SouthernApp 1A great little hidden gem in Hendersonville, North Carolina awaits anyone in search of great, small batch beer, good music and a relaxed atmosphere near the heart of downtown.

While this is certainly a kid and family-friendly establishment, it was just my girlfriend and I on our recent visit. We had browsed the quaint historic shops in downtown and ended with pedicures on Main Street so a little refreshment reprieve seemed in order and some cold beer at a local brewery sounded terrific. Fellow folks getting pedicures earlier that day had told us that it was a must stop in Hendersonville. They were right.

Southern Appalachian Brewery came to its current and permanent location home in Hendersonville, NC just two years ago, after originally being founded in Rosman, NC about ten years prior.

SouthernApp 2Owned and operated by Andy & Kelly Cubbin, the brewery offers an indoor bar with beer to go, as well as a large outdoor seating area with games, special events, and often live music.

Formerly known as the Appalachian Craft Brewery it has recently expanded its production facilities and added a public tasting room which offers locals and visitors a chance to try some great brew.

The current location is just one block off North Main Street near the historic Depot District.

Southern Appalachian continues to create quality, small batch craft brewed ales including: Copperhead Amber, Black Bear Stout, and an IPA.

We tried the sampler and enjoyed most all the beers. The crowd was fun, staff friendly, music enjoyable and it proved to be a great little girlfriend diversion from a busy day of pampering.

Carmel L. Mooney is the editor of Roadtripsforcouples.com, an online travel magazine. Carmel’s been on local talk radio for 17 years and now co-hosts THE GOOD LIFE with Mike the Wine Guy on KMYC 1410AM. Her family travel column can be read in California Kids Magazine at: Valcomnews.com You can follow her on Twitter: @CarmelLeeMooney or Facebook. Carmel is also the Executive Director of Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions, a non-profit that trains and places Autism Service Dogs.