You’ve spent your daylight hours exploring the trails of the Linville Gorge, or soaking up the views from the majestic summit of Grandfather Mountain. Now it’s six o’clock, and you’re ready for a beer served cold and fresh from a bartender who might ask you about your latest bouldering project, or the water levels on the Watauga River.
Appalachian Mountain Brewery, in Boone, is where the locals go to unwind over an award-winning microbrew, with the added benefit of knowing that a portion of their dollars are being piped directly back into the local community.
The brewery’s interior is warm and well-lit with natural, wooded hues and high ceilings. A farm-to-table food truck at the entrance offers wood fired pizza and street food scratch made from local ingredients. Patrons are encouraged to enjoy their beer al fresco beneath a heated porch, or take a seat at the 120 foot outdoor bar set along the edge of Boone Creek—a waterway that AMB has helped restore by planting native flora, restoring the creek bed, and constructing a rain garden.
The beers are artfully brewed with a wide range of complex and innovative flavors, but what truly sets AMB apart from other craft breweries is its superlative commitment to the core values as defined in their mission statement: community, sustainability, and philanthropy. Through their Pints for Nonprofits program, a portion of the sales price of your beer goes directly to a local non-profit. In fact, an entire wall of the tasting room colorfully outlines the good work done by each organization, and you are encouraged to choose which one you’d like to support with each pint.
A covered bike barn for customers, the use of solar panels on the tasting room’s roof, and a partnership with the Appalachian Water Project are just a few examples of AMB’s environmental stewardship. The spirit of the great outdoors is also alive within their dynamic selection of beers.
After exploring the oceans of wildflowers that bloom throughout the summer on the Boone Fork Trail, cap off the evening with a pint of Honey Badger Blonde. This clean, light bodied ale is brewed with orange zest and just a touch of local wildflower honey, ideal for cooling you off in the blaze of an Appalachian summer.
If you’re still chalky from a session at Grandmother Boulders, the brewers have created something just for you; the Belay On Saison V4 is brewed from local grain in the traditional Belgian style and comes ripe with the fruity accents of lemon and blood orange.
For something on the darker end, indulge in the Black Gold Porter, described as “The Legend of the High Country.” Notes of chocolate and coffee mingle with traditional English hops for a roasted maltiness that will sweep you away faster than the rapids of Lost Cove Creek.
With its strong emphasis on community involvement and environmental sustainability, Appalachian Mountain Brewery serves up a good reason to drink up. Enjoying one of their cold beers after a day out on the trails is more than just delicious refreshment—it’s your civic duty!