Innovation Brewing

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144 Ratings

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

414 W Main St
Sylva, North Carolina, 28779-5548
United States

(828) 586-9678 | map

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Added by AMDGFenter on 04-19-2014

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by Miles_in_beer_city:
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4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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Photo of MTKATL
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Bluescooter
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Tjb14
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of cjohnson
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of RockyM72
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Very nice little brewery in the small town of Sylva, NC. I tried several brews and finally took with me the Black Balsam and Two wheelin imperial stout.
I like the place, very small, rustic bar with a few small tables and a food truck outside, It was a cold winter with temperatures between 15 and low 20°. Even though is in a very small town, the vibe is great, beer selection not huge but a couple of beers are really worth to try. Not so many places to go if you are in the area, so you'll definitely be here and I'm sure you'll find something good.

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Photo of The-Beav
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Small but cool place, went on a jazz Thursday. Three piece band. Food truck outside serves the best burger around.

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Photo of tmm313
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Overall I was not very impressed. I went while they were having keg line issues, so lots of beer was off. The selection was extensive but several choices were N/A for me. I thought the beer was pretty average, nothing really good. It is right next to a trashy looking creek and overall was not very clean.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Second stop on the "Bro's NC Brewery Tour"...Visited with Bro, Bob Shields and Spanky the day before we rode the Dragon's Tail in Deal's Gap. Cool spot in the little town of Sylva. Good selection of good beers.

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Photo of KingEdward
4.43/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Jfishe13313
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of scottyboy1980
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of AngusOg
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Visited on a Weds afternoon around 5 pm. The place was packed, so I figure that speaks volumes about the quality. They also had a band playing, which i'm not sure if that added to the crowd or not. Nice outdoor seating area with a food truck, that seemed to be where most of the action was. Inside was more seating, a few booths and tables, and an L shaped bar. I was surprised by the number of beers they had on, plus a couple guest taps. This was a fun brewery spot with a bit of that "Asheville" vibe, I would definitely go back.

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Photo of hotoberfest
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

For just over year on the scene, they have done extremely well to offer as much variety as is on tap. Beers range from good to very good. Food truck on site, river flowing 28" away, attentive staff, 24 taps, I just need a hammock.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of ufgat0r
4.64/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Small brewery with a large and varied selection of taps 9 beers listed as "mainstays" and another 11 (was 12) specials. 22 taps available. I have tried 8 (they have flights of 5) and all were good to excellent.
Booths, tables a nice bar inside, plus a small creekside patio out the door. Excellent service. Chill vibe.
Well worth going a bit out of the way to visit this brewpub.

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Photo of abb610
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

What a great brewery!!!! Everything i drank was solid. Kiwi berliner weiss, bourbon barrel pumpkin, oatmeal raisin cookie were all standouts. Both their ipa and dipa were simply amazing. I would put those two up against every dipa and ipa in the carolinas. All of the standard styles were spot on and had incredible mouth feels. Simply put, these guys are killing it!!!

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Wonderful place perched on a bluff overlooking a rough looking creek. Wow, what an array of suds! No in-house grub but there is a food truck outside with decent comestibles. Very friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff. When in the area make it a point to visit. I especially liked the Berliner Weisse.

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Photo of raby2375
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

This is an excellent recent addition to the downtown Sylva area. I visited for the first time a couple months back and find myself going back on a weekly basis. I counted roughly 18 active beers on tap when I visited last week. The beers vary, my favorite beer is the Double IPA but they were sold out of it the last couple of times I was there. They also do a good job of infusing fruits and other flavors into their beer to create a good variety. I have tried their Wild-berry blonde, Black IPA, ESB, Belgian Tripel, lite and so on. They have something for everyone. They don't have any food on the inside, but keep a food truck on the outside so you can make a dinner date out of it.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Innovation Brewing in Sylva, NC
Brewery rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 144 ratings