The Thirsty Monk

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Beer entered at The Thirsty Monk

NameABV
Oskar Blues / Shamrock Death By Coconut6.5%12/21/2015
Pisgah Chocolatized Vortex II11.2%12/19/2015
Gibb’s Hundred Shearing the Wolf7.5%12/19/2015
Thirsty Monk Screaming Monk7.1%12/19/2015
Thirsty Monk Imperial Normtrooper 0%12/19/2015
Thirsty Monk Cherry Gose4%12/19/2015
Foothills Yadkin Riverkeeper Doppelbock8%12/7/2015
Thirsty Monk Must Love Coconut IPA6.8%12/7/2015
Thirsty Monk Belgian CocoNorm6.4%12/7/2015
New Belgium Hop Kitchen #10 - Hop Stout8.3%11/18/2015
Black Mountain Ciderworks Zephyrus6.2%8/3/2015
Foothills Foot Men Series: Red Rye Pale Ale5.6%8/3/2015
Highland Little Hump with Vanilla and Orange4.5%8/3/2015
Foothills Jade IPA7.4%8/3/2015
Thirsty Monk / Oskar Blues Trolley Crawl Belgian IPA6.3%8/3/2015
Blowing Rock Grandfathers Breakfast Stout0%8/3/2015
Thirsty Monk Monk in Black7.8%8/3/2015
Thirsty Monk CocoNorm6.7%8/3/2015
Haw River Newlin’s Original Belgian Oatmeal Pale5.4%8/3/2015
Black Mountain Ciderworks Pomona6.2%8/3/2015
Allagash Session Brett Ale4.65%7/20/2015
Stillwater The Devil is People6.66%7/20/2015
Victory Anniversary 19 Session IPA4.5%6/15/2015
Foothills IPA of the Month: February 2015 (Charlie)6.5%6/14/2015
Boojum Triclops Belgian Tripel9%5/22/2015
Blind Squirrel Belgian Tripel9%5/22/2015
Big Boss Prometheus Unbound8%5/22/2015
Founders Black Rye7.5%5/16/2015
Hoppin’ Frog Gangster Frog7.5%5/9/2015
Boulevard Smokestack Series - The Calling IPA8.5%4/3/2015
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Travlr  (2222) Washington, Washington DC | July 15, 2012
Large place with Belgians and Belgian styles downstairs, and American stuff upstairs. All available as flights of four, individual five ounce tasters, or full pours. But, NC law says you can’t get two five ounce tasters at once - stupid laws. Service was outstanding, and selection was unmatched in the entire region, not just Asheville. A must-stop while in the area, and worth going out of your way to try.
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
3fourths  (1496) Boulder, Colorado | February 27, 2014
Central Asheville dedicated beer bar. Belgian imports and Belgian styles downstairs. Anglo-American stuff upstairs. Saw a lot of barrelled and strong beer on the menu. Struggled to find something to drink. Picked a NZ pale ale from an English brewer which was oxidized :/
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
brokensail  (1227) San Leandro, California | December 7, 2015
This place is really quite cool. It’s sort of divided into three main parts. The downstairs is sort of the "Belgian beer bar" and they have, you guessed it, mostly Belgian beers available. At the street level is the more typical American beer bar and you can try the Thirsty Monk beers here. Upstairs they have a cocktail bar which serves excellent drinks and has sort of a cool, speakeasy feel to it. It was actually my favorite part of the place.

Anyway, my primary focus here was to try the house beers. Everything on draft is available in a flight, which is always appreciated (pretty good pricing, too). They only had three house beers on, so had to pick another offering to fill it out. Good service as well. The ambiance here is a bit generic, sadly, as the other two portions of the business are quite cool and enjoyable, I thought.

It’s a good place as you can almost certainly find something to enjoy here, regardless of your taste. Definitely worth a stop, particularly given the proximity to other things to do/places to go.
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Boudicca  (1085) London, England | April 12, 2014
The Thirsty Monk has an impressive range of beers with at least 20 on tap and about 200 bottles. Upstairs it’s spacious and airy, whilst the downstairs room is like a dungeon - long, dark and narrow with lanterns, a large Belgian flag and lots of little models of monks. It’s very much like a Belgian brown café in fact. There’s also a small patio at the front. (Last visited 9 February 2014).
84
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Ferris  (932) Burnaby, British Columbia | February 10, 2014
Upstairs is American beer with lots of wood and bright. Downstairs is Belgian with lots of stone and dark. Both fun and great. Service was more help yourself and food was passable, but beer list and atmosphere were top notch.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (842) London, England | February 14, 2014
I had a great time here. They have an extensive draft list featuring beers from the local area in addition to esoteric stuff from around the USA. They offer a four-beer flight, which was handy. Great value. Friendly and attentive service. Very convenient location. Well worth seeking out if you are in town.
78
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Braudog  (798) Phoenix, Arizona | October 5, 2011
October 2011. Right in the heart of the city, this is a cool, two-level beer mecca. Upstairs focuses on regional favorites. We went downstairs to check out the Belgian selection. The basement should’ve been painted darker to give it more of a cellar feel, and it’s not exactly the nicest setting. But they’ve got what we came for -- a sturdy lineup of continental ales, in the right glassware. The bartender was friendly and beer-smart, too, which always helps. No food after 9 though -- bummer.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK  (773) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | August 27, 2011| Updated August 29, 2011
This place has two different vibes. The upstairs area serves local craft beers with a modernist vibe and has close to a 50/50 male-female ratio. The basement served the Belgian stuff looked like a bar out of the old country and was a veritable sausage factory. Still the basement had the superior beer selection and a fairly solid selection of lambiks. The menu was not terribly extensive but the pretzels and the potato salad were both very flavorful. You can make your own flights plus they’ll sell anything they have on tap in half sizes. Definitely the highlight of the trip so far.
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
NachlamSie  (678) Denver, Colorado | March 5, 2008| Updated January 5, 2011
Clearly The Thirsty Monk has the widest Belgian beer selection in Asheville, so if I have that craving I will likely end up here. The dark, cave-like ambiance is a huge plus as well. The tap selection is fair with a reasonable selection of styles and just pricing. I found the prices for larger bottles to be rather high, reflecting about double the cost at a nearby bottle shop. I don’t mind shelling out $10 or even maybe $12 for a 750ml of Allagash Trippel, but higher than that seems a bit much. That seems to be a common problem among a few bars downtown. Anyway, by sticking to the taps and some of the smaller bottles I was able to enjoy a wide variety of Belgian brews served in brand appropriate glassware while relaxing in the dark and keeping a fair bar tab.
2010
I cannot believe I haven’t updated about the Thirsty Monk.They have gone balls to the wall in the past two years. Of course, they’ve added an upstairs which focuses solely on American craft beer and they have also added a kitchen which serves up mouthwatering food. Thirsty Monk went from being a good bar that specializes in Belgian beer to being a force to be reckoned with when it comes to all things beer. Superbly bad ass place now. They have become a mandatory beer destination.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh  (622) Tampere, Finland | October 26, 2014
Rather big bar divided into two. American and Belgian bars. For me the Belgian one wasn’t that interesting so I hit the American one. Nice selection of no so common brews, friendly service and rather cozy atmosphere. Not a bad combination.

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