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Wicked Weed Brewing

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Wicked Weed BrewingWicked Weed Brewing
BEER AVG
3.93/5
Based on:
175 Beers
6,153 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 329
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 10
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

91 Biltmore St
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801-3626
United States
phone: (828) 575-9599

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @wickedweedbeer

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Ratings: 329 | Reviews: 78
Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.79/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Any beer enthusiast owes it to themselves to visit Wicked Weed Brewing. One of the best run breweries I've visited, It was slam packed when I was there and the service was exceptional, We were attended to quickly and as often as needed. Very impressive, not to mention some of the best beer in the South.

Photo of indurTheB
4.66/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Someone told me before we went that the food is better than the beer. I don't know if I would argue! Awesome time

Photo of Lelicamusic26
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Vibe is amazing, food is delicious, beers are top notch, staff is super friendly and overall one of the best brewery/restaurants we have ever been to. Definitely try the candied Brussels sprouts with bacon!! They're AMAZING! Freak of Nature Douple IPA is one of the best we have ever had. Overall A+

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.08/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Stopped by on a Saturday. Good vibe but it was absolutely packed at 1pm. Nice that there are two levels with outdoor seating. One worker was standing off to the side with a hand-held counter counting the occupancy for fire code concerns (that's what he told me). I wanted to go downstairs to look around but was told that they had reached the maximum occupancy level in the basement and that four people were already in line to go down. The lower part had the majority of the sours on tap. Food looked decent.

Photo of Mike-ohio
4.71/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

The barrel aged French toast stout is fantastic

Photo of tlema1
4.1/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Cool, hipster, Asheville joint, great food, huge awesome beer selection...it was just so crowded that the service was subpar

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.53/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited while on vacation recently. Really nice atmosphere with the restaurant on the entrance level and the taproom down the stairs to your left. Very casual with lots of young people, a few small children, and even a well-behaved dog. Make sure you check out the bathrooms (the men's room is labeled with King Henry, the ladies room is labeled with King Henry's 3 prematurely-deceased wives). The food is unspectacular, but reasonably priced. The beer is superb. Lots of taps with tons of house brews. Be forewarned - the focus here is on saisons, sours, and other flavorful beers. This place does not dabble in styles that appease the masses so your beer-challenged friends that like amber ales may not enjoy it (or maybe they will and this will push them over the cliff into BeerAdvocatedom). Growler fills are a bit expensive. The service is excellent. The young lady who waited on us was very patient in answering all my questions and even helped us pick out a t-shirt.

Highly recommended and not to be missed if you visit Asheville.

Photo of Bull19
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Got the chance to stop by here during Thanksgiving break. WOW. Their beer is on point. Some of the best Saisons and Sours I have had in quite some time. Now mix their awesome beer selection (pretty damn good) with their on point food, this place is great. The only catch to it is if you are not there early, you will wait. I had gone in early to get a table while my wife was shopping, and they would not let my wife in while I sat at a table since they were at max capacity.

Photo of jjboesen
5/5  rDev +7.1%

“Hops are a pernicious and wicked weed” remarked King Henry VIII, English monarch and wife beheader. And from this, we have a perfect name for a perfect brewpub. While the term “must visit” might be considered cliché by some it, nevertheless, is a term that should be heeded when in Asheville, since no visit here can be considered complete without a stop at this world renowned brewery, one that has taken the craft beer world by storm – another cliché.

Conveniently located on Biltmore Avenue in a cream-colored art deco structure that may have once been a car dealership or body shop, Wicked Weed is an attractive venue that welcomes everyone regardless of their need of that pernicious weed. In front, there is a spacious patio with tables, benches and an outdoor fireplace. The main dining room is airy and sleek with an open industrial feel to it. There is a long bar in the middle amid several tables and hightops. To the right we see a large mural of the aforementioned Henry glowering over the entire scene. (On the outside wall is a rear view of Henry’s head, which unlike those of the unlucky Anne Boleyn (Wife 2) and Katherine Howard (Wife 4), remains on his fat neck. Wicked Weed is an extremely popular place to meet, drink and eat and can become accordingly crowded. If you head to the left there is a staircase leading down to the atmospherically rustic tasting room, where an additional array of beers can be enjoyed. Beers can be purchased here as well.

The Upstairs Bar offers about 15 taps that included plenty of styles for all palates: Freak of nature IPA, Lunatic Blonde, Hops Are Heresy, Reticent Saisson, a single hop concoction called Lupulin Lab and a tangy sour called Perzik Mort. (Wicked Weed recently opened another venue, Funkatorium, which specializes in sour ales.) Food-wise, the menu was loaded with a wide variety of eclectic dishes, one being my choice of bratwurst and pub hash, the latter being Very Good. Bar service was excellent and efficient and the prices reasonable with a choice of full pours and (10 ounce) samplers.

Be sure to check out the restrooms and the Men’s’ Room with another portrait of the glowering Henry – his wives adorn the Ladies Room, natch. Wicked Weed is most definitely a Must-Visit – an apt cliché.

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Great location, great food, great beers. I do prefer the sours at the Funktorium more, but you have to go here. The Freak DIPA and the Honey Ale were both great. Note the restaurant is upstairs and the brewery/taproom is downstairs. The beers differ some between the two. Avoid this spot on the weekend, we went for lunch on Monday and it was perfect. They do growler fills and sell merch here also. Prices were very reasonable.

Photo of Mark_Griffin
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Great place in a great town. Start with a self-selected flight of 6 brews and then enjoy your favorite(s). Good food too!

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

We stopped by on a vacation to the south to see what this place was all about. There's a cheap parking garage near by, which was convenient.

The building is really nice, with many compartmentalized areas with their own vibe. There's outside seating, a lofty main dining room with some communal tables, a dark and cozy basement, and more benches outside on the lower level. There's a bar upstairs, but the bar downstairs has a better selection. This was a bit disappointing as I was not allowed to get the Mrs. a beer downstairs because they could not physically see her. Oh well. Over all, the energy and openness of this place is really top notch.

Food was really good and came out lightning fast. We got the meatloaf and a chicken sandwich, both of which were really well done. Reasonable portions too, which is nice to see.

The beer was really amazing. I had a handful of their sours and found the seasonal sour pumpkin to be deliciously novel. With most places, you can have a few beers and get a sense of what you're working with, but that was not the case here. I would love to come back and try every last beer they offer. I haven't reacted that way in a long time. Wicked Weed has something special going for it. Wish I was local!

The wait staff was stupendous, from the two bar tenders, our server and even a bouncer outside. Really friendly, knowledgeable, all of whom made me feel like they were there to help me enjoy my stay.

This place is a gem and absolutely worth the visit.

Photo of zac16125
5/5  rDev +7.1%

This place is incredible. Great atmosphere, fantastic food (best cheese plate ever), and of course the wonderful beer. They have so many options on tap, about 1/2 a dozen different sours/wild ales, at least one barrel aged offering, killer hoppy beers and tons of other options. A beer lovers paradise.

Photo of Grackos
5/5  rDev +7.1%

My favorite beer place in the world. I miss Asheville and this beer especially.

Photo of joe1510
4.2/5  rDev -10.1%

Wicked Weed is new, and big, and packed... My first stop in Asheville. I walked in around 5:30-6 and the restaurant upstairs was already slam packed and it's a giant space. I didn't do much looking around and just headed straight downstairs to the bar since I didn't plan to eat there anyway. The bar downstairs looks over the brewing equipment and seats about 12 with hightops loaded in and jammed to the gills. At 6 people were already standing around. A huge, walkout patio area is also available with picnic tables and standing bars, also packed.

The chalkboard is huge, taking up the entire wall behind the bar, it would have to be huge with all the taps available. 25 taps, I believe...Maybe even 30 but they ran the gamut from Belgian styles to IPAs to the Funkatorium options. Everything I sampled was good, some better than others, a few pretty out there and experimental, which are always fun to try. Short pours were offered. Even though the bar staff was swamped they stayed on their game. Good stuff, probably the best beer overall in Asheville.

The clientele was a different matter. Everyone seemed to be trying to be someone they weren't. The pretension oozed from nearly every person in the bar. Hipsters and want to be hipsters have taken over Wicked Weed, mostly the latter. It was just odd. Like I said, the beer was definitely good, the staff quick and knowledgeable, the clientele I could do without. With that said, they probably didn't like me either.

Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

I've been underwhelmed by the WW beers I've found in Raleigh. I think they get too much home state love. The IPAs tend to be much better than the sours. So I wondered what to expect from a visit. But I was pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere is top shelf! Both upstairs and downstairs are as good as it gets. And the service is great and the prices are amazingly low. The food is outstanding too. Surprisingly, the beer was the weakest part. I really loved the Mosaic Saison and Lusus Naturae. They were world class. There were a few others I really enjoyed but most left me a little short. They seemed very modeled after Russian River in every way but I found them a little lacking. But it's my favorite NC brewery, just ahead of Olde Hickory, so I look forward to their continued growth and refinement.

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

Great food, great beer, great atmosphere. The only thing that keeps me from giving it a 5 is the line that is usually there. Good for WW for having a great product, but I am not a huge fan of waiting in lines. I am excited about their expansion into bottling, and the funkatorium. This will hopefully improve the herds of people at the brewery.

Photo of asams10
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Love this place. Always busy, but worth checking out if you're in the area.

Photo of Jenebauer
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nice outdoor patio to sit on as well as plenty of indoor seating. Location was convenient and there is a parking garage almost directly behind the brewery which you could park in for $1/hr with the first hour free. The food was delicious and came within a reasonable amount of time and the staff were all very kind. As an aside... the flight was reasonably priced as well as the food.

Will definitely be returning!

Photo of firstlighthiker
4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

It's all you need....great beer and amazingly great food for a brewery restaurant. It is the destination stop now for Asheville. Only negative is a bad experience with the service upstairs, but the service downstairs has always been excellent. Wish they focused on the Barrel series more, but I guess funk is what is in now.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.72/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is everything you could want in a beer destination. Literally. In downtown Asheville, you walk in to a restaurant level, with a long stretched bar in the back. Some outdoor patio seating available, and a ton of tables and booths on this main floor. From the entrance, in the back left corner is all the swag, as well as where you can pick up growlers to go (FYI: they don't sell growlers of their sours). They also have bottles for sale to go (this is where you can get your sours). Downstairs from the restaurant is the tasting room. This is where you want to go. A very dark, cool, cellar feel down there, with some outdoor seating once again. Belly up to the L-shaped bar down there, and feast your eyes upon an ever-changing chalkboard posting the 25+ beers available on tap. Holy shit. I cannot wait to get back to this place. The bartenders are awesome, and I am willing to guess that they are damn busy. We were there on a Thursday afternoon, and this place was slamming. They beers were divided on the chalkboard into sub-genres, including Hoppy/IPA beers, Funkatorium/Sours, Belgian Brews, and a World Cup themed group. They have a full menu upstairs, and downstairs there is a menu of apps and snacks. I can't say enough good things about this place. It is a must go, bucket list place for any beer fan.

Photo of meanmutt
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of the best brewery/tap rooms I've had the pleasure of visiting. The staff is very friendly, they have a large variety of delicious beers, and the food is outstanding. Very dog friendly as well..we brought our dog with us and had a great time out on the patio. Our server was nice enough to fill a bowl of water for our dog without us even having to ask.

If you are in Asheville, you've got to make a stop at Wicked Weed.

Photo of craft_shannie
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

visited both the restaurant & downstairs tasting room on two separate occasions. equally impressed during both visits. great flow to the indoor/outdoor spaces both upstairs & down. love the deco lines of the orginal structure mixed w. brick & industrial fittings inside. the entire space is well-thought & lends itself very well to making you feel comfortable.

beers are well crafted, all good to superior. enjoyed some of the world cup country offerings, as well as some others (dipa, coolcumber, watermelon saison, etc), but was most impressed w. the sour/funk ales. wow! 'merica gone wild & divergence were both incredible. was able to snag 6 different bottles that were available (ranging from $7-15) for the return trip home.

food is also incredible- i think i had the best burger of my life there. menu is definitely elevated, but without being too off-putting/hotsy totsy. service is remarkable, as well. i was very impressed w. how genuine & nice folks at wicked weed were/are.

great place in all senses.

Photo of psuKinger
4.46/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A really great brewery to visit, right in downtown Asheville. As I had car problems on the way down, I didn't make it to the brewery until 11:00 PM (despite leaving my driveway at 4:20 AM) on a Thursday night. The place was hopping, with a great "nightlife" environment. "Craft beer" is definitely part of the "social scene" in Asheville, to an extent that maybe I've not seen elsewhere. I sat at the main bar until closing time, and tried to take it all in, despite my hard trip. I returned Friday afternoon, with the wife and kids, after getting Pizza at the mellow mushroom (a half mile or so up the main drag... it wasn't a real great experience, but that's a matter for a different review). Wicked Weed isn't kid-unfriendly, but the menu isn't put together with kids in mind. Because I didn't get there until 11:00 PM the night before, and returned after a lunch had elsewhere, we only ordered an appetizer to munch on, so I'm not going to review the quality of food. The menu looks awesome to me... very "foody". But with a bit of a picky-eater for a wife and small kids in tow, a menu like that precluded me from eating there, despite how much it appealed to me.

The main entrance leads to the main floor bar, which is large, with a "second row" standing bar behind the bar, numerous tables for patrons to sit, and large glass windows to see into the kitchen. When I returned, with wife and kids Friday afternoon, we were able to get the very last open table in the whole place by walking in right around Noon. After about 90 minutes, we closed out our tab and my wife took the kids, promising me one final hour to myself in Asheville before it was time to get back on the road. So with that, I headed to the basement...

Wicked Weed's basement is where I recommend all BA's on "solo missions" head, as it has both better selection (all beers on draft upstairs were also downstairs, but there were beers on draft downstairs that weren't available upstairs), and a bit of an "underground" feel... with a "basement" that opens up onto an open-air patio, right next to the brewhouse. So you can buy a beer, sit in the sun or the shade, and watch the brew-master's work. It was very cool.

The service I got at the bar, both upstairs and downstairs, was very good. Things were sometimes slow with the waiter while at our table, but the place was very busy, so I guess sometimes that happens...

This was one of the better breweries I've visited thus far. Highly recommend.

Photo of SportsandJorts
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Atmosphere: great feel to this place, everything seems nicely planed out and looks really good. great outdoor areas, and a lots of variation to where you can sit.

Quality: Hard to beat the quality they put out here. great sours, ipas, belgians and barrel aged beers. every beer I tasted there was either a spot on style or a great interpretation.

Service: everyone was very helpful and nice, gave me plenty of free samples, even when ones I didn't ask for. very nice about and even offer samples before you make your pick

Selection: at least 15-20 beers on tap upstairs with 5-7 bottles, plus an additional 5 or so on tap downstairs. got the chance to try plenty of them and enjoyed them all.

Overall: a must try. up there with my favorite brewpubs to visit. got to drink plenty of good beer while there and some sours to take home.

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Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville, NC
100 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.