Located in downtown Asheville. Main floor has all the local and regional beers. Downstairs contains all the Belgium style imports. Very nice selection of beers. Food is good. Nice atmosphere. Definitely a place to visit when in Asheville.
An unpretentious beer bar partly hidden in downtown Asheville, and happily within staggering distance of a reasonably priced hotel. The purple exterior scarcely reveals what lies within. When you walk in, it looks like a typical neighborhood bar, beer advertisements for decor, a bit run-down. However, the laid-back appearance merely adds to the appeal. Their selection is absolutely amazing, including lots of brewskis I have never seen before. Do try some of the local brews! I haven’t tried any food yet, so my personal jury hasn’t assembled for that. However, their service is very good, alert and quick, friendly and welcoming. If you plan to stay in Asheville for any appreciable length of time, this is a must!
Great location. I was visiting asheville for a bachelor party. I had really high expectations for this place. It was wonderful. However, Upstairs was on a stone take-over and downstairs had maybe 5-6 kegs out by 11 pm with nothing to replace them. It was halloween party night in asheville. I was only there for one night, I really think it was an off night. I did get to try the tilquin gueze for my first time..... WONDERFUL!!!!
7/18/11 thirsty monk....meh, dece tap list, cool random vintage brews laying around...apparently 200+... ?
downstairs has a better vibe... it’s cooler (temperature) as well which helps in july. it is a little pricey but the beers are served properly by people who really understand what they are doing.
i wouldn’t touch the food after watching the boh staff and their kitchen situation....no hood, oven, skills, etc (worse than paps!)...
October 2011. Right in the heart of the city, this is a cool, two-level beer mecca. Upstairs focuses on regional favorites. We went downstairs to check out the Belgian selection. The basement should’ve been painted darker to give it more of a cellar feel, and it’s not exactly the nicest setting. But they’ve got what we came for -- a sturdy lineup of continental ales, in the right glassware. The bartender was friendly and beer-smart, too, which always helps. No food after 9 though -- bummer.
Stopped by on night prior to Brewgrass. Upstairs ambiance is nothing special and its weird that dishwasher/prep area right there. he was cleaning fish and that stunk up place for a minute. However did get awesome brews, they had vertical of sexual chocolate going. Downstairs has better ambiance and cool selection as well. great place wish i could have gone back
Shag (81) Chattanooga, Tennessee | September 8, 2011| Updated August 28, 2012
This bar has two seperate bar areas. The top bar is micros and some exports. The downstairs bar focuses on Belgian style beers. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. I did not eat here so I can not comment on the food but it seems to be a simple menu of mostly sandwiches. Good selection of taps and bottles and they do half pours for a discounted price. A must visit
magsinva (180) Virginia | September 2, 2011| Updated December 31, 2015
Went to the downstairs Belgian old world style bar. The Belgian selection is fabulous and they serve half pints and custom flights. The negative is the food. While it’s good, it’s not well organized or exactly as advertised. For instance, the Panini was a crusty baguette not a panini. If you are downstairs in the Belgium section, then after 10 pm, if you want to order off their late night menu then you have to go to the upstairs bar and wait on your food yourself. Annoying. The two bars aren’t integrated even though they are clearly run by the same folks. I’ve been to other places with split level bars that don’t have this issue.
This place has two different vibes. The upstairs area serves local craft beers with a modernist vibe and has close to a 50/50 male-female ratio. The basement served the Belgian stuff looked like a bar out of the old country and was a veritable sausage factory. Still the basement had the superior beer selection and a fairly solid selection of lambiks. The menu was not terribly extensive but the pretzels and the potato salad were both very flavorful. You can make your own flights plus they’ll sell anything they have on tap in half sizes. Definitely the highlight of the trip so far.
This is a must stop if you are in Asheville and a fan of Belgians of all kinds. I didn’t have anything to eat, but there are a wide variety of beers on tap upstairs and down, they do half glasses, and are very friendly. The world needs more bars like this.