The Whale A Craft Beer Collective

Take a Tour of the Global Brew Scene at The Whale: A Craft Beer Collective
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

The Whale provides an appealing introduction to a breadth of regional and international brew selections, complete with a true education from bartenders who take their work seriously. Try a variety of distinct brews as you take in the quirky decorative accents and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. 

- The Local Expert Team

Asheville’s craft beer scene is remarkable, with something available for every type of enthusiast. Given the sheer number and variety of breweries, however, it might be difficult to believe that any one location could truly feel distinct. The Whale proves this is possible by bringing the best international selections to West Asheville. This is why it is referred to as a “Craft Beer Collective.”

Formed by the dynamic duo Jesse Van Note and Andrew Ross, The Whale was initially meant to bring the final missing piece to the Asheville beer scene: a glimpse beyond local brews in the wide world of beer outside of North Carolina. They have clearly achieved this lofty goal, as evidenced by their strong local reputation.

The Whale’s international favorites expose visitors to the finest offerings from Luxembourg, Copenhagen, and beyond although there are also great options from North Carolina hot spots such as Winston-Salem and Fuquay-Varina. This is your chance to explore the region, the nation, or the world through the power of beer.

In addition to exceptional brews, you’ll find a decent wine selection, plus non-alcoholic options such as kombucha or sparkling water. No matter which beverages you favor, you’ll appreciate the extensive insight provided by the knowledgeable and clearly passionate staff members, who are always eager to share their love of all things beer.

Beyond sampling, the appeal of The Whale experience involves the simple opportunity to relax with a vibrant group of visitors. Depending on when you visit, you might enjoy a laid-back experience or the opportunity to rock out on the patio, where DJ Camaro frequently appears. You’ll definitely want to spend some time indoors, however, for, while the patio is amazing, it’s not every day you get to sip beer beneath a giant whale skeleton. This is just one of many quirky details that makes visiting The Whale delightful from a visual perspective.

If you’re feeling hungry, you’ll want to head next door, as there is no official food menu at The Whale. The focus truly is beer — but for most visitors, that’s not a problem. Thankfully, local favorites such as Haywood Common are conveniently situated, so you’re welcome to grab your favorite dish and bring it over to The Whale to enjoy alongside an even better brew.

If you adore Asheville’s take on craft beer but crave something a bit different than the usual brewery experience, you can’t go wrong with The Whale. Explore the vast selection at this West Asheville gem and discover for yourself why this is the go-to spot for local beer enthusiasts.

Insider Tips:
-Like many local craft beer establishments, The Whale is dog-friendly. Well-behaved canines are encouraged to hang out with their human friends on the patio or even within the bar.
-Onsite parking is available, but limited — and chances are, if you visit during an event or when the peak evening rush arrives, you will almost certainly need to park down the street. Thankfully, a nearby church provides plenty of overflow parking.
-Check The Whale’s frequently updated Facebook page for details about upcoming events. These may include everything from pet adoption opportunities to pickle festivals.