French Broad Brewery Pubhouse
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Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
3.81/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Service was good. The girl that took our order was very polite and helpful. We had the flight and left as it was the last stop on our brewery treck. Their IPA was possibly the best IPA had while in Asheville so I brought a bottle home which was a deal at $4. Atmosphere was kind of blah. Probably a bit better in the evening when a band is playing on the small stage. I would go back for the IPA.
04-11-2013 00:14:57 | More by NoCurse2012
3.28/5 rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $
Stopped by this place shortly after they opened on a Thursday. The place is very small, we sat at one of maybe 4 tables, although there was seating outside as well. It's pretty rundown, which is fine. The day we were there we could see them bottling bombers of their IPA (which is only $4 at the brewery, insanely cheap). We got a flight of their beers, and they were all okay, except I didn't care much for their bitter, their IPA was my favorite. The girl working was very nice, and helpful. We only stayed for the flight nd took off, don't know if I would've cared to stick around and drink pints. Overall a decent place, but not a must on the Asheville beer circuit.
10-06-2012 18:10:25 | More by Lukafer
3.64/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
Southeast Asheville, off Biltmore. Appalachian Vintner is nearby.
Atmosphere: Another converted garage or warehouse. On entering the dark room, a few tables (no more than 5) and a short bar area greet you. The brewing equipment, stainless steel majesties, are to the left. A small stage is immediately to the left on entrace. When we arrived, a foursome was rocking it. There are a few tables outside as well.
Quality: Perhaps some false advertising here. Friday was listed as being a cask beer night at French Broad but I didn't see any casks. Nor did our beers taste like casks. Strange. A very small, cozy even, space. The big drawback to our Saturday stop - another Brew Cruise-esque accident inside.
Service: Pretty quick, a long line whittled away quickly on Friday night.
Selecton: Six beers on tap, including Wee Heavier, Rye Hopper and IPA. The same selections were also bottled in bombers to go (pretty cheap at $4 per). French Broad also fills growlers and won't give you a hard time if you bring a non-FB growler in.
05-29-2012 17:42:08 | More by akorsak
3.9/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
Tiny little place off in a tiny little industrial park. Out of the way, not near downtown. Sort of close to the Biltmore, so that's a pain certain times of year but there is paYrking lot and if you you know the area, or consult a map, you can by-pass the Biltmore traffic. There is an Old Town canoe on the ceiling of the walk-in cooler when you walk in and about 15 ft to the left, the tanks and kettles greet you.. matching the disco ball hanging from the ceiling...I can't really explain, just go look if you haven't been there. The bar is just a 36" counter, really, with a register taking up most of it. There are three or four small tables and a short bar that separates the bar area from the brewing area. There is a stage directly on the other side of this bar. In the brewery itself...Awesome.
Always good beer at French Broad. Not a huge variety but they pump out 5-8 depending on the season and all are really good. Freshness is usually right on the money, but there have been a couple times that I've noticed my old go-to Rye Hopper was a bit on the mature side for the style. The Wee Heavy-er is great. It's more of a 90 or 120 but it's fantastic all the same and I never really get sick of it.
The staff at FB is great. From the brewers to the "bar" tenders, they are the most outgoing staff I've encountered in Asheville.
The brewers will frequently shoot some shit with you on their way from the kettle to the John, eyes a bit pink from R+D and QC... ;) The bar tenders know what they sell and it's clear that they have all tasted everything can competently tell you their feelings on what's been casked that week. They advocate beer and the city well.
Cheapest beer in Asheville without question. $55 1/6 barrels and I think something nuts like $110 for1/2 's. I believe growlers are $10...not sure because I usually am leaving with a keg. Bombers are a hair over 3 bucks at stores and the brewery.
04-28-2011 01:30:42 | More by commis
3.86/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
first beer related stop on a long Brewgrass weekend
The pubhouse is essentially a small area cordoned off from the main brewery room with tables, a small bar with taps, and a fridge with bombers. Decor is modest but comfortable, and the tall brew-tanks are in full view. Ongoing brewing activity was a reminder that this is, first and foremost, a brewery - the tasting room almost an afterthought, simply a place to enjoy a fresh beer.
There were maybe 5 or so selections at the time of our visit, including the seasonal Marzen. There's a cask setup, but it wasn't running that day. All French Broad beers are of good quality, if not necessarily appealing to the beer geek crowd. The Rye Hopper is a personal favorite.
Service was friendly and simple. Basically walk in, pick up a beer at the bar, and take your seat.
Drafts were quite cheap, with half-pours available. Bombers to go were $4.
09-26-2010 15:56:33 | More by blackie
3.86/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is a pretty out of the way place to find, but using a map it isn't too difficult and we had a friend living here who knew where to go. Small is the word, but it's really not uncomfortable. There's a small stage area set up, but we were there early enough that nobody was playing. The atmosphere is fairly subdued since there weren't many people there (though it was about half full). I had the sampler and was generally pleased with the beers themselves. There aren't many taps, but given the size of the operation that didn't surprise me. All in all we had a pleasant experience and the service was good as well.
07-09-2010 13:09:00 | More by Brenden
4.14/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
This is a pretty small taproom, with only enough seating for 15-20 people. We were there one evening with an acoustic duo playing music ... definitely added to the atmosphere.
There wasn't too big of a crowd, so we were able to get our orders filled pretty quickly. I was impressed that they offered half pints as well as pints. This enabled me to try their take on the berliner weissbeir with the requisite pomegranate syrup. Not my favorite thing in the world, but its not often I get to try this sort of thing on tap in NC.
They had a good selection of their standards on tap the day we were there, but nothing out of the ordinary. All in all, it was a fun place to waste an hour before dinner.
08-06-2009 00:35:06 | More by ewright
French Broad Brewery Pubhouse in Asheville, NC
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