A community, having fun, drinking award winning beer.
Oklawaha Brewing is a brewery & taproom located in the heart of historic downtown Hendersonville. Oklawaha has won numerous brewing awards over the years, focusing on hop forward IPAs, crisp lagers, and locally fruited sours. Oklawaha also features regular live music and serves as a community hub for locals and tourists alike.
In addition to great brews, Oklawaha hosts live entertainment 7 nights a week. From trivia to mountain music jams, and full bands on the weekends the OBC schedule is packed with vibrant events. Voted best live music venue in Hendersonville (Mountain Express) numerous times.
Having won “Business That Best Represents the Spirit Of Hendersonville” multiple times (Mountain Express) since its inception, regularly hosting a ‘Charity Of The Month’ and has donated to many local charities.
Since 2015 Oklawaha has been a hot spot for community fun.
The name Oklawaha, pronounced ‘Awk-La-Wa-Ha’, refers to the creek that runs through the middle of Henderson County. According to long time historian Frank FitzSimons it means ‘'slowly moving muddy waters’ in Cherokee. A hundred years ago the name Oklawaha was a very common in Henderson County. Today, only a few spots including the Oklawaha Greenway and the Brewing Company keep the name alive.
The mud has nothing to do with the quality of the water of the Oklawaha. We took this name to honor the fact that people have been seeking out this water for centuries. The same water we use to brew these beers is the water that brought the Cherokee to these lands. And the Creek before them. And the moon-eyed people before them…but that’s a story for another time.