(Visited 06/2015): Oscar Bluesí North Carolina brewery is located in Brevard, about 45 minutes from Asheville on Mountain Industrial Drive, off 64. There is a large gravel parking lot next to the building.
There is a large open patio outside with ample seating and a bar. Inside a flight of stairs through an archway made out of cans leads upstairs to the taproom. The brewery is visible from the stairs and through windows in the taproom. A bar runs along the left side of the taproom, and there are tables in the rear. Merchandise and beer to-go are on the opposite end. Industrial/DYI decor in the bar. The beers on tap are listed on a board behind the bar.
As for the beers on draught, there are around 10 taps, with several flagship beers plus some less common options like Bourbon Barrel GíKnight, Watermelon Pils and a collaboration with Beavertown called Judas Porter. The beers were all solid. Cans (including a root beer) are also available to drink on premise or take away.
Service on a relatively busy Thursday afternoon was pretty good. The bartenders were friendly and attentive.
Food is not served at the brewery.
Overall this is a pretty good spot to visit outside of Asheville. The experience and selection isnít on par with Sierra Nevada , but I would probably visit again on a future trip.
Not the prettiest place, but then I saw BA Ten Fidy on tap and didnít care anymore. Love OB beers. Not a huge tap list, but of good quality. Nice gift shop too. Not impressive was the GKnight being sold in cans that was 9-10 months old. I expect brewery fresh from the source, not stale crap. No excuse for that.
Visited on a Tuesday just after they open. The place seemed mostly dead, but that is probably the norm during the hour I was there. Itís a huge warehouse type facility off the beaten track in a sparsely populated town. They have a large outdoor patio that is mostly under roof and has a small station set up with 2 taps. A food truck was outside on my visit, but not yet open. I think the bartender said it opens around 4 PM. The remainder of the taproom facilities is up a flight of stairs just inside the entryway. The taproom is fairly large with a couple tables and a few booths set up surrounding the bar. On my visit they had 12 beers on tap, some duplicates, and a few special things. There was also a cask going. I was a bit let down that they didnít have more taproom exclusive things available. In the can cooler they had all the regular things, plus a few of their recent special run beers and a Barrel Aged Gubna can. The Barrel Aged can was a bit pricy at $10 each, but Iím hoping it tastes good enough to warrant it. An oddity of the place is that the bartender said we couldnít buy cans and drink them on site. All on site consumption had to be draft. I donít know why that would be. Regardless, we had a decent time here. Picked up some cans we hadnít seen elsewhere because they were already sold out, and we got to try a couple one-offs. The merch section was pretty cool, but everything seemed overpriced, so didnít end up buying anything but beer. Despite the quirks of my visit, I would likely come back. The quality of the beer is definitely there, just not the variety I crave.
Friendly and helpful staff on each of my 3 or 4 visits.
16 taps in the second story taproom that has a wall of glass overlooking the brewery. Gets crowded on weekends. Godd view out the window behind the bar... you can forget you are in an industrial park. Tap prices are reasonable but take away cans are surprisingly high priced.
Stopped by here while in the Asheville area, maybe 25 minutes south of the city. Pretty large looking operation once you find it out there. There was a food truck, outside seating and a indoor bar. Bar and food truck service were great, draft list of their popular beers and some new/brewery exclusive stuff. Only disappointment was no tour announcements despite listed times, bar staff seemed confused too. Overall worth checking out if in the area, glad some west coasters are building additional facilities within driving distance!
A big warehouse operation in the middle of nowhere almost, but a nice outdoor patio and an indoor tasting room overlooking the cellar. Very family friendly, which is what I think they were going for in the area. Service was great, very friendly, prompt, and pretty knowledgeable. Selection was pretty awesome, the basics, plus lots of one offs, casks, cans you canít find in distribution. Food trucks frequent outside. Most definitely worth a stop on your way south out of Asheville.
Larger-scale operation here, with a taproom upstairs in the factory featuring flights, pints for enjoyment plus bottles and growlers to go. Had live music the night we were there. Thereís also an outdoor seating area (and a food truck that day). Nice they have some stuff to occupy the kids (like - tricycles, cornhole) so Mom and Dad (and everyone else) can relax with a pint.
The Oskar Blues brewery is in a large modern warehouse but has a surprisingly cosy tasting room upstairs and a small shop. We had a very interesting tour led by the head brewer, Noah. Iíd never seen a canning machine before and found it fascinating! (Visited 7 February 2014 on the RBWG bus tour).
> A fun tasting room inside a mega capacity brewhouse
>> Huge space here slotted to distribute all over the east coast. Guided tours available, reminded me a bit of Rogue on the inside with the elevated tasting room. Decent amount of house beers on tap, but only two were special editions; everything else was their normal line up. Staff was awesome- very friendly. Had cans for sale to go and drink on premise, some of them were new to me but the quality was suspect. Overall, if you are on a group tour and want to learn about the brewing process, this is a fun stop. But if you are after new beers and really good beers, Iíd skip.