Leaf & Ale
Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
3.1/5 rDev -20.1%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
This is a great place if you don't have beer questions. The "Leaf" part really gets in the way because the smoke is everywhere and it really is rough to even look. People walk around with cigars and it makes you reek! I have trouble believing that they could not block off the smoking area a little more, but the check-out guys at the counter are smoking too.
Anyway, back to the beer... It is a great selection and you can mix and match anything. They have some very rare finds and also some typical beer store finds. It's really a mixed bag, overall very good selection though.
07-22-2010 13:48:17 | More by Schwarzwald
4.3/5 rDev +10.8%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is just about the best beer store in town. The friendly and laid back staff is also very helpful and it seems like all of the guys know a lot about both beer, and cigars, not just one or the other. Very relaxed and older gentlemen atmosphere. Strangely though I always seem to see a police officer inside (not on duty mind you, but still in uniform kicking back after work) At least I think they weren't on duty. The only bad thing about this store is not their fault at all. Tennessee's back asswards beer laws keep them from selling anything over 6 percent. Other than that their selection is pretty good given the size of the place, that and you can make your own 6 pack out of anything they have, not just a sectioned off selection of beers to pick and choose from. Decent prices too.
10-21-2008 00:56:39 | More by Likeburning
4.45/5 rDev +14.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Now this was my favorite stop on the entire trip. It is stores like this that make it worthwhile to even make a trip to begin with. This place was great, but before I get into that I do have to mention the one negative, the smoke. I left here and my clothes reeked of cigar, really not cool, and I am glad my wife stayed in the car. As for the selection, I would have to say one of the best I have ever scene. They said 273 different beers and counting, and the best part was you could mix a six pack from anything in the store, It was just fantastic. Some of the lesser distributed brews from Avery, Wild Goose, Tommy knocker, Left Hand, it was nuts. I walked out of there with a little over a case, and all of it different. You really have to love walking out with 25 different beers and you have tried none of them before. This was by far the best stop in Knoxville and one of the best stops I have ever been to in any city. I would defiantly go back here and might actually make another trip just to go back here. This place was totally top notch.
11-13-2007 01:40:10 | More by mikesgroove
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Nice little shop,though the beer selection is somewhat limited.They do have some that I cannot find elsewhere,but no "super beers".They used to sell beer kits for home brewing and that was the main reason I went there the first time.They no longer sell kits,so now my main reason is the cigars and trying new brews,such as Wexford's Irish Cream Ale.The clerks are very nice and helpful,and all around this is a fine little shop...especially if you want to kill two birds with one stone.I will continue to stop in,when I am in Knoxville.
06-24-2007 23:55:25 | More by Vvall
2.85/5 rDev -26.5%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
I was eager to walk in to this place and do a little shopping for some beer but I was a little disappointed. The beer is directly to the left when entering. Small coolers are filled with beers from Highland, Rogue, Shiner, etc, nothing really special. The first thing I noticed was the overwhelming aroma of cigar smoke. I only lasted a few minutes before my lungs began to burn and my eyes were watering. I cant imagine all of that smoke is good for the beers in the store. Looks like a nice store for cigars but for beer, pretty poor selection.
If you choose to go here, be aware of the cigar smoke and mostly limited selection.
02-27-2007 19:28:16 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I went in this store once and I was completely amazed. The place has this huge humidor for great cigars. This guy comes up and he says "Good evening Sir. Have you ever been in here? Here let me show you around. Have a cup of coffee sir. It's from a hundred year old coffee company. It's fantastic!" So the service was the best I've EVER seen. At least with this guy. There were two middle aged ladies and a 18- year old kid with them drinking beer and coke and smoking cigars while watching TV. The clerk was sitting there smoking a cigar too and chatting with them. So it was a relaxed atmosphere entirely.
The Beer - (sorry) was in a small 10 to 15 foot case and on a singles shelf. They didnt' have much i thought next to places like Earthfare and The Fresh Market but for the space they had a good variety of decent to quite damn good. They had a few of each brand basically. They had Anchor, Left Hand, New Knoxville Brewing, Flying Dog, Highland Brewing to name a few.
Overall a good & unique store. A smaller selection but I can't blame them - they only have so many fridge-cases.
02-25-2006 00:37:56 | More by CaskofFlyingDog
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5
I like this place.
I stopped in for a little morning beer shopping and stayed for about an hour of coffee drinking and BSing with some cigar smoking good ole' boys in the smoking corner.
The knowledge of beer was good from the "Social Director" and better from the owner, Mike.
The service was helpful but unobtrusive. Suggestions were offered, but first they asked me what I liked.
This is a medium sized store with most of the space devoted to cigars and tobacco, but the 20 or so feet of beer coolers were stocked with a great selection of regional brews and some from the New England Area.
I'll be coming back on my next visit.
02-17-2005 23:49:17 | More by masterbruewer
4/5 rDev +3.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Leaf and Ale is an relatively small store that is dedicated to the finer things in life. Although the floor space is more heavily dedicated to the leaf (cigar, pipe, and exclusive cigarette) side of its name, there is still a sizable inventory of craft beers. Atmosphere is very pleasant. Service was friendly and helpful. Store is open and uncrowded...even inviting customers to have a seat and stay awhile.
The selection of craft brew is quite large. Many items I'd never seen offered in my general area. Didn't appear to carry the very top rated beers (those that Ashe's Wine and Spirits carry), but has a respectable selection of individual bottles and six-packs of some well known micros. Picked up a bottle of Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale, Orkney's Dragonhead Stout, and the Winter Holiday 12 pack of Sam Adams that includes the hard-to-find (around here anyway) Cranberry Lambic, Old Fezziwig Ale, and the new Holiday Porter.
Overall, the establishment is probably only 35% dedicated to beer. But there are at least 50 different craft offerings, and all of them relatively hard to find in my area. Very good source for something different, something new, and/or something recommended by fellow BA's.
11-18-2004 11:34:14 | More by niknar
4/5 rDev +3.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
Conveniently located just off the Cedar Bluff exit of Interstate 75. Primarily a cigar store, but has homebrew supplies and a modest selection of imports and microbrews. The day of my visit, they featured several brews from the UK, I hadn't seen before such as Original Flag Porter, Thames Welsh ESB, and about a dozen others. Excellent selection of regional microbrews from the Carolinas, such as Weeping Radish, Highlands Brewing, and Thomas Creek. Good selection of porters and stouts, including SN, Butte Creek, 8 Ball, Sammy Smiths, etc. Proprietor explained that he was limited in his selection by his distributors, and that Tennessee law prohibited him from selling anything over 6% abv because they weren't a liquor store. Oddly enough, the Welsh ESB in the shop is listed at 6.5. Friendly and helpful staff on my visit, and excellent packaging for travel was provided.
12-27-2003 12:42:43 | More by merlin48
4/5 rDev +3.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
It is difficult to know how to review Leaf & Ale. It is a beer store, homebrew shop, cigar store and expresso bar all in one.
If you review it as a beer store, it might be just a smidge better than average. The selection is ok, but other TN stores have better lower alcohol beer selections. The quality does appear high.
If you review it as a homebrew shop, everything is clean and well laid out, but the rice syrup I picked up near the counter was dark and looked like Noah brought it over in the arc.
I think Leaf & Ale is mainly a cigar store. The manager was extremely nice to this out of towner and boxed up my selections for transport and gave directions to the liquor store across the way.
My main thinking is there must be a better selection of beers somewhere in Knoxville...
12-11-2003 18:22:21 | More by GCBrewingCo
Leaf & Ale in Knoxville, TN
89 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.