After 2 weeks of delightful travel all over the Northeast, it was time we got back to exploring our wonderful state of North Carolina. Back in the springtime, we had seen that Old Crow Medicine Show was coming to Asheville, NC. Mountains and Old Crow? What could be better!?
(In case you missed the blog where we checked out the camping scene in preparation, read it here)
We knew exactly where to camp and what to do this trip! We saw the Asheville KOA campground was right up the road from the brewery where the concert was going to be held. It had a pond and a decent size campground for us to try out our recent toy purchase...mountain bikes! Not to mention, there were plenty of breweries in the area for us to test out as well! We set off early Saturday morning and planned to take the Monday off from work, due to the concert being on Sunday evening. When we got to the campground, we unpacked and roamed around a little bit. LunaBear was quite happy to be in the mountains where it was a bit cooler air.
If you know me at all, you know that dogs are my world, followed closely by beer. I follow all the local NC animal shelters and humane societies on social media (mostly so I can cry to Cameron about all the dogs I want to rescue.) In Asheville, there is one called Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, and it just so happened that the weekend we were there, they were having an event with puppies and beer! I begged Cameron to go and it was a very easy win, so we ventured off to the antique store where the event was happening. All proceeds of purchases went to their rescue. We checked out the vendors and booths and came across the best booth of all. PUPPIES and BEER! That's right there was a pen you could get in and play with the puppies. Obviously I had to get in.... the only problem was with a certain dog of ours that gets mighty jealous. I wont name names, because that's rude of me, but a big floofy black bear may or may not have tried to climb into the puppy cage with me, while getting her leash caught on the side and tearing down the pen where the puppies were. Okay, her name was Luna, and it was an embarrassing dog parent moment for us. With red faces and tails hung, we decided it was best for everyone if we moved on.
We saw the Asheville ale trail was an option and decided to make our own modified trail... as we tend to do. We started at Highland Brewing, one of Cameron's favorite breweries. We knew they had a great venue, but we had never seen it in person. It was not until we arrived that we realized the scope of their setup. Not only did they have a massive tap room with outdoor seating, they had a rooftop area for private events, a soccer/activity field that could also be re-purposed as a concert venue with a stage AND a cute little beer garden. It was a massive property and also quite peopley, so we sat and people watched while enjoying our beers. We walked around and took some pictures enjoying all the different spots they had to offer before heading to brewery number 2.
The Asheville area has really become one of the best craft brewery towns in the country. It's hard to choose which ones you should go to. We were getting a little hungry so we deiced on Hillman Brewing because they also offered food as well. It was delicious! And much quieter than Highland. We sat enjoying the nice weather, company and beer before calling it a day and heading back to the campground for the night.
He likes pizza.