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Wedge Brewing Company

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Wedge Brewing CompanyWedge Brewing Company
Based on:
27 Beers
542 Hads
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 44
Visits: 119
Avg: 4.03
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

125B Roberts Street
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801
United States
phone: (828) 505-2792

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Reviews: 44 | Visits: 119
Photo of psuKinger
4.03/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

First stop during my Asheville brewery tour. We stayed at the downtown Marriott Renaissance, which puts us in walking distance to a large number of breweries; this is not one of them. A short (7-8 minute) drive, and we wanted to hit it early, before we became unfit to drive.

Despite being one of the better/more reviewed breweries in Asheville, you can find negative reviews about this place. Both here and on food sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon. A common complaint I found online was that this is very much a "local" watering hole, and somehow that the "locals aren't friendly". This was not our experience at all. It's a cool little spot, off the beaten path, with a large outdoor area. Picnics to the left, large open "games" area out front, and a covered "dock"/porch right off the front door. There is not a lot of room/seating inside, so if the weather isn't good, I'm not sure I'd recommend stopping by until after the rain clears, as the large number of outdoor tables/benches/seating was almost all taken during my visit. But we were able to find a table for ourselves and our beers, and we set about sampling the offerings and enjoying the weather.

It did feel like it had a "local" atmosphere to it, but I felt like that gave it some authentic charm. Nobody was even remotely unfriendly or rude to us. Just a lot of happy, smiling, people, having some family-friendly fun and enjoying the beers. Lots of kids playing out on the grounds; very kid friendly environment.

And the beers were pretty good! The Creature IPA (Belgain-IPA), in particular, was great. As an avid IPA lover, it was my personal favorite. My wife and sister-in-law, the exact opposite of a avid IPA lovers, ALSO loved it. I don't think that's ever happened before. Most of the rest of the beers I tried were all good as well.

If/when I return to Asheville, I will stop back and visit these guys again. This place should not be very far down on your list of places to hit in Asheville.

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Photo of mlockman
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Pretty big storefront, including a taproom and a "to-go" bar. Most of the seating is outside, but I was disappointed that of the great variety of beer brewed therein and the many taps available, only one dark beer was available for purchase.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Nestled in among the art galleries, in a three story building originally used for livestock distribution, this place has some serious character. Outside, railings, tables, chairs are all made of welded "found" metal tools and items. Just wandering around the place is a treat! It was getting pretty hot and sunny by the time we visited so we didn't want to sit out in the open patio with most of the crowd. We headed in to the small taproom proper, where there was really just space to line up and order, with only a couple stools inside. We got two samplers, going to a second alternate serving station outside to fill up one of the beers we ordered. They also have bowls of peanuts and buckets for shells...something I haven't seen at a bar for years! So if you have a serious peanut allergy, you may want to stay away from Wedge. We ended up sitting outside on cool rotating and moving chair sculptures, out of the brightest of the hot sun. I drank through the samplers and enjoyed many of the beers. The Julian Price Pilsner was well made and very refreshing! A hemp ale was actually tasty and will probably make me test positive on the next drug test I take. And the Iron Rail IPA was classic and well balanced. My least favorite was, much like Urban Orchard, the Wit. Overall, a very cool space, vibe, and a good collection of solid beers. I'm glad we went back to this place instead of heading back into downtown.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

A short ride on the W1 (or W2) bus from downtown drops you off in the River Arts District, an evolving neighborhood where old warehouses have been converted into galleries, restaurants, cafes and one excellent 1300 barrel brewpub called Wedge Brewing Company.

Wedge Brewing can be found in the lower section of Wedge Studio, itself located in a building that once housed livestock in the 19th Century. Literally situated adjacent to railroad tracks, Wedge can be reached via Lyman Avenue, or down a staircase hidden behind several exhibits of iron sculpture.

It is as quaint a place as anyone can relax and enjoy some quality craft beer. Enter the taproom, which takes up a small corner of the brewery; check the chalkboard for whatever beer is available (about 8 drafts), order a pint or a sampler and then head outside and grab a seat at one of the communal tables. Note: there is neither table service nor is there any inside service. Another Note: Wedge offers an express IPA window for their delightful Third Rail. Also on tap is a complex Abbey style, a hoppier West Coast IPA and a hearty porter. Should you desire something to eat, there is a food truck parked next to the entrance. The patio is a lively place with locals, tourists, kids and dogs.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Hard to find, but plenty of parking if you park by the train tracks. This area is very trendy/hipster, which is not really my thing. My rating is skewed given that I don't fit in with that scene. The decor of the building is cool and very interesting. Long lines to get beer as the bar was not laid out well. Long lines for bathrooms as well. The beer was OK, nothing really amazing. Prices were very cheap with $6 flights of 4. Most of the seating I saw was outside, not even sure if inside seating is an option as I only went to the Bar and IPA window.

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Photo of Lukass
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Thought all the steel artwork around this place was incredible. Great atmosphere, friendly people, and above all, tasty brews! I don't think I had one that I didn't like, but their Biere De Garde stood out over them all. Also love the fact that this place is located below a bunch of art galleries that are open to the general public, so got to see some great art as well. Would definitely go back if I'm ever in Asheville again, and highly recommend it.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

It's a very cool space in a very cool area of town, and I can see why there is such a draw for this place. We were there just after it opened on a Weds afternoon, and even then it got crowded quickly. The beers on the other hand knocked the score down for me a bit. I had the ipa and the double ipa, and neither of them agreed well with my palette. Besides the flavors not being great, they both seemed under carbonated to me. I did try my wife's beer (she had the Czech pilsner ), and I thought her beer was significantly better than the two I had. With so many choices of cool places to go for a beer here in the Asheville area, I could possibly see coming back here only once in a while, and if I do, it will definitely be for the atmosphere rather than the beer. Also, it isn't very kid friendly, which is fine for the kind of crowd they seem to cater to, but does limit my chances for getting there more often, and might matter to some people researching this place.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

This place rules. The bar area itself is not big at all, but when you add in all the outdoor seating, huge gaming areas in the parking lot, and space for the food trucks, this establishment has quite the spread. There were 9 beers on-tap during my visit, and there are growlers available for beer to go. The bartenders were friendly and attentive, and they sure were busy. On a Thursday evening, they were out straight, because the place was absolutely packed. There is a ton to do outside, including cornhole and other bar games, and there were a couple food trucks parked out there, as well. You really can settle in for the night here, with plenty to do for just about any type of person.

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Photo of craft_shannie
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

located in the arts disticts. lots of metalwork, machinery parts artfully welded together, making the various outdoor seating areas all the more cozy/interesting. the brewery area is actually downstairs & faces the river on the backside. food trucks are available, as are buckets of peanuts. beer is solid, nothing earth-shattering. service is good.

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Photo of ari32
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

One of the cooler buildings I've been to for a brewery. The patio and outside area are nice. Lots of metal, wood, and brick. The beer selection is pretty good, but the quality is nothing special. Still, their flagship IPA is always a good beer. They almost always have a food truck outside, and there's a restaurant (Bull & Beggar) a few shops down that let's you drink Wedge beer if you're sitting in their outside section. Plus, they give you free peanuts... you can't go wrong with free peanuts. Unless, you're allergic, of course.

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Photo of bigkingken
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4

The 10th and final brewery visited on my first trip to Asheville was Wedge Brewing Company, which is apparently located in the historic arts district or so I remember the signs in the neighborhood reading. The building it sits in certainly seems to be, at least. It appears as though most of the space is used as artist studios and the like on a communal basis. Pretty cool.

To find the brewery’s main face, you have to walk down some stone steps and around back, beside the river and railroad tracks. Here you’ll find a lot of awesome metal sculptures integrated into the back yard, a ton of picnic tables, tables and chairs also made of welded metal scraps, and a concrete patio with several well-painted corn hole sets. The whole setup seems like a casual summer afternoon over at your best friends house.

Except there’s a brewery there and a taproom where you can claim any one of roughly 10 beers. They don’t do flights – at least not at the time that we visited – so we tried a couple of shots of beers before deciding on a couple to sip on. We ended up with Belgian strong golden ale named Golem and some sort of wild yeast brown ale. Both were tasty, but I’d take the Belgian any day of the week. For our second set of drinks, we went with a cider and their IPA, which I figured must be fantastic since they have their own draft room for it separate from the main station.

It wasn’t.

I don’t know if I was just beered out at this point, but I actively disliked their IPA. It was thick and seemed slightly goupy, and for some reason tasted extremely salty. I don’t know if that’s how it’s supposed to come off, but I was not a fan. I’m also not a fan of the no flights, because there were more than a half-dozen other beers that I would’ve loved to try.

Other than that, I liked the place. It has a great atmosphere, nice people, and knowledgeable bartenders who don’t mind if you try a few things before ordering. The ever-present food truck also makes amends for the lack of food.

I love brewpub and food truck symbiosis.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Located outside of downtown in the River Arts district. Kind of industrial yet artsy with a limited amount of indoor seating and more outdoor seating. Cornhole was available to play outside as well as a new patio was in the process of being constructed. Bowls of peanuts were available (free) for consumption. Crowd seemed to be mostly locals and quite a few older folks (people in their 50s/60s).

Beers were well poured into proper glassware for the style. They seemed to be at the proper temperature with the right amount of head.

Service was nothing special - the people seemed to know the Wedge beers and could describe them well but I would not describe them as friendly or inviting. They were not overly quick in service but they were not rude either (maybe it was because we arrived right after they opened).

Decent selection - about 10 beers/ciders representing a number of different styles from Belgian to IPA to Porter.

Food was not available at Wedge but there are generally food trucks available outside.

Prices were reasonable and in line with other places in Asheville.

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Photo of claspada
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Located off the beaten path. With an inside smallish bar where you must order regardless but could also stand and consume.
Outside is basically a deck with some old-fashion metal chairs. Not exactly the most inviting setup.
They had about 7-9 beers on draft, the best was the DIPA and the rest were fairly forgettable. I guess the Flemish Brown was also alright but really needed more time for the bugs to eat and develop even a moderate sourness.
Service was quite friendly, so I can’t complain there, but this place came with high recommendations and I can’t say it fulfilled my expectations. Really close to Duck Taco though which is amazing, so there’s that.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

This brewery is a little different than most. Their commune area is mostly outside, with a couple bar style counters, a few picnic tables, cornhole games and general green space. Inside, there are just a few seats across a bar counter. It's obvious they intend for you to buy your beer and take it outside, which is perfect when the weather permits. I had their Golem, which was a pleasant Belgian strong ale, and a lot of their architecture capitalizes on the arts district which they reside in; we were sitting on stools made from giant cogs, pretty neat. The entire venue kind of seems like an afterthought, like there was a little space left in the building and they crammed a mash tun in and let people sit in the grass outside, but it's kind of charming because of it. I'd love to come back here with a handful of friends and play a cornhole tournament or something, it would be perfect for that.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Many people in Asheville, and even back home in SEPA recommended Wedge as a "must visit" location. Honestly, I don't get what all the fuss is about.

The brewpub is located in a strange part-residential part-commercial / quasi folk artsy area. As some other reviews have reflected, it can be a bit confusing to actually find the place. The building does say "Wedge" out front, but on street level, there is no entrance to the actual brewery...you have to go around the side and walk down a somewhat Wonderlandish/mechanic's-art-project stairway to find the little entrance to the pub.

As far as atmosphere goes, in my opinion, there is simply nothing desirable here. The bar itself is pretty small, seating maybe 10 people, and there's some oddball grotesque (let's face it: butt ugly) sculptures decorating the otherwise plain and simple walls. The outside area seems to be the main gathering place here, and again, I found nothing desirable about it. It was like a bad family BBQ where everyone was way too drunk, loud, and annoying.

As far as beer goes, there were 8 selections on tap, including one that was an "outside only" line...whatever. I sampled everything, and really didn't find anything to be worth writing home about. Pretty standard homebrew kit stuff all over, with a "hemp ale" being the closest thing to breaking the normal mold.

No complaints about service really. Prices were cheap, so I guess that makes the beer easy for anyone to enjoy.

It seems like a lot of people like this place, so I suppose it's worth checking out if you're in town, but if you're on the edge, I'd say you're not missing much if you decide to pass it over. Personally there's absolutely nothing that would bring me to revisit.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Vibe: Although it's a long walk from downtown, this seems to be the laid back place for locals to hang out in Asheville. There's not much in the way of indoor space except for a few stools near the bar but just about everyone hangs out on the loading dock or at the tables in the parking lot next to the railroad tracks. They give out free peanuts to munch on and there are some cornhole boards outside.

Quality: Beers were served in the proper glassware at the proper temperature. Most beers came in pint glasses but a saison was served in a snifter glass.

Service: Service was pretty quick and I liked the idea that they had a separate "express" window on the loading dock to get IPA.

Selection: There were eight beers on-tap in the variety of styles the day I went so I wasn't disappointed about the selection.

Food: Having just come from 12 Bones Smokehouse, I didn't try the food, but there is a different food truck every day. There was a pizza truck the day I was there and they looked pretty good.

Overall: I really enjoyed hanging out at this place as there was plenty of tables in the shade. Beers were really reasonable and only $3.50 or $4.00 for a glass.

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Photo of NastyNate11
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

One if the best small breweries. Awesome location by the river in the arts district. This is a must for Asheville visitors and locals alike. Their brews are great but you can't miss with the Rasberry Imperial Stout. Definitely my favorite! Don't miss out.

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Photo of BTPete
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I love this place and the location and vibe of it really make it a fun destination. I usually visit here for a couple beers while in town and this time proved no different. The bar is in the arts district in an old warehouse and it really shows with lots of old metal and car parts making up the fencing and seating. On any given night you can find all walks of life laughing and having a good time over a few beers. On previous trips I have seen people playing cards, people playing cornhole, people having a jam session, people selling local vegetables. They have an expansive area of picnic tables and chairs overlooking the railroad tracks.

The beer is solid but I would say straight forward overall. I enjoy all of their selections with their IPA being the most popular, I usually jump around and try different things while there.

They serve peanuts but they usually have food trucks which have always been good. On this visit they had a pizza truck but it sold out of pizza before I got some.

Overall this is a cool space to go have a beer. They are dog friendly and I always have a good time while here. I have not been during bad weather in which case I'd probably avoid because most of the seating is outdoors, which is what makes it fun.

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Photo of NoCurse2012
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This was a great experience. There was a selection of nearly 10 to 12 different brews to choose from. There was even an "express" lane for the IPA which I thought was a great idea. Prices were quite reasonable for craft brews. We had the Iron Rail IPA, of course, there was an express lane and went back for the Derailed Hemp ale which was brewed with hemp seeds. The atmosphere was amazing, very eclectic and industrial looking as it was adjacent to the rail yard hence the names of the brews. Quite a few picknick tables set up for enjoying the beautiful weather as well as corn hole tables. The crowd was very diverse with a mix of yuppies, hippies, middle agers and old folks too. If you are ever in the Asheville area do not miss the opportunity to experience the Wedge.

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Photo of greencovesteve
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

A: relaxed. you'll feel like a regular after your first beer.

Q: small batch goodness. fresh good beer

S: friendly faces and small lines

Sel: regular solid selection, neighborhood of 5 beers on tap usually

F: food truck, varies. peanuts, always.

V: good price, free peanuts.

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Photo of LionsMane
4.97/5  rDev +23.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Rustic exterior, no frills, just peanuts, corn hole and beer...excellent beer. Iron Rail IPA is a juicy malt forward beer super consistent. 3rd rail this year is liquid hoppy gold, take your time here though its a monster. Vladim Bora is the Raz. Imp Stout, that usually rings in the holidays and last through Feb. Over all the best beer brewed in Asheville currently in regards to consistency, balance and flavor. would like to see some barrel aged beers from these guys and some cask in the future to really send them into the halls of greatness.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

In the arts district, down by the river. Wedge is on the bottom level of a wedge shaped building with a junkyard vibe going on outside of the brewery. There was a pizza-truck on site that appeared to be cranking out some pretty awesome za's.

The inside was small and quite crowded. I dug the peanut situation and certainly got the impression that Wedge was far less touristy than some of the other breweries in town.

Not a lot on tap, as expected, but the raspberry imperial stout was really good and the potent triple IPA helped warm the body after a blustery walk from the city centre.

Rad place.

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

Wow. Last stop of Asheville, and it's a shame. This was by far our favorite stop (aside from App Vintner). The atmosphere was absolutely fantastic, with a hodge podge of young, old, round, and square people. The beer was great. I had an imperial stout on tap, along with a porter, an IPA, and an IIPA. All of the beers were really good, and the IIPA was super tasty, well above average.
They are in the basement of a large order building, and the best way to get to the pub is walk down the stairs on side of the building. They have a large outdoor area, part of it was covered with an awning, and a huge yard for playing cornhole or frisbee or whatever else you prefer. The service was fine, nothing special. It was busy, they were attentive, but I didn't try to start a conversation or anything or the sorts.
This is the best brewery in Asheville, hand down. Atmosphere, beer, location, everything. Well worth a visit.

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Photo of Viper29223
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Asheville is a great town for fun and great beer we parked out front by the wedge art studio easy enough to find with a GPS proceeded to walk along the unique metal art wall and down the steps to seeing a large amount of people drinking ales and playing corn hole then we proceeded inside to try there pale ales followed by there wheat beer decided on there alt beer which was my favorite by far not that like we had any bad beer but then we sat outside with local patrons discussing the brewery and Asheville we were also in luck because the food truck was serving brick oven spinach pizza and sage garlic pizza fantastic flavors very tasty with a proper ale on your way out get a growler and sticker keep in mind they only fill wedge growler bottles at 16.00 if you don't have there growler which is still a great price for the IPA we took with us for freinds back home Good Times indeed and free peanuts !

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Photo of jfindley
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

We went here for a couple pints in the late afternoon before going out for something to eat. It was raining like bejesus when we arrived and it was fun to sit with everyone on the loading dock/deck and watch the rain. Then the sun came out. Really fun afternoon.

A - Very fun crowd and pretty diverse. People with dogs, young people, older people, slackers, and people in formal business attire. Layout as is how most have described with the main bar in a small area with all the beers served there except for the IPA which is at the "express window" which we missed since we couldn't see any signs due to everyone hiding from the rain. But the main attraction here are the outside spaces. The deck/dock has counters with cool welded up found material stools that all face the back parking/patio area. Tons of picnic tables, chairs, and places to hang out. Once the rain let up you could see how people spread out and use all the outside space.

Q - The beer was good overall. We gravitated to the IPA and took a growler home.

S - Service was good and despite the crowd we never had to wait long in line and the bartenders were fast and friendly. The express window for IPA was great for us.

S - Selection was good for a brewery. No guest taps, but that's okay. They had five on at the main bar and the IPA window. Pilsner, Pale, Wit, Alt, and a Belgian Strong Golden. Pretty diverse selection for a small brewery.

F - I put in N/A as they technically don't have food. They do have free peanuts which is awesome and there is a food truck that rotates during the week. We only had peanuts so I can't comment on the food truck. Check their web site for food truck info, beer currently on tap, and directions.*

Overall this is a great place and should not be missed. It is not a brass and ferns brewpub. It is eclectic, interesting, and truly a pub in the sense that you can't help but get into a conversation with other people around you.

* For all the reviewers that have complained about directions to this place and how to find it, please just look around and use the resources at hand. Their web site has very complete directions and we really had no problem finding it. You'll know when you're close so just get out of your car and walk around. It isn't that big a deal to actually visit one of the other shops in the neighborhood to ask directions and check out their stuff either. Just relax and enjoy the area and be glad it isn't in some homogenized mall.

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Wedge Brewing Company in Asheville, NC
90 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.