Wedge Brewing Company
Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 369
Beer Avg: 3.87
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 34 | Show All Ratings:
3.38/5 rDev -18.9%
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.
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.
01-19-2014 23:24:37 | More by bigkingken
3.86/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
12-06-2013 20:07:38 | More by dbrauneis
3.64/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
10-11-2013 15:45:44 | More by claspada
3.56/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
07-14-2013 03:04:31 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
3.36/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
07-06-2013 08:58:03 | More by Rifugium
4.13/5 rDev -1%
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.
05-29-2013 13:13:50 | More by metter98
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
05-26-2013 03:40:58 | More by NastyNate11
4.31/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
05-24-2013 12:51:57 | More by BTPete
4.7/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
04-11-2013 00:09:34 | More by NoCurse2012
4.88/5 rDev +17%
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.
02-28-2013 00:58:22 | More by greencovesteve
Wedge Brewing Company in Asheville, NC
93 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.