Wedge Brewing Company

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Wedge Brewing CompanyWedge Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.75/5
Based on:
29 Beers
505 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 102
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.13
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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(Place added by: blackie on 06-28-2008)
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3.24/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
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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3.36/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of bigkingken
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of John_M
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I'll be honest. For the life of me, I have no idea why this place would get a good beerfly review, no matter how much you might like this brewery's beers.

Located in the what I gather has become the trendy River Arts District, the area looks to be a run down industrial area that is currently experiencing rejuvination and considerable gentrification. There are now a number of art and pottery studios in the area, as well as a few cafes.

One thing that would be helpful is for the BA site to provide a bit more information about this place's location. The upper street area of Roberts avenue doesn't actually show a building with the 125 address (there is 123 and 127, but no 125), and if you're not from the area, you might end up leaving before you notice that down below in the back of the upper buildings on Roberts avenue, is the Wedge brewery and taproom. There are no signs, so it takes a bit of work to locate the parking area (in a field), which you can locate by driving further down Roberts and making a right turn into a field.

As for the brewery area itself, it consists of a smallish taproom with a few stools at a smallish bar. The taproom is pretty stark with no decorations to speak of, but with a chalkboard listing the beers poured that day, along with pitcher, pint and growler prices. Patrons stand in line to pick up pints, pitchers or growlers, and then meander back outside to wherever they plan to drink them. Outside there are a few tables and chairs strewn around a small patio and into the field area. Like I said, the area still has the look of a slightly run down industrial area. I guess it's OK, but why anyone would give the atmosphere here more then an average score is a mystery to me.

The selection the day I was here consisted of 6 different beers I believe. I tried three of them, and found the helles bock to be the best of the bunch. Otherwise, I can't say I was exactly bowled over by anything I sampled, and I thought the 3rd rail IPA flat out awful.

Service was friendly, no complaints there. However, it consisted of a pretty friendly employee at the cash register pouring you a pint or pitcher when you got to the head of the line. He would also pour free small samples if you wanted to try something before making up your mind. There's no table service of course, and no food to speak of either. They do provide complimetary peanuts I believe, along with bowls to put them in.

Prices were quite reasonable I thought. Pints were $3.50 a pop, while pitchers were $10.

The Sunday I stopped by Wedge was doing a fine business and I can see why. They make decent beer and it was a nice day to sit outside with some friends with a few beers. If you are a fan of Wedge beers, then I would recommend stopping by some afternoon. Otherwise, it's a place I'd recommend stopping by one time to check out the current Wedge line-up, and leave it at that.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of claspada
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of craft_shannie
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Another stop that required two visits - one during a homebrew festival and another the following day.

Atmosphere: Wedge is located in the arts district, at the base of Asheville near but not quite abutting the French Broad River. The brewery is located in a strip of shops and studios and requires that you go down a brief flight of steps. Admittedly had a hard time finding those steps the first time around. Metalwork art lines the walkway at the bottom of the step leading to the bar and an auxiliary bar further back. There are several seating areas, including tents set up in the parking lot. The bar is small, crowded at times, with a chalkboard taplist. Free peanuts too!

Quality/Service: Saturday was a zoo, so I'll focus on Sunday. In the more laidback hours, the staff is talkative and relaxed. We chatted for a few. Dustier and dirtier with a pronounced art feel. The outside deck has a fan that mists as it oscillates - nice for a hot day.

Selection: 7 beers on tap; six in the main bar and the IPA only available at the auxiliary tap. Strange set-up and I purposefully chose not to investigate. We worked our way through most all of the line-up. The super saison, advertised as bretty, was good but lacking in brettyness. The IPA was good, as was the witbier and pale ale. The other offering that we tried, the 3rd Rail double IPA was, as advertised, quite close to a barleywine with a slurry of hop thickness.

Food: Free peanuts! Other than that, nothing.

Photo of sholland119
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Yet another place in Western NC that was just this side of impossible to find. After twice around the block and finally asking a kindly local (look, I am a guy, we are known for our reluctance to ask for help), we found Wedge on the unmarked lower level below the street, accessible at the end of the road and around the corner. Yay!

A fun place with a small bar and some stools and bar rails around the wall (some of which my wife had to reach almost above her head) with buckets of peanuts to snack on (awesome!).

A nice beer selection, though samplers were not available, which was kind of a drag. I had a tasty IPA before we moved on. A nice place I'd be happy to check back in on.

HV

Photo of italianstallion
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Wedge Brewing Company in Asheville, NC
92 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.