The Lexington Avenue Brewery, lovingly called The LAB by us locals, is an institution here in Asheville and one of our favorite places in the city to relax with some Troy and Sons cocktails.
(Above) Benny Greene, The LAB General Manager with his bottle of Troy and Sons Moonshine
The LAB is best known for creating a stellar line-up of unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and additive free beers in their in-house brewery headed by Master Brewer Ben Peirson. But the LAB is far from your average brewhouse—it is also home to some of the best live music to be found in the city Tuesdays-Sundays including recent stops by Dare Dukes, Drunken Prayer, and Across Tundra. Their stellar food menu, created by Chef Roy, takes a New American twist on unique pub inspired classics such as the malted onion hoops, stout braised pork shanks and a Korean Rueben made from corned pork, house made kim chee and duck rillettes. Better yet, every recipe comes handmade from a bounty of local North Carolina ingredients.
Things have been growing quickly for this local legend with its expansion across the city block. The soon-to-open LAB Annex will feature a larger taproom, beer production facility, condos and stores. The new taproom at 37 N. Lexington will feature their award-winning beers and some yet to be announced offerings. The tasting room will host long tables to create a communal atmosphere, a pub-fare menu and a small stage for local singer-songwriters. Without a doubt, I am looking forward to its opening later this year and spending more evenings with friends over their craft beer. excellent food, and wonderful Troy & Sons cocktails.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! Here are a couple ways to shine and be green with Troy and Sons this weekend! Come by the distillery for tours tonight! We will be handing out these recipes!
Green Apple Dublin with T&S Moonshine
2 oz. Troy & Sons Moonshine
1 oz. Sour Apple Schnapps
2 oz. White Cranberry Juice
Garnish with Green Apple Slice
Add Troy & Sons Moonshine, Sour Apple Schnapps and White Cranberry Juice to a mixing glass. Add Ice, stir to chill, strain and garnish with green apple slice.
2 oz. Troy & Sons Moonshine or Blonde Whiskey
¾ oz. Orange Curacoa
¼ oz. FIno Sherry
Dash of Orange Bitters
Garnish with Orange Peel
Add Troy & Sons Moonshine with Orange Curacoa and FIno Sherry to a mixing glass. Add a dash of bitters and fill with ice. Stir to chill, stain and garnish with orange peel.
I had the great pleasure of meeting the founders of Natty Greene’s Brewing Company, Kanye Fischer and Christ Luster, this week along with Bob High. These UNC graduates took their expertise to the restaurant business in the mid-90s. In 2004, the pair realized their dream of opening a brewpub. Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing Co. was born in the city of Greensboro within a renovated c.1895 three-story building on the corner of Elm and McGee Streets in what was once known as Hamburger Square. Their beers became so well demanded by locals for its expert craftsmanship and superior quality.
Once they began to manufacture for distribution, it was soon evident that they could not keep up up with demand. In late-2010, to keep up with growing demand and prep for taking the beers statewide, the production facility/bottling plant underwent a transformation taking capacity from 6,000 barrels (1 barrel = 31 gallons) to more than 20,000 barrels. At there two locations in Greensboro, they offer 12 amazing craft beers on tap including 5 year round offerings: Guilford Golden Ale, Buckshot Amber Ale, Southern Pale Ale, Old Town Brown and Wildflower Witbier. And coming soon, they will be adding Troy and Sons Moonshine to their offerings!!