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BEER AVG
3.88/5
Based on:
73 Beers
344 Reviews
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 39
Visits: 168
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

23 Buxton Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801
United States
phone: (828) 252-5502

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @greenmanbrewing

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Reviews: 39 | Visits: 168
Photo of craft_shannie
3.45/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4

my least favorite of the asheville breweries i visited. i understand that green man may be the oldest in town, but that history/legacy isn't well presented. in visiting the brewery, it kinda felt like i was at bad fraternity party at a division II university. when i asked for a flight, i was told they weren't even serving in pint glasses & offered a beer in a plastic cup. yes, it was world cup. no, it was not that crowded. seriously, there were more empty tables/chairs than ppl. service was uninterested & disengaged. place seemed to need a good cleaning.

chill vibe. tiki feel outside on the side patio. not necessary all that comfortable in the carolina heat. food trucks are available.

beers are good, solid. maybe i visited on a really off day. i would have been just fine picking up some bottles at the bottle shop. (829 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

The Dirty Jacks Bar I believe its called, or Green Man Brewery is a cool little place. Comfortable, you can also try some of their new stuff or stuff that just doesn't make it to bottling, at least that is my perspective. We were there this summer and so we sat outside, but the inside looks like a cool place to hangout on those cooler less forgiving days you get in the Southern Appalachian Highlands. Asheville has a cool vibe overall but this is one of the better bars, kind of off the beaten path of downtown. I enjoyed it and will go back when I return to Asheville. (572 characters)

Photo of ari32
4.17/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I like the place even though it is kind of kitschy and a hole in the wall. They have darts at least. The selection is a decent amount. I'm not a fan of the regular rotation stuff, but they make some killer seasonals and specials (Rainmaker, Demon Dweller, Maceo, Snozzberry, etc.). The staff has always been cool. I've never had a bad time here. (345 characters)

Photo of meigs3
3.97/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The taproom is pretty small and still has a garage atmosphere highlighted by a lot of beer stickers and goofy signs giving it a 1960's dorm room ambiance. Outside seating in a covered area seemed a better choice and is dog friendly. Beer selection was pretty good along with its quality. Staff was helpful and offered samples without seeming to be put upon by a request for one. (378 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

An interesting (and my that I mean very eclectic) place to visit, especially at Halloween. Between the decoration for Halloween, Star Wars figurines, witty stickers, and random signage, it was a sight to behold. But lets be clear, it was cool. Our server took excellent care of us, provided us with some free pretzels and house made mustard which was freaking out of this world (an awesome hot mustard), and educated us on what was being poured. The bar seats were comfortable, the people around chill, and overall it was an awesome place to finish off the night. (563 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

This place was interesting, we went here on a recommendation from a local. It's kind of in the middle of nowhere and we weren't sure if we were in the right place when we got there as it's pretty far off the beaten path compared to the other bars/breweries. It looks like an old garage/warehouse that was turned into a bar/brewery.

When we got there it was packed with locals watching a soccer game. There wasn't much room to move, they had a small outside patio on the side that was crowded as well. I had one beer, the ESB which didn't blow me away by any means. One beer was enough for me as it was just too loud and crowded, especially for a Sunday afternoon.

This is definitely a locals bar, if I lived in Asheville I could definitely see myself hanging out here with friends, but as an outsider looking for a relaxed atmosphere to sample some new beers, there's other breweries that offer much more in Asheville. (920 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.93/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

I had a beer here before heading to Burial Beer around the corner. Their selection is their own, but relatively diverse. I had the Imperial Stormtrooper which was just about as hoppy as Mikkeller's 1000 IBU, no joke. There's a long patio outside along the length of the building and they have their own gravel parking lot, which is an amenity that shouldn't be discounted. Staff was helpful and they had some TV's inside if there's a game on. It's a pretty low key joint and fun to grab a beer at. It's not going to be a party spot, unless you bring the party, but definitely worth a beer or two. (596 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Vibe: The tasting room has the appearance of a garage with a small bar area, some stand up tables. There are two dart boards in the back where you can see the fermenting tanks. Much more seating is available in the outdoor side porch, which features reclining chairs, picnic tables and some shade. Pretzels and mustard are provided as munches.

Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperature in pint glasses.

Service: There was just one bartender working but the wait for beers was never that long.

Selection: For such a small bar, they had a very big selection with at least 10 taps and 2 casks. Flights were also available. (636 characters)

Photo of BonneyfiddlePapa
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Green Man Brewery was one of the highlights of my trip to Asheville. Slightly off the beaten path and tucked away in a garage, this unassuming brewery nonetheless produces outstanding beer and is now a required stop. The atmosphere is laid back and inviting, and the beer impressive. I was fortunate enough to sample their DIPA, Stout and Black IPA, and all were extremely well done. A place I'll definitely visit again. (420 characters)

Photo of JL1
4.95/5  rDev +23.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Jack of the Wood (serves Green Man) is one of the bars that is a must stop for me on any road trip. I really enjoy their IPA (especially from the cask). As far as the atmosphere goes it's similar to any good Americanized Irish Pub. It can get quite lively in there on the weekends with bands playing. There is some good choices on the menu but the beer is what I will travel out of the way for. Aside from the restaurant there is the bar that is a hole in the wall across town called the Tasting room. My wife and I go there to get away from crowds and to simply enjoy the beer. Since going to the Tasting Room of Green Man Brewery, I only go to the tasting room (unless it's closed in which case I'll head up to Jack of the Wood).

Green Man, best beer in NC hands down. (772 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Oh, Green Mane...

Dark and divey - darts, soccer on the TV, good tunes, avant garde bartenders.

Tap selection was quite boring, as anticipated. Green Man tends to stick to the classics, and in my opinion doesn't execute them particularly well. Having had their malty IPA and bleh ESB before, I opted for the cask porter with cocoa nibs. It was pretty great - a very nice surprise.

Given this introduction, it may be a surprise to the reader that Green Man actually brews a few whales. A berliner weiss and squash farmhouse ale were available in lovely 750ml bottles - both in extremely limited quantity. I'm not sure how a brewery that has previously shown really minimal ambition can start cranking out interesting and well crafted wild ales, but I don't question whales, I hoard them.

Interesting stop - if there aren't whales present, it may be hard to stay for longer than 1 beer. (888 characters)

Photo of jfindley
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a cool place and a must visit when in Asheville.

A - Really laid back and very comfortable. Classic Asheville rolled up garage door with a big open space and the bar, cooler, and dart boards in the brewery. Nice outside area as well. Nice mix of people and good conversation.

Q - Great, the beer is fresh, well made, and yummy.

S - One bartender was working when we were there and the service was good.

S - They were pouring four when we were there and also had IPA on cask. Very Good.

F - I gave this an N/A as they just have free hard pretzels with mustard. However, the mustard is awesome and available for sale. Good snack, but I can't really say they have food.

My only regret about going here is that we planned to go back to buy a growler and some mustard before we left but got back after they closed. But that's just a good excuse to visit again. (871 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Late night Friday, wandering around Buxton. The neon din of Green Man draws you in.

Atmosphere: Like many of its brethren, Green Man is a garage. On entry, the bar sits to the right with a few scattered tables inside. The brewery is situated just beyond the bar. An putdoor patio is to the left of the garage. We grabbed a pint and sat on a sofa.

Quality: We walked by Green Man early in the afternoon, before it opened. That let us scope out the wooden bar. I liked the feel of the place and the mystery of night improved its feel.

Service: Bar service was fast and that was the limit of our interaction.

Selection: I like that Green Man focused on session beers during AVL beer week, the smaller ones are better to dig into. I went with an English dark mild, under 4% a true sessionable ale. Its darker base and light body were an excellent nightcap.

Food: N/A (868 characters)

Photo of raszputini
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I love this place. Truly one of the most genuine "Neighborhood Pub" type atmosphere in the city. This is the tasting room for Green Man Ales and the brew tanks are right there in front (and wrapping around you). There's only a handful of taps, which mostly serve Green Man, but there are usually a couple of host taps as well. I must say here as well that I love Green Man Ales. They don't brew that many options, but everything is great and is brewed in the style of a British brew house. The ESB is probably my favorite of that style. I graded for the food, although there isn't really any. What they do have are pretzels and the best mustard in town (Lusty Monk) and they shove it at you none-stop. (701 characters)

Photo of Finatic
4.86/5  rDev +21.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place is a must visit on your Asheville brewery tour. I highly recommend the IPA and Rainmaker double IPA.The prices are very reasonable and they fill the growlers onsite for $10.00 and $20.00 for the Double IPA.The atmosphere was awesome and the staff friendly and very informative regarding the brews.They also serve pretzels with some of the best beer mustard I have ever tasted.They also sell containers of the mustard to go as well as T shirts and beer glasses.

My favorite brewery in Asheville by far. (513 characters)

Photo of rikatine
5/5  rDev +24.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

We came very close to missing this great place on our trip to Asheville. With so many places to try it can be overwhelming. Do yourself a favor, and go here. If turned out to be our favorite tasting room for atmosphere, and vibe. The bartender was great and even though it was quite busy, made time for conversation. Also met the owner who was very friendly and welcoming.

They have a big garage door that was open during our visit, as well as an outdoor patio area. We were lucky enough to have seats open up at the bar right after we arrived.

We enjoyed the IPA, Pale Ale, and Rainmaker IIPA. All were excellent.

Call the tasting room to see if they are open early. We would have liked to know that before our trip, as the 4pm opening time is what held us back to start with. So glad we fit it in on our last day. We liked it so much we did not want to leave. (866 characters)

Photo of commis
4.33/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Green Man is tucked away a few blocks southish from Jack of the Wood and the Monk. 8-10 seats at a bar with the beers clearly listed with prices for pints, growlers and pitchers. A few tables next to the tanks..I love this about Asheville, the intimacy at the the tasting rooms. This one is right there with French Broad for having the most 'close quarters' tasting rooms in town, as you are truly right-the-fuck next to the tanks and kettles. I love smelling a mash while I'm drinking a beer more than (almost) anything.

The beer is always very, very fresh here. More so than the pub, and the selection can be better here as well. Not that the pubs beer isn't nice and fresh, but at the brewery it's just sublime.

The bartenders know the beers and tend to be relatively attentive and do there job well.

No food here, but their pub up the street has a menu.

Beers are normally priced for the city, and growlers are a buck or two cheaper than many others here. I was told that a keg of pale would normally be around $85, but that they weren't filling any kegs at the time). I have to assume that's for a 1/4 barrel, because the going rate for a 1/6 of Asheville pale is like low $60's, and this is one of the cheaper brewhouses. So that ain't bad. (1,255 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

While off the proverbial beaten path of the main heart of Asheville proper, Green Man Brewing - or Dirty Jack's if you rather - is still within a short walk - 1 mile from our hotel on Woodfin Street. It reminds me of a much smaller version of what Victory Brewing Company once was - an oasis when, at first glance, you thought there was nothing.

The taproom in and of itself is not overly impressive if you are looking for true pub feel or an Uber industrial vibe as can be popular with some places of this style. As it has been previously reported, this place is nestled into a garage - but what a great garage. The bar is a thing of beauty, long and natural in all of its wooden glory. About 6-8 high back bar stools with other tables offered away from the bar, but still within earshot.

We were the first in on this given day when Lil Mike was tending the bar and doing the deal. At 2:00 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon, things were pretty quiet - and my wife and I were fine with that for a while. The selection is as advertised with the Green Man brews covering the spectrum of their classics - ESB, Pale Ale, IPA, Porter and Stout, not to mention a few taps from Boulder Brewing Company. This was of no consequence to me as I was all about their newly redesigned - and amazingly stellar, by the way - Pale Ale and their SUBLIME IPA on cask. Served properly, correct temperature, great balance, a gem.

No food menu being offered here. but some great hard pretzels with some WONDERFUL craft made, whole grain mustard. Damn near spot on match for pints of well-crafted ales.

Friendly, great vibe and some proper football going on all around. My wife and I actually spend several hours downing pints and playing Scrabble. Perfect.

Since moving to South Carolina nearly four (4) years back, Green Man has been my preferred place for pints despite being an hour away. Great beers, great folks, and slightly off the beaten path.

Hats off to the whole Green Man crew. I cannot wait to get back, hopefully not before too long.

Zum wohl! (2,043 characters)

Photo of alanforbeer
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Dropped by Green Man Brewery on my way through town this past Friday evening. Their website says they're open only until 9 p.m. but I left at 10 p.m. and the other patrons I left behind at the bar were still going strong. That's the thing about this place, it seemed so laid-back when I walked in, it was very comfortable. Late on a Friday seems the perfect time to drop by for a round or two; the bartender informed me they were at standing-room only a couple hours earlier.

It's a sort of minimalist, eclectic atmosphere (including some kind- of-creepy yet interesting local? artwork). They do have several TV's mounted on the walls and above the bar, and some dart boards as well. They had plenty of their own brews on tap when I dropped by, and some guest taps as well.

After ordering up a round I was immediately offered complimentary pretzels mustard etc.. The bartender was very friendly. She let me sample a couple of brews before ordering what I wanted. Also, she has really excellent taste in music...

I tried the stout, the porter and the ESB and left with Growlers of the later two. Enjoyed my visit immensely and will definitely return in the future. (1,166 characters)

Photo of caxler
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

We recently did the Asheville brewery trek and I have to say this was my favorite brewery of the trip. I love how you are right in the action at this place. Beer is being brewed right in front of you while you drink beer. The smells are wonderful and I love the soccer atmosphere. I assume the owner is a huge soccer fan. We got to try a Cask porter which was wonderful and a small batch IPA that was hands down the best beer I had while I was in Asheville. I forget what the IPA was called, I want to say illuminati but don't quote me on that. We had a wonderful Woman waitress who was very knowledgeable and friendly. Needless to say I walked out of there with a couple shirts, pint glasses, and a growler. I highly recommend this place. (739 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This was my sixth stop on a recent trip to Asheville. As stated by the previous review, you have to want to find this place to find it. Once you get on the right street it is very easy to find with a large sign over the door letting you know you have found it. This is setup like a large garage with a very nice bar setup inside. A few televisions to watch the games were on as well. They only had two of their brews on tap at the time of my visit unfortunately (I had the ESB) with the rest being other locals. I was given pretzels with my brew and the 'Burn in Hell Chipotle Mustard'. Tasty mustard for sure, but use in moderation. Overall this was a very nice spot and I am glad I walked the extra distance to get to it. A definite must stop on any brewery trip in Asheville. (778 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Dirty Jacks. All the green man ales on tap plus a bonus small batch or cask brew. Brews are excellent and reasonably priced. Apparently they have some specials here from time to time, just not one when we were there. Great little tasting room, out of the way. You have to want to find this place to find it. What one might imagine a basement or garage or real small pub in England would be like. Had a nice stone ground mustard with pretzels. The service was a bit dry, maybe how an American would receive in England? Not quite as hippie-esque as some of the other places around town, good for some maybe not for others. A place one must stop on the tour of Asheville breweries. (678 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

after a slide down an icy Church Street and a right on Buxton, we found Green Man/Dirty Jack's in an unassuming little garage-doored building just a few blocks from the main drag

the brewery has been outfitted to double as a pub, with a feel much like a friends basement or garage, British news was playing on one tv with soccer on another, and associated sports paraphernalia hanging about, a couple dartboards round things out - the chill patronage and comfortable atmosphere make this an ideal spot to spend some part of a winter night

selection was okay - 5 taps with a cask that had just run out, selections included ipa, porter, bitter, and pale

tough one - the chap seemed genuinely friendly, providing extra mustards for our complimentary pretzels and small talk about the icy conditions, but being so curtly denied a sample in such a way that makes one feel ashamed for even asking is a huge failure of basic service, let me elaborate - we first shared a couple samples and each ordered a pint, while attempting to choose a second pint we shared another sample and didn't like it so requested another, at which point we were told that "you can't sample everything we have" - fair enough, we'll be on our way

no food menu, but pretzels and a selection of homemade mustards for dipping were provided (1,310 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A.K.A. Dirty Jack's is Green Man's brewery bar.

I give high marks on the atmosphere for this place is what YOU make of it. It is NOT fancy by any means, it is a working brewery afterall. But, the bar is charming and the table seating fairly ample and the place allows for mingling, conversation and FUN! Also, there is ALWAYS English football on the tele when we go....keeping things authentic!

Goods marks for the selection too as they always have a solid and varied list of choices to include one of Asheville's only dedicated CASK offerings. During my last visit there was a special Winter Warmer flight set of 4 beers created by the assistant brewer, Mike. See my reviews for the CRAZY (but totally awesome) offerings!

Food--what food? Well, good marks becasue they offer pretzels with some of THE best damn mustard I have ever had the pleasure of eating. You can buy it by the jar if you are so inclined!

Lastly is the service. I am embarrassed that I do not know his name but the English barkeep that seems to ALWAYS be on duty is, without question, THE BEST bartender in all of Asheville. He is quick, efficient, affable and most of all pleasant. This gentleman has it going on!

I always seem to forget how much I enjoy DJ's until the next time I go. It is a must stop while in town. (1,295 characters)

Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

This place was my personal favorite out of the latest Asheville, NC trip. A marvelous local brewery / tasting room, tucked away in an older industrial section of Asheville. The building looks like it was a small warehouse or possibly a garage in its earlier life. Now it's a great local small output brewery. The brewery equipment is easily viewed from the tasting room up front, as most of the building is one large room. The place smells of malt and yeast! Yea baby! There is a bar and tables set up front near the windows and roll-up garage door. A side porch gives the place a little extra seating. Mainly locals and those "in the know", which I like, frequent the place. It has an "old but reused" feel to it that I like. The local dogs come with their owners and it's a very friendly, laid back atmosphere. You feel like you know the bartender after you leave the place. The only other place I know of similar to this local brewery / tasting room is Oak Creek Brewing Co. in Sedona, AZ. The beers ranged from good to excellent. There is always one beer on the hand pump (cask) and at the time of my visit it was an ESB, quite good. However, the Toasted Coconut Porter/Stout was incredible! Hands down one of the best beers I have EVER had! I could have stayed there all night, just drinking that beer. Looking back, we should have.
Don't let the location or look of the place concern you, just sit and enjoy the local beer, this is the tops! (1,448 characters)

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Green Man Brewery in Asheville, NC
90 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.