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

About Us

Lazy Hiker Brewing Company has been crafting great beer and community since 2015. Located in the former town hall and fire department, our brewery in Franklin includes a taproom, an outdoor patio, disc golf, and an outdoor event space. In 2019 we expanded and opened a second taproom with Mad Batter Kitchen, which includes a game lounge and outdoor patio, in beautiful downtown Sylva, NC. 

We want to provide a great community gathering place where you can kick back, relax, and meet new people. We want to be a good fit for the mountain region we have come to know and love. And we want to do all that with great beer.

Look for our beers on tap and in cans in the 38 western counties of North Carolina and 37 northeast counties of Georgia. If you’re driving through Franklin or Sylva or even hiking by on the nearby Appalachian Trail, walk down and check us out. Grab a bite to eat at the food truck. Take a glance out back and get a peak at our 15-barrel brewhouse.

We’re only a short hike off the trail.

The Brewery

Lazy Hiker Brewing Company produces beer on a 2 vessel 15 barrel system. We sourced the parts far and wide in order to ensure that it would operate exactly as we wanted. In our brewery, we mill the grain and then combine it with water in the mash & lauter tun in order to free and extract the sugars. From there, the liquid goes to the kettle where it is boiled, hops are added, and then spun around in a whirlpool giving us one more chance to add hops. Once chilled, this sugary wort heads to a fermentor to meet yeast and be transformed into beer. The brewing process takes only a day but produces only the sweet hopped wort that will become beer. That transformation process is called fermentation, conditioning, and packaging and it takes another few weeks, pushing the total production time to 3-4 weeks depending on the particular beer. And what do we do with the rest of our time? Clean. Always cleaning. Checking on the beer and cleaning - something, anything, everything!

Explore Our Facilities

Visit Franklin

188 W. Main St.
Franklin, NC 28734


Sun:  11:30am-8pm

Mon: 11:30am-9pm

Tues/Wed/Thurs: 11:30am - 10pm

Fri - Sat: 11:30am-11:00pm



Visit Sylva

617 W Main St
Sylva, NC 28779


Sun:  11:30am-8pm

Mon: 11:30am-10pm

Tuesday: 11:30am-9pm

Wed/Thurs: 11:30am-10pm

Fri/Sat: 11:30am-11:00pm



Contact Us


Our beers are distributed 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!

We're Local

Certified Independent Craft Brewers AsociationBrewed in Franklin, North Carolina