Sold! Biltmore Avenue property in downtown Asheville to Green Man Brewery

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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185_biltmore_asheville_green_manGreen Man Brewery is on a roll.

The brewery this week purchased 185 Biltmore Ave. for $875,000, according to property records. The property is the former location of Asheville attorney Gene Ellison’s law practice. It was also home to Ray and Allen Funeral Home, and before that it served as the Asheville Colored Hospital. There’s no word on how Green Man will use the property.

The property is just across South Lexington Avenue from Green Man’s big $4 million expansion on Buxton Avenue. The brewery’s new building will be home to a packaging hall, retail shop and rooftop beer garden. The expansion should be open this fall.

Over the past few months, Green Man has made a couple of more moves to solidify its spot in the heart of Asheville’s South Slope, which is also getting established as the heart of the city’s vibrant craft brewing scene (the area is home to half a dozen craft breweries.) Green Man recently purchased the site of its tasting room, a location it has been leasing for years. green_man_banks_asheville_2015

And Green Man recently purchased a piece of adjacent property to its rear and that fronts on Banks. Brewery owner Dennis Thies says that building will serve as storage and will help it grow its sour beer program.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. kale_flipper March 21, 2015

    I suppose Green Man brewing is making huge amounts of cash. Building the huge building and now buying this. They must be making millions some how. I had no idea their brand was so popular.

    1. indie March 23, 2015

      Way more green in beer than kale. Duh.

  2. Sean March 21, 2015

    It was a funeral home. While I appreciate your message in that the building was a part of history, not many folks are keenly interested in repurposing a funeral home. That was evidenced by the fact that it languished on the market for at least five years after Gene Ellison moved his office.

    1. NFB March 21, 2015

      It was also a hospital that served the African American community during segregation.

  3. Helen March 21, 2015

    This is just wonderful news. If a business owns its own building, the landlord cannot just double your rent just because you, the business owner, has worked hard and created a good business. You now have control over your own destiny, and there is one less space for a fast food franchise to take over. Well done Green Man, congratulations and am really excited about your expansion.

  4. jenni March 20, 2015

    And don’t forget Green Man’s expansion into Florida! On a roll, indeed!

  5. RobotDanceMonkey1975 March 19, 2015

    It makes me sad that “local” black history is being torn down so that we can drink more “local” beer. It’s sad that it wasn’t even being “recognized” in the first place. I am happy for one less “lawyer” though so I guess it all “evens itself out.”

    1. Doug Cegelis March 20, 2015

      What’s even sadder is your repeated improper use of quotes.

    2. Sam Craig March 21, 2015

      1. While it may occur, nothing in that story said the building would be torn down.
      2. Gene Ellison remains an attorney here, just at a different location.
      3. Gotta agree that yours was a strange application of quotation marks.

      1. MC September 23, 2015

        They tore it down.

    3. murphy March 21, 2015

      “One less lawyer…?”

      If you are referring to Gene Ellison you are missing the mark– he simply moved from that building to his new offices closer to the courthouse…

      1. RobotDanceMonkey1975 March 23, 2015

        Sounds like this Gene is a “good man.” Lots of people know where his office is.

        Guess I was referring more to the “Johnnie-Cocarhan-types.”

        Quotes let you know where I put the “emphasis.”

        1. Sam Craig March 23, 2015

          While you may not like the outcome of the OJ trial, Johnny Cochran did a hell of a job. As an attorney it is not his job to be the trier of fact (e.g., jury or judge), it is to represent his client. He did his job well.


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