DIY Oktoberfest 2020
September 28, 2020 by: Diane Rogers
Calling all beer lovers! Come to Pinecrest, a comfortably elegant bed and breakfast in Asheville for our DIY Oktoberfest 2020. COVID-19 has shuttered many festivals and virtual events are just not the same so we’ve put together a Beer Lover’s Package to highlight the local breweries and some other stops that make the Blue Ridge Mountains the place to be this autumn.
Start your adventure with an upgrade: order our Pub Box! This delectable plate of meats, cheeses, and pretzels will be perfectly paired with a 6-pack of local brews, ready and waiting for your arrival. Settle in for a deep night’s sleep followed by our hot fresh breakfast served at 9 am. Since the breweries aren’t quite open, we recommend a quick hike to Catawba Falls for views of a waterfall or Rattlesnack Lodge for a peek-a-boo long-range view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Work up an appetite for your next stop, the South Slope, home to several local breweries all located within a few blocks for your very own Pub Crawl.
Avid walkers should go by foot 1.3 miles to our first stop, Hi-Wire Brewing, 197 Hilliard Ave. Zirkusfest Oktoberfest Lager boasts all the flavors of a rich Oktoberfest lager without a heavy finish. Just the right beer to get started.
The next stop is Catawba Brewing Company, 32 Banks Ave, which just happens to be right beside one of our favorite barbeque spots. Order the Festbier Lager brewed in the Marzen style, malty with notes of light bread crust and a soft sweetness. While enjoying your brew, use the Buxton Hall Barbeque app to order their Eastern Carolina whole hog plate or go for the Fried Chicken Sandwich, a hot sloppy mess of buttermilk fried chicken, pimento and American cheese, bread & butter pickles, and white bbq sauce. They have a limited number of picnic tables for outdoor dining.
Our third brewery worthy of a stop is Green Man Brewery, 27 Buxton Ave, which is their state of the art brewery, packaging facility, and tasting room nicknamed The Green Mansion. For a throwback to their beginning in 1997, step around the corner to Dirty Jacks. Hitting the taproom in late October will be their version of a Rauchbier, a good introduction to the delicious world of smoke beers. If you miss this, we love the Porter, a rich dark ale recently voted Asheville’s favorite local dark beer!
Quite possibly saving the best for last, walk around the corner to Burial Beer Co., 40 Collier Ave. This is a favorite local hangout, with plenty of outdoor seating at picnic tables. A 16 oz Culture Keepers FeistBier will only set you back $5. If you missed out on Buxton Hall Barbecue, order something, anything from the on-site food truck. Chef de Cusine JT DeBrie crafts the menu using seasonal produce with a connection to local farms. The double cheeseburger with fries sounds good beside a beer.
We’ll give an honorable mention to the other breweries found on the South Slope...just in case you need to try one more: Asheville Brewing Company, Bhramari Brewery, Twin Leaf, and Wicked Weed’s Funkatorium.
The Best Stays Start at Pinecrest
Whether it's beer or something else that brings you to Asheville, we hope you make Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast your place to stay. Our desirable location in historic Montford is just 1 mile to downtown and the South Slope district. Cheers to adventures!