Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.

BEER AVG
3.68/5
Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

675 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina, 28804
United States

(828) 254-1281 | map
ashevillepizza.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
22
Ratings:
347
Reviews:
86
PLACE STATS
Score:
87
Ratings:
70
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
7.71%
 
 
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Photo of slander
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I didn’t overdo it and I hydrated, kind of, somewhat, apparently not enough, dammit, and I’ve got some bad noise in my head. There’s somewhere I’ve got to start getting going to but first things first; “Cruel sunlight, I’m breaking up with you”, and now I must fix the head. Something greasy and McNasty, check, good friend Coca-Caffeine, check, a handful of check, still nothing doin’ but the loud rattle of the pain stick. “Here, you take a turn at the wheel”, I say aloud to no one knowing, and now as the road changes from highway straight off long to winding, hugging the mountain, taunting stalking river below to my right, up and around and up it seems, I know I am I think I might be nodding off, did I close my eyes for a 1/6 of a second or 6 seconds just then? And on the down from the mountain, a rest area just a few miles into North Carolina, I blinked or winked 40 minutes. The loud music has thankfully stopped but I’m grrrroggy, though not too much that I can’t navigate a slow descent into Asheville…
I’m in the parking lot second guessing coming here. I think this place is too “busy” for me. The exterior area to the left side of the door is a mural of UFO’s bombing a city below, to the right, monsters battling robots, and above the door, a flying saucer impaled into the building (not painted, but actual as if it had crashed into the building). It’s too much just now. I wander in, or maybe I wonder in, don’t know, bar’s to the right and I tell her, “I’m going to need some food”. She explains that I can order off the menu or I can eat off the lunch buffet. I opt for the lunch buffet because it’s right now and right there. Salad, pastas, an array of excellent pizzas, pizzas, pizzas, but it was the chicken dumpling soup that fixed me right up. Chicken dumpling soup, you saved my life, I will never forget what you did for me today. Plopped down at the end of the bar, angled, seats 9, there’s much to see here. There’s a half wall right out front when you enter decorated with picture tiles of staff, patrons, regulars & friends, and 3 tables on the other side of it below a large painted sci fi mural (very Redbones) and a wall of collage, photos and pics (There’s a picture of the place when it used to be the town movie theater long ago, and then when it became “Two Moons Brew & View”, a movie theater/brewpub combo, before changing hands again to what it is now, but I’ll get to that), and another half wall covered with TV remotes. There’s a rounded nook in each of the front corners, like chess piece rooks. One is painted in a castle wall motif, the other like a library, each hold 3 tables in them. The bar runs along the wall to the right with a brew room behind glass down on the end. Past that to the rear are another 3 booths below the Star Wars alien bar mural (Yes, Greedo; I was just coming to see your boss. Tell Jabba I have his money, at last) and the buffet area off that painted blue with a mosaic pattern of tiles & mirror shards (very cool). The wall behind the bar is painted green, with bottles, wines & growlers shelved here, plus brewery hats, shirts, mugs, etc. Pewter mug club mug horns line the wall above, and 3 TV’s stacked in the corner. Tap selections shown on a board over the rear area entrance and a display of some 3 dozen bobble heads lining the area above. Drop lamps and exposed duct work painted a spotty blue-green covered with children’s stickers and those colored plastic alphabet & number fridge magnets you had when you were a kid.
16 taps on a 2 row box on the back bar, 8 of which are house taps. I asked if they did a sampler and she said “No, but I’ll let you sample whatever you want”. The Shiva IPA had a nice crisp hoppiness; The Red Light Pale Ale started sweet and finished hoppy; the Rook Porter, full bodied, chocolatey; the Scout Stout, oaty, full bodied, smooth & creamy; the Roland’s ESB, malty, rich & deep, very nice; the Scottish Ale was lightly sweet. The Porter, Stout & ESB were all very good, and the IPA & Pale Ale was no slouches either. The other 8 taps are a mix of imports (Guinness, Newcastle, Lindemans Framboise) and at least 4 beers from other local/regional breweries. Also a dozen + bottles (Duvel, Chimay Blue, SS Oatmeal, Holy Grail, Rogue Mocha, SNPA, Abita Purple Haze, Fraziskaner Hefe, 3 from Unibroue).
After the samples, I pinted a Stout and went esplorin’. One of the theaters in the back is still in tact and then some. They do $2 movies here, 3 times daily, 4 times on the weekends. They tore out every other row of seats and replaced them with counter tables. You order your food at the back bar and they call out your name when it’s ready. Seating for 135, large framed prints of movie stills and staff pics on the walls, totally bad ass. What was the other theater is now a large gameroom, with a giant projection screen, pinball, video games, and a dozen booths & tables.
A homey, comfortable place, really nice, enthusiastic folks, food for the cure, and some great beers.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I don't really know what to make of this place. I guess the concept is pretty good, as you can apparently get your food and beer and watch a movie in the theater section. If that's your kind of deal. When we went there for lunch, I didn't realize this was the case, and now upon looking back, it seems even weirder as there was a field trip or something going on and a swarm of middle school kids came flocking out of the theater section while we were there. This is a brewery? Okay then. Anyway, taking the place at face value, we snagged a seat in the outside area, but still had to order at the bar. The bartender was essentially not attentive at all, ignoring me to chat with his buddy. But eventually he made his way over and I put my order in. On the plus side, there was a good amount of beer to choose from, and sampler flights were an option. The brews weren't great, but certainly not terrible. My sampler included an IPA, a Burton ale, a rye amber, and a coffee porter. Good range of styles here. The food was okay, but nothing really to right home about. Basic stuff, burgers, quesadillas, pub grub, etc. And pizza, of course.

I'm glad I checked this place out, but I most likely wouldn't go back. There are so many better breweries and beer venues in Asheville, making this one easy to pass over.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I normally dont venture into this area of town so I was a bit unfamiliar with the surroundings so I drove right past this place and had to do a u-turn to get into the parking lot. It snuck up on me for sure. I chose the bar area to the right and bellied up to "That 70's show" and ESPN.

Had the Shiva IPA and it was pretty good. Not too bitter but very well balanced. For food I had a chicken salad and it was really good and fresh. I was expecially hungry so I really devoured every morsel of the salad.

Service was prompt and courteous but the outdoor area seemed to be a bit more busy and some of the patrons were coming inside to order beers.

They had about 11 beers on draft, 8 house beers as well as Guinness, Pisgah, and French Broad. The bottled beer selection was less than stellar with Chimay being about the only craft beer.

The beer was fresh and the food was fresh as well. Growlers were $13.50 ($9.50 for the fill) which is really reasonable. A bit out of the way as this is on the north side, but worth the five minute drive.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

So I finally made it down to the other side of Asheville and got my butt in to Asheville Pizza and brewing. Now I didnt really know where this was, so driving down the street it kinda snuck up on me. Pulled into the lot and the place looks awesome. Nice little building with like a castle turret looking thing onthe right and some buildings with a spacehip crashing into them. Really cool looking outside, and nice to have its own parking lot in asheville. Walked inside and the place really is trip. Everything is uber decorated and just insane, a wall made ou of remotes, a big ass Terminator poster, Captain Kirk in the floor? Awesome. Deent bar right in front with a good amount of local taps. Lots of merchandise behind the bar. We made our way over into the aformentioned turret looking structure and grabbed a seat at the mexican wrestling theme table, which kicked ass. Ordered up a local, Torch Pilsner, which was very nice and served extremely cold which is always welcomed. Pizza was very good, quick service too. Overall this place was top notch. Great atmosphere, awesome beer and a kick ass staff and food. Price was cheap as well. I would definatly recommend stopping in if you are in town, especially if you have kids. This came off as a very family friendly type of place, which I always appreciate, as well as the non smoking inside. To sum it up this place is a trip!

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Asheville Pizza and Brewing was a place I spent some time a few years ago and the beers just didn't cut it and so I really did not go back. Apparently that was a mistake.

The place was not crowded on a Saturday night and the service was very good albeit a bit quirky. It is a combination restaurant, game room and movie theater. The website listed a different movie than was showing, but that is only a minor glitch. It allowed smoking, but it really was not smoky anywhere inside.

The taps were from the pub and some guest taps. I counted 6 house taps with 15 total taps. The selection was good though not outstanding and the beers were tasty, not the beers I remembered at all, a very welcomed surprize.

The food we ordered was only appetizers, but it was very good and inexpensive in the grand scheme of things. The hummus appetizer is going to be a standard on any subsequent visits and the spinach and artichoke dip was also a tasty treat.

Stop in at Asheville Pizza if you haven't been by in awhile, it's worth the effort!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of italianstallion
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Interesting place to hit up in Asheville. The atmposphere feels a little strange and sterile to me, but the bar is nice enough, the outdoor seating with the movi screen is cool, and the fact that they show movies and ocassionally sports on the big screens is really cool. I didn't eat as I had already been to Barley's, but the beer was quite good- especially the Shiva IPA and the Houdini ESP. Definitely a place to pop in and have a beer during your Asheville pub crawl, andd a place to take in a movie if you've got more time. Friendly people there as well.

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Photo of kingpin1010
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Good place to go with the kids during the day. The atmosphere does change a bit after the sun goes down. Usually showing 2 movies, one for the kids and one for the grown-ups. Good variety of apps and sandwiches, plus the pizza. Good Asheville crowd here. Beer is not bad, but perhaps not as good as it used to be. Still very much worth a stop, with the Scottish, Shiva, and Scout all good. Can get crowded on the weekends and the staff can have a hard time keeping up with the flow. Try the hummus app, very good and very filling!

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Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is not just a brewpub, but another one of those quirky places here in Asheville. There's a lot of dedication to movies evident in the decor. There's also a ticket booth where tickets can be purchased for $3 for the daily movie, of which there are two that each show twice (a kids' movie at 1 and 4 pm and another at 7 and 10 pm). The beer is good, as is the food. The pizza is obviously the specialty in terms of food, but the real focus is their beers. When I went last night, there were 8 taps of their own with about 5 guest taps. They also sell a few bottles, but as far as I could tell only 750s of their own stuff, and only a few were available. They do, of course, also fill growlers, and they also sell growlers already filled. Our bartender was very attentive. There are three TVs above the bar, 2 turned to sporting events and one set to a different show, none of which had the volume turned up. I really enjoyed this place; they obviously cared about the beer they brew, the bartender gave very good service, it wasn't too loud, and the food is good. A great place to go in Asheville for a cheap movie (as long as it's one you'd liek to see), good pizza and good beer.

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Photo of joe1510
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

The last stop of the night brought us to Asheville Pizza and Brewing. As a matter of fact it was a happy accident finding this place. We were about to call it quit's and walking back to find a cab stumbled across a huge beer garden with a giant projection screen playing a rerun of that days Tour de France stage. We were drawn in as if by a tractor beam, not even sure what the place was at first.

Sitting outdoors we were immediately waited on by a friendly waitress that was quick to offer advice on both food and beer. Grabbed a pizza that was good drunk food if nothing exceptional and a pitcher of porter. The porter was enjoyable. It was a great night outside and being able to watch the Tour while eating pizza and drinking beer outdoors topped it off nicely. I'd recommend this place. It's a good time and good atmosphere.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of RochefortChris
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DCon
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Coming here on the way to zip lining, it was tucked behind another business (maybe a fast food chicken chain?) and looked like a farmhouse. Bright blue with 2 silos on the outside, it didn't resemble a brewery until parking (and don't mind the spaceship that looks like it came down and struck the building!). Lets walk in and break this place down by each category.

Walking in, each silo was filled with tables. The one by the bar (where I sat) had a moon on the wall and then a crest of some sort hanging from the ceiling. Very random but cool. The bar looked like a Pipe Works game as it was painted behind the row of tap handles. Whoever was the artist here (for both the brewery AND tap handles/bottles/cans is very talented! Tons of color and detail pop out.

While waiting for my pizza, enjoyed the Red Light IPA and chatted with the bartender. Very friendly and suggested what other breweries I got to on my trip (cool they promote other local breweries).

Their selection was very nice on-tap but had to block out what they had in bottle... Coors, A.B., and Corona were all hanging out on the side of the bar and ruining it for me. One of the servers caught that I was looking at these and replied "it hurts me too".

We enjoyed the Biltmore Pizza and suggest you do the same! Tons of Green Peppers, Banana Peppers, White Onion, and Pepperoni filled this Hand Tossed pizza and enjoyed it with their home-made garlic sauce. MMM!!

With Asheville, NC being the "Beer Capital" of the Nation, I think they should receive the award of Pizza Capital as well! I suggest this place plus many others I've already visited in the area.

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Photo of AndyEdgar
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

So if the point is to grab a pizza, some beers, and see a movie, very well done. The pizzas were pretty darn flavorful. The atmosphere was a disaster. Chaotic at the front - lots of open tables but a long line to get in. We were seating in the game area, which had a Lord of the Flies feel. All of that being said, a decent selection of brews to try - though they don't do samplers because its too busy. Huh? Beers were good ( not great). I'd go back, but hopefully at a time when the place was less packed.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. in Asheville, NC
3.68 out of 5 based on 347 ratings.
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