Enjoy a fun evening downtown in Hayesville, NC

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   Fall weather should provide the perfect setting for the 7th annual 2019 Steins & Wine Around the Square. Craft beer enthusiasts, wine connoisseurs and many non-drinkers will enjoy the variety offered at the event. From 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, seven breweries, five wineries and...

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 Fall weather should provide the perfect setting for the 7th annual 2019 Steins & Wine Around the Square. Craft beer enthusiasts, wine connoisseurs and many non-drinkers will enjoy the variety offered at the event. From 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, seven breweries, five wineries and a meadery will dispense this year. 

Held each year on the historic courthouse grounds of the Beal Center in downtown Hayesville, the event has become a popular gathering for friends and family. Beer and wine vendors will use the same guidelines as their home locations. Everyone is welcome, but only those 21 and older with a valid ID will be issued an armband to consume alcohol. State law requires all ID’s be checked, regardless of age. 

In addition, Taste of Hayesville will return by popular demand with food from eight different Clay County restaurants, including Black Dog Tavern, Hayesville Brewing Company, Mariolino’s, Nocturnal Brewing, Rib Country, Paris and Company, Valley River Brewing and the brand-new Hayesville Grille. For $5, each guest will receive a small plate and a variety of appetizer sized portions, served by volunteers. Choices range from beef, chicken, pork, vegan, pimento cheese apps, to macaroni salad, slaw and desserts. 

From the time the gates open, background music will be played by local musicians. Andy Ward will strum the mandolin while George Boothroyd plays guitar and Moon Hamilton will play classical guitar and violin. 

Afterwards, stay around town awhile to dine in one of Hayesville’s eateries, but make sure to shop the additional food and gift items being offered by local vendors. 

SMM Farms will have herb samples and other food gifts may be found at the Two Country Hens booth. High Mountain Meadows Farm and Creamery will bring a selection of goat cheese which always sells quickly.

Wehrloom Honey & Meadery has joined the Steins & Wine fun. Not only will they be selling retail and food items related to honey but their mead products crafted from Appalachian honey will be available. 

Meads are created from honey, yeast and water, but flavors range from dry to fruity. Wehrloom is located at 257 Willie Colvin Road in Robbinsville. Visit www.wehrloom.com or call (828) 735-2300.

Craft breweries include some of Hayesville’s own, as well as others:

• Hayesville Brewing Company is located at 1568 Highway 64 West. HBC offers a selection of sandwiches and simple eats, but check the Facebook page for daily specials. Hours are 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon until 7 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Call (828) 835-6010 or visit: www.Hayesvillebrewingcompany.com.

• Nocturnal Brewing Company occupies a renovated car dealership on a downtown Hayesville corner at 893 U.S. 64 Business. Offering a locally inspired menu, NBC now serves lunch, too. 

It is open 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, but closed Sunday and Monday. Call (828) 644-8941. Visit: www.nocturnalbrewing.com.

• Valley River Brewery and Eatery is also in downtown Hayesville. With new beer selections being brewed all the time, VRB also serves a variety of food from burgers to pizza and local trout. Located at 994 Highway 64 Business, call 389-1472 or like them on Facebook for daily specials. Visit: www.Valleyriverbreweries.com for both Murphy and Hayesville locations.

• Hiawassee Brew is a new brewery just down the road at 616 South Main Street in Hiawassee, Ga. With mountain views, frequent live music and a mostly Mexican inspired menu, daily specials and more are available on their Facebook page or call (706) 896-2739.

• Andrews Brewing at 575 Aquone Road in Andrews, North Carolina occupies the town’s first jailhouse and is also home to Calaboose Cellars. Hours are 12-8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Call (828) 321-2006 or visit: www.AndrewsBrewing.com.

• Hoppy Trout is another downtown Andrews brewery. The nano brewery has a variety of pub food available as well as beer crafted on-site at 911 Main Street in Andrews. Visit: www.hoppytroutbrewing.com or call (828) 835-2111.

• Snowbird Mountains Brewery just opened summer 2019 at 378 Locust Street in Andrews, North Carolina. Their hours are from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, 2-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2-6 p.m. on Sunday. Call (678) 410-3035 or visit: www.snowbirdmountainsbrewery.com.

Local wineries attending are:

• Eagle Fork Vineyards makes its home in Clay County and has a tasting room on the corner of the Hayesville Square at 100 Sanderson Street. The tasting room outside of town is at 8 Cedar Cliff Road east of Hayesville which frequently has live music. Hours are seasonal and open from 12-6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday from May 1 through Oct. 30 or from 12-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 through April 30. Visit: www.Eagleforkvineyards.com or call 389-8466.

• Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery of Blue Ridge, Ga. 2251 Tennis Court Road, Blue Ridge 30513. (706) 223-3750 or visit: www.BearClawVineyards.com

• Calaboose Cellars is the smallest free-standing winery in America and located beside Andrews Brewing Company at 565 Aquone Road in Andrews. Open from 12-8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 1-7 p.m. Sunday. Call (828) 321-2006 or visit: www.calaboosecellars.com.

• Ferncrest Winery at 1060 Main Street in Andrews offers red and white wine, along with a selection of cheeses and condiments. Seasonal hours are 12:30 -6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 12:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

• Valley River Vineyards at 4689 Martin’s Creek Rd., Murphy, N.C. 28906, is one WNC’s oldest vineyards. The tasting room is open 1-6 p..m, Friday through Sunday and event space is available. Visit: www.valleyrivervineyards.com or call (828) 837-0691.

Sponsored by Historic Hayesville Inc., a National Main Street America Affiliate and administrator of Hayesville’s Small Town Main Street program. Historic Hayesville, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit community-based organization dedicated to revitalizing downtown Hayesville. 

Steins & Wine Around the Square is is always supported by several partners. Tickets are $15 each and include signature wine or beer glasses, coupons and chances to win one of four large gift baskets. 

Ticket prices were reduced last year to comply with ABC Commission regulations which do not allow alcohol tastings to be included in entry fees. 

Kids 12 and under are free. This year’s event will benefit restoration to the Old Jail Museum.

To buy tickets, stop by Historic Hayesville, Inc. Centennial Exhibit at 116 Sanderson Street in downtown Hayesville from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Tickets are also available at Tiger’s Department Store, Clay County Chamber of Commerce or via Paypal on the website: www.historichayesvilleinc.com. No pets, outside food, coolers or drinks allowed.