Wedge Brewing Company
125B Roberts St
Asheville, North Carolina
Visited on July 6, 2013
The 10th and final brewery visited on my first trip to Asheville was Wedge Brewing Company, which is apparently located in the historic arts district or so I remember the signs in the neighborhood reading. The building it sits in certainly seems to be, at least. It appears as though most of the space is used as artist studios and the like on a communal basis. Pretty cool.
To find the brewery’s main face, you have to walk down some stone steps and around back, beside the river and railroad tracks. Here you’ll find a lot of awesome metal sculptures integrated into the back yard, a ton of picnic tables, tables and chairs also made of welded metal scraps, and a concrete patio with several well-painted corn hole sets. The whole setup seems like a casual summer afternoon over at your best friends house.
Except there’s a brewery there and a taproom where you can claim any one of roughly 10 beers. They don’t do flights – at least not at the time that we visited – so we tried a couple of shots of beers before deciding on a couple to sip on. We ended up with Belgian strong golden ale named Golem and some sort of wild yeast brown ale. Both were tasty, but I’d take the Belgian any day of the week. For our second set of drinks, we went with a cider and their IPA, which I figured must be fantastic since they have their own draft room for it separate from the main station.
I don’t know if I was just beered out at this point, but I actively disliked their IPA. It was thick and seemed slightly goupy, and for some reason tasted extremely salty. I don’t know if that’s how it’s supposed to come off, but I was not a fan. I’m also not a fan of the no flights, because there were more than a half-dozen other beers that I would’ve loved to try.
Other than that, I liked the place. It has a great atmosphere, nice people, and knowledgeable bartenders who don’t mind if you try a few things before ordering. The ever-present food truck also makes amends for the lack of food.
I love brewpub and food truck symbiosis.
Total: 70 (of 80)