Discover the local beers in Sylva
Most beer fans know that Asheville, North Carolina is a pilgrimage destination thanks to its more than 40 breweries, but the small mountain town of Sylva, about an hour southwest of “Beer City USA,” has three fascinating breweries within a mile of each other on the town’s quaint main drag. The Sneak E Squirrel is a rag-tag brewery cobbled together by a group of hyper-intelligent and driven friends who also like to gather during the evenings for board games and mystery theater parties. Located next to the train tracks that run through downtown Sylva, Heinzelmännchen Beer is a German-style taproom that refers to itself as “your gnometown brewery,” and the tiny wood gnomes of fairy tales and Travelocity ads adorn almost every corner of the quaint space. Working out of a tiny brewing system, owner Dieter Kuhn produces unfiltered altbiers, the same kinds of beers made in the warmer parts of his homeland in Germany, which has similar weather and terrain to Sylva.
Innovation Brewing Company is probably the best-known and most respected brewery in Sylva, and it’s just a short stroll from the other two brewhouses along Main St. The talented staffers aren’t afraid to experiment with traditional beer-making styles, as the name implies. There’s always something new to try on the board of 25-plus beers, and a permanent food truck on premise provides something to soak up some of those fine IPAs and Pale Ales.