Or another title might be "Under the Wicked Spell". As Wicked Weed had some really nice beers, we had to go back again, after a manly breakfast,
to conquer (or be conquered by) the various and Sundry choices available.
While enjoying a delicious lunch (always happy to have good food from a brewpub) sampled the following:
Duke of Rochester - Ale, Mild, English - 5.5 [4,333]
Pumpkanne Ale - Ale, Spiced, Pumpkin - 7
Sir Ryan the Pounder - Ale, Amber, American - 8
Lil' Heresy Brown - Ale, Brown - 8.5
OB Wicked Cascade - Ale, IPA, American - 7
Napoleon Complex IPA - Ale, IPA - 8
Tyrant Double Hopped Red - Ale, Red, Imperial - 9
Freak Double IPA - Ale, IPA, Double - 10
Udderly Milk Stout - Ale, Stout, Milk - 8
Infidel Porter - Ale, Porter, American - 8
Cardinal Sin - Ale, IPA, Belgian - 7.5
Bedeviled Golden Strong - Ale, Belgian Golden - 7
XVII Petite Saison - Ale, Belgian Saison Farmhouse - 8
XIV Rooted Saison - Ale, Belgian Saison Farmhouse - 9
Poperinge Belgian IPA - Ale, Belgian IPA - 10
Lucid Blonde - Ale, Blonde, American - 8.5
XVI Devilrye Saison - Ale, Belgian Saison Farmhouse - 9
Oh My Quad in wine barrels - Ale, Belgian Quadrupel - 10
Dark Age Rum Barrel Stout - Ale, Stout, Imperial - 9
Asheville Brewing was the next stop. Turns out there are actually two breweries, this one is the one on Coxe avenue.
Tried flights of the following beers:
828 Pale Ale - Ale, Pale, American - 8
Rocket Girl Golden Lager - Lager, American - 7
Escape Artist ESP - Ale, Pale, American - 7.5
Shiva IPA - Ale, IPA, American - 8
Perfect Day IPA - Ale, IPA, American - 8
Hero Red IPA - Ale, IPA, Red -
Ninja Porter - Ale, Porter, Robust - 7.5
Ashevillian IPA - Ale, IPA, Black - 9
Perfect Day IPA with Peach - Ale, IPA, American - 8.5
Although we did not try it, they offer "hop infusions" to get some extra humalones into you beer!
After this it was right around the corner to a relatively new brewery - Hi-Wire Brewing.
Hi-Wire Lager - Lager, American - 7
Prime Time Pale Ale - Ale, Pale - 7
Hi Pitch IPA - Ale, IPA, American - 7
Bed of Nails Brown - Ale, Brown, English - 7
Sideshow Ringmaster Red Rye - Ale, Rye - 8
It was here we also ran into a tour group that had been at Wicked Weed. Chatted a bit about the beer scene and the history of what was brewed at this location before Hi-Wire.
Stopped at the Thirsty Monk pub, quite a good selection of beers, and sampled:
Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes - Abbey de Saint Bon-Chien 2011 - Ale, Belgian Sour
Bruery White Oak - Wheatwine - Ale, Barleywine
de Dolle - Stille Nacht - Ale, Belgian Strong [4,368]
Spoke to some beer nuts from CO, as well as a person from Dark Horse brewing in MI.