tours and Asheville Brewery Tours help with transportation, or take an informative walking tour with Brew-Ed for behind the scenes info with a certified Cicerone.


HUB and Pisgah Tavern

Located walking distance from Pilot Cove, the HUB and Pisgah Tavern is a full-service bike shop and outfitter with a large selection of craft beer on tap! This is a favorite post-ride or hike stop for anyone leaving Pisgah National Forest.

Squatch Bikes and Brews

Opened in 2016, Squatch Bikes and Brews offers canned craft beer and a full service bike shop. Located in the Brevard Lumberyard District near Downtown Brevard. A must stop on your visit to Downtown or after your ride on the Bracken Mountain trails!

Cedar Mountain Canteen

A favorite watering hole for folks coming to and from their rides / hikes in DuPont State Forest! The Cedar Mountain Canteen is the Bier Garden of Cedar Mountain, home to Dupont State Forest. It’s located at the intersection of Hwy 276 and Cascade Lake Road.

Forks of the River Taproom

Operated by our friends at Headwaters Outfitters, The Forks of the River Taproom is the ideal location for a pint after your day on the water fly fishing or rafting! Located off Hwy 64 at the intercestion with Hwy 215, overlooking the confluence of the North and West Forks of the French Broad River.

Would you like more information or local recommendations? Contact us today for more info on Pilot Cove and your perfect vacation to Brevard and Pisgah National Forest!

Craft beer, taprooms, and breweries in Brevard, North Carolina and Pisgah National Forest