Outside the entrance to the Catawba Brewing Co. taproom in Asheville, North Carolina

Outside the entrance to the Catawba Brewing Co. taproom in Asheville, North Carolina

Catawba Brewing Co.

Catawba Brewing Co. has been an industry leader in Western North Carolina’s craft beer scene for two decades. The company was founded in 1999 by Western North Carolina natives, the Pyatt family, who were inspired by their weekend homebrew hobby. From humble beginnings, the business has grown exponentially to become a major craft beer supplier across five states.

Catawba now operates breweries and tasting rooms in three North Carolina cities — Morganton, Asheville, and Charlotte — embracing a hybrid wholesale/retail strategy. With the 2018 acquisition of Palmetto Brewing Co. in Charleston, South Carolian, the Pyatt family hobby has spawned one of the Southeast’s largest and most diverse craft brewing entities.

History

It all began with a Christmas gift in 1994. Billy Pyatt, a notoriously hard guy to buy presents for, fell in love with the carboys, pots, hydrometers, grains, hops, chemistry, and physics involved in brewing. His brother, Scott, fell right in with him. Their love became an obsession that could only be resolved by going pro — not an easy thing to do in 1999!

When the business plan was hatched, the Pyatts bought the assets of a defunct brewery in Colorado, flew out there, rented a U-haul and brought it home to North Carolina. Of course, it stayed in a garage for three years while we searched for an appropriate building.

We finally found a spot in Glen Alpine, North Carolina. While it didn’t have any glass in the windows and ivy was growing inside, the price was right at $200 per month. There weren’t many turn-key breweries back then so the pieces and parts were cobbled together from dairy equipment or hand made; but we made beer and sold our first kegs to Barley’s, Mellow Mushroom and The Bier Garden in Asheville.

That produced enough money to buy some ingredients, make another batch… rinse and repeat. Fast forward to today. Seventeen years later, we’ve grown organically into a 30 barrel Sprinkman brewhouse that is shinier than we ever imagined during those humble beginnings. We’ve created jobs in our communities, and tutored many a new brewer who has gone on to forge their own way in this industry.

The production facility/tasting room is in downtown Morganton where the 30 bbl brewhouse makes the 9 flagship beers. Asheville is home to the second tasting room and brewery in the South Slope area where a 7-bbl brewery makes small batches, and where our barrel aging program is housed. Asheville’s Biltmore Village also has a conveniently located tasting room. Our fourth location, our third brewery, will open in early 2017 in the Plaza-Midwood area of Charlotte and will feature a 10-bbl brewery, tasting room, and magnificent city views. Our products are found in eco-friendly cans and kegs in four states. And we’re proud to be one of the “old guys” in this burgeoning craft beer market.

Learn more at catawbabrewing.com

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Inside the taproom at the Catawba Brewing Co. location in Charlotte, North Carolina

Inside the taproom at the Catawba Brewing Co. location in Charlotte, North Carolina

This brewery has multiple locations.

Charlotte

  • 933 Louise Ave
  • Charlotte, NC 28204-2299
  • United States
  • (980) 498-6145

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Monday: 3 PM - 10 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 10 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 10 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 10 PM
  • Friday: 12 PM - 11 PM
  • Saturday: 12 PM - 11 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

Either a brewery tour is not available at this location, isn’t offered on a set schedule, or that information hasn’t been made available.

This brewery has multiple locations.

Morgantown

  • 212 S Green St
  • Morgantown, NC 28655
  • United States
  • (828) 430-6883

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Monday: 5 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 5 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 5 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Thursday: 5 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Friday: 2 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Saturday: 1 PM - 10 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

Either a brewery tour is not available at this location, isn’t offered on a set schedule, or that information hasn’t been made available.

This brewery has multiple locations.

Asheville Biltmore Village

  • 63 Brook St
  • Asheville, NC 28803
  • United States
  • (828) 424-7290

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 4 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 4 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 3 PM - 10 PM
  • Saturday: 2 PM - 10 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

Either a brewery tour is not available at this location, isn’t offered on a set schedule, or that information hasn’t been made available.

This brewery has multiple locations.

Asheville South Slope

  • 32 Banks Ave
  • Asheville, NC 28801
  • United States
  • (828) 552-3934

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 12 PM - 10 PM
  • Monday: 2 PM - 10 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 10 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 10 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 10 PM
  • Friday: 12 PM - 11 PM
  • Saturday: 12 PM - 11 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

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