#5 of 17 Asheville Breweries

Green Man Brewery

Green Man Brewery: Iconic Brews in a Gorgeous Setting
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

An Asheville staple for more than two decades, Green Man Brewery is an essential stop for all beer lovers. Whether you visit the brewery's original taproom, known as Dirty Jack's, or the newer tasting room in the brewery's Greenmansion, you'll want to toast to great beer in a cool setting.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

One of the oldest breweries in North Carolina, Green Man Brewery truly anchors the beer scene in Asheville. Located south of downtown Asheville, Green Man Brewery has produced some of the city’s favorite beers since 1997.

The brewery’s original tasting room, Dirty Jack’s, is still going strong at 15 Buxton Avenue, where Green Man produces its specialty brews. Since the tasting room is integrated into the brewery, you can sip a beer while watching the master brewers at work. This is a great place to kick back with a beer on the outdoor patio, and since both kids and four-legged friends are welcome, you can bring your whole crew along.

Dirty Jack’s is open until 9 p.m. during the week and until 11 p.m. on weekends, and it’s located right next door to the brewery’s production facility. If you want to see how Green Man works its magic, sign up for a brewery tour before settling in at Dirty Jack’s.

In 2016, Green Man Brewery expanded down the street, opening the massive Greenmansion at 27 Buxton Avenue. Settle in on the first-floor patio and have a beer beside the fire pit or head up to the third-floor tasting room, which boasts gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and gives glimpses of the brewery’s production floor below.

Whether you’re after the awesome beer, the amazing views, or the extra space, the third-floor tasting room is where it’s at. The Greenmansion tends to stay open later than Dirty Jack’s, usually until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends.

Whether you want one of the brewery’s iconic beers or you can’t wait to try a new or seasonal brew, you’ll always find a great pint at Green Man Brewery. This eco-conscious brewery produces dozens of beers, ranging from year-round staples to seasonal brews to special series. Check the tap list before you head over, or live on the edge and look for one of these brews on draft:

  • India Pale Ale: This English-style IPA is Green Man’s flagship brew, which is no surprise given its complexity and balance. It’s nice and hoppy¬†with rich malt flavor and a floral nose.
  • Wheatseeker Hefeweizen: This German-style beer has a light body, and it’s known for how drinkable it is. Green Man uses German Opal hops to give this brew a hint of citrus.
  • Rainmaker Double IPA: Four types of hops make this double IPA unforgettable and one of Green Man’s most popular seasonal brews. If you’re looking for bold, hoppy flavor, this is your brew.
  • Bootsy: Green Man Brewery isn’t afraid to experiment, and Bootsy is proof. This sour black ale has been aged for more than a year, giving it a full-bodied brew with plenty of tart flavor.

In addition to the amazing beers, Green Man’s focus on sustainability sets the brewery apart from its neighbors. The brewery recycles 80 percent of its waste, uses recyclable materials in its recyclable packaging, maximizes delivery efficiency with a distributor network, and plans to transport beer by rail.

Hungry? Food trucks regularly set up shop outside Green Man Brewery, so you can always grab some food to go with your brew. Check the brewery’s social media pages to see what’s happening.

Looking for some entertainment? Both Green Man locations have large screens, so you don’t have to miss the big game. You can also play cornhole and darts.

Insider Tip:

  • Meeting up with friends at Green Man Brewery? Make sure you know which location everyone’s headed to. The original Dirty Jack’s is more old school, while the new Greenmansion tasting room is big and beautiful.