Today at 4:00 pm, Wicked Weed Brewing will open the doors to their second location, the Funkatorium.
This is another positive step in firmly establishing the Southern Appalachian region as the go to place for craft beer in the eastern United States.
Despite its close proximity of just three blocks from their original brewpub, this wild and sour tasting room boasts an entirely different feel. Designed to pay homage to the Belgian influence in sour and wild beer, the Funkatorium’s ambiance more closely resembles a Belgian bar than an American brewpub.
“We wanted to create a place that not only showcased our love of Belgian and sour beer, but also created a full experience,” commented Walt Dickinson, Keeper of the Funk and Head of Brewing Operations. “We wanted them to feel like they had just stepped off the streets of Brussels and into our bar.”
The Funkatorium will pour predominately sour and farmhouse style ales from their 16 taps and 2 traditional hand pumps.
“There is an enormous movement towards drinking and enjoying sour beers in the US,” said Dickinson. “We are honored to be a part of the shift that is happening and believe that educating and exposing people to sour beer is our responsibility.
“We want drinkers to come to the Funkatorium to see and touch the barrels, learn the smell of a wood cellar and really become intimate with this amazing style of beer. I can’t think of anywhere else on the East Coast where people can enjoy 16 different brett or sour beers while gazing at the 500 barrels from which those beers came.”
The food at the Funkatorium will also reflect a very different vision than Wicked Weed’s brewpub. Head Chef Cardiff Creasey developed a menu designed for tasting with a focus on each item’s ingredients rather than their place in the meal. He designed the menu to allow individuals to build their meal around the beer and not the other way around.
Grand Opening tap list
Following is the planned tap list for the grand opening as announced on the brewery Facebook page.
Amorous sour IPA
Black Angel cherry sour
Genesis blond sour
Oblivion red sour
Perzik Morte peach sour
Medora blackberry + raspberry sour
Pompeon Pumpkin sour
Framboise Morte raspberry sour
Malice date and blackberry farmhouse ale
Serenity 100% brett farmhouse ale
One keg of THE gold medal winning batch of Serenity
Taketake New Zealand Brettanomyces saison
Lusus Naturae Brettanomyces IPA
Sir Ryan the Pounder
The Funkatorium is located on 147 Coxe Avenue in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. The doors will open to the public at 4pm on Friday the 10th. To find out more information about specific items on the Funkatorium menu or to find hours of operation, please check the Wicked Weed Brewing website at www.wickedweedbrewing.com.