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Wicked Weed Brewing

Not Rated.
Wicked Weed BrewingWicked Weed Brewing
Based on:
194 Beers
8,719 Hads
Place Score: 100
Reviews: 89
Visits: 400
Avg: 4.55
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

Place added by: mcrowther on 12-30-2012

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Reviews: 89 | Visits: 400
Photo of slander
4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

In Asheville, looking to get our Weed on. It’s been some years since I’ve been through and it drinks exactly nothing like I remember, the beer scene here having mad exploded. Dropped off by a cabbie who claims to have many times before dropped off and picked up here, but never ventured inside himself. Not sure this man can be trusted...

Long wide used to be a gas station looking place. Up past the pen out front and in. Sizable straight wide ‘L’ shaped block wood topped bar, panel base, & foot bar; seating for nearly a dozen and a half on wood slat backed chairs. 2 stainless steel barbell towers of 12 each at different points on the bar with logo lettered wood barrel stave block W-I-C-K-E-D-W-E-E-D, a single letter on each block. Barback is a series of wood units shelving stacked pints, shortys, & stems, wine, liquor, & house bottles on center. Horizontal 4 x 8 board above the bar lists a baker’s dozen or so taps (now and coming Saturday), + Funkatorium bottles. Hershey kiss drop lamps above the bar, track spots on the barback and beer board (beer & ABV).

The walls of big brick with a ‘hops are a wicked & pernicious weed” King Henry VIII quote from (we’re going to party like it’s) 1519 on the wall, and a giant wall covering print of him (or Dom DeLuise, not sure) on the other end. Slat wood floorings and high rafter ceilings. Shirts & shwag in the corner near the single large flatscreen.

Long banquet table action off the bar seating 32 on seemingly stave stools, and 3 hightops forward them along the panel window wall. On the other side, 3 booths to the rear with kitchen views through glass, a dozen 2 seaters out across the floor for push together, a ½ dozen tables on the far wall, and a 9 seat bar counter below the front rollup garage door windows looking over the out front. A pen on one side there holding a few benches and stand around tables, and on the other side, a dozen 2 seat tables for push together somewhat umbrella’d, a long shared table, and 3 curved hightops wrapping around a fire pit.

The menu lists 12 on tap right now, started with a sampler of 6 IPAs (Freak of Nature Double IPA, 8.6%, dank, citrus; Pearfigt IPA, 6.3%, cardamom, no thank you; Baldwin St IPA, 6.1%, New Zealand hops, spicy; Sweet Talker Sessionable IPA, 3.8%, yeah, okay; PAPI.P.A., 7%, W. Coast IPA, Amarillo, and a fuck ton of papaya; Another IPA, 6.9, fruity, floral, nicely balanced). Freak of Nature Double IPA, Baldwin Street IPA, Another IPA were the best of the IPA’s.

And then a bunch more mix & match (Abbey Double, 6.4%, nicely done, not too sweet, but dry; Calimost Gose, 3.7%, I get the salt salt salt, but it seems to lack the tart; Medora Blackberry Raspberry Sour, 6.6%, excellent, it could be the SPH Black Raspberry Lambic; Serenity, 5.5%, hello Brett, wine barreled goodness!; Bretticent, 6.5%, all Brett and citrusy). Medora & Serenity rock. Guess what? Witzel now likes bourbon barrel everything, his gateway being the Black Angel Cherry Sour. He knows it’s true. I myself, do not love it.

Bar counter space along the stairwell; Hey, let’s go downstairs and see what’s what. Concrete floors & walls of stone. 6 hightops, picnics rolling out the raised garage doors, and brewery equipment to the rear, and a small corner copper topped riveted together bar with a wood stave base. 25 taps from 5 barrel ends on the barback, and the wall above all blackboarded up listing tap selections. Seems there are a few beers here different than up of stairs (Tabernacle Crush, 7.8%, Sauv Blanc, gin, & southern peaches, nice beer; Ruffian Imperial Black IPA, 9.8%, all licorice but somehow misses. The Tabernacle Crush is the jam; peach jam, that is).

Found the place where you buy bottles and did just that. If this is the main loc, then the Funkatorium must be madness.

...And the last hurrah Asheville two nights later having watched The Royal Tannenbaums through chapter 7 at some factory brewery on the right side of the tracks, and then rushed here to catch the bottle shop 6 minutes before they closed, as indeed I need 2 more of this and that.

Now seated for a late supper Saturday come 10pm. Started with a cup of the duck onion soup with croutons (yes!) and an iceberg wedge, pepper, bacon, & stupid smoked walnuts. Took the salad with ranch on the side and then totally ignored it because fuck ranch.

And beer (Napoleon Complex IPA, 4.5%, a solid session IPA, big and hop faced, dry hopped with Amarillo, Eldorado, Chinook, Columbus. And asked for a taster of 1 of the 4 pumpkin beers they put up today; Xibalba, 8.7%, pumpkin with cocoa nibs, ancho, serrano, & habanero chilis and fall spices. Good nib nose and a bit of the heat).

This place is absurd. There are currently 8 IPA’s on, just sayin’. 2 session, 2 DIPA, and 4 that range from West Coast to kiwi and otherwise. Fuckity. They've got their hop on nicely and the funk & sours are mad good. You should vacation here quarterly and bring me back bottles.

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Photo of jhavs
4.64/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great place located in the heart of downtown Asheville. Has a large bar upstairs and dining room offering many of their currently available beers and a few options from the Funkatorium. The food is high quality and the menu is inventive. Not the typical boring pub fare that many brewpubs offer. Their is a large outdoor seating area that is dog friendly.
Downstairs is the tap room that also has a pretty sizeable outdoor area. A few additional beer options and a smaller food menu is offered in the tap room.
Off to the side of the main upstairs dining area is a bottle shop offering the current Wicked Weed and Funkatorium brews along with swag including t-shirts, glassware, hats, etc.

Overall a great place for beer and or food.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited on a Tuesday afternoon - not crowded but still a great vibe. Re-purposed Gulf gas station with a lot of the original structure preserved. Food was well above average for a brewpub. Service was excellent. Register at the gift and bottle shop was run by the mother of the owners - nice touch. I'd definitely revisit if it wasn't such a long drive from PA.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Second time here for us. Soup of the day was cool, great tasting Porcini and herb but it should have been hot out of the kitchen. Burger was good, not great. Fries almost cold. Sent them back and they threw same fries into fryolater. Came back hot but greasy. I would like to have seen new fries and think that was they way to have gone with the fries. My wife had a very nice salad. Overall good but not great. The beers on the other hand were fun and well worth a long drive to try them.

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Photo of Bcraft11
4.95/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

For as busy as this place is I'm always blown away with how great the service is. Not only do they make great beer but they have a wonderful atmosphere and terrific service.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

It says something when the line to get in at the Noon opening started forming at 1125 on a Sunday morning. Funny story, one dude ahead of us was texting someone supposedly in church as they remarked the person wouldn't be out of church until 1230 (which makes one wonder where they really texting in church?)...then he remarks I'm at my church! But then, that's the kind of commit only a true hop-head can relate too. Back to the review, the vibe was awesome, the beer was awesome, the service awesome...I think you get the drift!

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Photo of missesmayi
3.84/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Good but busy and commercialized, their beers are always great but I wouldn't be able to hang out here all day. Go to the funkatorium instead of their main brewery

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Photo of Greasy
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Went on a Sunday Evening. Place was jam packed with patrons eating before a show at the adjacent Orange Peel music venue. Service was awesome. Quick and friendly staff that was genuinely interested in taking care of me and my fellow beer geek comrade. We both had a flight and sandwich. I had a lamb burger that was divine. The flight was inexpensive and delicious. Asheville is a great beer town and stopping by Wicked Weed is a must when visiting this idiosyncratic western North Carolina town.

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Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

A nice building on the edge of downtown, lots of seating outside with a fire pit. It is a nice enough place but no really unique character to it. The food is quite good, we had some of the pork rinds which were still crackling from the frier, and my bacon and tomato sandwich was awesome. The beer stands out as well, everything we had was good and some where great, though the sour beers we had the next day at the funkatorium were by far the best. I had high expectations as I had spent the last three years or so hearing about how this place finally gave Asheville a brewery that justified the locals boasting about what a great beer town this is and I wasn't disappointed.

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Photo of mlockman
4.31/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

The upstairs restaurant is very nice with very attentive staff. The food is good, and there are 10+ beers on tap with flights available. The focus is definitely hop-driven brews, but there are always some available that suit the palate of those who are more averse to hop-flavor. Downstairs is a tasting room that opens later in the day which boasts 29-some taps. The staff claim that the benefit of the space is that it is situated in the actual brewery, so bar-goers can see the facility, and there is more room to provide a wider selection of beers on tap. Unfortunately, after drinking at the bar upstairs, downstairs proved to be exactly the same in appearance and only offered two more beers than were available upstairs.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Other than the sheer mass of people this was a fantastic place to enjoy beers in the cellar or food up top. The beer selection was great and the wait staff was incredibly friendly. I had a bison burger that was amazing and a flight of fantastic beers.

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Photo of Hopsbythebay
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Great vibe, food, and beer. Phenomenal establishment overall with the only negative comment being that a fourth or so of beers on the draft list were tapped out and unavailable.

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Photo of khargro2
4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Wicked Weed proved that it is possible to care about the quality of beer, the aesthetic appearance of the brewery and the quality of food. Many breweries have a lot to learn about aesthetics from WW. Maybe I had low expectations from the sour experts with a wacky name, but it was actually a lot more cultured place than I was expecting. I really enjoyed the whole experience.

Bottles are available behind the bar for those that come just for beer, but WW is also about great food. The menu was pretty unique and a little overwhelming for a first time guest, but high quality at a reasonable price. Flights of 6 were available for $10. Unfortunately, the Funkatorium was not open yet when I was there.

Asheville is a craft beer town and Wicked Weed is king. Definitely the place to go on the north side.

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Photo of W_Des
4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of the best breweries in Asheville know for their prowess in funky beers (wild ales, sours, Belgians etc.) The brewery/restaurant is really nice with large windows that open in warm weather. It is really a cool place to lounge, relax, people watch and enjoy beautiful weather while having some delicious beer. The food is good from the apps that I have had including the beer tartare and the brussel sprouts. The food is definitely a notch above the majority of brewpubs that seem to just go for mediocre American fare like burgers and fries. There is a really large board showing a great number of their beers available for consumption. Service can get a little slow or inattentive at times but nothing too bad. Wicked Weed is a must visit when in Asheville, NC.

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Photo of NCMatt
4.76/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I can't comment on the food, as I didn't actually eat, but from what I saw, it all looked amazing and therefore I gave it a 4.5/5 for food.

As for the rest of the brewery, it had an awesome vibe! I was just drinking, so we went downstairs to the outside seating and while it took a minute to get our first orders in, after that service was amazing and quick!

The number of beers on tap, as well as the prices, was perfect. I only wish there were a few more funky or sour beers at the brewery, but I later found out there is a whole different taproom for those. They call that the Funkatorium, and while I didn't get to visit it this trip, I know i'll be back some day!

Overall, on my self-guided trip through Asheville's breweries, this was by far my favorite stop!

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Photo of Zach136
4.86/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Had an awesome time at the brew pub. Large outdoor seating area for dogs, even brought out a water bowl for our pup. Offer flights for most of the day so I was able to try all the beers I wanted and could still stumble home. Fried chicken sandwich with Kimchi was fantastic. Flavorful but didn't over power the beer. And the beer was on point, but you already knew that.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This brewery has a very large seating area and long bar, with high ceilings and a huge mural of Henry the 8th on one wall. We ordered a beer at the bar while we waited outside for our seating, taking the time to watch the crowds wander past. One raucous group of guys was seated in the chilly outdoor patio and at one point the bouncer needed to move them along. It got much quieter after that. We eventually got seated and had some wonderful food and wonderful beers. I had a crispy-on-the-outside bison meatloaf with greens and a spicy mustard sauce that was heavenly. Even drinking 8 oz pours of beers we couldn't even try a third of the huge tap selection. Beers ranged from IPA, to a great hoppy red ale, to a strange but tasty beer loosely based on a mint julep.
We ended up coming back to Wicked Weed on our final day in Asheville and continued to work on the list of beers. It wasn't until the second trip that we noticed a stairway at the far edge of the bar leading to a second basement tasting room and patio featuring even more beers to try! Wicked Weed is right next to The Orange Peel (a famous music venue) and while there saw someone try to climb up from the patio to the line into the music hall. Once again a bouncer magically arrived, made him settle up a bar tab and vacate. I really loved the ambiance (despite being crazy crowded and loud), food, and beers at Wicked Weed! These guys are in the very top of the Asheville beer scene for me and are really doing things right.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Lelicamusic26
5/5  rDev +9.9%
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+

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.08/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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Photo of Bull19
5/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

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Photo of jjboesen
5/5  rDev +9.9%

“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.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

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Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville, NC
100 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.