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Asheville Brewing Company

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Asheville Brewing CompanyAsheville Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.8/5
Based on:
32 Beers
254 Reviews
Place Score: 85
Reviews: 35
Visits: 99
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

73 Coxe Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801
United States
phone: (828) 255-4077

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ashevillebrewin

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Place added by: GCBrewingCo on 06-20-2005

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Reviews: 35 | Visits: 99
Photo of khargro2
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

My visit was on a Tuesday afternoon for a business trip. We were looking for somewhere to bide time and this brewpub seemed like a good choice. They have a nice outdoor area that is almost the size of the restaurant...looks like it would make a decent music venue, but currently hosted one family, several hipsters with dogs, and a couple of bums. We decided to eat inside because of the dogs and bums.

The brewery was very representative of Asheville with tattooed employees and a very social crowd. Maybe we chose the wrong menu items, but the beer and food were both just OK. Still not a bad place to relax, but with so many breweries in Asheville, I would pass over ABC next time. (692 characters)

Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75

Next we walked a ways past the local bus station and into the "brewery district" for a visit to one of the city's oldest (1998) craft breweries. The bar itself was small and a bit over-hot already at noon on this fine spring day, so we settled outside in the large covered patio. Service was a little spotty out there, but the servers were pleasant when they actually came to the table. They had a lot of beers of varying styles, but most were just mediocre. The best of the lot for me were the Bronson Oat Brown and the Holy Ninja Oyster Porter. A big deal was made about their recently released double IPA, but I didn't love it. The brewery is known for pizza, pub food, and being kid friendly. They can some their beers and I found them in restaurants and bars all over town. Worth a spin by, but not the best place we found in town. (844 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Located around the corner from the excellent Hi-Wire Brewing Company, Asheville Brewing is one of the area’s older brewpubs – this location is where their beer is brewed and distributed; there are two others in the region. It is a popular venue, spacious, homey and bustling with families, tourists and regulars seeking out their beers. There is a small bar area towards the front with a dining area adjacent; in another room (where one can find the restrooms) is another dining area. Like many Asheville establishments, ABC offers a large (sheltered) outdoor patio.

There are usually eight drafts available: several of which are offered year-round. There most popular seems to be the Shiva IPA, which is refreshing while not overwhelmed by hops; others include a sessional IPA (Perfect Day), Ninja Porter and Scout Stout. Beers are available to go - as do most places in Asheville.

Food-wise, the menu contains the usual assortment of pub grub that involves an eclectic array of burgers, sandwiches and pizza. (That said, their buffalo wings can be described as palate melting. Hot! Really hot!) During the warmer months, ABC even shows movies. Nice touch and a very nice place for some decent beers. But one dares not tarry as Asheville offers much, much more ….. next stop: Burial Beer, which is another short walk. (1,327 characters)

Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Good location that was easy to find but it was dirty and seemed to be a hole in the wall. Food was not great, but I did not try pizza. The beers were average, with a few standouts like Shiva and Ninja. One of my least favorites places in Asheville, definitely not a must see. You can buy their core beers at any bottle shop in town and take them home. (351 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This is a cool joint. Huge outdoor seating area underneath a roof making it all weather, with a ton of outdoor games, including jumbo jenga and magnetic wall checkers and chess. Plenty of seating indoors, as well, with booths and tables, as well as a shorter, straight bar. Three televisions throughout to air various sporting events or what not. 8 or so beers on tap, with beers to go in growlers. Plenty of swag available, as well. Good beers, too. The staff was friendly and quick to serve, and pretty knowledgeable about the beers. There was a pizza buffet going on while we were there, but we didn't eat. That was a fun joint, with a great vibe. Worth checking out if you are in the area. (693 characters)

Photo of craft_shannie
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

great pizza & food! they have a lunch buffet that looked & smelled wonderful, but we werent that hungry & decided on splitting a plate & appetizer. pizza looked really good & everything we had was great. nice mixture of indoor or outdoor seating. service is good/average. beers are good/average, as well.

i would go back & recommend for the food (not just as a destination for just the beer). convenient to downtown. (418 characters)

Photo of BonneyfiddlePapa
2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Atmosphere: A counterculture/pseudo hipster pizza joint. The outside sitting area is actually rather nice, but that's about all Asheville Brewing Company has to offer.

Quality: While the service and beer were poor, the food was decent and reasonably priced. If you're interested primarily in food rather than drinks, there's definitely quality to be found.

Service: Weak. There were several long spells without contact, even though I was there at 3:00 in the afternoon, and one of a very few guests.

Selection: Seven beers on tap, including Shiva and Ashevillian. I had a flight, and all were average at best, with several being so tasteless and boring I didn't bother to finish them. Amongst the worse was their Ninja Porter that was so bland and watery I forced myself to try another sip as I couldn't believe my initial tasting.

Food: The food was good, but the beer very disappointing.

I visited Asheville having heard about the craft beer scene and could not have been more disappointed after making Asheville Brewing my first stop. It's not a brewery, but rather a restaurant that happens to brew a few beers as an aside. Thankfully two other breweries in town helped mitigate this first impression, but I certainly would not go back. Poor service and worse beer. (1,274 characters)

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Asheville Brewing Company was our savior after a absolutely horrible experience at Green Man Brewing.
We were so happy to have the bartender greet us, respond to our requests for a beer, and actually converse with us a bit.
The beer was pretty good, nothing special. The Shiva was pretty solid. The atmosphere was what you would expect from a pizza joint. Unfortunately it wasn't really warm enough for us to sit outside, which looked like a really nice space. A good spot to chill and people watch.
A bit out of the "downtown" area, but well worth the 3 block walk. Probably one of my favorite stops in Asheville. (616 characters)

Photo of jfindley
3.6/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

We went here for snack before going out.

A - Fairly typical pizza place in the layout. We sat at the bar and then went outside to hang out with another pint. The outside space is huge and covered and definitely the biggest attraction.

Q - The food we got was good but the beer was just okay. The better options are the handful of rotating guest taps they have.

S - Service was good and attentive if not overly social.

S - ABC has their regular beers and a few seasonals. We got their Shiva IPA and a special dry hopped version of the Shiva Ratri. As it so happened I ended up having a Rocket Girl later at another venue. My impression is that their regular beers are just okay, but the better ones are one-offs or seasonal releases.

F - We had a couple appetizers that were good. The pizza looked good, and that is their thing, but we just happened to not try it.

Overall this is a decent place to hang out. The food is certainly an attraction but I get the impression that the beer is hit and miss. There are better options for beer, but if food is in your plans then this is worth a stop. (1,099 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Two visits on Friday, one early afternoon and the other for dinner.

Atmosphere: Centrally located on Coxe, Asheville Brewing has a counterculter vibe that matches most of the city. Outdoor seating, and plenty of it, goes along with a few tables (maybe 20) inside along with a long L shaped bar area. We sat at the bar in the afternoon and in the inside dining area that night. The bathroom has at least one topless picture too, an added bonus.

Quality: Pizza is a specialty. Beers are plentiful although service is rather laid back. That takes some getting used to, especially for a hurried northerner.

Service: A little slow at times. During the afternoon visit, we had long spells without contact. Service improved at night, maybe a bit of a role reversal from what I expected.

Selection: Seven beers on tap, including Shiva and Shiva Ratri. All were good to average with the only stand out being Fire Escape Pale, a pale ale with jalapenos added. A fiery heat that builds up in your mouth - very nice. We also tried the super-hopped Shiva later that night (a special for AVL Beer Week) but it lacked focus.

Food: Pizza was quite good. Not quite Mellow Mushroom good but close. (1,184 characters)

Photo of raszputini
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a great place to hang out. I'm just not the biggest fan of their brew. It's not that they don't brew good beer, it's just that there are better options in town. Regardless, they usually have all of their brews in circulation on tap and have a handful of guest taps. Their brews have a tendency to be a little less robust within the style than other options. More of a low-gravity, session type mentality. One cool thing is they are constantly tweaking their brews through mixing and infusions with things like Chili peppers. The atmosphere is super cool. The food options are rock solid, they have a lunch pizza buffet that rocks. There's a large outdoor area at the Coxe Avenue location to chill on a sunny day. They recently started marketing some of their brews in cans - including the Shiva IPA, which is one of their better offerings. (847 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here on my one night in Asheville on the way back home from Atlanta. Real laid back atmosphere, with more outdoor seating than indoor seating. There are a lot of...games here, like board games...and they've got cornholing too, so if you're into that, it's there. I came for the beer and a bite to eat. Six of their taps, and a guest (Victory Prima Pils, which I can get straight from the source at home). First off, Shiva IPA. It was OK, nothing outstanding. Next, Stuntman brown ale. Poured a lot lighter than I expected, and didn't have much going on. Finally, Ninja Porter. Wasn't very roasty, a little watery. So for the beer, I wasn't too impressed. The other three taps were an extra special pale, the same beer dry hopped with brewed with jalapenos, and a light lager. As for the food, it was solid. They're known for their pizza, but I went with a calzone with chorizo and bacon. It was very tasty, and the dough was phenomenal. New York-esque, if you will. Service was excellent, as the bartender (who's name slips my mind) was very polite and made sure my pint was never empty, and had a couple of nice conversations with. The tab was cheap, as I got out of there for 30 bucks for three beers, the calzone, and two pint glasses. I'd recommend if, but the beer isn't stellar. (1,295 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited during the city's large street festival, Bele Cher, so the pub was no doubt busier than usual even at a mid-afternoon time. BTW, this located just around the corner from Craggie Brewing, so with some self-control one can easily visit both establishments.

It was exceptionally hot out, so we sat inside which has AC. The gentleman next to us recommended that we eat here, and praised his quesidilla. I had a delicious vegetarian lasagna while my wife ordered Nacho Libre Burger that was fantastic ... One of the best burgers I've ever tasted (thanks in part to the delicious queso).

Seating is available at the curved bar, in two separate rooms, at a counter separating the two room, and in a large covered outside seating area. These provided not only a good number of seats, but lots of different seating options. There are enough flat screen TV panels to make watching easy from most seats, but not so many that they were hard to ignore. Somewhat loud inside when full, as it was during our visit.

Perhaps associated with the current keg shortage, a sign announced that kegs were not available at the moment, implying that they are at other times.

Service was friendly, but a bit slow, being stretched by the crowd.

They had 7 beers available, including 1 guest tap (a Foothills?). Pints were reasonably priced but I went for the sampler at a very acceptable $6.50 for 5 samples I'd estimate were 4.5 - 5 oz. size. The waitress goofed and brought me the ESB on the tray rather than the IPA but this was fortuitous since the ESB was extraordinary and I have had the IPA before. Like many places in Asheville, a friendly atmosphere and great for people watching.

Highly recommended. (1,701 characters)

Photo of Fillpott
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and 18mo daughter visited ABC after we didn't find food at Craggie. I figured that this would be a trendy place that served mediocre food and beer, but I was wrong. The wait staff were very helpful and knowledgeable, and the food was very good and affordable. I am not a fan of low-alcohol lagers, but their Rocket Girl was a very tasty session beer that would have received a second look if it wasn't for the Fire Escape Bitter (jalapeno-infused) bitter. Our waitress thought about the best way to serve hot pizza with a hyper-active kid in the way, and she even gave us helpful tips eating the pizza without flipping it on ourselves. Seems like a benign fact, but most staff would have avoided the chaos of our table at similar establishments. After three beers and a satisfying, jumbo pizza for under $40, we put this as one of our top places in Asheville. (867 characters)

Photo of ClarkPinnock
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The atmosphere was certainly unique-painted bookshelves adorned the walls with classics painted on them. Large murals covered the other walls.

The prices were very reasonable and the pizza was pretty ok. My main beef with them is that they did not have other half the beers on their tap list. All the ones I had wanted to try were off. Very disappointing.

They redeemed themselves in a small way by offering a jalapeno infused beer which was, as one would expect, spicy. Their stuntman ale was good as well.

Overall, it was an enjoyable experience. Certainly outside of the mainstream pizza and beer offerings. (613 characters)

Photo of slowbie
3.6/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Easiest to find brewery in Asheville.

Went in on a Thursday afternoon for lunch. Looks like they had some sort of buffet going on but we just ordered a pizza to be able to take some leftovers for the road. The pizza was very good.

The place was nearly empty at late lunch, but there was a group huddled at the bar to watch the ACC tournament which was going on at the time. Lots of records on the wall and enough TVs to see but I don't think any of them had the volume on. If they did, it wasn't obnoxiously loud.

Service was more than adequate but not outstanding. Our waitress checked on us enough and was able to give the style and a brief description for every beer.

The beer was good but not great. There was a good variety of taps and I enjoyed the beer I had (their DIPA).

Overall, this place is very solid but not great in every respect. A good stop to make for a meal in Asheville since most of the better stops we made didn't serve food. It also wasn't the cheapest stop in Asheville, although saying that just means it was slightly below average priced compared to every other brewery I've been to in other cities. (1,130 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Hmm, was pumped about this place as I'm a fan of pizza and beer (duh) and Asheville seems to be pretty good at both. On a mid-week night at dinner time it was mostly empty. Dark, small-sports-bar looking setup. Hockey and some awful skateboarding shlock on the TVs.

Service was pretty poor. For one, the appetizer came out the same time as the pizza. Why have appetizers if you bring them out with the entree, that's a huge screwup. After the pizza and a round, the waitress disappeared for a good 30 minutes then reappeared sweeping the floor. Are they understaffed did she just forget that she had 3 tables?

Ended up having way too much pizza in Asheville (it's everywhere). Theirs was below average, but decent. The beer is B range, nothing special, and with a pretty wide variation of quality. Were missing a bunch of offerings listed on their website, but still a wide-ish variety.

Considering that many of their beers are available in bombers locally, I'd say it's not worth visiting the pizza restaurant / brewpub itself. (1,031 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
4/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

From notes:

Stopped in here during the warmer months. Sat outside in the "patio" area, so the basis for the atmosphere rating is outside. Nice area with a huge back wall with a projector used for entertainment. Lots of neighborhood people stopped in while walking their dogs. Cool to see the four legged friends welcomed out there, as well. I even saw the waitress bring a water bowl over for one customer. Thumbs up. Service was friendly and fast. Had their house beers plus a couple of specials and a few locals on-tap. The Ninja porter and IPA tasted good. I'll have to grab a bite to eat on the next visit as the calzones looked tasty. Great, local vibe with lots of room. (677 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This was my eighth stop on a recent trip to Asheville. Okay, if you can't spot this building you either need glasses or to stop drinking... Right around the corner from Craggie this is a very spacious location with lots of bar seating and tables all around. I took a seat at the bar and started looking over their taps. They had quite a few of their own brews on tap with some other locals as well. I had their Shiva IPA myself... The bartender was awesome and even charged my phone behind the bar as it was dead while I sat and enjoyed my beer. This is a must stop if you are in the area for sure whether by yourself or with the family. Highly recommended. (657 characters)

Photo of frazbri
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

After a stop at Craggie, I walked around the corner to Asheville Brewing for dinner and more beer. This downtown location is spacious. A long bar stretches to the left of the door, the turns towards the center of the room. Liquor and wine are served as well as their own beer.

The food menu featured pizza and calzones, but also had a pretty extensive list of sandwiches, salads and pastas. I ordered a calzone with sausage, mushrooms, and peppers, and it was HUGE. It was also quite tasty.

Asheville Brewing had about ten taps. I had their Nina Porter, Scout Stout and Shiva IPA. I preferred the Stout. The Shiva was okay, but I wanted a bigger hop kick than it delivered. They also run one beer through a randal every thursday, but I arrived too late to try the white ale through raspberries.

I received excellent service on my visit. I had a super bartender, that really made my stay worth while. I also met one of the brewers, Trey. He gave me a quick tour of the brewhouse, and gave me a little insight into the Asheville scene.

Asheville Brewing was my best stop on the first leg of my NC journey. (1,108 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped here for dinner when in town for a Midlake concert. Just down the street from Thirsty Monk. The place is an old warehouse-looking building. Inside consisted of 2 great rooms, each with a couple of TVs. Little decor, a pretty boring looking place. Not many people there on a Sunday evening. No matter, I was watching the Packers and may have been distracting. ;)

Ordered a flight of 5 of their brews. Each came in 4 oz. pours. Got one of their IPAs, APA, Porter, Stout, and a Scottish Brown. All brews were above average. Especially enjoyed their Pale Ale and their Ninja Porter. Also ordered a pizza, which was stellar! I would definitely come back here when in town and would recommend it to a friend. Great food and decent beer. (740 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Sits on Coxe Ave a few blocks south of Patton. A bit of a hike from the other beer establishments in the downtown area. Bar is very open and feels slightly unfinished. Booth and table seating available.

8 taps pouring, all brewed by ABC. Those offered ran the gamut of styles, so a little something for everyone.

6 tvs for catching a game. Very large outdoor seating area, all covered. Cornhole being played the day I was there.

Same of very similar menu to ABP up on Merrimon. Good pizza. Asheville does not lack in this culinary area.

Worth a stop if you are in the area for a while. (593 characters)

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I went for the lunch buffet, so I don't know about the rest of the time. It's a decent sized place, with an outdoor area (though noone was out there with snow on the ground). I felt comfortable there, but there wasn't like an amazing beer atmosphere. The beer was nice, mostly easy to drink beers. There was a variety of styles, and each that I tasted was probably a solid B. They have a few really low ABV beers for a long session, some nice simple dark beers, some light hoppy beers. I wouldn't say any of it was bad, none of it was like A or A+. The service was decent. I tried to talk about the beer a little, but it didn't go any father than what was written on this little card in front of me. And I believe there were 8 taps on when I came, each a different style, and no outside brews. And the beer was only $3.75 for any of the selections, the food wasn't too expensive. A decent place to visit, especially if you want a wide selection of pizza (buffet) and a beer at lunch that won't kill productivity for the rest of the day (i.e. nothing over 6.5%). (1,061 characters)

Photo of mechamifune
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here for the first time during a recent trip to asheville. Obvious college atmosphere upon entry, as there were groups of kids playing bag-o in the outdoor section.

Wasn't immediately sure whether it was seat yourself or wait to be seated, but as we didn't see any open seats except at the bar it didn't really matter. Still, we stood near the entrance for close to 5 min without any of the staff saying a word to us. Finally one of the waitresses came over and sat us at a table that had just cleared.

They had, I believe, 5 of their beers on tap at the time, and a couple on their menu that i asked for they no longer had. All the beer was servicable but nothing all that distinct. The fact that now, a few months later, i can't even remember which was my favorite, should give some indication as to the how memorable anything was.

Pizza was ok, nothing great, or even as good as the pub dog in baltimore that i had just visited a few weeks prior. To top that off, the waitress charged us for a large pizza when we had ordered a medium. When i brought this to her attention, she told us that "the mediums here are larges" or something to that effect. She still wouldn't change the bill though, and I didn't see the point in arguing.

Leaving the service out of it though, it's a pretty average brewpub all in all. If i was still in college i'm sure i would have been there frequently. As it is now, i doubt i will be returning. (1,444 characters)

Photo of shivtim
3/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

We walked here on a Saturday night after visiting the Thirsty Monk. It has the feel of a college bar. Some booths, a little separate room on the side, a decently sized outdoor area, and an awkwardly placed bar. Service was ok, maybe a little slow, but it was Saturday night after all. Selection was rather limited, but it's always nice to try stuff at a brewpub. Neither of the beers I tried were very good.
Some drunk people tried to convince us that Augusta was the capital of Georgia, even after we told them we lived in Atlanta and had been to the capital building there.
I wont rate the food because all we had was an ok appetizer.
Make sure you hit up other places in Asheville before you venture here. (708 characters)

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Asheville Brewing Company in Asheville, NC
85 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.