Asheville's one and only Belgian beer bar is set to expand upward. The former home of Almost Blue and most recently Something Different on Patton is going to be home to an expansion of the Thirsty Monk, and will feature rotating drafts of American craft beer to supplement the great selection of Belgian beers downstairs. Work has already begun, but there is not set time frame for the opening of the new space, which will feature a small outdoor seating area to go with the new brews. Stairs will connect both spaces, so you will be able to order beer from either floor. If you have ever been to the Brickstore Pub near Atlanta the setup will be very familiar, only flipped as the Belgian section will be downstairs instead of upstairs as it is at the Brickstore. I'm really excited about seeing the new space.
Speaking of new things, the Bruisin' Ales blog has announced that the Wedge Brewery will finally be open next Friday on the 30th. It looks like the IPA may be the only offering to start, but it shouldn't take too long to get the rest of the beers online. I'll be there on Friday if you want to say hello.