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The LAB (Lexington Avenue Brewery)
Active Beers: 22
Beer Ratings: 214
Beer Avg: 3.62
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
39 N Lexington Ave
phone: (828) 252-0212
(Place added by: mikesgroove on 01-11-2010)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 36 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Nice round bar setup in the middle of a large dining room area with open windows/doors up front when weather permits.
The food is quite impressive for a brewpub but the beers really are all lackluster. I tried them all and I really didn’t find one I wanted to have a full pint of. They had about 6-7 beers on draft and if I had to pick one that was decent I would have had the Roggenbier.
Service was nice but slow as the day is long. Staff has no knowledge of the product unfortunately.
10-11-2013 15:19:52 |
More by claspada
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
I liked the place - modern and industrial with both indoor and outdoor seating areas which was great considering how nice a day it was. I visited in the early afternoon and while it was not too busy it had a pleasant buzz/energy about the place.
The beers were all served at the proper temperature but it seems like they only serve in pint glasses. The pours were generally pretty good leaving the proper amount of room for a nice head to form on the beers.
The bartender we dealt with was knowledgeable about the beers (and the Asheville area in general) and helpful in making suggestions on different beers the people in my party might enjoy. Friendly and attentive without being overbearing.
All of the beers available on draft are the beers for this brewery and they cover a range of styles, so everyone that I was with could find something they enjoy.
The food was hit and miss at this place, some was excellent and some was not too great. On the positive side, we had the seared watermelon salad that was excellent. While the pork bbq nachos were not something that I would order again - did not taste like it was made with fresh bbq but rather something that came out of a can. Presentation on both dishes was clean and nice.
Prices were reasonable and in line with what other breweries in Asheville are charging.
08-16-2013 11:37:47 |
More by dbrauneis
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
Huge place in Downtown Asheville, large cavernous room with two full bars and lots of seats.
Seven selections on tap, I had the Amber, the IPA and the Pale. All were basic, but very good. There was a nitro berry stout that didn't look appetizing at all, I'd avoid that.
We split some nachos, huge portion and very good. There is a backstage area for comedy shows and the like that is very popular. This place gets packed early and often.
Service was good and quick, very friendly.
Overall, a little touristy but worth a stop, come see a show too.
08-10-2013 18:09:49 |
More by TheDeuce
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
If you are in or near Asheville NC do yourself a favor and stop by LaB.
Great food and great service, But both pale in comparison to the quality of the beer we had.
ESB was fantastic crisp and smooth drinking . Light bodied, low hop bitterness, medium alcohol, with malt and caramel flavors.
Brown porter, Creamy caramel flavors with a subtle hoppiness in the bitterness and aroma. Medium in body and alcohol, smooth and delicious.
Overall great experience.
07-17-2013 21:01:04 |
More by awr84
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$
LAB is easily within walking distance to most places downtown, which adds to its charm, but in comparison to Asheville's other options, it falls short. Food is decent but more or less mediocre, beer is even moreso. I had a Raspberry Nitro porter which was warm enough to be on cask, under carbonated and desperately thin. Their Roggenbier was much better, but did little to salvage the establishment. The venue is wide open and has plenty of room, although its penchant for resembling a tourist trap means seats are hard to come by. The decor is nice enough and the staff is like any other restaurant: just pleasant enough to meet their job criteria. I didn't hate my visit, but the blasé cuisine and subpar beer selection makes it obvious that their primary motivation is to cater to tourists and not necessarily beer enthusiasts. If you just need to a place to visit, check out LAB. If you want a good beer and even better experience, look elsewhere.
07-14-2013 02:22:13 |
More by TheBeerAlmanac
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | $$
LAB was in walking distance of a couple of our other Asheville destinations, so we decided to poke our heads in. Atmosphere...really wasn't my thing here. There's a nice large bar, and plenty of seating room, but the place looks like it was converted from an old grungy strip club, and the colorfully-lit bar could easily be the stage/walkway for the girls. Maybe my mind was just in the gutter, but that's the first thing I thought of. But hey, maybe they have something planned for the future!
The beer wasn't that great, and there wasn't much to choose from. Selections were: cream ale, amber, rye pale ale, hefe, IPA, porter. Nothing shocking, and nothing better than average as far as quality goes, and everything seemed to have a honey-like house flavor.
Service was fine. The bartender was a bit distant, but he served our beer quickly and with an explanation of the styles--not that we needed it, but it's good to know that they know about their own beer.
The food menu didn't look too interesting, so we decided to eat at a different venue. Prices seemed reasonable.
I wasn't too impressed by this place at all, and I'd have no problem passing it over on any future visits to Asheville.
06-18-2013 01:54:20 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The atmosphere of the LAB is constantly bustling, even at lunch when we usually get to make our way over while in Asheville. Their food menu selection is terrific (Kobe Beef sliders and their Turkey Sandwich are always a good choice). Their beer selection is also not lacking. Take advantage of their home-brew beer flights!
06-07-2013 17:49:39 |
More by hannahleedavis_k9SAR
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
Vibe: This is an industrial-looking place featuring a curvy bar and curvy walls. There's a large curved window towards the back that lets you look into the brewery's tanks. The front doesn't have any outdoor seating, but there are large garage door-like windows that open up and provide plenty of fresh air and breezes. I came by here early in an afternoon so it wasn't too crowded but when I passed by the place the evening before, it was packed and looked like a popular space to hang out.
Quality: Beers were served in the proper temperature in the proper glassware.
Service: I sat at the bar so service was rather prompt.
Selection: A total of seven of their beers were available on tap so there was a nice range of different styles.
Food: I tried the cheese plate and sliders as appetizers, which had a very nice presentation and were also quite tasty.
Overall: All pints were $3 when I came as part of a beer week special, so I couldn't complain much about the value of what I got.
05-28-2013 12:52:07 |
More by metter98
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25 | $$
This is a really cool place in Asheville. The beer quality isn't high, the beer is average. Selection is what you'd expect as they only carry their own. I love the food here, not fine dining but very good. Make sure you get an order of pretzels. Large soft pretzels are my favorite thing to get while sitting back and enjoying the scene!
05-26-2013 03:25:44 |
More by NastyNate11
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
I had the IPA, cream ale and rye ale. Wife had a bloody mary. Atmosphere was great with seating right along the sidewalk for people watching. Service was a bit to be desired as I sat and watched the bar tender check her text messages for several minutes prior to finally coming over to take our drink order. We decided to move out to the side walk seating where the service was much better. I would go back again.
04-10-2013 23:57:22 |
More by NoCurse2012
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