I few weeks ago I was able to try the Napoleon Complex Hoppy Pale Ale from Wicked Weed Brewing Company. In a word, delicious.
Wicked Weed was founded in 2011 in Asheville, NC by the Dickson brothers and the Guthry Family. The wanted to make hoppy beers and Belgian Ales and everything in between. The Napoleon Complex Hoppy Pale Ale is a great example of a delicious hoppy ale. Well carbonated and clear upon pouring it into the glass, and producing a good 2 finger barm. It smelled citrusy and florally. The beer tasted light and sweet but with a hop forward bitterness that was unique and piney. Medium bodied beer that left some sweetness and dryness on the pallet. Like most of what Wicked Weed brews the Napoleon Complex Hoppy Pale Ale was a damn good beer.
Napoleon once said “let the path be open to talent” Wicked Weed Brewing has that and then some…
I’ve been drinking Wicked Weed for a while, becoming a fan the first time I tried them at the 2012 BrewGrass Festival in Asheville, NC. If you’re looking for a fun full day long beer fest to check out in the Carolina’s don’t miss BrewGrass scheduled every year in late Sept. However, I’ve only been able to imbibe on WW in North Caroline until ,luckily, earlier in 2016 they started to distribute to Georgia (my home state). It’s no surprise that they are growing and distributing to more states, their beer is fantastic. They started as a BrewPub in Downtown Asheville with a full bar and restaurant. Unlike some shoe-string breweries you can tell that Wicked Weed has had some capital since the beginning. Their BrewPub is stunning. I have been several times in my trips to AVL and we always try to go by their pub. The art, furniture, and decorations are almost too perfect. They hit the vibe they wanted on the head. The outside patio is dog-friendly and accompanied by a firepit perfect for cool North Carolina nights.
The BrewPub has been successful and they used that momentum to open another location in downtown Asheville called the Funkatorium. A pub dedicated to sour and funky beers it also houses their entire barrel-aging program. I’ve been to the Funkatorium once and it, like the Pub, is stunning with big tables and dark lighting that make for a very relaxed environment, perfect to chat & sip on their wide assortment of sour beer options. In July of last year they also opened their 50bbl production facility to help facilitate their growth across the South Eastern United States.
If you haven’t tried anything from Wicked Weed, remedy that. And if you are in the Asheville area find a hotel and explore the city. Wicked Weed is a great brewery in Asheville, but there are dozens of equally unique, delicious, and creative breweries in AVL all with their own style.
– Drink Up, SlyePup
P.S. As I finish writing this I realized I should do a whole post about just Asheville, NC. So be on the lookout for that.