This past December, Big Pillow Brewing hosted its soft opening, making it the third craft brewery in Madison County, joining the Mad Co. Brew House in Marshal and the Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery in the restored Mars Hill Theatre in Mars Hill.
Asheville-area breweries have taken numerous precautions to ensure responsible reopening.
Canton is a mill town — and that’s just fine with residents, who embrace its industrial smells and sights as part of the town’s heritage and identity. As new transplants move in, drawn by Canton’s lower housing prices and ample vacant downtown commercial space, longtime residents seem optimistic the town can both welcome growth and maintain its authentic appeal.
**UPDATED SEPT. 26** Multiple Asheville area breweries take home GABF medals, Appalachian Vintner and Eurisko collaborate on a New England IPA and more local beer news.
The company rolled out its first beer in early March and is contract-brewing with BearWaters Brewing Co. in Canton while it looks for a brewery home.
Local brewers discuss the benefits and costs of aluminum packaging and whether a new federal tax will change the price of their beers.
**UPDATED MARCH 14** Asheville breweries celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Wedge at Foundation hosts Bike of the Irish, Burial welcomes 3 Floyds and more local beer news.
7 Clans Brewing debuts its first beer, Hi-Wire hosts its second NC Small Batch Festival and more local beer news.
**UPDATED DEC.1** Asheville Brewing and Burial commemorate their first collaboration with a new beer and discussion of the local industry, Tunnel Road Tap Haus hosts a Highland tap takeover (with Imperial Cold Mountain) and more area beer news.
Wedge, Hillman, Currahee and BearWaters took home medals from the Denver event Oct. 5-7.
**UPDATED SEPT. 22** Whistle Hop brings back its Orange Blossom Ginger Tripel, UpCountry cans its second brew and more local beer news.
**Updated June 4** A rundown of AVL Beer Week events.