New & Notable Eateries—May/June 2017

New & Notable Eateries—May/June 2017: The scoop on WNC’s latest dining destinations
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Oak and Grist, Black Mountain
This small-batch distillery opened in March and uses methods passed through generations and honed by partner Russell Dodson, who grew up under the tutelage of his father, a master distiller. Artisanal spirits are flavored with local ingredients like barley from Asheville’s Riverbend Malt House. The whiskey is aging, but the gin, which will soon feature Appalachian botanicals like sumac, is available now in the tasting room. 1556 Grovestone Rd.; (828) 357-5750;

Jargon, Asheville
Jargon will open this June to satisfy West Asheville’s eclectic side. Tables made from vintage bowling lanes offer ideal cocktail-sipping spots, and the back garden is just the place to take in a sunset. Dinner will come in small plates or sharables with what owner Sean Piper refers to as an “all American melting pot” menu, which will include everything from sushi rolls to caviar and crème fraîche. 715 Haywood Rd.; (828) 785-1761;

Homeplace Beer Co., Burnsville
After going wet in 2010, Yancey County opens its first brewery this spring. Head brewer John Silver offers a true farm-to-beer experience, working with local growers to source grains, herbs, and spices to create a large selection of brews, from lagers and saisons to nitro stouts and kettle sours. A pop-up caterer provides southern bites three days a week. 6 S. Main St.; (828) 467-1856;

Well Played, Asheville
This board game bar, which opened in March, pairs classics like Monopoly with comfort food and libations. Guests pay a $5 fee for all-day access to the game library. Food options favor nostalgic eats, including “snack flights” of candy and crackers or an adult grilled cheese made with pimento or bacon. 58 Wall St.; (828) 367-7121;

Photographs by (Oak and Grist) Rachael Goldberg; (Well Played) Jonathan Moore