Friday, August 10, 2012

Green Man Brewery, Asheville, NC: Al Fresco Brewing

My husband and I came across the Green Man Brewery while on vacation in Asheville, North Carolina. It was located a bit away from the tourist crowds and seemed to be occupied by locals. The parking lot was a gravel-strewn yard, on a slope, next to the brewery. It was a hot day and we were looking for an air conditioned room but instead we found an open-air seating area with over-head fans, a few dart boards, and one of the most eclectic bars we had ever seen.

Green Man Brewery, Asheville, N.C.
Behind the bar, in the dark recesses of the building, were steel brewing vats holding fresh brewed beer made with Asheville water.

We paid $5.50 for a beer sampler, four 4-oz glasses of beer, to share. First we sipped a sweet smelling, light Summer Wheat beer that smelt just like fresh flowers. The next one, an India Pale Ale, smelt like honey drenched roses sprinkled with melted butter. It tasted as good as it smelt.

There was also an Extra Special Porter that smelt like burnt bread and was a bit too bitter for our tastes. The last sampler was a Porter that smelt and tasted like chocolate had been added to it. It was delicious.

We stayed after our samplers were finished, and talked to a local about other breweries in the area. He told us about the Wedge Brewing Company and gave us directions.

For more information about Green Man Brewery you can visit  them at 23 Buxton Ave, Asheville, NC  28801 , Phone 828-252-5502. Their tasting room is open seven days a week from 4-9pm during the week and 3-10pm on weekends.

Or you can go to their website http://greenmanbrewery.com/

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