Greetings beer lovers,

Well, I just got back from a day trip to Brevard, and boy are my arms tired. Not from the trail run in Pisgah Forest that I did, but from hauling out all the beer I purchased afterward at Food Matters Market in Brevard.

Several friends here in Hendersonville had tipped me off to the amazing selection and reasonable prices there, so I had to give me a look for myself. Man, was I blown away. Up and down the two-sided beer aisle were choice after choice of these amazing beers from world-class breweries – including more 98- and 99-rated beers than I can count.

Leading the way was an assortment of 25-ounce bottles from highly acclaimed The Bruery out of Orange County, California. Among them were Saison Rue ($12.99) – ranked the No. 1 beer in the world this year by Wine Enthusiast – Mischief ($9.99), Saison de Lente ($12.99), Autumn Maple ($11.99), Oude Tart ($19.99) and 5 Golden Rings ($11.99), the latter a decadent treat made with pineapple juice that I thoroughly enjoyed at a friend’s house on Christmas Eve.

More classics included sveral offerings from Ballast Point out of San Diego (the revered Sculpin IPA made an appearance recently but quickly sold out); Hoppin’ Frog from Ohio (including the 99-rated Hop Dam Triple IPA for $16.99 per 22-ounce bottle); three 99-rated beers from Moylan’s in California; and plenty of 22s of Brux ($12.99), the collaborative Belgian sour between Sierra Nevada and Russian River. Others that caught my eye were a brewery from New Jersey, Crickett Hill; Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale and Double Chocolate Stout; Mission Brewery from San Diego; Caldera Brewery from Ashland, Oregon (never heard of them); Ipswich IPA from Massachusetts; a Toasted Coconut Porter from Thomas Creek in Greenville ($11.99 per six-pack); Oaked Arrogant Bastard from Stone; and the classic Breakfast Stout from Founders.

It was pretty cool watching fellow customers gawking at the mighty selection, some even checking their iPhones for online reviews of some of the beers. Rebecca Frankwicz, general manager of Food Matters who seems very passionate about her beer section, said the goal was to create a “buzz-worthy set.”

“We’ve had a lot of fun with it,” said Frankwicz, who added that more beers are expected to arrive in a couple weeks with the addition of another supplier.

Food Matters is a little hard to find but worth the effort. It’s located at 1 Market Street along U.S. 64. Heading from Hendersonville or Pisgah Forest, look for it on your right just past the Egolf car dealership. There will be a pretty big sign at the front of the driveway for Market Street, which takes you to the little complex of businesses set back a bit from the highway. The phone number is 828-885-3663.

The store already has a good relationship with Oskar Blues, and Frankwicz said Food Matters is the only game in town that carries every one of the Oskar Blues canned products.

To read more of this article  from Blue Ridge Now, written by Gary Glancy click here