Wicked Weed, Asheville NC
We have now gone to Asheville for three consecutive years to take short vacations. The main reason for this year’s visit was because Emily ran the Asheville Half Marathon. I was very proud of her. She really did a great job. I have been amazed at her tremendous progress as a runner. I think this was her third half and even with the treacherous hills she was in the best shape she has been in following a race.
Of course I am always excited to head to Asheville for the beer! As fast as the craft beer scene in this city grows there is always a new brewery to visit, and Wicked Weed is the place I was eager to visit this time around. Located a short walk from the finish line, we all headed down there to celebrate Emily and her great run.
Built onto a hill in what looks like an old service station is a surprisingly beautiful bar and resturant. Someone really thought this place out. We weren’t looking for a big meal and the host suggested we go downstairs. Although they had a more limited food menu down below, there was a bigger beer selection! We followed her advise and headed downstairs.
At the bottom of the stairs you will find a small bar that opens up entirely to an outdoor seating area. This outdoor area has several long community tables. Just beyond all this is the modestly sized brew house. I’m not entirely sure how they manage to produce the volume of beer options they had on the beer menu from what I saw. Maybe I there is more to the brew house that isn’t visible.
There was a decent crowd upstairs and a few folks in the downstairs bar when we arrived, but it didn’t take long for this place to fill up on a Saturday afternoon. And I mean FILL UP. The joint was suddenly packed upstairs and down. The community tables served their purpose as I struck up some good beer conversation with the guys who sat down next to us.
The beer was very good and well worth some of your time when visiting Asheville. I sampled the Imperial Coolcumber, Black Angel Cherry Sour and the Hop Burglar IPA. The food was a mixed bag. We ordered several things and had them family style. The calamari was fine, although did not stand out. Unfortunately the salt and vinegar popcorn was stale. The bean burger with crispy fried okra was excellent.
They do fill growlers and have a limited amount of bottled beer for sale as well. I see this becoming one of our must visit places the next time we are in that part of the world.