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Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.

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Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.69/5
Based on:
17 Beers
242 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of humuloner22
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

What can I say about this place. Every time I come into town this is the place I always end up at least once. I love their beer, I have tried a number of them and have suffered the consequences, but you know it was worth it. They has such great beers from the Shiva to the Ninja and I have tried a few others in between. They also have a great selection of the harder stuff if you are so inclined and the pizza is some of the best around. They also have a t.vs everywhere a great milieu in general. I love the poppers too! I could rave on about this place for days but I will end here. Any one who hasn't been, go! They have some of the best in house brews in a town known for great beer!

Photo of Brewsed
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Great atmosphere! Keep in mind its Asheville so don't expect speedy service. Beers are decent. Pizza is awesome as well as most of the options on the menu. All around its worth trying. The location on Merrimon Ave has $3 movies where you can order food/beer in the theater(=awsome). They also have a kids theater that plays cartoons and has arcade games and picnic tables/booths for when mom and dad needs a beer and kid needs to run around. Has outdoor seating as well to enjoy great Asheville weather. Best pizza in Asheville by far.

Photo of DCon
4.33/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Coming here on the way to zip lining, it was tucked behind another business (maybe a fast food chicken chain?) and looked like a farmhouse. Bright blue with 2 silos on the outside, it didn't resemble a brewery until parking (and don't mind the spaceship that looks like it came down and struck the building!). Lets walk in and break this place down by each category.

Walking in, each silo was filled with tables. The one by the bar (where I sat) had a moon on the wall and then a crest of some sort hanging from the ceiling. Very random but cool. The bar looked like a Pipe Works game as it was painted behind the row of tap handles. Whoever was the artist here (for both the brewery AND tap handles/bottles/cans is very talented! Tons of color and detail pop out.

While waiting for my pizza, enjoyed the Red Light IPA and chatted with the bartender. Very friendly and suggested what other breweries I got to on my trip (cool they promote other local breweries).

Their selection was very nice on-tap but had to block out what they had in bottle... Coors, A.B., and Corona were all hanging out on the side of the bar and ruining it for me. One of the servers caught that I was looking at these and replied "it hurts me too".

We enjoyed the Biltmore Pizza and suggest you do the same! Tons of Green Peppers, Banana Peppers, White Onion, and Pepperoni filled this Hand Tossed pizza and enjoyed it with their home-made garlic sauce. MMM!!

With Asheville, NC being the "Beer Capital" of the Nation, I think they should receive the award of Pizza Capital as well! I suggest this place plus many others I've already visited in the area.

Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is not just a brewpub, but another one of those quirky places here in Asheville. There's a lot of dedication to movies evident in the decor. There's also a ticket booth where tickets can be purchased for $3 for the daily movie, of which there are two that each show twice (a kids' movie at 1 and 4 pm and another at 7 and 10 pm). The beer is good, as is the food. The pizza is obviously the specialty in terms of food, but the real focus is their beers. When I went last night, there were 8 taps of their own with about 5 guest taps. They also sell a few bottles, but as far as I could tell only 750s of their own stuff, and only a few were available. They do, of course, also fill growlers, and they also sell growlers already filled. Our bartender was very attentive. There are three TVs above the bar, 2 turned to sporting events and one set to a different show, none of which had the volume turned up. I really enjoyed this place; they obviously cared about the beer they brew, the bartender gave very good service, it wasn't too loud, and the food is good. A great place to go in Asheville for a cheap movie (as long as it's one you'd liek to see), good pizza and good beer.

Photo of thesyko56
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place was awesome!

The only negative thing I can say was the fact that the bartender in the main room kinda ignored me for the most part. However, the atmosphere here was excellent. It really summed up what Asheville is all about a good time and some good beer. The bar has a single screen movie theater in the back and the night I was there they were showing Pink FLoyd's The Wall which I must admit has influenced my review of the atmosphere. Any bar that A. has a movie theater and B. Plays Pink Floyd's The Wall automatically receives a 5. The service at the theater bar was much better than the main room. The beer there was good but not great. Their Roland's ESB in the best of the bunch. Their food was pretty decent overall. Their pizza was very good but other items seem to be lacking somewhat. The price is very reasonable and it is definitely worth the visit if you are in the area. However, I have noticed that they have started showing more current movies rather than cult classics which is what I like most about the place.

Photo of ewright
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This is a funky little joint a few minutes from downtown. Up front is a pizza joint and bar with a decent selection of their own beers. In the back is a functioning movie theater!

I was a bit disappointed when I was there ... my top two choices (Ninja Porter and Shiva IPA) were both out. I ended up having the ESB (nice, middle of the road amber ale) while the wife had their "ESP" (extra special pale ale) which was basically the ESB with an extra dose of hops.

The pizza was excellent, the onion rings ok (I favor the really thin ones with a little breading ... these were thick with heavy batter). Definitely worth seeking out this place.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I normally dont venture into this area of town so I was a bit unfamiliar with the surroundings so I drove right past this place and had to do a u-turn to get into the parking lot. It snuck up on me for sure. I chose the bar area to the right and bellied up to "That 70's show" and ESPN.

Had the Shiva IPA and it was pretty good. Not too bitter but very well balanced. For food I had a chicken salad and it was really good and fresh. I was expecially hungry so I really devoured every morsel of the salad.

Service was prompt and courteous but the outdoor area seemed to be a bit more busy and some of the patrons were coming inside to order beers.

They had about 11 beers on draft, 8 house beers as well as Guinness, Pisgah, and French Broad. The bottled beer selection was less than stellar with Chimay being about the only craft beer.

The beer was fresh and the food was fresh as well. Growlers were $13.50 ($9.50 for the fill) which is really reasonable. A bit out of the way as this is on the north side, but worth the five minute drive.

Photo of morgan23
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We checked this place out after reading a couple of reviews on BA and we were glad we did. Asheville Pizza and Brewing co. is a little bit off of the beaten path in Asheville; That is, closer to where the university students hang out and a little distance from the actual down town scene. The building is a little hard to find since the road in that area has a lot of traffic and unexpected turn lanes.

The atmosphere inside is good, being themed after some old sci-fi movies. We sat at the table with all of the star wars stuff lacquered on to the table. There are two movie theaters in the building and a lot of locals if you are interested more in conversation. There is no smoking inside.

Apparently, they have several of the standard good beers, but we never found out because when we asked for a beer list all we got was a list of the Asheville Brewing beers that they offered. I tried their Shiva IPA which, although not the best IPA I've had, was not the worst.

The pizza was delicious. The salad was huge (we split a large one) and the service was good. All in all a very nice place to relax and hang with the locals. Just remember to ask for both beer lists ;)

Photo of krisandajt
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

While on vacation over the summer, my wife and I signed up for the Brew Cruise out of Asheville (it was an unbelievable time, I highly recommend it). The tour group met here in the afternoon, and finished here once the tour was done. Most of us had already had a few beers in us at this time, but the best was truly saved for last. The food here was very good (and there was plenty of it), and the atmosphere was very laid back and friendly. The decor was very interesting, the wall behind the table where my wife and I sat was painted to look like the cantina from Star Wars IV...very awesome.

The beer was very good, the only problem was there wasn't enough of it...literally. The hop shortage was affecting this place particularly hard since several of their brews rely heavily on hops. As a result, they only had 3 of the 5 brews available for sample/purchase. They did, however, make up for that by giving us more samples of the beer they did have available. Their idea of a sample was a pitcher per table of 4...and you never saw the bottom of that pitcher! The most memorable beer was their standard IPA, which had strong flavor with a nice clean finish.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The family and I ate lunch here on a Sunday afternoon. As we walked inside it said to seat yourself, OK, I like this type of casual freedom but it also opens up the door for sitting around with nobody knowing you are there! So we sat and sat at least 10 minutes, so i went to the bar to ask for menus and I was told I should have a server, I was nice and didn't start whining about sitting around for 10 minutes with nobody coming to our table.
we got some menus, ordered some brews and got some pizza. The Scottish ale was very nice, and our pizza was delicious. Very good service once we got noticed. I noticed they also had local brews on tap and I got the French Broad Rye Hopper-excellent! The decor is very neat with tons of movie poster tiles and our table was a James Bond themed table with tons of pics, and mini movie poster images that were permanently sealed withthin the table top. The round area we sat in also had a neat hand painted wall of library books with classics and other eclectic titles represented. The have a ceiling wall area near the restrooms with several hundred remote controls permanently fixed to them-cool!
I will return here in the future.

Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Good place to go with the kids during the day. The atmosphere does change a bit after the sun goes down. Usually showing 2 movies, one for the kids and one for the grown-ups. Good variety of apps and sandwiches, plus the pizza. Good Asheville crowd here. Beer is not bad, but perhaps not as good as it used to be. Still very much worth a stop, with the Scottish, Shiva, and Scout all good. Can get crowded on the weekends and the staff can have a hard time keeping up with the flow. Try the hummus app, very good and very filling!

Photo of Shiloh
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

First, the brews from this brewpub in Asheville are exellent, tried three and all were very impressive.

The atmosphere on the other hand was not, no character to the pub at all, flat, bland.

Did I happen to mention how good the beer was? ...exellent.

What can I tell ya? Offers so much promise but no help seems to be forthcoming

Did not try the food but it looked good and offered at a reasonable price.

If going just for the brew, you will not be disappoined....but not a place to hang with friends.

Six, maybe seven homegrown selections.

Photo of ahatcher78
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The meeting/ending place for Asheville Bruise Cruise if you're doing a normal tour. A pretty hopping place. They have movies, descent beer, a massive game room ,and good prices. So that means a good place for the locals the bring the kids. Big drawback for me. with that said the service is always great, and the beer isn't bad. I really enjoy the Scout Stout, and the Shiva IPA. The pizza is pretty good. They tout it as the best in WNC, and some of the top in the nation. I wouldn't got that far, but it's good. The vibe is ok. It can be really obnoxious and loud at times.

Photo of kdog630
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for a beer and some pizza after 10 hours on the road. The place is hard to pigeon hole. Movies are the big theme, with an actual theater in the building. We took a table to the left of the enterence in the 'library,' book shelves and various volumes painted on the round walls. Many classics were represented along with what looked to be titles made up by employees.

Most of the crowd appeared to be students from UNC-Asheville but one couple could have been professors.

Ordered the Shiva IPA and a pizza while the young 'un went to the game room with a bunch of quarters. Mrs. Kdog had the Looking Glass.

Excellent pizza, excellent beer and plenty of things to look at. Everyone was very friendly and attentive. Pay attention when heading to the restrooms, though. The men's has Holly Hunter on the door while the women's has Nicholas Cage.

I'm planning on returning to Asheville in the fall and this will be on my list of places to go. I'll have to to refill my growler.

Photo of drperm
3.9/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A really fun place to go -- especially on a nice autumn day. Their house brews are good, even if they're not great. Don't look for anything too exotic -- or life-changing -- on offer, but they produce some solid American micro-style classics (the Porter is my standby favorite).

Their pizza is very good as well, and pairs nicely with their pints. And, it's a movie house -- what's not to love? Good micro beer, great freshly-made pizza, and big-screen movies, without worrying about getting sauce or stains on your sofa. Check them out if you've got a couple of days in Asheville -- or if you're looking for a good Saturday outing.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.94/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Interesting place to hit up in Asheville. The atmposphere feels a little strange and sterile to me, but the bar is nice enough, the outdoor seating with the movi screen is cool, and the fact that they show movies and ocassionally sports on the big screens is really cool. I didn't eat as I had already been to Barley's, but the beer was quite good- especially the Shiva IPA and the Houdini ESP. Definitely a place to pop in and have a beer during your Asheville pub crawl, andd a place to take in a movie if you've got more time. Friendly people there as well.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

So I finally made it down to the other side of Asheville and got my butt in to Asheville Pizza and brewing. Now I didnt really know where this was, so driving down the street it kinda snuck up on me. Pulled into the lot and the place looks awesome. Nice little building with like a castle turret looking thing onthe right and some buildings with a spacehip crashing into them. Really cool looking outside, and nice to have its own parking lot in asheville. Walked inside and the place really is trip. Everything is uber decorated and just insane, a wall made ou of remotes, a big ass Terminator poster, Captain Kirk in the floor? Awesome. Deent bar right in front with a good amount of local taps. Lots of merchandise behind the bar. We made our way over into the aformentioned turret looking structure and grabbed a seat at the mexican wrestling theme table, which kicked ass. Ordered up a local, Torch Pilsner, which was very nice and served extremely cold which is always welcomed. Pizza was very good, quick service too. Overall this place was top notch. Great atmosphere, awesome beer and a kick ass staff and food. Price was cheap as well. I would definatly recommend stopping in if you are in town, especially if you have kids. This came off as a very family friendly type of place, which I always appreciate, as well as the non smoking inside. To sum it up this place is a trip!

Photo of Duster72
4.33/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here for lunch while in town for some concerts. Very good place to check out when in Asheville. This is a very unique restaurant with both a good pizza place in the front and a movie theater in the back.

I stopped by for lunch and saw lots of locals. Fairly busy, but not too bad. Had the lunch buffet and everything was good. Was disappointed they didn't refill things on the salad bar, but they kept the pizza stocked.

Beer selection was good. I tried one of their beers and was impressed. Also got a Catawba which is a harder beer to find in Asheville. Unfortunately, my wife was mad, my daughters were screaming, and I had to drive back to the hotel, or I would have spent more time here. Very cool place to check out!

Photo of Backer2004
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Big78CJ
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of slander
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. in Asheville, NC
88 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.