When Tim Schaller opened The Wedge in 2008, it was the smallest tasting room in Asheville. Not so anymore. They’re adding a second location, Wedge at Foundation. Situated in the River Arts District behind Riverview Station Studios, the brewery takes its name from a nearby skatepark. Targeted to open at the end of February / early March, the new 7,500 square foot taproom and brewhouse will have 30 taps serving the same great Wedge beers and feature a large taproom, outdoor patios in front and out back, a beer window, and a 1,500 square foot event space. They’ll also be increasing brewing capacity with an additional 7 barrel system.
In an area awash with beautiful murals and graffiti, the new brewery promises to keep the spirit of the River Arts District alive by being nothing short of a gallery. Muralists, graffiti artists, woodworkers and welders all contributed to the unique decor. Approaching the front of the building you’re greeted with a mural by Ian Wilkinson which features cherubic spray painters and what might be a visual metaphor for the religious reverence of the work taking place behind the walls – turning water into golden deliciousness. Inside, the bar is supported by a Julie Armbruster mural picturing a whimsical interpretation of the French Broad River and topped with a handmade bar from Julian Harris. Industrial style arts and craftsmanship are evident in details throughout the interior space. The outside patios made use of “urbanite” (a fancy name for recycled chunks of concrete) as pavers, stone for walls and artistic canvas.
We had the opportunity to take a tour with Shelton and brewery owner Tim Schaller where we snapped a few pictures while it was still under construction.