About The Brewery

Eluvium Brewing Company is a small brewery dedicated to producing high quality, high flavor session beers. Founded by owners Jon Varner and Shea Lewis in 2016 and bringing the dream to reality in the fall of 2017, we are on mission to share the beers we like to drink with Weaverville and North Carolina. Currently we keep seven of our beers on tap as well asĀ  an alcoholic ginger beer for our gluten free friends and root beer for the kids.

The Story Behind the name

Picking a name for a brewery is tough. Since we didn’t think Varner Brewing Company was very catchy, we decided to look to history to help us find a name. North Carolina is rich in history and one thing that caught our attention was that North Carolina had its own gold rush. In fact, the North Carolina gold rush predates the California gold rush by almost 50 years. According to most accounts, it all started at Reed’s Mine in Cabarrus County, North Carolina when a 12-year-old boy discovered a 17-pound gold nugget while out fishing one day. North Carolina went on to be the leading producer of gold in the country until the discovery in California in 1849. People even had more faith in coins from the Bechtler Mint, North Carolinas premier mint, than that of the U.S. Government mints.
What does this have to do with Eluvium? Well, eluvium or eluvial gold placer deposits are gold deposits that derive from in place weathering where the surrounding soil and sediment is washed away leaving the rich heavy gold deposits behind. These deposits are typically closer to the source where you would find the larger gold nuggets.
So, in our own little quest for gold, or in our case, gold medal worthy beer, we chose to call ourselves Eluvium Brewing Company. And we want to make beer that people not only enjoy drinking but, beer that our supporters and community can call their own. We hope you can stop in and claim your beer soon!

The Team

Jon Varner

Co-Founder/Head Honcho (When the Boss Lady isn't around)

Jon is our head brewer and jack of all trades (master of none). After spending some time nomadding around the country living in places like Cleveland, San Diego, Fort Walton Beach, and Charlottesville (to name a few) he fell in love with and finally settled down here in Weaverville. Jon spent some time working in the craft beer scene with a mobile canning company around the Carolinas as well as two breweries in Virginia before returning to North Carolina to open Eluvium Brewing Company.


Shea Lewis

Co-Founder/Boss Lady

Shea grew up not far from Weaverville in Sylva, North Carolina. She’s spent the last 15 years or so living and working in the Asheville area before moving and settling into Weaverville. On top of managing tap room operations, Shea is a medical professional, educator, and part-time unicorn whisperer.

Franklin, Rosemary, and Randy Travis

Brewery Dogs

When they aren’t treeing squirrels in the back yard or snoring in bed Frankie (he’s the little one), Rosie, and Randy Travis (he’s the little little one) are melting hearts in the tap room.