Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.

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Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.62/5
Based on:
22 Beers
74 Reviews
Place Score: 88
Reviews: 29
Visits: 59
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

675 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina, 28804
United States
phone: (828) 254-1281

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ashevillebrewin

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Reviews: 29 | Visits: 59
Photo of Backer2004
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Okay, if I were ever to own or run a business, this is the exact place I'd like to be a part of. I mean pizza, brew on premises, and films, it couldn't get better. All the descripters are right on par. This place was packed the Saturday night we went there. Food was very good (lots of choice, not just pizza), beer was just as good. Tried three of their own brews, but there were a ton of other choices available. Didn't get to see the movie, but they were showing the Departed for $2. One of the most unique places you'll find on BeerFly. Just a great place to check out when visiting Asheville. (597 characters)

Photo of Big78CJ
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

The beer list, while small, is quite good. They do a nice number of different styles from pale ales to the occasional pumpkin or other seasonal. The pizza is pretty good as well but what impressed me more than anything else was just the cool atmosphere (very cool stuff painted on the walls). I would recommend their brown as it was a tasty addition to my Feta and Chorizo pizza.


Oh, they also have a movie theater in the restaurant. From what I could tell on my visit the movies range from relatively new stuff to old classics. (533 characters)

Photo of slander
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I didn’t overdo it and I hydrated, kind of, somewhat, apparently not enough, dammit, and I’ve got some bad noise in my head. There’s somewhere I’ve got to start getting going to but first things first; “Cruel sunlight, I’m breaking up with you”, and now I must fix the head. Something greasy and McNasty, check, good friend Coca-Caffeine, check, a handful of check, still nothing doin’ but the loud rattle of the pain stick. “Here, you take a turn at the wheel”, I say aloud to no one knowing, and now as the road changes from highway straight off long to winding, hugging the mountain, taunting stalking river below to my right, up and around and up it seems, I know I am I think I might be nodding off, did I close my eyes for a 1/6 of a second or 6 seconds just then? And on the down from the mountain, a rest area just a few miles into North Carolina, I blinked or winked 40 minutes. The loud music has thankfully stopped but I’m grrrroggy, though not too much that I can’t navigate a slow descent into Asheville…
I’m in the parking lot second guessing coming here. I think this place is too “busy” for me. The exterior area to the left side of the door is a mural of UFO’s bombing a city below, to the right, monsters battling robots, and above the door, a flying saucer impaled into the building (not painted, but actual as if it had crashed into the building). It’s too much just now. I wander in, or maybe I wonder in, don’t know, bar’s to the right and I tell her, “I’m going to need some food”. She explains that I can order off the menu or I can eat off the lunch buffet. I opt for the lunch buffet because it’s right now and right there. Salad, pastas, an array of excellent pizzas, pizzas, pizzas, but it was the chicken dumpling soup that fixed me right up. Chicken dumpling soup, you saved my life, I will never forget what you did for me today. Plopped down at the end of the bar, angled, seats 9, there’s much to see here. There’s a half wall right out front when you enter decorated with picture tiles of staff, patrons, regulars & friends, and 3 tables on the other side of it below a large painted sci fi mural (very Redbones) and a wall of collage, photos and pics (There’s a picture of the place when it used to be the town movie theater long ago, and then when it became “Two Moons Brew & View”, a movie theater/brewpub combo, before changing hands again to what it is now, but I’ll get to that), and another half wall covered with TV remotes. There’s a rounded nook in each of the front corners, like chess piece rooks. One is painted in a castle wall motif, the other like a library, each hold 3 tables in them. The bar runs along the wall to the right with a brew room behind glass down on the end. Past that to the rear are another 3 booths below the Star Wars alien bar mural (Yes, Greedo; I was just coming to see your boss. Tell Jabba I have his money, at last) and the buffet area off that painted blue with a mosaic pattern of tiles & mirror shards (very cool). The wall behind the bar is painted green, with bottles, wines & growlers shelved here, plus brewery hats, shirts, mugs, etc. Pewter mug club mug horns line the wall above, and 3 TV’s stacked in the corner. Tap selections shown on a board over the rear area entrance and a display of some 3 dozen bobble heads lining the area above. Drop lamps and exposed duct work painted a spotty blue-green covered with children’s stickers and those colored plastic alphabet & number fridge magnets you had when you were a kid.
16 taps on a 2 row box on the back bar, 8 of which are house taps. I asked if they did a sampler and she said “No, but I’ll let you sample whatever you want”. The Shiva IPA had a nice crisp hoppiness; The Red Light Pale Ale started sweet and finished hoppy; the Rook Porter, full bodied, chocolatey; the Scout Stout, oaty, full bodied, smooth & creamy; the Roland’s ESB, malty, rich & deep, very nice; the Scottish Ale was lightly sweet. The Porter, Stout & ESB were all very good, and the IPA & Pale Ale was no slouches either. The other 8 taps are a mix of imports (Guinness, Newcastle, Lindemans Framboise) and at least 4 beers from other local/regional breweries. Also a dozen + bottles (Duvel, Chimay Blue, SS Oatmeal, Holy Grail, Rogue Mocha, SNPA, Abita Purple Haze, Fraziskaner Hefe, 3 from Unibroue).
After the samples, I pinted a Stout and went esplorin’. One of the theaters in the back is still in tact and then some. They do $2 movies here, 3 times daily, 4 times on the weekends. They tore out every other row of seats and replaced them with counter tables. You order your food at the back bar and they call out your name when it’s ready. Seating for 135, large framed prints of movie stills and staff pics on the walls, totally bad ass. What was the other theater is now a large gameroom, with a giant projection screen, pinball, video games, and a dozen booths & tables.
A homey, comfortable place, really nice, enthusiastic folks, food for the cure, and some great beers. (5,041 characters)

Photo of Caesar1pup
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

On a recent trip to Asheville the wife and I stopped in for lunch and a couple of beers. I have to admit that this is like no other brewpub that I have ever been to.

As others have said it’s an old theater turned into a brewery and they show movies still for a couple of bucks in one theater and the other theater is turned into a game room. There is a bar/dining area in the front and they had a pizza buffet available which we did not try. The whole place had a strange vibe about it. The walls were covered in murals of movies scenes and I believe that made it seem a little run down.

The food and service were so-so and the Shiva IPA was pretty good. Overall it’s worth a stop in just to see the place but I am in no rush to go back. (747 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Weird in a good way, appearance on the outside. Big building with two towers, that I think were made out of silos. Outside is painted in murals of different movie and tv characters. I noticed Wonderwoman. Inside is much the same in decor which gives it a lively atmosphere. It was a Sunday evening, and the place was packed. The quality and selection is about average for Asheville, but good for anywhere else. So I split the difference with my ratings. I didn't try the food, but next time I will try the pizza as it has won several rewards. Service is spotty but not bad.
Didn't get to spend much time here. I would like to go back to explore this place further and watch a movie. (683 characters)

Photo of Enola
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

We came here to get a growler because the Coxe Ave. location was out of growlers. This place is fairly simple to find. Biltmore Ave. turns into Merrimon and after you go under I-240 from downtown it will be about a mlie on the right. The place is painted with murals on the outside. There are two towers on the front corners of the building. The movie theater is in back but we did not go there. The service was typical for a bar. It was pretty busy but we did not have to wait long. They had all house beers on tap as well as a couple Highland, Catawba Valley and a couple others. This would be a neat place to catch a movie. I would stop in here again sometime. We did not eat here but the food looked and smelled good. (721 characters)

Photo of blitz134
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in on a Friday night on the 4th of July weekend and truthfully not too many people were there. Nice place overall though, murals painted on all of the walls and things like that, kind of a typical pizza joint. We saddled up at the bar for a pint. Both beers sampled were pretty good and they had a fair amount to choose from, better than many other brewpubs I have been to. Some guest beers were also available in bottles including some belgians, but I can get those anywhere. I'll be glad to come back for more beer and maybe try their pizza next time around. (568 characters)

Photo of finepaws
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited this place with a group of people from two homebrew clubs. Doug (?) headbrewer, showed us the brewery behind the bar. Very cramped! His new place looks like it will be a dream come true.
http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/11597/?view=beerfly
He was very informative, and seemed almost giddy to be doing what he does, who wouldn't be..lol! He made sure we got to sample his hard work with a huge smile.
Most of the reviews here I think descibe the place to a tee. We showed up with about 13 people on a Sat. a little after noonish. Not very crowed, nice. Lots of bright open space. Great murals of Star Wars scenes and what not. Lots to look at. Bar only had 3 or 4 beers on tap. We were informed that keeping up with consumption of this beer has been a "job". After tasting the beer, I can see why. Very pleased with their beer. We had the ESB, ESP, and IPA. All delicious.
Food was also good. We had the Biltmore pizza. It was the "everything" one. Nothing outstanding about it, as it was pizza, but it was good.
I will have to assume our group size was the reason our service was lacking, aside from keeping our beers full, that was a plus!!!! We had one waitress who took our order, then we didn't see her again. Back to the bar she worked, we had a couple other people help us, but service was slow! About 20 minutes for 2 pizzas, one which was not right. Order was taken right, kitchen just made wrong pizza. And those who got sandwiches had to wait about 40 minutes. Not sure waitress even put the order in. Management appologized, and made the neccesary adjustments, but considering the time of wait for the food, I'll stick with just having a pint or two here. I would suggest they try to find better service staff to match the quality of their beer. Although this may be all they have to choose from, as it seems the service industry is dwindling in our area too. (1,895 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Asheville Pizza and Brewing was a place I spent some time a few years ago and the beers just didn't cut it and so I really did not go back. Apparently that was a mistake.

The place was not crowded on a Saturday night and the service was very good albeit a bit quirky. It is a combination restaurant, game room and movie theater. The website listed a different movie than was showing, but that is only a minor glitch. It allowed smoking, but it really was not smoky anywhere inside.

The taps were from the pub and some guest taps. I counted 6 house taps with 15 total taps. The selection was good though not outstanding and the beers were tasty, not the beers I remembered at all, a very welcomed surprize.

The food we ordered was only appetizers, but it was very good and inexpensive in the grand scheme of things. The hummus appetizer is going to be a standard on any subsequent visits and the spinach and artichoke dip was also a tasty treat.

Stop in at Asheville Pizza if you haven't been by in awhile, it's worth the effort! (1,041 characters)

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Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. in Asheville, NC
88 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.