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Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina
Wicked Weed Brewing By Anne Fitten
One of the most creatively named
brewpubs in the universe opened in downtown Asheville in December 2012—and
Wicked Weed Brewing has been packed out with beer lovers ever since. The name
does not refer to what you might think (or hope it does), but to an apocryphal
quote attributed to King Henry VIII, who banned hops, calling them “a wicked and
The brew team’s creative twists on that wicked weed produce a
variety of delicious and award-winning beers. Pushing boundaries
seems to be a given—nay, a requirement, for these folks. For
example, brewer/owner Luke Dickinson recently created a series
of nine FIFA World Cup beers inspired by countries in the
tourney, such as a sugar cane and lime-infused beer, inspired by
the Capirinha, Brazil’s favorite cocktail.
Wicked Weed Brewing was conceived by brothers Walt and Luke
Dickinson and their partners Denise, Rick and Ryan Guthy—all of
whom have an active hand in running the multiple facets of the
business. Luke and Eric Lypoldt, who came to Wicked Weed from
Dogfish Head, spend most of their time in the brew house,
although everyone has a hand in bouncing around creative brew
In the spring of 2014, the Wicked
Weed team acquired a warehouse on Coxe Avenue in Asheville that has been
transformed into barrel-aging facility housing literally hundreds of barrels.
It’s a beer barrel aging mecca and adds a myriad of wood-aged and sour beers to
the Weed’s highly popular hop-forward and Belgian lines of brews.
The food’s pretty stellar as well—pair the in-house ground burger with the
much-beloved Double Freak IPA for a robust and satisfying gastro experience.