December 18, 2012

Southern Appalachian Brewery & Dupont State Forest

Triple Falls, Dupont State Forest
Despite rainy weather for most of the weekend, my girlfriend and I managed to avoid it on Saturday as we explored a bit of Western North Carolina with our new four-legged companion. We ventured first to Dupont State Forest, about 50 minutes south of Asheville and 15-20 from Brevard. The plan: do some hiking, see some waterfalls, then check out Southern Appalachian Brewery in nearby Hendersonville.

Dupont State Forest

After a nice drive through rural North Carolina, passing farms and horses and sheep along the way, we entered Dupont State Forest and parked at the Hooker Falls parking area.

I'm no Bill Bryson, but I do enjoy a walk in the woods from time to time. Even though this was mid-December and only the evergreen foliage remained, the beauty of the area was stunning. On a 2-3 hour hike along well-maintained trails, we saw multiple waterfalls, including Triple Falls and High Falls.

Pictures sometimes speak louder than words so I'm going to let them do most of the talking about our hike. Let me just highly recommend this itinerary if you're ever in the area.

View from the base of Triple Falls, Dupont State Forest
High Falls, Dupont State Forest
Southern Appalachian Brewery, Hendersonville, NC

To wrap up the afternoon, we took our happy mutt into historic Hendersonville. A quaint downtown area, it looked like something out of a Christmas movie from the 1950s. We grabbed some falafel sandwiches from the Black Bear Cafe and made our way to the brewery.

Walking in, we saw a huge side patio, perfect for cornhole and lounging in the sun. Given the temperature, we went inside, where friendly dogs are welcome.

The Southern Appalachian Brewery in its Hendersonville location is relatively new, opening in the summer of 2011. The brewery was actually founded in 2003 by husband and wife team Andy and Kelly Cubbin and called Appalachian Craft Brewery.

We ordered a sampler of their six beers and were quite impressed with their range of full-flavored beers, including:

    southern appalachian brewery hendersonville
  • Bohemian Pilsner - Respectably hoppy with 6% ABV
  • Belgian Blonde - A yeast character reminiscent of a Belgian wit, solid pale malt backbone (6.5%)
  • Autumn Ale - Features strong caramel and toffee notes (5.6%)
  • IPA - Very hoppy and complex with some nice fruit notes (7%)
  • Copperhead Amber - Malt forward and sessionable (5.5%)
  • Black Bear Stout - Super roasty with loads of coffee and a hint of licorice (5.5%)

It's always a tough choice when confronted by a such a tasty lineup, but given our previous adventure, we went for a pint of the Pilsner. We noticed that there a couple of upcoming charity events, so in the spirit of the holiday season, I thought I would share. Get out there, support local, and support good causes!

Furry Friends Fundraising Film Festival

  • Tuesday, January 8th, 6pm-9pm
  • $10, rsvp at SAB
  • All proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Humane Society
  • Films include "From Grain to Glass: Brewing Black Bear Stout with Brewmaster Andy Cubbin" and "A Day at the Dog Park: A short film of HiDef ProGo footage taken from a dog's point of view."

A Carolina Christmas
  • Sunday, December 23rd, 6:30pm-10pm
  • No cover!
  • A benefit for Heifer International
  • Live music with w/ Old North State & Special Guests

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