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Green Man Brewery

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 60
Beer Ratings: 1,094
Beer Avg: 3.81

Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

81 Ratings
Ratings: 81
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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(Place added by: GCBrewingCo on 06-20-2005)
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BonneyfiddlePapa

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

03-29-2013 17:11:28 | More by BonneyfiddlePapa
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JL1

North Dakota

4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

01-17-2013 00:52:21 | More by JL1
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dirtylou

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

01-01-2013 18:13:42 | More by dirtylou
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jfindley

New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

09-29-2012 12:41:47 | More by jfindley
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
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

05-29-2012 17:47:28 | More by akorsak
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raszputini

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

04-15-2012 18:14:35 | More by raszputini
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Finatic

Florida

4.86/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

05-31-2011 00:40:38 | More by Finatic
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rikatine

New York

5/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

05-23-2011 16:47:20 | More by rikatine
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commis

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

04-28-2011 00:49:36 | More by commis
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

03-07-2011 20:48:06 | More by goindownsouth
Green Man Brewery in Asheville, NC
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