Saluda’s Green River Brew Depot features WNC Craft Beers

Published 9:34 am Monday, July 22, 2013

Judging from the smiles on his and Susan’s faces, his hunch was good.

Green River Brew Depot rotates some 14 western North Carolina craft beers on tap, keeping at least four types at any given time – porter, IPA (India Pale Ale), pale and dark. Bottled beer is also available. Other selections from Nantahala Brewing are its Brown Ale and Summer Wheat.

Green River Brew Depot’s wooden bar top is enjoying a second life.

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Nancy Barnett said the bar originally entertained visitors to Martin’s Tea Room, which once served tea in what is now the Saluda Library. Martin’s became a speakeasy around the 1920s, where the name was used with a different meaning, Barnett said.

“Somehow,” recalled Barnett, “Daddy got the bar (from Martin’s). He was always getting anything that somebody else didn’t want.”

Ken said a conversation with Barnett revealed the existence of the old bar, and a trip was made to the “Chicken Place” to get it. Sure enough, the whole thing (the top of the old bar) was there,” he said. Now, at 26 Church Street, Saluda, it continues its interrupted service.

Meals are not available, but Green River Brew Depot serves a selection of snacks. Smith encourages customers to bring food to the taproom, and complement it with something from the beer or wine list.

Live music will likely be added as well. Green River Brew Depot is open Fridays from 4-10 p.m., Saturdays from 2-10 p.m., and Sundays from 2-6 p.m. Outdoor seating is available.

“It’s cool,” Ken said. “I’m looking forward to walking in here, and knowing everybody.”