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Taps: 10 / Bottles: 350
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 39 | Show All Ratings:
4.22/5 rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Despite the name, this venue may be better known for craft beer. A spacious room has wine (and a few beers) towards the front, and a beer area in the rear. There are some cold cases with bottles and pre-filled growlers, but most beer is warm. In the middle is a fine semicircular bar with a few chooice brews on tap. These can be consumed while browsing the inventory. Speaking of inventory, the selection here is superb, with a wide range of local, US and international beers. Knowledgable and helpful staff.
02-23-2014 00:39:24 | More by chinchill
4.9/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
A = Large, open shopping floor lends to uncrowded, pleasant shopping experience with large craft (including many local and regional brands) and import selection. Only room for improvement is some shelf reorganization to ensure that all products in a brand find shelf space together and perhaps some better regional grouping. Now, here's the bonus that earns a near-'5': There are 20 craft taps and you can drink as you shop in this hybrid on/off-premise store. What's not to love?
Q = Quality is a priority here...from ensuring that products are all within date code, to ensuring that all glassware is properly sanitized/polished to ensure the best draught pour.
S = Service is recognized as key to success here. Retail customers are always approached to see if help is needed and beer guidance (including pairing ideas) is always provided to those who need it. Beer consultants do double-duty as beertenders and you receive the same courteous attention at the bar.
S = Selection is fantastic and focuses on specialty items you won't find at the grocery store down the street. Absolutely no "big" beers...but also very few craft products that would be shared in common with those stores (which accounts for the minimal subtraction of points). Space here is devoted to the most desirable craft/import brands and specific products that are available in this market. Asheville has been dubbed "Beer City USA" because of the number of breweries per capita, and every one that packages their product can be found at AV.
F = No food is served at AV; however, there are some local artisan cheeses, crackers, chips, etc. that are available for purchase and may be consumed on-premise as beer (or wine) are enjoyed.
V = Prices are reasonable given the product selection, but this is not a "value" mega-store (e.g. Total Wines & More; Binny's Beverage Depot). Instead, you get treated right (see Service) and are guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face.
02-21-2014 19:21:44 | More by NOLAblues
3.91/5 rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited last month on my way out of town. I've been to Bruisin' a couple times, but wanted to check this out for a change.
First, it's probably just beyond what I'd consider a walkable distance from downtown. The store is pretty big, and spaced out - half beer, half wine, which a bar in the middle. The beer selection was impressive - pretty well organized, and probably the widest selection in the city (if not state..)
We picked up a bunch of local beer, and it's all been good. Prices were reasonable and I didn't see anything that looked past it's prime (which is something I might worry about with bigger stores like this one). Decent glassware section too, and service was reasonable enough.
All in all a very good store.
12-12-2013 01:07:07 | More by jophish17
4.46/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
I really liked the place, kind of a low key vibe and just outside of downtown on the way to Biltmore Village. There is a nice bar for enjoying beer on tap as well as a couple of couches. Definitely a place I will be visiting more regularly when I get back to Asheville (now that my brother-in-law lives here).
The beers available for on-premise consumption were served at the proper temperature in proper glassware and served with the right amount of head. The rest of the beers were stored in the back of the store with low lighting and well outside of the are where the light from windows could effect it (windows were tinted as well).
The service at this place was excellent - the staff was very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. Had some great conversations about some of the recent beers available on tap, what is upcoming, and what random people from out of down have brought by lately. They were very helpful in letting me know if they had certain beers available without making me search around (I had somewhat limited time but still spent a decent amount of time looking around).
They had a really nice selection of NC beers and good craft beers that are distributed to NC - probably the best selection that I have seen in WNC. Lots of stuff available in singles and bombers. Good focus on Asheville, WNC, and NC brews.
As this was a store there was not food available.
Prices were very fair, definitely in line with other places in NC.
12-06-2013 18:50:03 | More by dbrauneis
4.37/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Just did an order online for shipping. Excellent selection and was able to land Black Ops, Imperial Biscotti, and Bad Baptist among some others I can’t find here in Florida. Great selection, although the website does list a bunch of beers they don’t have in stock. Boxing/shipping was pricey but that comes with the territory of mail order. Beer prices themselves seemed about where they should be I guess. Quick and easy shipping. Gotta love mail order for out-of-dist stuff.
11-22-2013 02:52:39 | More by BMMillsy
4.46/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Wow what a big store. Off the beaten path but worth a visit.
Everything you can possibley want or can get in North Carolina is in this huge beer/wine store. Also a crap ton of glassware in the front to the left if that's your thing.
Service was awesome, they held some beers for me to come back and get while I was finishing my run.
Prices were appropriate and seemed in line with average.
10-11-2013 15:57:29 | More by claspada
4.26/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a big store, with the majority of it covered in wine bottles, beer in the back. The beer selection is huge. All of the NC breweries and just about everything that is shipped to NC, good international selection as well.
I also enjoyed being able to order a beer at the bar while shopping, and my wife enjoyed the nice comfortable couch to sit on.
Service was ok, the guy working the bar seemed kind of dry. I tried to start a conversation and ask for a few brewery recommendations around town, but didn't really get much in return. This is the one area that Bruisin' Ales excelled in, awesome customer service. Vintner is however a bit cheaper than Bruisn' Ales.
Overall this is definitely worth a stop if you are in Asheville.
08-05-2013 19:39:08 | More by Treyliff
4.74/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This place should be your first stop in Asheville. They mostly have wine, but their beer selection is huge, too. There is some glassware and a few beer specials at the front of the store (including a bargain bin) and a beer bar and bottles at the back. There's also a cooler with some cold beer and a good selection of local growlers, as well.
I found some really great beers and one of the guys walked around with me and pointed out some of his favorites in various styles which really helped considering all the local stuff I was unfamiliar with. You can grab a beer from the bar and shop while you drink, or take your beer out to their outside patio around back. The best part is, their prices are the cheaper than Bruisin' Ales, which should definitely be your second stop in Asheville. This place has it all.
07-07-2013 22:48:37 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
4.24/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Great place to sit and try several brews before filling up the truck bed with cases of delicious, sometimes elusive beers. A few nice glasses from which to pick. Second to Thirsty Monk only because of tap selection and $2 corkage fee (getting kinda sick of this bs charge that everyone is now utilizing). A must when in Asheville.
07-04-2013 00:07:39 | More by WOLFGANG
4.76/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Definitely the biggest bottle shop in Asheville. Lots of wine and beer. They have great tapping events. A little lesser known so you can find some gems here you won't find elsewhere. They don't get all special releases but they will let you know. Best prices in town in my opinion.
05-10-2013 16:02:48 | More by NastyNate11
Appalachian Vintner in Asheville, NC
100 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.