Nantahala Brewing Company

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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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4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Great cavernous, woody-smelling hang, right on the GSMRR trax in Bryson. Large selection of top notch brews, schwag, projector screens and a nice, but small jam stage, very helpful and knowledgeable staff (shout out Cory). Killer local harvest foods menu on their other place down the block. Trail Mutt, Porter, Stout, name it, and they probably have one that is good to great. Every thing I had there I will get again..

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4.01/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

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4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.14/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of AJNIDEK
5/5  rDev +14.7%
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%
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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4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

It was a little cold, but a great place for beer and watching a game.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.49/5  rDev +3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of joe1510
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.84/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Photo of gribos
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
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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3.01/5  rDev -31%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 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!
Update...Don't know why, but they don't fill growlers anymore (10-07-17...claimed they had too many complaints about "flat/bad beer...which should be BS as everyone knows growlers aren't meant for more than 24-48hrs at most!) This is only an issue for those of us that visit the area once a year and like to enjoy their brew elsewhere, i.e. our hotel room across the street from the casio in Cherokee. AND...they stated they do not produce 8ftDrop anymore! WTH?!?!?!?

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of NoCurse2012
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City, NC
Brewery rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 380 ratings