After walking past Wedge Brewing Co in the Asheville River Arts District, which was closed on an early Monday afternoon, I stopped into Hi-Wire Brewing to cool my aching Birkenstock feet. I chatted with an Akansas-native who gave me advice on his favorites of the local brewpub and taprooms. The pale ale at Hi-Wire was tasty enough and they offered half pint and pint sizes and at $4 per pint this was a bit more economical than in Richmond, VA.
The next stop was Green Man Brewery where I tasted the Wayfarer summer IPA, a little bit less hoppy than their normal IPA and very nice for a summer refreshment. There is a great covered beer cave for enjoying the naturally fermented beer products.
As the rain clouds arriving from the northwest were threatening imminent precipitation and I was on foot without a coat, I beat a hasty retreat up the hill to Wicked Weed Brewing, a brew pub with a very large selection of beers including some rather exotic selections. I tasted their Currant beer offering but all the fruitiness was gone in the final product. The fish and chips appetizer was a reasonably sized portion and pretty tasty.
The rain ended making it possible to walk to Lexington Avenue Brewery (LAB) which has a very nice sections of counter on either side of the entrance which look out onto Lexington for good people watching. The pale ale was pretty tasty.