The Lexington Avenue Brewery invited folks to come out on a chilly Wednesday afternoon and sample its food as the new microbrewery prepares to open to the public.
The LAB’s beer has certainly been a focus for lovers of all the craft beer made here in Asheville. But the brewery also has an extensive menu, featuring everything a remarkably tender pork shank to a hearty meatloaf, as well as a tender grilled chicken and brie sandwich and a chunky grilled cheese sandwich paired with a zesty tomato soup. And the house-made pickles were completely delicious.
Most menu items are in the $8 range, with big portions. General Manager Joe Culpepper said the lunch was good practice for kitchen staff and servers to work with the food.
And regarding the question of the much-anticipated opening to the public?
“If everything goes well today, we’ll be open possibly tomorrow — maybe lunch, maybe dinner,” Culpepper said. “If not tomorrow, then definitely on Friday.”
— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor