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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: 101
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
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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Notes:
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(Place added by: blackie on 06-28-2008)
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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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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 dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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.

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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of blackie
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of seanchai
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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 jjboesen
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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.

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Deuane
4.09/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

After waiting and waiting for this place to open we finally got a chance to visit during this recent trip to Asheville as we traveled to town for the BrewGrass Festival.

A funky, crunchy joint...just like I expected. A small inside tasting area and bar with nice wood decor and a fine view of the brewery through the glass behind the bar. A much more interesting and social meeting area awaits outside.

A long concrete bar with a mish mash assortment of chairs and tables invite folks to gather in their groups, drink a few pints and chat. With an extended season of outdoor seating in Asheville this area will be the focus of Wedge.

Seven beers on tap during this visit with a nice rundown of standards, with an IPA, pale ale, porter, wit, Belgian abbey and Karl's most famous beer....Golem, a Belgian IPA.

Food is listed as N/A for all they have for you to nosh on are free peanuts from the bar. The Wedge is more of a glorified tasting room and not a full service brewpub. Service is do it yourself go to the bar and order from the tenders. No wait staff comes outside to refill your pints....which is just fine with me.

All in all Wedge Brewing is a great place to meet up with friends, socialize over a few pints of great beer and enjoy the night air of Asheville!

Photo of Bung
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I've heard this spun off from a Brewer from Green Man, so I had descent expectations. The 2 I had did not dissappoint. I had both of their Stouts, Oatmeal and Imerial. The oatmeal was one of the better I've had in a while, with a really great creaminess to it. Prices were low in my opinion for the area. Not a ton of selection, I think they had 6 or 7 different styles though.
Their building I'm sure is pretty cheap rent though. Not real obvious where this is located. In a typical older industrial area being reclaimed by all sorts of art studios. A neat area, but you're still not quite sure about it. Lots of neat artwork around the place and patio. A good amount of seating. A flower child -esque crowd, but that seems to be typical for the area. They had Monte Python showing on the side of a white truck out in the gravel parking lot.
Service was very good, which I found very different for the area in general, though more so at the restaurants.
It's kind of away from everything else in Asheville, but well worth making the trip, which is just a bit too far to walk to from downtown.

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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 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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of cfrobrew
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Wedge Brewing Company in Asheville, NC
92 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.