Perhaps I should qualify, A'ville is the microbrew capital on the East coast. Been a wonderful and friendly rivalry twixt A'ville and Portland for a few years now
'Course, for perspective, ya gotta consider that Portland is significantly larger than our little southern mountain town. Anyone coming in for the Jam, keep an eye out for me on the streets, I'll be the guy w/ the ponytail and tie-dye!
I'm happily willing to try out some Asheville breweries and let ya know what I think in comparison to Portland (aka Beervana). At Oregon State University, one can even earn a Bachelor's Degree in Fermentation Science. Now THAT is dedication!
Seriously though, I am always happy to travel to a city that is proud of its craft brew status. What's your favorite brew pub there? This will be my first ever visit to NC.