The Whale West Asheville Named in USA Today’s Top 10 Beer Bars 2023


The Whale West Asheville Named in USA Today’s Top 10 Beer Bars 2023

  • Rachel Leslie

    Just a local twenty-something excited to bring AVL news to you!

The Whale AVL was voted sixth in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice
Awards - Top 10 Beer Bars in the US.

The Whale AVL in West Asheville is super stoked to announce that they were voted the sixth best beer bar in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

The Whale was selected as a nominee by a panel of experts that includes world-renowned beer authority Dennis Malcome "Ale" Sharpton, American Homebrewers Association executive director Julia Herz, and CEO of Beer
Kulture Latiesha Cook. 10Best editors then narrowed the field to select the final set of 20 nominees for the Readers’ Choice Awards.

During a four-week voting period, The Whale was voted into the Top 10 at number six by readers and fans.

The 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards recognized The Whale as a Top 10 contender because of its beer selection. The Whale tries to provide the most unique and top-tier selection of beer. This has taken co-owners Andrew Ross
and Jesse Van Note years of making industry connections, personal networking, and a lot of good times that were then turned into a thoughtfully curated draft and package list.

“It’s a huge honor to even make this list, let alone join so many world-class establishments. Thank you to our amazing customers for their votes. It means the world to us. Prost!” says Jesse Van Note, co-owner of The Whale Collective.

The top ten winners in the Beer Bar category are as follows:
1. Pilot Project Brewing
2. Side Hustle Taproom
3. Brick Store Pub
4. O'Brien's Pub
5. Monk's Cafe
6. The Whale
7. Max's Taphouse
8. HopCat
9. ChurchKey
10. Hop City Beer & Wine



From The Whale:

About Us

While Asheville has some fantastic local craft beers, we showcase something different. Opening in 2017 at 507 Haywood Rd., our goal has always been to provide unique offerings that aren’t the same beers served at other bars around town. We handpick each selection of world-class craft beer from around the globe while paying special attention to quality and history.

Often, we are fortunate to brew collaborative beers with local and regional breweries that are “Whale Exclusives”.

The Whale now has four locations: The original West Asheville location, The Whale Outpost in East Asheville, one in Greenville SC, and another in
Charleston SC.


About 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards

While the 10Best Readers' Choice Award contest lives on - a standalone travel media site - it is promoted across the USA TODAY Travel Media Group's digital and mobile products, as well as via social media.
Nominees are also announced and/or promoted across relevant USA TODAY departments and through Gannett media outlets. provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. The core of the site's uniqueness is its team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields - and their cities - but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so the content is constantly updated. averages 5 million visitors per month. It was acquired by USA TODAY in January of 2013. USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY's mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation. Through its unique visual storytelling, USA TODAY delivers high-quality and engaging content across print, digital, social, and video platforms. An innovator of news and information, USA TODAY reflects the pulse of the nation and serves as the host of the American conversation — today, tomorrow, and for decades to follow. USA TODAY, the nation's number one newspaper in print circulation with an average of more than 1.6 million daily, and, an award-winning newspaper website launched in 1995, reach a combined 6.6 million readers daily. USA TODAY is a
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