Merry Wine Market, The
Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by wcudwight:
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
If you are traveling I-40 from either Charlotte or the Triad to visit the awsome beer culture in Asheville and do not stop in at the Merry Wine Market then you are missing out. First of all you are missing Black Mtn. It's a quaint small Appalachain town that is a wonderful place to visit. The Merry Wine Market fits it's town well. It's quaint and small but very well thought out. The beer is in the back corner of the store and it's a small selection, but they have all the newest and best selections from there distributer. They carry the entire line of the Terrapin Monster Series of beers, and also had the most extinsive selection of Weyerbacher beers I've seen. Weyerbacher was just approved by the state to distribute in NC. It also has the best service I've had in a beer store, and I've never had bad service. Make sure you take the time to chat with Kevin as he is very knowledgable and passionate about craft beer and home brewing. He's also one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. I think the Merry Wine Market and Black Mtn should be a must stop on your Western NC beer excursions.
04-25-2006 03:59:33 | More by wcudwight
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3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
This is a small store in downtown Black Mountain, but its the only thing besides gas stations and grocery stores in the town.
They have a huge selection of wine, but the beer takes up the back cooler and some shelves in the back as well.
Selection is good for the limited space they use. Pisgah brewery is right down the street, so they usually get all the good bottles from them as a new selection of fresh growlers every week. The rest of the selection is well thought out. A few good brands in each style, and a smattering of other local brews.
If you can't manage the time to drive into Ashevegas, this is definitely the place for you.
Make sure you check out one of the two bars within walking distance for a fresh pint. They both have great selections.
09-18-2008 17:37:34 | More by jraycee
4/5 rDev -3.6%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
As you can probably tell by the name this is a wine dominant store. You can however find a decent amount of stuff here if you look, and aside from going down to Pisgah, it really is the only stop in Black Mountain. They tend to carry an adequate variety of locals, some growlers from Pisgah, French Broad, and a good amount of Belgians. Nothing really extraordinary, but you can make a good find or two. I would not really say anything bad about the place; however, Asheville is not far away, along with a much better selection. But for a wine dominant store they do fairly well. Prices are pretty average and the staff actually did know what they were talking about when I was there. Its a friendly little place, and I am sure if I lived in the area I would be there frequently. Overall if you are going to Pisgah (which you should be) then it is a not a bad stop on the way in or out to grab something else.
10-18-2007 23:26:17 | More by mikesgroove
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Coming into Asheville down 40, I noticed signs for Black Mountain. I knew the Merry Wine Market was in town because my girlfriend had stopped to buy me some beers last time she was in town.
It's right on the main street (or at least the street I came into town on...) right in the middle of town. As you can see from the picture, it's a quaint little building in a quaint little mountain town.
The store is focuses mainly on wine (glance at the name of the store again). In the back of the store, however, is a nice little beer section. While the beer side is not bountiful, it is carefully selected and there are many fine offerings from Weyerbacher, Highland, Unibroue as well as assorted Belgians and growlers from Pisgah Brewing right down the road, hurray!
The staff is ridiculously helpful thanks to the size and nature of the store.
This place is a must see if you find yourself in Black Mountain. Make sure to check this one out.
11-09-2006 23:00:20 | More by timtheenchanta
4/5 rDev -3.6%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
After a weekend in Asheville, the wife and I stopped by Black Mountain to enjoy the picture perfect weather and do some walking around and early Christmas shopping. Our first stop was the Merry Wine Market. It is a small little place on hwy 70, right downtown. You cant miss it. Parking was easy enough the streets are fairly easy to navigate, even if the sidewalks are a bit narrow.
Although they are more focused on wine, this is a nice beer shop. They had all of the local Highland favorites and some others as well. Certainly most stores in Asheville have a better selection, but the service was great. We purchased wine for the folks and the clerk was very excited and eager to talk about the wine. The beer was a bit more pricey than down the street. I liked this place and was a pleasant surprise in Black Mountain.
10-30-2006 14:46:01 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
A recent and fairly unexpected visit to Black Mountain, NC yielded great food, a beautiful little town center, interesting shops, great people watching, and this surprise of the day. Though they are clearly more focused on wine (grumble...), the small stock of beer that they did have was excellent, cutting out any and all average fare. Represented were Chouffe, Van Steenberge, Rogue, Weyerbacher, Bison, local Appalachian brewer Highland, several German and English brewers, even three different kinds of French Broad styles (Asheville) in growlers! The store was very clean, everything displayed nicely, the lone employee that day was friendly (though she wasn't a beer connoisseur, apparently), and surprisingly, for this fairly touristy area, the prices were quite fair.
Stumbling upon this store made my Black Mountain visit even better. The beer stock isn't large, but again, it's all about quality over quantity here. Whoever their beer buyer is clearly knows his/her stuff.
06-05-2006 21:06:49 | More by Metalmonk
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The Merry Wine Market is a cinch to find since it can be reached from a couple of I-40 exits. Parking streetside in Black Mountain isn't a chore either. The people inside said it had been in business for almost 3 years.
The place is, how should I put it, small. The selection of wine and beer both appear to be fairly well thought out, but not on a grand scheme. Quality over quantity for the most part. The person working was apologetic that Kevin Marino, their Craft Brew Director, was not present. He said if I had any questions he would get Kevin on the phone, a nice touch.
The beers at first seemed not to need a second look, but digging a little deeper in the well yeilded DeProef Pinhead at $8.19 a bottle, cheapest I have ever seen that beer series. They also had Surly Bird and many other Belgians. The selection only gets a 3.5, is heading toward a 4.0, but would need more offerings to be that level. They did have French Broad River growlers which occupied space in the single beer cooler.
A nice little store, with excellent quality and attention to detail. They wrapped my beers in tissue paper, a very nice touch! Prices were written on the bottles in a wipe off white marker and they started to swipe them off, but I told them that was not necessary. I'll drop back in, since it is only minutes off the highway and I like the feel of Black Mountain.
04-11-2006 20:45:26 | More by GCBrewingCo
Merry Wine Market, The in Black Mountain, NC
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