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70 N Merrimon Ave
phone: (828) 254-5440
Owned by Whole Foods Markets.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 29 | Show All Ratings:
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Well Greenlife is simply awesome. I actually drive to Asheville just to go here. Fantastic selecton of local brews, pretty much every craft you can get locally, great selction of Belgians, good singles cooler, and Tons of local growlers. Not to mention pretty much every Great Divide, Rogue, DFH that can be bought in NC! Staff is always willing to help, and will order anything they can get that they don't have. The store is a bit cramped which takes a little getting used to, but you will find everything you need right in the back left,Truly a great place to visit. As a side not, the best organic grocery I have ever been too!
12-15-2006 02:12:49 |
More by mikesgroove
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Had some awesome service today and had to change my score. It was good the last time and excellent this time, gonna go for a strong 4.5 moving toward upward!
atmosphere: n/a | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Greenlife is a piece-o-cake to find just North of I-240 on Merrimon. The problem can be parking as this is a very popular store.
The beers are in the far right corner and somebeers are placed in the middle of the store near the produce and some others on aisle end caps. Most of the beers are cold, but some are sitting on the floor or stacked on top of the cooler or even at the end of the wine shelves. Be sure to look around, otherwise you may miss something good.
The selection is pretty darn good, while they do not have everything available, they are pretty darn close to having everything. The prices on some things are the best in the state. They do not seem to be following the trend in the "Organic" store sales of charging a premium on the beer aisle.
The beer guy (sorry I don't know his name or title) was present during my visit and knew what he was talking about. A breath of fresh air. He directed folks to good selections and things they were looking for with ease. We talked about some of the beers and a few he had not tried, but he did at least have a knowledge about his stock. The thing that keeps the service a bit low is getting through the checkout. A bit on the slow side for my tastes.
I'll certainly hit Greenlife my next time through town!
04-13-2006 01:07:08 |
More by GCBrewingCo
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Sunday Afternoon, on our way to Wedge. Swing in for a quick one.
Atmosphere: Asheville's hippest place to shop - a hipster paradise in a hipster town. Seriously, Greenlife is a high end grocer, especially busy on a Sunday.
Quality/Service: Clean store, if not a little harried. I didn't seek out any assistance and didn't receive any.
Selection: Average selection - heavy on locals (all NC I consider to be local). Most everything is in a few open coolers near the back of the store. I didn't come across anything new or exciting and would recommend checking out a few of the better stores in town first.
05-29-2012 01:47:44 |
More by akorsak
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
quality: Picked up a French Broad growler, which seemed to be as fresh as one could ask.
service: Nobody asked if I need help while I was standing there, not that I needed it. Hard to give this a number as always for a grocery.
selection: Good selection...nothing amazing, but certainly respectable. They carry Highland and some Pisgah and French Broad growlers, as well as many others that you will find at just about any well regarded beer store. Sierra Nevada Harvest was also available. I'm kinda spoiled.
pricing seemed reasonable...growlers were $10 and bombers of Highland Imperial Kashmir were a dollar less than Bruisin' Ales
10-15-2007 04:12:53 |
More by blackie
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by here on my way back to Oklahoma, pretty access from my route.
The beer section was laid out in an organized & coherent manner
The quality on all beer purchased was good
The beer beer guy was very chatty & I saw him go half across the store to show a beer to a customer they were asking about ( they were in bombers not six packs ). The cashier was fairly friendly too
Selection of NC brews was pretty darn good with a respectable regional & import selection as well A fair selection of to go growlers as well. I walked out of there with stuff from French Broad, Highland, Pisgah, Brooklyn, Stone & Epic
Prices on all beers were pretty reasonable
This is a great plan B if Bruisin Ales isn't open
12-31-2011 23:15:52 |
More by russpowell
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Between here and Brusin', you can find just about everything that can be had in western NC. The beer guy here can be very helpful, so don't be afraid to ask. Most Pisgah bottles available. All Highlands are here. Some growlers, but that's been hit-and-miss. Hit this place after Asheville Pizza and Brewing and heading into town. I can bring the family here and they are happy milling about the store while I hit the beer corner in the back. Good food, too. Look around the beer section as well. There's a Pisgah rack a little back towards the main part of the store that's easy to miss.
07-06-2008 01:55:49 |
More by beer2day
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Not the best selection in Asheville (that would be Bruisin Ales), but a good selection nevertheless, including sixers, twelves, bombers, and local growlers. Some of the really limited local stuff might not come through here, same with the ocassional hard to find out of state brew, but other than that they have an excellent selection of American craft brews. Their Belgian and other import sections aren't as impressive, but there are a few nice choices there as well. Definitely the best pricing in Asheville. Service is okay- its a grocery store (although a nice one). I usually stop heere first and then to Bruisin Ales.
10-09-2007 14:42:31 |
More by Georgiabeer
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$
A similar atmosphere that you would find at any Whole Foods store, though perhaps even more full of hipsters and hippies. The store is physically quite small with real narrow aisles which makes navigating the store similar to getting through the Holland Tunnel on your way into work in NYC (lots of delays). The beer and wine section is in the back righthand corner and is mostly just cooler areas but there are a few spots in the beer/wine section that have beer at room temperature on shelves. Additionally, you will need to pay attention to the endcaps in the store as I saw some beers that were not in the beer section on those (mostly bomber format).
The beers were the proper seasonals and all appeared to be fresh (for those with date codes on them). The majority of the beers were being sold at refrigeration temperature from the coolers and the section did not have any windows though the fluorescent lighting was quite bright (one of the brightest sections of the store).
I personally did not interact with any employees in the beer section but I do not have the expectation in a grocery store of getting good pointers for beer. Since I have been to the Asheville area numerous times, I was familiar with the products on the shelves.
The selection is pretty decent but not overly extensive with a heavy focus on local Asheville breweries (it pales in comparison with Bruisin' Ales and Appalachian Vintners). Fairly decent selection of local singles but again nothing that is not easy to find.
I did not try the food on this visit but like other Whole Foods, it has a fairly extensive hot food bar and cold food bar.
Prices were fair and in line with other shops in the area for beer.
12-08-2013 14:27:45 |
More by dbrauneis
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I hit up Greenlife as my first stop in Asheville. I had noticed in a couple of reviews that some BAs said to go here for prices and then to Bruisin' Ales for selection...so that's what I did. First off, not to stereotype, but if you're a hippie or totally eco-friendly this place is for you. I got a couple of evil eyes when I got out of my big gas guzzling SUV. Any way, heading into the store you are greeted by some rather delicious looking prepared foods. Head around to the right of that and go straight back to the far right corner of the store. There you will find the beer selection. Wow, this is a grocery store? Or at least it's something close to that. Many standards and lots of locals including Pisgah and French Broad growlers. I picked up some of them and some Pisgah 750's. The guy working in the beer dept. seemed to have a fairly good knowledge of the beer he had, which is always welcomed. This will be a stop for me on return visits to Asheville for sure.
08-02-2008 01:25:39 |
More by Imstillthegman
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
We made a quick stop in this grocery on a recent trip to Asheville to check things out. First of all the store itself is pretty cool and is similar to say a Whole Foods but taken to Greenie nth degree, with all kinds of fresh/organic/vegetarian choices. I was told to stop here first before Bruisin' Ales because of the lower prices on the local stuff and for the most part, I found that to be true. Found plenty of both local favorites Pisgah and French Broad, both in bottles and growlers.
I was also happy to see a solid selection of other American craft beers as well, including a pretty nice Founder's selection, as well as bottles of the brand new '09 Stone RIS. Pretty impressive considering this was at a grocery store and not some high end bottle shop. A couple of guys were actually stocking the beer area as we perused and asked if we needed any help with anything, which was appreciated.
All said, this was a worthwhile stop, not only for picking up some local Asheville brews but also to pick up some food needs as well. We're definitely going to make this a stop each time we are in town.
05-01-2009 19:23:37 |
More by Kegatron
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