United States > North Carolina > Asheville
Beer Available At The Thirsty Monk (arranged by most recent)
Ballast Point bOOb Check Ale 57, SKA Hibernal Vinifera Stout 94, New Holland Barrel Aged Blue Sunday 13 (2010 - * ) 98, Sierra Nevada Wolfinanny , Green Flash Double Columbus IPA 98, Ilkley Siberia 78, Local Option Sweet Leif 73, Foothills Jade IPA 97, Beer Army Fat Cow Brown Ale , Fonta Flora Wisteria Porter , Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA 98, New Belgium Lips of Faith - Lindsey’s S’more Porter 79, Founders Backstage Series #8: Sweet Repute 98, Troubadour Magma Special Edition 2013 Galaxy 97, Off Color Troublesome 85, Mort Subite Kriek 58, Fonta Flora Local Kiwi , Ballast Point Homework Series Batch #2 - Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale 86, Off Color Cat-Sip Hibiscus Gose , Foothills Cottonwood Endo IPA 78
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Butters (179) Richmond, Virginia | October 13, 2008
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Probably my favorite bar I’ve ever visited. I was fortunate enough to visit late on a tuesday night. So I was the only patron downstairs! Needless to say, the service was spectacular. My bartender, Zoe, was extremely friendly and, while not the most knowlegeable about beer, was hands down the coolest bartender I’ve ever come across. I’ve never seen so many belgians on draft. The Upstairs also had some rare regional beers. I could easily have spent an entire evening upstairs, and then gone back the next day for the downstairs. Prices were not unreasonable (especially if you do the flights for only $9). This place is a MUST.
brentfeesh (80) Gadsden, Alabama | September 24, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Visited twice during Brewgrass. Two pubs in one…How can you beat that!? I guess you could say it is like the Bick Store in Atlanta only much larger. The upstairs has American micros and craft brews (mostly on tap) and the down stairs has the Belgian Bonanza. I actually liked the atmosphere of down stairs better, but my friends wanted to stay with American brews…So there you are (though you can take beers between levels). Friendly knowledgeable staff and it looks like they have some good snack food. The beer selection is second to none in Asheville. Outstanding selection of Belgians and a very good selection of American craft. Well worth you stop!
dchmela (102) Orlando, Florida | September 3, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Really is two pubs with American micros on the top floor and Belgians in the basement. Upstairs had some cool rare local micros on tap and were featuring a family happy hour that was more for families to have a pint. We then ventured downstairs and found a wonderful selection of tap and bottled Belgians. The staff was courteous and helpful. A must try when in town.
unclemattie (112) Georgia | August 26, 2008
50 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 8/20
Contemporary vibe. Very nice selection of beers. Surprising West Coast selections available. bright white walls kinda scared me off. the large open windows and siddwalk seating was attractive. Prices were not. I’ll stick to the pub across the way.
KommieBob (1) | July 25, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
Was in town for a show and to taste Asheville’s beers. Downstairs is primarily Belgian beers, upstairs was just recently opened with American beers. Belgian selection, both domestic and foreign, was amazing. Great selection of taps and bottles. Staff was knowledgeable and willing to give samples. Prices reasonable based on the the half- or full-pour model. Upstairs selection of micros was compelling, though there was a discrepancy between the menu and what was available on tap. Nice cheese plate selection. Overall, a very memorable experience.
Nate (268) Indiana, Pennsylvania | May 31, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Great place for Belgian beers, both by the bottle and on tap. Went here first thing after our drive up from SC and had a few flights each. Great draught selection, including some stuff that I’d never heard of - nice bottle selection, too. Limited food, but well prepared. Friendly service and knowledgeable. Saw the one waitress looking at a beer site on the cash register computer to answer a question for someone. Great place to hang - I imagine it gets pretty busy at night. We were there around 4pm on a Saturday, and there were only maybe 10 people in the place.
azazel24 (4) | April 9, 2008
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
my wife and i came up for 3 day weekend and had to check this place out. the place has a cave feel to it and a the decor is great, however when we sat at the bar for sandwich’s and good abby beers things took a turn for the worse. the bartenders really didn’t know much about what they we serving, they are more than willing to give you a taste:-). don’t even ask to have a bottle recoomendedb cause neither bartender had tasted most of the bottles they offered. we tried to order the crepe’s but were steered(only after the bartender had told us that they were only reheated) towards the french bread sandwichs. sandwich’s were ok for bar food but what pushed us over the line was when the bartender stop making our sandwich and cheese plate and started pouring beer. she then resumed making our sandwich’s without washing her hands or gloves. the wife almost lost it.lol. All in all it’s hard to stomach paying $6.5-$35(over double then what they charge in the stores) for great beer and bad food and unknowledgable nosense from the bartenders. frankly i was stunned.
gueuzeisgod (3) Graham, North Carolina | March 28, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
We visited Asheville for a three day relaxer, went on a wednesday night, luckily it was not crowded at all, maybe a dozen people there, so we got immediate attention by the wait staff at the bar. Great ambiance, thank God there was no smoking because I really like to smell my beer. The selection was great- Chimay, DuPont, many others on tap. Bottle selection was superb- they had Cantillon Grand Cru, Iris and Classic Gueuze in 750ml. Oud Beersel Gueuze, some other standard lambics, most everything available in this state. Prices were acceptible, but if I lived in Asheville, I couldn’t visit nearly as often as I would like- my paycheck would disappear. Really wish every city had a place like this. Visit them if you can.
NachlamSie (542) Denver, Colorado | March 5, 2008| Updated January 5, 2011
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
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.
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.
Sponan (1) Johnson City, Tennessee | February 23, 2008
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Nice intimate feel, but the basement location with concrete walls results in a fair amount of noise. Service gets major knocks. Small place, but no table service. You have to fight through the people seated/standing at the bar to order drinks and food. And the second time I was there, the bartender had to search out the proper glass for the draught ordered. Also several kegs were empty. Excellent selection of bottles, but most everything on tap is lighter in color. They could stand to diversify the styles on tap a bit. Also have to knock the food for being a bit pricey with only three or four choices. I didn’t expect typical bar food, but some food to go with high abv beer is usually a good idea. It’s early, and I will revisit my review after a few months. Hopefully some of the kinks can be corrected. Still, all in all an enjoyable place to visit. Just make sure to eat before you go.
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