Tthe website I trust for my drinking destination recommendation is Draft Magazine. Every year, they put together the top 100 beer bars in America. On that list consistently is The Thirsty Monk in Asheville.
After my visit, those Draft Mag peops know what they are talking. I’ve been to their recommendations in Nashville, Atlanta, San Diego, Portland, Vermont and Denver and the beer list and bartender knowledge were nothing but stellar.
The Thirsty Monk, a Belgian tavern theme place in downtown, has two levels of beer goodness. The downstairs bar, which is cooler temperature wise and has couch, is where you can find rare Belgian bottles that ain’t cheap. The ground floor serves simple food, a extensive tap list of North Carolina beers and their own Belgian-inspired home brews.
As it seems to be a thing in Asheville, the bar is filled with ironic beer paraphernalia and assorted humorous brick-a-brack. A toy monk holding a unicorn?!?!? How delightful! I loved the monk mascot so much I bought an empty growler.
Here’s what I had:
- Brother Noah stout
- Screaming Monk Belgian IPA
- Holy Wit
- Abby Blonde
- CocoNorm porter