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Mountain Layers Brewing Company is an award winning, 7 barrel, craft microbrewery and taproom located on historic Everett Street in beautiful downtown Bryson City, Swain County - the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in North Carolina. 

We focus on bringing people and the community together to enjoy a comfortable and family friendly brewery where you can relax and enjoy this beautiful part of the country from either inside at our taproom or outside on our spacious rooftop deck. We're offering southern hospitality and especially great handcrafted beer along with other non-alcoholic beverages for the whole family.       
Mountain Layers Brewing Company uses amazing water that comes directly from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. When possible, we incorporate locally sourced ingredients to brew the freshest and the finest variety of classic and cutting edge beer styles possible.  We have rotating flagships as well as one-offs and seasonals. All twelve beers are available off the tap and as Growlers or Crowlers, so don't forget to bring in your growler for us to fill! 


Mountain Layers Brewing Company believes the recipe for a great beer experience starts and ends with people. Our company philosophy is reflected in the way we appreciate our employees, customers, and our community by enjoying each other’s company around the love of craft beer!


Mountain Layers Brewing Company founders are Kim and Mark Pettit.  In 2014, after Mark’s early retirement after 30 years in public service from up North and with Kim’s ability to work from home, they decided to make their dream a reality and moved from Minnesota to beautiful Swain County... and with the love of craft beer and being with people enjoying the beauty of the Smoky Mountains the next natural thing was to open a craft microbrewery and taproom in Bryson City.
As many of you may know, or not, finding a name in the craft brewing industry is difficult at best.  We went through a lot of names and were actually getting a bit frustrated because we couldn’t find one that shared our love for the area, people, and industry.  One night Kim was reading Horace Kephart’s “Our Southern Highlanders” while Mark was watching the news and Kim looked up and said, “There is just so much history here, so much depth to the people, so many layers.”  See, after our first visit to this area we started coming back because we loved the beauty of the mountains and the layering of the different peaks and valleys.  We love being outdoors in nature and hiking the Great Smoky Mountain trails was a favorite past time.  Now having lived here and gotten to know the area and people we have come to love so much more.  So upon saying that, Mark instantly turned to her and said “Mountain Layers”!  We both knew we had found our name.  In just a couple words, it said so much: our love of the mountain layers, the people we have become friends with, the community that has taken us in, and the many amazing layers craft beer itself has to offer.  It was fate.

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