With the most breweries per capita in the country, Asheville is the centerpiece of the microbrewery revolution. You don’t have to look too far to find a microbrewery, but Lexington Avenue Brewery is definitely worth a visit. Nestled in the heart of downtown Asheville, this microbrewery specializes in tasty pub food, 10 regular craft beers, and a rotating seasonal menu of specialty brews and entrées.
The biggest draw of Lexington Avenue Brewery starts with its seating arrangements. The nice summer weather is perfect for relaxation on the massive, open-air patio. If the weather is uncooperative outdoors, you’ll enjoy interacting with others comfortably at the custom-built tables indoors. However, the real gem is the 92-foot curved bar, which enables you to mingle with locals and tourists for a lunch or late-night drink that’s full of stories and entertainment.
Fine Craft Beers
Whether you’re looking to find a new favorite brew or you’re a beer connoisseur, Lexington Avenue Brewery has 10 beers on tap, each masterfully crafted in its 15-tank brewery. There’s not a beer in the bunch that doesn’t delight the palate, and if you’re curious about which ones to try, check out the beer sampler. This gives you ample opportunity to taste up to six beers at a time without the fear of having one too many.
Brews to Get the Night Started:
Throw a few of these into the mix as your evening starts to savor the full breadth of the beer offerings:
- The Knuckle: There’s a reason Lexington Avenue Brewery calls this The Knuckle. This oatmeal stout sneaks up on you and punches you in the mouth with flavors like oats, English barley, and chocolate, finishing with an oaky, woody flavor. It packs a punch at 7.3 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), but the Northern Brewer hops helps balance it without bitter beer face.
- Lil’ Country: Packed with three types of hops, this India Pale Ale (IPA) is a rush of bitter, yet not too bitter goodness. It’s dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops to unleash a nice nose to the beer before you toss it back.
Even if these beers don’t speak to you, there are seven other varieties and special monthly brews to quench your thirst.
Food That’s Better Than It Has to Be
When you stroll into a bar, chances are you aren’t always expecting a five-star meal. Most bars offer limited selections that cater to the tipsy patron, but Lexington Avenue Brewery’s menu is crafted with a sense of pride. Everything here comes from local farmers, and everything’s made to order from scratch, including gluten-free and vegan options.
If you’re looking to grab an entire meal, there’s no shortage of options. Here’s an example of what you can sink your teeth into:
- Old World Pretzels: Pretzels don’t seem like a gourmet option, but when you bake them to perfection and serve them with cheese sauce and spicy mustard, no one’s complaining.
- LAB Burger: Perhaps the most popular dish, the LAB burger is a half-pound of pure black Angus brilliance topped with bleu cheese and caramelized onions.
- Peanut Butter Pie: If you haven’t filled up on beer, you should probably try a piece of the peanut butter pie with candied peanuts and chocolate-peanut sauce.
- There’s only street parking, so if you’re there during a busy time such as weekends or trivia, be prepared to pay a little extra at the meter. You may also have to wait to get outside seating, so arrive earlier than you normally would for a meal.
- With an eclectic mix of beers and food, Lexington Avenue Brewery is a not-so-hidden gem in the middle of downtown Asheville. Make sure to bring your appetite and your love for beers.