If you’re fortunate enough to live in or around the wonderful cities of Asheville, Portland or Denver — what with their rich culture, vibrant arts and of course, access to the great outdoors — you’re probably aware of a little something else each city has going for it. We’ll give you a hint: It’s often the perfect pairing with each of the above pursuits.
We’re talking, naturally, about the world-class craft beer that’s been popping up in each locale. In this case, that also applies very easily to Thirsty Monk, a pioneer in the regional craft beer scene.
Thirsty Monk is behind a trio of fantastic brewpubs with vibrant locations in the aforementioned trio of cities, and they just so happen to specialize in “Belgian-rooted modern ales,” the likes of which you’re sure to enjoy if you appreciate the finer things in life. From special, limited-edition beers like the Trail Monk (made with orange peel and zest) to styles like the Screaming Monk (a Belgian-style IPA), all your bases are covered when it comes to fresh, delicious beer.
Better yet, their Karma Series features short-run beers brewed to give back (proceeds from the Trail Monk go to outdoor conversation groups). And if you get to the Downtown Asheville location, be prepared to make the rounds — the spot features a Belgian beer-inspired basement packed with hard-to-find overseas styles, while the roof offers a craft cocktail bar.
Especially if you don’t live in Portland, or Denver, or Asheville, your next trip might be crystal-clear: Get to one of those cities, and then make it a point to post up at Thirsty Monk.
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