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Green Man Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

116 Ratings
Ratings: 116
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Active Beers: 62
Beer Ratings: 1,349
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 12
Bottles: 0
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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Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

dirtylou, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Rifugium, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

GCBrewingCo, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.64/5  rDev -11%

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

akorsak, May 29, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Jason, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of blackie
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%

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

blackie, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.2%

spycow, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

Mantooth, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

Deuane, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

nickfl, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev -10%

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.

Bung, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

GarthDanielson, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

metter98, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of cfrobrew
3/5  rDev -26.7%

cfrobrew, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

qcbrewer, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

ZEB89, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

kylehay2004, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Kegatron, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

DrMindbender, Jul 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Gatordaddy, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Green Man is a small brewery on a small side street in Asheville. This place is housed in an old, small warehouse. A standard door and overhead door are your two ways in and out. A small bar seats probably 12 while a counter runs along the windows with some stools below and a couple hightops here and there. The space is small and overlooking it is the petite brewery. A nice, covered, dog friendly patio sits out back and is loaded up with seating options for such a small space.

The taplist was impressive to say the least but let me first say that all kinds of weird shit is tucked away in nooks and crannies, looking at you while you drink; Yoda, green men, just weird shit. 12-15 handles were available, all house beer. The Gose and XIPA were both fantastic beers and two of the best I had in all of Asheville. Prices were insanely cheap and growlers were available.

Green Man seemed like more of the locals hangout. They didn't seem to want to deal with the madness that is Wicked Weed. It's very laidback and friendly, a great place to have a beer and easily my favorite place, that I visited, while in the "Land of the Sky". Get to Green Man!

joe1510, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of midlifec
4/5  rDev -2.2%

midlifec, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

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!

TheEclecticGent, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of thagr81us
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

thagr81us, Oct 18, 2010
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Green Man Brewery in Asheville, NC
92 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.