In two days, Wicked Weed Brewing will open the doors on its second location named the Funkatorium, just three blocks from its original brewpub in Asheville, N.C.
The new location has been designed to show respect to the Belgian influence in wild and sour beers, and as such, the ambiance is styled more after a Belgian bar than an American brewpub. While there will be quite a few different styles of beer offered on a rotating basis, the Funkatorium was built to showcase mostly sour and farmhouse-style ales, which will be served from 16 taps and two traditional hand pumps. The new building also includes a large storage area in the back that contains barrels full of aging beer that customers will be able to touch while on tours.
“We wanted to create a place that not only showcased our love of Belgian and sour beer, but also created a full experience,” said Walt Dickinson, keeper of the funk and head of brewing operations, in a press release. “We wanted them to feel like they had just stepped off the streets of Brussels and into our bar.”
In addition to the brewpub, the Funkatorium includes a full kitchen with a menu designed to complement sour beers by Head Chef Cardiff Creasey.
“I set out to create an experience when I developed this menu,” stated Cardiff. “Food items are on the menu under categories such as sweet or savory, composed or earthy. I want people to be able to taste their sour beer and have the opportunity to pair it with am earthy item and see how the flavor changes. This menu allows individuals to build their meal around the beer and not the other way around.”
The new Funkatorium is located at 147 Coxe Ave., and the doors will open to the public for the first time at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10. There will be a multitude of one-off and exclusive beers poured at the event, including a keg of Serenity farmhouse ale, which won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival last week. Wicked Weed will continue to operate their first location at 91 Biltmore Ave. and is also building a $5 million production brewery in Candler, N.C. that will open next year.
Wicked Weed Brewing first opened its doors in 2012, and is on track to produce about 5,000 barrels of beer in 2014 that is distributed across the state of North Carolina.