Burial Beer Co.

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Burial Beer Co.Burial Beer Co.
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86 Beers
518 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 111
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: n/a
Taps: 7
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

40 Collier Ave
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801-4024
United States
phone: (828) 475-2739

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @burialbeer

Place added by: BurialBeerCo on 05-28-2013

MON: 4-10pm
TUE: 4-10pm
WED: 4-10pm
THU: 4-10pm
FRI: 2-10pm
SAT: 2-10pm
SUN: 12-8pm
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Photo of KYGunner
4.39/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I absolutely love the feel and decor of this very original brewery. Great live band, with a low key volume and some fantastic beers. The selection was a touch limited, none my wife liked, but the funky grungy look made up for it.

Photo of W_Des
4.87/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Nice brewery. The location is in the more industrial looking part of Asheville. Burial has all sorts of farming tools for the tap handles and it really fits in with the rustic semi-run-down, patched up looking building. I like it. I think it's got a nice charm to it. The bar tenders were really nice and it was a really laid back atmosphere. They made sure we got good pours (one of the taps was malfunctioning so they wouldn't serve us the beer that might taste off) and were generally really knowledgeable about their beers. Good selection too of many beer styles available. I would come here again and hope they do well enough to keep growing.

Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

This brewery quickly became one of our favorites and was a small enough place that many locals we met had never heard of it. With the unlikely name of Burial Beer Company, these guys started out with a tiny 1 barrel system, and have just recently upgraded to a 10 barrel system. An industrial building just a few blocks from Green Man and the Funkatorium, this place has a cool rusted metal roof and walls lined with old bladed farm implements. The place has a relaxed, slightly ghetto feel that is truly unique among the plethora of taprooms I've been to in my travels. Along the patio side of the building a huge mural of Sloth from the Goonies and Magnum PI bring some wacky color to the otherwise somber space. Folks were cooking up New Orleans style food for the jazz brunch out back when we first arrived, but we sat ourselves at the bar inside.
Our first beer was the Skillet Donut Stout--a beautiful and complex black ale served with a donut hole sticking out on a skewer. Realizing that they did indeed do samplers, we tasted through most of their beers, talking to other bar patrons as we did so. The serving staff was very busy, but did a good job keeping us plied with beer. They had a very respectable West Coast Surf Wax IPA that probably the best IPA I had on this trip. (While nearly every brewery had an IPA, most were less than stellar.) Our favorite of the lot was the Bolo Coconut Brown Ale which rivaled Town Hall Brewery's Three Hour Tour for our favorite coconut beer of all time.

Photo of Dave1855
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Now in the midst of an expansion and update, Burial of today doesn't resemble itself from 6 months ago. A very friendly staff with some fantastic brews. Burial is a great destination for enjoying Asheville's outdoors and will be better soon one its deck and courtyard improvements are complete. In the end, though, it just a great place to enjoy a beer with friends and family (very dog and child friendly).

Photo of Djm04f
4.43/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5


First stop (of many) in Asheville. They do a brunch at noon on Sundays, and the food is quite good. Brunch consisted of nutella and banana pancakes, gumbo, and some other selections.

Beer is great, grabbed a flight to start. Their flagship beer (I'm assuming) is their Skillet Donut Stout, which they had just released the day prior. Luckily, they had a few cases left over and I was able to score a bottle, because it's a great beer. They also made a very good, idk, floral stout. Their IPA and saisons were also pretty good.

The place has a really cool vibe. Old school tools and whatnot adorn the walls, and you can see right into the brewing area. They also have an outdoor patio and outdoor seating. They also have a jazz band on Sundays.

I will say this, when you walk up, you will think the place is out of business, but I assure you, they are open and brewing some damn fine brews.

Photo of HookemHoos
5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A must-see when visiting Asheville. The quality of beers here are off the charts.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I really enjoyed Burial. Place opened at 2 on a Saturday and was definitely hopping with people within an hour. Dogs allowed! Although they were quite busy the staff took time to chat.

Photo of NCMonte
4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Little tricky to find as there is no huge sign outside, look for the kegs and string. Great place to enjoy beer, atmosphere is laid back. Beer is quality, one of my regular stops.

Photo of jjboesen
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Following a hearty lunch at Asheville Brewing, I ventured a few blocks south to Burial Beer Company, a recent addition (June 2013) amid the industrial setting of the South Slope District. Burial can be found in a non-imposing structure that is home to a 20-barrel brewhouse and a frill-free tasting area – really, a small corner L-shaped bar surrounded by communal tables. During my visit, they offered eight taps (certain beers can be enjoyed in mason jars) that included saisson, farmhouse ales and a Belgian or two. No food is served and the hours are rather limited in comparison to the other area venues. I thought Burial Beer to be a very worthy part of Asheville’s supreme beer scene. It is understandable that they have a loyal following.

Photo of joe1510
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%

Burial was a cool spot, though somewhat strange. A small shop set up in an industrial park/commercial area. A small L-shaped bar greets you as you walk in with a smattering of tables and sparse decoration. A handful of housemade beers were on tap during my visit with a style available for practically any taste. Walking through the bar area to the back door brings you into a covered patio area, small, and a rather large, grassy area for beanbags and such. A couple picnic tables are strewn about outdoors as well.

I only sampled a couple of beers on my visit with only one pour for myself. The couple I had were decent, the IPA a little buttery but I'll write that off as being a one time thing. The brewer was cool and had a talk with us for a few minutes even though they were busy. People were out back enjoying the games and conversations. I'd stop in and give Burial another try.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Tucked away in an industrial park, this little building is pretty cool. Huge outdoor area behind the building for games and hanging out. You walk in the front door into a small entryway, and hang a right immediately into the bar/seating area. Straight back from that is the brewing area. Small space, but a great feel. Cement floors and dim lighting give the place a great feel. The bartender was working her ass off, because the bar was packed (and it's not overly big), and the back yard was pretty damn busy, too. Short L-shaped bar right off of a walk-in cooler. Keep an eye out for the taps; they are all old, rustic farm tools. They had 4 beers on-tap currently, but there was a sign up explaining that they were having some trouble keeping up with demand, so they had some guest taps available to help lessen the blow. It seems like they are ripe for expansion already. Worth a stop if you are in the area.

Photo of craft_shannie
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

i can easily say that i loved what i experienced when i visited burial (maybe other than not having a wide variety of their beers available to sample). but, word is burial is moving to a larger system, so hopefully the growth will not change the quality or 'feel' of what they have going on, because it is simply awesome.

great beers. very chill space. no pretense, no excuses. just authentic. such a nice compliment to the asheville beer scene.

Photo of solo103
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

This place was awesome. Stumbled over after we left Green Man to check them out. Very small place brewing on a super small system. All the beers I had were great. The people there were cool especially the owners who hung out and shot the breeze with us for a while. Cool atmosphere as well not crowded at all. The way they did their tap handles was pretty bad ass as well. This will definitely be a regular stop when ever I visit Ashville NC

Photo of Punky_Brewster
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The group that we went with felt like we won a treasure hunt when we found the building since the only markings were kegs out in the parking lot. Definitely not fancy, but it was a great atmosphere. The brewmaster was there on a Saturday night and he was very friendly and talked for awhile even though they were busy. He even gave us some ideas for other places to visit while we were in Asheville.

Good selection for how small their production system is. I had a doppelbock and was impressed since most places of that size don't mess with lagers. Highly recommended just for the atmosphere. It was like partying in someone's garage with a nice selection of well crafted home brews.

Photo of jonblake
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Great little hole in the wall place. I think this brewery might be the smallest production brewery I have ever been to. They had some very good beers and a pretty good selection for the size of the brewery. I would say all of the beers ranged from good to great, but nothing that was extremely memorable. Worth a visit for sure.

Photo of bigkingken
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The second to last stop made on the Asheville trip was probably both the best and most promising location for the future of the city’s beer culture. Burial Beer is just plain awesome. They set up shop in what looks like a foreclosed house from the outside, but they’ve managed to make the place unique, charming, and hippy all at once, and with minimal investment.

The decorations are great. There are undertaker tools hanging all over the place, like shovels, scythes, and other metal instruments with long, wooden handles. The back features a place to hang out with a corn hole set, or just a place to let your dog run around. The chalkboard clearly states what is on tap that day, and also what is coming down the line from the three fermenters in future weeks.

That might seem like an odd setup, but this place is a test facility first and foremost. The brewers are making small batches of one-off recipes, serving them to well-educated drinkers, and taking the feedback to hone a select group of awesome recipes. Then they’re going to build a giant production facility to mass-produce the results of their evolution.

I’d say they’re off to a rocking start. Everything they poured was extremely interesting and very well done. Even the beers that I didn’t necessarily love, I appreciated the complexity and the level of execution. Plus, most everything hovered between 7 and 10 percent ABV, which always makes for a good time. Even though I didn’t love all of their offerings, I give them a lot of credit for being adventurous and daring in their recipes.

Keep your eyes on these guys. They’re going to be winning a lot of awards in the near future.

Photo of macher0
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

This place was awesome. I was in town to see Panic and stopped by some local breweries. If a local had not pointed the establishment out, I likely would not have found it. Not very well defined. Inside is like glorified garage, it's not a big place. The outside seating area is very nice. Very cozy.

We were greeted by the proprietors and enjoyed some very fine beers. I tried the BA stout (I cannot recall the name) and it was amazing. It was very inexpensive too, I'm wanting to say less than $5.00/snifter. My crew sampled the other beers, and they all seemed very pleased. I'm big into BA stouts and this one ruled.

It is my impression they brew during the week and sell on the weekends. I'm not sure if they distribute kegs locally. Thus the small establishment and narrow selection. But the other aspects of the place more than make up for a narrow selection.

If you are in Asheville and want a cool place to chill on a Saturday afternoon, this is your place. Be ready to ask for directions, but you will be very pleased.

Gentlemen, keep up the good work.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

I was a little suspect of this place when approaching from the outside - limited (if any) signage outside in a little more rundown section of town...almost reminded me of the old Roth Brewing in Raleigh, which was not one of my favorite places (the only way I was certain I was at the right place is the "fenceposts" were made out of old kegs). The interior is a little rustic/industrial. The vibe was really good with one of the owners (plus head brewer) serving as the bartender and a small friendly crowd. The bar area is relatively small with only a handful of stools. There was also the brewing schedule/calendar on the wall.

Beers were well poured with proper amounts of head in proper glassware. Beers were served at a proper temperature for the style. Interesting glassware choices as well - the mason jar for the session IPA rather than the traditional pint glass.

Service was friendly and knowledgeable (I know shocking since it was the head brewer) - also was good at recommending some places for dinner and other breweries were checking out in the area. Beers were served quickly even though the place was pretty hopping.

Only six beers are available on tap (4 made in house and 2 guest). Decent selection of styles - Session IPA, Saison, Donut Stout, and Imperial Stout (in house) plus St. Bernardus Xmas and Lagunitas Pils.

Did not have any food available other than the donuts served with the donut stout.

Good reasonable prices (4 beers plus a fairly hefty tip under $20).

Photo of claspada
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Tiny bar setup with a backyard-ish area and a backroom. Not the best aesthetically.
However the beers were freaking awesome. The standouts were the IPA/DIPA which was made with Summit which I usually hate, the Saison which I loved because it was made with the French Saison yeast and the stout which was slightly over-carbed but still phenomenal.
The staff is just the 2 brewers and one of the brewer’s wives, and they were super busy, but they were still amazingly nice and chatted with everyone they could.
They had a great sampler deal and for being open only a month when I visited makes it even more impressive.
Burial and Wicked Weed have really taken the lead by leaps and bounds in Asheville and both need to be must stops.

Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Cool place, down the hill from Green Man. Very rustic interior with a huge backyard terrace and plenty of room to spread out within.

Taplist a bit saison-forward, though after trying 4 different saisons, i wasn't extremely impressed. The "fresh hop" saison was much better than the pollination series beers for my money. Also sampled the donut stout, which was good, and enjoyed the CDA that was on tap.

Definitely one to keep your eyes on, but some room for improvement in the early line of beers. Very cool place - lots of built to spill on the playlist on this Thursday night.

Photo of NastyNate11
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

This brewery just opened and is in a small, hole in the wall type place in downtown Asheville. In other words, perfect for an upstart brewery putting down roots. The quality of beer was superb. I had the Breakfast stout and Farmhouse Ale, both of which were great and I'd have again. Service was as expected and even with a busy bar. There were probably 7 taps with a variety of styles, which was impressive for a new brewery. Awesome place, must stop, off the beaten path when visiting Asheville.

Photo of bbristow
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

You’ve got to hand it to Asheville. They are really thriving. Burial is one of the newest breweries to open there and it might be the best yet. A nano brewery located in a developing part of downtown, the interior is white with farm tools everywhere. It’s a great space and the staff is great. Maybe because the staff are the owners. The beers are great, with the imperial stout as the standout. Most beers are over 7%, so plan accordingly. Have you ever seen a tap handle made from a scythe? You will here. Absolute must see.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

While in Asheville for a short vacation and enjoying a beer at Green Man, I noticed Burial Beer on my Google Maps and saw it just recently opened so I checked it out. The place is small and laid out like a small barnhouse. They have their sidebar up front, a bunch of beer equipment roped off in an adjacent room like a museum, and then a patio out back with cornhole boards set up, an old jukebox and a vending machine selling random knick knacks. But the beer, the beer is awesome! I had a flight of four: a lighter farmhouse ale, a slightly darker saison/farmhouse, a dubble and an imperial stout. Everthing was over 7% ABV and they were all really good. They sell some branded mason jars and tshirts if you're so inclined. This place has a bright future in Asheville and considering their penchant for high gravity beer, they'll get a lot of beer geek appreciation, too.

Burial Beer Co. in Asheville, NC
94 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.