Awesome Beers, Just off the AT, in Franklin, North Carolina
     

Our Beers

Trail Mate Golden Ale

Like a well-worn trail, this golden ale is the perfect synthesis of malt and hops in a timeless package. Classic European hops meet American barley to provide a touch of sweetness and just enough bright hoppy bitterness while the beer finishes light, crisp, and refreshing. Low in alcohol yet still full in flavor, Trail Mate is a great companion for any trip or task.

Style

Golden Ale

ABV

4.6%

IBUs

20

Availability

Year-round -- Draft; 6-pack 12oz cans

Slack Pack IPA

Slack Pack IPA is your beer for enjoying that last view after you've left behind the baggage of the day. Slack Pack IPA features a full blend of American hops stacked like a cairn on slightly sweet malt.

Style

American IPA

ABV

6.0%

IBUs

55

Availability

Year-round -- Draft; 6-pack 12oz cans

Trail Candy

A sight for sore eyes after a long day on the trail, this Tropical IPA is bursting with juicy flavors of mango, papaya, pineapple, and citrus. But don’t fret – no fruits were harmed in the making of this beer. A blend of various tropical and fruity hops brings massive fruit flavors to the forefront of your palate, with a soft finish on the back end thanks to large quantities of flaked grains. Get Lazy and enjoy this luscious Trail Candy!

Style

Tropical IPA

ABV

4.7%

IBUs

35

Availability

Year-round -- Draft; 6-pack 12oz cans

Wesser Evil Porter

Rich, roasty, and black as night - for those with a dark side. Our porter plumbs the depths of darkness with flavors of coffee, molasses, and a soft touch of hops.

Style

Robust Porter

ABV

5.75%

IBUs

30

Availability

Year-round -- Draft; 6-pack 12oz cans

Springer Fever Pilsner

Springer Fever is a call for adventure. It’s that yearning that hikers get each spring to be back out on the Appalachian Trail, to be free from all restraints, and to feel alive again. Whether you are ready to lace up your boots and begin the journey of a lifetime from atop Springer Mountain, or simply eager to relax in the cool spring weather – Springer Fever Pilsner is your ultimate companion. Generous additions of grassy, floral Sterling hops cozy up to a light, bready pilsner malt backbone that finishes crisp, clean, and leaves you wanting more.

Go ahead – Hike Your Own Hike™.

Style

German Pilsner

ABV

5.3%

IBUs

34

Availability

March-April -- Draft; 6-pack 12oz cans

Margarita Gose

The Gose (pronounced Goes-uh) style has seen a huge resurgence in American craft brewing. We took an old German wheat ale style that is slightly sour and slightly salty and amplified it by adding lime zest, orange zest, agave, and sea salt. The result is a margarita meets beer! Refreshing flavors of sour lime and wheat are balanced with a nice saltiness that makes you want to grab your pack and head south bound.

Style

Gose w/ Lime and Agave

ABV

5.1%

IBUs

13

Availability

May-June -- Draft; 6-pack 12oz cans

Pomegranate Gorge Berliner Weisse

This fruited Berliner Weisse is crafted with the outdoor enthusiast in mind. Flavors of tart pomegranate and tangy wheat rush across your palate in an effervescent flow of glorious refreshment. Whether you’re hiking on the trail or lounging by a waterfall, this beer is sure to help you feel relaxed and ready for your next adventure.

Style

Berliner Weisse w/ Pomegranates

ABV

4.0%

IBUs

8

Availability

July-August -- Draft; 6-pack 12oz cans

Oktoberfest Lager

This copper-colored marzen lager has been waiting patiently in our cellar for the perfect moment to make its entrance into your hearts. Before refrigeration, these German beers were brewed in March and then stored cool in caves to be brought out and drunk during the late summer and early fall. We followed tradition on this one – minus the caves of course. You’ll notice a rich, toasty malt body that goes down smooth and finishes crisp with just the right kiss of noble hop spice.

Style

Marzen Lager

ABV

5.6%

IBUs

28

Availability

September-October -- Draft; 6-pack 12oz cans

Winter Nutterland

Hazelnuts, aint it thrillin?  Through your nose, hints of vanilla.  We'll pour it and play, the Lazy Hiker way.  Drinking in a Winter Nutterland!  A beautiful brown ale with rich toffee notes and real hazelnuts roasting on your palate.  An addition of Madagascar Vanilla Beans smooths the hazelnut flavor from beginning to end leaving you warm and refreshed.

Style

Brown Ale w/ Hazelnuts and Vanilla Beans

ABV

6.4%

IBUs

33

Availability

November-February -- Draft; 6-pack 12oz cans

The Darkening

Hundreds of thousands of people are descending upon Western NC in anticipation of the 2017 Solar Eclipse. To celebrate this momentous occasion and continue to put Franklin on the map, we brewed this special kettle sour that’s as black as midnight but drinks light and refreshing. An assertive tartness blends seamlessly with the sweet and tart flavors of Montmorency cherries to create a rush of bold cherry flavor on your palette. A smooth roastiness on the finish adds light notes of dark chocolate that balance out the beer and leave you wanting more. Enjoy the eclipse – enjoy The Darkening!

Style

Black Cherry Sour Ale

ABV

5.2%

IBUs

17

Availability

Winter -- Draft; 4-pack 16oz cans

Night Hike

Welcome to the dark side of Lazy Hiker. This massive imperial stout is exactly what you need to get your mind wandering down the path less travelled. A robust roast profile complements rich notes of dark fruit and toffee – all accentuated by a thick, creamy mouthfeel. The slight alcohol warmth adds complexity and reminds you that this is a beer meant to sip slowly while reflecting on the adventures of the day.  Go ahead, you’ve earned it – take a Night Hike!

Style

Imperial Stout

ABV

10.0%

IBUs

67

Availability

Halloween Release -- Draft; 4-pack 16oz cans

Twenty Mile IPA

Massive whirlpool and dry-hop additions of Centennial and Columbus provide a burst of dank, citrusy hop oils that explode on the palate.

Style

West-Coast IPA

ABV

7.4%

IBUs

78

Availability

March-April -- Draft; 4packs 16oz cans

Visit Franklin

FRANKLIN TAPROOM
188 W. Main St.
Franklin, NC 28734

Hours

Mon – Thurs: 12-9ish
Fri & Sat: 12-11ish
Sunday: 12-8ish

Visit Sylva

SYLVA TAPROOM
617 W Main St
Sylva, NC 28779

Hours

Mon-Thurs 12-9pm
Fri - 12-12am
Sat - 11-12am
Sun - 11-9pm

Contact Us

828-349-BEER

Our beers are distributed to by Skyland Distributing in the 38 westernmost counties of NC and by Northeast Sales and Distributing in the 37 northeastern counties of GA. If you don't see us in your favorite store, bar, or restaurant ask them to carry us!

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Certified Independent Craft Brewers AsociationBrewed in Franklin, North Carolina