Their draught selection. They had over a dozen of their own beers as well as some guest taps, including Lagunitas, Foothills, and others.
Here’s our ($7.00!) flight. This is all of their current beers. The pilsner was surprisingly flavorful; the pale ale was a little strange (probably the rye); the saison was a perfect balance of sweet and hoppy; the Golum was VERY drinkable as promised, and definitely dangerous at 10.8%; the porter was very good (one of the better porters I’ve had, although it ended up being overshadowed by others); the oatmeal stout was solid — but the Imperial stout, oh man, THAT was some good frickin beer. It was like a dark chocolate raspberry dessert in a glass - and definitely not too sweet. We definitely saved the best for last, though - both the IPA and the Imperial IPA were fantastic. Nick says the Iron Rail was “definitely one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had - strong and complex hop flavor without being overly bitter”. The Imperial IPA had noticeably more body and you could taste that it was high gravity (although not in an overbearing way). We were disappointed to learn that they don’t distribute at all - not even within Asheville! The only thing you can get in any kind of container is the Iron Rail in a growler. If you want to drink this beer, you basically have to come here.
Red Oak Brewery. Whitsett, NC. We’ve driven by it countless times on 85/40, but we never stopped to look inside until now.
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