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Pisgah Brewing Co.

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3.88/5
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Place Score: 95
Ratings: 67
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.31
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[ Brewery, Bar ]

150 Eastside Drive
Black Mountain, North Carolina, 28711
United States
phone: (828) 669-0190

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Pisgah Brewing's Tap Room hours
Tues, Wed, Sat 2 - 9
Thurs, Fri 2 - until
Tours Saturday @ 2 and 3pm
Open Sunday 2-9
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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by coldriver:
Photo of coldriver
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I'm sure that for many like us, Pisgah Brewery is the beer gateway to the Asheville area arriving from the east and we made it our first stop. The first thing you notice upon stepping out of the car is that at 2,273 feet elevation, it's significantly cooler here than the sweltering Charlotte airport. So when you step inside and see a wall of taps with full pours from $3 to $5 and are immediately greeted by a friendly server you're definitely glad you made the trip.

Pisgah has around 15 taps with a good diversity of styles. I wouldn't say their beer is world-class but it's very good and certainly fresh when consumed from the tap of the place where it was brewed. The service (and other employees we talked to) were all great and had plenty of tips on other places to check out in the Asheville area. I could've spent the entire afternoon here - it has a great vibe and outdoor space with views of the surrounding mountains.

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Photo of wapcap
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

A nice little brewery East of Asheville. You could get a bus from Asheville if needed.
There brews were good. They are known for organic beers.
The only take cash, which was fine. They had outside seating, and with a 75 degree day in early February, it was nice.
It looked like they had bands occasionaly play as well.

I'd definitely recommend visiting.

Photo of humuloner22
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Go there for Pisgah beers. They usually have some guest taps but why would you do that! They have an awesome outdoor stage in the summer, you listen go great music, drink fantastic beer and they also usually have some good foodtrucks sitting out there from very good restaurants around the Asheville area. I like Pisgah, great vibe here and they usually have a nice summer schedule to listen to music under the trees!

Photo of jjboesen
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

During my recent trip to Asheville, I hooked up with the Asheville Brews Cruise. Pisgah was the first stop. Located outside of Asheville in Black Mountain on a rural drive, Pisgah is the quintessential small brewer: there is the tasting room, which brings to mind a garage with a bar. However, there is a stage here since Pisgah offers live music during the Summer. In the back, around the corner, through the rear door, are the tanks.

A great little place with a really nice pale ale. (Available at Pack's Tavern downtown.)

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Based on several visits, including some during events. Very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. In addition to a brewpub with a (newly improved) stage, Pisgah has a seasonally open outdoor stage for larger acts. Whoever books their musical acts does a great job.
Legendary beer with limited distribution: Always seems to be something on tap here that is available no where else.

Photo of blbarnett3
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

The tasting room is a big, funky, grungy former industrial space with a big stage for music and an open area with picnic tables. The guy behind the bar was friendly and very helpful. I was blown away by the beer. I have tried five at this point, the GreyBeard IPA, the Valdez Coffee Stout, Cemetary Gate, a Belgian IPA collaboration with Burial from Asheville, their Porter, and the Vortex II Chocolatized Imperial Stout. The GreyBeard was the weakest of that bunch on my rating scale, but it was perfectly fine and I wouldn't mind drinking it on a regular basis. The others were REALLY good, with the Vortex being really memorable - I put it in roughly the same category as one of my hometown faves, Enlightened Despot from Lickinghole Creek. We enjoyed a growler of the porter all weekend. It's just a well executed, easy drinking porter. It was a bit of a bummer that they only fill their own growlers, as we had hauled along some empties from Richmond for this trip, but I understand the choice from a quality control perspective. Coming from Richmond, where craft pints range between $5 - $9, their prices seemed really reasonable.

Photo of craft_shannie
3.88/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

tasting room is in an industrial park which makes you question if you're in the right spot when first arriving. once you enter the tasting room from the interior coridor, it's an expansive space with an indoor stage, long L shaped bar, high ceilings, and big garage doors that open up to a courtyard of picnic tables. very chill. and not very crowded when we were there midweek.

beers are good, nothing too earth shattering. good selection, around 8-10. no food, just some local chips available.

pisgah does a concert series & their outdoor space seems to be a perfect venue to enjoy a show w some good brews. i would absolutely love to catch a show here one day.

Photo of gribos
3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

continuing our beer tour of asheville area. Pisgah was tricky to find for our GPS, but not for us. tap room is in industrial park area right off RT 70. Very slow at around 2:30 pm today. Bartender was not very helpful or full of information, but we didn't really ask many questions. Beer was very good I had a smoked porter and my husband a pumpkin ale and we shared the belgian triple, all very good. No food except may chips for sale, looks like they do alot of live music. all in all very pleasant if quiet!

Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Located just off the highway in Black Mountain - pretty big and airy space. They host a lot of live acts here and theres also a big outdoor seating area.

Expect a full offering of Pisgah stuff, a few random guests, and occasionally bottles for sale. Tap prices are very cheap, even for the higher end stuff. Definitely a favorite stop in the Asheville area - i prefer the early afternoon vibe to the jam band wookfest that comes out at night.

Photo of austin_page
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This brewery is to be taken seriously, being smack dab in the middle of the craft beer revolution in WNC, this brewery is worth visiting and you better have some empty growlers handy. 1oo% organic beer, live music, animal friendly, pretty much does everything a microbrewery should be doing.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

I had been looking forward to making the pilgrimage to Pisgah for a long time and it sure did not disappoint. The brewery itself is kind of in an interesting area in the middle of an industrial park. It had me wondering if I was in the right place. However, as soon as I stepped foot into the taproom, I knew I was exactly where I wanted to be. It’s a big open area with a decently sized bar and a stage for live music. There are also some picnic tables outside in a courtyard area which is a really nice place to sit on a nice day. The real treat here is the beer. They have lots of Pisgah offerings on tap (all of which that I had were fantastic) and a couple other local beers, as well. The prices are terrific, too, for both full pours and flights. The bartender was nice and friendly and had no problems hooking you up with a sample of a beer if you were trying to decide which one you wanted.

Overall, this was just a really awesome place with a nice laid-back atmosphere. I’m not sure what it’s like on concert days, but it was super chill when I went. If you’re in the Asheville area, I highly recommend checking it out.

Photo of LibrariansLoveBEER
3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

The husband & I were on vacation in NC and wanted to try out a local brewery. Pisgah Brewing Co. was the brewery closest to Lake Lure so that's where we headed. It was really hard to find (no smartphone or GPS with us) we had to stop and ask for directions twice before luckily and stubbornly happening upon it. Glad we did! The service was quick & friendly, the beer was cold & cheap ($3-4 for 12 oz. pour) the vibe was eclectic & laid back. I had their Classic IPA and the summer ale, both were good, quality beers. They have an impressive stage in the corner of the taproom and I would love to come back sometime for a show. Overall, it was definitely worth the effort. If you are ever near Black Mountain, NC pay a visit to Pisgah Brewing. You'll thank me!

Photo of Dave1855
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The night I was there Lowdown was the food truck on site. The food and menu were very good. Nice selection for vegetarians and omnivores alike. Pisgah brews some wonderful beers and also has a nice selection of non-Pisgah beers. I would recommend checking out the entertainment that they have and visiting the brewery.

Photo of Cmain
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

As with many other reviewers, we were not sure if we at the right place when we pulled down the drive. You park across from the building and follow the Pisgah signs. Once inside you head down a flight of stairs into the expansive tasting room. Pretty dark on a cool winter day, but still had a cool vibe.

The beer at this place is what really shines. All four of us got flights of four 5 oz. beers and then some pints. The selection was awesome and we tried all the big beers including the Baptista, Vortex II, Valdez, etc. We all thought they were great, with the Valdez and Baptista standing out. We also tried the Bacon Stout which was interesting and definitely worth a try.

I could not recommend this place enough. Very glad we went out of our way to find this place.

Photo of akorsak
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Located 15 miles or so outside of Asheville. Our hotel on the east side of town was only 5 miles away - our closest stop!

Atmosphere: Arriving at noon, Pisgah is located in an industrial park on the outskirts of Black Mountain. Entering from the main entrance, down a short flight of stairs and into the large, open tasting room. The garage doors of the warehouse are up, bringing in light and heat. A stage inside, picnic tables outside and an L-shaped bar. A water tap (self serve with a doggie bowl below). We sat at the bar and got started.

Quality/Service: Far removed from the hustle and bustle, Pisgah was nonetheless busy with kegs, tours and other activities. Our bartender never left that bar and didn't forget about us when things got busy.

Selection: 9 Pisgah beers on tap and another 6 or so guest taps. We worked our way through the Pisgah line-up and had a few samples of the guests. Highlights were Steep Canyon and the Blueberry Wheat. From the guests, the Hoppyum and Buchi Fire (a kombucha with cayenne) were good.

Food: They sell local-made chips but were out. I believe that food trucks periodically come through.

Photo of cacarrigan
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I absolutely love this place. Placed in between Swannanoa and Black Mountain NC, this brewery tasting room is absolutely incredible. When the weather is good, there is a massive lawn out back with spaces for horseshoes and just hanging out with friends and families, and if the weather turns, the reasonably sized warehouse in which the bar is situated, where if you are lucky you will find a open game of cornhole to play in between sips of the beers.
OH the beers! This place is a hidden gem in terms of beer. The Pisgah Pale and Porter are my absolute favorites of the 2 respective styles, although to be fair, I had not tried some of the best stuff from the midwest until recently. Also, they are always rotating their taps with new, seasonal/one-off brews which are always at the least, well thought-out, and at best, are simply delicious(Their Vortex I, an imperial IPA, was the biggest eye opening beer I have ever had).
When I lived in North Carolina, I would try and visit this place once a week, but now that I live in Atlanta, I try and find excuses to visit the Asheville/Black Mountain area not only to see old friends, but also to make the visit to the first brewery I fell in love with.

Photo of tclapper
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Ever since I stopped here for the first time I've been wanting to go back again and again. There is a great atmosphere once you get in. Driving up to the place your hopes might be dashed a bit because it seems like a run down industrial complex with old wire fencing and barbed wire around the area. But once inside there's a nice bar with a small stage for musical acts and the garage doors are open to the outside where you can sit and chill with great beer on a nice day. They also have a big outdoor venue for shows they put on in the summer that looks like a good time, but I haven't been down for one of those yet. And of course the beer is good. Haven't had one yet that I didn't like. Overall it's a must stop if you're anywhere close.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Pisgah Brewing…Find us if you can!!! The perfect slogan for this place. I love it and I love that you have to work to find it. First off, Black Mountain, NC is about 15 minutes outside of Asheville, THEN you have to find it in the bowels of a light industrial park where it’s located tucked way in the back. I literally had to stop some guy and ask if I was in the right place…. Clearly I wasn’t the first person to ask. When you find it, it’s a little like a Shangri-la. Before I got out of my car, I loved the vibe. There is NO way a person ever stumbled upon this place. If you are here you deserve a good beer.

Outside there are 4-5 picnic tables and it’s basically an open air entrance. I am assuming they can close the big garage doors in inclement weather. The bar is basically tucked within a factory setting and you get the sense that you are having a beer as they make more beer in the background. And that’s essentially what you are doing. As casual as any place has ever been. The staff is extremely friendly and I was sharing tales (or he was sharing with me) with the bartender within 5 minutes of arriving. They had a guest tap or two available, with about 7 of their own beers on tap. Growler fills available and one type of bomber “to-go” as well.

Have no idea if they have food, didn’t ask and wasn’t interested. They do have a stage and music is part of the scene here.

Bottom line for me is that if you are enough of a beer geek to be reading this review (or any other) you MUST go here. It’s work to get here, you obviously have to be in the area to begin with and the vibe is unreal.

Make the pilgrimage and you will be rewarded.

Oh wait, did I mention? The BEER ROCKS!!

Photo of thagr81us
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

As stated before, this is very easy to drive by even if you have a ballpark idea on where it should be. Luckily there is a sign at the entrance with their logo and an arrow. I would likely still be driving around looking for it if there wasn't... Also as stated, there is no indication on where the actual taproom is when you do find the entrance. Parking is along the side of the warehouses. You will walk to the back (toward a small park) and go around the corner and the taproom will be on your right. I got really lucky to spot this with people being outside at the picnic tables. Upon walking in there was quite a crowd there on this nice Saturday afternoon. I walked up and found a seat at the bar (which was pretty full). I missed the last tour session as I got there right at 3 as they were going on the last one of the day. The beer selection... HOLY CRAP! Do you like Pisgah brews!? If so, get your ass here! All but 4 taps were from Pisgah (1 was root beer). I sat down to 2 samplers of things I hadn't tried before and then hung out with JackTheBear the remainder of my time here. Awesome location and I will definitely be going back. I will also be bringing nice kettle chips with me as it seemed like ALL the regulars did and it was definitely a good idea. Gotta blend in with the regulars...

Photo of babaracas
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

First off, it's incredibly easy to drive by this place, even when using GPS and even though there IS a sign. In a small industrial complex with no indication where the taproom is. Luckily there are basically only 2 buildings and all the cars will be around the building where Pisgah is located.

Inside the unit, it's a cavernous dark box with long bar along one wall and a small stage in the opposite corner. Despite at most 10 seats at the bar and no other observable furniture, there was a decent crowd over the couple of hours we spent there (5-7ish). Bartender was attentive and fairly busy. Nice guy.

Tons of beers on tap, over 20. Something like 18 of their own and a couple Victory beers. And a root beer. Pint prices ranged from $3 for the pale to $8 for the big beers, but "half-pint" pours, which were about 10 oz, were available for $4 for the bigger beers.

Bring a designated driver because you can easily kill a few or more hours in the relaxed atmosphere drinking tasty Pisgah brews. I'm sure the atmosphere is different on concert days, so check that before making the trek out to Black Mountain.

Photo of slowbie
4.18/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I feel compelled as others did to mention that this place is tough to find. But it's there.

Walk in the door with the tiny 'Pisgah Brewing Co' sign and down a short set of steps and the taproom door is open ahead and slightly to the left. We went on a Thursday around 3 pm so it was pretty empty when we got there. Just a giant room with a small stage and a concrete floor and a bar surrounded by stools. I would guess there were about 20 seats at the bar, but I didn't even see all of it because it was L shaped. Only one other guy at the bar, but the guy behind the bar was willing to talk about the beers.

They offer 5 ounce sample pours of all their beers, so we sampled Apple Jaxx, Vortex II (2009), Vortex I, Chocolate Stout, American Pilsner, and IPA. All were good, but the Chocolate Stout was the one that most exceeded my expectations. They had the best beer of the five breweries I stopped at in the Asheville area, and they are easily in my top 3 breweries in the state.

They had at least 10 of their own beers on tap as well as a few guest taps, but the bartender mentioned that they have a lot fewer of their own beers (and I assume more guest taps) in the summer because of increased demand. The prices were the most expensive of the tasting rooms I went to in the area, but still very reasonable as I found most of the beer in Asheville to be cheaper than I'm used to. For reference, most of their beers were $4/pint with stuff like the Vortexes and Apple Jaxx being $7 or $8/pint. Chocolate stout was a steal at $4 though.

It sounds like they have live music most nights, and with the acoustics that room probably has, I'll probably try to go in the early afternoon whenever I get down there. This is a stop I won't miss if I can help it whenever I'm in the area.

Photo of lpb1970
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Hit Pisgah on my from Charlotte to Asheville. As previous posters have mentioned, I was questioningif I was in the right place. Old brick warehouse buildings and a small winding path are what lead you to a nondescript office door. Once you walk in you step down some apparently hand made steps to the tasting room. As for this room, imagine if your buddy had a really big garage with a large bar. There was punk music playing on the stereo with some sort of concert footage on a video screen where the band sets up. This isn't really a tasting area. More like a dive bar in a brewery. Not a big deal for me though. I've been in worse. There was however one very bad episode in my visit, and it was pretty major. There is no A/C in the bar and a large fan blowing in the rear corner of the bar. As I walk in I smell a VERY distinct odor I recognize from the gym. Thats right fellas, its B.O. and a very aggressive case. The fan is blowing it all over the bar. It was retched. I began moving around the bar area conducting my investigation as to who was the culprit. After clearing the other patrons I realized it was the young lady behind the bar. Her unshaved armpits were emanating an odor that can only be described as rotten onions meet 3 day old road kill. Now I know Pisgah and Black Mountain for that matter are very liberal "granola" type places and I'm a big tent kind of guy but hygiene and deoderant are not evil tools of the man. If you are representing the brewery behind the bar you should keep yourself clean and odor free. My family and I had to brave the Mars like sun and heat at the outdoor picnic tables rather than breathe the noxious air in the bar. Beer was great but everyone already knows that. Anyway maybe this was just a one off experience (I hope). As I said I am a big fan of Pisgah beers. Just not a fan of body stench.

Photo of John_M
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I almost feel as if I should start off by saying "see my review of Wedge." In all fairness, while the atmosphere here is no better then Wedge's, that's really where the comparison ends.

My guess is that pretty much anyone going to Pisgah brewing reacts the same when they arrive. I know my first thought was "am I really at the right place." There's no sign outside to let you know you've arrived at the brewery, and the low buildings to your right as you drive in look like no brewery operation I've ever seen. There's only one door, and as I walked up to it (I think the building also houses some park offices), I fully expected to find it locked. However, when you walk in, you quickly realize you're in the right spot, with noise and music emenating from a large room in front of you to the left. There is an ATM right outside the tasting room, which I assume sees a lot of business when patrons find out Pisgah takes only cash. Otherwise, you quickly find yourself in a large warehouse builiding that has a moderate sized bar area to the right. There are also a few table and chairs strewn around the inside of the warehouse room, which had been opened up to allow patrons to sit outside. The tasting room is very much a no frills operation.

The day I was here, I think there were around 12 or 15 beers on tap, with some interesting, limited release selections available (reviews coming). I found quality here to be very good across the board. Some beers were better then others I thought, but everything I tried was pretty damn good.

Service was likewise pretty good. The young lady allowed me to purchase samples of anything I wanted to try, and she seemed quite knowledgeable about Pisgah beers. Apparently I had arrived just before a wedding reception, but she let me stay as long as I wanted until the guests arrived.

I didn't see any food, and it would surprise me if there was any sort of kitchen. My guess is that they probably provide/sell various snacks, and that's probably about it.

A couple of thoughts. At least IMHO, the best beers I tried all weekend were here at Pisgah brewing. On the other hand, I kind of wonder how they're doing financially. Increasingly it seems, they feature special events here, and a couple of times a week they have live music with a cover charge (I ended up having to leave the first Saturday I stopped by, as there was a band and cover to get in. I could have paid the $5, but as the band hadn't even arrived and I just wanted to sample a few beers, it sounded like I would be paying a cover charge for nothing). In any event, this is a place I would recommend to anyone coming to Asheville and wanting to check out the Asheville beer scene. Just be sure to call in advance to confirm they're open and are not having some special event.

Photo of Rbald42
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped by here today after hanging out in Asheville. Off the beaten path for sure. You'd never believe a world-class brewery such as this would be in such an unassuming location. The bar/tasting room was very dark and cold, but it was pleasant and our server was very nice. We got there around 5pm so guys were coming in for a pint after getting off. The beer lineup was very impressive. They had 2008 Vortex II on tap as well as the current years.Picked up a growler of the new roasted coffee stout and had a nitro stout and sampled a few beers. My wife was taking care of our irate 1 year old and kinda wandered around the brewery area to calm him and no one gave her any crap about it. Very laid back and friendly people everywhere. Had to leave earlier than I wanted, but felt very happy to have finally checked this place out.

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A great place to stop, once you actually find it. Got to Black Mountain, no problem. Got to Eastside Drive, no problem. Got to the business park entrance and saw the Pisgah placard on it, no problem. Drove all around the small complex, twice, looking for Building 150. Vickie finally saw a small sign with mailbox sized letters on a door in between signs for Building 100 and Building 130. Bingo! The thirst we had build up on the drive was about to be well satisfied.

Dark and cold with a small stage on the left and bar stools on the right with a giant cooler box behind, the place has the atmosphere of a small '80's rock club. Only thing missing (thankfully!) was the cloud of smoke. Wow, North Carolina has banned indoor smoking. I thought smoking was required...

Anyway, what a lineup. The full regular Pisgah line, plus seasonals like Vortex I and II, Baptista, Valdez, available in samplers and pints! Plus a full lineup of guest taps. February is stout month, so you could also get the likes of Ten Fidy, Bell's Expedition, Brooklyn BCS and others. Passed on them cause we get them at home, but we did have some Sexual Chocolate for the first time here.

We also got a nice mixed case of to go bottles, with a 10% discount on a full case. Only negative was that you can't get growler fills of the seasonals. But this is a very minor complaint.

Whata great stop!

HV

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Pisgah Brewing Co. in Black Mountain, NC
95 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.