Heinzelmännchen Ranked in Top 10
US Brewery Tours By Trip Advisor
October 2012 - 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"
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"
"Sylva Brewery Celebrates Five Years of Ales"
May 8, 2009
"Beer Y'all Documentary Premieres in Asheville"
May 15, 2009
"Taste of Sylva to debut June 13"
May 20 & 27, 2009
"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.
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
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."
Asheville Citizen Times
October 1, 2007
By Tony Kiss
The local brews: ..."Dieter Kuhn, brewer and founder of Heinzelmannchen, know the (Oktoberfest) style as well as anyone, having grown up in a small town near the Black Forest of Germany where he celebrated Oktoberfest (the old beer and the party) in Old World style."
September 19 - 25, 2007
By Anne Fitten Glenn
"Initially, the goal of the Brewgrass Festival was to 'develop a beer market out of WNC by educating beer consumers,' says Doug Beatty, who founded the sudsy gathering in 1997 and still serves as its director. A decade later, the area supports five microbreweries in Buncombe County, one in Sylva, and another in Morganton."
The Charlotte Observer
September 9, 2007
By John Bordsen
"German-born Dieter Kuhn and his wife Sheryl Rudd, run their cash-and-carry brewery at 545 Mill St, and in a town this small (population perhaps 2,500), it's easier to find than to say. And Heinzelmannchen (that's :"HINES-el MEN-shun") is not your typical micro. It began as a beer hobby, but thirsty fans like the suds so much that the couple went pro in this glorified street-entrance basement."
The Tifton Gazette
August 12, 2007
By Christine Tibbetts
"Dieter says Sylva reminds him of his hometown - Heidelsheim near Germany's Black Forest, but the beers didn't seem as fresh or hearty. That's why he started brewing, with grains and fresh hope but no preservatives. Organic sugar shapes the root beer (and birch beer), and local products are used whenever possible."
"Hike, Have a Pint"
July 23, 2006
Brew of the Week: Ancient Days Honey Blonde Ale
January 13, 2006
By Tony Kiss, Entertainment Editor and “Beer Guy”
“They have some of the most unusual
and tasty brews made in these parts…
his best brew is Ancient Days Honey Blonde Ale, a golden, easy-to-drink
brew that goes down smooth and easy with a slightly sweet finish”
By Elizabeth Rudd
“Interaction with their customers is always
a highlight of their day, whether guiding them in sampling the various
flavors, filling their growlers, or sharing recipes that include their
beer as an important ingredient. Whether you’re listening to Dieter
enthusiastically talk about the whys and wherefores of his beer, simply
tasting the products, or interacting with Sheryl in the front office and
in the community, you’re
in for a treat.”
Southern Brew News
By Tony Kiss
“Aside from its name, what sets Heinzelmännchen apart is its style of brewing and how it sells its products. Kuhn specializes
in altbeer, a recipe that was developed in the warmer regions of Germany. The result is a light, refreshing beer that’s
easy to drink with meals or on its own.”
Brew of the Week: Root Beer
Friday, July 15, 2005
By Tony Kiss, Entertainment Editor and “Beer Guy”
“(His) most unusual product has to be his
classic root beer, a delightful dark soda that bursts with all the classic
root beer flavors. It harkens back to a day when every town had its own
little soft drink scene…”
The Sylva Herald
By Rose Hooper
“Where I grew up in Germany, every
town had its own brewery with its own unique beer, “ said (Dieter)
Kuhn, who was raised in Heidelsheim near the Black Forest. My concept
is to be Sylva’s
hometown brewery and give the town its own distinct flavor.”
Mountain Microenterprise Fund featured Heinzelmännchen Brewery in their Alumni Spotlight in the August 2004 Small Business Newsletter.