Live Music & Potluck – Thursday, March 23, 6-8 pm. Henry Wong plays acoustic originals, German songs, folk songs and more. Bring a dish to share while we listen to Henry play guitar and mandolin. We will also provide a dish to share, plus the plates, utensils, and napkins!

Sylva's 2nd Annual Brew Hop – Saturday, April 1, 3-7 pm. In honor of NC Beer Month, join City Lights Café, Heinzelmännchen Brewery, Innovation Brewing, Mad Batter Food & Film, Sneak E Squirrel Brewery, and The Cut Cocktail Lounge for the Sylva Brew Hop. In its 2nd year ticket holders will visit each of the establishments and taste 2 local or regional beers. Tickets include a souvenir glass and two pours at each location. We encourage folks to take advantage of our awesome restaurants in Downtown Sylva during and after the Sylva BrewHop. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online: through March 30 or April 1 for $35 per person.

Bier Garden- Saturday, April 22, 11 am - 4 pm. During the 20th annual Greening Up the Mountains Festiva, Heinzelmännchen Brewery, Innovation Brewing, Sneak E Squirrel Brewery & Deep Creek Winery will host a Bier Garden on Mill Street where you can buy pints of bier and glasses of wine. Eric's Fresh Fish Market & Lulu's will be offering a crawfish boil and we will all be located in front of Eric's market.

Our 13th Anniversary Celebration – Saturday, April 22, Noon - 9 pm. Stop in the Brewery and cool off with a pint, flight or float and enjoy Chocolate Black Forest Stout Anniversary Cake. Door prizes, an Anniversary Bier and lots of fun. Prosit!

Every Wednesday we offer Traditional Growler fills in our Gnomler (1/2 gallon) or German Growlers for only $10 (Save $2 per fill) – it's Wunderbar! (January, 2017) featured Heinzelmännchen in a story about Jackson County "A Peaceful Retreat." Along with photo and mention of the Chocolate Pairings with Baxley's Chocolates, the writer comments, "Kuhn concentrates on light and refreshing German beers, often rotating new varieties on the taps in his cozy tasting room. Try a flight of several taster-size glasses to sample his range of recipes." Read

The Washington Post (Sept 1, 2016) featured Heinzelmännchen in a story about Sylva entitled "This tiny North Carolina town is an Asheville alternative for the crowd-weary." Writer John Bordsen talked with Dieter and Sheryl about their "brisk trade in carryout growlers and kegs...and creamy root beer and birch beer." Read

The Asheville Press (July 7, 2016) – Heinzelmännchen: A Gnometown Delight. Speaking of the brewery, writer Jana Downs says, "It has a hometown feel complete with chalk signs and friendly staff. The owner and his wife stop by frequently... Their passion for their craft comes through loud and clear... Since the brewery has some staples, you’ll be able to find some favorites but since they do have seasonal concoctions, I suggest getting a flight at their tap room and discover which one you want to take home... Overall, Heinzelmannchen is the type of brewery that will quench the thirst of any brew connoisseur." Read more

The Beer Connoisseur featured Heinzelmännchen in a May 2016 article entitled Finding Brew Gold in Sylva. To quote writer Jim Dykstra, "Dieter Kuhn and wife Sheryl Rudd are the team behind the oldest brewery in Sylva, which has been around for about 13 years ...The beers are made with love – all 531 of last year’s barrels were brewed by Dieter, and though it’s located in downtown Sylva, North Carolina, the water is similar in character to his home region of Bavaria, allowing Heinzelmännchen to produce authentic German beer." (photo by Nick Breedlove) Read more

Scott Mason, "The Tarheel Traveler" stopped by Heinzelmännchen (March 2016) to film a segment on the brewery for WRAL-TV (Raleigh). Scott and his crew loved their visit at the brewery so much, they always stop by whenever they are in the area! Watch

Capital At Play magazine (March 2016) featured Heinzelmännchen in an article entitled "Game On" about local eateries & breweries that offer activities for their customers to get them out of the house on a cold winter night in order to have some fun and stay active. "The Brewery keeps a bountiful supply of games available for their customers, bringing a similar feel to that of a German bierhalle, where folks drink, talk and enjoy each other's company." Read more

The Mountaineer (Jan 2016) – "Heinzelmännchen (HZM) is the craft brewery that put the mountains of Western North Carolina on the beer map. The husband/wife team of Dieter Kuhn and Sheryl Rudd have been serving up hand-crafted German-style beers for 12 years, paving the way for Nantahala, Innovation, Sneak-E Squirrel, Lazy Hiker, Frog Level, BearWaters, Tipping Point, Boojum and beyond. So if you are a craft beer enthusiast, you need to make your way to Sylva, march into HZM and give Dieter and Sheryl a hearty, 'Danke.' Then enjoy some good German-style beer." Read more

Carolina Living Magazine featured Heinzelmännchen's "light, refreshing beer" in an October 2015 article entitled, "Take a Road Trip to Jackson County, NC." Read more

The Charlotte Observer featured us in the article "Where to Dine in Jackson County." (August 24, 2015). Writer Sara Kendall said, " The first and oldest brewery in Jackson County, Heinzelmännchen offers refreshing German beers in tastings or by the pints. On your way out, you can even purchase a 2-liter growler of your favorite beer, or beers." Read more

And another great article in The Charlotte Observer featured the Brewery. "Mountain Gems" by Travel Editor John Bordsen highlighted Sylva in his October 2, 2015 article. Read more

Charlotte Epicurean Food & Wine Magazine also featured us as part of the "craft and imagination " of Sylva in a great 8-page article entitled, "rise above it all in jackson county." (Sept/Oct 2015).

WNC Magazine "The Great Beer Bonanza" (April 2015) – "Jackson County is a long way from Europe, but German-born brewmeister Dieter Kuhn of Heinzelmännchen Brewery in Sylva is offering a pint-size taste of his homeland during North Carolina Beer Month this April. Kuhn is hoping his tasty Old World-style altbiers will give people another reason to visit the Jackson County seat." Read article

The Laurel of Asheville "Heads Up: Origins of Root Beer" (November, 2014). Dieter discusses his root beer and birch beer, two botanical, non-alcoholic beers. While he has been making these beers for many years, other breweries are beginning to increase their non-alcoholic beer offerings for those choosing something other than the regular beers on tap.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Best of the Southeast" – (Culinary Getaways, Sept. 28, 2014). "If you crave yet more beer after you've exhausted Asheville's breweries, don't despair. The short jaunt to Sylva, N.C., will net you some beautifully crafted beers. At Heinzelmännchen Brewery, named for gnome-like critters found in the Black Forrest, German-born brewmaster Dieter Kuhn and his wife, Sheryl Rudd, concoct German altbier made with fresh hops."

Heinzelmännchen has been named one of the top 10 Brewery tours in the US by Trip Advisor. Since this is a customer driven ranking, it is very special to us. We feel very honored that you took the time to share your experience at our brewery and recommend it to others.
      This is not only great for Heinzelmännchen, it's also great for Western NC. When folks are looking for a travel destination they may choose Heinzelmännchen Brewery as their destination, however many other businesses will benefit as the traveler explores what is on their way to and from Heinzlemannchen and all around us!

2009, 2010, 2011 Mountain Xpress
Best of WNC: Place to Get Beer - Sylva/Cullowhee
"Brewery Goes Green With Cookbook"
July 2010
      Elizabeth Rudd and the Heinzelmännchen Brewery in Sylva, NC have published a cookbook that includes stories, tips and recipes using their beer. The cookbook is a fine example of green printing. The pages are printed with soy inks on 100% post-consumer recycled, chlorine-free paper, and the covers are made from 100% recycled French Paper Muscletone 140# cover. The binding is wire-O so the book lays flat for easy reading while cooking, but the coil is hidden behind a printed spine so it fits right in on the bookshelf. Read article

Southern Living Magazine
"German Beer Comes to Sylva"
November 2009

Asheville Citizen-Times
"Sylva Brewery Celebrates Five Years of Ales"
May 8, 2009
Hickory Record
"Beer Tempts Taste Buds"
April 19, 2009
      Dieter Kuhn and his wife own Heinzelmännchen Brewery in Sylva. This was his second year at the Hickory Hops Brew Festival.
      He said his brewery's focus is on crafting beers that accentuate food. "We try to be a step above commercial beer as far as flavor and drinkability," Kuhn said. He said his beers are also good for cooking and are perfect for the recipes provided on his web site.

WNC Magazine

November, 2008
      Check out WNC Magazine online or pick it up nationwide at magazine outlets and go to the World's Fare section. They are featuring our Schwartzwälder Kirschtorte (or Chocolate Cherry Cake) made with our own Black Forest Stout. And you can find the recipe on this website. The cake part of the recipe is used in the Black Forest Chocolate Cake as well as the Chocolate Chery Cake.

Smoky Mountain News
May 7, 2008
      Downtown Hickory was the venue for the 6th Annual Hickory Hops where Heinzelmännchen Brewery participated on April 12. Hickory Hops is a Brew Festival offering Microbreweries an opportunity to share their
handcrafted beers with festival goers. In addition to the Brew
Festival the Carolinas Championship of Beers (CCB) competition winners
are announced. For the last three years Brewers attending Hickory
Hops are invited to enter their handcrafted beers for judging.
      "This year 34 breweries attended Hickory Hops with a large majority entering the contest. Heinzelmännchen's participation in this events was a
first and was awarded a bronze medal. The brewery's Weise Gnome
Hefeweizen (a German wheat beer) won this year. Brewer Dieter Kuhn
was proud of this accomplishment: "All beers entered are judged by
certified judges, other brewers and beer aficionados. Each entry is
scrutinized for appearance, aroma and taste and then scored. Even
if there are only one or two entries in a category this does not
guarantee a medal. To win a medal you must meet the minimum score for that category."

Asheville Citizen-Times
May 21, 2008
By Tony Kiss
        "Heinzelmännchen makes such beers as Black Forest Stout and Weise Gnome Hefeweizen and its flagship, Ancient Days Honey Blonde Ale. What they share, besides Kuhn's loving craftsmanship, is a quenching drinkability. Kuhn doesn't go too heavy on the malt, hops or the alcohol, but instead aims at making beer that is smooth and balanced. And he does a fine job of it, too."

UNCTV’s North Carolina Weekend is a weekly magazine show that takes a closer look at what North Carolina has to offer for the weekend. The show features segments on a myriad of activities and places such as restaurants, festivals, historical homes, sports and getaways.
     The Weekend staff heard about the Brewery and came to Sylva in 2005 to film a segment for the show. They interviewed Dieter and Sheryl, talked with satisfied customers, and also filmed at a local restaurant.

The Raleigh News & Observer
October 12, 2007
By J. Peder Zane
      "Nationally, microbrews are the hottest segment of the beer market, growing about 11 percent per year in an otherwise stable market, according to the Brewers Association of Boulder, Colo. North Carolina's thirst for craft beers is even greater, growing an estimated 13 percent to 15 percent a year." ..."Tar Heels are not only drinking craft brews, they're making them. Today, the Brewers Association reports, there are 28 North Carolina microbreweries or brewpubs. (A brewpub is a bar or restaurant that brews beer on the premises. A microbrewery is a small commercial brewery.) They include the Carolina Brewing Co. in Holly Springs and the Big Boss Brewing Co. in Raleigh. Two new operations have opened this year -- Triangle Brewing Co. in Durham and the Heinzelmannchen Brewery in Sylva (NOTE: Heinzelmannchen was established April 2004) -- and five more are in the works, according to the Brewers Association."