Monday, January 30, 2012

A Microbrewery in Hendersonville?

With all the talk this last week about beer and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s
decision to build their east coast brewery just nine miles from our inn, my ears perked up the other day when a friend of mine mentioned that he was going to listen to a singer from Saluda on Saturday night at the new micro- brewery in Hendersonville. I invited myself along and got my chance to go to The Southern Appalachian Brewing Company’s brewery which is located just 300
yards from the front door of the inn (ahhhh, that’s walking distance y’all!).

As we walked in the back door the first thing you notice are the twelve shiny stainless steel tanks standing floor to almost ceiling like wonderful stoic defenders of the realm (in this case “the hops”).

My husband John is the beer drinker in the family and he immediately decided to try a flight of beers. At the Southern Appalachian, that translates into you being able to pick four of the five beers they are currently offering and get a four ounce taste of each. John’s choices were:
1. Belgian Blonde Ale - This golden-blonde Belgian style ale uses a traditional yeast strain which gives a gentle citrusy flavor and fruity aroma. Saaz hops and light spices balance the sweetness from the Pilsen malt and provide an earthy taste. This is a refreshing ale with a crisp, dry finish. 6.5% ABV
2. Copperhead Amber Ale - The Copperhead Amber Ale is a crisp, medium bodied ale with a deep copper color and a rich, caramel, malty sweetness, balanced with a light floral hops flavor. 5.5% ABV
3. India Pale Ale - This IPA utilizes 3 varieties of hops throughout the 90 minute boil and 5 in the fermenter to dry hop. Even at 95 IBU’s the hops flavor is well-balanced from nose to finish. 6.5% ABV
4. Black Bear Stout - Black Bear Stout is a robust, full-bodied beer with a rich roasted malt flavor and hints of dark chocolate and coffee. 5.5% ABV.

They had lots of choices for the non-drinker and the wine drinker also. They served a local wine from Falderal Winery and even had a couple of guest taps. If you need a little food with your drink there was a food truck outside the front door with sandwiches including pulled pork. They also had hot pretzels inside. Yum!

We did not get to meet the owners because they were at a beer class but the staff was friendly and very responsive. They were great representatives in every way. The band was fantastic. Our friend was right about the quality of the band. We really enjoyed the music and the atmosphere. There was a couple with a small child (a quiet small child – I did not know that they existed!) dancing at the front of the room with the music. All we needed was a dog to round out the atmosphere. The evening was so satisfying that our party ended the night there. None of us felt the need to return to the front room of the inn to continue the fun.

We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit the 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!

John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC
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