Oyster House Brewing Company
625 Haywood Road
Asheville, North Carolina
Visited on July 5, 2013
After a surprisingly (mostly) dry night during our Asheville camping extravaganza, and a nice morning hike, my fiancé and I headed to some of the outlaying brewpubs. First on the list was Oyster House.
I really liked the vibe this place puts out. Solid bluish purple walls, a chrome-plated ceiling, simple vintage wall hangings, and a beautiful, giant mirror gives this place a relaxing, almost elegant feel. We sat at the bar and nearly froze to death from the blasting air conditioning, but perhaps that’s the price you pay for sitting in a seafood shack.
The small brewery had two beers on tap that day, so we had a pint of each – a nitro stout and an American pale ale. The stout was nice with a subtle roast, but not as thick or as rich as I would have preferred. The American pale was malty and slightly sweet – a solid effort but nothing I would go out of my way for. The menu looked promising for those who enjoy a good oyster, as they had at least six varieties for sale by the pound, but having already eaten lunch we gave it a pass.
Overall, it was a nice, simple spot that augments its own decent brews with excellent brews from around the country. I might have been tempted to take a growler of the pale ale home, depending on price. I actually preferred it to any of the spots we went on the previous day.
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