Nantahala Brewing Company

Nantahala Brewing CompanyNantahala Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar

61 Depot St.
Bryson City, North Carolina, 28713
United States

(828) 488-2337 | map

Nantahala Brewing Company is a microbrewery that was founded in Bryson City, Western North Carolina’s outdoor adventure capital, in the spring of 2009. We officially started selling beer in May 2010. Our tasting room opened on March 4, 2011. If you are in the area, stop by and check us out.

Added by gabeerfan on 05-19-2010

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 23
Photo of AJNIDEK
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Yes, I gave them all 5's. These guys totally have it going on! Make it here a few times a year and they never disappoint. Dog friendly laid back vibe, your dog can literally walk up to the bar with you. Product is always fantastic. No food but you can bring in stuff or use their grill. Surrounding trails are world class.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Visited on a Friday evening on a holiday weekend.

Crowded, but large enough that was not a problem at all. Kid and dog friendly. Beers i had were good. Brewing tanks visible behind bar through windows, nice. Large stage. Bathrooms decent not great. Fun place. In what seems like a touristy area, I'm sure they do pretty well.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.49/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

I have been here several times, always in the fall between October and December. The selection has been incredible and I have enjoyed the majority of the beers I sampled. The atmosphere is very cool and kid friendly. Cornhole and other games setup inside the main bar (which is open to the elements), and there is a great pizza place next door where you can get take out. They sell bottles of several beers and fill growlers also. Growlers are unique because they only sell what is pre-filled in the cooler, so not everything is an option and they only take their glass growlers on deposit. I would recommend to anyone in the Bryson City or surrounding areas. Great selection of unique merchandise also and a smaller bar that is heated for the winter months.

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Photo of joe1510
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

Nantahala seems to be the bar in Bryson City. It's right across the street from the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad depot. The first thing to catch your eye is the large, spacious, outdoor seating area, umbrellas and tables galore. The main entrance is grand. High ceilings, exposed beams, and a long, well lit bar highlight the interior. An impressive stage sits off to the left with a good sized open floor in front. The Saturday night I visited had a band playing and what seemed like every local singing, clapping, and drinking. There was certainly a buzz and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

There were 10-12 house beers on tap and a handful of NC guest taps. Bottles were also available but a little pricey. All of the house beers I sampled ranged from good to excellent and I sampled a lot. The guest taps were also very good, Mother Earth Silent Night being the best of the bunch, and damn good it was! The staff was super friendly. laid back, and quick to offer some local travel tips even with a busy bar. I spent most of my time out on the patio on a beautiful NC night. Everyone seemed to know everyone else and a lot of fun was being had.

Nantahala was great! Everything from the atmosphere, patrons, staff, and beer were all enjoyable. I had an excellent, fun, laidback time at this place and would highly recommend it to anyone that asked. A great brewery in a great part of America.

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Photo of gribos
3.97/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

pretty tasting room, but we were in the "green room" smaller tasting area, probably because it was pretty slow on a Wed pm. Very pleasant bartender, very knowledgable about all the offerings. Everything we had was good, double pale ale, porter, strong ale, certainly a good stop if you are in the area and it is after 4pm!

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

This place is all about atmosphere...and great beer of course ("8 foot drop" is a must-try for DIPA lovers). Located across the street from the Great Smokey Mtn Railway station, walk up the wooden stairs into a wide-open area that resembles an old-fashioned mountain lodge. A warm, inviting place to enjoy some of the best craft brews in the Ol' North State! A great way to end a day of riding the Tail of the Dragon, or hiking the Smokey Mountains!

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Photo of NoCurse2012
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The atmosphere at Nantahala was very nice. Long bar with comfortable bar stools and a couple of TV's. I liked the fact that they offered 4 oz samples for a buck and a half. This works well for those who are not sure what they want and for those with wives that wont drink a full pint. The cream ale was very smooth as was the 4 foot drop pale ale. I would highly recommend.

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Photo of wspscott
4/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

You walk into a large warehouse-like room with a couple of tables, some dart boards and a couple of cornhole boards. There is a large bar running the width of the room in the back, ~20 barstools. I liked the atmosphere/feeling of the place, but the doors were open and it was ~50 degrees inside. Given that my buddy and I had actually come in from a 4 day GSMNP trip that finished on a cold note, I actually went back to the car to get my hat and that was with us sitting under the heat lamps.

They don't serve food, but gave us a menu for the pizza place next door and said we were welcome to carry in, so we did. Pizza was not the best ever, but tasted great after 40 miles on the trail.

I had the Octoberfest and the porter, which were both very good. My friend had a 9% IPA with lemongrass and Sorachi Ace hops (the taste I had was great), I think he then had the "regular" IPA (he said that was fine, but nothing special). We finished by splitting a 750ml of the Trail Magic RIS which was supposedly bourbon barrel aged with some other stuff that I can't remember. We had it at room temperature (~55 degrees given the room). The bourbon barrel was very restrained, almost like it was a second fill, but the beer was excellent, very smooth with a little sweetness to balance the roast.

All in all, this was an excellent place to leave the trail. I suspect that we will plan some future trips to end here as well. I don't know what else is in Bryson City, but Nantahala Brewing Company is well worth a stop.

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Photo of Finatic
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I can't believe this awesome little brewery buried deep in the Appalachians has not yet been reviewed.

The brewery lies in the heart of downtown Bryson City right in front of the Great Smoky Railroad depot. It is located in an old renovated warehouse which gives it a great log Cabin homey kind of feeling. A wonderful atmosphere to partake in some craft beer drinking and sampling.

The quality and service at Nantahala Brewing are outstanding. Joe the bartender and caretaker is courteous and up on all the ins and outs of the brewery. I was lucky enough one weekend to meet Chris the head brewer and his wife who not only let me back in the brewery, but took time to give me a decent insight behind the scenes of brewing beer, great people who really love the craft beer scene.

Now to the beer, I'm a big IPA guy and that's Nantahala's signature brew, Noon Day IPA. It is nothing short of spectacular if you like floral, piny IPA's. They also have an excellent brown ale and a pretty decent pale ale. The times I have been there they always seem to have a guest beer on tap.

Overall a great brewery that always has me coming back when I visit Western Carolina at my buddy's Cabin.

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Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City, NC
3.9 out of 5 based on 315 ratings.
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