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78 /100
Local 604 (Beer Store)
604 HAYWOOD ROAD
“Bottle shop in West AshVegas. Covid has hit it hard, but they put up a liquor store-esque divider between you & the merch so they can continue to overcharge tourists. Shop pre-covid is/was decently sized. Coolers up front, several small to medium aisles to the back. It's bigger than Bruisin' Ales was, if that helps. Dimly lit, selection is excellent. Not as diverse as Appalachian, but they have all the local jams it seems. Cider inventory is a few bottles short of the competition, but the overlap isn't exact. Staff is friendly, attentive & doesn't mind bullshitting about beers. Online orders & free local delivery available are excellent ways of keeping me interested. They also do singles of many things, much more than Appalachian's little shelf of old stuff they decided to single out. Prices are not encouraging. They are actually the most expensive game in town I've found. Overall, okay.“
MicroGrog 1 day ago
74 /100
Appalachian Vintner (Beer Store)
745 BILTMORE AVE SUITE #121
“Best bottle shop in town by default now that Tasty Beverage is done. Hard to get into the parking lot from the road. Easier to get in from the Hi-wire lot behind them. Tourist trap foodie gifts upfront, along with mixers. Organic wines & meads in the middle. 360 bar also in the middle that obviously hasn't seen use since before covid. Beer starts on the second half of the back right wall. Pitiful selection of singles. Shelf of glassware. Most stuff is sold in large format bottles or 4/6 packs. Taps on the back side of the bar when available are usually very good. Affordable to drink on premise, very cheap fill-wise. Obviously excellent selection of almost everything local, some limited edition stuff, good German section that looks somewhat fresh, Belgians are good, above average to large national cider section(though most local cider is actually pretty ho-hum). Some Spanish, a couple French, but nothing noteworthy. Cooler in the back with rtg beer & bubbly. With Tasty gone & 604 being just weird, there simply aren't options besides travling to the source. They don't take Amex & prices are high. Tasty was definitely cheaper & sold singles of everything. This place is fine, the wine guys know lots about wine, but I miss Tasty.“
MicroGrog 2 days ago
40 /100 120 MERRIMON AVE
“This is a weak example of Trader Joe's, as they sometimes carry a solid emergency weekend chunk of brews. This only location in Asheville falls kinda flat, with a short corner in the back for beer/cider, compared to a whole aisle for wine. Wines are fairly cheap, but Sierra Nevada is cheaper at the supermarket. Local favorites plus the expected copycat house brews. Maybe three brands of cider, couple varieties each. Some gas stations in the area will impress you more.“
MicroGrog 2 days ago
68 /100 155 THOMPSON ST
“My local by default, ...shrug. Still located in a lonely, desolate, dead end between the river where they just found two separate bodies & a messy landscaping company yard. Past the new brewery on the corner where they make all those trendy pastry stouts. Still behind the ratty gate covered in kudzu & other things growing. Still only two people working there, same bathroom, still no ac. The city is planning on adding a riverwalk through here in a few years, maybe. You should still go. Outdoor space is a large, & with plenty of plant dad eye candy. Bar is gorgeous if you like reclaimed spaces, but only service dogs allowed on the property strangely/sadly. No tvs, sometimes live music. Several taps, one or two guest taps, house yeast is very funky & somewhat sour, abvs all over the place depending on the batch. Mix of traditional & hybrid lagers & ales, no candy. They serve any size for any brew within reason. Prices are about a buck cheaper than downtown. They have a food truck now that looks appealing. Ole Guacamole is only half a mile away if you want a 32oz Modelo for $3. Al pastor tacos are okay.“
MicroGrog 2 days ago
84 /100 63 N LEXINGTON AVENUE
“Open air brew pub. Stainless in the background. Indoor and outdoor patio seating. Pleasant folk behind the bar. Street parking, good luck! Though I think there was some pay parking lots close by. We walked from our hotel room. All the beers I had were pretty damn tasty. I dig the ambiance too. Plenty of swag. No samples or flights for now. Plenty of canned product to go! Nice clean pissery too! I dig it.“
sloth 64 days ago
70 /100 95 PATTON AVENUE
“Neat little pub down town. Dark wood, old school type pub. Service was friendly and fast. Food was decent. Small beer selection but good quality. Overall good experience.“
sloth 64 days ago
82 /100
Local 604 (Beer Store)
604 HAYWOOD ROAD
“Local 604 has a very extensive can/bottle list. Most everything is available in singles. In a smart business decision, they lean heavily on hazies, lactose sour beers, etc. It does make it difficult for old fogies like me to walk in and find a six pack of local pilsner or regular, old pale ale. Then again, it's kind of difficult to even find packaged examples of that stuff in Asheville these days. But the salesman was very knowledgeable and friendly. The other bottle shops around town shut down as the market has changed so much, so this could be the best beer store. Definitely recommend.“
NachlamSie 120 days ago
80 /100 101 SOUTH LEXINGTON AVENUE
“We sat on the deck and were sat at an interestingly shaped table made our of a section from a tree. Quirky but cool. The beer was good and the food was very good. Service was a little slow but we were not in a rush so that was ok. Our waiter was personable and provided prompt service considering he was covering many tables. The music was all over the place which was a bit distracting and borderline too loud, but it did not detract from the experience. Good recommendation from a local.“
Poobah 126 days ago
82 /100 91 BILTMORE AVE
“Visited with my family and sat outside on the patio. It was very crowded so we decided not to wait for a table. There was an impressive selection and I had a Kolsch and Watermelon Saison. The Kolsch was very good and the Saison was good. We had fair service and the food was good. While our primary waiter was not very prompt, he was knowledgeable about their beer selection. Great design with plenty of space. Outside seating was nice and everyone had a good experience (that includes two teenage boys and my wife who drinks wine).“
Poobah 126 days ago
60 /100 101 SOUTH LEXINGTON AVENUE
“Cool joint with a lot of interesting beers. A lot of the seating was outdoors indoor white tents out back (not sure if this was the norm or seasonal... or even just pandemic protocol) but what it lacks in ambience it makes up for in beer style and friendly staff. Decent sours in particular.“
ryecatcher 145 days ago
40 /100 91 BILTMORE AVE
“Gotta be honest, this was the most pretentious and uninteresting brewery I went to while in Asheville. And the beer was very underwhelming given the 'destination' status a lot of people think of this place having.“
ryecatcher 145 days ago
88 /100 507 HAYWOOD ROAD #10
“Interior is bare-bones (literally - there's a faux whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling), but the patio is nice. Emphasis here is on beer! Servers know.their craft, not just how to serve and help but also about the beers they feature. Do they have some great beer on tap and in bottles! Worthy of at least one visit.“
Cybercat 190 days ago
82 /100 63 N LEXINGTON AVENUE
“Interior is pretty much bare bones, but that adds to the charm. Servers make you feel welcome to this splendid microbrewery. Beers are very good - no flights at the moment, but you'll want a full serving of what they have to offer! It's all open-air so it's not stuffy. Definitely worth checking out if you're visiting Asheville, and a must if you live here.“
Cybercat 191 days ago
80 /100 195 HILLIARD AVE.
“I feel like this was a bar for a long time but they are now making their own sake. Big place, lots of seating, at least two bars. I sat at the front bar and got excellent service. Funky decor.... chinese lanterns, red sequin curtains, About half the taps are guest taps and half are house sakes. Sakes are very rustic but quite pleasant. Did not try any food. Next door to Hi-wire's original location. Prices are good. Definitely worth a stop if you're on a deep dive or if you're a sake fan.“
Drake 441 days ago
74 /100 101 SOUTH LEXINGTON AVENUE
“Hugely busy on a Saturday. Didn't see much of the inside due to COVID. Outside only. Didn't eat here. Staff was friendly enough despite being mobbed. Lots of beers on tap with a lot of creativity. Maybe too much creativity. I did not opt for the Fruity Pebbles beer. But I didn't opt for a smoked wheat and their Smores version of Black is Beautiful and both were well made. Prices a bit high. Overall nice stop.“
Drake 441 days ago
76 /100 27 BUXTON AVE.
“Big modern production facility built by Green Man near their original location, which is still open. COVID-style serving, and they did that well. Didn't check out the 3rd floor which apparently has another tasting room. Ground floor was big and they were efficiently serving a big crowd. Lots of patio space, and basically, just places to drink all over the sidewalks, which I guess the city is allowing considering the pandemic. 12-15 beers on tap. I tried two flavored goses. One was good and the other was amazing. Beer to go as well. Staff as friendly as can be considering the crowd. Prices good. Overall, doesn't really matter which Green Man you go to (or if you go to them all), but definitely check out one of the old school players when you're in town.“
Drake 441 days ago
76 /100 12 CHURCH ST
“Happened upon this place after the breakfast joint I chose had a 2 hour wait. They let me in a few minutes before opening which was nice. Bar, not a brewpub as the name would suggest.. Comfortable place. Brick, rustic woods. Long bar and some tables. Nice music playing. Small but good tap list. Sipping on Edmunds Oast right now. Bacon cheddar burger is excellent. Friendly people. Good prices. Nice stop overall.“
Drake 441 days ago
64 /100 29 TUNNEL ROAD
“I've been here a few times. I often stay in the Holiday Inn across the street--JStax has good taste in hotels. Typical grocery store, lightly upscale. Solid selection with lots of locals. I glanced at the six packs and the selection looked good but I was more interested in the BYO section. No BYO holders, but the selection was good. Confused the hell out of the staff when I brought six loose cans to the register, but they were friendly and they figured it out. Decent place for ticks if you're nearby.“
Drake 441 days ago
80 /100 172 SOUTH CHARLOTTE ST.
“Fun place. Came into Asheville later than anticipated and this was near my hotel. Comfortable downstairs restaurant with a patio. All servers were friendly and those I dealt with more closely were also very informative. Margherita pizza was not to my taste but was very good. Prices solid. Beer was good. Several styles on tap and the fun part is they have several with different yeast strains on the same base. I tried two saisons and two porters in a flight of 4 which was $8. All four were good, and the character of each was quite different based on the yeast. A few things to do, in addition to growlers. The only quibble is that the beers are perfectly made, scientific, and so they could use a little character. Or maybe thats just my prejudice impacting my imagination. In any case, well worth a stop.“
Drake 441 days ago
88 /100
12 Bones Smokehouse (Restaurant)
5 RIVERSIDE DRIVE
“They have amazing food here but don't sleep on the beer either. They had about 12 of their own beers, many different styles, the 2 I tried were great. Right next to Wedge Brewing, the ambiance is a 5+ for me because I happen to like graffiti art and murals. There is nothing not to like about 12 Bones.“
coachd 481 days ago
68 /100 25 SWEETEN CREEK ROAD
“Cool looking place, very nature-friendly with a creek running right by it. Great service, food took a little long but everyone was nice. The beers are very average. I would recommend this place for the atmosphere and the food, not the beer.“
coachd 481 days ago
60 /100 27 BUXTON AVENUE
“Big impressive looking building, but this place is all about the appearance. Their merch looked cool and the layout of the building was well thought out. I got friendly service when I was there; I almost didn't go to Green Man because of how bad some of the other raters said the service was. I really wish their beer was better. It was really bland and safe, utterly forgettable.“
coachd 481 days ago
72 /100 32 BANKS AVENUE
“Big bland looking taproom with some interesting beers. Of the two I tried, one was pretty bad and the other was excellent. There were other styles I wanted to try so I will probably be back. Not a bad place, just didn't stand out in any way.“
coachd 481 days ago
60 /100 144 COXE AVENUE
“Large, dark, quiet place, lots of wood, not sure they are using their space efficiently. One guy was working there and he didn't stop moving the whole time. The beer was sub-par. It is near a lot of other breweries, so worth stopping in if you are making your own tour, but I wouldn't go out of my way.“
coachd 481 days ago
84 /100 37 PAYNES WAY
“Very cool brewery in a very cool part of town. The beer was pretty good, better than most others I visited in Asheville. Fun place, a must stop.“
coachd 481 days ago
90 /100 40 COLLIER AVENUE
“The beer here is excellent. Had a stout called Portal Between Genesis and Nonexistence, seriously one of the best I've ever had. I hit a lot of breweries that day; I would have been just as happy staying here. I will definitely be back.“
coachd 481 days ago
74 /100 91 BILTMORE AVE
“Beautiful building, plenty of outdoor seating (that's all that was available when I went), great food, beer was above average. Their flights are pre-selected, you can't make your own which I thought was pretty annoying. I wouldn't give it a 99 but definitely a cool place and worth going to.“
coachd 481 days ago
70 /100 144 COXE AVENUE
“Visited 3/2020. Beers were very average and european style beers actually quite bad. Overall score 86 way too much for this one.“
VastActiv 613 days ago
74 /100 32 BANKS AVENUE
“Visited 3/2020. Had couple of their IPAs and they were slightly better than averaga. Nice big place and easy to stop for couple of pints with friends.“
VastActiv 613 days ago
90 /100 147 COXE AVE
“Visited 3/2020. Arrived early so I got perfect place from bar desk. Very beautiful place and interior decoration is amazing. Something like 15-20 ba sours available as samples or flights of four. Waitress was very friendly and friend of Finnish javelin throwing culture so I have to give lots of credits to him! If original Wicked Weed was boring this was something else. Magnificent place!“
VastActiv 613 days ago
70 /100 91 BILTMORE AVE
“Visited 3/2020. It had just opened so not much other customer. I had sandwich and 2 flights. Beers and IPAs were very mediocre. InBev connection is pretty annoying. Boring place for masses.“
VastActiv 613 days ago
70 /100 101 SOUTH LEXINGTON AVENUE
“Visited 3/2020. Little bit of noisy and place mostly for people eating food. Didn't like atmosphere and beers were very mediocre.“
VastActiv 613 days ago
72 /100 77 COXE AVENUE
“Visited 3/2020. Pizza was great and beers... OK. It was happy hour so it was pretty cheap. Very old style low hopped beers but some people still drink these.“
VastActiv 613 days ago
74 /100 10 PATTON AVENUE
“Visited 3/2020. Very quick stop and only 2 small samples. Small dark place and has some strange feelings. Can't really say anything about their beers because I had only so few.“
VastActiv 613 days ago
74 /100 92 PATTON AVENUE
“Visited 3/2020. 2 floors but didn't go to downstairs at all because I had enough street level floor. Next to busy road so it is little noisy because of traffic. Dark place and hate say but their belgian style beers were quite messy and bad.“
VastActiv 613 days ago
80 /100 63 N LEXINGTON AVENUE
“Visited two times 3/2020. Dark place in the downtown. They have very interesting and colourful theme. Locals seem to be pretty impressed about their beers but I actually wasn't. IPAs were better than average. I can recommend this place for everyone but don't expect anything phenomenal from their beers.“
VastActiv 613 days ago
74 /100 25 SWEETEN CREEK ROAD
“Visited 3/2020. Pretty big place and it was crowded because there was trivia night. Attended trivia with beer guy from Asheville and his wife... and we won! Beers were cheap but nothing special really... lots of versatile styles though.“
VastActiv 613 days ago
76 /100
Appalachian Vintner (Beer Store)
745 BILTMORE AVE SUITE #121
“Visited 3/2020. Huge place with lots of beer and wine. There is a bar with 20 taps. Didn't examine bottle selection much because bar selection was actually pretty good and interesting.“
VastActiv 613 days ago
54 /100 4 S. TUNNEL RD.
“Visited 3/2020. They had actually "growler station" with 10 local beers. Pretty nice bottle selection for "food market" and always nice to see Guinness and Bourbon County Brand Stout next to each other on the floor.“
VastActiv 613 days ago
80 /100 37 PAYNES WAY
“Visited 3/2020. Small noisy bar with huge patio next to river. Lovely railroad theme but not my kind of place. IPA was OK.“
VastActiv 613 days ago
82 /100 21 CRAVEN ST
“Visited 3/2020. Place is huge with large outdoor area for families and children. Lots of different kind of beers available and flights were surprisingly cheap. Not my kind of place but totally understand that this place is built for families mostly.“
VastActiv 613 days ago
74 /100 265 HAYWOOD ROAD
“Visited 3/2020. Large spacious place. Wasn't really impressed by their beers... but last one I tried was best saison in town.“
VastActiv 613 days ago
78 /100 507 HAYWOOD ROAD #10
“Visited 3/2020. Nice mural building and interior decoration was sea-theme with big whale bones in the ceiling. Versatile tap selection. Worth of visiting.“
VastActiv 613 days ago
74 /100 829 RIVERSIDE DRIVE
“Visited quickly 3/2020. Interesting concept with ginger which I actually don't like very much. Other customers were pretty old. Some young local folk/hipster artist were performing. At the table noticed my beer was actually ginger cocktail so can't say anything about their beers.“
VastActiv 613 days ago
82 /100 255 SHORT COXE AVENUE
“Visited two times 3/2020. Had six day in Asheville and visited many breweries around and have to say that overall quality of beers was best in Eurisko. Bar is actually pretty shady and has lots of Twin Peaks-theme elements around.“
VastActiv 613 days ago
84 /100 40 COLLIER AVENUE
“Visited 2/2020. Lovely place very personal atmosphere. Dog smell is obvious... flight of 4 for tickers. Ipas werent great but every stronger dark beer was excellent. Little bottleshop in a corner and you can actually get single cans from bar desk if you ask politely!“
VastActiv 613 days ago
72 /100 37 PAYNES WAY
“This brewery is definitely worth the trip, and it's located just a few minutes from New Belgium, just on the other side of the river actually. A small, cozy little bar, with several offerings, but their beer is rock-solid! A very hospitable bunch as well!“
Emeister84 700 days ago
86 /100 21 CRAVEN ST
“This is one of the best breweries I have been to yet, and I'm not even the biggest fan of their beer! This place is beautiful, sitting right along the river. Plenty of parking, plenty of room to run around, stretch your legs, or nod off for a while. And their bar contains numerous taps and specialty cork-and-cage bottles.“
Emeister84 700 days ago
74 /100 195 HILLIARD AVE.
“Ben's is a funky spot. There is a very large deck out back, with multiple overheads. Inside is a little small, but there is quite a bit of seating if you're going for a meal, otherwise, the bar is a decent size. They also brew and serve their own sake, but I have yet to taste any of it.“
Emeister84 700 days ago