Thirsty Monk lands at Asheville


Local brewery Thirsty Monk is to co-brand a taproom at Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina.

The new facility will offer beers on tap, packaged beer to go, and a selection of food alongside offerings from wine specialist Vino Volo. It is expected to open at the end of summer 2020.

More than a year in the making, this is Thirsty Monk’s first partnership with an internationally recognized company. “When I first reached out to the Asheville Regional Airport about how we could go about opening a Thirsty Monk taproom, the team was very receptive, connecting me with Vino Volo,” said Barry Bialik, Thirsty Monk CEO.

“After a year of ideas, discussions and reality checks, everything is now on course to move forward with Asheville Regional Airport’s first local brewery taproom and Vino Volo wine bar. I am so proud that airport staff recognize the importance of adding local character, and so pleased to have been able to collaborate with Vino Volo’s world-class team,” Bialik added.

Founded in 2008, Thirsty Monk Brewery currently operates a family of brewpubs (Thirsty Monk Downtown, Thirsty Monk Biltmore Park, 2×4 Brew Pub) and cocktail bars (Monk’s Flask, Top of the Monk) in Asheville, North Carolina; Denver, Colorado; and Portland, Oregon. It is best known for its award-winning Belgian-influenced modern ales and beer-paired food menus. The brewery’s presence at the airport will enable travelers to take some of Asheville’s most iconic brews with them on their travels.


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