Barry Bialik has been waiting a long time to hoist the glass he’ll raise tonight. At 4 p.m. today, he opened the Thirsty Monk, a new pub specializing in Belgian beers, that he’s been contemplating since the idea struck him in 1994.
Asked what will distinguish the joint from Asheville’s ever-growing number of drinkeries, Bialik says: “The neatest thing is just the beers. It’s beers that are not really available on draft anywhere else, and there are not many bars you can go to and get a bottle selection like this anywhere in the country.”
Fourteen Belgian beers are available on tap, with a whopping 140 varieties in bottles. For those looking for an education in Belgian brews, sample flights are available. The Thirsty Monk will also feature light food, including baguettes sandwiches, crepes and Belgian chocolates.
The pub opens every day at 4 p.m. — with the exception of Tuesdays, when the establishment will be closed for a weekly breather.
The Thirstly Monk is located at 50 Commerce St., in the space occupied most recently by Hookah Joe’s. Call 254-5470 for more information.
— Jon Elliston, managing editor