The LAB (Lexington Avenue Brewery)
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2.6/5 rDev -29.3%
Sat at the bar on a beautiful early August afternoon. First, the weird lights under the bar (or the general lighting of the place) totally washed out the color on the lighter beers. It's a well designed and slick place, but it felt a little Hollywood for funky Asheville to me. Second, something about the ventilation seemed to suck all the aroma away from the glass before it ever hit your nose. We kept reading about citrus explosions in the beer descriptions and smelling nothing. Third, we ordered a flight, which included only six of the eight beers on tap and were not offered any choice about which six we got. I'm frankly not interested in Cream Ales, but apparently that's what you get in a flight there. When we asked for tastes of the others we barely got enough beer in the bottom of a glass to form any kind of impression. Fourth, the bartender barely gave us the time of day. He was the only one back there on a Sunday afternoon, but he was brusque and certainly gave the impression that he really didn't have time to answer any questions. Granted it was Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp afternoon, and maybe he was pissed off at being left behind to mind an understaffed store, but we would have been happy to commiserate. Fifth, not too impressed with their beer, frankly. The Pale Ale was pretty good, and the Malt-N-Pepper was worth the visit, but the rest left me feeling ambivalent.
08-04-2014 21:14:25 | More by blbarnett3
3.89/5 rDev +5.7%
Right in downtown Asheville, LaB should be a bullet point on anyone's visit itinerary to the city. Wide open seating in the front of the establishment that looks out onto Lexington Ave through monster windows is what you walk into, separated by half walls from the rest of the dining space. Large oval-ish shaped bar on the right side of the room, with tons of table seating to the right. Very eclectic decorations, with plenty of their own swag hanging up, as well as some rustic decorations, and some neveau stylings. The staff was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. There were 7 beers on-tap while we were there, and it seems like that is +/- 2 or so on any given day. Beers are available to go in growlers, and we were informed that LaB is looking into acquiring the space next door in order to expand, with eyes on distribution eventually. The food was terrific; gastropub fare, with some very unique offerings highlighting the menu. Definitely worth a visit!
07-30-2014 01:33:44 | More by GarthDanielson
4.2/5 rDev +14.1%
Went here yesterday in the middle of a roadtrip. Strolled in about 4:40PM (they only serve part of the menu after 5) and I ordered their 1st gear ale and a Mongolian Taco cause it sounded fire as fuck. Dude at the bar says man we can't do that til 5 but if you wanna hang tight...it's almost 5. I did, and I guess he put the order in for me cause it got to me about 5. And it was delicious food omg that Mongo Taco man. Atmosphere was great. Downtown Asheville brewery with wide open doors and a nifty looking dining area/bar. The selection was where I was a bit disappointed, seems if you like stouts or porters or brown ales you are out of luck.
07-23-2014 01:23:46 | More by Lordhelmit
The LAB (Lexington Avenue Brewery) in Asheville, NC
84 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.