We drove into Asheville about noon and wasted no time touring the place. We went downtown and started to walk. We walked up and down hills, looking in and out of shops. We had lunch at a place named Doc Chey's Noodle house. Not being a fan of oriental food, not too bad. I actually liked it. And that's all I have to say about that.
Finally, we ran into a great brewpub named Jack of the Wood. This little brewpub has about five beers on tap and worth the taste. This is a special brewpub to me and for a reason. This is the first brewpub or brewery to serve me Cask Ale. For those who drink bottle beer, you need you learn about cask ale. Cask Ale (aka Real Ale) is beer that is conditioned in a keg like vessel and served exactly as it is conditioned (raw). Unlike the forced carbonated beers, it is hand pumped out of the reservoir and is not the same as a bottle or kegged beer.
All I can say is learn!
After tasting beer at the Jack of the Wood, we checked into our hotel. Unpacking our stuff took no time and we were back on the trail for Craft Beer. We found a small artistic brewery named Wedge Brewing Company. This little beer company is full of artistic expression. We had a hard time finding this place, but it is surrounded by art and culture. Getting lost looking for this brewery was also an adventure. We got to see a couple of local studios by accident.
While at Wedge, the tap room guy was telling Amy and I about a local restaurant (The Admiral= awesome) and a local place that hosted a certain folk dancing called contra dancing. Well, we had to try it! Similar to line dancing, this was a local favorite that dates back to the pioneer days.
Well, after all the Contra dancing and beer drinkin, I'm tired, I got to go!
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