The General Assembly has agreed to let larger beer-makers sell their product on site in a move supporters argue will attract a pair of breweries to set up in the North Carolina mountains and potentially generate 300 jobs.
New Belgium has confirmed that Asheville is under consideration for an East Coast brewery. Sierra Nevada, also looking for an East Coast brewery, has not commented on the rumors around Asheville.
On an additional note, one of the members had this to offer up during the meeting in the House:
One brewery is looking in Buncombe County at a $125 million project that could bring in 200 jobs. The other brewery is looking south of Asheville in Henderson County at a $100 million project that could bring in 100-