About the Wedge Brewery
Wedge Brewing Co is located in the lower level of the Wedge Studios in the River Arts District in Asheville, North Carolina. The three story classic warehouse was built adjacent to the railroad tracks and functioned as a produce and livestock distribution center in the early part of the 19th century.
After many evolutions, the Wedge, named for the shape of the building, was transformed into Artist studios by our friend, John Payne. Click here to see some of his work on YouTube.
Our intention at the Wedge Brewery is to produce good beer in the classic styles. We use the best sourced ingredients to make beer we can be proud of. Our brewery size and production (about 1300 barrels) allow us to be a throwback to the neighborhood brewery. We are always thankful and honored by the support of our beer-savvy locals.
If you are in the area, and can find us, come on down for a pint and watch the trains roll by.
About Carl Melissas – Our Brewmaster
Carl has been making beer for over 13 years. Before he was a brewer, he remodeled houses and was a chef.
From 1998 to 2000 he was an avid home brewer and won many home brewing awards living in Georgia. Carl apprenticed for 3 months at Dogwood Brewery in Atlanta, GA in 2000.
From 2002 to 2004 Carl started his first headbrewing position at the Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport, PA. In his second year at the Bullfrog he was awarded a Gold and a Silver for two belgian style beers in the World Beer Cup Awards.
In 2005 he moved himself and his family to Asheville, North Carolina to take over as the head brewmaster for Greenman Brewing Company. He worked there for two years until he met Tim Schaller, who came to him with the idea of the Wedge.
Carl says “It’s an honor and feels really natural for me to make beer in the river art’s district – right in the middle of the artist’s community. I like to think of beer as just another form of art.”