Continuing the beer travelogue of my 2014 Spring Break road trip through the heart of Appalachia — eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina.
After camping in Tennessee in the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains, followed by a beer detour to Waynesville, North Carolina, I arrived in Asheville and made Asheville Brewing Company my first beer stop.
Launched in 1995, Asheville Brewing Company now has three locations. On my first trip to Asheville last year I visited the original brewpub on Merrimon Avenue, so this time I headed downtown to the Coxe Avenue location.
Over a pizza and salad buffet lunch I worked my way through two five-beer flights. My list of beers sampled is below, but first, a few photos:
- Shiva IPA
- Perfect Day IPA
- 828 Pale Ale
- Mashbuckler Pale Ale
- Red Light Pale Ale
- Ninja Porter
- Queen’s Ninja Porter
- Love, Ninja (Raspberry Porter)
- Espirit Sauvage (Imperial Saison)
- Scout Stout
In addition to the five-beer flights, I also tasted the Backstage Betty Blonde and carried out a growler of Rocket Girl Lager.
My trip to Asheville was off to an excellent start!