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BBQ & Brews Train
June 27 & August 29

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad will offer samples of Heinzelmännchen Beers and BBQ while traveling the rails from Bryson City to Fontana Lake and return. Stay tuned for more details. Purchase tickets at

Thursdays, 6:30 pm - ?

Now that we have more elbow room we have space to host small bands and jam sessions. Bring your instrument(s), join in with the other folks playing and make music to our ears! In winter when we usually close at 7 on Thursdays, we will stay open later if we have some jammers.


Every Friday afternoon (sometimes Thursday with the holidays) one of our specialty ales are tapped. These are brewed in very small batches so they don't last long.

Wednesdays have become Wunderbar around the brewery as we offer Traditional Growler fills for only $10.

Heinzelmännchen Ranked in Top 10
US Brewery Tours By Trip Advisor

      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!

Summer, 2014 – Heinzelmännchen has received a 2014 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.

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."