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Burial Beer Co.
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Burial Beer Co.: Funky Brews on Asheville's South Slope
Written by: The SmokyMountains.com Local Experts Team
Local Expert's Rating: 4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:
Burial Beer Co. is having a moment, and you don't want to
miss out. You can't go wrong with any of the beers in this
industrial yet cozy taproom, so get in line and get ready
for some seriously funky brews.
- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team
Since 2013, Burial Beer Co. has dazzled beer lovers in
Asheville, turning out year-round classics and experimental
special releases alike. The brewery’s taproom also houses
its 10-barrel brewhouse and its one-barrel pilot system,
so you can catch a glimpse of your favorite brews being made.
Located in the heart of Asheville’s South Slope brewery district,
Burial Beer is ideally situated for beer lovers. While many
of Asheville’s breweries boast an industrial chic aesthetic
with brushed metal and hardwood surfaces, Burial Beer Co. goes
for more of an industrial-agricultural vibe. Behind the taps,
you’ll spot an old crosscut saw blade, and the tap handles
themselves are made of old farm implements, like trowels,
scythes, and pitchforks.
Don’t let the burial motif spook you, though. Burial Beer Co.
views burial as an integral part of the harvest cycle and the
brewing process. As in, what once was is what then helps
fuel what’s to come.
Regulars note that Burial Beer Co. is one of the hottest
breweries in Asheville, which means you can expect a line no
matter when you arrive. There are two tap areas — one at the
front & one at the back — so try the rear for a shorter line.
Since this is also where you’ll order food, you can easily
kill two birds with one stone. Whether you grab a seat indoors
or settle into the covered patio area, you’ll feel right at home.
Can’t decide what to order? Sidle up to the bar and
check out these Burial Beer Co. favorites:
Skillet Donut Stout: A crowd favorite, the Skillet Donut Stout
doesn’t disappoint. This full-bodied stout has hints of coffee
and chocolate-glazed donut with plenty of molasses. Burial Beer
Co. partnered with local producers Riverbend Malt and Biltmore
Coffee Traders to make this a true Asheville beer.
Surf Wax IPA: This crisp, dry-hopped IPA is made for winter,
but it’s really ideal for sipping all year round. It’s a heady
beer with a bold aroma and a respectable 6.8% alcohol by volume.
Bolo Coconut Brown: This brown ale is easy to drink but packs
a flavorful punch, thanks to the nutty malts and sweet coconut.
Drink this slightly tropical brew when the sun is out or in
the winter when you’re dreaming of the beach.
Thresher Coffee Saison This French Saison features coffee notes
from local producer Counter Culture Coffee, along with hints
of nutty vanilla. This easy-to-drink Saison has 5% ABV.
In addition to its highly-rated brews, Burial Beer Co. is also
home to Salt & Smoke, a Southern joint on the brewery’s back
patio. Since most breweries on the South Slope rely on rotating
food trucks to fuel their patrons, this is a serious advantage
for Burial Beer Co. The menu at Salt & Smoke changes regularly,
but you might find charcuterie plates, bar snacks like hush
puppies and rabbit wings, or mains like steak sandwiches and
NYC street cart hot dogs. In other words, come hungry.
Want to catch a special event? Stop by on most Saturdays for
a bottle release, and check the brewery’s calendar for events
like art markets, seasonal festivals, and much more.
If you’re only in town for a day or two and can’t get enough
of Burial Beer Co., be sure to take some to go. The taproom
sells a range of cans that you can share with family and
friends back home.
Burial Beer Co. has developed an impressive following in
recent years, and the brewery has plans to expand to an
additional facility in nearby Biltmore Village. Watch Burial
Beer Co.’s website for details about the opening of the on-site
taproom and restaurant just steps from the Biltmore Estate.
Business Hours & Info
Price range Inexpensive
Mon to Thur 2PM-10PM
Fri to Sun 12PM-10PM
40 Collier Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
Burial Beer Co.
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