Pisgah Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 46
Beer Ratings: 1,495
Beer Avg: 3.97
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.04/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I almost feel as if I should start off by saying "see my review of Wedge." In all fairness, while the atmosphere here is no better then Wedge's, that's really where the comparison ends.
My guess is that pretty much anyone going to Pisgah brewing reacts the same when they arrive. I know my first thought was "am I really at the right place." There's no sign outside to let you know you've arrived at the brewery, and the low buildings to your right as you drive in look like no brewery operation I've ever seen. There's only one door, and as I walked up to it (I think the building also houses some park offices), I fully expected to find it locked. However, when you walk in, you quickly realize you're in the right spot, with noise and music emenating from a large room in front of you to the left. There is an ATM right outside the tasting room, which I assume sees a lot of business when patrons find out Pisgah takes only cash. Otherwise, you quickly find yourself in a large warehouse builiding that has a moderate sized bar area to the right. There are also a few table and chairs strewn around the inside of the warehouse room, which had been opened up to allow patrons to sit outside. The tasting room is very much a no frills operation.
The day I was here, I think there were around 12 or 15 beers on tap, with some interesting, limited release selections available (reviews coming). I found quality here to be very good across the board. Some beers were better then others I thought, but everything I tried was pretty damn good.
Service was likewise pretty good. The young lady allowed me to purchase samples of anything I wanted to try, and she seemed quite knowledgeable about Pisgah beers. Apparently I had arrived just before a wedding reception, but she let me stay as long as I wanted until the guests arrived.
I didn't see any food, and it would surprise me if there was any sort of kitchen. My guess is that they probably provide/sell various snacks, and that's probably about it.
A couple of thoughts. At least IMHO, the best beers I tried all weekend were here at Pisgah brewing. On the other hand, I kind of wonder how they're doing financially. Increasingly it seems, they feature special events here, and a couple of times a week they have live music with a cover charge (I ended up having to leave the first Saturday I stopped by, as there was a band and cover to get in. I could have paid the $5, but as the band hadn't even arrived and I just wanted to sample a few beers, it sounded like I would be paying a cover charge for nothing). In any event, this is a place I would recommend to anyone coming to Asheville and wanting to check out the Asheville beer scene. Just be sure to call in advance to confirm they're open and are not having some special event.
05-31-2010 13:16:59 | More by johnmichaelsen
4.94/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
I have made many, many a trip up here for many years. Finally with the official tasting room, Pisgah has a place to call its own. Long wooden bar that was made by Dave himself. Stage with a hand drawn velvet back drop. Local artwork, and 15 pisgah taps, what more can you want out of life. This is the place to go to try everything they offer. Not to mention growlers and bottles to go! Kick ass outdoor patio for the summer, a large field that is family and pet friendly. The nicest people in the world with some of the coolest music you will ever hear almost nightly.
Overall if I were to only be aloud to visit one tasting room or bar for the rest of my life this might be it. Awesome.
05-24-2009 17:18:37 | More by mikesgroove
4.18/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $
Located just off the highway in Black Mountain - pretty big and airy space. They host a lot of live acts here and theres also a big outdoor seating area.
Expect a full offering of Pisgah stuff, a few random guests, and occasionally bottles for sale. Tap prices are very cheap, even for the higher end stuff. Definitely a favorite stop in the Asheville area - i prefer the early afternoon vibe to the jam band wookfest that comes out at night.
09-30-2013 20:46:39 | More by dirtylou
4.3/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
A great place to stop, once you actually find it. Got to Black Mountain, no problem. Got to Eastside Drive, no problem. Got to the business park entrance and saw the Pisgah placard on it, no problem. Drove all around the small complex, twice, looking for Building 150. Vickie finally saw a small sign with mailbox sized letters on a door in between signs for Building 100 and Building 130. Bingo! The thirst we had build up on the drive was about to be well satisfied.
Dark and cold with a small stage on the left and bar stools on the right with a giant cooler box behind, the place has the atmosphere of a small '80's rock club. Only thing missing (thankfully!) was the cloud of smoke. Wow, North Carolina has banned indoor smoking. I thought smoking was required...
Anyway, what a lineup. The full regular Pisgah line, plus seasonals like Vortex I and II, Baptista, Valdez, available in samplers and pints! Plus a full lineup of guest taps. February is stout month, so you could also get the likes of Ten Fidy, Bell's Expedition, Brooklyn BCS and others. Passed on them cause we get them at home, but we did have some Sexual Chocolate for the first time here.
We also got a nice mixed case of to go bottles, with a 10% discount on a full case. Only negative was that you can't get growler fills of the seasonals. But this is a very minor complaint.
Whata great stop!
02-12-2010 18:55:08 | More by sholland119
3.86/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Located 15 miles or so outside of Asheville. Our hotel on the east side of town was only 5 miles away - our closest stop!
Atmosphere: Arriving at noon, Pisgah is located in an industrial park on the outskirts of Black Mountain. Entering from the main entrance, down a short flight of stairs and into the large, open tasting room. The garage doors of the warehouse are up, bringing in light and heat. A stage inside, picnic tables outside and an L-shaped bar. A water tap (self serve with a doggie bowl below). We sat at the bar and got started.
Quality/Service: Far removed from the hustle and bustle, Pisgah was nonetheless busy with kegs, tours and other activities. Our bartender never left that bar and didn't forget about us when things got busy.
Selection: 9 Pisgah beers on tap and another 6 or so guest taps. We worked our way through the Pisgah line-up and had a few samples of the guests. Highlights were Steep Canyon and the Blueberry Wheat. From the guests, the Hoppyum and Buchi Fire (a kombucha with cayenne) were good.
Food: They sell local-made chips but were out. I believe that food trucks periodically come through.
05-29-2012 20:31:25 | More by akorsak
4.3/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
stopped by Pisgah on our way to Asheville for a one night pre-wilderness layover, experiences with Pisgah accounts at various Asheville establishments had already set in my mind the fact that everything they brew is solid or better, but the chance to sip from the source is always exciting
about 10 minutes off the highway, the brewery and pub are located in a small business park, with the only revealing mark being a posting of bar hours on the entryway door, check the website for specific directions, inside the dark pub - one room in the larger brewhouse - are cement floors, a basic raised stage, a couple picnic tables, and about 10 seats at the bar
seems an awesome and most likely very popular place to spend a summer evening, but on this cold December night the warming ales within are enticing just the same, patrons included a couple families and a smattering of other local folks, the band of the night was a little jammy for my preferences and quite loud in the square barroom - but that's easy to take in stride, a very unassuming and relaxed place that's managed to instill a load of personality in what would otherwise be a pretty bleak environment
twenty or so taps at the time of my visit, the majority house beers with the addition of a few guests, of special note were Baptista, Solstice, and Vortex I, with bottles of all available, went with the Baptista and enjoyed every bit of the 16 oz. pint, fresh as can be, how anybody can rate the selection as sub-4.0 is beyond me
a visit to Pisgah is well worth your time, and will certainly be a repeater for me
12-23-2009 22:37:45 | More by blackie
4.74/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have visited Asheville 8 times since February 2007 and have stopped in at Pisgah at least once on each and every visit. Over this time I have had the opportunity to become a HUGE fan of what the guys in Black Mountain are doing.
A homey place hand crafted by Dave Quinn (owner/brewer) with a nice long wooden L shaped bar with about 15 stools. Also inside is a stage set up for bands. Just outside the rolling doors is a fire pit, picnic table (also hand built) chill area that is used as long as the weather holds.
A ton of Pisgah taps--usually like 10-12 with a nice selection of guest taps as well....like 6-8. Only downer....no cask offerings.
Service and quality are as good as it gets. Pisgah brew is rock solid with rarely a dud offering. Service well....lets just say it pays to be nice to the people that serve you beer!
Great job Black Mountain Boys. For as long as I visit Asheville and for as long as you are in business I will be visiting!
09-22-2009 05:11:09 | More by Deuane
4.5/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Pisgah Brewing…Find us if you can!!! The perfect slogan for this place. I love it and I love that you have to work to find it. First off, Black Mountain, NC is about 15 minutes outside of Asheville, THEN you have to find it in the bowels of a light industrial park where it’s located tucked way in the back. I literally had to stop some guy and ask if I was in the right place…. Clearly I wasn’t the first person to ask. When you find it, it’s a little like a Shangri-la. Before I got out of my car, I loved the vibe. There is NO way a person ever stumbled upon this place. If you are here you deserve a good beer.
Outside there are 4-5 picnic tables and it’s basically an open air entrance. I am assuming they can close the big garage doors in inclement weather. The bar is basically tucked within a factory setting and you get the sense that you are having a beer as they make more beer in the background. And that’s essentially what you are doing. As casual as any place has ever been. The staff is extremely friendly and I was sharing tales (or he was sharing with me) with the bartender within 5 minutes of arriving. They had a guest tap or two available, with about 7 of their own beers on tap. Growler fills available and one type of bomber “to-go” as well.
Have no idea if they have food, didn’t ask and wasn’t interested. They do have a stage and music is part of the scene here.
Bottom line for me is that if you are enough of a beer geek to be reading this review (or any other) you MUST go here. It’s work to get here, you obviously have to be in the area to begin with and the vibe is unreal.
Make the pilgrimage and you will be rewarded.
Oh wait, did I mention? The BEER ROCKS!!
04-22-2011 12:00:33 | More by Reagan1984
4.14/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As stated before, this is very easy to drive by even if you have a ballpark idea on where it should be. Luckily there is a sign at the entrance with their logo and an arrow. I would likely still be driving around looking for it if there wasn't... Also as stated, there is no indication on where the actual taproom is when you do find the entrance. Parking is along the side of the warehouses. You will walk to the back (toward a small park) and go around the corner and the taproom will be on your right. I got really lucky to spot this with people being outside at the picnic tables. Upon walking in there was quite a crowd there on this nice Saturday afternoon. I walked up and found a seat at the bar (which was pretty full). I missed the last tour session as I got there right at 3 as they were going on the last one of the day. The beer selection... HOLY CRAP! Do you like Pisgah brews!? If so, get your ass here! All but 4 taps were from Pisgah (1 was root beer). I sat down to 2 samplers of things I hadn't tried before and then hung out with JackTheBear the remainder of my time here. Awesome location and I will definitely be going back. I will also be bringing nice kettle chips with me as it seemed like ALL the regulars did and it was definitely a good idea. Gotta blend in with the regulars...
04-12-2011 11:59:21 | More by thagr81us
4.94/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
I am so glad they opened Pisgah up to BeerFly reviews! I had requested this a while back, because I had such a great time at the brewery, but was not told they had opened it up. Glad I came upon it today, because the BA community needs to know that Pisgah is a must visit in Asheville, which is a must visit in and of itself.
I loved the atmosphere here, I went on a Friday, when they had a jazz band playing, and there was a decent, but not overpacked crowd, and on a rather calm Saturday early evening. A good mix of locals, and beer fans, all sampling and enjoying the vast selection of brews, and when a band is not playing, a decent rotation of music, as well (huge plus in my book).
The quality is unmatched, Pisgah brews so many styles (and some unidentifiable ones), but they all taste so good! I found myself enjoying the Dancin' Hobo, which I never would have thought was up my alley. They just do all their beers well, lots of flavor.
The people that work at Pisgah make it for me (as is the case with most of my favorite beer establishments). Everyone was nice, helpful, and very welcoming. It's nice that they all know their beer, and want to discuss the entertaining stories behind some of the more crazy brews they have on tap. In the end, they even gave me a bottle of Cosmos to take home (I thought I'd never get to sample this one).
As previously mentioned, they have a vast tap selection, including a few beers for the mass market folks, but if you have a friend with you that has resisted some styles, this is the place to explore. My friend's wife, who is not a beer fan, ended up visiting with us twice because she loved their brews so much.
Add to all this, the fact that their prices are ridiculously low, considering the quality of the brews, and you have the formula for a perfect brew pub.
The brewery is unassuming, to say the least, from the outside, but don't let that discourage you from visiting this excellent brewery, with a welcoming personality.
05-11-2009 18:39:26 | More by bhalter8
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Pisgah Brewing Co. in Black Mountain, NC
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