Thursday, April 12, 2018

Elk Brewing - Comstock Park, MI

Location:  400 Dodge NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
Phone:   (616) 214-8172
Hours:  Mon-Tu 11am-10pm;  Wed-Thu 11am-11pm;  Fri-Sat 11am-12am;  Sun 12pm-10pm

Selection:  about 8 beers on tap
Food:  bugers and sandwiches
Bdawg says:   This is their second location.  T
he original location is a smaller rustic-industrial Brew Pub located in the Wealthy Street Business District of Grand Rapids, Michigan. This Comstock Park location is located very near a minor leage baseball stadium and draws a crowd from there on game days.  It is spacious, with plenty natural light from the three overhead garage doors.  The staff and regulars are very friendly.  there is also a small outdoor seating area.  The beer is a 3 out of 4.

Inside the tap room.  

New Holland Brewing (Knickerbocker) - Grand Rapids, MI

Location:  417 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Phone:   (616) 345-5642
Hours:  Mon-Thur 11am-12am;  Fri-Sat 11am-1am;  Sun 11am-10pm

Selection:  about 20 beers on tap
Food:  full menu
Bdawg says:   This brewery originated and still is has a nice facility in Holland, MI.  The Knickerbocker is the beer mecca in downtown Grand Rapids.  This is a truly top notch facility with good food and great beer.  (Try the Dragon's Milk sampler).  The facility is very large.  It has a modern busy brewery vibe.  There is also a large outside seating area complete with long gas fireplaces to sit near.  Very well done!

The interior bar.

Bdawg and Jbird enjoying some Dragon's Milk at the bar.

The gorgeous tap room.

This cool statue of a Dragon (Dragon's Milk) greets all visitors.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

New Belgium Brewing - Asheville, NC

Location:  21 Craven St, Asheville, NC 28806
Phone:   (828) 333-6900
Hours:  Mon-Sat 11am-8pm;  Sun 12pm-8pm
Selection:  about 25 beers on tap
Food:  food truck daily
Bdawg says:   A huge sprawling brewery campus just across the river from the river Arts District of Asheville.   beautiful modern and busy.  And very good beer.  Their most famous is probably Fat Tire.  I have also visited their Fort Collins, CO location.  Love this beer!

Cheers!  Paco and Bdawg are trying out a round of IPA's!

Outside the taproom.  

Their tap board.  They specialize in Belgiums and IPA's.

Wedge Brewing - Asheville, NC

Location:  37 Paynes Way, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone:   (828) 505-2792
Hours:  12pm-10pm daily
Selection:  about 12 beers on tap
Food:  food truck frequently
Bdawg says:   This brewery is located in the River Arts District of Asheville, 
a vast array of artists and working studios in 22 former industrial and historical buildings spread out along a one mile stretch of the French Broad River. Wedge sits on the back of one of the industrial buildings and faces the river.  You can see New Belgium brewery just across the river.  Their is a lot of outside seating area, which is a good thing.  The taproom itself is very small and will only accommodate about 10 people.  The area is very cool and the beer is good.

Inside the old taproom.

Wicked Weed Funkatorium - Asheville, NC

Location:  147 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone:   (828) 552-3203
Hours:  Mon-Thur 2pm-10pm;  Fri-Sat 12pm-12am;  Sun 11am-10pm
Selection:  about 20 beers on tap
Food:  Beer pairings on Tuesday and brunch on Sundays.
Bdawg says:   This is Wicked Weed's sour and funky beer dedicated tap room.  It is a seperate faiclity on a different street than the regular Wicked Weed.  It is a rustic pub with a barrel room and a large patio.  Laid back and easy.  the beers are like nothing I've ever tasted.  I did not think I was a fan of sours, but these were terrific.  I especially enjoyed the barrel aged sours.  

Left to right
Chocolate Covered Black Angel
American Wild Ale 7.2% ABV
Wicked Weed's flagship sour, Black Angel, is aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. After the beer rests in barrels, they then blend in steel tanks with over 2 pounds per gallon of tart Montmorency cherries and copious amounts of Honduran cacao nibs from French Broad Chocolates.
4 Hearts

Medora - American Wild Ale 6.6% abv
A blonde sour ale aged in red wine barrels with one pound of blackberries and raspberries per gallon. The result is a beautiful, fuchsia ale with bright berry character.
3.5 Hearts

A list of their barrel aged sours.

Inside the tap room.

Green Man Brewing - Asheville, NC

Location:  27 Buxton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone:   (828) 252-5502
Hours:  Sun-Thur 11am-12am;  Fri-Sat 11am-1am
Selection:  about 10 beers on tap
Food:  no
Bdawg says:   This is by far an away the nicest brewery in downtown Asheville.  It is beautiful.  Locals call it the Green Mansion.  There is a little bar down stairs with a nice sating area that would seat about 20 people comfortably.  It also includes the merchandise shop.  Bet do yourself a favor, don;t sit there.  Follow the "rest room" signs up the stairs.  Here there is a large, busy bar that  and an indoor patio that overlooks the brewery.  Very, very nice.  Plus I would rate the beer as one of the better beers in the Asheville area.  Glad I didn't pass this spot up.     

The large stone mural on the first floor.  

They have two preset flights.  Hoppy or dark.  We chose hoppy.

Bhramari Brewing Co. - Asheville, NC

Location:  101 S Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone:   (828) 214-7981
Hours:  Sun-Thur 11am-12am;  Fri-Sat 11am-1am
Selection:  about 18 beers on tap
Food:  elevated pub food
Bdawg says:   This is another popular brewery on the south slope of Asheville.  The front looks like a small brick restaurant, but it is actually quite a large place.  You enter in the rear.  (twss).  They have a large outside seating area with a nice deck.  Upon entering you enter a busy tap room with a long bar.  Or you can sit in the front of the house, which reminds me of a small Italian restaurant.  It was raining when we visited, the bar area was packed, so we chose to sit out front.  The food looked delicious.  The service was fast and friendly.  The beer was good.  They serve very unique styles of beers, not just your average ales.  See the beer menu below:  

Our beers that night.

Very unique beers.  Some tasty, some not.  

The front room

The nice back deck and seating area below.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sanctuary Brewing - Hendersonville, NC

Location:  147 1st Ave E, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone:   (828) 595-9956
Hours:  Mon-Thur 4pm-10pm;  Fri-Sat 12pm-12am;  Sun 12pm-9pm
Selection:  about 12 beers on tap
Food:  cheese and crackers
Bdawg says:  A somewhat redneck brewery in a small southern town,  The atmosphere was shabby chic, although I don't know if this is on purpose.  The beer was only average at best.

The tap board

Inside the tap room.

Another view if the tap room.

Burial Beer Co. - Asheville, NC

Location:  40 Collier Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone:   (828) 475-2739
Hours:  Mon-Thur 2pm-10pm;  Fri-Sun 12pm-10pm
Selection:  about 12 beers on tap

Food:  food truck daily
Bdawg says:  This brewery has small crowded biker bar feel up front with a large two tier patio out back.  A busy yet laid back atmoshphere and some of the best beer in downtown Asheville.  Do not miss it!  

A sampling of the beer we had.  Their IPA's were excellent!

The tap board.

Vats and barrels inside the brewery.

This cool mural was on the outside of the building.  Sloth (Goonies) and Magnum PI.

The lower seating area.

Full time food truck.

The upper seating area.

Catawba Brewing - Asheville, NC

Location:  32 Banks Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone:   (828) 552-3934
Hours:  Mon-Thur 2pm-10pm;  Fri-Sat 12pm-11pm;  Sun 12pm-10pm
Selection:  about 24 beers on tap!

Food:  food truck
Bdawg says:  This brewery is in the famous South slope area of downtown Asheville.  The vibe is medium sized warehouse.   There is a fairly large seating area.  The beer  is pretty good.  And they often have live music.  A lively and friendly place.  Nice.

The taps.

Their most famous beer is the White Zombie, a Witbier. 

This is the warehouse style brewery.  Complete with a one man band.  He was very good.

The South slope area of Asheville features many wall murals.  This one is across the street from Catawba. 
JBird thinks she is Wonder Woman!