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
243 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.9
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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Photo of lilygilder
2/5  rDev -48.7%

Photo of Caesar1pup
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of DrMindbender
3/5  rDev -23.1%

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 finepaws
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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 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 Enola
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of wcudwight
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of kmm1793
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of falcon1
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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 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 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 ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of italianstallion
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of chigator
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of joe1510
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

The last stop of the night brought us to Asheville Pizza and Brewing. As a matter of fact it was a happy accident finding this place. We were about to call it quit's and walking back to find a cab stumbled across a huge beer garden with a giant projection screen playing a rerun of that days Tour de France stage. We were drawn in as if by a tractor beam, not even sure what the place was at first.

Sitting outdoors we were immediately waited on by a friendly waitress that was quick to offer advice on both food and beer. Grabbed a pizza that was good drunk food if nothing exceptional and a pitcher of porter. The porter was enjoyable. It was a great night outside and being able to watch the Tour while eating pizza and drinking beer outdoors topped it off nicely. I'd recommend this place. It's a good time and good atmosphere.

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 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 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 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 blitz134
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. in Asheville, NC
88 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.