Discover The Catawba Valley Ale Trail

Burke County, NC

The Catawba River is named for the Catawba Native American Tribe which translates to “the people of the river.”  This area was their home for more than 12,000 years prior to European exploration.  Now the Catawba River Valley is home to more than 2 million people who continue to utilize the river’s many resources for needs such as power, food and recreation.  Catawba Valley Ale Trail focuses on the section of the river at Old Fort, where the river forms, to Lake Hickory.  Each segment seems to have a different culture based on the surrounding landscape.  The first section goes through the Foothills of North Carolina where small towns combine with mountain culture to create some amazing crafts.  Among these crafts is beer.

The area is home to many award winning breweries that try to use as many local ingredients as possible and strive to give back to the earth and the river when able.  Their connection to the land around them and their desire to do good in their community really sets these breweries apart from your standard watering hole, and their delicious and creative beer makes visitors want to come back for more.  We are so lucky to have these breweries in our region and hope you discover new, creative beverages, while enjoying the atmosphere of the Catawba River Valley Region.

The ale trail includes: Blowing Rock Draft House and Brewery in Hickory, Catawba Brewing Morganton, Fonta Flora in Morganton and at Whippoorwill Farm, Granite Falls Brewing, Hillman Beer in Old Fort, Keepers Cut Meadery, Liquid Roots Brewing Project, MicaTown Brewery, Olde Hickory Brewing, Sidetracked Brewery and The Levee Brewery. 

The Burke County Tourism Development Authority is located in Morganton, North Carolina and serves the tourism interests of Burke County, NC.  Morganton is hailed as, “The Trailhead of Western North Carolina”, centrally located in Burke County. Our Visitor’s Center is full of information about unique attractions and activities in the area. Stop by and visit us!or visit

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