We Have So Many Great Craft Beverages, We Had To Build A Trail For Them All
The Cheers! Trail is the only trail in North Carolina that showcases five different types of craft beverages. Another plus is its location – the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in and around Hendersonville.
Choose from a selection of 25 different tasting experiences along the trail. This includes 10 breweries, 7 wineries, 3 hard cideries, 2 spirit distillers and 1 meadery. Additionally, 1 winery, Burntshirt, operates a second tasting room off-site, and 1 winery from another area operates a tasting room right on Hendersonville’s Main Street.
Sierra Nevada’s eco-friendly, state-of-the-art facility is one of the largest craft breweries in the nation and features everything from indoor and outdoor dining to daily tours to a beer garden amphitheater. Sideways Farm & Brewery is located on a working farm and highlights the agricultural side of beer, while Southern Appalachian and Guidon are all within walking distance in the revitalized Seventh Avenue District, and Oklawaha Brewing Co and Dry Falls Brewing are just off Main Street. A bit further out from town, you’ll find Blue Ghost Brewing, Burning Blush and Mills River Brewing.
Henderson County is North Carolina’s largest apple-producing county and seventh largest nationally. Local orchards exclusively supply fresh apples to Appalachian Ridge and Bold Rock cideries. Appalachian Ridge’s tasting room is located in an orchard and its ciders are hand-crafted in European style, while Bold Rock is the largest craft cider producer in the United States. Additionally, during the summer and fall, you can enjoy hard cider that was grown and pressed right on site at Jeter Mountain Farm.
Henderson County is home to North Carolina’s newest wine county, located in the lower elevations of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area’s wineries produce classic wines from European vinifera grapes and French-American hybrid grapes, as well as sweeter wines crafted from grapes native to North Carolina. Henderson County earned the AVA designation because of its distinctive soil, climate and elevation. The AVA includes all seven Henderson County wineries. Click to learn more about the Crest of the Blue Ridge AVA area.
The ideal growing conditions and picturesque scenery have encouraged this burgeoning industry. Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards was Hendersonville’s first winery, having opened in 2012. Not long after, Burntshirt Vineyards and Point Lookout Vineyards opened tasting rooms, followed a few years later by Marked Tree Vineyard, Sawyer Springs Vineyard and Stone Ashe Vineyards. Henderson County’s newest winery to open (in April 2022) a tasting room is Souther Williams, set on a 200-year old farm. Each vineyard grows their grapes right here in Henderson County.
Mead is a form of wine made from honey. It was popular in Colonial times and is making a resurgence in the southern Appalachians. World’s Edge Meadery at Point Lookout Vineyards offers a broad selection of meads in addition Point Lookout wines.
New to Hendersonville’s craft beverage scene are spirits. The first tasting room to open was Two Trees Distilling, who opened in early 2022, serving hand crafted whiskeys. Near the end of 2022, a second distillery is set to open, M & T Distilling, who makes moonshine.
The Cheers! Trail Passport may be purchased for $10 at the Visitor Center. Go to at least 12 venues and get your Passport stamped, then redeem it to receive your Cheers! Trail swag. The Passport is available at the Visitor Center, 201 South Main Street, online and at participating venues. Cheers! Trail Passport holders will also receive a complimentary Rewards Card, that may be used at many local businesses. The Cheers! Trail Passport has no expiration date and may be used to guide your tasting experience year-round.
There are several types of transportation options available for hire in the Hendersonville area, click for a list of Transportation Companies. ABV by beverage varies up to 17.30%. Please enjoy responsibly.
Your Passport will be mailed by USPS within a few days, after the order has been processed.
List of Craft Beverage Tasting Rooms
Continue reading to learn about each individual destination on the Hendersonville Cheers! Trail.
Appalachian Ridge Artisan Ciders
Enjoy European style ciders in a renovated 1940s barn in the midst of an orchard. The cider is made from traditional Henderson County apples, as well as from apple trees that have been transplanted from the Normandy region of France. Appalachian Ridge also makes pommeau, a blend of cider and apple brandy. 731 Chestnut Gap Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792, 828-699-7507
Bear Falls Wine Company
Bear Falls Wine Company’s Downtown Hendersonville Tasting Room offers a relaxed yet upscale environment to enjoy a glass of their wine. They produce a wide variety of wines that are grown in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley and produced in Saluda, NC, as well as offer wine slushies, hard cider and beer. The tasting room is open Wednesdays – Sundays. 432 N Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792, 828-393-0945
Blue Ghost Brewing Company
Drawing its name from the elusive blue ghost firefly native to Western North Carolina , the brewery is located just minutes from Asheville Regional Airport. Blue Ghost aims to make world-class beer while promoting family, worthy causes and our local wonders. Their best beer is crafted on site in small batches, with a constantly rotating selection. Enjoy free live music every Friday and Saturday, accompanied by the pub-style fare food served from the Hungry Ghost food truck s . Plenty of space indoors in the taproom, while large oak trees shade the 1 1/2 acre “Firefly Field.” 125 Underwood Road, Fletcher, NC 28732, 828-376-0159
Bold Rock Hard Cider
The nation’s largest craft cidery produces a regular line of hard ciders, as well as several seasonal offerings. The state-of-the-art tasting room includes windows overlooking the production facility, a permanent food truck, cider garden and indoor and outdoor stages for regular live music. Complimentary tours are offered on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, call for dates & times. The brewery is family & pet friendly. 72 School House Road, Mills River, NC 28759, 828-595-9940
Burning Blush Brewery
An independently owned family establishment located in the heart of Mills River. The brewery offers a half-dozen beers on tap and food trucks all in a romantic Gothic atmosphere. The brewery focuses on high quality crafted beer integrated with genuine customer service. A place where traditional beer treads on experimental. Each style of beer accompanied by appropriate glassware in which it is meant to be served, whether a wine-barrel-aged sour or a juicy IPA. The Lannings welcome you and your family, along with your pups to the taproom. Enjoy the spacious climate-controlled indoor area or the large outdoor bier garden. 891 Boylston Hwy., Mills River, NC 28759, 828-595-9859
Produces a large selection of wines that have captured many national and international awards. Wines are made from 100% estate grown grapes at two Burntshirt vineyards, which are among the highest elevation vineyards on the East Coast. The tasting room is popular with indoor and outdoor seating, live music. Be sure to try the apple wine. 2695 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792, 828-685-2402
Burntshirt Vineyards: Chimney Rock Tasting Room & Bistro
Burntshirt Vineyards operates a second location in nearby Chimney Rock. The patio overlooks the iconic Chimney Rock landmark and Hickory Nut Falls. Taste a selection of 20 estate-grown wines, and choose a favorite to pair with lunch or dinner. The bistro serves an upscale yet approachable menu with Southern classics, seafood dishes and shareable small plates. 438 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720, 828-436-2490
D9 Brewing Company
D9 Brewing Company was started by two engineers and a doctor, with a mission to inspire and support the community through the creation of exciting and original crafted ales. Since its inception in late 2014, it has invested in the scientific exploration of the natural world to produce the highest quality and unquestionably original, crafted ales. D9 Brewing is quickly becoming the leading producer of mixed wild fermented beer in the southeastern United States. 425 N. Main St., Hendersonville, NC, 704-247-7200.
Dry Falls Brewing Company
What was once an auto body shop just south of downtown Hendersonville is now an industrial-chic taproom serving beers created by a father-son brewing team. Build a flight from the varied menu, order from the food truck parked out front and settle into a pleasant tasting experience. 425 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville, NC 28739, 828-696-0660
Jeter Mountain Farms
The Farm offer six hard ciders on tap that are produced on site, including 3 all-apple ciders and two that are blends of apple and other fruits grown on the farm. Enjoy a hard cider tasting or take home a 4-pack to enjoy at home. Open Seasonally, July-October, Check their web site for hours. 1126 Jeter Mountain Road, Hendersonville, NC 28739 828-513-0404
Guidon Brewing Company
Guidon Brewing is a American-German brewery that is veteran and family-owned and operated, dedicated to the art of brewing high-quality beer. Their combined knowledge of first-rate food and beverages from around the world drives their passion to provide their customer with the same excellence we’ve come to know and love. The welcoming atmosphere features a loft with couches and comfortable chairs, a large outside deck and a dartboard room. 415 8th Avenue East, Hendersonville, NC 28792, 828-595-7976
Marked Tree Vineyard
Marked Tree Vineyard, located at an elevation of 2,300 feet on the Eastern Continental Divide, is Flat Rock’s first winery. It offers 10 wine varieties made with European vinifera and French-American hybrid grapes in a picturesque setting, surrounded by panoramic views. Grapes include Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Grüner Veltliner, Chardonel and Vidal Blanc. Guests may choose between the indoor tasting room and an outdoor patio. Vineyard tours are available on Saturdays. Check the web site for hours. 623 Deep Gap Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731, 828-513-3773
Mills River Brewing Co
Mills River Brewing Co. is located in a bucolic section of Henderson County and has a large outdoors focus with hiking trails on property. The beers, such as Big Creek amber ale, Middle Fork Mosaic IPA and Laurel Creek ESB, honor the local trails and natural landmarks. The brewery also serves wine, cider and food. Dog friendly. 336 Banner Farm Road, Mills River, NC 28759, 828-513-5155
M & T Distilling (coming September 2022!)
M & T Distilling believes in producing small batch, high quality moonshine and other spirits in a way that follows the heritage of our region and forefathers, using an all-copper still and producing a straight 100 proof corn moonshine from locally-grown corn. Tours, flavored moonshine and featured cocktails available in the tasting room. 711 Maple Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792, 828-551-1334
Oklawaha Brewing Company
In the heart of downtown Hendersonville, Oklawaha Brewing Company, formerly known as Sanctuary Brewing Co., is a nano brewery and taproom dedicated to making small batch, high quality artisanal ales. The Brewery features classic styles like hop-forward IPAs, fruited sours and classic German styles. Friendly leashed pets are welcome. Regularly has live music, trivia nights and much more. Check the web site for hours. 147 First Avenue East, Hendersonville, NC 28792, 828-595-9956
Point Lookout Vineyards
A wonderful pairing of traditional wines with 30-mile vistas from an expansive open-air tasting room at 3,000 feet in elevation atop Point Lookout Mountain. Point Lookout offers 10 dry and semi-sweet wines. It also has a coffee shop on site, as well as an events pavilion with regular live music. 408 Appleola Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792, 828-393-5793
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
Saint Paul was the first winery in Hendersonville when it opened in 2011. The vineyards are on land that has been in the same family for nine generations. Wines reflect that rich sense of place. Guided tastings showcase wines made from 14 varieties of French vinifera grapes. Live music is often available on the outdoor patio. Check the web site for hours. 588 Chestnut Gap Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792, 828-685-4002
Sawyer Springs Vineyard
Small and purposeful is the mission of Sawyer Springs. This winery is a family-run operation on land that has been farmed by the same family for six generations. Sawyer Springs produces vintages in small batches served in a rustic tasting barn. Grape varietals include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, Riesling and Muscadine. There is also a selection of fruit wines made from blueberries and strawberries. Check the web site for hours. 124 Sandy Hill Lane, Hendersonville, NC 28792. 828-698-4383
Sideways Farm & Brewery
Surrounded by gardens, pastures and fields, Sideways emphasizes the connection between the land and the beer, using ingredients grown on the farm in its ever-rotating lineup. The tasting experience is much like a winery; customers gather around a U-shaped bar and a bartender explains the ingredients, flavors, aromas and story behind each beer. Check the web site for hours,62 Eade Road, Etowah, NC 28729, 828-595-3445
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Craft beer enthusiasts flock to the East Coast headquarters of Sierra Nevada. The palatial brewery — complete with tasting room, restaurant and beer garden — features stunning design with a commitment to sustainability, insider perspective via comprehensive brewery tours, and a chef-driven menu of tapas-style dishes. 100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River, NC 28732, 828-681-5300
Southern Appalachian Brewery
In beer crazed North Carolina, each small town has its brewery pioneer, and Hendersonville’s is Southern Appalachian, founded in 2011 in the Seventh Avenue District. A friendly taproom features Copperhead amber ale, Black Bear stout, live music and good times. 822 Locust Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792, 828-684-1235
Souther Williams Vineyard
Souther Williams is the latest addition to Hendersonville’s Crest of the Blue Ridge wine country. The vineyard features eight acres of grapes (with additional acres planned) and an open-air tasting room. On land that’s been in the same family since 1800, Souther Williams cultivates well-known varietals like Cabernet Franc, Cynthiana, Reisling and Vidal Blanc, along with lesser-known grapes from Austria, Germany and eastern Europe. These cooler climate varietals include Blaufrankisch, Gruner Veltliner, Regent and Saperavi. Souther Williams Vineyard is only open to people age 21+. 655 Hoopers Creek Road, Fletcher, NC 28732, 828-483-6070
Stone Ashe Vineyards
Stone Ashe Vineyard is a state-of-the-art 2,000-square-foot tasting room rests on a bluff overlooking a pond surrounded by vineyards. Stone Ashe’s goal is to use the terroir of Henderson County’s Crest of the Blue Ridge American Viticultural Area to produce wines for the world stage using classic grape varietals such as Merlot. Stone Ashe Vineyard is only open to people age 21+. Check the web site for hours. 736 Green Mountain Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792, 828-551-5643
Two Trees Distilling Co.
Henderson County’s first distillery, Two Trees Distilling Co. crafts a large selection of traditional and flavored whiskies using a process they created the mirrors and accelerates the natural process of aging alcohol in wooden barrels. Stop by the tasting room to enjoy their products, learn how they do things differently and more eco-friendly, and learn their fascinating story. Tasting room open 7 days per week. 17 Continuum Drive, Fletcher, NC 28732, 828-419-0727
World’s Edge Meadery
Located at Point Lookout Vineyards, World’s Edge produces seven meads: wildflower and orange blossom, apple, raspberry, tropical fruit, chamomile and chai tea. For the uninitiated, mead is type of wine made from honey. It was popular in American during colonial times and offers a nice alternative to Point Lookout’s wine collection. Check the web site for hours. 408 Appleola Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792, 828-393-5793
The Cheers! Trail Passport
The Cheers! Trail Passport booklet guides you to all of Henderson County’s cider, wine and beer venues. Visit each tasting room to experience the wonderful crafted beverages and make sure to get your Passport stamped. Once at least 12 of the venue stamps are collected, bring the completed Passport to the Visitor Center during operating hours for verification and choose from a selection of Cheers! Trail swag as your reward. Cheers! Trail Passport holders will also receive a complimentary Rewards Card, that may be used at many local businesses.
The cost of the Cheers Trail! Passport is $10.
The Passport will be mailed by USPS, within a few days after the order has been processed.