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Beer Available At The Thirsty Monk (arranged by most recent)
Birra del Borgo Rubus 95, Terrapin White Chocolate Moo-Hoo 95, Catawba Valley Winter Sun Sour Ale , Coronado / Maui Two Islands Hibiscus IPA 84, Unibroue La Terrible 99, Unibroue La Fin du Monde 99, Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale 98, Evil Twin Falco IPA 97, New Belgium Lips of Faith - Le Terroir 100, Saison Dupont Cuvťe Dry Hopping 98, Saranac High Peaks Lemon Ginger 65, Lagunitas A Little Sumpiní Wild Ale 98, Big Boss Sack Time Amber Rye 61, De Proef Flemish Primitive 93, St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition 94, Oskar Blues Red Fox Ale , Blue Point Sour Cherry Imperial Stout 91, Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor 97, Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw/Blue 100, Engelszell Gregorius Trappistenbier 95
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deyholla (248) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | February 4, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Stopped in during my visit to Asheville. A nice large bar both upstairs and down with a large number of taps that had a nice combination of locals and others. Service was good and the bartender was quite friendly/knowledgeable. Didnít try the food on my visit. Prices were good overall. Definitely a great beer bar.
Kinz (58) Glen Allen, Virginia | February 2, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting place. Upstairs American micros, downstairs Belgians and Belgian style micros. Food served upstairs is acceptable pub grub, but nothing outstanding, and the "kitchen," although totally open, isnít much more than a revved up prep area with a single oven. But the beer selection is awesome - they have clearly worked hard to bring in some very rare and hard to find beers on tap. I can walk into a lot of places like this and only find 1 - 3 new beers to sample - here I had something like 10 or 11. And not all just odd North Carolina beers, these were from all over the place - Green Flash in California, beer from Italy, Belgium, Nebraska, etc. I would suggest going across the street to Jack of the Wood for food, and then hitting this place for beer. Hitting it hard. They also offered samplers of everything, and even provided a nice little piece of paper to write down and place your order, and then you got it back to scribble your notes. If only the food had been a notch better... Oh yeah, the service was trying its best, but they were woefully short staffed for the crowd that was present. Canít blame the workers, they were trying, but whoever did the scheduling needed to add at least two more people to the shift.
jbruner (83) Tallahassee, Florida | January 30, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Nice double story beer bar; the upstairs is very open, including an open air viewable kitchen, while the downstairs has a cellar vibe. Service was good, attentive and nice, seemed very knowledgeable about what they were serving, more so downstairs than up. Great selection, American craft upstairs with a lot of local and/or hard to find, and great belgian list downstairs, on tap and in bottles. Food was decent, nothing to write home about, but it gets the job done when you have had a few pints. Prices you would expect to pay for the beer youíre getting and the city youíre in. Great place, a must stop for beer connoisseurs.
Cliff (54) Avon Lake, Ohio | November 28, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
I was excited to try the downstairs "Belgian Bar" but it was rented out for a Goose Island private event. The upstairs was quiet, only a few other customers. Nice selection of American craft beer, most of which was somewhat local. I ordered a pizza and while it was good, the description sounded better than the end product. Prices were on par with the area. The bartender was good but not overly friendly, which I donít mind. Overall another great beer spot in Asheville.
MlhopeTC (18) Orlando, Florida | October 24, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
You have to go downstairs, that is all there is to it. While we were there the upstairs had some relatively common local beers on tap and we werenít overly impressed. Iíve heard they get lots of special releases from local NC breweries, so we were obviously there at the wrong time. Downstairs though, is awesome. Super knowledgable staff and fantastic Belgian beers. I tried a bunch of stuff I hadnít even seen before and their bottle list has some nice options too. Itís no Redlight Redlight, but it was a great option in Asheville after the breweries closed up.
dlovell2 (12) Columbia, Maryland | October 19, 2012
54 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 10/20
Iíve seen write ups on this place in a lot of publications and this was a must go place for me on our Asheville trip. I was very disapointed. Very uncomfortable cramped bar. The bartenders were not helpful or friendly. I can say there was a good selection of brews and the set up with the taps out the side of the walk in cooler is cool.
Shelltown (6) North Carolina | August 6, 2012
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
The best beer bar in Asheville no questions asked. Clean glassware, huge selection of draft and bottles. Very knowledgeable staff. Upstairs is an American pint house and downstairs is a Belgian theme.
Travlr (1257) Washington, Washington DC | July 15, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
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 canít 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.
adam42381 (41) Fort Myers, Florida | June 27, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
The wife and I were in Asheville a couple weeks ago and decided to check out BeerAdvocate to see where we should visit and Thirsty Monk was a place I knew we needed to try out. Their selection was excellent and the fact that they had a separate Belgian room downstairs was really cool. I was able to try Surlyís CynicAle on tap which was a real treat (they were selling it for charity donations since itís technically illegal to sell in North Carolina). All in all Iíd say it was a great trip. My only complaint is that the female bartender we had wasnít the friendliest. She wasnít terrible, but she didnít seem to be in any mood to chat.
b3shine (215) Cincinnati, Ohio | June 15, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 10/20
I was very excited to try this bar, and was completely underwhelmed. Probably my least favorite spot in Ashville. They had nothing in the Belgian bar downstairs in terms of decent lambics or geuzes, and their prices are OUTRAGEOUS (I paid $4.50 for an 8 oz Berlines Weiss that was $4/pint at Barleyís. The menu was small and forgettable. The only decent thing about the place was the staff. This might be a special place for novices, but thatís about it.
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