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Highland Brewing Company is a craft brewery in Asheville, NC, with a two private event venues perfect for weddings, rehearsal dinners, welcome parties and more. This incredibly unique event space in Asheville’s original craft brewery was designed with a polished, industrial chic vibe that allows you to elevate décor as much or as little as you like.
Facility & Capacity
With hundreds of events annually, the Event Center at Highland Brewing is one of the most sought-after private event venues in Asheville. We focus on craftsmanship and quality in our beer and our events. The Event Center at Highland Brewing offers indoor and outdoor event areas to accommodate up to 300 guests for seated dinners and 450 guests for cocktail-style receptions.
The Event Center features soaring ceilings with natural light that pours in through vast clerestory windows, natural wood bar tops, and a stage with state-of-the-art sound and light equipment. The venue also offers a wedding suite, elevator, catering kitchen and plenty of on-site, paved parking. Seating for up to 275 guests is included in the venue rental as well as bar staff, audio visual support and an event coordinator. Above the Event Center, the spacious 3,000-square-foot Rooftop Beer Garden is an inspiring backdrop for your ceremony or welcome party and boasts 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains with scenic sunsets and a shipping container bar.
The newly-opened Barrel Room is perfect for receptions, rehearsal dinners, and weddings under 80 guests. The space features barrel and pallet wood accents, dramatic hanging planters, seating for up to 80 guests, and a private bar with views of our sour and barrel-aged beer. The Barrel Room can be rented on it's own or in conjunction with the Event Center for the "Ultimate Wedding Experience."
Food & Beverage at our Private Events
If you love craft beer, an event at Highland Brewing is the perfect way to celebrate with some of the best beer Asheville has to offer. The Event Center main bar and Rooftop bar feature all 9 year-round Highland brews and seasonal beers on draft. Beer lovers also have the option to request a signature small batch beer to serve at your event.
In addition to our beer, we also offer cider, wine by the glass, and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages. You may also request to bring in your own wine selection, which can be served at the event for an additional corkage fee. Glassware for our beverages is included in your venue rental. Highland Brewing does not cater or offer food service. As a result, you have the flexibility to hire the caterer of your choice.
Highland Brewing was founded in 1994 by retired engineer and entrepreneur Oscar Wong, establishing it as the pioneer of Asheville, NC’s now booming craft beer industry. With an established and inventive portfolio, Highland is known for consistently excellent beer. Proudly regional, the company is now run by Wong’s daughter, Leah Ashburn, and has grown to be the largest independent, family-owned brewery in the Southeast.
31 Reviews for Highland Brewing Company
Recommended by 97% of couples
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Nancy S. · Married on 02/04/2021
Highland's space and Nikki will NOT disappoint!
HighlandSent on 05/11/2019
We could probably right a short story about our beyond amazing experience with and at Highland Brewing for our wedding. It all began when my (now) husband and I were at Highland for a tour a couple years ago. We walked into the event space as they were setting up for a wedding and we instantly knew that the space was perfect. The main floor of the event space is naturally stunning. The wood accents on the walls, the touch of iron and metal in the space, the chalkboard beer menu, the huge stage, and the bridal SUITE….OMG the bridal suite. I’ll get to that in a minute. The mezzanine overlooks the main floor and wraps around beautifully; we chose to do our cocktail hour here for guests after the ceremony while we took photos and that was such a fabulous space to utilize. Move to the third floor and you have the rooftop bar where we had our ceremony, overlooking perfectly placed mountains as our background. Let me say that we barely decorated any of the event space….it was THAT gorgeous on its own. What sold us on Highland for our wedding was the vast amount of space and different types of roaming areas for our guests to move from one level to the next and finally to the main floor for our reception. Every floor served a different purpose and made for simple movement of the crowds while we took photos.
During our 1.5 year engagement, Highland continued to add their own improvements (none were NEEDED but they just kept making the space more attractive) to the space. They added fun and simple hanging lights to the main floor, redid the sound boards on the stage, removed sound boards from the wall which allowed the wooden accents to shine and most importantly, they built a bridal suite. Let me tell you, this is where you and your bridesmaids or groomsmen want to be the final moments before you walk down the aisle. It’s private. It’s comfortable. It’s hidden. There’s access to a bathroom. It’s simply perfectly placed. Our wedding planner also had a plate of food and beers waiting for my husband and I immediately after the ceremony in the suite so we could take 15 minutes to ourselves and without this space, that would not have been possible. Our guests could not stop complimenting the space. The views, the outdoor feels, indoor beauty, and ample dance space provided for the perfect trio of wedding fun.
Our main contact through the entire process was Nikki and we are forever indebted to her for her out of this world customer service. Nikki helped make our dreams come true. Admittedly, we had very specifics ideas of how we wanted the space to look and Nikki listened, so patiently, and executed beyond what we could have ever imagined. She is a saint and so very talented. Nikki answered almost every question we had on the spot and if she didn’t have the answer right then and there, she was in touch with us almost immediately to clarify. Her communication was second to none, her professionalism and spunky, fun demeanor truly helped make our wedding day the best day ever. My husband and I continue to say that we would relive that day any chance we could and we owe a great bit of that to Nikki.
If you’re looking for a wedding venue that does not require a ton of décor but could be amplified would it, if preferred, look no further. The space can be transformed into whatever your style is but it’s also naturally so stunning; our guests were blown away that our “brewery wedding” was a top-notch venue. I promise you will not be disappointed with the customer service either. Nikki truly is one of the best in the biz.
Highland Brewing Company's reply:Thank you Nancy! You and David have such a magical connection with Highland Brewing and we are beyond thrilled that we were able to host your wedding in our Event Center! We truly appreciate your amazing feedback and I, personally, love the comments on the room upgrades. I picked those new lights myself! Congratulations to you and David! Hope to grab a pint with ya'll next time you're in town! Best, Nikki
Sarah R. · Married on 11/07/2020
Flexible and Relaxed Experience
Highland offers a great flexible plan for you to tailor exactly what you want for your reception!Sent on 08/02/2019
Highland Brewing Company's reply:Thank you Sarah! We strive to be flexible so you can craft the day you were always dreaming of! We appreciate you celebrating your big day with us! Cheers! Nikki
Amanda W. · Married on 10/17/2020
COVID Microwedding at Highland Brewing Company Barrel Room
We reached out to Highland a month before our desired elopement date, they were quick to respond! Marissa responded with quotes and included information/times/decor. She set up a phone call right away and was by far the best offer we received. We set up a 25 person micro wedding (COVID) in the barrel room (first wedding at this venue!). Since we booked about a month out from the date, Marissa was very responsive and quickly handled all necessary items. She worked with our caterers/staff to tour the venue space to make sure the day ran smoothly. We also loved that we could work with any vendors, not just preferred vendors since options were limited with our quick booking. We live in Houston so we were a bit anxious about booking a venue we had never seen so Marissa allowed us to tour the day before and it was outstanding! She even let us bring decor/cake/wedding day items to lessen the work for the wedding day which was greatly appreciated. We also rented a handful of their own decor and it was cost effective and they set up the day before! On the wedding day, Nikki took over as our venue manager and once again made the process seamless. Even with covid and requiring guests to sign waivers the safe was efficient and coordinated. We also had use of the trails/property for photos that made a gorgeous backdrop!Sent on 11/01/2020
Highland Brewing Company's reply:Amanda and Tanner - congrats again! We just received your wedding photos and WOW! We are thrilled that your experience at Highland was so positive. Planning a wedding in one month is not for the faint of heart but it truly could not have been more gorgeous. The simple yet elegant decor you chose complimented the warmth of the Barrel Room so nicely!
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When you think of the WNC area a few things come to mind. Mountains, the blue ridge parkway, Asheville, and Beer! Highland Brewing Company sits at the center of all of this (figuratively and literally speaking). We've had the pleasure of attending and working a couple of events here and the experience has always been stellar! From the hospitality, to the space, to the beer, Highland Brewing Company is simply an excellent choice for those looking to have an authentic wedding experience and for those who are lovers of craft beer!
I love Highland Brewing!! They are the best - the staff, the venue, and the beer! There isn't much more you can ask for, but they definitely give it. They have a rooftop, mezzanine for cocktail, and a beautiful reception space! They provide chairs, tables, and set up. You can't get much more Asheville than Highland!