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Aug. 23, 2022, 1:59 p.m.

New in Old Fort: Whaley Farm Brewery

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There’s a new spot to relax with a pint along the banks of Old Fort’s Mill Creek. Whaley Farm Brewery is now serving a selection of farmhouse-inspired and pub-style beers from its new brewery and taproom on Catawba Avenue.

You can’t miss the big barn doors or the old-fashioned weather vane on the brewery’s bright white building. The architecture — just like the beers Whaley makes — is designed to pay homage to the agricultural heritage of Western North Carolina.

Co-owner and experienced brewer Chris Whaley has created a draft list that includes lagers, bitters, cask ales and grisettes made with local malts and flavored with local ingredients. Some of those local ingredients are raised by his wife and co-owner, Jessica Whaley, on her farm in nearby Black Mountain.

The Whaleys are excited to introduce even more local flavors to their guests. One wall of the brewery — referred to as the farmstore — is lined with refrigerated cases featuring fruits, vegetables, cheeses, snacks, crackers and soft drinks made or grown right here in the Blue Ridge.

Enjoy your beer and snacks in the brewery’s comfortable taproom, on the covered patio overlooking Mill Creek or under a sunshine yellow umbrella. Take home Whaley Farm favorites in bottles or growlers, and don’t forget to grab a T-shirt, hat or mug to celebrate your new favorite brewery.

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Plan Your Visit to Whaley Farm Brewery

Whaley Farm Brewery is open noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The taproom is located at 178 Catawba Avenue in historic Old Fort.

Keep an eye on the Whaley Farm Brewery pages on Instagram and Facebook for special announcements like visiting food trucks or pop-up menus!

After your visit, check out the other stops along the Blue Ridge Traveler’s High Spirits Trail, including breweries, taprooms and wineries located across the Blue Ridge!