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 LionsMane
4.97/5  rDev +23.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Rustic exterior, no frills, just peanuts, corn hole and beer...excellent beer. Iron Rail IPA is a juicy malt forward beer super consistent. 3rd rail this year is liquid hoppy gold, take your time here though its a monster. Vladim Bora is the Raz. Imp Stout, that usually rings in the holidays and last through Feb. Over all the best beer brewed in Asheville currently in regards to consistency, balance and flavor. would like to see some barrel aged beers from these guys and some cask in the future to really send them into the halls of greatness.

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Photo of greencovesteve
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

A: relaxed. you'll feel like a regular after your first beer.

Q: small batch goodness. fresh good beer

S: friendly faces and small lines

Sel: regular solid selection, neighborhood of 5 beers on tap usually

F: food truck, varies. peanuts, always.

V: good price, free peanuts.

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Photo of Lukass
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Thought all the steel artwork around this place was incredible. Great atmosphere, friendly people, and above all, tasty brews! I don't think I had one that I didn't like, but their Biere De Garde stood out over them all. Also love the fact that this place is located below a bunch of art galleries that are open to the general public, so got to see some great art as well. Would definitely go back if I'm ever in Asheville again, and highly recommend it.

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Photo of NoCurse2012
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This was a great experience. There was a selection of nearly 10 to 12 different brews to choose from. There was even an "express" lane for the IPA which I thought was a great idea. Prices were quite reasonable for craft brews. We had the Iron Rail IPA, of course, there was an express lane and went back for the Derailed Hemp ale which was brewed with hemp seeds. The atmosphere was amazing, very eclectic and industrial looking as it was adjacent to the rail yard hence the names of the brews. Quite a few picknick tables set up for enjoying the beautiful weather as well as corn hole tables. The crowd was very diverse with a mix of yuppies, hippies, middle agers and old folks too. If you are ever in the Asheville area do not miss the opportunity to experience the Wedge.

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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 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 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 Viper29223
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Asheville is a great town for fun and great beer we parked out front by the wedge art studio easy enough to find with a GPS proceeded to walk along the unique metal art wall and down the steps to seeing a large amount of people drinking ales and playing corn hole then we proceeded inside to try there pale ales followed by there wheat beer decided on there alt beer which was my favorite by far not that like we had any bad beer but then we sat outside with local patrons discussing the brewery and Asheville we were also in luck because the food truck was serving brick oven spinach pizza and sage garlic pizza fantastic flavors very tasty with a proper ale on your way out get a growler and sticker keep in mind they only fill wedge growler bottles at 16.00 if you don't have there growler which is still a great price for the IPA we took with us for freinds back home Good Times indeed and free peanuts !

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Photo of jjboesen
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

A short ride on the W1 (or W2) bus from downtown drops you off in the River Arts District, an evolving neighborhood where old warehouses have been converted into galleries, restaurants, cafes and one excellent 1300 barrel brewpub called Wedge Brewing Company.

Wedge Brewing can be found in the lower section of Wedge Studio, itself located in a building that once housed livestock in the 19th Century. Literally situated adjacent to railroad tracks, Wedge can be reached via Lyman Avenue, or down a staircase hidden behind several exhibits of iron sculpture.

It is as quaint a place as anyone can relax and enjoy some quality craft beer. Enter the taproom, which takes up a small corner of the brewery; check the chalkboard for whatever beer is available (about 8 drafts), order a pint or a sampler and then head outside and grab a seat at one of the communal tables. Note: there is neither table service nor is there any inside service. Another Note: Wedge offers an express IPA window for their delightful Third Rail. Also on tap is a complex Abbey style, a hoppier West Coast IPA and a hearty porter. Should you desire something to eat, there is a food truck parked next to the entrance. The patio is a lively place with locals, tourists, kids and dogs.

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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 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 NastyNate11
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

One if the best small breweries. Awesome location by the river in the arts district. This is a must for Asheville visitors and locals alike. Their brews are great but you can't miss with the Rasberry Imperial Stout. Definitely my favorite! Don't miss out.

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Photo of BTPete
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I love this place and the location and vibe of it really make it a fun destination. I usually visit here for a couple beers while in town and this time proved no different. The bar is in the arts district in an old warehouse and it really shows with lots of old metal and car parts making up the fencing and seating. On any given night you can find all walks of life laughing and having a good time over a few beers. On previous trips I have seen people playing cards, people playing cornhole, people having a jam session, people selling local vegetables. They have an expansive area of picnic tables and chairs overlooking the railroad tracks.

The beer is solid but I would say straight forward overall. I enjoy all of their selections with their IPA being the most popular, I usually jump around and try different things while there.

They serve peanuts but they usually have food trucks which have always been good. On this visit they had a pizza truck but it sold out of pizza before I got some.

Overall this is a cool space to go have a beer. They are dog friendly and I always have a good time while here. I have not been during bad weather in which case I'd probably avoid because most of the seating is outdoors, which is what makes it fun.

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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 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 DCon
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I had perfect directions to the Wedge, and still passed it up OVER and OVER! From the street, you can't see it because you have to the stairs that lead to the Brewpub and the French Broad River. The first area of the brewpub you come cross is a brass/metal wall of all sorts of odds and ends (pipes, screws, wires, bolts, screens, etc.) that are "purposely" fit together to create an extra patio. You can definitely tell it was made to be in the Art District here! Keep walking and you find a Food Truck off to the side with a variety of options. I didn't have the chance since lines were so long to enter the brewpub and get your brew inside. A group of people were playing "Corn Hole" on the side of the place and you don't see this much.

Stairs lead to the inside of the brewpub where peanuts are available and a Igloo Cooler of water. The Chalkboard of brews available was easy to view from the counter also. Only three bartenders were working that day (with the owner running back and forth helping out b/c of the business this Friday). All were very friendly and worked hard! Appreciated their samples also before enjoying two of their beers. They also kept my Growler of Iron Rail in the fridge for when I was ready to leave.

They had their 6 beers on-tap [Golem, Iron Rail, Abbey Ale, Russian Imperial Stout, Porter, and Pilsner (can't remember names for these two)]. Great selection! Wish I was able to take home the Abbey Ale in my growler, but the Iron Rail was awesome!

Now I can see why this is the "best kept secret in Asheville" (words from a local)! Fun community of people, great beer, and a fun environment! Check it out if you have a chance and/or by the Blue Ridge Parkway or Pisgah Forest.

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

We went here for a couple pints in the late afternoon before going out for something to eat. It was raining like bejesus when we arrived and it was fun to sit with everyone on the loading dock/deck and watch the rain. Then the sun came out. Really fun afternoon.

A - Very fun crowd and pretty diverse. People with dogs, young people, older people, slackers, and people in formal business attire. Layout as is how most have described with the main bar in a small area with all the beers served there except for the IPA which is at the "express window" which we missed since we couldn't see any signs due to everyone hiding from the rain. But the main attraction here are the outside spaces. The deck/dock has counters with cool welded up found material stools that all face the back parking/patio area. Tons of picnic tables, chairs, and places to hang out. Once the rain let up you could see how people spread out and use all the outside space.

Q - The beer was good overall. We gravitated to the IPA and took a growler home.

S - Service was good and despite the crowd we never had to wait long in line and the bartenders were fast and friendly. The express window for IPA was great for us.

S - Selection was good for a brewery. No guest taps, but that's okay. They had five on at the main bar and the IPA window. Pilsner, Pale, Wit, Alt, and a Belgian Strong Golden. Pretty diverse selection for a small brewery.

F - I put in N/A as they technically don't have food. They do have free peanuts which is awesome and there is a food truck that rotates during the week. We only had peanuts so I can't comment on the food truck. Check their web site for food truck info, beer currently on tap, and directions.*

Overall this is a great place and should not be missed. It is not a brass and ferns brewpub. It is eclectic, interesting, and truly a pub in the sense that you can't help but get into a conversation with other people around you.

* For all the reviewers that have complained about directions to this place and how to find it, please just look around and use the resources at hand. Their web site has very complete directions and we really had no problem finding it. You'll know when you're close so just get out of your car and walk around. It isn't that big a deal to actually visit one of the other shops in the neighborhood to ask directions and check out their stuff either. Just relax and enjoy the area and be glad it isn't in some homogenized mall.

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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 MarcatGSB
4.23/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Wow. Last stop of Asheville, and it's a shame. This was by far our favorite stop (aside from App Vintner). The atmosphere was absolutely fantastic, with a hodge podge of young, old, round, and square people. The beer was great. I had an imperial stout on tap, along with a porter, an IPA, and an IIPA. All of the beers were really good, and the IIPA was super tasty, well above average.
They are in the basement of a large order building, and the best way to get to the pub is walk down the stairs on side of the building. They have a large outdoor area, part of it was covered with an awning, and a huge yard for playing cornhole or frisbee or whatever else you prefer. The service was fine, nothing special. It was busy, they were attentive, but I didn't try to start a conversation or anything or the sorts.
This is the best brewery in Asheville, hand down. Atmosphere, beer, location, everything. Well worth a visit.

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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 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 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 chelovek
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Besides the pigeons, which signs graciously offer you to take home, this place is great. The inside tasting room is small but there is plenty of seating in the patio area. The brewery is adjacent to some train tracks and the area has a feel that has yet to be gentrified. Cheep tasting flights and glasses of brew offered.

After hitting up some of the other breweries in Asheville I found wedge brewing to have not only the best beers in town but also the most comfortable to hang out at. Good times and good brews at Wedge Brewing.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Vibe: Although it's a long walk from downtown, this seems to be the laid back place for locals to hang out in Asheville. There's not much in the way of indoor space except for a few stools near the bar but just about everyone hangs out on the loading dock or at the tables in the parking lot next to the railroad tracks. They give out free peanuts to munch on and there are some cornhole boards outside.

Quality: Beers were served in the proper glassware at the proper temperature. Most beers came in pint glasses but a saison was served in a snifter glass.

Service: Service was pretty quick and I liked the idea that they had a separate "express" window on the loading dock to get IPA.

Selection: There were eight beers on-tap in the variety of styles the day I went so I wasn't disappointed about the selection.

Food: Having just come from 12 Bones Smokehouse, I didn't try the food, but there is a different food truck every day. There was a pizza truck the day I was there and they looked pretty good.

Overall: I really enjoyed hanging out at this place as there was plenty of tables in the shade. Beers were really reasonable and only $3.50 or $4.00 for a glass.

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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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Wedge Brewing Company in Asheville, NC
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