Heinzelmannchen Brewery to close

After a couple years of uncertainty, Heinzelmannchen Brewery in Sylva will close its doors on Thursday evening.

“We’ve been so blessed to be a part of the downtown Sylva community and the North Carolina craft beer scene,” said co-owner Sheryl Rudd.

Rudd, alongside her husband/brewmaster Dieter Kuhn, launched the business in 2004, as the first craft brewery west of Asheville. Specializing in German-styled ales, the brewery was a beloved craft beer destination for locals and visitors alike. Heinzelmannchen did note that Kuhn will continue to brew, but for another outfit, to be announced in the near future.

“We’re proud to have started something in the far west and are thankful for all of the breweries that have contributed to the success of North Carolina craft beer,” Rudd added. “We raise a glass to each of you as thanks for all you’ve done to support us. We look forward to sharing our next adventure with you soon.”

The Heinzelmannchen taproom will be open noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and noon to 9 p.m. on Thursday, its last day, with Chocolate Black Forest Cake to be served and live music by Henry Wong (7 to 9 p.m.).


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