Dark art studio with a 90s pizza bar vibe. Ate food, food was decent. Beer was shit. No joke, cayenne pepper and coconut in a mild ale. Got a glass of bathtub brew California Common as well. Coffee was decent.
October 2011. This place has the most "upscale" presentation among the many Asheville brewcations. In fact the day we visited, we were turned away at their advertised opening time because they were "unveiling a new menu" ... We did end up having some lunch here, and the food was pretty good. The beers, however, were less than awe-inspiring. That aside, this was an enjoyable-enough stop. (#551)
Looks like it was a converted firehouse or something but unlike other places Iíve seen lately where you have a warehouse turned into a brewpub or a garage or a industrial facility this one does a great job of feeling like a neighborhood place. No tvís around so it does a good job of facilitating conversation. We went early Sunday so they had a piano player playing as we were eating. They had 6 house brews plus a big Belgian strong ale. The beers ranged from Solid to pretty damn good. By far the star of the offerings was the Oktoberfest which is listed in the database under Marzen. Just a beautifully balanced beer. They use a lot of hops for finishing so they had a dry, clean finish to them. They also have some of the cleanest and well appointed bathrooms Iíve seen and I love places that have installed those Dyson Blades in the bathrooms. You could argue there are brewpubs in Asheville with a better complement of beers, but this one was my favorite to visit on the trip.
One of Ashevilleís newest breweries. A fair bit of parking is within close walking distance. Not cheap. but free. Nice ambience... a merging of the old industrial look with exposed brick and an art studio vibe. They have a covered patio which looks like it would be nice on a day that wasnít as cold as when I visited. The food is tasty. Beers are solid, and the assistant brewer stated they are still tweaking recipes and getting used to the equipment, so the beers should get even better. The beers are cheap and the food is average priced. The bartender was nice and helpful and I had a LENGTHY talk with the assistant brewer. Good experience overall, and I hope they do well.
What an excellent location for a brewpub in Asheville. It is right in the middle of downtown so close to a massive, affordable parking garage. The building is very nice and open with tasteful and sparse decor. It fits right in with the rest of the town without looking exactly like everywhere else in town. The beer selection is pretty fair, a reasonable array of styles are offered. I had two and was neither impressed nor depressed by either. We shared two appetizers: kobe sliders and fish and chips. Both were almost tapas style, it was all about flavor and presentation and not so much about getting filled up. The kobe sliders were extremely delicious and the fish and chips were fair. My overall experience was pretty decent. Given its awesome location and a chance to try even more local beer in the AVL scene, Iíll be returning soon enough.
Visited on a Monday early afternoon. The place had just opened, so we were two of only a handful of people. The bar is really cool. Itís like a curvy swirly gig shape. The tap list is just behind the bar in a couple places. They had a nice variety of beer styles available, and for the most part they were quality beers. The bartender was attentive and knowledgeable of their beers. This place is pretty cool. I would recommend visiting.
We came here on a pretty full evening, after dinner time. Fairly crowded as one would expect at that time of night. Great location for the downtown restaurants and hotels. I thought the beers were only okay. Definitely not my favorite in Asheville. Still, this place is worth a stop in if for nothing else the location. Nice looking place as well on the inside. Seemed like a quality spot for groups, though we were only 2.
A cool new brewpub in Asheville visited on a Wednesday afternoon at opening. The bar is very cool - it is long and twists around the center. The underside has glowing lights that shine on the seats and turn them alternating colors. Dimly lit with a nice music selection in the background. There were ~8 beers on tap with 1/2 pours available. Although I only sampled 2 beers, they were pretty decent (and better than suggested in prior ratings) and Iíd certainly be interested to try more of their offerings. The food is excellent (I had the duck confit strudel). A cool place with great food - I would definitely like to come back here.