Monday, August 17, 2015

Asheville: Beer City, USA

After picking up Hudson from camp, we spent another day in Asheville wandering around downtown.  It was a Sunday, so I was a little worried that things would kind of quiet, but once we arrived, it was obvious that was not going to be the case.

On the recommendation of a friend, we picked Early Girl Eatery as our lunch spot.  The wait for a table was long, but entertainment just down the street made the minutes fly by.  The sound of old-timey songs caught our attention, so we made our way over to the Woolworth Walk where we were all captivated by Abby the Spoon Lady.  I have to admit that I'm a fan of this kind of music anyway, but watching and listening to her perform was inspiring to everyone.  Once we finally made it to lunch, Hudson had to be told more than a few times to stop playing the spoons in the restaurant.  You would have thought my two little ones had won the lottery when they heard that Early Girl Eatery serves breakfast all day, meaning pancakes for lunch.  Those of us not addicted to syrup enjoyed our lunch as well. 

Later in the afternoon, my parents took the kids back to the farm so that Scott and I could explore some of the breweries in Asheville.  We started at Asheville Brewing, where Scott had the Shiva IPA and I had the Rocket Girl lager.  IPAs are too hoppy for me, but Scott really enjoyed it, and I liked the Rocket Girl a lot.  Next, we walked around the corner to Hi Wire Brewing to try the Hi Wire Lager and the Prime Time Pale Ale (both were pretty good).  Our last stop before dinner was Twin Leaf Brewery.  We both had the White Noise, which is a Belgian-style wheat.  I particularly like Belgian-wheat beers, so if I had to pick a favorite, this one would be it.  Finally, we met back up with my parents and the kids for dinner at Wicked Weed Brewing.  Everything on the menu looked delicious from hot boiled peanuts to steak tartare.  I had pretty much had my fill of beer by the time we got there so I just had a little taster of the "Coolcumber."

It was such a fun day, and we are already talking about doing it again the next chance we get.  We made it to four breweries, but there are so many more to try, and the best part is that a lot of them are all in walking distance of downtown.

Top left: Pancakes
Bottom left: Avocado sandwich with blackened pea hummus and broccoli salad on the side
Bottom right: pork chop with smoky gravy, chow chow, grits and a biscuit 

Abby the Spoon Lady with the Shifty Drifters

Abby the Spoon Lady
Click the video to see the band in action
Twin Leaf Brewery White Noise (Belgian-style wheat)

Asheville Brewing Shiva IPA and Rocket Girl Lager

Wicked Weed

Wedge Salad at Wicked Weed

Steak Tartare at Wicked Weed

Fried Chicken sandwich at Wicked Weed

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  1. Sounds like a really fun Sunday! The spoon words! I love wedge salad and that one looks delicious! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

    1. She's crazy talented! My kids were enthralled (and drove me a little crazy trying to play the spoons at lunch). Cheers, E

  2. OMG your food pics are KILLING ME! Give me that steak tartare right now!!! Would love to get to Asheville one of these days!! XOXO ~ Casey @ A LIttle Bit of Cheer

    1. It's such a fun city! The steak tartare was delicious! I would definitely recommend it. Cheers, E

  3. This weekend looks so perfect. I always love checking out new breweries!

    1. I really like trying new breweries too. It's something Scott and I enjoy together that doesn't center around our kids! Cheers, E