Bruisin' Ales

BA SCORE
100
world-class

258 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

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

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

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

Added by jatallah on 12-20-2006

PLACE STATS
Score:
100
Ratings:
258
Reviews:
157
Avg:
4.53
pDev:
9.27%
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Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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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 John_M
4.04/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Upon visiting Bruisin Ales today, the first thought that crossed my mind was "this is it?" Bruisin ales is not very large, though God knows the owners do everything they can with the space they have. On the other hand, except for a few beer knicknacks and beer glasses, beer is the only thing they sell here. There is a good selection of local stuff and imports here, but it just felt as if the rest of the US was not as well represented as I'd like. Also, as already mentioned, the available space is small, so you just aren't going to see a large selection of Italian beers, European stuff, etc. Nevertheless, the selection here is certainly solid, and what they have is of very good qualitiy.

Service was friendly and attentive. A couple from out of town stopped by to ask for directions and information regarding places to go in town, and the staff happily spent 5 or 10 minutes making suggestions and recommendations.

One thing that's kind of interesting is the cold box here. It's fairly small and contains almost exclusively local beers, but at the bottom of the cold box there are full growlers from a number of the local breweries. I've never seen this before and am not sure what to think about it. On the one hand I think it's nice to have growlers available for pick-up at a beer store, but on the other hand I would worry about freshness. If the turnover is good, then it's probably not much of a problem. However, I think most of the breweries in the area will fill growlers, and I know if it were me and given a choice, I'd always opt for fresh beer straight from the brewery's tap handle. So I have to wonder how fast the growlers in the cold box move.

Whatever. This is a very solid place and a store I'd always stop at to stock up or load up before heading out of town.

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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 WillieThreebiers
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

As many have noted, the place is very small, but well-stocked and organized. The excellent/ knowledgeable service is what's great about this store. The staff is clearly into beer, points out recent releases and newly stocked beers, and makes useful suggestions on both beer and other Asheville destinations. The place has a very beer-geek vibe and they sell single 12oz bottles...which is a huge plus for me. A must stop at whenever I'm in Asheville.

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Photo of sholland119
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%

This is *the* place to go for beer in Asheville. Conveniently located in a storefront on Broadway, Bruisin' is among the smallest beer stores I have ever been in, but there is not a speck of wasted space.

Several sets of shelving are set up sort of geographically, attractively displayed. The import section is quite extensive, with the largest collection of BFM I have ever seen. Local selection is outstanding, whether it's bottles of Hickory, Highland or (when their bottling line is not broken) Pisgah or growlers of French Broad, Pisgah or Craggie. National and regional brands distributed in NC are also well represented.

The owners are very knowledgeable and one or both of them can almost always be found on site. Hours are a bit idiosyncratic (opening at noon?) but otherwise, this place is about perfect. An easy place to drop $200 on great bottles.

HV

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Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

I was in Asheville for the day so after checking BA, I knew I had to stop in for a visit at Bruisin' Ales.

This is a beer only shop with lots of NC beers, some key representatives from the rest of the US and quite a few Belgians. I was immediately impressed by the presentation. I've been to some great beer stores on business travel and while I've seen a few with more of a selection, this place has the best combination of presentation and selection that I've seen. They have one especially cool area with a nice wooden wine display filled with 750ml bottles of beer.

The owner was there and he had some great recommendations for me. He was very helpful and outgoing. He clearly loves what he does. You don't find his passion and commitment to the customer very often.

I really hope this place takes off and becomes the model for beer sales in the southeast. I know I'll stop in to load up whenever I'm passing through town. Check it out. You won't be sorry.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Welcome to Asheville Bruisin' Ales!! Wow did we need a store completly dedicated to High Gravity beers. Perfect spot right on Broadway(just down the street from Mellow Mushroom). The owner Jason is great. Very knowledgeable about all things beer, especially Belgians. The selection is awesome, and as previously stated they will order anything for you if they don't have it. The selection is top notch. Very nice to see a store that only sells beer.You must go down to visit, great place, easily the must stop in Asheville for beer!!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.71/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I found this place quite by accident a couple of years ago when I was visiting Asheville on vacation and it was just as good as I remembered when I went back. Since I just happened upon when arriving into town and before I had done any research on places to check out for beer, I had no expectations going in but the store did wow me with the selection and knowledge of the staff. In fact, when I was visiting the manager was being interviewed by a magazine author and they were setting up a photo shoot including him... and he overheard my wife and I discussing a few different selections they had and made some recommendations.

The store had a really great selection and offered the majority of beers as singles... the store was really well organized and the staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. In addition to finding a couple of beers that I had wanted to try, I was recommended a couple by the manager that I really enjoyed.

The vibe in the store was low-key and no pressure with a lot of enthusiasm about beer. They gave a number of recommendations for local restaurants that had great food and good beer pairings. I also enjoyed a Mikkeller with the staff that they had just gotten in that day (a first sampling for both myself and the staff).

I will definitely visit the store again the next time I'm in Asheville.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%

first visit, located in the downtown district. about 2 blocks from our hotel and 2 blocks from the mellow mushroom

like entering some sort of beer cave - not a bad beer in the building.

there was a ton of belgians, an overwhelming amount of local stuff (pisgah, asheville brewing, french broad, highland, catawba growlers, pisgah growlers, green man growlers, wedge stuff, etc).

there was a TON of stuff not available anywhere else in the state to my knowledge and a lot of rarer beers including some new belgium lips of faith stuff.

i could have spent hundreds of dollars but only had room in my suitcase for 3 additional bombers.

service seemed like they knew their stuff but i do have a few complaints. I asked for a different bottle of the pisgah solstice because the one in my hand was "caked". I got a rather condescending reply about bottle conditioning (no shit) and replied that i meant the outside of the bottle was filthy. We were clearly looking for locals and stressed that - even still racer 5 and some other super-common beer were recommended. lastly, we were directed towards the thirsty monk and told it was "much better" than barleys and mellow mushroom... i didnt come to asheville to drink midwest micros and belgians

prices were great, store was great - will visit every time i am in asheville

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
5/5  rDev +10.4%

What more can be said that hasn't been said already? First of all the worker as well as the partons really knew their beer. I knew I was in the beer capital of the United States. Was able to pick up some things despite having stopped already in Boone, Winston-Salem, and Roanoke. Unlike the employees of cookie cutter stores, this place had workers who lived beer, and enjoyed beer. There even was a sampling area to try beers, which doesn't happen too often up north if at all. Wanted to go back again on the way home but ran out of time. Worker even hooked me up with a rare Sweetwater release for some New Glarus. First Class all the way.

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Photo of seanchai
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Post-dinner on Saturday at Mellow Mushroom and Bruisin' is right down the street.

Atmosphere: Another eclectic space, wide open front window, narrow entrance and then beer beer and more beer. Coolers immediately on entrance and singles galore after that. Asheville has its share of cute-looking shops and this is no exception.

Quality: A little busy on a Saturday night. Nice staff and price stickers on everything - always a nice touch.

Service: I was given a tour of the local NC beers, including several rather unusual specimens that made it into my cart.

Selection: A good to better than good selection. Highlights included a barrel aged beer from OBBS. Sure its the other side of the state but impressive nonetheless. I also found a hidden Stillwater that I had been looking for. A good selection but the store isn't big enough to have a great selection. I will shop there again though.

Food: N/A

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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of zeff80
4.35/5  rDev -4%

Stopped off at Bruisin' Ales on my way from Missouri to the coast. It is very easy to find right off I-240 in Asheville. I ate at the Mellow Mushroom (had a couple brews) then stopped in at Bruisin'. It is small but very well set up and is just beer. There is a small section of coolers with local singles and local growlers. There is a small tasting bar with a tap or two. (No tasting while I was there.) Good organization with NC brews group together, Colorado brews, East coast beers, imports/750s and even a small shelf of Dogfih Head. I grabbed 2 sixers of (mostly) local brews and a couple bombers. I found a Cascade The Vine for a friend of mine. Since I spent over $75 they threw in a free pint glass (I got a Weyerbacher one). I've sampled a handful of the brews and they have been superb quality and good freshness. A can't miss spot if you are driving into Carolina from the west.

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Photo of Bung
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

If you like the Belgians, this is the place. I don't, but this place has a great selection of other dark and strong ales as well. Good selection of the locals, a fair amount of domestic micros and some good imports. There is some good local stuff that cycles through also. Staff seems knowledgeable. Prices are ok, could be better, but it is Asheville and a specialty shop. I guess I just don't like I deserve a glass. I get the feeling this is something reserved for the Belgian lovers, which as far as I'm concerned are folks that really prefer champagne to beer. Oh well, same thing happens to me at everywhere else.

Did not realize they ship, will have to look into that and re-rate later for that segment of the business. Otherwise, this is a must stop for some bottles after indulging in the drafts at the local pubs.

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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 spycow
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ZEB89
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of blackie
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%

quality: Great stuff, growlers kept cold and rotations seems to be excellent. Drank a Bell's Cherry Stout while camping after my visit and it was prefect. Nice little location and setup they have, too.

service: Great service. Everybody was very friendly, helpful, and very accomodating.

selection: Very respectable selection by any standard. Most beer was room temp, but there was a cooler with some sixers and bombers, along with some French Broad and Pisgah Growlers. There was a whole wall of Belgians, and a great representation of American micros. Noticed some JW Lees aged in Port and Lagavulin, but I still haven't been able to accept the price. I went for the Bell's Cherry Stout, Bell's Double Cream, and Highland Imperial Kashmir. They also allow singles of anything they carry, which I love even though they seemed to come at a premium.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -11.7%

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

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Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC
4.53 out of 5 based on 258 ratings.
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