When we parted ways from the Bier Garden, I could have easily gone back to the hotel and collapsed, but D wanted to stop by the Asheville Brewing Company (the downtown location) to see if we could catch up with Mark at the Drinking Liberally meeting. We sure did, and we also had a chance to try some beers we hadn’t had at the Pizza & Brewing location.
I had a pint of the Red Light IPA – a sweeter, less hoppy beer than the Shiva – and D had a Houdini ESP. The beers, of course, were very nice. The appearance of the downtown pub is much more toned down than the eclectic Pizza & Brewing location. The food menu is extremely limited, but it is a temporary condition until they get a kitchen. We enjoyed a hummus plate with chips and vegetables and some peanuts while talking to Mark, and also meeting Danny Kean – the Traveling Piano guy.
But I was still hungry, and a little beered out, so we took the advice of a local and headed out to the 51 Grill for some late-night munchies. (Actually, we went straight to the Chili’s on Tunnel Road in hopes that Highland Brewing Company’s Cold Mountain would still be on tap, but it wasn’t…so we sought out the local recommendation for food.)
Yes, it is connected to an Exxon, and we almost didn’t go inside. But the 51 Grill is open until 4 AM, it’s non-smoking, and we were hungry. This is one of the cleanest places in town (rated 100% for cleanliness, as did both Asheville Brewing locations), and has a nice menu of sandwiches. I ordered a whole wheat veggie wrap, which contained warmed vegetables and a creamy garlic sauce. D had a grilled corned beef sandwich. He found a descent beer on tap a Highlands Gaelic, but I opted for the water. As we were told, it didn’t look like much, but it was great!