The LAB in Asheville

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.