Beer City Tour
7 Jun 2010 Dave
For Memorial day weekend HopZilla and I packed up the car and headed to the recently crowned Beer City USA: Asheville! Besides a mini “get away from Raleigh” vacation, the goal here was to visit as many Buncombe County Breweries as possible. As soon as we got out of the car we were driven away by the Brews Cruise bus and taken to Highland Brewing followed by French Broad Brewery and returned safely to Asheville Brewing. At each stop we were treated to a top notch tours by brewery staffers. The Brews Cruise is highly recommended!
From there HopZilla used a cool Andriod app from Wolf Mountain Apps to navigate us to Oyster House Brewing and the Green Man Ales brewery (the actual Brewey NOT Jack of The Wood). While drinking from an IPA cask at Green Man we were treated to pretzels and Chipotle Mustard from Asheville based Lusty Monk mustards! Very Hot! My fridge at home is loaded with specialty mustards and the varieties I’ve had from Lusty Monk are without a doubt some of the best I’ve ever had!
Saturday was a relatively slow day as we only hit one brewery, Lexington Ave Brewing aka LAB for a pint and some food while hiking the streets of downtown. We made up for it Saturday night with a trip to Buisin’ Ales where we met up with BA’s Julie & Jason as well as Jeff from Craft Beer Radio. We traveled to the Thirsty Monk where Jeff interviewed all of us for a future episode of Craft Beer Radio. Uncle Jedi and his rocket scientist wife met up with us as well. At the Monk I had an Alvinne Extra and a Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster.
On Sunday we had a shopping excursion at Bruisin’ Ales where I picked up a bottle of Scottish Heavy Eighty Shilling Beer and a bottle of their Joker IPA plus many other brews. With the cooler freshly stocked we made the trek out to Pisgah Brewing for a flight and a few pints before heading over to Wedge Brewing for couple more pints including their Hemp Ale.
The one thing I can take away from this trip is the fact that while each brewery had several things in common (outdoor or open air seating, beer flights and IPAs), each had their own experience that set them apart. From scary warehouse locations or upscale atmospheres, informed and entertaining staffers and variety off food or music offered or NOT offered, no two Beer City Breweries are alike!
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