545 Mill St
Sylva, NC 28779 USA
This gnometown brewery has a passionate, knowledgeable brew master
turning out his own style of very balanced beer. I've been into harsher, super-hoppy beer lately, but Mr. Kuhn's super-drinkable beers have me reevaluating what I like. They're very smooth and balanced. He went into great detail about his nifty process for the one I'm sipping now, their Hoppy Gnome. The table before the growler filling station has sniffable samples of the hops and grain used in their brews. And they seem active moving state politics in positive directions for craft beers. Their fancy growlers are gorgeous.
They also brew two non-alcoholic beverages: a smooth root beer and a wonderful birch beer. Those are great during a long drive. The root beer isn't spicy, but again surprises me with how much I still like it. I think the birch beer is *fantastic*, although I've had a few other people refer to it as an "acquired taste."
Heinzelmännchen's brews are available around Dillsboro and Sylva and apparently all the way up in Asheville. I know Dillsboro Smokehouse has the non-alcoholic root and birch beers as well as a selection of the beer beers. All are good stuff.