|Beer sampler plank, The Wedge Brewery, Asheville, NC|
It was a warm when we parked in the nearly abandoned River Arts District at 9 pm. We had been told, by a beer drinker at The Green Man Brewing Company, to look for crowds of locals entering the brewery. There were none.
Then we saw a small group of people walking down the road, a short distance away, they did not seem to notice us. They turned and disappeared into a cluster of trees. We followed and discovered some metal stairs leading down to a lighted beer garden near the river. It was the Wedge Brewery.
|The Wedge Brewing Company's retail room, Asheville, NC|
The air-conditioned inside retail bar smelled of fresh brewed beer. There was a wooden bar at the back with several beer taps and a chalk board behind it, on the wall, displaying what was available. To the left was a big room filled with steel vats--the brewery.
We bought a beer sampler, four 4 oz glasses of beer served on a wooden plank numbered one to four. It included Julian Price Pilsner (European malt & noble hops & , 5.3 percent alcohol), Payne's Pale Ale (Cascade and East Kent Golding hops, pale malt, rye malt, 5.1 % alcohol), Hellesbock (Hallertauer Mittelfruh hops, 7.1 % alcohol), and Iron Rail IPA (Kent Golding, Cascade, and Centennial hops, Belgium Crystal, and Canadian honey malt, 6.8 % alcohol).
My husband's favorite was the Iron Rail IPA with a citrus smell similar to grapefruit and a rose scented buttery finish.
My favorite was the Hellesbock with an incense and green tea smell and a slightly sweet floral finish.
To find out more about the Wedge you can visit them at 125B Roberts Street, Asheville, NC 28801, Phone (828)505-2792
Or go to their website at www.wedgebrewing.com