August 1, 2013

The Grove Park Inn Goes Craft: Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen

The attractive interior space opens into
even more impressive mountain views.
Someone made a very wise move when they decided to make craft beer and local food the focal point of the Grove Park Inn's classy new restaurant. 

Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen carries ten North Carolina beers on tap, including several local brews. Edison will offer flights of up to four pours, allowing drinkers to sample some of North Carolina's finest ales and lagers. The draft beer selection is rounded out by number of quality canned and bottled beers, again with a focus on the regional and local.

Brewed exclusively for the Grove Park Inn by Asheville's Highland Brewing Company is the Centennial Pale Ale, made with Canadian two-row barley malt and Summit, Centennial, and Falconer's Flight hops. It tastes the way an American pale ale should, with balanced hop bitterness and equal parts hoppy spice and citrus notes. It's deceptively sessionable for its 8% alcohol by volume.

The Edison menu caters to the locavore, featuring some familiar, yet highly refined dishes, with the majority of ingredients coming from within a 100-mile radius of Asheville. The oysters, prawns, and cured meats are all fresh and fantastic. The chicken and sweet potato waffles served with a local honey hot sauce elevates the southern soul food combination to gourmet status.

Between the expansive mountain views and the superb beer and food, Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen is sure to be an inspirational stop for any craft beer adventurer.

Highland's Centennial Pale Ale - a brew with a view

Beers (left to right): Altamont Hefeweizen, Highland Razor Wit, Lonerider Sweet Josie
Brown, Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout

A very comfortable lounging area

The Grove Park Inn at night - view from Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen

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