Fans of the Thirsty Monk’s iconic location and offerings at 92 Patton Ave. have something grand to celebrate this month as the brewery debuted its new basement-level bar Delirium to rave reviews July 21.
The Delirium Bar features the world-renowned beers Delirium Tremens, Delirium Nocturnum and La Guillotine. In addition, fans will delight in the incredibly rare Belgian rotating offerings that are unique to Asheville, along with Thirsty Monk Brewery’s Belgian-style beers and cocktail-inspired Holy Water Hard Seltzers.
Visitors can look forward to a fun European pub atmosphere with eclectic décor, highlighting the Monk’s own Asheville roots and tarot influence, and a festive splash of Belgian humor in the bar’s namesake – an homage to the iconic Belgian pink elephant.
“What a freaking year it has been,” said Thirsty Monk CEO Barry Bialik. “Since the world was essentially put on ice back in mid-March 2020, Thirsty Monk has had to completely reinvent itself as a diverse modern beverage company. Our focus has been on improving our award-winning Belgian-style beers and doubling down on our Holy Water Hard Seltzers.”
Thirsty Monk Downtown Asheville marked its reopening with its famed multistory craft beer and cocktail taproom, featuring Top of The Monk, one of Asheville’s most beloved craft cocktail bars; the taproom, which features a full lineup of the brewery’s Belgian-rooted modern ales, along with the Holy Water Hard Seltzer lineup and classic pub cocktails; and Delirium Bar.
With more than a year of downtime, Thirsty Monk has had the opportunity to freshen up its 120-year-old building that has become a downtown landmark.
“The Downtown Monk looks better than it ever has,” said Bialik, adding “our our freshly refinished century-old wood floors are like brand new white sneakers just waiting for our fun-loving patrons to spill a little beer on. We can’t wait to serve our Asheville friends and visitors once again.”
Thirsty Monk’s downtown hours are 4-11 p.m., Wednesday through Thursday; non to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 4-10 p.m., Sunday.
Not Just Another Pretty Face
In addition to the company’s alcoholic beverage focus, Thirsty Monk has opened up two quick-service food locations over the past yea – Tasty Greens, a design-your-own salad and grain bowl restaurant in Biltmore Park, and Holy Water Sushi and Hard Seltzer Brewpub, Asheville’s first hard seltzer taproom, featuring hand-crafted sushi rolls in South Asheville’s Gerber Village.