The LAB (Lexington Avenue Brewery)
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 218
Beer Avg: 3.62
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
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3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Not much to say that others haven't. Combo old with the new wood/brick/black interior. Contemporary bar design which looks neat but is probably pretty difficult for the bartenders. Good view of brewing equipment along the walkway to the back. Large patio up front with overhead door type windows.
Bartender was knowledgeable and attentive. 8 taps all housemade. Something for all tastes. Tried several and most were good. Didn't try the food but saw quite a few eating.
A hostel upstairs, a little wierd to me but very "Asheville". Apparently owners live above that.
09-05-2011 00:31:05 | More by Bung
4/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here for the first time on a recent trip to Asheville. Location is very easy to spot whether on foot or in the car with a fairly large 'The LAB' sign on the front of the building. Upon walking in this place had a nice upscale restaurant feel along with a hip dive bar mixed in. A very nice touch to say the least. Lots of neon lights going on under the bar and around the brew tanks (which are in the middle of the restaurant encased in glass behind the bar). Sat down to a sampler of six of their offerings while I was there, which was all they had on at the time. Beer was decent with some being better than others... Didn't get to try any food but the lady who sat next to me ordered some and it looked and smelled awesome. This is a must stop location when in Asheville for sure. If you haven't been yet, go! You won't regret it...
12-28-2010 15:42:15 | More by thagr81us
3.23/5 rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Nice round bar setup in the middle of a large dining room area with open windows/doors up front when weather permits.
The food is quite impressive for a brewpub but the beers really are all lackluster. I tried them all and I really didn’t find one I wanted to have a full pint of. They had about 6-7 beers on draft and if I had to pick one that was decent I would have had the Roggenbier.
Service was nice but slow as the day is long. Staff has no knowledge of the product unfortunately.
10-11-2013 15:19:52 | More by claspada
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
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
3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Huge open industrial looking interior with a great big, winding wooden bar. Brick wallsblack baffled ceiling but no ceiling fans to stir the air. A bit stuffy with the rain coming down. A bit warm as well.
Staff is very friendly and attentive. Service is extremely prompt, I was asked what I wanted even before my butt hit the chair.
The beer is all theirs with no guest taps. Seven brews offered as I write this including a porter and a stout (in August). Oktoberfest, American pale ale, IPA, white ale and one other.
No tv's with sports blaring (yeah!) , clean and welcoming. Definitely worth the stop.
08-11-2011 18:36:16 | More by PorterLambic
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
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
3.6/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
The wife and I were in Asheville a couple weeks ago and decided to check out BeerAdvocate to see where we should visit and we decided to check out Lexington Avenue Brewery since we were close by. The layout of the place was very cool. I ordered a French Dip sandwich which was very good (I can't remember what the wife ordered). To be honest, their beer was pretty good, but nothing special. They didn't seem to have anything available besides their brews which is cool (if not disappointing because their beer wasn't that great). It's a place that would be worth checking out, but I think it's probably more of a nightlife spot than a place that true beer lovers would frequent.
06-27-2012 20:57:40 | More by adam42381
3.6/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This place has all the makings of a hip, upstart brewpub, with its wide-open, dimly-lit, wood-steel-and-glass, urban-loft-style decor and the lone musician who was playing an instrumental version of a Nirvana song when we first arrived. The giant steel brew tanks are prominently featured behind the large central bar that snakes through the center of the restaurant. The food seems to fit with the hip, semi-upscale vibe of the decor, with luxury versions of pub-inspired menu options from the Kobe beef sliders to the cheese plate that looked to have more artistic flair than cheese on it. At least the food lives up to its fancy airs, as everything I tried was quite delicious.
Regarding the beer, the drafts were dedicated to the house beers, and a small but respectable bottle list featured a few local favorites and some other widely-distributed craft beers. We stuck to the house drafts, ordering pitchers of the Pale Ale, IPA, Nitro Porter, and ESB. Each beer was solidly-constructed and pleasantly flavorful, but nothing was surprising or even particularly memorable. Overall, I would come back to the LAB for a happy hour after work or on a second date because the vibe and menu is impressive in its hipness, but this place wouldn't be a favorite among the many other beer bar options in Asheville.
07-08-2010 15:15:33 | More by devilben02
2.79/5 rDev -25.6%
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
3.46/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $
We went here on a Thursday night specifically to see a band after we had gone out to dinner.
A - Nice open bar with seating open to the sidewalk and street and a really cool wooden bar. It's all lit and done in a really hip club style. But also fairly comfortable and warm for basically a really big concrete room. People at tables, people at the bar, people standing, and busy but still usable.
Q - The LAB beers are just average brewpub fare. Decent at best and totally boring at worst. Meh, on average. We tasted a couple and the only saving grace was Deviant Dales on tap. I always feel bad for a place when the best beer and only thing I want to drink is not theirs.
S - Service was good overall. It had been a fairly busy crowd that was calming down before the night so it wasn't overly busy. But we got good service and prompt attention.
S - The selection is okay. Their beers covered a good variety and then the added Oskar Blues. But I rated selection down due to the quality. It doesn't matter how many you have if none are memorable.
F - Had to give an N/A as we didn't have any food. They do have a diverse and large menu. We had walked by a couple times prior to visiting and the food all looked good for what that's worth.
Overall we got the impression that this place is living on a past reputation that it no longer lives up to. It's likely one of the more popular and established places in Asheville but it just isn't all that. There are better bars, better breweries, and certainly better beer to be had.
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Lastly, they have a really nice music venue in the back with its own bar. And we had a great time seeing a couple bands. But they have exactly zero promotion or information in the front bar and restaurant about who or what is going on in the back. Not even a tent card on a table. If we hadn't looked it up online prior to going we wouldn't have even known there was a venue in back.
10-04-2012 01:55:10 | More by jfindley
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The LAB (Lexington Avenue Brewery) in Asheville, NC
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