About Us


As the community's needs have continued to evolve, so have we! Blind Squirrel Brewery has returned to its Nano-Brewing roots and is now serving as the premier social gathering hub in lower Avery County. Take advantage of our beautiful facilities as your local spot to gather with friends. We are situated directly along the North Toe River offering locals and wayward travelers an opportunity to kick back and take in the beautiful environment that has drawn people to the mountains for many generations. You can take a relaxing float from upstream on a tubing excursion, camp at the Farm Retreat property located only one mile away, or just have a lazy day on our river decks while enjoying cold beverages and food provided on site by one of our food truck partners. Also, feel free to bring your own picnic or consider club membership to take advantage of using the private kitchen along with a variety of additional membership perks!

We are a true seasonal business with camping operations from May-October and all other operations from Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend (Friday-Sunday). People often asks us why we are not open more, and for us, this is a fun retirement project that allows us to share the place we love and call home. We hope you will plan to visit on a weekend soon!

The Blind Squirrel’s Story...

shapeimage_2The Blind Squirrel was born and raised in Avery County in the small township of Plumtree, NC. After years of making and consuming wood alcohol he began to go blind. After a visit to the doctor he quickly determined that he must improve the quality of his beverages or his sight would be completely lost forever. The Blind Squirrel is now considered to be legally blind, but he still manages to brew up some of the tastiest beer in the high country. Don’t let the condition of his sight fool you as he plays a mean game of billiards!

History of the brewery

IMG_0797The Blind Squirrel Brewery was originally built in 1919 as the T. B. Vance General Store. After trading hands through the years and seeing its fair share of abuse it was renovated by the Young family and continues to evolve. What started as a retirement home eventually moved to become the social hub and off the path watering hole it is today, making Plumtree, NC a true destination. After several years of avid home brewing, the dream to add a commercial brewery that could serve the public became reality in August of 2012. After several years of operating as a full on  brewery resort, the decision to scale back down and get back to our roots as a community hub was made in the spring of 2018. We are excited to be able to live in such a wonderful place and still have the ability to follow our passions. Come out to Plumtree so we can prove to you that we’re nuts about Plumtree!!