Three cheers for Waynesville’s three craft breweries

N.C.'s Beer Month continues
By Haywood County Tourist Development Authority | Apr 09, 2014

With 100 breweries and counting, there is no question that North Carolina is one of the country’s top craft beer states.

The entire month of April has been designated as North Carolina Beer Month to celebrate our amazing ales and the creative brewers behind them. NC Beer Month, which is a joint effort of the North Carolina Division of  Tourism and the North Carolina Brewers Guild, honors this innovative industry with special events, festivals, tours, tastings and all things beer.

If you want to participate, make plans to join the festivities right here in Waynesville. The town is the proud home of three craft microbreweries: BearWaters Brewing Company, Frog Level Brewing and Tipping Point Tavern & Brewery. All located within a 2-mile radius of each other, you can conveniently enjoy their one-of-a-kind brews while experiencing all the charm and beauty that downtown Waynesville has to offer.

BearWaters Brewing Company, 130 Frazier St, Waynesville

Located in an industrial warehouse structure, you may not know that this building houses some of the most award-winning brews in Western North Carolina, but after one taste you will see what we’re talking about. BearWaters Brewing artfully crafts its beer from English tradition with a blend of true American style.

Many of the regularly flowing brews give nod to the area’s well-known rivers and creeks like the Sliding Rock Ale and Shining Creek Bourbon Aged Red. Beyond that you can find numerous creative brews rotating throughout the year like the Sunburst Saison and Pecan Pie Porter.  BearWaters also hosts live music and entertainment throughout the week.  For a full schedule of upcoming events, including NC Beer Month festivities, visit:


Frog Level Brewing, 56 Commerce St., Waynesville

Jump on down to the historic Frog Level area of Waynesville and experience one of the most “hop”pening craft breweries around. Located on the banks of Richland Creek, Frog Level Brewing is known for its fine froggy brews and back porch beer garden.  Some of the favorite brews on tap include the Catcher in the Rye, Tadpole Porter, Salamander Slam IPA and Hopscotch Ale.

Frog Level Brewing also brought a whole new meaning to the term “homegrown” recently when it released the first all Haywood County hopped beer in over 150 years.  Named the “Frog P” Pale Ale, the beer was created with 100 percent Haywood County grown hops that were farmed and harvested just down the road at H&K Hops Yard in Canton.

It was so popular that it sold out in only two days from the release. Frog Level also hosts live music and entertainment Thursday – Saturday and will be honoring NC Beer Month with a Home Brew Competition and Chili Cook-off on April 19. For a full schedule of upcoming events and to learn more about the Home Brew Competition and Chili Cook-off visit:


Tipping Point Brewery and Tavern, 190 N. Main St., Waynesville

Take a stroll down Waynesville’s historic Main St. and stop in at the only brewery in town where great craft beer goes hand in hand with fresh local food. Tipping Point Brewery and Tavern is Haywood County’s only brewpub and there is no doubt that great beer is their passion.

The Tavern (as the locals loving call it) currently has three tasty taps on hand: Chunky Girl Amber, Hiking Viking, and the Punch in the Face IPA. In addition they serve up a delicious menu of lunch and dinner offerings that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest palates. As one of the town’s favorite gathering spots, there is often live music along with plenty of friendly folks to meet while visiting.  For more information, visit