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3.69/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$
A similar atmosphere that you would find at any Whole Foods store, though perhaps even more full of hipsters and hippies. The store is physically quite small with real narrow aisles which makes navigating the store similar to getting through the Holland Tunnel on your way into work in NYC (lots of delays). The beer and wine section is in the back righthand corner and is mostly just cooler areas but there are a few spots in the beer/wine section that have beer at room temperature on shelves. Additionally, you will need to pay attention to the endcaps in the store as I saw some beers that were not in the beer section on those (mostly bomber format).
The beers were the proper seasonals and all appeared to be fresh (for those with date codes on them). The majority of the beers were being sold at refrigeration temperature from the coolers and the section did not have any windows though the fluorescent lighting was quite bright (one of the brightest sections of the store).
I personally did not interact with any employees in the beer section but I do not have the expectation in a grocery store of getting good pointers for beer. Since I have been to the Asheville area numerous times, I was familiar with the products on the shelves.
The selection is pretty decent but not overly extensive with a heavy focus on local Asheville breweries (it pales in comparison with Bruisin' Ales and Appalachian Vintners). Fairly decent selection of local singles but again nothing that is not easy to find.
I did not try the food on this visit but like other Whole Foods, it has a fairly extensive hot food bar and cold food bar.
Prices were fair and in line with other shops in the area for beer.
12-08-2013 14:27:45 | More by dbrauneis
3.36/5 rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Sunday Afternoon, on our way to Wedge. Swing in for a quick one.
Atmosphere: Asheville's hippest place to shop - a hipster paradise in a hipster town. Seriously, Greenlife is a high end grocer, especially busy on a Sunday.
Quality/Service: Clean store, if not a little harried. I didn't seek out any assistance and didn't receive any.
Selection: Average selection - heavy on locals (all NC I consider to be local). Most everything is in a few open coolers near the back of the store. I didn't come across anything new or exciting and would recommend checking out a few of the better stores in town first.
05-29-2012 01:47:44 | More by akorsak
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by here on my way back to Oklahoma, pretty access from my route.
The beer section was laid out in an organized & coherent manner
The quality on all beer purchased was good
The beer beer guy was very chatty & I saw him go half across the store to show a beer to a customer they were asking about ( they were in bombers not six packs ). The cashier was fairly friendly too
Selection of NC brews was pretty darn good with a respectable regional & import selection as well A fair selection of to go growlers as well. I walked out of there with stuff from French Broad, Highland, Pisgah, Brooklyn, Stone & Epic
Prices on all beers were pretty reasonable
This is a great plan B if Bruisin Ales isn't open
12-31-2011 23:15:52 | More by russpowell
3.65/5 rDev -11.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here while killing time before Bruisin' Ales opened up on my recent trip to Asheville. From the direction I came into the parking lot, you really had to know where this place was to find it. I was on-foot so I had more options than when travelling in a car. Upon walking in it was laid out like a massively crowded Whole Foods that we have back home. The beer is in the back right by the way... I walked all around the periphery of the store until I found it. Upon reaching the section I noticed that they had a pretty decent selection for a store that mainly focuses on food. I had one employee ask me if I needed any help, but just told them I was browsing at the time. All of the prices were fairly reasonable for the area and there were quite a few different brews with a direct focus on locals. Worth swinging in here if you are looking for some locals and a few other oddities, but that is about it really.
12-28-2010 15:35:16 | More by thagr81us
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Day one of my Asheville vacation...
I walked here with my wife in the afternoon while we had some time to ourselves. Immediately it seemed like a pretty cool place; obviously you could get food from inside and eat it at the tables outside, it was a pretty wide open space in spite of all the people milling around, and they had really good, quality deli foods, specialty items, coffees and teas, etc. Based on what I'd read in reviews beforehand, I did expect more selection. It turns out they're currently in the process of selling to Whole Foods, and i don't know if that had anything to do with it, but the selection was pretty good, not the amazing selection I had read of. There were two sections for beer, more than a typical grocery, and I saw a lot of stuff I can't get in Toledo; not just individual beers, breweries we can't get anything from there. I did look everywhere and seemingly obvious brewers like Stone and Rogue weren't there. There prices on beer were middle of the road, so to speak, and I found it cool that they sell growlers from local breweries ($9.99). It wasn't what it seems to have been, though, and it wasn't nearly as much as I could find at my top places in and near Toledo (any of The Andersons and Marino's, specifically). It does seem the entire beer selection was quality and there wasn't a macro light to be found. Service is tough to grade because it depends on so many factors, and some people were very friendly while others ignored us. The checkouts didn't seem to be fast but we used a checkout near the deli and we blazed through. The beer guy was very knowledgeable and helpful, though, so that pushes it up. Overall this was a very cool place. We got great food from the deli at a good price and ate it in a cool dining area up a ramp and we got great food to eat at home too. As a beer place specifically, though, while I'm glad I could get, say, a sixer of Gubna, there's a lot I can't get; and, along with that, there are very few singles and no make your own sixer option. It was pretty much only six-packs and 750s. As a beer place, then, it's not quite as good as it is as a grocery overall. It is still pretty good.
07-06-2010 21:48:49 | More by Brenden
Greenlife Grocery in Asheville, NC
92 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.