Western North Carolina Beer: A Mountain Brew History


Over the past two hundred years, Western North Carolina has evolved from a mountainous frontier known for illicit moonshine production into a renowned destination for craft beer. Follow its story from the wild days of saloons and the first breweries of the 1870s through one of the longest Prohibitions in the nation. Eventually, a few bold entrepreneurs opened the first modern breweries in Asheville, and formerly dry towns and counties throughout the region started to embrace the industry. The business of beer attracts jobs, tourists and dollars, as well as mixed emotions, legal conundrums, and entrepreneurial challenges.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, March 23, 2019 7 pm —

PAST: Beer History Presentation & Book Signing

At Boojum Brewing in Waynesville. Open to the public, but also part of Leap Frog Tours Waynesville Brewery Tour!

Contact Leap Frog Tours directly if you want to get on the tour!
  • Thursday, April 11, 2019 7 pm —

PAST: Beer History Presentation Beer Dinner

Wake Forest, NC

  • Thursday, March 14 5 pm —

PAST: Beer History Talk

Appalachian Studies Conference, Asheville

PAST: Biere de Femme Beer Festival
  • Saturday, March 2 Noon (VIP) — 6 pm

PAST: Biere de Femme Beer Festival

I'll be selling books and Brewgasm T-shirts at this wonderful small beer festival that benefits the Pink Boots Society, representing women in beer. It takes place at Highland Brewing Company in 2019.

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  • Saturday, November 24: 3pm — 6pm

Past: Book Signing

Homeplace Beer, Burnsville

  • Wednesday, November 7: 5pm — 8pm


Asheville Brewing Company

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Past: Book Signing
  • Friday, November 9: 4pm — 6pm

Past: Book Signing

Satulah Mountain Brewing, Highlands

  • Saturday, November 10: 3pm —

Past: Presentation & Signing

Jackson County Library, Sylva

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Past: Presentation & Signing
  • Monday, November 12: 6pm —

Past: Presentation & Signing

Malaprop's Bookstore

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  • Friday, November 16: 5pm —

Past: Presentation & Signing

Boondocks Brewing, W. Jefferson

  • Wednesday, December 19: 5 pm — 7 pm 5pm

Past: Book Signing

Nantahala Outpost, W. Asheville

  • Sunday, November 25: 3pm — 5pm

Past: Book Signing

Blue Ghost Brewing, Fletcher

  • Thursday, November 29: 5pm — 7pm

Past: Book Signing

Catawba Brewing Company, Morganton

  • Saturday, December 1: 5pm — 7pm

Past: Book Signing

Craft Centric, Arden

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  • Tuesday, December 4: 5pm — 7pm

Past: Book Signing

Sierra Nevada Brewing, Mills River

Past: Book Signing
  • Friday, December 7: 5pm — 8pm

Past: Book Signing

Lost Province Brewery, Boone

  • Friday, December 14: 5pm — 7pm

Past: Book Signing

Ecusta Brewing, Brevard


The Author

Award-winning author Anne Fitten Glenn has been writing for publication since she was the “Dear Annie”columnist for her fifth grade newspaper. AF (the abbreviation for her family-rooted double first name) moved to Asheville in 1997. After having babies, teaching college, and working with non-profits, she started writing about beer, food, business, and entertainment.

For the first decade of the 21st century, AF primarily wrote for local newspapers, including the Sunday “Small Business of the Week” feature for the Asheville Citizen-Times, a weekly parenting column called “Edgy Mama,” and a weekly “Brews News” column (both for Mountain Xpress).

AF self-published a horror novel, Storm Mountain, in 2001. The History Press published her first non-fiction book, Asheville Beer: An Intoxicating History of Mountain Brewing, in 2012. Her second beer book, Western North Carolina Beer: A Mountain Brew History, will be released November 2018.

She currently pens the “Mountain Brews” feature for Edible Asheville. AF has written for and had photos published in numerous additional publications, including USA Today, All About Beer, Paste, Smoky Mountain Living, WNC Magazine, Charleston Magazine, Edible Aspen, Explore Asheville, Vanity Fair, Virginian Pilot, and CraftBeer.com. Additionally, she consults to breweries and restaurants in the realms of public relations and communications.

Her alter ego, Brewgasm, spends too much time on social media dishing about beer, dogs, bikes, and history.

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What People Are Saying About Anne Fitten

The Brew that We Do


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Carolina Beer Guy: New book explores mountain brewing

The story of Western North Carolina beer is a fascinating tale filled with groundbreakers and risk-takers. By Tony Kiss

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Tapping into the past, present of Appalachia

Luckily, we have folks like Anne Fitten Glenn. A longtime craft beer writer and industry insider, Glenn has spent several years wrangling in these feral cat breweries that seemingly pop-up overnight, each now a cornerstone of the local business sector and a regional economic driver — a return of blue-collar jobs in a booming tourism market. By Garet K. Woodward

Read More at SmokyMountainNews.com

Asheville food reads: New cookbooks, a local beer bible and more

Interesting factoids include information about long-gone breweries and unearthed tidbits about WNC's lesser-known cities. By MacKensy Lunsford

Read More at Citizen-Times.com
MacKensy  LunsfordAnne Fitten is as involved in her subject matter as one can be—which isn’t to say she’s deep in her cups. Rather, she has managed to be both on the ground floor and backstage as the brewery scene in North Carolina has exploded. Having worked with Anne Fitten in various capacities in my career, I know that there are few people that can match her knowledge and wit in the arena of brew news.
MacKensy Lunsford
Food and beverage reporter, Asheville Citizen-Times
Mike  RangelWinston Churchill once said, ‘History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.’ Luckily for the WNC brewing community, we have historian and writer Anne Fitten Glenn to take all of the spirit and toil of our local brewery revolution and pour it into a crushable, but full-bodied, book.
Mike Rangel
President and founder, Asheville Brewing Company
Garret  K.  WoodwardBy the time you get a grasp on the enormity, complexity, and staggering cultural and economical impact of the craft beer scene in Western North Carolina, it’s already moved two steps ahead of you. It’s a ‘catch me if you can’ industry in these parts, with Anne Fitten Glenn seemingly the only one who can—and does—keep up.
Garret K. Woodward
Arts and entertainment editor, The Smoky Mountain News/Smoky Mountain Living
Tony KissThe story of Western North Carolina's brew scene is a rich and colorful tale that needs to be told. Anne Fitten Glenn has lots of experience writing about beer and breweries. Her engaging new book tells how Western North Carolina became such a key place for craft beer.
Tony Kiss
Beer reporter, Mountain Xpress

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