Bruisin' Ales

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

155 Reviews
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

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

(828) 252-8999 | map
www.bruisin-ales.com

Notes:
Bruisin' Ales now ships to all states as mentioned here:
http://www.bruisin-ales.com/shipping.php

Closed Monday
Tuesday - Thursday: 12pm - 8pm
Friday - Saturday: 12pm - 9pm
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm

Added by jatallah on 12-20-2006

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
100
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
252
Avg:
4.53
pDev:
9.27%
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Reviews: 155 | Ratings: 252
Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%

EDIT: After logging probably ten trips to this joint, I feel justified bumping the service up to a 5. Jason and Julie are excellent folks and just plain fun.

I've been to Brusin' Ales twice now, and both times have come away quite pleased, if a bit hurting in my back pocket. (Not like that you pervs; I'm talking 'bout my wallet.)

The shop is clean, small and well lit, and has an attractive selection of 750s and larger bottles filling an entire wall. Two others are taken up with singles and sixers, and then there's a small cooler with singles and growlers from local micros (Pisgah and French Broad so far.) Also of interest is the wide selection of glasses and books, along with a few T shirts - I picked up a rockin' Gulden Draak shirt and wear it proudly!

So, the selection! You'll see beers from Allagash, Rogue, Bells, Rochefort, St. Bernardus, Avery, Weyerbacher, Left Hand, North Coast, Urthel, Flying Dog, Anderson Valley among others. More than a few hard to find Belgians, De Dolle and Van Steenberge featured nicely. The beers are perhaps a tad more expensive than they could be, but Asheville storefront rent ain't cheap, either.

Their website is serviceable, and is kept up to date -- check it for the latest arrivals. And, like everyone else has mentioned, Julie and Jason are Good People and very courteous and helpful. You can tell they're really passionate about beer.

Brusin' Ales is another shining star in Asheville's considerable, and growing, beer scene. Do yourself a favor and stop in!

EDIT: Raising the score on this one. It just keeps getting better and better, and I have spent probably a thousand bucks here so yes, I love it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of scottspencer
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mrcraft
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of valrxman
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
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

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Photo of ChazBoner
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Graham19840
3.73/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of PerfecTool
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.66/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Real_keel
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of KensWorld
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ha-sheem
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of PEDXING
2.94/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

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Photo of House1680
1.6/5  rDev -64.7%
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.

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Photo of Jeff_Hallam
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TNeedles
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of GregJ
4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Excellent service and very knowledgable staff

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Photo of hopheaddeluxe
4.19/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of charlieparnell
4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of jloomis
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of mlockman
3.21/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

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Photo of PassMeAZima
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of khargro2
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

The first place that I went in Asheville was Bruisin' Ales, and I was not disappointed. A relatively small shop on the main strip of Asheville and not far from the highway. It cost me $1.00 to park.

It is easy to find the local beers of NC and everything was well organized. Wicked Weed, Fullsteam, Burial, even several breweries from NC that I had never heard of. There was only one person working and they were very knowledgeable and helpful when asked upon, but otherwise let me go about my business. Great selection! I was able to get a good mix of what I was looking for without knocking out my budget.

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Photo of KingEdward
4.87/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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