Beers from Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, NC)
I’m jealous! My waitress at Wicked Weed told me (in hushed tones) that Burial is the best Asheville brewery. We immediately walked over, of course, but they were closed that day. Boo!
With all the new guys on the AVL brew scene, naming a fore-runner or favorite is a contentious task. Since WW opened, there’s now Hi-Wire and Burial as well as the recently opened Twin Leaf AND any day now, One World Brewing should be opening below Farmburger.
The Weed had a head start on the rest of these guys in multiple ways and I believe it shows in their production. None of the rest of ‘em are producing anywhere near the amount of beer WW does, especially Burial. Burial brews on a one-barrel kettle on wheels they cart out from the back when they need to brew. It’s a “nano-brewery”- and that, in my opinion, amounts to a pilot brewery without a real brewery behind it. [begin rant] They can make whatever they want, whenever and it might be good, but I don’t think that even translates to the scale that WW is on or even really what Hi-Wire and Twin Leaf are doing/trying to do. Making a good beer doesn’t make a good brewery- making good beer consistently does.
Not to pick on Burial specifically, but nano’s in general often give me the feeling that someone should have just been a more serious homebrewer, maybe invested more time and their own money in their home equipment, first. I know plenty of homebrewers with more precise and less labor intensive brew systems than some of these nano’s. The time it takes to build up (and re-design and re-build) your perfect homebrew system is commensurate with the experience and knowledge needed to brew on it. Or something. /rant