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“Hops” Sierra Nevada Brewery, Mills River, North Carolina
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Sierra Nevada Brewing in Mills River will open its brewery taproom and restaurant on March 10, the company has announced. Located next to the brewery, the taproom will feature almost two dozen Sierra Nevada beers including one-offs and specialties not available anywhere else. Beer will be produced on a 20-barrel pilot system. "It will be producing a fair amount of beer," company spokesman Bill Manley said. Last year, Sierra Nevada made 180 different brews, between the Mills River brewery and the original operation in Chico, California, he said. The taproom and restaurant will seat nearly 400 visitors and will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday. The pilot system is not yet producing beers, so for now, the brews served will come from the Mills River and Chico breweries. The restaurant will serve "farm to table, small plate and sharable food sourced from conscientious suppliers," a company statement said. It will use ingredients from local farms and markets and Sierra brews will be a "staple ingredient" in food items. Brewery tourism becomes hot topic in Asheville. The taproom and restaurant will open in phases, with the main dining room and taproom coming first, then an outdoor dining site, organic produce garden and live music room coming in summer. It’s the latest chapter in the brewery, located next to the Asheville Regional Airport in Henderson County, about 10 miles from downtown Asheville. Last summer, the brewery hosted its first public event, the Beer Camp festival that pulled a sold-out crowd of 5,600 people. On March 28, Sierra will produce the Burly Beers and Barleywines Festival with a lineup of strong brews from 50 American craft breweries. Another Beer Camp festival is planned for later this year, through details have not yet been announced. Sierra announces burly beer fest lineup. The main Sierra brewery will produce more than 350,000 barrels of beer this year, Manley said. Sierra is one of three major craft breweries to build in Western North Carolina, with Oskar Blues open in Brevard and New Belgium under construction on the French Broad River in West Asheville. More than 40 craft breweries are located in Western North Carolina.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. was established in 1979 by homebrewers Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi in Chico, California, United States. Sierra Nevada Brewing is one of the top breweries operating in the United States. Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale is the second best-selling craft beer in the United States, behind the Boston Beer Company’s Samuel Adams Boston Lager. As of 2012, it is the seventh-largest brewing company in the United States. The brewery produced 786,000 barrels of beer (922,353 hectoliters) in 2010. The brewery was named "Green Business of the Year" by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 for its practices in sustainability.
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