Scott Pyatt, owner of Catawba Valley Brewing, is scoping out Asheville real estate in search of a second home for his brewery in Morganton. The expansion will serve as a distribution center, tasting room and small-batch brewery. “I want to open up a boutique brewery doing nothing but really interesting, super-cool beers,” he says.
Pyatt has been scouting all over Asheville for two months for a property to buy. Though he hasn’t signed a lease, he’s preparing for the expansion so that once he buys, he can brew quickly. “We have all the equipment set up to start manufacturing again up here,” he says. “We've got our primary production plant in Morganton geared up to produce even more beer for this market.”
Like the tasting room in Morganton, the Catawba Valley expansion will not serve food in-house. However, Pyatt describes his philosophy as “B.Y.O.F.” and encourages patrons to order-in from restaurants. He is exploring the possibility of working with Asheville's colorful cast of food trucks. “I like carnival food, and a food truck's just like gourmet carnival food,” he says.