Twin Leaf Brewery

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26 Beers
320 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 72
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: n/a
Taps: 5
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

144 Coxe Ave
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801-4026
United States
phone: (828) 774-5000

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @twinleafbeer

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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 9
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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.74/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I liked the feel of this little taproom. The wide open building has a nice wooden bar with some other table seating, with full view of the small brewing system along one edge. Our server, like many in Asheville, was not a local. We shared a sampler to try most of the available beers. None of the beers were bad, but most were fairly middle of the road. They did have a lot of beers to choose from though! I imagine you have to really up your game to succeed in a city with this much competition for the craft beer dollar. My favorite of the beers was a fine oatmeal stout that I would easily put up against Samuel Smith. No food here other than some snacks, so it was time to move on.

Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Right across the street from the WW Funkatorium, so an easy stop. I would guess 12-15 taps, with some decent beers like the Brown. It is very small and no food is offered, but overall it was worth a trip. Good location that is near lots of other breweries. Not a destination, but worth an hour of your time.

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

About 12 beers on tap, with 5-6 regular ("house") beers.
Nice U-shaped bar plus 6 large picnic tables within the brewery itself.
Friendly wait staff.

Photo of Goatdavemac
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Not the best place but not the worst. The night I went, a Saturday, they only had one person behind the bar, and the place was packed. The beer was good, not great. The atmosphere was fresh industrial, which makes sense. Neat place, but I would not say it is one of the top breweries if you were here for a weekend looking for good breweries.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Gutted and revitalized industrial warehouse building, made to be very bright and welcoming. Great feel as soon as you walk in. Table seating throughout leading up to the bar, which is rhomboid shaped, with the brewing equipment to the right of the bar. In between the bar and equipment, there is a couple of small lattices set up for hops vines they have growing. Pretty cool. The bartender was awesome. Really friendly and attentive. They had 12 beers on-tap while we were there, and it looks like there are more at times. Beers are available to go in growlers. Food is limited to bar apps, but pretty decent ones, including baked pretzels, containers of hummus, and so on. This is a great spot, and one I would frequent if I lived in the area.

Photo of ari32
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The place is pretty nice. I've been there a few times now, including the second day they were open. Mostly seems like locals that frequent the place (but that's just about everywhere in Asheville). It's nice and open. The selection is rather large. The quality of the beers varies quite a bit, but I haven't really had anything exceptional from them yet. Still, they are very young and show some promise.

Photo of mckay9
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I really wanted this place to be great. It looks amazing. However, I'm greeted the first time with the brewmaster complaining about beer flights (although they're offered) and infection issues (namely, diacetyl). Two of the beers I had actually had noticeable amounts of buttery diacetyl (Juicy Fruit and Altitude Training). Why are they serving beers when they know there are infection issues with them? Overall, beer is certainly green, but I wish them well. I would have preferred a much better initial experience. I don't know that I'll be back.

Photo of Hugo_58
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I returned to Twin Leaf and found the Dark Matter Stout to be a much better version than I had reviewed earlier. I had stated upon my first visit shortly after they opened that it tasted thin and watery.My palette that day may have just been off or this was another batch of that same beer. This one had chocolate notes and slight bitterness. It was very drinkable. The ESB I'm sad to say was about the same as my previous visit. It had a distinct smoky flavor, but lacked the bitterness I expect with an ESB. The 144 ( code name juicy fruit) however, was again very tasty. It is very hoppy and complex, and to my taste, more of a double IPA or Imperial IPA. One any account great atmosphere and the beers particularly the stout seemed to have improved. I would recommend beer lovers to try this new establishment

Photo of NCMonte
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Stopped into Twin Leaf Today and sampled 3 of their main stay Beers and 1 of their seasonal offerings. I stayed away from all of the high ABV's because I wanted to focus on the Beers folks would generally order (oddly enough I skipped their IPA as it was a bit high on the ABV >7%).

Overall impression, the Bar area with the kettles all lined up in a row next to it, give you a feeling of freshness, of, I know where this came from, confidence. The Bar was crowded as it is newly opened but sadly, they only had 1 bartender who was a bit over whelmed as it took a good 10min to get to me, she even served several customers who arrived after me but again it was crowded (oh and I'm not small, I'm 6'2" 230lbs, kind of hard to miss).

The Beer: The first one I tried was, "Dark Matter Oatmeal Stout". Very bitter beer, in fact more so than their, "Uproot ESB Extra Special Bitter" which I sampled next. This beer wasn't very creamy, wasn't very stouty, was dark, and maybe Oatmeal was tossed in there somewhere. I can't help but feel they missed on this beer. I would rank it as a below average offering.

The next Beer I sampled was the "Uproot ESB Extra Special Bitter", which oddly enough wasn't all that bitter, at least compared to above. Much better beer. Deeply complex in flavor with a touch of sweetness. Drinkable (to me) ESB, I liked this beer and would put it above average as an offering.

Next was their "White Noise Belgium Style Wit". Again a very complex, deeply flavorful, strong Wheat beer. If you are into Strong flavorful Wheat Beers this is the beer for you. Makes German style Wheat Beers taste like Coors by comparison. I was surprised at how well they crafted this beer, but I'm not all that into Wheat Beers. Again an above average brew.

Finally, I had their seasonal, "Altitude Training Pale Ale". Talk about a puckering Hoppy Beer, behold this is one! Makes Hopslam taste like a Coors (sound familiar). Again a beer that is very deep into the Hoppy beer category, nothing mellow about this brew. It curls your toes.

And that is the rub about Twin Leaf Brewing (so far?). As I sat there and sampled their major offerings not high ABV's, I got to thinking, there isn't a single beer on the menu my wife would drink. Each of the beers pushed the envelope of the style they were trying to emulate, but left behind the huddled masses. There wasn't a, what I call, "fall back to" beer if you didn't like a particular offering or the way they represented that style of beer or if you were with non-craft beer aficionados. To me, that needs to be corrected. Twin Leaf Brewery can't just be for the beer geek, they're too big in volume judging by the size of their facility. EDIT: I've been back several times, things have improved. More beers, more drinkable beers... Actually 2 that I really enjoy. going to bump the rating up. Not sure about the future of Twin Leaf, I think they're in for some serious changes, time will tell.

Twin Leaf Brewery in Asheville, NC
90 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.