I would have ignored it completely, but the oddly shaped door caught Trae’s eye.
One World Brewing is located right underneath Farm Burger, which is also new to the Asheville, NC area. (I remember when Farm Burger was an oddball antique store with rugs and vintage Time magazines.)
To get to One World, we had to go through the narrow alley that doubles a sitting area between Salsa’s and Farm Burger. (Seriously, I had to resist the urge to grab a fry or plantain chip off someone’s plate as I squeezed between tables.) When opening the door, I was convinced Trae and I were about to barge into a kitchen. But after following some purple-hued, dimly lit stairs down and down, we found One Word Brewing. I really did feel like Alice falling down the rabbit hole.
The brewery retains the whimsy with dark lighting, rustic beams, and local artists adorning the walls. A leg lamp resides on a keg near the dart board. Behind the bar, stairs go to nowhere. No White Rabbit will be claiming to be late because there isn’t a clock on the wall.
One World is a 1.5 barrel system, which means that they make a lot of small batches of beer and their taps rotate constantly. The brewery has 10 taps, with six of those taps being the mainstays and four constant rotating taps. When we were there, the bartender told us that she never knows what to expect when she comes into work because the four taps change so often. (She also joked that the zombie apocalypse could happen and she would never know since the brewery is literally underground, but at least she would have grains to eat and beer to drink!)
You can taste six beers with a flight. Each beer has a distinct flavor. For example, their Pumpkin Ale didn’t make me feel like I was drinking a Starbucks latte, but instead it had a true pumpkin taste that wasn’t overpowered with spice. The Mini-Mosaic was our favorite; the description of lychee, peach, and citrus had us worried it would be overly sweet, but the beer was perfectly balanced. Trae normally isn’t the biggest fan of fruity beer, but he loved it. If we hadn’t been leaving town that day, we both would have ordered a pint of the stuff. (We seriously debated buying a growler of Mini-Mosaic and heading to a grocery store to buy ice and a cooler bag.)
So my suggestion for the perfect day Downtown Asheville? Start with coffee at Double D’s, enjoy some shopping (especially at Tops, a three-story shoe store, and Malaprop’s Bookstore), lunch at the Twisted Crepe, and a flight at One World Brewery to round out the night. Oh, and don’t forget a cooler for your growler!