ASHEVILLE, North Carolina (WSPA) – Green man brewing is the second oldest brewery in Asheville. The brewery recently hosted its 25and anniversary celebration in March at a growing complex on Buxton Avenue.
Opened in 1997, it is a place of character.
“I think it’s haunted here,” owner Dennis Thies said.
He was talking about Dirty Jack’s, the original Green Man dining room. He and his wife, Wendy, took over the brewery in 2010.
“I was checking out the vibe of the place, and it really needed something… Some sort of direction, character, or starting point,” Thies explained. “And it came to my mind, and it’s been there ever since: Yoda.”
He’s a green man. But what is the green man?
“Basically, he is the protector of animals; he is the man of the woods. Almost a deity without becoming too religious. Or a demon, depending on your perspective,” Thies said.
Character isn’t the only thing that makes Green Man special.
“One of the things that separates us from the pack, I think, is the malted barley that we use. It is a barley imported from England called Simpsons Golden Promise. It’s amazing, pristine quality that many brewers choose not to use due to expense and shipping costs,” he explained.
The brewing facility is right in the middle of what is a growing Green Man complex. On one side you have the original brewery Dirty Jack’s. And on the other is the new brewerywhich was built in 2016. Just down the street is the building that will house the new restaurant, which will start serving takeout in May.
Beer is their business, though.
The Green Man Porter won a gold medal last year Great American Oktoberfest. Additionally, Green Man has 17 other varieties in cask and 10 canned. Also a limited version snozberryand a brand new Pilsner with a connection.
“In April, we are launching a major sponsorship with Asheville City Football Club. We’re launching our South Slope Pilsner cans, which will be featured here and at the games.
Green Man has sponsored many events over the years. The 25thand birthday celebration profited WNC Bridge Foundationan organization that focuses on expanding health care access and equity.
“Breweries are part of the community, whether you’re the second oldest like us or just opened last year. You have to be part of your community or it won’t work,” Thies said.
Green Man has certainly worked to be a part of Asheville life.