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Taps: 10 / Bottles: 350
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 42 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by commis:
4.4/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is my most visited shop in Asheville. It's really more of a wine store but they have a good amount of beer as well. Especially recently, the two brothers that own the place seem to be getting more and more into beer.
The selection is not jaw dropping but they definitely cover enough bases to make it my regular store, and the quality of what they stock is always great. What they don't stock, they will always get for me if it's available to them, they even buy cases of stuff I ask for even when I only want a couple bottles. They are always on point when it comes to keeping their customers happy.
The store has 4 taps and about 8 seats at a nice little bar and Geoff and Charles will hang out and talk beer or wine with you. Next to the bar are a few nice tables and some big, comfy leather chairs so you can grab a pint and relax while you ponder what you might buy. The taps are usually a couple locals and something special. Right now they have Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter, Pisgah Pale and fresh SCULPIN,,,,This is the second keg of Sculpin they've had and this is a market where Sculpin really does not show up in much. The big ass friendly old dog that greets you and the fact that there is a sweet little lounge area in a great store earns the Vintner a 5 for atmosphere in a bottle shop.
Prices are on par with other stores in town except for Bruisin Ales which is very pricey. I buy kegs from these guys every few weeks and the prices are as good or better for barrels than Hops n Vines, which is also one of my go-to's.
Overall this is my favorite shop in town. Charles is working on building a beer engine that will be put to use at some point in the future and at that point I may never go anywhere else.
04-23-2011 14:54:21 | More by commis
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This store seems to have it all. Its very open in regard to space, but they have a huge selection. Some bottle shops you go into are so jammed up with bottles you get vertigo or claustrophobic trying to figure out what is where. This store had a nice layout. The front of the store was more wine and that sort of thing. I don't drink wine and know very little about it other than I prefer beer over it, although they do have a very nice selection I am sure if that is what you are looking for. As you walk past the center of the store, where they have taps ready for growler fills, you enter a very large and reasonably priced selection of beers. It seems they focus more on the local guys, which is a good thing, but they also have national craft beers and imports. I really wasn't focusing on imports, actually I am almost exclusively American craft these days. Not that imports are bad, but, I have run my course on them and we have some damn good breweries in the US, and in particular the state of North Carolina. They had what I was looking for, did not seem to have restrictions on how many bottles I wanted, although it wasn't all that rare, but rare enough to suggest that some stores may put restrictions on it. The staff was friendly and seemed very knowledgeable, I will return next time I am in Asheville. Too bad they were out of one of the beers I wanted, but so does everyone else! My point is they did have it. So check it out, its a pleasant store to get what you need and maybe some things you were not looking for from some of the local breweries, which we should support. Support local!
06-29-2014 04:27:34 | More by humuloner22
4.97/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Appalachian Vintner has become my go to beer store in Asheville. Great selection of beers from Asheville and other areas of North Carolina, as well as American crafts and Imports. Prices are a bit lower than other places in town (in some instances almost $1 less). Stock seems to rotate well. Best service in Asheville --very friendly, knowledgable and courteous. Also have 20 taps (1 of which is cask) of interesting brews. Don't listen to the hype surrounding the "other"beer store in Asheville -- make Appalachian Vintner your first (and perhaps only) stop.
06-14-2014 17:53:26 | More by pathman
Appalachian Vintner in Asheville, NC
100 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.