The Blue Ridge Mountains are one of the most beautiful regions in America and home to some great local breweries.
 
The Highland Brewing Co. of Asheville, N.C. (the home of barbecue champion Andrew Gage), produces a suite of great ales. Check out its Kashmir IPA, an aggressively hopped India pale ale.
 
Highland Brewing Co. beers are available in many parts of the Carolinas, Tennessee and Georgia.