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14-05-2015, 07:13
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This is what I feared. Not finished writing up one trip and I'm already back from another.

I missed some of the breweries yesterday. So I don’t linger too long in Wicked Weed. My next stop is over the other side of the hill that forms the centre of town.

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Lexington Avenue Brewing (http://www.lexavebrew.com/) is less industrial than most of the other breweries I’ve visited in town, with the exception of Wicked Weed. I take a seat at the bar, as usual. What to drink? Think I’ll try

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Three Threads Porter
Beer myths seem a recurring theme today. Very dark brown, but not black. “English-style Brown Porter” it’s called. Strange, as that’s a non-existent style. Not roasty enough. And no brown malt in the grist, so not really an English Porter.

As I mentioned, it’s slicker than most of the other breweries. The brewing kit is behind glass at the rear rather than being up close and personal

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At least the beer is cheap: $3.75 for a US pint of 5.1% Porter.

I get chatting to a young couple sitting next to me at the bar. They’re from New Hampshire but are looking to move to the South. Asheville, Nashville or Charlotte. Interesting choices. Asheville is a charming place set amongst wooded hills. But it would be too small for me. And too far from anywhere else. A hippy island in southern sea. As Mike told me yesterday: “You can’t swing a brewer without hitting a yoga teacher.”

Time for another beer

Hop Burst IPA
Quite nice. Bitter, orange-peely. You can tell I’m getting tired. The beer descriptions are getting curter.

Time for one final brewery before returning to Green Man for my talk. I have a bit of trouble finding One World Brewing (http://www.oneworldbrewing.com/), despite having map of the town’s breweries. It’s down a short alley, through an unmarked door. Bit like a speakeasy.

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Dolores wouldn’t be keen. She doesn’t like subterranean places. It does seem an odd spot for a brewery. I’m glad the fermenters are in a sealed room. Wouldn’t want to be killed by CO2.

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Inner Thigh IPA 6.5% ABV
Pretty damn murky. Quite malty – I’ve have suspected malt extract if I couldn’t see a mash tun over against the wall. I small one, admittedly. I’ve seen home brew systems that were as large. Looks about 1 US barrel.

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Some people come in that I recognise from earlier. I’m clearly not the only one on a brewery crawl.

Time to be getting to Green Man. But when I get outside it’s pissing it down with rain. And I’ve no coat with me. I have another beer, but it’s still pissing it down. No choice but to bite the bullet. I can’t miss my own talk. I try to take what cover I can, but still get pretty wet.

My shirt is pretty wet, so I’m given a Green Man hoody to wear.

There’s a decent crowd. I do my just saying what comes into my head thing for an hour or so. It’s a knowledgeable audience and I get some decent questions. Always nice to wander off into uncharted territory. Stops me getting bored with telling the same stories over and again.

I don’t stay out late. I’ve an early start tomorrow. A very early start. I’m catching the shuttle bus to Charlotte at 6 AM.

Lexington Avenue Brewery (http://www.lexavebrew.com/)
39 N Lexington Ave,
Asheville, NC 28801.
Tel: +1 828-252-0212

One World Brewing (http://www.oneworldbrewing.com/)
10 Patton Ave,
Asheville, NC 28801.
Tel: +1 828-785-5580

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