Green Man Brewery

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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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Place added by: GCBrewingCo on 06-20-2005

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Reviews: 39 | Visits: 168
Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
2.35/5  rDev -41.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Their beers are just ok, nothing spectacular, not for the hype our bartender seemed to give the place. She was almost arrogant about their beers. We sat at the bar and it took forever to get the bartender's attention in the first place, not like it was even a very crowded time either.

Sitting at the bar, we could smell the bathroom, every time the door would open the smell would waft across the bar smelling of bathroom cleaner/urinal cake, it was disgusting.

All of the 10 beers we tried were mediocre at best, they're a starter brewery. If you're coming off BMC beers you might find their stuff palatable. For a seasoned craft beer drinker, they have next to nothing to offer. By far the most disappointing brewery in Asheville.

Go to Wicked Weed, WW Funkatorium, Twin Leaf, The Thirsty Monk, Sierra Nevada, or any of the other fine beer serving establishments, don't expect much out of Green Man. (905 characters)

Photo of Jackofallbrews
2.79/5  rDev -30.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.25

Located, like most of these breweries, in an older converted warehouse, the place has a small patio and a larger high-ceilinged roof inside. The bar itself is quite small--perhaps smaller than my own basement bar. The backsplash area behind the bar was covered in ceramic green men, silly signs, fridge magnets, and assorted other random bric-a-brac. Kermit the frog and Yoda gazed down upon us from above the bar.

Despite us sitting right at the bar and having only about four other patrons to deal with, our server was quite inattentive and even downright surly when I ordered a samplers to try some of the beers. I always like to chat up the bartenders to get more information about the place and their favorites, but this was like talking to an inexpressive brick wall. Slapping down my sampler (with the beers in the incorrect order) and slopping beer all over our area of bar, she continued to not impress. This did not bode well for a good experience and I could feel my wife getting cranky. Moving on to the beers: I did enjoy the not-over-the-top Rainmaker Double IPA, but it didn't stand up to some of my other favorite commercial examples. Spring Bock was a pretty well balanced Maibock style as well. The Forester Winter Stout was pretty bland and watery and we didn't even finish the sample. Overall, I'd give this place a pretty mediocre score based on vibe, service, and beer quality. Not my favorite stop in Asheville, but not the worst by any means. I did notice that right next door they are building a huge facility to expand Green Man, and hope this works out well for them. (1,608 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 mlockman
3.41/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 1

No food and ten beers on tap with half-pints available. Kind of a run-down joint operating out of an old garage in a more industrial area of Asheville; there's no air conditioning and the bar and seating are located right next to the brewing equipment. There are interesting signs with amusing quotes on the walls and mannequins, including one of Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th (wearing a pair of bunny ears) and a life-size cardboard stand-up/cut-out of Willy Wonka. Luckily, it appears a 14,000+ square foot state-of-the-art facility is being built next door, so perhaps the run-down feel reminiscent of an expanded home-brew out of a mechanics garage is not long-lived. (678 characters)

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 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 ColdOneKev
3.61/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Nice industrial space, with a outdoor seating area. Bartenders were friendly. Decent amount of people for 4pm on a Tuesday, Recommend hitting it up if you're in the area. (170 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 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 GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Cool, rustic vibe to this place. An open bay door leads you into an L-shaped bar, with lots of industrial and rustic decorations. The brewing equipment is all viewable as soon as you walk in, just to the left of the bar. There are 8+ beers on tap at any given time, and there are growlers for beer to go. The bartenders were very friendly and helpful. This place is right in the middle of Asheville, within walking distance of a dozen other breweries, and should be a stop for any beer fan. (490 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 kp
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

GC has already done a good job describing this place. I'll just add that it's a great addition to the Asheville "walking tour" area that I love where I can park for a weekend and hit up several places without ever having to get in your car again.

Dirty Jacks is a brewery first. Like the breweries in Asheville, they can also sell the beer directly from the brewery. So they have setup a small bar where you can buy an inexpensive pint or three. Nothing quite like sitting at a small bar in the brewery drinking the fresh product!

I just wish they had some weekend hours where you could make it a daily stop throughout a weekend trip. (640 characters)

Photo of Big78CJ
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited late June 2007.

As mentioned in another review, this place is a very short walk from Barley's. I suggest starting at Barley's and heading to Green Man for a flight. None of the beers truly knocked my socks off but the atmosphere was great.

There is a small bar with a cool british bartender who likes to push the real ales. In front of the bar are a few stools and to the side are a few tables and I think a porch. For the most part the building is the brewery (in a room behind the bar). This place serves up some fantastic locally produced mustard (Lusty Monk's Original Sin mustard i think) that I had to leave with a jar of.

Not only are the beers pretty good and the atmosphere cool, you have a high potential of running into Mark from Brews Cruise if you are there on a weekend afternoon. He is a real cool guy and would be more than willing to sign up for a Brews Cruise for the next day or even hop right in if he isn't too crowded. I generally recommend his cruise, it's a fun time and it adds the safety of a designated driver (and cold water in between stops)...but i digress.

I will have to return to Green Man and check out their porch (I think they have one) but i really enjoyed our brief stay there. (1,235 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 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 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 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 Enola
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

This place is a little out of the way. I wanted a growler and went here to get it. This place is a stone's throw from McCormick Field. This was really a small place. There was a brewery in back with a small bar area up fromt. The bartender was a super nice guy that reccomended a couple brews. The parking was ample here. This place was cool as you could have a pint and watch beer being brewed at the same time. The building looked to be an old warehouse of some type. There was nothing seperating the brewery from the sample area except for pallets of grains. A small place with a nice atmosphere. I will be back here sometime. (629 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Asheville is smothered (covered and chunked) with breweries. As an avid brewer, currently working towards brewing commercially, I've got a massive soft spot for the smaller guys. Sure, Green Man has been around a while now - they're certainly not the new kids on the block - still, their space just calls my name. I'm a big fan of tap rooms that sit in the middle of a functioning brewery. The working parts of this brewery aren't behind a big sheet of glass, they're right there beside you. You're enjoying a draft pour while sitting in the guts of the beast responsible for creating it. That's just cool. This is a great little space - small/interesting bar with a nice selection of flavors. Helpful servers too. You're also within blocks of a lot of other breweries. Love the space - check 'em out. (801 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Wow, a first BeerFly review. Green Man is located off Buxton just a block or so from Coxe and not too far from Biltmore.

The place is just a wide window, a door and a roll up door. You walk into a foyer with two benches, one perpendicular to the door and another in front of the window. The bar is directly in front of you and off to the side in front of the roll up door is seating for a few more. In total the seating is about 30 and music is emitted from the stereo. Directly behind the roll up door seating is the brewery.

There were 4 drafts at the time of my visit, an ESP a Dry Hopped IPA, a Chocolate Stout and a Belgian Strong Dark. The service was very good till the barkeep got deep into conversation and the only food was pretzels so you may as well say that none was served.

The beer was very cheap at $3 pints, but growlers and kegs seemed a bit steep for the market. The place is opened 5-10 on some nights and 5-9 on others, but on certain nights they do not open at all. Might be best to call or check the website before going.

Well worth the trip. (1,077 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 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 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 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 NCMatt
4.21/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Food truck was outside and I didn't get anything, but someone from my party did. She said it was an amazing grilled cheese, and it definitely looked so.

Number of beers on tap was good, nothing to brag about but nothing to knock them for. Service was pretty much help-yourself, but again, nothing I really knocked them for. Seating outside was pretty rad and the whole brewery had a great vibe. Wasn't my favorite stop, but definitely my second favorite!

If you're considering a self-guided tour of the brewery district in Asheville, this should be one of your stops! (571 characters)

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Green Man Brewery in Asheville, NC
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