Bruisin' Ales


66 Broadway St
Ste 1
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801-2916
United States

// CLOSED //

Notes: Closed Monday
Tuesday - Thursday: 12pm - 8pm
Friday - Saturday: 12pm - 9pm
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
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Ratings by GehenHerzog:
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Reviewed by GehenHerzog from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +10.9%
By far my favorite beer store to visit. Anytime I am making the trip to Western NC, Bruisin Ales is fit into the schedule. It is a small store but there is no wasted space. They have a phenomenal selection of beer and a very extensive selection of local brews (which Asheville and the surrounding area has plenty to hang their hat on). The staff and owners are as knowledgeable as you could ever hope for. In the small store they also have a cooler/refrigerator with a good selection of pre chilled beer and a great selection of Growlers. I'm glad my girlfriend goes to school near Asheville, so I always have a reason to stop by this great store. If I had unlimited funds, I could spend an absolute fortune in this store.
Dec 23, 2010
More User Ratings:
Rated: 3.75 by SFNC from North Carolina

Sep 18, 2019
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Reviewed by kwakwhore from North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Stopped in twice on this trip to Asheville. Been there on many occasions and I have ordered from them as well. The guys at the counter were friendly and willing to talk beer, and had some helpful suggestions about local beers. I especially like the fact that you can break into any six or four pack in the store if you only want one or two of a beer. I will be back again.
Aug 14, 2019
Rated: 4.51 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Oct 06, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by avisong from Virginia

Aug 19, 2018
Rated: 4.57 by hoosier222002 from Illinois

Jul 24, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by Beerbuddha from Florida

Jan 14, 2018
Rated: 4.7 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Jan 06, 2018
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Reviewed by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
I have been to Brusin many times I use them for my online and in person purchases. The store is sort of small but has a huge selection, I have never been in there where it was cramped. One of the greatest things is I can order my beer online before I head up and stop by and pick it up and go. Great staff very helpful you can drink and beer and shop my main go to shop in Asheville.
Jan 04, 2018
Rated: 5 by Davit from California

Dec 15, 2017
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Reviewed by McWayne from New York

4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25
Stumbled upon on trip to Asheville for Run The Jewels show a week 1/2 ago. Thrilled to find the last bottle of BBA Sexual Chocolate on the shelf, & on tap so I could sip while perusing. Believe they had 4-6 taps & given the size of the shop a pretty great selection of Carolina brews and a seemingly thoughtfully curated selection of others. The guys working were great and not only would eagerly swing in next time I'm in town/passing through but would be happy to call this my local shop. Cheers!
Oct 21, 2017
Rated: 4.86 by Thollos from North Carolina

Jun 25, 2017
Rated: 4.97 by cnealc from North Carolina

Apr 16, 2017
Rated: 3.16 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Jan 18, 2017
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
Review is based on an online order, so "vibe" doesn't apply, but you can peruse the shop on google maps to get an idea. It looks to be a smaller place but very well organized and easy to navigate. Dedicated sections for Belgians (including 2 dozen lambics), Scandinavia/Italy/Europe, US craft (grouped by brewery), German, and English ales. Seasonal case displays on the floor, a dedicated glassware shelf, and a small tasting bar on the right past the coolers full of singles in front.

Not many reviews describe their selection in much detail, but here's a few locals worth checking out:
Green Man, Steel String, D9, Hi-Wire, Pisgah, Burial, Foothills, Haw River, Zebulon, and more.
From SC: Westbrook, Birds Fly South, and Quest. They update new arrivals on their web shop.

I had contacted several shops, and Bruisin' Ales was the quickest and most helpful in their communication.
Shipping was 3-4 days which is reasonable. Overall I was satisfied with my experience, and would definitely order again.
Jan 04, 2017
Rated: 3.66 by StoutLover14 from Illinois

Dec 12, 2016
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Reviewed by Damian74 from South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
Online order, awesome selections, super fast delivery, great customer service.

Went their this past weekend, great service, nice guys. Really cool vibe. Enjoyed picking up my order.
Nov 10, 2016
Rated: 5 by katmandu72 from North Carolina

Oct 07, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by scottspencer from Indiana

Jul 16, 2016
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Reviewed by mrcraft from California

4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
My review is for an online order. I was looking for something from Tennessee and noticed they sold beers from Blackberry Farms. I then perused their selection and also bought beers from Wicked Weed and Westbrook.

My beers were packaged well, and the shipment was very fast.

I will definitely visit Bruisin' Ales when I'm Ashville.
Jul 16, 2016
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Rated by valrxman from Florida

4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
Consistently great. Every time I visit, I can find NC favorites and amazing imports. Cheers
Jul 13, 2016
Rated: 4.82 by ChazBoner from Tennessee

May 27, 2016
Rated: 3.73 by Graham19840 from Florida

May 25, 2016
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Reviewed by PerfecTool from Georgia

4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75
Outstanding bottle shop in downtown Asheville. They have a knowledgable staff and great selection. If you are in the area you should definitely check it out!
May 12, 2016
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Reviewed by Rifugium from North Dakota

3.66/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25
Good selection of local bottles here, but price tags seemed on the higher side. Nice glassware shelf as well. The guy running the place was a hipster jerk, basically, cleaning up my language for the sake of this site. And the whole time I browsed he was just staring me down, as if he just couldn't wait until I left and was out of his way. Oh well, I can ignore bad people easily enough, thus I still ended up walking out with a couple bottles.

Worth checking out if you're in the area; expect good selection, bad service.
Apr 20, 2016
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Reviewed by Gavage from Nevada

4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75
Stopped in to pick up some local beers to bring home. Unfortunately parking sucks so expect to carry a box down the sidewalk to your car. This is a smallish store but beers are stacked from floor to ceiling. Several Wicked Weed Sours are displayed up front and seem to be the focal display point. Not too many Burial beers here which was disappointing, but I found most other I was looking for. Service was so-so, as I expected a bit more interaction other than checkout. Prices were a bit high.
Apr 13, 2016
Rated: 4.88 by Real_keel from New York

Mar 29, 2016
Rated: 4.78 by KensWorld from Florida

Mar 13, 2016
Rated: 4.75 by ha-sheem from North Carolina

Feb 24, 2016
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Reviewed by PEDXING from North Carolina

2.94/5  rDev -34.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4
Experience here totally depends on who's working--about half their staff is enthusiastic and super helpful, but then there's a couple who are the stereotypical record-store guy, total dbags, pretentious, with not nearly enough time to waste imparting their wisdom on you.

It's a nice enough shop, with a great selection of imported beers, but if there's more than 2-3 customers at a time it's crowded, and parking is always a hassle. I decided that those factors, combined with the employees, are enough that I just don't shop here any more. 5 years ago it probably was one of the top beer stores in the country; now I'd rather spend my money at Tasty, Appalachian Vintner, or even Whole Foods, all of which have similar selection, are easier to get to, and have better customer service.
Feb 02, 2016
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Reviewed by House1680 from Virginia

1.6/5  rDev -64.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2
Tried to have two limited release beers shipped to me. The release dates were two weeks apart. Talked to them on the day of the first release, they told me it wouldn't be a problem to hold a six pack until the second beer was released. They promised to call me the day the 2nd beer was in stock. Not only did they not call me, they also sold the 6-pack of the 1st beer they were holding. All I got from the is laughed at on the phone for trying to buy the 2nd release beer after it sold out and a weak promise that more of the 1st release beer would show up even though it was also sold out.
Dec 20, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Nov 30, 2015
Rated: 4.45 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Nov 26, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by TNeedles from California

Nov 02, 2015
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Rated by GregJ from Louisiana

4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Excellent service and very knowledgable staff
Oct 20, 2015
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Reviewed by hopheaddeluxe from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
small store near downtown with boxing gloves on the sign. Parking in the area was a problem. Once i found a spot the store had a good selection. Service was average. Plus you can order from them online and have it shipped to you if you want it that bad.(freak of Nature). Great store.
Oct 03, 2015
Rated: 4.76 by charlieparnell from Tennessee

Sep 11, 2015
Rated: 4.79 by jloomis from Florida

Jul 24, 2015
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Reviewed by mlockman from Indiana

3.21/5  rDev -28.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25
Not as large a selection as Tasty Beverage Co., but a large selection in its own right with lots of imported and local brews, both six-packs and individuals, as well as bombers and an extensive glassware selection. Also, the cutest little dog roams the shop seeking attention.
Jul 08, 2015
Rated: 5 by PassMeAZima from Kentucky

Jul 04, 2015
Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC
Place rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 268 ratings