Asheville Brewing Company

Asheville Brewing CompanyAsheville Brewing Company
Asheville Brewing CompanyAsheville Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

73 Coxe Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801
United States

(828) 255-4077 | map

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clayrock81 from Florida

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went when they opened on a Friday afternoon and there was already a bit of line; due to Covid the outdoor section was utilized but not the indoor so can only say had a table in the shade near a fan to keep cool. Can't complain about the service and everyone there was relaxed. This is a place that seems worth checking out and one I'd like to go back to once things get back to normal.

Aug 17, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Vibe - super friendly and how cool is movie theater brewery restuarant
Quality - I only had one beer but I thought it was great
service - In the theater there was only one register so the line got pretty long. Really nice people though
Selection - ton of options
food - pizza was really good

Apr 16, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

this place doesnt have great ratings or a great local reputation from what i can tell, but i really dont understand why. i had a great slice of pizza here, a couple of solid beers, and a nice relaxed mellow time at the bar. its right downtown in the middle of all the other breweries here, so maybe its lost in the shuffle a little bit, but i really enjoyed my time here. its got a hippy vibe inside bright colors and a coffee shop sort of atmosphere, with a large beer garden area outside, covered but open air too, very chill. i had an enormous slice of pizza that was quite good, especially late night, and i liked both the float fluid ipa and the perfect day ipa, classic and well made hoppy beers. the selection wasnt crazy, everything pretty basic and approachable, but its a relaxed space, totally unpretentious, and with some nice folks behind the bar taking care of me. i wouldnt rank this among the best in town, but i sure wouldnt write it off either. low brow and solid offerings, whats not to like?!

Jul 24, 2018
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Mantooth from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Neat space - loads of other spots to hit in the area just blocks away - with decent beer. Fun place to hang out. Give 'em a shot when you're in the area. Cheers!

May 15, 2017
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IMFletcher from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Been here a few times now, finally writing a review. Large tap selection of in-house brews, all of which are above average. Service is solid (we were there on a Friday evening), and the food was quality (I had a bison burger). Prices are reasonable for the South Slope.

Nov 27, 2016
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Hayden34 from Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I really enjoyed the beer and the food was fantastic, but the service was absolutely horrible. I'm almost positive our server was stoned out of his mind, which would've been cool IF he would have remembered to check on us occasionally. I would return for the food and beer but definitely hope I get a different server next time.

Jun 27, 2016
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

I much preferred this location to the pizza place / brewery / theater ABC. The restaurant is pretty generic, but the outside area has more character to it. Much like the other location, there is a good amount to choose from beer-wise, and a good range of styles, and the tap list is different. My favorite here was the apricot gose, which came as quite a surprise. The food is about the same: sandwiches, pizza, etc. Service was fine.

Bring a designated driver and do a bar hop. All within easy walking distance: Funkatorium, Tasty, Asheville Brewing, Burial, Green Man, Twin Leaf. It's hard to beat this neighborhood as far as beer venues goes. I'd say this is the true heart of Asheville right here.

Apr 22, 2016
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Gavage from Nevada

3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Walking in there is a smallish bar that is L shaped and can seat 10. Some booths and table fill the rest of the place including a slightly divided room in the back. Plenty of natural light from the windows here. A blackboard lists 15 beers on draft. Only had one Shiva IPA here and it was decent. Ordered some appetizers which were mediocre. Service was friendly but a bit slow, but there was a good crowd here.

Apr 09, 2016
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khargro2 from Tennessee

3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

My visit was on a Tuesday afternoon for a business trip. We were looking for somewhere to bide time and this brewpub seemed like a good choice. They have a nice outdoor area that is almost the size of the restaurant...looks like it would make a decent music venue, but currently hosted one family, several hipsters with dogs, and a couple of bums. We decided to eat inside because of the dogs and bums.

The brewery was very representative of Asheville with tattooed employees and a very social crowd. Maybe we chose the wrong menu items, but the beer and food were both just OK. Still not a bad place to relax, but with so many breweries in Asheville, I would pass over ABC next time.

Jul 01, 2015
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Jackofallbrews from Minnesota

3.14/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75

Next we walked a ways past the local bus station and into the "brewery district" for a visit to one of the city's oldest (1998) craft breweries. The bar itself was small and a bit over-hot already at noon on this fine spring day, so we settled outside in the large covered patio. Service was a little spotty out there, but the servers were pleasant when they actually came to the table. They had a lot of beers of varying styles, but most were just mediocre. The best of the lot for me were the Bronson Oat Brown and the Holy Ninja Oyster Porter. A big deal was made about their recently released double IPA, but I didn't love it. The brewery is known for pizza, pub food, and being kid friendly. They can some their beers and I found them in restaurants and bars all over town. Worth a spin by, but not the best place we found in town.

May 18, 2015
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

The pizza shines a little brighter than the beer. I enjoyed the taproom overall, but this town has too much good beer and places like this suffer a little from that.

Apr 26, 2015
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jjboesen from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Located around the corner from the excellent Hi-Wire Brewing Company, Asheville Brewing is one of the area’s older brewpubs – this location is where their beer is brewed and distributed; there are two others in the region. It is a popular venue, spacious, homey and bustling with families, tourists and regulars seeking out their beers. There is a small bar area towards the front with a dining area adjacent; in another room (where one can find the restrooms) is another dining area. Like many Asheville establishments, ABC offers a large (sheltered) outdoor patio.

There are usually eight drafts available: several of which are offered year-round. There most popular seems to be the Shiva IPA, which is refreshing while not overwhelmed by hops; others include a sessional IPA (Perfect Day), Ninja Porter and Scout Stout. Beers are available to go - as do most places in Asheville.

Food-wise, the menu contains the usual assortment of pub grub that involves an eclectic array of burgers, sandwiches and pizza. (That said, their buffalo wings can be described as palate melting. Hot! Really hot!) During the warmer months, ABC even shows movies. Nice touch and a very nice place for some decent beers. But one dares not tarry as Asheville offers much, much more ….. next stop: Burial Beer, which is another short walk.

Dec 18, 2014
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MOVERTON1284 from Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Good location that was easy to find but it was dirty and seemed to be a hole in the wall. Food was not great, but I did not try pizza. The beers were average, with a few standouts like Shiva and Ninja. One of my least favorites places in Asheville, definitely not a must see. You can buy their core beers at any bottle shop in town and take them home.

Nov 12, 2014
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This is a cool joint. Huge outdoor seating area underneath a roof making it all weather, with a ton of outdoor games, including jumbo jenga and magnetic wall checkers and chess. Plenty of seating indoors, as well, with booths and tables, as well as a shorter, straight bar. Three televisions throughout to air various sporting events or what not. 8 or so beers on tap, with beers to go in growlers. Plenty of swag available, as well. Good beers, too. The staff was friendly and quick to serve, and pretty knowledgeable about the beers. There was a pizza buffet going on while we were there, but we didn't eat. That was a fun joint, with a great vibe. Worth checking out if you are in the area.

Jul 31, 2014
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craft_shannie from Indiana

3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

great pizza & food! they have a lunch buffet that looked & smelled wonderful, but we werent that hungry & decided on splitting a plate & appetizer. pizza looked really good & everything we had was great. nice mixture of indoor or outdoor seating. service is good/average. beers are good/average, as well.

i would go back & recommend for the food (not just as a destination for just the beer). convenient to downtown.

Jul 15, 2014
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BonneyfiddlePapa from Ohio

2.48/5  rDev -35.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Atmosphere: A counterculture/pseudo hipster pizza joint. The outside sitting area is actually rather nice, but that's about all Asheville Brewing Company has to offer.

Quality: While the service and beer were poor, the food was decent and reasonably priced. If you're interested primarily in food rather than drinks, there's definitely quality to be found.

Service: Weak. There were several long spells without contact, even though I was there at 3:00 in the afternoon, and one of a very few guests.

Selection: Seven beers on tap, including Shiva and Ashevillian. I had a flight, and all were average at best, with several being so tasteless and boring I didn't bother to finish them. Amongst the worse was their Ninja Porter that was so bland and watery I forced myself to try another sip as I couldn't believe my initial tasting.

Food: The food was good, but the beer very disappointing.

I visited Asheville having heard about the craft beer scene and could not have been more disappointed after making Asheville Brewing my first stop. It's not a brewery, but rather a restaurant that happens to brew a few beers as an aside. Thankfully two other breweries in town helped mitigate this first impression, but I certainly would not go back. Poor service and worse beer.

Mar 29, 2013
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MarcatGSB from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Asheville Brewing Company was our savior after a absolutely horrible experience at Green Man Brewing.
We were so happy to have the bartender greet us, respond to our requests for a beer, and actually converse with us a bit.
The beer was pretty good, nothing special. The Shiva was pretty solid. The atmosphere was what you would expect from a pizza joint. Unfortunately it wasn't really warm enough for us to sit outside, which looked like a really nice space. A good spot to chill and people watch.
A bit out of the "downtown" area, but well worth the 3 block walk. Probably one of my favorite stops in Asheville.

Dec 26, 2012
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jfindley from New York

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

We went here for snack before going out.

A - Fairly typical pizza place in the layout. We sat at the bar and then went outside to hang out with another pint. The outside space is huge and covered and definitely the biggest attraction.

Q - The food we got was good but the beer was just okay. The better options are the handful of rotating guest taps they have.

S - Service was good and attentive if not overly social.

S - ABC has their regular beers and a few seasonals. We got their Shiva IPA and a special dry hopped version of the Shiva Ratri. As it so happened I ended up having a Rocket Girl later at another venue. My impression is that their regular beers are just okay, but the better ones are one-offs or seasonal releases.

F - We had a couple appetizers that were good. The pizza looked good, and that is their thing, but we just happened to not try it.

Overall this is a decent place to hang out. The food is certainly an attraction but I get the impression that the beer is hit and miss. There are better options for beer, but if food is in your plans then this is worth a stop.

Oct 01, 2012
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Two visits on Friday, one early afternoon and the other for dinner.

Atmosphere: Centrally located on Coxe, Asheville Brewing has a counterculter vibe that matches most of the city. Outdoor seating, and plenty of it, goes along with a few tables (maybe 20) inside along with a long L shaped bar area. We sat at the bar in the afternoon and in the inside dining area that night. The bathroom has at least one topless picture too, an added bonus.

Quality: Pizza is a specialty. Beers are plentiful although service is rather laid back. That takes some getting used to, especially for a hurried northerner.

Service: A little slow at times. During the afternoon visit, we had long spells without contact. Service improved at night, maybe a bit of a role reversal from what I expected.

Selection: Seven beers on tap, including Shiva and Shiva Ratri. All were good to average with the only stand out being Fire Escape Pale, a pale ale with jalapenos added. A fiery heat that builds up in your mouth - very nice. We also tried the super-hopped Shiva later that night (a special for AVL Beer Week) but it lacked focus.

Food: Pizza was quite good. Not quite Mellow Mushroom good but close.

May 29, 2012
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raszputini from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a great place to hang out. I'm just not the biggest fan of their brew. It's not that they don't brew good beer, it's just that there are better options in town. Regardless, they usually have all of their brews in circulation on tap and have a handful of guest taps. Their brews have a tendency to be a little less robust within the style than other options. More of a low-gravity, session type mentality. One cool thing is they are constantly tweaking their brews through mixing and infusions with things like Chili peppers. The atmosphere is super cool. The food options are rock solid, they have a lunch pizza buffet that rocks. There's a large outdoor area at the Coxe Avenue location to chill on a sunny day. They recently started marketing some of their brews in cans - including the Shiva IPA, which is one of their better offerings.

Apr 15, 2012
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bigfnjoe from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here on my one night in Asheville on the way back home from Atlanta. Real laid back atmosphere, with more outdoor seating than indoor seating. There are a lot here, like board games...and they've got cornholing too, so if you're into that, it's there. I came for the beer and a bite to eat. Six of their taps, and a guest (Victory Prima Pils, which I can get straight from the source at home). First off, Shiva IPA. It was OK, nothing outstanding. Next, Stuntman brown ale. Poured a lot lighter than I expected, and didn't have much going on. Finally, Ninja Porter. Wasn't very roasty, a little watery. So for the beer, I wasn't too impressed. The other three taps were an extra special pale, the same beer dry hopped with brewed with jalapenos, and a light lager. As for the food, it was solid. They're known for their pizza, but I went with a calzone with chorizo and bacon. It was very tasty, and the dough was phenomenal. New York-esque, if you will. Service was excellent, as the bartender (who's name slips my mind) was very polite and made sure my pint was never empty, and had a couple of nice conversations with. The tab was cheap, as I got out of there for 30 bucks for three beers, the calzone, and two pint glasses. I'd recommend if, but the beer isn't stellar.

Aug 20, 2011
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited during the city's large street festival, Bele Cher, so the pub was no doubt busier than usual even at a mid-afternoon time. BTW, this located just around the corner from Craggie Brewing, so with some self-control one can easily visit both establishments.

It was exceptionally hot out, so we sat inside which has AC. The gentleman next to us recommended that we eat here, and praised his quesidilla. I had a delicious vegetarian lasagna while my wife ordered Nacho Libre Burger that was fantastic ... One of the best burgers I've ever tasted (thanks in part to the delicious queso).

Seating is available at the curved bar, in two separate rooms, at a counter separating the two room, and in a large covered outside seating area. These provided not only a good number of seats, but lots of different seating options. There are enough flat screen TV panels to make watching easy from most seats, but not so many that they were hard to ignore. Somewhat loud inside when full, as it was during our visit.

Perhaps associated with the current keg shortage, a sign announced that kegs were not available at the moment, implying that they are at other times.

Service was friendly, but a bit slow, being stretched by the crowd.

They had 7 beers available, including 1 guest tap (a Foothills?). Pints were reasonably priced but I went for the sampler at a very acceptable $6.50 for 5 samples I'd estimate were 4.5 - 5 oz. size. The waitress goofed and brought me the ESB on the tray rather than the IPA but this was fortuitous since the ESB was extraordinary and I have had the IPA before. Like many places in Asheville, a friendly atmosphere and great for people watching.

Highly recommended.

Jul 31, 2011
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Fillpott from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and 18mo daughter visited ABC after we didn't find food at Craggie. I figured that this would be a trendy place that served mediocre food and beer, but I was wrong. The wait staff were very helpful and knowledgeable, and the food was very good and affordable. I am not a fan of low-alcohol lagers, but their Rocket Girl was a very tasty session beer that would have received a second look if it wasn't for the Fire Escape Bitter (jalapeno-infused) bitter. Our waitress thought about the best way to serve hot pizza with a hyper-active kid in the way, and she even gave us helpful tips eating the pizza without flipping it on ourselves. Seems like a benign fact, but most staff would have avoided the chaos of our table at similar establishments. After three beers and a satisfying, jumbo pizza for under $40, we put this as one of our top places in Asheville.

May 28, 2011
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ClarkPinnock from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The atmosphere was certainly unique-painted bookshelves adorned the walls with classics painted on them. Large murals covered the other walls.

The prices were very reasonable and the pizza was pretty ok. My main beef with them is that they did not have other half the beers on their tap list. All the ones I had wanted to try were off. Very disappointing.

They redeemed themselves in a small way by offering a jalapeno infused beer which was, as one would expect, spicy. Their stuntman ale was good as well.

Overall, it was an enjoyable experience. Certainly outside of the mainstream pizza and beer offerings.

May 23, 2011
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slowbie from North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Easiest to find brewery in Asheville.

Went in on a Thursday afternoon for lunch. Looks like they had some sort of buffet going on but we just ordered a pizza to be able to take some leftovers for the road. The pizza was very good.

The place was nearly empty at late lunch, but there was a group huddled at the bar to watch the ACC tournament which was going on at the time. Lots of records on the wall and enough TVs to see but I don't think any of them had the volume on. If they did, it wasn't obnoxiously loud.

Service was more than adequate but not outstanding. Our waitress checked on us enough and was able to give the style and a brief description for every beer.

The beer was good but not great. There was a good variety of taps and I enjoyed the beer I had (their DIPA).

Overall, this place is very solid but not great in every respect. A good stop to make for a meal in Asheville since most of the better stops we made didn't serve food. It also wasn't the cheapest stop in Asheville, although saying that just means it was slightly below average priced compared to every other brewery I've been to in other cities.

Mar 21, 2011
Asheville Brewing Company in Asheville, NC
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