From the ATL to the AVL: Day 3, The Wicked Weed

“Hops are a wicked and pernicious weed.”. So said Henry VIII in 1519. We’ll get to the hops in a second, but first let’s have some breakfast before our bike ride.

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Strawberry banana pancakes, or would you like some granola with fruit and yogurt?

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Our ride takes us to a hill called Potato Knob, which looks like a potato if you have a good imagination.

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That climb wasn’t too bad, but the one after it was around 3 miles of 15% grade. I sure wish I had put the 28-tooth gear on our front derailleur. We wind up climbing 4000 feet on our 42-mile ride. Much of the scenery reminds us of France today. Nice hills at a fraction of the price.

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All of that riding calls for local beers at lunch at a place called the Bier Garden. That’s a Catawba Valley King Hooligan Scottish Ale on the left and a Highland Razor Wit on the right.

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We split a salad and some veggie sliders with fried sweet potatoes. It’s time to do laundry and can you believe there is a brewery next to the laundromat?

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Pour us a French Broad Wee Heavier and an Oyster House Patton Avenue Pale Ale, please.

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The sun sets over Asheville, but we are just getting started.

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Tonight’s brewery is the Wicked Weed, and our search for the best beer in Asheville may be over.

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The WW is a beer bar and they have a Belgian beer bar downstairs. On top of all that, they brew all of these beers here.

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We get an order of truffled popcorn to go with our 11% “Oh My Quad” and an 8% tripel that has honeydew in it. It sounds weird, but it actually tastes pretty good. This is by far the best beer we have had all week.

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They have good food as well, including calamari and a pork chop with Brussels sprouts.

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So how do you end a day like this? You find a “chocolate lounge” and have dessert.

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They have wine, beer and chocolate, and they are open late!

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We split a dense, chocolatey brownie with macaroon on top. Then it’s off to sleep. It has been a busy day. We are going to need a vacation from this vacation.

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