Blue Mountain Pizza and Brew Pub
55 N Main St
Weaverville, North Carolina
Visited on July 4, 2013
The weekend of July 4th this year, the soon-to-be-Mrs. and I took a trip to North Carolina’s beer capital, Asheville. My inaugural visit to the famed beer city began rather unspectacularly with a visit to a nanobrewery north of the actual city. But it made sense, seeing as how the place was a mere five-minute drive from the campsite where my fiancé and I had barely managed to get our tent up before a deluge of rain began.
Blue Mountain is located on a small street in the small mountain town of Weaverville. The building straddles a line between rustic mountain lodge and hole in the wall. The place is clean and comfortable with a lot of woodwork everywhere, but there’s nothing fancy or intricate (or old) to be found.
Walking in we were a bit worried to be in the wrong place with all of the different guest taps hanging out behind the bar. But it is indeed a microbrewery; it just doesn’t have a lot of it’s own beer on tap at any one given point. That particular day featured a Belgian blonde and an American pale. The Belgian was far too sweet with a heavy banana flavor, though not unpleasant to drink. The American pale hit its mark a bit better, again with a heavy malt and sweet body. There weren’t a lot of hops to balance, but I’m into pales at the moment, even the under-hopped varieties, so I enjoyed the few sips I had.
The pizza was good, but it wasn’t anything I haven’t had a hundred times before in at least ten different states. The crust was nice and chewy, though perhaps lacking a little in flavor. The toppings were respectable, with much more than your typical pig and American garden veggies to offer. We settled on the “Cow Tipper” featuring a parmesean crust (sort of), olive oil, roasted garlic, fresh mushrooms, red peppers, carmelized onions, steak tips, and a balsamic glaze. The sweetness from the balsamic really tied everything together well. At a reasonable price, the food wouldn’t keep me away if I lived nearby.
There’s a nice stage in the corner, and it seems like there’s plenty of room to accommodate quite the crowd. The service was pleasant and prompt, and there seemed to be a lot of familiarity between the patrons and the staff.
Overall, it’s a nice small-town brewpub, but nothing to go out of your way to find.