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Cheers! Trail offers 17 different tasting experiences in and around Hendersonville

If a spot that offers plenty of space, often outdoors, and a great glass of beer, wine or cider sounds good in the age of social distancing, check out Hendersonville’s Cheers! Trail.

With the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop, the Cheers! Trail showcases four types of craft beverages and a selection of 17 different tasting experiences that include nine breweries, three wineries, two cideries and one meadery, as well as off-site winery tasting rooms in Flat Rock and Chimney Rock.

To enhance the trail experience, the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) has produced the Cheers! Trail Passport for visitors to use as a road map for the trail.

Consumers can purchase the $10 passport at the Hendersonville Visitors Center at 201 S. Main Street or at any participating venue. Those who visit at least 12 venues and have their passports “stamped” at each one can bring the passport to the visitor center and redeem it for a gift. Consumers can choose from a set of 4 stone coasters, wine stopper, stainless steel wine glass or a waiter’s bottle opening tool.

The Cheers! Trail Passport is one way the Henderson County TDA is seeking to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Henderson County Tourism Director Beth Carden.

“Hendersonville’s Cheers! Trail is the only trail in North Carolina showcasing four different types of craft beverages,” Carden said. “Another plus is its location – the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in and around Hendersonville.”

Most Cheers! Trail venues offer online ordering or to-go options for beverages and merchandise. Some locations host food trucks on specific dates. Check individual venue websites for details.

Created in 2016 with six venues, the Cheers! Trail now features 17 stops:

Appalachian Ridge Artisan Hard Cider. Enjoy European-style ciders in a renovated 1940s barn surrounded by orchards.

Blue Ghost Brewing Company. Enjoy a world-class beer in the taproom or outside under the oak trees in the one-and-half-acre Firefly Field.

Bold Rock Hard Cider. Enjoy at least eight unique styles of hard cider on tap made from local Henderson County apples, along with a selection of craft beer.

Burning Blush Brewery. Enjoy highly crafted beer integrated with genuine customer service.

Burntshirt Vineyards. An award-winning winery producing quality wines from 100% estate-grown fruit.

Burntshirt Vineyards Tasting Room & Bistro. Located on the western edge of Lake Lure in Chimney Rock, the tasting room offers a great view of Chimney Rock State Park from a covered patio.

Dry Falls Brewing Co. Enjoy a wide variety of craft beers on tap in more than 3,000 square feet of taproom and event space.

Guidon Brewing Co. An American-German brewery that is veteran and family-owned and operated.

Mills River Brewing Company. Offers a diverse beer selection with a variety of styles and flavors.

Point Lookout Vineyards/World’s Edge Meadery. Enjoy traditional wines paired with 30-mile vistas from an expansive open-air tasting room at 3,000-foot elevation.

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards. Offers guided tastings showcasing wines made from 14 varieties of French vinifera grapes.

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Flat Rock. Enjoy a full tasting menus from the winery and cidery.

Sideways Farm & Brewery. Experience a guided tasting featuring honey conditioned, small batch artisan ales with North Carolina grown barley and farm fresh ingredients.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Taproom featuring 23 beers and farm-to-table small plates.

Southern Appalachian Brewery. Tasting room with large courtyard and outdoor seating.

Triskelion Brewing Company. Local brewery with modern/industrial décor offering a deep portfolio of beer styles.

Want a Cheers! Trail Passport? Click here to order.

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