Who We Are

The Black Mountain Ale Trail is the first guided brewery tour in the Black Mountain area! You’ll get an inside look at the brewing process at some of our best breweries, which you won’t see on any other tour. The Black Mountain Ale
Trail provides a safe, affordable, and informative way for guests to explore local breweries and sample their beer, as well as learn more about the region as a whole.

What Our 'Treks' Look Like

We will begin each Trek in the parking lot behind Black Mountain Brewing, in the heart of downtown Black Mountain, NC. At Black Mountain Brewing, guests will be shown the brew house and fermentation tanks, with a brief description of the brewing process, followed by a beer tasting. From there, we will get on our bus and ride just up the road to Lookout Brewing Company, also located in Black Mountain. After Lookout, the bus will take you on the scenic route through Pisgah National Forest down the mountain to Old Fort and Hillman Beer: Old Fort’s first brewery! At Hillman, guests will be able to sit and enjoy the brewery’s creekside location, taste a few of their beers, and see the brew house, situated right inside the taproom! After Hillman, we’ll head back up the mountain and end the Trek back at Black Mountain Brewing, where guests will have a final beer tasting. Stick around to enjoy food from the on-site SMOKE food truck (not included in tour cost) or head out to continue your independent exploration of the beautiful Black Mountain area!

The Ale Trail offers non-drinker options for guests who want to experience the tour but not drink (enter coupon code NOBEER at checkout for non-drinker pricing. Further instructions for how to purchase a Non-Drinker ticket can be found under FAQ: How do I Purchase a Non-Drinker Ticket?). All are welcome! All drinking guests must have a valid driver’s license as proof of age. It is recommended that guests eat prior to arrival, and we ask that each guest self-monitor their consumption. Samples will be served in small quantities (roughly 4 to 6 oz.), however, if you feel you’ve had enough to drink on the Trek, it is not required that you finish each sample in its entirety!

Please plan to arrive at Black Mountain Brewing at least 10 minutes before the tour start time. Each Trek will last approximately 3.5 hours (this will vary slightly with weather, as well as from group-to-group), and will end back at Black Mountain Brewing in downtown Black Mountain, where there are plenty of dinner options.

NOTE: The stops on the trail are subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Alternative breweries will be used in these cases as substitute stops on the trail, so it is possible that not every Trek will hit the exact same breweries.

Please also note that, as a courtesy to our participating breweries, we close registration a day in advance so that we can notify them of our numbers for each tour, so be sure to book ahead of time!

At each location there will be a window of time following the tastings during which guests can purchase packaged beer to take with them, as well as souvenirs and merchandise from their favorite brewery!

We look forward to seeing you on the Trail!

The Ale Trail is a great way to see and try local beer whether you're brand new to town or are native to the area. The guide and servers were hospitable, warm, and engaging, and not only did I drink some of the best beer in the state, but I learned the details of how it is made and the techniques on how to properly taste it! This is a must-do!

Mary G.