Wicked Weed Funkatorium

BA SCORE
99
world-class

156 Ratings
Wicked Weed FunkatoriumWicked Weed Funkatorium
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

147 Coxe Ave
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801-4025
United States

(828) 552-3203 | map
wickedweedbrewing.com

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Added by MasterSki on 10-08-2014

PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
156
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
4.44%
 
 
Taps:
18
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Photo of ProperGlassesNeeded
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

This is the place that changed my mind about sours.
Funkatorium couldn't be better titled. A dark, dank, funky long room/bar connected to the warehouse
where they hold all the barrels, aging their fantastic beers. Plus in a hip part of the town.

Sours directly fresh from the barrels. You could really taste the fruits way more than the bottled versions IMO.
Sour but with a variety of different flavors at different moments while hitting the palate. All kinds of stuff on tap, some
normal standard releases, and lots of funkatorium only. If you love sours, you must visit Asheville

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Photo of BradfordStuckey
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.75

Great place to visit while in the town of Asheville. Cozy wooden accents all over in the tasting bar. I tried about 6 beers while I was there. White angel, a sour with grapes, was my favorite by far. They were playing great music and the staff was very nice and knowledgeable. I was quite hungry but the food selection was small and not very filling but delicious. Plenty of options for beer to go with a lot of merchandise options as well. Located in an area where many other breweries are within walking distance which makes it really nice. Overall a great place to visit in North carolina.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.86/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Definitely the place to go for sour beers. I wanted something different and very strong so this was the perfect place. We got there at right as they were opening on Thursday afternoon and there was a line waiting to get in. If you want a change and several bottled beers to go, this is the place in Asheville.

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Photo of teromous
2.76/5  rDev -38.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Vibe: The place is pretty dark and it has a few long wooden benches, a taller table on one end of the bar, and a roped off booth at the other. There is an outside area to sit which is pretty nice. The overall interior aesthetic matches the open view of the barrels stored off to the side. There isn't much decor but it really showcases the important part of the building which is the barrel house. Unfortunately the staff really kills the vibe of the place. There were one or two that were nice but most of them seemed depressed or angry about something. They were wandering around frowning, looking sad...looked a lot like a goth bar. They were snappy or short when discussing beers as if it wasn't worth their time. I overheard more than one employee make rude comments about patrons at the bar and at tables. That alone really killed the vibe and I didn't want to sit around hearing them talk trash while they passed each other.

Quality: The quality of the beer and how it is served is pretty good. Flights are served in a nice looking wood arch with mini snifters. I didn't see any coasters and I was never offered water or any sort of palate cleanser.

Service: Quite simply the service stinks. Interactions were rude and snappy. They won't ask you what you thought of the beer or if you would even like a full pour. It felt like I was overstaying my welcome just by walking through the door.

Selection: They have a very good selection of their own sour beers.

I would recommend going to their pub location down the street instead. I had a polarizing experience there and they carry a huge selection of sours.

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Photo of scottgs
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

If you love Belgian Sours, this place is simply awesome. For the Belgians, better than any other brewery in North America, that I know of, anyway. Seriously. This place is awesome.

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Photo of PerfecTool
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

If you like sour beers this is your place! They have an outstanding selection of sours. Very laid back vibe and close to downtown. It's the best specialized tasting venue I've ever been to.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

So here it is, master headquarters for sour beers in Asheville, and dare I say all of NC. If sours are your thing, you're going to want to come here. Good bar, nice vibe. When you walk to the bathrooms, you first go past the barrel room, and it truly becomes apparent just how serious these guys are...I don't think I've ever seen so many barrel-aging beers on display in my life, and I've been to Allagash, Cantillon, and more. So there are lots of beers on tap, most of them sours, with just a few less acidic options. And samplers? Yes! Not many other places where you can get a full sampler flight of all sour ales, each with such distinction, not to mention quality. Service is good, and the bartender was friendly and informative. Plenty of bottles and merch to take home.

All low-pH notes aside, you really have to prepare yourself when you come to this section of Asheville. This is a premium bar hop, and it almost can't be done in one day. Bring a designated driver, that's all I'm saying. 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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A cool place serving only sours so it is a very unique place. Loads of barrels help set the atmosphere for what you'll be drinking. A nice sized bar can seat about 25 folks. There were about 20+ beers on draft here and you need a list to get through all the interesting options. I got to have about 5 sours here over two visits and they were all of high quality and well done. The place was overflowing on both visits which shows that sours are a style folks enjoy. This should be a must stop for anyone coming to Asheville.

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Photo of mschantz
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Very relaxed vibe with highly knowledgable bar tenders. Must stop for lovers of AWAs. They use a pretty style of bottle
Holders crafted from staves in the taproom.

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Photo of HeadyHopHead
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the best place in the world. Or, at the very least, the best place in Asheville. It's less than $10 for a flight of four barrel-aged sours, which is a steal. The tour is also well worth the cost -- our guide was well-informed, answered all our geeky questions, and, again, we got to sample four barrel-aged sours.

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Photo of Jksenior
4.41/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

great place if you like barrel aged sours. Cool vibe, laid back, never too crowded except on special release days. Service is good, but can be tough to get a beer right when they open on weekends. The selection is great. They always have 6-12 sours on tap and bottle pours as well. Plus a few non-funky selections. They serve food, typically upscale snacks: chartcuterie and such.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is beautifully designed, very wood focused to reflect the barrel culture, which is on full display just in the next room, open to the public to walk through on the way to the bathroom. And let me tell you there are enough barrels in there to make Donkey Kong lose his mind.

The beer list is absolutely out of this world. I've never been so spoiled to have such a wide range of sours at my fingertips. From Bretts, to bourbon barrel aged, fruity or light or heavily acetic, this place is a dream come true. Too often you go somewhere known for sours and they maybe have one or two on draft that is known to kick after a few hours and not come back on for weeks. I don't think Wicked Weed's Funkatorium will ever have that problem. Even if something kicks, there's more than a dozen other options.

So it goes without saying, you really need to like sours to even step foot in here. While they do offer some more standard beers from the regular brewery, it's a very small section of their list, and you'd be better off going to the other location if you're not into sours. You can introduce yourself to a couple of the sours at the brewpub if for some reason you're unfamiliar with those styles, then work your way up to being worthy to enter this aptly named Funkatorium.

The food menu is minimal, but executed at a very high quality. Flatbreads are a cracker thin crust, with inspired and filling toppings despite seeming relatively small. Pretzels are a bit smaller than you'd expect for any kind of brewery, but it's pretty clear, this menu is meant to offer snacks to munch on. This definitely isn't a place to come for a full hearty dinner.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

All I can say is this a must stop while in Asheville. Make sure to take the tour it is like non other. Incredible BA sours of all styles and most are bottled. Does not get any better then this. 4.75

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

The only negative I have to say is that parking is limited. Other than that this place is a Mecca for sour lovers. (Of which I am one). Wonderful selection of drafts and bottles. Just passing through and it was a bucket list place I will go back to.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

What a tremendous place. My wife and I had lunch and several beers here when we visited Asheville a few weeks ago. The selection of wild ales on tap and in bottles is really impressive. The food is solid. They also have many bottles to go.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is one of the greats. The vibe is warm, comfortable, and unique. The crowd is eclectic and friendly. Ditto on the staff. Servers come by frequently enough to be helpful, but not too frequently to be annoying. And obviously: the beer.

A major plus is getting to walk past all of WW's aging barrels en route to the bathroom.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Outstanding place to visit and sample a truly unique set of brews. Great indoor/outdoor vibe, long communal tables adjacent to a long bar, set against the backdrop of rows and rows of barrel aging beer. Probably had 12-14 beers on tap, mostly a variety of fruits and sours. The tasting experience was outstanding. Each one more delicious than the next. True aficionados can opt for bottle service, the way this was intended. Very knowledgeable and attentive servers, even when the place was bustling. Food options were so-so - admittedly not really the point. Hot pretzels are real good, popcorn good, and the pickling plate interesting (though brought new meaning the definition of buttered bread). All in all, a must stop in the Asheville locale.

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Photo of Alequine
4.23/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

This place is one of top favorite spots. Went during the Dark Arts release. Great vibe in the little taproom next to their large barrel aging facility. Tons of barrels you can look through on the way to the restroom.

I was there for the Dark Arts release which included a Barrel Aged tap takeover. The tap list was much different than normal I assume as many offering of BA brews from other brewers where available including Goose Bourbon County Brand Stout, BA Backwoods Bastard, and many others. They had their 2014 and 2015 Dark Arts, as well as Dark Arts with coffee and many of their wild and sour brews on tap or available for on-sight consumption or to go from the bottle. The place was packed for the release, but I was still able to get served and grad a seat. Nice indoor and outdoor space. Small smoking area with no tables but at least it is on the property

Did not eat, but they have a nice small plates menu of options suited to their "funky" brews.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Very helpful and attentive staff. Great selection if you like sour beers, which if you go to a place named the funkatorium you should expect. Very glad I visited.

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Photo of slander
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

And what a wonderful distraction from the day of date. Arrived shortly after noon to be told they don’t open ‘til 2. But the door posted hours says noon and you’ve advertised it, so you have to let me in, and oh, okay, we’ll put up for the next 2 hours at one of the breweries plainly visible from where I’m standing if we must. And now arriving back at 1:59, Let. Me. In…

‘L’ shaped plank wood & steel banded topped bar, rusty steel panel base on fence post uprights, my feet tucked in the rung of my heavyweight cut wood stool; 1 of the 13 that are, not including the 3 shortys on the end in the raised step up area fronting a red cushiony banquette booth cornered with block stump tableings. Barback holds a pair of giant barrel ends where the drafts are listed; name, glass or bottle distinction (or both), ABV, & barrel type (red wine, white wine, bourbon, foeder, stainless). Shelving in between with bottles displayed over dangling stemware snifter action. Cooler counters below on both ends, with a pair of 4 handle wood block towers, and baby snifter tasters in between. And a center bottle cooler in between with more snifters & stems atop. A pair of handpumps on the bar unused; seasonal, I suppose.

Walls are the same panel sheet as the bar base and the outers of brick, too. Forward roll up door with vertical windows. Concrete floorings & slight arched ceiling rafters & planks with brown ductwork & track cup lighting. Drop wagon wheel spokeless rope hung small bulb chandeliers and stave candleholders on the tables. Barrel end coat hangers mounted, and shirts & shwag to the rear. 3 looooooong double bench shared tables adjacent to the bar and a handful of 2-seat hightops to the rear. Flannel shirt & capped beer server cover from the New Yorker on the wall.

The small strange man & big Ben have relocated to the slight seating pen out front. There’s also a space to the side in the driveway with a few tables. And there’s a barrel room of crazy to the rear with miles of aisles. No, you do not understand. You think you do, but no, you do not.

18 beers available, some draft only, some bottle only, some both; the menu carved out sour, funky, & non funky. I may have sampled a few (Bombadile, 4.2%, Belgian table beer with strawberries, funky, tart, and not sickly sweet, just incredible, I need to take a fuck ton of this to go; Nolte Blueberry Chipotle Stout, 8.9%, more smoky than blueberry but quite nice; Montmaretto, 6.9%, amber sour aged in Cab barrels with cherries & almonds, interesting amaretto factor; Horti-Glory, 6%, Brett, but the elderflower takes over; Brettaberry, 5.5%, tart farmhouse, strawberry, blueberry, & blackberry, with the strawberry being the prominent, yum; Nectarphilia, 7%, pilsner malt & raw wheat, Nelson, Amarillo, & Madarina Bavaria, aged on Carolina peaches, white blossoms, & hard wood, farmhouse gone wild culture; Succession, 7.3%, golden ale aged on Biltmore white wine barrels with Riesling grape must; Black Angel Cherry Sour, 7.2%, fuck bourbon, a black sour ale but the bourbon just buries the cherry. “Bourbon is an off flavor”, Witzel’s best quote ever). Bombadile, Montmaretto, Brettaberry, Nectarphilia, & Succession were the Wins but there was nothing there of suck.

They do food here; small plates of things salty, sweet, earthy, & canned (as in fish; smoked eel, sardines with tomato, spiced octopus, um, wut?), and large plate flatbreads & sandwiches, not that I can entertain food after that Biscuithead overdo from this morning.

Chill Saturday at the ‘torium; the afternoon displaced. My, there are playing some good funk today and lots of it. Server was attentive and I may have sampled some things. I am glad for the time here and bottles procured, which, by the way, are 500ml reasonable in the $10-$15 range. Ben called it the Russian River of the east and said that this was the most excited he’s been by a brewery in years. I must concur.

Hadn’t been to Asheville since ’06 and now twice in a month’s time; my choice of a stop through town on the route back up north from ‘The Festival’ Florida 2 days before. In the late dinner hour foodings with Joe’s friends (a soft pretzel with lusty monk mustard, and ½ of the guy’s girl’s pastrami sandwich of pretty goddamn good). And a few beer, too (La Bonte Fig & La Bonte Pear, both 6.5% Brett farmhouse ales with fruit, I think I preferred the pear and I hate pears in general; Fille de Firm, 4.1%, farmhouse & golden sour blend with honey & orange peel in a foeder; Medora, 6.6%, sour with blackberries & raspberries in wine barrels; Oblivion, 8.7%, sour red with blackberries & dates in wine barrels; Serenity, 5.5%, tart farmhouse in wine barrels, yum).

Love. I could easily stay here for the ever.

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Photo of jhavs
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Great vibe in the little taproom next to their large barrel aging facility. Tons of barrels you can look through on the way to the restroom.

I was there for the Dark Arts release which included a Barrel Aged tap takeover. The tap list was much different than normal I assume as many offering of BA brews from other brewers where available including Goose Bourbon County Brand Stout, BA Backwoods Bastard, and many others. They had their 2014 and 2015 Dark Arts, as well as Dark Arts with coffee and many of their wild and sour brews on tap or available for on-sight consumption or to go from the bottle. The place was packed for the release, but it still was easy to get served or to get a seat.

Did not eat, but they have a nice small plates menu of options suited to their "funky" brews.

Great place. Would definitely go back if I head to Asheville again.

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Photo of nickfl
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A small taproom attached to a big warehouse FULL of barrels. The taproom has a nice feel to it with large barrel heads mounted to the wall for the taps and beer menu. We didn't eat anything here, but the food at the other location is good so I would expect the same here. The beer is excellent, they had a great selection the day we were there, including 3 of the 4 angels and everything we had was very good or better. Honestly, if you are in Asheville and only have the chance to visit one of Wicked Weed's locations I would pick this one.

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Photo of JJanisse
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The Funkatorium was... funky in a great way!

Beer: The beer selection was a fantastic mix of sour and funky to satisfy any beer lover. Not only did they have a wide variety of beers on tap but they had a large selection of bottles.

Atmosphere: The place had a great vibe with unique uses of barrel staves throughout the place. It was amazing to see the amount of barrels they had in their warehouse.

I can't wait to taste future funky creations from Wicked Weeds Funkatorium!

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Photo of aleckpa
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I finally was able to visit thanks to the White Angel release. First off, the barrels they have is mind blowing. It's almost absurd and had me in awe looking at them. Their draft selection is superb. It was rather warm inside, but it is also the middle of July and packed. Nice community tables and outdoor seating. Service was a little slow, but I give them the benefit of the doubt since it was crowded. The bartenders were polite and warm, despite the crowd. I didn't have any food, but may try next time I'm there. If you like funky and sour beers, stop by.

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Photo of mlockman
3.96/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Didn't try any food, nor many of the beers on the sour-only menu, but did very much enjoy the vibe of the bar with barrel-aging warehouse in full-view

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