Asheville's Innovative Drinking Scene

Original Article: A Guide to Asheville’s Innovative Drinking Scene
By Matt Kirouac, The Culture Trip

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With more breweries per capita than almost any other city in the country, Asheville has long been known as a craft beer hub, and the city continues to innovate in the drinks department by utilizing local Appalachian ingredients.

Of late, the North Carolina city has welcomed a wide variety of new entries, raising the bar with unique beer bars and outlets focusing on sake, wine, gin and more.

 
Gin takes the stage at The Chemist, a suave new tasting room from Apothecary Beverage Company | © The Chemist

Gin takes the stage at The Chemist, a suave new tasting room from Apothecary Beverage Company | © The Chemist

If there’s one drink more synonymous with Appalachia than beer, it’s moonshine. A new wave of distillers in Asheville is incorporating local ingredients to create spirits that are as pure as they are delicious. One recent example is The Chemist, a gin-focused tasting room from Apothecary Beverage Company. The downtown bar features a polished motif inspired by pre-Prohibition apothecaries, including glass-enclosed cabinets reminiscent of vintage pharmacy shelves – but in this case, citrusy gin line the shelves. Trinkets like barware, aprons and accessories, all of which are available for purchase, fill the other shelves.