Appalachian Vintner

Appalachian VintnerAppalachian Vintner
Appalachian VintnerAppalachian Vintner
Bar, Beer-to-go

745 Biltmore Ave
Ste 121
Asheville, North Carolina, 28803-2556
United States

(828) 505-7500 | map

Notes: Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 153
Photo of deegan42
4.94/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

They have a great selection of bottled beer as well as growlers from Draft. The dejection is great and the prices are in par for craft beer. The growlers are a bit more expensive than you can get at the local breweries but they also have great beers from breweries in other states like terrapin. I got some dirt Wolf today and it is delicious.

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Photo of chinchill
4.22/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Despite the name, this venue may be better known for craft beer. A spacious room has wine (and a few beers) towards the front, and a beer area in the rear. There are some cold cases with bottles and pre-filled growlers, but most beer is warm. In the middle is a fine semicircular bar with a few chooice brews on tap. These can be consumed while browsing the inventory. Speaking of inventory, the selection here is superb, with a wide range of local, US and international beers. Knowledgable and helpful staff.

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Photo of NOLAblues
4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

A = Large, open shopping floor lends to uncrowded, pleasant shopping experience with large craft (including many local and regional brands) and import selection. Only room for improvement is some shelf reorganization to ensure that all products in a brand find shelf space together and perhaps some better regional grouping. Now, here's the bonus that earns a near-'5': There are 20 craft taps and you can drink as you shop in this hybrid on/off-premise store. What's not to love?

Q = Quality is a priority here...from ensuring that products are all within date code, to ensuring that all glassware is properly sanitized/polished to ensure the best draught pour.

S = Service is recognized as key to success here. Retail customers are always approached to see if help is needed and beer guidance (including pairing ideas) is always provided to those who need it. Beer consultants do double-duty as beertenders and you receive the same courteous attention at the bar.

S = Selection is fantastic and focuses on specialty items you won't find at the grocery store down the street. Absolutely no "big" beers...but also very few craft products that would be shared in common with those stores (which accounts for the minimal subtraction of points). Space here is devoted to the most desirable craft/import brands and specific products that are available in this market. Asheville has been dubbed "Beer City USA" because of the number of breweries per capita, and every one that packages their product can be found at AV.

F = No food is served at AV; however, there are some local artisan cheeses, crackers, chips, etc. that are available for purchase and may be consumed on-premise as beer (or wine) are enjoyed.

V = Prices are reasonable given the product selection, but this is not a "value" mega-store (e.g. Total Wines & More; Binny's Beverage Depot). Instead, you get treated right (see Service) and are guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face.

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Photo of jophish17
3.91/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited last month on my way out of town. I've been to Bruisin' a couple times, but wanted to check this out for a change.

First, it's probably just beyond what I'd consider a walkable distance from downtown. The store is pretty big, and spaced out - half beer, half wine, which a bar in the middle. The beer selection was impressive - pretty well organized, and probably the widest selection in the city (if not state..)

We picked up a bunch of local beer, and it's all been good. Prices were reasonable and I didn't see anything that looked past it's prime (which is something I might worry about with bigger stores like this one). Decent glassware section too, and service was reasonable enough.

All in all a very good store.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.46/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I really liked the place, kind of a low key vibe and just outside of downtown on the way to Biltmore Village. There is a nice bar for enjoying beer on tap as well as a couple of couches. Definitely a place I will be visiting more regularly when I get back to Asheville (now that my brother-in-law lives here).

The beers available for on-premise consumption were served at the proper temperature in proper glassware and served with the right amount of head. The rest of the beers were stored in the back of the store with low lighting and well outside of the are where the light from windows could effect it (windows were tinted as well).

The service at this place was excellent - the staff was very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. Had some great conversations about some of the recent beers available on tap, what is upcoming, and what random people from out of down have brought by lately. They were very helpful in letting me know if they had certain beers available without making me search around (I had somewhat limited time but still spent a decent amount of time looking around).

They had a really nice selection of NC beers and good craft beers that are distributed to NC - probably the best selection that I have seen in WNC. Lots of stuff available in singles and bombers. Good focus on Asheville, WNC, and NC brews.

As this was a store there was not food available.

Prices were very fair, definitely in line with other places in NC.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.37/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Just did an order online for shipping. Excellent selection and was able to land Black Ops, Imperial Biscotti, and Bad Baptist among some others I can’t find here in Florida. Great selection, although the website does list a bunch of beers they don’t have in stock. Boxing/shipping was pricey but that comes with the territory of mail order. Beer prices themselves seemed about where they should be I guess. Quick and easy shipping. Gotta love mail order for out-of-dist stuff.

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Photo of claspada
4.46/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Wow what a big store. Off the beaten path but worth a visit.

Everything you can possibley want or can get in North Carolina is in this huge beer/wine store. Also a crap ton of glassware in the front to the left if that's your thing.

Service was awesome, they held some beers for me to come back and get while I was finishing my run.

Prices were appropriate and seemed in line with average.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.26/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a big store, with the majority of it covered in wine bottles, beer in the back. The beer selection is huge. All of the NC breweries and just about everything that is shipped to NC, good international selection as well.
I also enjoyed being able to order a beer at the bar while shopping, and my wife enjoyed the nice comfortable couch to sit on.
Service was ok, the guy working the bar seemed kind of dry. I tried to start a conversation and ask for a few brewery recommendations around town, but didn't really get much in return. This is the one area that Bruisin' Ales excelled in, awesome customer service. Vintner is however a bit cheaper than Bruisn' Ales.

Overall this is definitely worth a stop if you are in Asheville.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.74/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This place should be your first stop in Asheville. They mostly have wine, but their beer selection is huge, too. There is some glassware and a few beer specials at the front of the store (including a bargain bin) and a beer bar and bottles at the back. There's also a cooler with some cold beer and a good selection of local growlers, as well.

I found some really great beers and one of the guys walked around with me and pointed out some of his favorites in various styles which really helped considering all the local stuff I was unfamiliar with. You can grab a beer from the bar and shop while you drink, or take your beer out to their outside patio around back. The best part is, their prices are the cheaper than Bruisin' Ales, which should definitely be your second stop in Asheville. This place has it all.

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4.24/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Great place to sit and try several brews before filling up the truck bed with cases of delicious, sometimes elusive beers. A few nice glasses from which to pick. Second to Thirsty Monk only because of tap selection and $2 corkage fee (getting kinda sick of this bs charge that everyone is now utilizing). A must when in Asheville.

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Photo of NastyNate11
4.76/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Definitely the biggest bottle shop in Asheville. Lots of wine and beer. They have great tapping events. A little lesser known so you can find some gems here you won't find elsewhere. They don't get all special releases but they will let you know. Best prices in town in my opinion.

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Photo of lcplvr
4.94/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Planned a trip to Asheville a couple of weeks ago for me and my hiking buddy and wanted to include a visit to Appalachian Vintner while we were there. Arrived at 11:30 a.m. and went in and was greeted by Chuck (I think that was his name) and he explained the layout of the store. We made our way to the bar and looked over the tap selections and began our afternoon sampling of many of the beers available. They serve 6 and 8 ounce half servings so you can try more of what's available which we really appreciated.

We moved from the bar to a table that had big cushioned chairs which made it very comfortable to sit and enjoy our tasting experience. Chuck made a point to check on us often (as he was stocking the shelves with wines and beers) and to offer advice on what was available in their bottle selections that we planned on getting to take home. And I thought the selection was great. Many beers available that I had not had the opportunity to buy before.
I live in Tenn. (about 60 miles from Asheville) and don't make it over there too often. But I know that when I am in the area I will definately be stopping back in at Appalachian Vintner to load up on what I can't get at home.

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Photo of LionsMane
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Where to start here. These guys (Chuck, Jeff & Sam) are super service oriented people. It's kind of like visiting your good pals beer store...everytime. The selection is the best in Asheville hands down, with the prices blowing the doors off the closest competitor. I've scored some real west coast gold here too: Lost Abbey, Russian River etc. unfortunately due to trophy hunters looking for another notch in their belt, these beers are only available to regulars now. Totally understandable IMO you have to show support to get beers they've gone WAY out of their way for. The local brew selection is the best in town too with a large growler selection from Pisgah, Nantahala, Catawba and Green Man. Website is usually not completely up to date with new arrivals so their ratebeer site usually is better, but a phone call has worked too.

10 tap lines rotating local/import sours, barrel aged beers and a cask pump, I had the Foothills Hoppyum IPA primed with honey last time, holy mother. NEVER seen a draft beer here that was not at least some what rare. Beautiful space, clean glassware, filtered water, large bar with seating for 25+ with tables and two large comfy couches. Beer area is in the back, well lit and spacious with shopping carts in the front when you walk in. Patio outside for smokers, fresh air. Wine selection is also huge if you are into that and dogs are welcome.

Parking lot beside the store is massive, free and clean and there are also at least six other lots around the store that you can park at for free so getting in and out is a breeze.

Best in Asheville for sure. If you visit take your time and talk to the owners they are super helpful and usually have something lying around that is not easily seen. If you are looking for specifics give them a call they will usually order beers that are not in stock.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nice clean store - crappy parking situation.

Visited App Vintner for the first time immediately prior to stopping at Bruisin Ales. At least on this particular day, Bruisin had a vastly superior selection.

The selection was a little unorganized - we peaked into cases scattered throughout the back of the store in search of whales, with no such luck. The shelves were highly dedicated to pretty bleh breweries like Epic, DFH, etc. Dusty fantome bottles were practically hidden from consumers.

Most local breweries were well represented - Pisgah (Valdez & Baptista - Vortex II was available at bruisin), Highland, French Broad (only 1 beer!), and a variety of local growlers.

Service was fine - tap selection was small, but had a few nice options from Catawba and Nantahala.

I'll definitely come back to this place, but I much prefer Bruisin for selection, convenience and the overall shopping experience.

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Photo of scud
4.94/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped in here while I was in town after seaching on BA about best places to stop for beer while in Asheville. Glad I stopped in bc this store has a lot of great stuff to offer. Huge craft beer selection at fair prices, not a wine drinker but also have a big selection. I think it's cool they even sell growlers because where I am from, stores, don't do that. Didn't get to try a beer on draft but everytime I have checked the tap list online, there is something that would make me come in, if I only lived in NC. Chuck and Geoff are very helpful/knowledgeable, so if you have any questions, just ask them. If you only have time to shop at one place, from my experience, I'd make it this store.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.66/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

So glad to have the opportunity to patronize this facility. Stopped by as part of a east coast beer road trip, and am not disappointed at all. It's a large, warehouse style bottle shop with a boat load of wines...
Large windows on the front let in a good amount of light, with seating spread through out the facility. Nice, homey feel, with some power outlets in case you are also travelling and need to get a charge.
Ten taps, with a good selection of local brews, and some American main stay breweries like The Bruery. Highland Black Raspberry Mocha Stout. A bourbon barrel aged mocha stout with raspberries. Nice flavor, good body. Really mellow bourbon character. $6.00 for a pint...awesome.

The beer selection is really nice. Lots of stuff that I was HOPING, but not expecting to find down this way. 90% of the bottles are at room temp, kind of stacked towards the back of the store, anywhere they have room.
Jeff was working when we stopped in, and he was super friendly. You can tell he has a good feel for the industry, and it really shows. This is a nice place, and would recommend it to anyone. I think the deserve their "world class" designation. Keep up the good work!

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Photo of JosephThompson
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Quite simply, when you visit Asheville this is the store you should buy you beer. Then drive the 50 miles to Peabody's in Boone. Between the two, the resulting happiness from your purchases will worry those closest to you.

Apparently this is a new space for the store over the last few months. It is quite large. The wines were first thing you enter to and then there is a spot with couches and tables to relax. Behind this is something less than a half wall that houses a smaller bar area with four to five stools and a few drafts. All around this area is the beer selection.

Locals are represented well with French Broad, Olde Hickory, Foothills, Highland, Roth, Asheville, etc. Regionals. Domestic. Import. Very good selection of Evil Twin and Mikkeller. Belgians I thought were a nice sized selection and I picked up a couple Fantome Chocolats. Picked up an Outer Banks Brewing sour which I hadn't seen anywhere else.

Overall, the prices were better then Bruisin' Ales and considering the size of selection and the better atmosphere it's only natural that App Vintner would be the better store.

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Photo of pburland23
4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I stopped into Appalachian Vintners last Saturday after a day at the Biltmore Estate with my wife and daughter. It was my reward for good behaving while touring the house and gardens.

Appalachian Vintners just moved into this space and it shows it. The store is big with large windows which allow lots of natural light in. The store isn't packed with shelves and it seemed a little empty to me.

As soon as I walked in, I was greeted by an employee who asked me if they could be of assistance. I told him I was in the market for local beers and he pointed me in that direction. He also gave a few recommendations on his Asheville (and NC in general favorites). The advice was much appreciated and not overbearing in the least bit.

The selection was quite good particularly when it came to NC beers...Olde Hickory, French Broad, Foothills, etc. There were lots of American craft standards as well New Belgium, Smuttynose, Stone, Allagash, Victory, Troegs and so on. I ended up with some bombers from the three aforementioned North Carolinia breweries.

Overall, Appalachian Vintners is a must stop in the Asheville area. Great selection and impeccable service.

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Photo of akorsak
4.14/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The big store, on Biltmore in the south side of Asheville. As an added bonus, French Broad is right around the corner.

Atmosphere: A big store, bright thanks to the large windows on Biltmore. The main entrance deposits you in the wine section, along with comfy couches and a bar smack dab in the middle of the store. The beer area occupies the back right corner with some trickle into coolers in the rear left. The bar, wooden, has seating on 3.5 of the four sides (the beer area overruns part of the bar).

Quality: Clean, bright, easy to peruse. The couches are a nice touch, as ksak retreated to one during one of our two visits.

Service: I spoke for almost 10 minutes with the beer manager (over a pint of Delta dry-hopped Table Rock pale ale from Foothills), taking his recommendations for the best local beers to take home. Very informative and helpful, offering a frank opinion on an overpriced beer that wasn't worth it.

Selection: We have a winner, best selection in AVL. The local focus is evident, as is a Belgo-Scandinavian one. Olde Hickory bourbon brown ale? Check. Saison Gee? Check. Holland Oats and Table Beer? Check. Evil Twin, Fantome (!!!), Allagash, Ommegang, Foothills, Olde Hickory, Dark Horse, all are prominent. I ended up with some Olde Hickory, Stillwater, French Broad, and Foothills. They also have 10 beers on tap (including the Table Rock) and coolers with pre-filled growlers (seems to be the SOP here for growlers).

Food: N/A.

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4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This was my first stop for beer in the Asheville area. The location is a bit different from the picture here but it is in a building just in front of the old one. The current location is perfect for beer and wine and has a lot of room to expand. They were very helpful and friendly, they even got my kids a tasty draft root beer. The selection was very good and the prices were reasonable. They had a nice selection of glassware as well. They have several tap lines of beers that you can drink as you shop or at the wrap around bar that is in the middle of the shop. They really support the local brewers with all kinds of bottles, cans and tap lines. Just a sample of breweries I left with: Asheville, Green Man, Highland, Catawba, Olde Hickory, Foothills, Pisgah(but no bottles), Roth, Epic, French Broad, Duck Rabbit and many others. I will be back to AV just as soon as I can.

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Photo of JdoubleA
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a review of the current store, they are moving to a new location nearby soon.

A- Pretty much a beer warehouse. Nothing special, but I don't go to a beer store for ambiance. I gave it a five because the "vibe" is "you looking for a really great beer, well we've got tons of really great beers. Where do you want to start?".

Q- Great.

S- Folks know their stuff and are willing to help, and also willing to let you be.

S2- Tons of beer. Plenty of stuff that is rare to me from a wide variety of breweries. I wish I had the wallet to let myself comb through this place more thoroughly, but once I hit my limit, I just stopped looking.

Food- N/A But seriously... pick up some LUSTY MONK mustard while you are here, that stuff is amazing. Regular and Honey are the best, the chipoltle one not so much.

V- Perfectly reasonable, and they also had a big sale table full of decent stuff that was at least half off.

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Photo of hops1337
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped by The Vint after a trip to Bruisin Ales. Pretty much like the other reviews said, THIS (the app. vintner) is THE place to go for beer in Asheville. Top notch service and selection, good prices. Got a case of Sculpin, a Black Ops, some Founders Centennial, Sweetwater Dank tank, and several more local and regional brews. I asked about some breakfast stout and they went to the back and got me a 4-pack. Amazing, it made my trip! In a weird spot but totally easy to find. Check this place out, you wont be disappointed!

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Photo of elamon
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I came in to this store while I was on a trip to Asheville, and let me tell you! I was so surprised when I walked in, the store is a big warehouse, but don't be fooled- it is very nicely put together. The staff was more than willing to help me on my search for coffee/chocolate flavored beers(i left with about 12)- the service guy even got me a bottle of beer from the downstairs cooler that I had been looking for that isn't in season right now!! Overall this visit trumped the one I took to Bruisin' Ales (which was a very cramped store, with all the workers being beer SNOBS. seriously, ever question I asked I felt like I was being mocked or talked down to-i quickly left). The people at AV are so nice and willing to help- I def. would recommend it to anyone visiting anywhere near Asheville! they have a great glass selection as well as a great wine selection!

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Photo of Jenkster4
4.36/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Finally got to check this visit this place, and I definitely recommend it to anyone passing through Asheville. The place is very open and has a nice ambiance. Right when you walk in is their glassware selection. A pretty nice one at that. They had some impressive brews smack dab in the middle ( probably staff picks , or recent arrivals. The main selection was pretty impressive. Lots of variety, and a large mix a six selection. Good amount of German brews, and a decent amount of Belgians. Overall a must go for any beer lover.

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Photo of dogbones
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The Vintner is my one stop shop for beer in Asheville. The brothers and Lilly (the dog) make everyone feel at home. They are very knowledgable and continuously go above and beyond to help their customers. In fact, I would say the word customer doesn't describe the relationship they try to achieve with their patrons. The brothers very quickly become friends!

The selection at the vintner is superb and their tap certainly makes every visit enjoyable! If it is not in stock, the brothers will do everything they can to get it for you!

If you are looking for a friendly, well stocked, generous beer store, this is your place! Other beer stores in Asheville could take lessons from the Vintner on hospitality!!

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Appalachian Vintner in Asheville, NC
Place rating: 4.62 out of 5 with 153 ratings