Burial Beer Co.

Burial Beer Co.: Funky Brews on Asheville's South Slope
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Burial Beer Co. is having a moment, and you don't want to miss out. You can't go wrong with any of the beers in this industrial yet cozy taproom, so get in line and get ready for some seriously funky brews.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Since 2013, Burial Beer Co. has dazzled beer lovers in Asheville, turning out year-round classics and experimental special releases alike. The brewery’s taproom also houses its 10-barrel brewhouse and its one-barrel pilot system, so you can catch a glimpse of your favorite brews being made.

Located in the heart of Asheville’s South Slope brewery district, Burial Beer is ideally situated for beer lovers. While many of Asheville’s breweries boast an industrial-chic aesthetic with brushed metal and hardwood surfaces, Burial Beer Co. goes for more of an industrial-agricultural vibe. Behind the taps, you’ll spot an old crosscut saw blade, and the tap handles themselves are made of old farm implements, like trowels, scythes, and pitchforks.

Don’t let the burial motif spook you, though. Burial Beer Co. views burial as an integral part of the harvest cycle and the brewing process. As in, what once was is what then helps fuel what’s to come.

Regulars note that Burial Beer Co. is one of the hottest breweries in Asheville, which means you can expect a line no matter when you arrive. There are two tap areas — one at the front and one at the back — so try the rear for a shorter line. Since this is also where you’ll order food, you can easily kill two birds with one stone. Whether you grab a seat indoors or settle into the covered patio area, you’ll feel right at home.

Can’t decide what to order? Sidle up to the bar and check out these Burial Beer Co. favorites:

Skillet Donut Stout
A crowd favorite, the Skillet Donut Stout doesn’t disappoint. This full-bodied stout has hints of coffee and a chocolate-glazed donut with plenty of molasses. Burial Beer Co. partnered with local producers Riverbend Malt and Biltmore Coffee Traders to make this a true Asheville beer.

Surf Wax IPA
This crisp, dry-hopped IPA is made for winter, but it’s really ideal for sipping all year round. It’s a heady beer with a bold aroma and a respectable 6.8 percent alcohol by volume.

Bolo Coconut Brown
This brown ale is easy to drink but packs a flavorful punch, thanks to the nutty malts and sweet coconut. Drink this slightly tropical brew when the sun is out or in the winter when you’re dreaming of the beach.

Thresher Coffee Saison
This French Saison features coffee notes from local producer Counter Culture Coffee, along with hints of nutty vanilla. This easy-to-drink Saison has 5 percent ABV.

While Burial Beer Co. used to be home to the Salt & Smoke restaurant, the food menu now relies on the full-service kitchen with a menu designed by Chris Miller. Connected to produce from local farms, the food ranges in items from tacos to sandwiches.

Want to catch a special event? Stop by on most Saturdays for a bottle release, and check the brewery’s calendar for events like art markets, seasonal festivals, and much more.

If you’re only in town for a day or two and can’t get enough of Burial Beer Co., be sure to take some to go. The taproom sells a range of cans that you can share with family and friends back home.

Insider Tip:
Burial Beer Co. has developed an impressive following in recent years, and the brewery has plans to expand to an additional facility in nearby Biltmore Village. Watch Burial Beer Co.’s website for details about the opening of the on-site taproom and restaurant just steps from the Biltmore Estate.