I purchased 2 tickets for the Saturday noon tour as a Father's Day present for my husband. We live in Johnson City, Tennessee, so we are only an hour from Asheville, and we drove over that morning. The bus was easy to spot in the designated meeting area. There was a craft fair going on in downtown, so we had to hunt for a few minutes to find parking in a parking garage. We met our tour guide Jake outside of the bus, and he introduced himself and checked us in. It was just us and 2 other couples. The first brewery we went to was bout 20 minutes away, in Black Mountain. Pisgah Brewery was a great place with a funky vibe. We tasted several beers and toured the facility. They have an indoor and outdoor concert area, big garage doors that open up, and food trucks. I don't usually care for fruity or overly flavored beers, but they had a Blueberry Wheat that is amazing. They had just started canning it and we bought a 6 pack to go. Our next stop was French Broad brewery. It has changed owners recently and the new owners are working on some needed improvements to the interior. We tasted some more beers and were walked/talked through the whole brewing process from start to finish. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the entire process and could answer any questions at ll. He was also very funny, personable, and entertaining. Our last brewery stop was Hi-Wire. This was the most crowded brewery we stopped at. They had a big screen up with the World Cup game on. This was a very family friendly atmosphere with lots of families, kids, and dogs. We tasted some more beers here and toured the brewing/bottling/canning area. We bought a 6 pack of their Spring Lager (can't pass up a $5.00 six pack-LOL) The tour was great fun and the 2 other couples with us were nice to hang out with. We would definitely come back and do this again, maybe choosing the other tour to different breweries. All in all, a very good time for a reasonable price.
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