Last night was RAD in the District (Asheville’s River Arts District). We’d dined at Bull and Beggar (more on that in another post), and decided to swing over to nearby Blue Kudzu Sake Company for their Grand Opening.
From a 2011 casual conversation to throwing doors open last night, Blue Kudzu Sake Tasting Room and Cafe owners have worked hard to bring Asheville another unique culinary venue. Love Godzilla telling whoever that is with him, about Blue Kudzu graphic on the back wall.
They’ve done a great job creating a hip, urban-bar-lounge feel inside. There’s high top and bar seating as well as large, modern, black leather-like sectionals. A cozy patio outside sports a few good-sized tables and, last night, a live band.
I love the old general store counter they’ve used for their bar. Each bin is filled with sake rice. Available sake, wine, and beer are listed on the board under Blue Kudzu “merch”.
Asheville’s lucky to be the recipient of this group’s dream. They’ve opened the fourth micro-sake brewery in the country. Their focus will be “producing small batch, hand crafted, sake.”
Plenty of sake choices were available, but not Blue Kudzu. Brew tanks are ready (visible through street-side window and on your way to the restrooms), but are awaiting final permit approval.
Kudzu’s kitchen is cranking out an Asian Small Plates menu. We were pretty full from dinner, so decided to share a flight ($15). This is going to sound girly, but aren’t those glasses adorable? For you guys, they’re minimalist-masculine. From left to right below:
- Kizakura “blossom of peace” Kyoto Plum brewed ume-shu
- Momokawa Moonstone Lemongrass
- TY Ku Sake Black
- Asa Biraki Naburyu Junmai “Southern Stream”
Neither of us knew much (anything) about sake, so our server put the flight together for us. We preferred the fruity sake (two on the left), but over time I might develop a taste for non-fruity varieties also. I’m not able to pick a favorite between the Lemongrass and Plum. They were both delicious in their own way, with the plum being more subtle perhaps.
Blue Kudzu will quickly become a favorite spot to meet up for drinks, or drinks over a dinner of small plates. I’ll definitely be going back to try some small plates. Full menu here.
Not a sake lover? There’s a good selection of wine and beer – a something for everyone drink menu.
If you go: travel Depot St. to the far end after entering RAD from Patton Ave direction. There’s street parking and a large free lot across from Blue Kudzu.