Asheville’s Beer Bonds Run Deep

Justin Kennedy

Asheville, N.C., has been a beer destination for just a couple of decades. It started with Oscar Wong, who opened the city’s first brewery, Highland Brewing, in 1994. Other brewers followed, and today the city of 80,000 boasts more breweries per capita than any other place in America. The greater Asheville region—including the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains of Buncombe County—is home to some 50 breweries, including old-guard establishments like Highland...