Wedge Brewing Company

Wedge Brewing CompanyWedge Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar

125B Roberts Street
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801
United States

(828) 505-2792 | map

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Added by blackie on 06-28-2008

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Photo of babaracas
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Other than the LAB (mostly for the food), the only brewpub to get a return visit during a recent trip to Asheville (Pisgah is too far out in the sticks). Wedge is hard to find if you try to follow the directions posted on their website, because there is no left turn at the intersection they direct you to. But if you look for the RAD and head to the tracks, it's a no brainer. Big dirt lot with the Wedge truck. During the week it was busy only during rush hour, but on Friday it was packed as soon as the doors opened. Very small bar but friendly atmosphere and a covered patio and side yard with random sculptures from the art studios in the same building. After Pisgah, easily the 2nd best beer offering in town. The RIS and dubbel are standouts. No food except for peanuts. Dog friendly (and kid friendly, apparently). Pints were $3.50 or $4 with 8 beers on tap; but only 2 were available for pitcher and growler.

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Photo of slowbie
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Two things I want to make clear for anyone who is just skimming reviews: 1) This place is hard to find if you don't know where it is. 2) It's worth it.

Spending a couple days in Asheville, this was one of my top 3 choices to stop at coming into it, and I wasn't disappointed. We drove up and could not find any 125 address, but fortunately as I drove past my wife noticed a faded handwritten sign that said Wedge Brewing with an arrow and the words "Past the fence and down the steps". If you drive down the road between the RR tracks and Roberts (it doesn't even show up on Google maps so I don't know if it has a name) it will be easy to find. (The picture on here is taken from that road).

Anyways, once we got there, there was a lot of cool sculpture art outside and some more art inside. We went at 5 pm on a Thursday so there was a decent after work crowd hanging out, but we didn't need to wait in line. We got a sampler of all their beers (8 total) for $5. The pours were small for the sampler, but the pints were only $3.50, and I wish I could've stayed for more. The guy at the bar was really nice and friendly and quick with our beers. No table service or food, but it's pretty clearly identified on their website as a taproom and not a brewpub.

Of the 8 beers on tap, 1 was in a style I'm not a huge fan of, 2 were okay, and the other 5 were great beers. The Community Porter was my favorite of the bunch. Overall it was just high quality beer though.

It was still a bit cold which was a bummer, but I look forward to going back in the summer or early fall to sit outside and drink because it looked like a great place to hang out. Overall a great place to drink great beer if you can find it.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Wow was this a diamond in the rough. I assume this is some sort of regentrification district, as it is in an old industrial area and flanked by distant railroad tracks. Place was not numbered real well, and part of the street was broken off. On to the brewery. Entrance in the back. Place I found to be packed with friends, family and even a few dogs out for walks. Incredible atmosphere, and inside the brewery is great artwork. Beers were great, and although it is only my opinion, their plain porter was one of the best I ever had and another Belgian beer was also fantastic. People spilled outside into the night from this place, a true sign that this was quite the place to be in beer city America. If I am within 100 miles of this place, I will drive out of my way to go here again; it is that good.

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Photo of TFriedkin
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I love Wedge!!! Me and my girl go down there at least 3 times a month. The beer is great and high abv%. The only reason i put 3.5 for selection, is you cannot get a pitcher of the highest abv beers. They told me this was because the pitchers are so cheap and there are so many ingredients crammed into those beers, they do not make enough money.
Free peanuts are provided, and when the train rumbles by, the atmosphere is very unique. Play some backgammon or watch free movies projected on the side of a truck. My favorite Brewery, and spot to hang in Asheville.

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Photo of John_M
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I'll be honest. For the life of me, I have no idea why this place would get a good beerfly review, no matter how much you might like this brewery's beers.

Located in the what I gather has become the trendy River Arts District, the area looks to be a run down industrial area that is currently experiencing rejuvination and considerable gentrification. There are now a number of art and pottery studios in the area, as well as a few cafes.

One thing that would be helpful is for the BA site to provide a bit more information about this place's location. The upper street area of Roberts avenue doesn't actually show a building with the 125 address (there is 123 and 127, but no 125), and if you're not from the area, you might end up leaving before you notice that down below in the back of the upper buildings on Roberts avenue, is the Wedge brewery and taproom. There are no signs, so it takes a bit of work to locate the parking area (in a field), which you can locate by driving further down Roberts and making a right turn into a field.

As for the brewery area itself, it consists of a smallish taproom with a few stools at a smallish bar. The taproom is pretty stark with no decorations to speak of, but with a chalkboard listing the beers poured that day, along with pitcher, pint and growler prices. Patrons stand in line to pick up pints, pitchers or growlers, and then meander back outside to wherever they plan to drink them. Outside there are a few tables and chairs strewn around a small patio and into the field area. Like I said, the area still has the look of a slightly run down industrial area. I guess it's OK, but why anyone would give the atmosphere here more then an average score is a mystery to me.

The selection the day I was here consisted of 6 different beers I believe. I tried three of them, and found the helles bock to be the best of the bunch. Otherwise, I can't say I was exactly bowled over by anything I sampled, and I thought the 3rd rail IPA flat out awful.

Service was friendly, no complaints there. However, it consisted of a pretty friendly employee at the cash register pouring you a pint or pitcher when you got to the head of the line. He would also pour free small samples if you wanted to try something before making up your mind. There's no table service of course, and no food to speak of either. They do provide complimetary peanuts I believe, along with bowls to put them in.

Prices were quite reasonable I thought. Pints were $3.50 a pop, while pitchers were $10.

The Sunday I stopped by Wedge was doing a fine business and I can see why. They make decent beer and it was a nice day to sit outside with some friends with a few beers. If you are a fan of Wedge beers, then I would recommend stopping by some afternoon. Otherwise, it's a place I'd recommend stopping by one time to check out the current Wedge line-up, and leave it at that.

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Photo of sholland119
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Yet another place in Western NC that was just this side of impossible to find. After twice around the block and finally asking a kindly local (look, I am a guy, we are known for our reluctance to ask for help), we found Wedge on the unmarked lower level below the street, accessible at the end of the road and around the corner. Yay!

A fun place with a small bar and some stools and bar rails around the wall (some of which my wife had to reach almost above her head) with buckets of peanuts to snack on (awesome!).

A nice beer selection, though samplers were not available, which was kind of a drag. I had a tasty IPA before we moved on. A nice place I'd be happy to check back in on.


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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was thrilled to finally be able to make it in here on my last trip through town. Soo many new places to see. Dropped in here on my way home to check it out. I had been a fan of their beer for a while and wanted to check it out. Really cool, laid back place struck me as quaint from the moment I walked in. Reminded me of a little place in the village or something. Not cramped, but small with a couple people just basically hanging out. Had four offerings on tap when I was in there, but I had already had a rough day so I chose to just scope, say hello and save the beer for next time. A solid stop and next time will have to hang out for a little while

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Photo of septemberfest
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The patio provides one of the nicest experiences you will find at a taproom. The fence and fixtures are works of iron art, and the concrete benches along the walls are unique. There are awnings for shade on hot days. Asheville is an interesting and pleasant place in general, and the brewery is in an old building that is part of an arts district with studios scattered around several blocks. I tried the wit, abbey ale, and IPA. The abbey was fine, and the other two were outstanding. I will go there again and plan to stay longer.

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Photo of ewright
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Spent 10 minutes circling the block on which this place is located. Almost didn't realize that you have to drive around to the back side into a dirt lot beside the railroad tracks. Once we found the place, we sidled up to the bar. Pints (or snifters for the high gravity stuff) were going for $3.50, a definite plus.

As it was a warm (not hot) early evening, the wife and I hit the deck with a bowl full of (complementary) peanuts. There is a nice shaded patio to the side of the tasting room with some typically funky Ashevillian art.

We spent a thoroughly enjoyable hour there just relaxing at the end of the day.

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Photo of blackie
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

got a number of beerflies queued up, but #100 has to go to Wedge...visited after a weekend camping near the Blue Ridge Parkway a couple weeks ago

Wedge occupies a lower level spot on the back side of its namesake wedge-shaped building in the River Arts district of Asheville - overlooking a gravel parking lot, river bridge, and a scraggly looking stand of urban forest. Making up for the small interior and tiny bar is the funky iron and stone outdoor seating area that's better seen rather than described. A vendor sold veggie hot dogs beside the front porch - though this is probably either unaffiliated or only an occasional practice. I visited on the gorgeous 75-degree open window day of a local arts festival in which all the area studios were open to showcase their stuff and hold various demonstrations. The crowd was relaxed and vibrant and people wandered with their beers up to street level, and nobody seemed to notice or care. We were able to catch a tour, which was decent but nothing special, as they were being held every 30 minutes. Staked out at a random table near the stair walkway to the street, various conversations were held with other patrons and passerby. The kind of place where you intend to stop my for one, but end up leaving trashed - which is basically what happened to me.

I think there were something like six beers on tap at the time. I ended up having three: Golem - a nice Belgian pale, Imperial Stout, and Iron Rail IPA. Glassware was appropriate and all were tasty. Prices were cheap and flat regardless of style - can't remember if it was $3.50 or $4.

Service was friendly if rushed - but the place was super busy and I think they handled it quite well. Never had to wait too long for a beer and the place never felt crowded.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This one is located down in the arts district type area of Asheville. I like the neighborhood and location. There's a great outdoor patio with a cool fence, nice seating area, and there's an inside bar that's clean and nice. I really liked it down there. The quality is good - my beer was poured by the owner himself, and I'm a fan of Wedge's beer overall. The service was good, too, but not amazing. Everyone was friendly. The selection is good - it's all Wedge beer, there were about 6 taps at the time, and all were a variety of different things, all worth trying. And everything was $3.50, whether an imperial stout or a witbier. I was really a fan of this little place, and could see myself spending quite a bit of time there if I was around more often.

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Photo of Bung
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I've heard this spun off from a Brewer from Green Man, so I had descent expectations. The 2 I had did not dissappoint. I had both of their Stouts, Oatmeal and Imerial. The oatmeal was one of the better I've had in a while, with a really great creaminess to it. Prices were low in my opinion for the area. Not a ton of selection, I think they had 6 or 7 different styles though.
Their building I'm sure is pretty cheap rent though. Not real obvious where this is located. In a typical older industrial area being reclaimed by all sorts of art studios. A neat area, but you're still not quite sure about it. Lots of neat artwork around the place and patio. A good amount of seating. A flower child -esque crowd, but that seems to be typical for the area. They had Monte Python showing on the side of a white truck out in the gravel parking lot.
Service was very good, which I found very different for the area in general, though more so at the restaurants.
It's kind of away from everything else in Asheville, but well worth making the trip, which is just a bit too far to walk to from downtown.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

After learning this place was new and in Asheville, I decided to give it a try. My first attampt failed because they were not open: They dont open until 4pm. So, at about 4:15, I went back and they were open.

There was indoor seating, kind of a u-shape to the bar seating area. There was also outdoor seating which consisted of plastic chairs and tables. Since it was a beautiful day, I chose the latter.

There were an IPA, Belgian Wit, Pale Ale, Imperial Stout, AMber Ale, and about two others on draft. I chose the IPA and was very satisfied. Peanuts were available and as far as I can tell, that was the only food option.

The beer was very fresh and the service was friendly. If on the west side of town, definitely stop in here and enjoy a fresh beer.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A: This is a nice little place in what looks to be an old possibly empty building right by the railroad tracks in what looks like an area going through urban renewal in Asheville. A very nice vibe with a lot of iron work art outside and an industrial feel inside. I might have given it a 4.5 if they had some stools that didn't make you ass go to sleep if sat on them for more than 30 minutes. :)

Q: I tried four of the offerings that were all very well made. A Belgian White, Golem, Abbey Ale, and the Imperial Stout. They make a nice wide range of very good beers.

Serv: The service was top notch. We actually showed up before they were open and the owner treated us to a sample before kicking us out so he could get some work done. When we showed up during regular hours, the bartender was running around dust busting up peanut shells, pouring beers, and making nice chatter when she could.

Sel: For such a small brewery, they had quite a few beer options. If memory serves there were 7 beer options. They were all priced at $3.50 with just a couple of the big beers being less than a pint.

Food: They just have free peanuts for you to munch on while drinking their brews.

Value: You just can't beat $3.50 pints from a decent variety of beers. Golem and the Imperial Stout were the only two being served at smaller sizes. According to their board those were both 9% ABV. The smaller size makes sense at those levels.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

On my recent trip to Asheville managed to make it down to Wedge on Saturday afternoon. Wish I had made it on a sunny day, as the patio area looked very nice. Inside was small, but very cool design, I don't know, but I assume someone in the brewery is quite a welder. Woodworking is also very nice. I normally account for music in my reviews, and must say I appreciated the eclectic music played in a non-overbearing manner. Very clean little brew pub, and the server was nice as could be. Had 7 brews on tap, of which, I really enjoyed the imperial Stout and the porter. Not sure what the deal is on food, as I had some peanuts and that was it, but a cool little brew pub for sure. Their brews are solid, even if limited in selection, and well worth an afternoon stop in on the weekend, its worth seeking out.

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Photo of Deuane
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

After waiting and waiting for this place to open we finally got a chance to visit during this recent trip to Asheville as we traveled to town for the BrewGrass Festival.

A funky, crunchy joint...just like I expected. A small inside tasting area and bar with nice wood decor and a fine view of the brewery through the glass behind the bar. A much more interesting and social meeting area awaits outside.

A long concrete bar with a mish mash assortment of chairs and tables invite folks to gather in their groups, drink a few pints and chat. With an extended season of outdoor seating in Asheville this area will be the focus of Wedge.

Seven beers on tap during this visit with a nice rundown of standards, with an IPA, pale ale, porter, wit, Belgian abbey and Karl's most famous beer....Golem, a Belgian IPA.

Food is listed as N/A for all they have for you to nosh on are free peanuts from the bar. The Wedge is more of a glorified tasting room and not a full service brewpub. Service is do it yourself go to the bar and order from the tenders. No wait staff comes outside to refill your pints....which is just fine with me.

All in all Wedge Brewing is a great place to meet up with friends, socialize over a few pints of great beer and enjoy the night air of Asheville!

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Wedge Brewing Company in Asheville, NC
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