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Asheville Getaway

December 2, 2011

For our four-year anniversary, Matt and I took a three-day weekend to Asheville where we visited many breweries, indulged in delicious food, and caught up on much-needed sleep.

The Highlights

Food:

  • Asheville Pizza and Brewing — The pizza was delicious … and filling.
  • Thirsty Monk — Last time, I had a delicious mac and cheese, but it wasn’t on the menu this time. The beer cheese dip I had was pretty good though.
  • Laughing Seed Café — We discovered this gem last time and made it a priority. It is a delicious vegetarian restaurant that I think might even be better than The Grit in Athens. I had an east-west quesadilla that was incredible, though I should have taken half to go rather than finishing it. They also have cool juice and smoothie selections. I got a dandelion root drink that was quite refreshing.
  • Lexington Avenue Brewery — We meant to go to the next place for dinner, but after overindulgence at Laughing Seed, we decided to just munch for dinner on Saturday night at LAB. I got a hummus sampler and it was delicious; my favorite was the black bean hummus.
  • Tupelo Honey Café — Another favorite from last time, we squeezed it in on Sunday morning for brunch. Great idea too. There was a bit of a wait, but free coffee while we waited. And my sweet potato pancake was incredible. (I did take half of it home with me.)


Sweet potato pancake at Tupelo Honey Café

Breweries:

  • Heinzelmannchen Brewery — On the way to Asheville, we stopped in Sylva, N.C. to visit this small brewery. We were the only ones sampling, and it was a cool find in a pretty cute town.
  • Asheville Brewing Company — This is the same as the pizza place listed above. Beer was pretty good. I had the Shiva IPA and sampled Matt’s Ninja Porter and enjoyed both.
  • Craggie Brewing Company — This brewery is making some great beer. It’s sort of hidden in plain view, but everything they have (even styles I don’t usually go for) are well made. We went here both Friday and Saturday, and it just happened to be the brewery’s two-year anniversary. Highlights were the Mango IPA and the Winter Brown (aka Coconut Brown).

This is a cake. So sad I didn’t get to try it.

  • Green Man Brewery — We missed this one last time, so decided to check it out this trip. It had a kind of a hole in the wall, dive bar feel. There weren’t any crazy styles though. We had the IPA and Stout on nitro.
  • Pisgah Brewing Company — This was a first-time visit too, and it was only about a 20 minute drive from Asheville to Black Mountain. Definitely glad we went. There was a great laid-back vibe, and the bartender was super helpful when we picked out flights. Beer was pretty tasty too. (Some of the breweries also have other breweries beers on draft. In the photo below, the pint is a root beer from Heinzelmannchen in Sylva. The one at front right is Buchi Kombucha, which is non-alcoholic.)

  • Wedge Brewing Company — I love the atmosphere of this place: railroad track adjacent in the River Arts District, lots of folk art outside, lots of outdoor areas. Unfortunately, though, the beer falls a little flat. It’s perfectly fine, just nothing to write home about.
  • Lexington Avenue Brewery (LAB) — We were surprisingly impressed by these beers. We had heard they weren’t great, but really enjoyed our flight (pictured below).

Somehow I managed not to take any photos of us during the trip. But I did get a photo of our stop at Goats on the Roof on the way back!

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