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Wicked Weed Brewing

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Wicked Weed BrewingWicked Weed Brewing
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193 Beers
695 Reviews
Place Score: 100
Reviews: 82
Visits: 379
rAvg: 4.58
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: 82 | Visits: 379
Photo of Greasy
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of mlockman
4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of Hopsbythebay
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (177 characters)

Photo of khargro2
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.81/5  rDev +5%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of NCMatt
4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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! (771 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.86/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,507 characters)

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of Lelicamusic26
5/5  rDev +9.2%
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+ (299 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (1,040 characters)

Photo of Bull19
5/5  rDev +9.2%

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. (475 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
5/5  rDev +9.2%

“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. (2,300 characters)

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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. (428 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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. (1,518 characters)

Photo of zac16125
5/5  rDev +9.2%

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. (307 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.2/5  rDev -8.3%

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. (1,477 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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. (815 characters)

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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. (348 characters)

Photo of Jenebauer
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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! (416 characters)

Photo of firstlighthiker
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,318 characters)

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Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville, NC
100 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.