The Top Breweries in Hendersonville

1. Sanctuary Brewing Company

147 First Avenue E, Google Map 

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“Must visit!  Great beer, cider, music, events, and vegan food!  Now there is a vegan café inside the brewery with delicious food.  Don’t forget dessert, the cupcakes are off the chain!”

“In 2014 Joe, with the help of his amazingly supportive partner Lisa, attended Blue Ridge College’s Craft Beverage Program where he earned a certificate from the Institute of Brewing & Distilling. The certificate turned into an internship with Wicked Weed which soon became full-time employment, helping to set up the sour facility at Wicked Weed’s Funkatorium. In 2015 Joe & Lisa opened Sanctuary Brewing Company which has been a staple of downtown Hendersonville ever since. Featuring 16 drafts and live entertainment 7 nights a week Sanctuary has been a Sanctuary to scores of tourists and locals alike. To date Sanctuary has won a total of 6 medals at the North Carolina Brewers Competition, including 3 gold medals for beers from lagers styles to double IPA. Sanctuary Brewing has also won best bar and best live music venue in Henderson county 3 years in a row.”

”Through the vision of Lisa and Joe, Sanctuary Brewing has created a Kindness Wall at the brewery, where those in need can take seasonal clothing, umbrellas, and essentials bags filled with basic necessities. Sanctuary also hosts Help4Hendo community days where people can get free haircuts, job placement assistance, and health checks. In addition, in the three years since its opening SBC has raised more than $10,000 for environmental, social justice, and animal advocacy charities. Under the umbrella of their Kindness Empire nonprofit, Sweet Bear Rescue Farm is Lisa and Joe’s latest venture, where they serve as caretaker to nearly 40 non-human residents including dogs, cats, chickens, goats, pigs, and a lovely turkey named George. “

2. Southern Appalachian Brewery

822 Locust Street, Google Map

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“Great open space, friendly and knowledgeable staff.  They will let you taste before you commit to your full glass.  Great beers! Food truck outside to grab some grub.”

“We are a local microbrewery based in Hendersonville, North Carolina (about 20 miles south of Asheville). We look forward to seeing you in the tasting room!”

3. Triskelion Brewing Company

340 7th Avenue E, Google Map

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 “I love this brewery!  This is my absolute favorite place for great beer. The building has a gorgeous interior with plenty of places to sit.   The bartenders were friendly and happy to make suggestions based on what I told them. Firefly was my favorite.”

“Triskelion Brewing Company is dedicated to bringing you damn good beer. That’s it. That’s our goal. We like to do other stuff too… but primarily… here at the tap house, our main objective is simply to produce the best beer we can possibly make.  Well, and encourage you to try it. 

Located in Hendersonville’s Historic 7th Avenue district, we encourage you to come down and experience the growing brewery scene in our small town. You’ll love it. 

Stop in for a cold pint next time you cruise though our little section of the Appalachian Mountains.”

4. Dry Falls Brewing

425 Kanuga Road, Google Map

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“Bright, open concept, large bar, and the best porter I have ever tasted.  The porter was so smooth and tasty, that it could be dangerous! Great bartenders, too!”

“Dry Falls Brewing Co. started out as a dream between father and son while sitting in a brewery on family vacation. Romanticizing the idea while drinking a flight of twenty-four different brews, Jeff and Evan found their next father/son hobby. Jeff took to idea first brewing extract kit beers with a co-worker. After the first brew day, Jeff was hooked. He called his son and they talked at great length about starting to brew as a hobby. They dove into books on brewing and purchased homebrewing equipment. They decided to brew full grain, just like the pros!”

Top 5 Family-Friendly Places in Hendersonville

Hendersonville has long had a reputation as a retirement town, but that reputation is slowly being dismantled. Every year, there seems to be more and more young families moving to the area, and why wouldn’t they? Hendersonville has many of the same draws as Asheville, but it is able to maintain its small town charm. So, if you and your family are looking for some activities to partake in, you don’t have to look outside of Hendersonville to find them. Check out our top five list of family-friendly places in Hendersonville.

The Carl Sandburg Home

Poet, writer, and activist Carl Sandburg called Flat Rock home from 1945-1967, and his home is now a part of the National Parks Service. At the home, visitors will find well-maintained walking trails, and a wonderfully preserved piece of history. The home is lovingly restored and maintained as if frozen in time in the 1960s. Young children love to visit the goat barn and spend time learning about goats from the dedicated  Parks Service volunteers. If visitors wish to challenge themselves, they can hike all the way up to Big Glassy and take in a fantastic view, one that Carl Sandburg himself gazed upon many of times.

Main Street

The Main Street of Hendersoville is often lauded for its charm, and there is good reason. Lined with a variety of shops, Main Street offers something to everyone. Children will love visiting Dancing Bear toy store and the barrels of old-fashioned candy at Mast General store. If families want to stop for a special treat, there is no bakery finer than McFarland’s. In addition to all that, Main Street also boasts the children’s museum, Hands On and the ECCO Aquarium. 

Hooker Falls

Hooker Falls is a favorite hike no matter the season, but it’s especially fun in the summer. This is a relatively short hike, which makes it easy to accomplish with children in tow, but what’s fun about it is getting to play in the water. This is a popular swimming destination because the pool below the fall is part of a larger lake, and there is not a strong current. However, swimmers should still use precaution and never try to climb or jump from the fall. 

Southern Appalachian Brewery

Going to breweries are a family affair around here. Most breweries in the area cater to families and offer play spaces to kids. Southern Appalachian has a great space for kids to run around and play while mom and dad enjoy a well-deserved brew. On most evenings, Southern Appalachian has a food truck on premises, but patrons are also allowed to bring in their own food making this a great place for both grownups and kids alike.

The Oklawaha Greenway Trail

The Oklawaha Greenway Trail connects Berkley Mills Park, Patton Park, and Jackson Park. This trail is fully paved and mostly flat with a few exceptions. This trail is great for family bike rides because of the playgrounds at Patton and Jackson Park, and because of the trail’s proximity to restaurants and breweries in the Seventh Avenue District.

The Top 10 Burgers In Hendersonville, NC

1. Binion Roadhouse

1565 Four Seasons Blvd.  Google Map

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We had a cheeseburger with hickory smoked bacon and pimento cheese. Excellent. The rolls are to die for. Should have taken the leftovers home…oops.  Allie promised us great service and she delivered. The meal was just as ordered, and she was always there to help.”

“We think grilling outside and home cooking is great fun!  But preparing excellent food seven days a week, for 1000’s of people is a serious business…so we’re here when you need us!”

2. Flat Rock Wood Room

1501 Greenville Hwy, Google Map

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Our restaurant prepares award winning barbecue meats and gourmet wood fired brick oven pizzas. With a state-of-the-art smoker, Flat Rock Wood Room smokes pork, brisket, and chicken which are used to create our appetizing sandwiches. Our barbecue restaurant does not stop there, we also create one of a kind entrees such as pulled pork platters, St. Louis full rack rib platters, smoked 1/2 chicken platters, and brisket patters, just to mention a few. Maybe BBQ is not what you crave, no problem, we also specialize in wood fired oven pizzas. With our Neapolitan pizza oven, we are sure to please the most discriminating taste buds serving our flavorful pizzas.”

Just fabulous, burgers and the pizza is to die for, the service is great, and the ambience is just perfect to enjoy a beer and some good company!”

3. Hot Dog World

226 Kanuga Street, Hendersonville, NC Google Map

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“The secret to our success is simple: Take care of our staff so that together, as a team, we can provide our customers a great quality of food made fresh in front of them, outstanding service, in a clean and friendly atmosphere, and always at a great value.”

Whenever we’re in town we plan on eating here. Everyone can get what they want from burgers and hotdogs to grilled cheese and soups. Taco salads, gyros, Reubens, milkshakes. You can’t go wrong! The parking lot’s usually full and the line is long, but that typically indicates a good place to eat. The line moves pretty quickly considering how many people are dining and there’s always been a table open. The dining room is clean and there’s enclosed patio seating as well. We got house hotdogs, pimento cheeseburger, grilled cheese, fries and tots – all delicious. And spent just a few bucks more than we do at fast food joints. We’ll continue eating here when our family’s in town.

4. Postero

401 N. Main Street, Google Map

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Welcome to Postero. Inspired by the great American melting pot of culinary cultures and techniques, this is our next adventure in New American cuisine. We’re adding a dash of modern-day flavor to the traditional recipes we’ve loved for so long, creating upscale dining experience like no other in Hendersonville. So, come see what we have in store and take a taste of what’s next.”

Postero never ceases to delight me. From shrimp and grits to an awesome hamburger. Their comfort food is so much more. Lively atmosphere, attentive service, creative food. All in a downtown location.”

5. Brandy’s on Main

111 S. Main Street, Google Map

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Lance and Cindy have partnered together to bring their talents to Hendersonville to provide a fine dining experience with a casual ambience. As chefs at Brandy’s on Main we prepare every dish to order. We always try to have your food out of the kitchen in a short time, but we will never compromise your food by rushing the order. Please understand that although it may take a little longer, it is guaranteed to always be excellent.”

Had a group of eight and had a variety of appetizers and entrees. Everyone was very complimentary of the food and our waitress was awesome – great personality and very helpful in choosing wine and menu items. Nice atmosphere with good background music. You can depend on good food and friendly service.”

6. Never Blue

119 S. Main Street, Google Map

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We offer a variety of cuisines from around the world and pride ourselves on great food, unique cocktails, amazing desserts, locally-sourced ingredients, and providing you with the best dining experience possible.”

Everything from the craft drinks to the tapas were amazing! Top recommendations go to the Duck Wontons and burger and onion rings!”

7. Brooks Tavern

142 3rd Avenue, Google Map

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“We give our patrons the option of signature and build-your-own burgers, amazing fries, and great onion rings.   We use Certified Angus Beef and meet is always fresh, not frozen. Draft beers are served in 20-ounce glass, not the standard 16-ounce.”

Excellent food, ambiance is easy going. The wait staff are friendly and there is a nice selection of beers and wines. We had the fish and chips and wedge salad with grilled burger. They were both delicious.

8. Harry’s Grill & Piggy’s Ice

102 Duncan Hill Road, Google Map

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Harry and Sallie Thompson started Piggy’s Ice Cream Parlor in 1979. They ran the shop from May to November with their three sons: Todd, Michael, and Jeff. Piggy’s sold ice cream and antiques. In 1992, they decided to expand and build a restaurant on site. The restaurant opened in May of 1993, four months after Harry died suddenly from a heart attack. Sallie and the boys decided to name the restaurant after him. Today Harry’s Grill and Piggy’s Ice Cream Parlor are open year-round. The place is a local favorite serving hamburgers, hot dogs, barbeque and more at reasonable prices. The ice cream parlor is also open year-round and is known for its thick shakes and fantastic banana splits”

Fantastic little restaurant. friendly staff, great food. we were visiting my aunt and we decided to try this place. we all enjoyed it so much, we went back again. The patty melt was the best I have had in a long time. nice collection of license plates, childhood memorabilia. will have to go back to try the dessert, sandwich was filling.”

9. Hannah Flanagan’s Pub

300 N. Main Street, Google Map

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We are happy to help with large party reservations, carryout orders or to answer questions about how good the food is (this IS an Irish Pub & Eatery after all) or how to quench your thirst in the best possible way (did we mention the Irish Pub part already???)”

First time in Hendersonville downtown and Hannah Flanagan’s. Pleasantly surprised by both. Lively main Street and pub. Excellent burgers and beer on tap. We will return.”

10. Black Rose Pub

222 N. Main Street, Google Map

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Black Rose Public House is an Irish pub located in downtown Hendersonville. We offer a variety of American and Irish sandwiches and entrees, as well as daily drink specials, a full bar, and 36 hand-picked taps.”

Great food and atmosphere. If you are a burger aficionado, they make a killer burger. Nice selection of craft beers and a full liquor bar. Black Rose has a nice small local pub feel with friendly servers and staff. It’s a nicely decorated simple place”

The 10 Best Pizza Places In Hendersonville

1. West First Wood-Fired

101 First Ave W, Google Map | Website

“At West First Wood-Fired we create handcrafted food with a Mediterranean aesthetic, and feature whole-wheat thin crust pizza, organic pastas, rustic salads, soups, desserts, and breads.:

“The pizza from the wood-fired oven was wonderful.  They offer unique toppings.  Be aware that the personal-size pizza is still LARGE!  Thank goodness for takeout boxes.”

2. Flat Rock Wood Room

1501 Greenville Hwy, Google Map | Website | Facebook

“Our restaurant prepares award winning barbecue meats and gourmet wood fired brick oven pizzas. With a state-of-the-art smoker, Flat Rock Wood Room smokes pork, brisket, and chicken which are used to create our appetizing sandwiches. Our barbecue restaurant does not stop there, we also create one of a kind entrees such as pulled pork platters, St. Louis full rack rib platters, smoked 1/2 chicken platters, and brisket patters, just to mention a few. Maybe BBQ is not what you crave, no problem, we also specialize in wood fired oven pizzas. With our Neapolitan pizza oven, we are sure to please the most discriminating taste buds serving our flavorful pizzas.”

“Just fabulous pizza and the ribs are to die for.  The service is great, and the ambience is just perfect to enjoy a beer, pizza, and some good company.”

3. Two Guys Pizza and Ribs

1307 7th Avenue E, Google Map | Website | Facebook

Peace, Love, and Pizza

“Cool place, great food, and awesome customer service!  Can’t say enough about this place.  The food was great, and everyone was extremely friendly!  We will definitely come back next time we are in town.”

4. Pi-Squared

1972 Haywood Rd, Google Map | Website | Facebook

“To understand why Pi-Squared is the truly intelligent way to enjoy Detroit-style pizza, you’ll need a bit of backstory. The inspiration for this particular pie came from American troops returning from Europe after World War II, who began clamoring for the deep-dish pizza they’d fallen in love with overseas. Demand for this culinary curio echoed through Detroit until it reached the doorstep of a popular Prohibition-era speakeasy (colloquially called a “blind pig”), whose enterprising owner answered the call by using his Sicilian wife’s family dough recipe as the foundation for an entirely new pizza variety – one boasting a thick, moist crust layered with pepperoni and made crispy around the edges by an infusion of baked cheese, and then finished with seasoned tomato sauce on top”

“The pizza is great (especially if you like the Detroit-type pizza).  Good service, clean place.  The cheesy bread is about the tastiest thing I have ever put in my mouth!

5. Favilla’s New York Pizza

2111 Asheville, Hwy, Google Map | Website

“Best Italian Restaurant in Hendersonville. Come and get your Sicilian Pizza Hot! Makes your mouth water!!! Come on by”

“We have tried them all and Favilla’s is absolutely the bests pizza in Hendersonville.  Real New York style pizza made by real New Yorkers.  Have been here at least 20 times, always great!”

6. HSP Pizzeria

1620 Brevard Rd, Google Map | Website

“We are all about the love of food and family. Everything served, from Alfredo sauce to specialty pizza’s, is made using the freshest ingredients. The objective of this family business isn’t to make that sale for the day, but a customer and a friend for life. Hendersonville Pizzeria is a casual dining restaurant, catering for any size, and lunch served Monday through Friday. So, whether you phone in or stroll in, experience food that many consider “off the chain.”

“Pizza was delicious!!  Atmosphere was bright and welcoming.  Staff was friendly and attentive.  Music was a mix of classics, 80’s, and contemporary.  Very family friendly environment.  We will be back to try more items!”

7. Mona Lisa Pizza

785 N. Church St, Google Map | Website

“Franco welcomes you to Mona Lisa of Hendersonville. He was born in Italy in the region of Abruzzo, “Teramo” east of Rome, and moved to the states in 1980. Franco has owned various restaurants in the Orlando, Florida area and has been reviewed and acclaimed by food critics such as Scott Joseph, The Zagat Magazine and others. Today, he is at your service doing what he does best; Creating dishes and sauces with a smile, while saying hello to patrons thru the food window.”

“The food was fantastic, served in old world charm, everyone was having a good time.  Good food, wine, and beer).

8. Marco’s Pizza

310 7th Avenue, Google Map | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

“Founded in Oregon, Ohio, just outside of Toledo, we’ve been serving primo pizza since 1978. We got here by doing things the Italian way, because when your founder is a native Italian, you take pride in serving authentic Italian quality. Our dedication to quality has made us one of the fastest growing pizza chains in America, providing plenty of primo moments and opportunities along the way.”

“Delicious pizza and amazing customer service.”

9. Mezzaluna Brick Oven & Taphouse

226 N. Main St, Google Map | Website

“Fifteen years ago, in San Miguel de Cozumel, an American family stepped into a quaint European restaurant owned by an Italian family. During the meal they delighted in a dining experience unlike anything they had ever known. With only the freshest of bread and the savoriest of entrees, the small restaurant left more than just satisfied customers, it left a spark of inspiration. In the summer of 2008, that spark of inspiration, cultivated and refined, opened its doors to become Mezzaluna.  Located in the heart of downtown Hendersonville, North Carolina, Mezzaluna is a fine Italian dining experience offering elegant cuisine, gourmet wood-fired pizza, and an extensive beverage selection.”

“Great, great food and service!  Stopped in while on vacation and we were so impressed with the pizza – delicious!  The salad and fettuccine were also great!”

10. Mike’s Pizza and Pasta

803 Spartanburg Hwy, Google Map | Website

“From our secret family marina recipe to our menu full of traditional and unique Italian offerings.  Check out our menu!   We also have a room capable of holding up to 50 people for large gatherings or family-reunions. “

“Great pizza, calzones, fettuccine alfredo and the best garlic knots anywhere.  Family owned, reasonably priced, eat in or take out.  Best we have ever had.”

The 6 Best Hot Dog Joints In Hendersonville

1. Hot Dog World

226 Kanuga Street, Hendersonville, NC Google Map

“The secret to our success is simple: Take care of our staff so that together, as a team, we can provide our customers a great quality of food made fresh in front of them, outstanding service, in a clean and friendly atmosphere, and always at a great value.”

“What a great restaurant.  If you want a flavorful hot dog (or Greek salad for that matter), this is the place to eat.”

2. Great American Hot Dog

808 Greenville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC  Google Map

“The Great American Hot Dog & Seafood is an American family-owned and operated restaurant located in Hendersonville, NC. We are known for our natural casing hot dogs, delicious burgers and fries, and the freshest seafood in the area. In fact, our seafood is flown in directly from Maine. No one else around here does that!”

“Great hot dogs, amazing seafood, crispy fries, and lightly breaded onion rings. “

3. Burgerworx

638 Spartanburg Hwy, Hendersonville, NC  Google Map

“Best dogs, burgers, and fries in town”

4. Cook Out

2546 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC  Google Map

“The food here was amazing, especially for the price.  It was delicious and we ate every bite”

5. Orr’s Family Restaurant

3228 Spartanburg Hwy, Hendersonville, NC  Google Map

“Awesome country cooking, I challenge you to find better food.  Good food at a good price.”

6. Papa’s Dog House

108 W. Blue Ridge Rd, Flat Rock, NC  Google Map

“I recommend them for anyone that happens to be traveling along the 25 and needs a quick lunch and/or need to gas up.  Better alternative than the fast-food joints.”

Valentine’s Day Events: No Reservation

Maybe expensive wine and chocolate isn’t quite your style. Maybe you crave a Valentine’s Day that is more casual and affordable. Or, maybe you would rather spend Valentine’s Day surrounded by a group of friends rather than one special someone. If that’s the case, check out our roundup of local Valentine’s Day events that do not require a reservation.

Valentine’s Day at Dry Falls Brewing (February 14th 12pm-12 am, Music at 8pm)

Dry Falls Brewing is one of the newer breweries in Hendersonville, and it is proving itself to be quite popular. Located on Kanuga Road, it’s close to Main Street while being far enough away that parking is much more accesible. Dry Falls will be pouring a special new beer for Valentine’s Day, and the band Trio de Janiero will be playing music starting at 8:00 pm. The Usual Suspects food truck will also be there in case you need some snacks while enjoying delcious beer.

Valentine’s Day ‘Steal the Pint’ at Bold Rock Cider (February 14th 11am-10pm)

Bold Rock is just outside of Hendersonville in Mills River, but it can still boast a Henderson County address. On Valentine’s Day, customers will receive a complimentary “Apple of my Eye,” pint glass with any purchase of a 16 ounce cider. They will also be featuring the classic romantic comedy, Sleepless in Seattle, on their jumbo screen. 

Valentine’s Date Giveway at Timber Axe Throwing (February 14th 5pm-11pm)

This one does technically require a reservation, but there is still plenty of time, and this Valentine’s Day date could come with a sweet surprise. For every couple that makes a reservation to throw axes on the 14th, they will be entered into a giveaway for two passes to the Biltmore Estate. Try something a little adventurous for Valentine’s Day, and you may end up with two dates instead of one!

Valentine’s Day at Sanctuary Brewing Company (February 14th at 8pm)

Rounding out our list is Sanctuary Brewing Company. Located on First and Main, Sanctuary Brewing Company is known for their tasty beer and passion for animals. They’re known for being vegan friendly and spreading kindness throughout the community. On the 14th, the band Stray Mutt with Ashley Bean will be performing starting at 8:00 pm.

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