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Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria

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Barley's Taproom & PizzeriaBarley's Taproom & Pizzeria
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

122 Ratings
Ratings: 122
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Taps: 43
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

42 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801-3625
United States
phone: (828) 255-0504

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @barleystappizza

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Reviews by slander:
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4.14/5  rDev -2.4%

Barley's Taproom. Barley's Taproom. Why does that sound so familiar? Barley's Taproom. Wait. Didn't I... wasn't I just... that place yesterday, in Knoxville that made me all mad, wasn't that also called Barley's Taproom? Oh, it's a chain across a few states, in old renovated buildings, in towns that end in "ville". Now, had I known beforehand that this was the same in a group as the place from the day before, I surely wouldn'ta sought this one out but it's too late, I'm here, sitting at the bar, looking at the taps, looking at the taps, looking at the taps...

Big open space in an old appliance store from the 20's with a 12 seat straight wood bar to the rear on the left. A center 3' X 6' blackboard on the bar back wall lists the taps with similarly sized mirrors to each side, decorated with photos & holiday cards and bordered with foreign currency. The bottled selections line the unit way up high above and a shelf display with pint, tulip & Weisse glasses, mugs & growlers where no one is ever going to be able to get to them. Below, the taps running the length of the bar back wall spaced the whole way about a foot apart from each other. 2 dozen tables throughout the room and the raised beer hall style table I'm sitting at just adjacent from the bar. Pressed tin ceiling & trim done deep dark green, ceiling fans with lighting, wood plank floors, the walls wood slat lowers and painted beige uppers with old tin brewery signage & massive prints & mirrors here and there. Brewery T shirts displayed in the rear corner & 2 rows of tap handles displayed. Large front windows with drawn blinds but still giving great light to both sides of the vestibule entrance, trophies above and strung spruce & white Xmas lighting with red ribbons. An elevated stage area in the front left corner for live music.

The big board listed 28 taps here but I only see 21 taps, maybe the others are hidden or cleverly concealed. If the board (and beer menu listing the current tap selections) is accurate, than roughly 2/3 of the taps here are from North Carolina (Catawba Valley, Highland, French Broad, Pisgah, Foothills, Duck Rabbit), a very nice job showing the wares of the local & regional breweries. I had the Highland Gaelic as Mike (The Bue) has been going on about it since I told him I was coming down to NC. The rest of the taps down here consist of micros (Victory, Rogue, Sierra, Lost Coast, Thomas Creek, Magic Hat, Avery), a mead, a cider and a single import (Weihenstephaner Hefe), all taps priced by the pint or pitcher.

The bottle list holds some 40 choices, nearly half of them American micros (Anchor, Lakefront, Sierra Nevada, Left Hand, Abita, Victory, Lost Coast, Magic Hat, Otter Creek, Sam Adams, Pyramid), Belgians, English, Germans, and various beers of the world.

They've got another room upstairs, which opens later in the day, another large space with 4 pool tables up near the front windows, a foosball table and a bunch of dart boards. Towards the rear, a 12 seat "L" shaped bar pouring another 2 dozen + taps here, nearly an entirely different selection than that of downstairs, and in the same vein of strong representation of the North Carolina breweries.

Having done a lunch that saved my life at that other place before earlier, I abstained, but they do do food here; the standard apps, salads, wraps, burgers, sandwiches & subs, and pizzas (although I will add that I know "New York Style Pizza" personally and it doesn't live in Asheville, North Carolina).

Really good beer selection, 55 taps between the 2 floors. This place totally makes up for the Knoxville Barley's debacle.

slander, Feb 03, 2007
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Just north of Wicked Weed on the opposite side of Biltmore Ave a very old building with Hardwood floors thru-out a beautiful ceiling and staircase that leads to another level pizza by the slice or pie with whatever toppings you want and loads of pub fare food, they have around 40 taps with emphasis on local brews they offer flights and have a great regional tap list this is a must stop both for food and brew if you are downtown nice service with tasty foods and tap list

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We tried to get into Wicked Weed but the line running outside put us off so went back up the hill and street to Barley's. Admittedly, it was Saturday night on Memorial Day. The first floor of Barley's was packed and we were directed to the bar upstairs which was great because there was just a few people there playing pool. The beer selection was good and the bartender knew his stuff

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3.81/5  rDev -10.1%

This was a pretty decent place, even if my impression of it was pretty mixed. There's a lot of space to work with here, with a good-sized bar and lots of table space downstairs for a more family-restaurant-with-a-bar feel, and a more game-room atmosphere and secondary bar upstairs. Seems like it could get rowdy during events, but I visited during a decent down-time hour, albeit unknowingly during Asheville Beer Week.

The beer selection was great, with a wide variety on tap, including many local options that you can't get outside the region. There was also a decent bottle selection, if the draught lineup isn't good enough for you for whatever reason.

The bartenders were a pretty on the ball for the most part. One that served us was pretty knowledgeable in the local beer scene, while another was a bit standoffish, and acted like she hated her job. Oh well, anyone can have a bad day I suppose.

My biggest gripe here was my food debacle. I figured I'd get something simple to go with my last beer, and though they seem to specialize in pizza, that was a little too big at the time. So I went with wings. Seemed simple enough. The bartender then told me they cook their wings a "special way" or something like that. Fair enough, I'll try some "special" wings. Well, apparently the definition of "special wings" in this case was "45 minutes to cook 'em wings." Seriously...it took 45 minutes at least for these wings to get made. They weren't that busy or anything, it really took this long. So as I finished my last beer and kept looking at my watch, the bartender came by every 5 minutes or so to tell me that they were "comin' right up." doo doo doo .... Ok, well, anyway, they finally came, and expecting the best darn 45-minutes wings in the world, I was instead greeted with the sorriest excuse for wings I've ever had in my life. So after one or two, I got the rest boxed up, and honestly I don't even remember if I finished them later. Anyway, that's the wing story.

The take-home message here is: this is a really great place to go if you want to sample a good number of local beers in one place. And it seems like they get some good events during Beer Week. Service may be hit or miss, though I can't make a full judgement on that, not being a regular. And if you're going for food, I'd just say, don't get the wings. x_x

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Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria in Asheville, NC
94 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.