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 Grandfather’s 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
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous  (114) Lexington, Kentucky | December 19, 2015
Solid beer bar with two bars - American and Belgian - on two different levels and then a cocktail bar on the third flood. Solid selection overall and solid prices. When not busy, the servers downstairs will get you a beer from upstairs. No super rare Belgians, but nice selection.
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.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
katmandu72  (17) , | November 16, 2015| Updated November 23, 2015
Wow. This place just makes you happy. The atmosphere is amazing and the beer selection is just fantastic. Pick a spot and hang out all night. This place rocks!
74
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
JCW  (135) Cincinnati, Ohio | October 15, 2015
I spent my time in this place in the Belgium bar down stairs. Didn’t have the food or frankly spend much time upstairs. Bar had five or six tap handles, a couple were Belgium imports. It had lots of Belgium style bottles. Ambiance was rustic, very low lighting. Years ago I would have given this place a much higher rating, but now it just doesn’t stick out like it might have 5 to 6 years ago. I’d still recommend a visit, but there are lots of breweries in Asheville and I probably recommend going to them first.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
radio_nowhere  (88) Maryland | September 12, 2015
Final destination one night during our long weekend in Asheville. We opted to go downstairs to the Belgian bar. The bar had a darker ’Belgian’ atmosphere with a long bar and some tables. Obviously the focus was on Belgian beers; some imports, US made and even Monks Cafe made. Sharing two flight the beer was great and so was the service. Downstairs seemed more laid back and quieter than upstairs. Overall a great experience and would love to come back.
86
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Pivoyager  (88) Gaithersburg, Maryland | March 18, 2015
The Thirsty Monk is a well-loved downtown craft beer bar and was the first stop on my recent Asheville Beercation. You cannot miss it: located on the busy corner of Patton Avenue and Coxe Avenue (the latter will take you a few short blocks to the South Slope District and several breweries), the Monk does business in a quaint lavender brick building complete with a large painting of himself on the outside. Upon entry is the first floor bar area, a single room furnished with several hightops and tables comfortably surrounded by the inevitable array of beer paraphernalia. At the far end of the moderate-sized bar is the open kitchen, where eclectic and cheap grub can be had and enjoyed. There is also a water station from which thirsty patrons may hydrate themselves. (I noticed plenty of these throughout San Diego – a good idea, too!) Downstairs is the more intimate Belgian bar – and the restrooms. And if you seek whiskey or a cocktail, there is another floor upstairs (through the elevator door) called “Top of the Monk.” As of late, they now brew their own beer a few miles south near the Biltmore Estate and offer about 36 taps (20 upstairs, 16 downstairs) and a worthy choice of bottled brews. During my visit (upstairs and downstairs) I enjoyed: Thirsty Monk Autumnal Ale, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Highland Thunderstruck, Stillwater Brontide, Ommengang Valor and a rarity to the East Coast, something wonderful from Colorado’s Crooked Stave. The Monk has a pretty reasonable pricing system for a full pour or a half pour dependent on the beer (of course!) – I mean, c’mon, $6.00 for a pint of Founder’s Breakfast Stout! In any case, the Thirsty Monk is a MUST when in Asheville.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Ieatplates  (12) , | January 21, 2015
68
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth  (191) the Containment Area, North Carolina | October 28, 2014
decent place, Upstairs gets the benefit of daylight, service has been mixed for me here, this last trip had no problems, other visits, been slow. selection is good, though maybe not as unique as it once was. no food, prices are inline with area, I’ve haven’t had the chance to sit outside here, could be good people watching, first floor has a section autographed by various brewers that have done event’s there, kind of cool. fine place, good place to start a crawl as they open earlier than most of the breweries.
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.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
chinchill  (151) South Carolina | September 13, 2014| Updated September 16, 2014
Two bars in one place, but the Belgian bar in the lower level largely accounts for the fame of this outstanding pub. Limited but tasty food selections. The downstairs Belgian bar is quieter and more sedate than upstairs. The service people are very knowledgeable: good thing given the number of strange and rare beers that come to their taps. They have up-to-date printed lists with descriptions for the beers on tap. Acceptable but not low pricing in a city with fairly low priced beer.

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