Pierson, an award-winning brewer, left the popular Asheville brewpub in 2012 following what he described as a contract dispute with the owners of LAB. Pierson built the LAB brewing system and had worked for them since 2009. He worked for Green Man Brewing in Asheville prior to going to Lexington Avenue Brewing. Pierson said when he quit that he would return to his landscaping business in Greenville, S.C.
Pierson has been holding a series of private events at Swamp Rabbit as he nears his grand opening. His beer has already getting rave reviews. Here’s a sampling from Swamp Rabbit on FB:
Vinnie Taylor: Traveled from PA…land of many great breweries..Victory, Appalachian Breweries to name a few…Ben Pierson, Brewmaster Magnificent, has captured the essence of German Beers to a T! The Porter and Oktoberfest, next to a Champagne Cocktail is my new favorite drinks. Don’t walk, run to Swamp Rabbit Brewery and Taproom. It is absolutely worth the run to Travelers Rest, outside of Greenville and Asheville, SC.
Dan Lewis of Asheville: My beer drinking experience goes back over 40 years and several continents; I have a long palate memory and am not easily swayed by popular opinion or the latest thing. I live in Asheville, the local beertopia, so you’d think I’d have my fill of good beer, but not all Asheville brews are worth serious consideration to me. Some places I avoid all together. Perhaps someday the brewers at these un-named places will elevate their product to a higher standard. All that said, I was fortunate enough to recently sample the soon-to-be-revealed Swamp Rabbit beers, and find myself envying the local residents of Traveler’s Rest; Ben Pierson’s brews are European quality, world-class exceptional beer. Subtlety , complexity, mouth feel, long finishes…these beers have it all, and then some. I live some 50 miles away, and expect to make the 100 mile roundtrip regularly…it’s THAT good. Ben is one of the top brewers in the region, and that will not be a secret much longer. Thanks, Ben; you know how it’s done.