Craft Brewery of the
Day - Twin Leaf Brewery in Asheville, NC by Edwin Arnaudin
When a brewery’s mastermind is an engineer by trade, its beers tend
to have a fine-tuned quality to them. Such is the case with Twin
Leaf Brewery’s Tim Weber, whose 144 IPA takes its name from the
number of times it took for him to perfect the recipe — persistence,
energy and thought that’s evident in the final product.
Ideally situated in the heart of Asheville’s South Slope brewery
district, across Coxe Ave. from Wicked Weed Brewing’s Funkatorium
and on the other side of the street and half a block away from
Catawba Brewing Co., Twin Leaf regularly offers a range of styles on
Anchored by Luminosity Tripel, arguably the best Belgian-style beer
in town, the brewery features a pleasing mix of safe and adventurous
brews — and the adventurously safe Wee Nipper, a 3.3 percent ABV
English Mild that packs more flavor than many concoctions twice its
strength — and is one of the few local establishments willing to
take the time to produce lagers.
Lately, Twin Leaf’s
brewers have been experimenting more with barrel aging and sour
beers as well as incorporating unusual ingredients, from a
snickerdoodle milk stout to a Wild Earl tea infused ESB, made in
collaboration with Asheville Tea Company.
As for home enjoyment, growlers and crowlers are available at the
taproom, while it and area bottle shops carry the handful of special
beers the brewery has released in bombers (including Luminosity) and
tallboy cans of Simple Machine Hoppy Lager.
Beyond the allure of its liquids, Twin Leaf’s spacious interior
provides an inviting atmosphere and has become the Asheville brewing
scene’s home for bar games. Giant Jenga, ping-pong, shuffleboard,
foosball and various tabletop entertainment is available daily with
live music, trivia, food trucks and even a yoga class scattered on a