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Taps: 10 / Bottles: 350
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 40 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by MarcatGSB:
4.66/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
So glad to have the opportunity to patronize this facility. Stopped by as part of a east coast beer road trip, and am not disappointed at all. It's a large, warehouse style bottle shop with a boat load of wines...
Large windows on the front let in a good amount of light, with seating spread through out the facility. Nice, homey feel, with some power outlets in case you are also travelling and need to get a charge.
Ten taps, with a good selection of local brews, and some American main stay breweries like The Bruery. Highland Black Raspberry Mocha Stout. A bourbon barrel aged mocha stout with raspberries. Nice flavor, good body. Really mellow bourbon character. $6.00 for a pint...awesome.
The beer selection is really nice. Lots of stuff that I was HOPING, but not expecting to find down this way. 90% of the bottles are at room temp, kind of stacked towards the back of the store, anywhere they have room.
Jeff was working when we stopped in, and he was super friendly. You can tell he has a good feel for the industry, and it really shows. This is a nice place, and would recommend it to anyone. I think the deserve their "world class" designation. Keep up the good work!
12-10-2012 18:11:08 | More by MarcatGSB
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4.94/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
They have a great selection of bottled beer as well as growlers from Draft. The dejection is great and the prices are in par for craft beer. The growlers are a bit more expensive than you can get at the local breweries but they also have great beers from breweries in other states like terrapin. I got some dirt Wolf today and it is delicious.
03-15-2014 02:18:01 | More by deegan42
4.22/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Despite the name, this venue may be better known for craft beer. A spacious room has wine (and a few beers) towards the front, and a beer area in the rear. There are some cold cases with bottles and pre-filled growlers, but most beer is warm. In the middle is a fine semicircular bar with a few chooice brews on tap. These can be consumed while browsing the inventory. Speaking of inventory, the selection here is superb, with a wide range of local, US and international beers. Knowledgable and helpful staff.
02-23-2014 00:39:24 | More by chinchill
4.9/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
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 -15.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited last month on my way out of town. I've been to Bruisin' a couple times, but wanted to check this out for a change.
First, it's probably just beyond what I'd consider a walkable distance from downtown. The store is pretty big, and spaced out - half beer, half wine, which a bar in the middle. The beer selection was impressive - pretty well organized, and probably the widest selection in the city (if not state..)
We picked up a bunch of local beer, and it's all been good. Prices were reasonable and I didn't see anything that looked past it's prime (which is something I might worry about with bigger stores like this one). Decent glassware section too, and service was reasonable enough.
All in all a very good store.
12-12-2013 01:07:07 | More by jophish17
4.46/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
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
Appalachian Vintner in Asheville, NC
100 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.