Brewery reviews- North Carolina

March 31, 2017



Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company

77 Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC

675 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC

Founded: 1998

Last visit: November 2016


Nice: Large covered patio area with tons of seating.

Long daily hours and weekly events, like movie nights (at the Merrimon location's own theater).

A full bar for those cretins who dislike beer.

Notes: These are two of their three locations, the other being a straight-up pizza place (with carry-out beer, of course).

Favorite beer: D'yavol (Baltic porter)

Food: Full menu featuring delicious pizza

Rating: 🍺🍺  Definitely go.



Burial Beer Company

40 Collier Avenue, Asheville, NC
Founded: 2013

Last visit: August 2017


Nice: Excellent beers of many kinds served in a death-themed environment (notice the tap handles).

Plenty of seating at the bar, a big picnic table inside, and a large outdoor area.

They constantly do experimental beer tastings so be on the lookout.

Stupid: It was busy even on a Monday night but the bartenders did their best to make sure no one went thirsty.

Notes: For some reason (not that they need one) there are drawings and posters of Tom Selleck by the entrance.

Favorite beer: Between Science & Superstition (gruit)

Food: There's a food truck of-sorts in the back during certain hours

Rating: 🍺🍺  Definitely go.



Hi-wire Brewing

197 Hilliard Avenue, Asheville, NC

Founded: 2013

Last visit: August 2017


Nice: Small place but fairly large seating area.

Circus-themed advertising mostly done by local artists.

Stupid: The beers were decent but nothing amazing.

Favorite beer: Gose

Food: No food served

Rating: 🍺  Skippable.



New Belgium Brewing Company

500 Linden Street, Fort Collins, CO

21 Craven Street, Asheville, NC

Founded: 1991

Last visit: May 2017

(The original brewery is in Colorado; the North Carolina expansion opened in 2016. Everything about both locations was similar so I combined the reviews.)


Nice: Excellent free tour which ends with a slide! Sign up for it on their website.

Large, dog-friendly taproom.

World-class beers that even some Belgians enjoy.

Seems like an awesome place to work. It's employee-owned so everyone you see is the boss!

Stupid: Nope.

Notes: The story behind the name Fat Tire (their flagship beer) is so good.

Favorite beer: Transatlantique Kriek (lambic)

Food: Food truck outside.

Rating: 🍺🍺  Definitely go.



Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

4150 Yancey Road, Charlotte, NC

Founded: 2009

Last visit: May 2016


Nice: Large facility with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating (and a room to host private events).

Stupid: I found all the beers I sampled to be exactly average.

They were strict about only sitting at a table if you're ordering food.

Notes: Hasn't been around long but is Charlotte's oldest continuous brewery.

Favorite beer: Dunkel

Food: Traditional German biergarten fare, plus other goodies like pizza and burgers

Rating: 🍺  Skippable.



The Unknown Brewing Company

1327 South Mint Street, Charlotte, NC

Founded: 2014

Last visit: May 2016


Nice: Cozy taproom just southwest of downtown.

Cool marketing campaign.

Stupid: They only had a few beers on-tap when I visited but it looks like they've expanded that.

Notes: Close to Wooden Robot Brewing and near other breweries and beer bars.

Favorite beer: Scratch N' Sniff (IPA)

Food: No food served

Rating: 🍺  Skippable.



Weeping Radish Farm Brewery

6810 Caratoke Highway, Grandy, NC

Founded: 1986

Last visit: August 2018


Nice: It's on a big farm with goats out front. Goats!

German-style beers with bottles and cans to-go.

An on-site butchery for very fresh meat.

Stupid: Tours are only Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11am and are $15 per person, including kids over 5. But they can be booked on their website!

Notes: North Carolina's first microbrewery.

Favorite beer: OBX Beer (Kölsch)

Food: Full menu of delicious German and non-German dishes.

Rating: Definitely go



Wicked Weed Brewpub; Wicked Weed Funkatorium

B- 91 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC

F- 147 Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC

Founded: 2011

Last visit: B- November 2016, F- August 2017


Nice: Large multi-level brewpub has plenty of indoor seating and a dog-friendly outdoor patio.

Funkatorium exclusively houses and serves their excellent sour beers.

Long hours daily at both locations.

Stupid: AB-InBev recently bought them, which has made many people angry, but I'm gonna see if their quality changes before judging.

Notes: These are two of their three locations, with the actual brewery being north of the city but not yet open to the public.

Favorite beer: Old Fashioned (yes, crafted to taste like an Old Fashioned)

Food: Full menu at the brewpub; small menu at Funkatorium

Rating: 🍺🍺 Definitely go.

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