It’s Spring and the Asheville beer community is brewing up some hoppy craftiness. From diverse flavor profiles of pales, reds, stouts, IPAs and beyond. So, don’t shy away from a love affair with beer because we’ve brewed up some fun buzz-worthy ideas for a beer date night in Asheville.
Not a gym rat? Hit the brewery instead and swap out your water bottle for a beer bottle. Cheers to beer yogi’s for encouraging yoga pants as date night attire! Huffington Post recently reported beer yoga as a fitness craze consuming the nation and beyond. Asheville has no shortage of breweries and many offer yoga classes followed by a pint. And if you are interested in teaching beer yoga, check out the how-to guide by brewasanas.com.
Raise a paddle and then a glass! Asheville offers many paddleboard, kayak and canoe tours that vary in length and skill level. The 4:30pm-7pm Late Afternoon Tour with Wai Mauna ends at the River Arts District, where you can enjoy a beer at Wedge Brewing and taco at White Duck Taco. French Broad Outfitters offers a 2 person canoe tour (with room for a dog or child) of the Biltmore Estate. You can bring a cooler with drinks and snacks while canoeing around the Biltmore grounds.
Beer has been praised as a decent post-exercise recovery drink! Maybe that’s why breweries are pouring out beer-fueled runs like the Hi-Wire 8k and Highland Brewery’s Night Flight. Even Forbes is drunk in love with this concept and recently published a list of beer runs to train for this summer.
Beer City has it’s hand in creative and fun beer tours. Asheville Brews Cruise offer multiple breweries in one day via bus that allows you to drink up many local varieties and, thanks to designated drivers, partake responsibly. Paddle your way through downtown Asheville with The Amazing Pubcycle, that allows you to BOYB, with some pub stops along the way. Walk that beer off with BREW-ed’s walking beer tours, focusing on Asheville’s downtown breweries. BYOB for Lazoom’s Beer and Bands bus tour! For more details, checkout 5 Asheville Tours Locals Love.
Take a Brewery Tour
Breweries typically offer regularly scheduled tours. Get a glimpse into the beer-making process followed by a flight tasting. Some breweries even provide a souvenir pint glass. See Asheville Brewery Tours for a round of Beer City breweries! Want a fun Ladies Night Out? Join up with Asheville’s Girl’s Pint Out.
Think of beer festivals as huge brew tastings in a celebratory atmosphere. Events like the Great American Beer Festival bring together beer makers for both your enjoyment and brewmaster competitions. Asheville Beer City Festival has everything you’d want in a beer festival, featuring 30+ breweries.
Good news… you can win a prize for drinking beer! Well, for using your trivia savvy skills while drinking beer. Quite simply, pub trivia is fun. You get to work as a team with your date, nosh on pub grub and guzzle delicious drafts.
Make Your Own Beer
Ready to take your love of beer to the next level? Learn to make it! Homebrewing.org has detailed info on how to brew at home and Asheville’s Brewers Supply has everything you’d want to get started. And you can also toast to your new endeavor with a date night brewery workshop!
Blind Beer Tasting
The One Day in a City blog recently published a great at-home date night idea: a blind beer tasting. Blogger Gina choose two IPAs from three cities ─ San Diego, Portland and Seattle ─ and poured them into numbered sample cups. Then, she and her husband sipped away to decide which city makes the best IPA. Get the full details on how to set up this at-home date night at onedayinacity.com.
Beer Cheese Fondue
The Inspired Home blog says its cool to act cheesy on date night. See, wasn’t that cheesy enough? Eat up this yummy how-to guide to make beer cheese fondue. And click here for another one of our cheesy date night ideas.
Couples that play together stay together, so bring on the drinking games. Beer pong can be played in any date night environment: tailgating or, thanks to a portable mini set, on vacation.
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Love the idea of enjoying the Asheville beer experience intentionally as a couple! Beer tours are fun, even if you’re a local. And for the beer experts, we recommend a blind tasting at White Labs – can you taste the different yeasts?
Two person canoe tour sounds so romantic!
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