Wedge Brewing Company
Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 431
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: 8 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
3.44/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
05-31-2010 12:56:39 | More by John_M
4/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
I was thrilled to finally be able to make it in here on my last trip through town. Soo many new places to see. Dropped in here on my way home to check it out. I had been a fan of their beer for a while and wanted to check it out. Really cool, laid back place struck me as quaint from the moment I walked in. Reminded me of a little place in the village or something. Not cramped, but small with a couple people just basically hanging out. Had four offerings on tap when I was in there, but I had already had a rough day so I chose to just scope, say hello and save the beer for next time. A solid stop and next time will have to hang out for a little while
01-18-2010 00:48:06 | More by mikesgroove
4.36/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
After learning this place was new and in Asheville, I decided to give it a try. My first attampt failed because they were not open: They dont open until 4pm. So, at about 4:15, I went back and they were open.
There was indoor seating, kind of a u-shape to the bar seating area. There was also outdoor seating which consisted of plastic chairs and tables. Since it was a beautiful day, I chose the latter.
There were an IPA, Belgian Wit, Pale Ale, Imperial Stout, AMber Ale, and about two others on draft. I chose the IPA and was very satisfied. Peanuts were available and as far as I can tell, that was the only food option.
The beer was very fresh and the service was friendly. If on the west side of town, definitely stop in here and enjoy a fresh beer.
04-28-2009 21:41:36 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.73/5 rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
Yet another place in Western NC that was just this side of impossible to find. After twice around the block and finally asking a kindly local (look, I am a guy, we are known for our reluctance to ask for help), we found Wedge on the unmarked lower level below the street, accessible at the end of the road and around the corner. Yay!
A fun place with a small bar and some stools and bar rails around the wall (some of which my wife had to reach almost above her head) with buckets of peanuts to snack on (awesome!).
A nice beer selection, though samplers were not available, which was kind of a drag. I had a tasty IPA before we moved on. A nice place I'd be happy to check back in on.
02-14-2010 23:10:41 | More by sholland119
4.13/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
01-01-2013 18:27:49 | More by dirtylou
3.36/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
07-06-2013 08:58:03 | More by Rifugium
3.73/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
05-29-2012 20:30:12 | More by akorsak
4.7/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Wow was this a diamond in the rough. I assume this is some sort of regentrification district, as it is in an old industrial area and flanked by distant railroad tracks. Place was not numbered real well, and part of the street was broken off. On to the brewery. Entrance in the back. Place I found to be packed with friends, family and even a few dogs out for walks. Incredible atmosphere, and inside the brewery is great artwork. Beers were great, and although it is only my opinion, their plain porter was one of the best I ever had and another Belgian beer was also fantastic. People spilled outside into the night from this place, a true sign that this was quite the place to be in beer city America. If I am within 100 miles of this place, I will drive out of my way to go here again; it is that good.
01-05-2011 05:28:38 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.26/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
got a number of beerflies queued up, but #100 has to go to Wedge...visited after a weekend camping near the Blue Ridge Parkway a couple weeks ago
Wedge occupies a lower level spot on the back side of its namesake wedge-shaped building in the River Arts district of Asheville - overlooking a gravel parking lot, river bridge, and a scraggly looking stand of urban forest. Making up for the small interior and tiny bar is the funky iron and stone outdoor seating area that's better seen rather than described. A vendor sold veggie hot dogs beside the front porch - though this is probably either unaffiliated or only an occasional practice. I visited on the gorgeous 75-degree open window day of a local arts festival in which all the area studios were open to showcase their stuff and hold various demonstrations. The crowd was relaxed and vibrant and people wandered with their beers up to street level, and nobody seemed to notice or care. We were able to catch a tour, which was decent but nothing special, as they were being held every 30 minutes. Staked out at a random table near the stair walkway to the street, various conversations were held with other patrons and passerby. The kind of place where you intend to stop my for one, but end up leaving trashed - which is basically what happened to me.
I think there were something like six beers on tap at the time. I ended up having three: Golem - a nice Belgian pale, Imperial Stout, and Iron Rail IPA. Glassware was appropriate and all were tasty. Prices were cheap and flat regardless of style - can't remember if it was $3.50 or $4.
Service was friendly if rushed - but the place was super busy and I think they handled it quite well. Never had to wait too long for a beer and the place never felt crowded.
06-29-2009 23:34:27 | More by blackie
Wedge Brewing Company in Asheville, NC
93 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.