Cozy, Packed pizza pub vibe. Mountain Sun or McMenamins feel. Average beer, lots of IPA and other hoppy things, about what you would expect for American beer. Their attempt at an imperial Saison was a disastrous sugar bomb.
A small modern brewpub next to Wells Fargo, just down from the bus station. The main room is quite pleasant, with windows to two sides, and thereís a covered patio where you can play cornhole and chess. They had 15 beers on draught, available in flights of five so we had our work cut out. The service was very friendly and helpful and the pizza was very good.
(Visited 10 February 2014).
October 2011. Made our stop on a mid-week afternoon, a sunny day in October. Was fairly dead. We sat outside in what looked to be an old car dealership service lot, sitting in some nasty old waiting room stools. The sampler was extensive, but somewhat unimpressive, in general. The "nice" patio seating was somewhat less than ambiant, what with the heavy traffic flowing by. Not the worst place Iíve ever been, but not among the favorites I visited in Asheville. (#550)
(Visited 06/2015): Asheville Brewing is located in the heart of Asheville on Coxe Ave. Street parking is available in the immediate area.
The brick building has a large covered patio facing the street. Inside opens to some high table seating in the bar area, with table seating beyond. The bar runs along the left side. Eclectic decor on the walls including pictures, artwork and the like. There is a board behind the bar listing the beers available.
Asheville Brewing has around 15 beers on tap, and a sampler flight is available. On my visit the selections ranged form a few IPAs, Space Dog Wheat Ale, Red Light APA, Fire Escape, and a collaboration beer with Catawba Island/Green Man/Burial. The beers were average to decent, with nothing really standing out either way.
Service on an early weekday afternoon in the bar area was pretty good. The bartender was knowledgeable and friendly.
We did not have food on our visit, but the pizzas looked good.
Overall the quality of the beers here isnít on the level of the other breweries in the immediate area (the consensus during the visit was the beers were pretty mediocre, and retrospectively we visited several breweries that put ABC to shame). Still I can respect the history of this place and would visit again on a future trip, it just wouldnít be near the top of the list.
Located just around the corner from Craggie Brewing, this place has a concrete floor and industrial walls. The space doesnít feel particularly inviting or cozy or intimate or interesting. There seems to be just a lot of space. They have the same beer selection as the other location so if you like their beers great. Personally I think they tend to be a bit on the bland side. Fortunately at $3 a pint theyíre appropriately priced. The folks behind the bar were nice enough which is good. The other location shows movies and has free wifi from the bagel shop so Iíd probably choose that one.
This is the small satellite location. They donít have as many beers as the main site and arenít as big. There is no movie theater or extra frills, this is just a small bar to come hang out, watch some TV, and have a brew. It is nice that this place is accessible by foot from downtown, however I almost never find myself here for two reasons: the beer, though decent, isnít particularly extraordinary for Asheville and the selection has only rotated one time to my knowledge in three years, and I experienced perhaps the worst service of my entire life here. I am seriously not one of those guys who demands top notch, stellar customer care everywhere I go. Just a modest attempt at accurate and reasonably efficient service will make my day. Iím more interested in the surroundings, the beer, the food, etc. This is probably the only place in recent memory that Iíve actually been disappointed due to an abysmal waiter. We had a party of four and could not sit at the bar because it was nearly full. So we were seated which made us the second table in the entire restaurant. During the entire hour and a half only two tables were occupied. We ordered only one round of beer and nothing else. No water, no food, nothing. It took a total of 90 minutes to receive the check after placing our order. We were in good spirits upon entering and were courteous and simple in ordering, I donít see how itís possible we upset our waiter to cause him to purposefully ignore us so. Iím glad I visited this place numerous times in the past so Itís now out of my system. On my previous visits, Iíve had the pizza which is tasty.
Well I had a pretty crappy experience here. Itís a shame as its my last stop this visit to Asheville. The beer was solid and well priced. However the food (which was well priced) was pretty mediocre when I finally got all of it. The bartender/server seemed more interested in chatting than serving and I waited a long time to get food, get the rest of my food (they dropped some on the way out), get my check, etc. I will patronize the other location from now on.
Visited 03/12/15. Convenient location right in the thick of it in downtown Asheville. Its close proximity to Wicked Weed, Burial etc making it an easy stop on a crawl. The space itself is large and visually uninteresting. I sat at the bar and received prompt service. There were 15ish beers available including a few treatments of their core beers. No guests were offered on tap. Their flagship IPA, Shiva, was overly sweet, but most other things I tried were solid. Prices were OK. Overall, worth a stop if youíre on a deep dive of Ashevilleís scene.
This would be a very good brewery & restaurant in an area with less competition...but in Asheville the competition is numerous with a bar that keeps rising (good for the craftbeer fan of course). I have to say that given that, Asheville Brewing does not stand out as much for the craftbeer traveler visiting Asheville. They have a good selection of beers...no less than 15 when I visited recently. This should probably be a place you checkout on maybe your 3rd visit to Asheville...too many others rank higher.