Adventures In Wine & Beer

3 Ratings

Type: Store

205 Thompson St
Hendersonville, North Carolina, 28792
United States

(828) 693-3939

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Reviews by mbrown26:
Photo of mbrown26
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%

This store is about ten minutes from my house and a great find. Will definitely make my way back and hopefully often.

Q: While it is predominately a wine shop, the singles of beer upfront. He does have coolers in toward the middle of the shop that housed cold ones. This shop is about the beverage and the range of flavors, verses a place to house yellow swill until the delivery truck comes.

Service: The service was great. I was the only one in the store, but the owner was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. He had a recent copy of BA top 100 out and showed what he had off of that list. I told him what I liked in beer and he helped with my selection without being pushy. At one point he told, "I don't mean for you to get them all today!"

Selection: In beer mecca, selection is pretty easy to come by, but this is a great shop for Hendersonville.

V: His prices are good!

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Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev -9.7%

I've been to this store twice now and both times have been pretty impressed. Both times I was greeted immediately upon walking in and the guy was glad to talk about what was new and what was coming in. The selection is pretty good, though since it's a wine store there's definitely more attention given to wine. Still, I was able to get a case of Founders Breakfast Stout there a month before I saw it anywhere else in the area. They're also one of the very few places in the area that carries Unibroue beers in 4-packs instead of just 750s which is a big plus in my book. Prices are also about the best I've seen in the area, with Hopslam sixers and minikegs for $17 and $38 respectively compared to $20 and $45 in most of Asheville.

Ultimately, a pretty good beer store. If I lived closer to Hendersonville, I'd be a weekly customer there.

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I recently posted in the South-Atlantic regional forum (the one that includes North Carolina) to ask for beer store recommendations in Hendersonville. I was heading up there for the weekend, and I wanted to see if I could find some good brews that aren't available in Atlanta. The few responses my post received all said "you have to go to Asheville to get good beer near Hendersonville" or "there is no good beer store there."

Fortunately for me, those responses were way off the mark -- Adventures in Wine and Beer, while still fairly new, is an EXCELLENT place to find great beer in Hendersonville. It's located just off the main "strip" in town, the Four Seasons area.

Quality -- The store owner told me that the place opened in April of 2008. As such, the building and all its fixtures are in pristine condition. The store is clean, laid out well, and nicely organized. As the name would imply, it's primarily a wine boutique, but plenty of effort has clearly gone into stocking the place with a wide selection of craft and imported beers -- see "Selection" for more on this. This isn't directly beer-relevant, but there's actually an in-store wine bar with one of those 12-bottle electronically monitored wine dispensers. There's a plasma-screen TV and comfortable leather couches to enjoy while sipping said wine, if you're so inclined. Nice place!

Service -- My brother (a wine guy) and I stopped by Adventures in Wine and Beer on a Saturday afternoon, and the owner was more than happy to show us around the store and talk with us about its history and merchandise. Although he'll tell you himself that he's relatively new to the world of beer, the owner has clearly educated himself well. This is evident not only because of the excellent selection on his shelves, but also because of the Best of BA top 50 posted on the wall (with beers he has in stock highlighted). Other BA educational material is posted right next to that list, alongside several well-stocked coolers. I got the clear impression that the owner would try to help obtain beers he doesn't currently have in stock, if I wanted him to.

Selection -- I have no doubt that this store has the best selection of American craft beer and high-quality imports in Hendersonville. My uncle (also a BA, but currently more into homebrewing than beer shopping) has lived in Hendersonville for over fifteen years, and he assures me that I'm correct. Shelves of featured single bottles -- mostly seasonal or otherwise new bombers of craft brew, if I recall correctly -- greet you as soon as you walk in the door. Right next to those is a small assortment of glassware, including logoed glasses from several local breweries, Sam Adams sensory glasses, and Orval goblets. There are a few featured cases of beer stacked on the floor of the main room, right in front of the checkout counter; these beers come equipped with informative shelf talkers to introduce shoppers to what they're all about.

When you head into the room to your left, though, you find the heart of this store's beer selection. Several coolers full of big names in craft beer await. I picked up a sixer of Bell's Hopslam and a four-pack of Founder's Breakfast Stout, but I could have taken my pick of beers from almost every significant regional (Terrapin, Abita, Dixie, Sweetwater, St. Somewhere, etc.) and state brewery (Highland, Duck Rabbit, French Broad, Pisgah, etc.). Seasonal offerings are prominently displayed and fresh.

I also saw a nice sampling of European imports, including a full complement of Samuel Smith's beers and a ton of German offerings -- Weihenstephaner, Franziskaner, Paulaner, Maisel's, Spaten, Warsteiner, and a bunch of others. There aren't quite as many Belgians as some might want, but I have a feeling this store's selection in that area will improve in response to customers' feedback.

The bottom line: Adventures in Wine and Beer is poised to establish itself as THE go-to spot for beer in Hendersonville. Asheville's Bruisin' Ales has a wider selection, but for most people's purposes (including mine), there's no need to drive thirty minutes to Asheville when this place has just what you're looking for.

Highly recommended.

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Adventures In Wine & Beer in Hendersonville, NC
Place rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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