Beer is on everybody’s mind in October. Cheers to Western North Carolina as it is becoming a hot spot for microbreweries with Asheville being frequently hailed as Best Beer City USA. There are 22 breweries in Buncombe County alone, with Sierra Nevada and New Belgium being included among the most popular Asheville breweries. Downtown Asheville offers a three-and-a-half hour Brews Cruise where patrons can tours some of the city’s biggest breweries and have a taste at every stop.
If you love Asheville breweries but are on the hunt for a more unique craft beer, look no further than the charming mountain town of Lenoir. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lenoir is a vibrant community of artists, craftsmen, and nature lovers.
Founded in 2013 by Jason Howard, Howard Brewing Company is an uncommon 15-barrel brewery located in Downtown Lenoir. Stop by and enjoy an Action Man Lager or a Trail Maker Pale Ale. In the winter months, HBC offers a Mistletoe Raspberry Porter. Taproom hours are Thursday through Saturday from 5-9pm and Sunday from 1-4pm. If you’re looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, Howard Brewing frequently hosts a number of fun events:
Tuesday (5-10) Growler Night – To kick off their new hours, HBC is offering $2 off any growler purchase during the month of October.
Wednesday (5-10) Indoor Disc Golf – Stop by every Wednesday to play disc golf for the Unifour putting league. It costs only $5 to play, teams are picked at 6:30, and the top three teams win cash every night. Every player is entered in a drawing to win a basket at the end of the season.
Thursday (5-11) Game Night – A new game is featured every week and announced on the Howard Brewing Facebook page prior to start.
Friday (5-11) Food Truck & Live Music – Check out original music from local singer-songwriters, as well as covers of classic hits while enjoying unique eats from local food trucks.
Saturday (1-11) Yoga Mornings & Free Movie Night – Relax your mind, stretch your body, and finish the class with a cold pint. The one-hour class is from 12-1pm and includes a pint. Doors open at 11:45am. At 6:30pm, enjoy a free, kid friendly movie. At 9pm, leave the kids at home for a free PG-13 or R rated flick.
On October 28th, be sure to check out one of the most fun things to do in Lenoir NC: Howard Brewing Company’s annual Halloween Party. There will be a costume party (Action Man, Best Group/Couple, Most Original, Funniest, & Scariest), a 5/50 raffle, food trucks, and live music. Admission is free and open to everyone ages 21 and up.
Along with all the town has to offer, Howard Brewing Company is conveniently located The Coves Mountain River Club.
Residents have the beautiful Pigsah Mountain Lodge to watch the stunning sunsets and sunrises, they sip wine and stroll through Evelyn’s vineyard, and even plant their own flowers and fruits in Isabel’s Garden. Along the Johns River, residents enjoy riverside hiking or take a dip in Coleton’s Swimming Hole during the summer months. Mountain homes amplify the scenic beauty.
People love the spectacular mountain views, friendly community atmosphere, and fun amenities. Whether they’re tasting their way through all the Asheville breweries or venturing to small mountain towns with hometown breweries like Howard, it’s hard not to love living in Western North Carolina.
If you’re considering real estate in Lenoir NC, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.