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$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
66 Broadway St
phone: (828) 252-8999
Bruisin' Ales now ships to all states as mentioned here:
Tuesday - Thursday: 12pm - 8pm
Friday - Saturday: 12pm - 9pm
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
(Place added by: jatallah on 12-20-2006)
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quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Okay. I gave them a second chance, but I'm not giving Bruisin' Ales any more of my money.
The good- Their selection, as has been noted, is outstanding. Great variety of hard-to-find Belgians, and great selection of local beers. Also good variety of other American micro-brews and beer from other parts of Europe. They will sell singles of ANYTHING. They keep an up-to-date inventory on their website.
The bad- I went to Bruisin' Ales in June while visiting Asheville. They were reasonably busy. I had a basket-full of beers and was ready to check out. (I had found everything on my own, and no one had asked me if I needed help.) After I waited in line to pay, and was next, I sat my basket on the checkout counter. The man on the register (probably one of the owners?) looked at the guys behind me, each with only 2-3 bottles each, and asked me if I would let them go first. I'm not an unreasonable guy. I didn't have THAT much to ring up, but I said, "Sure, no problem," and stepped aside. The guy working the register rang up the other guys, chatting with them. My turn comes again. Does he thank me? No, he rings me up while chatting with the guy in line behind me. The only other time he spoke to me was when it was time for me to pay, and all he said to me was my total. Okay, fine. I chalked it up to them being busy, maybe the other people were regulars, whatever. Didn't dwell on it.
However, last week, I was going down to visit Asheville again, and was planning another trip to Bruisin' Ales. I emailed them, asking if they would open over the holiday weekend, and asked them a couple of questions about their stock. I got no reply. Okay, no big deal. But then, I get to store, and the lady working there (another of the owners, maybe?) never said anything to me except when it was time for me to pay. I stood there at the register, while she rang up another basket-full of beer I'd picked out myself, and she looked straight past me while chatting with the guy in line behind me. Of course, the only time she spoke to me was when she wanted my money.
So, that's it. I've had it. I don't expect to be coddled, but at least acknowledge my presence. Maybe a hello or a thank you. Whatever. There are other beer stores.
09-02-2008 12:14:38 |
More by FostersF1
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Came to this place off a lot of hype both on here and through their adverts in nearly any beer magazine. I found a very good store but not one I would consider upper echelon.
It's a smaller space but still packs a good sized selection. Majority of selection I'm fortunate to see up in Jersey so my focus was mostly on the Carolina products. Was my first stop in Asheville so only picked up Foothills People's Porter and Highland Mocha Stout as I knew I'd try most anything else at the breweries/taverns later.
My disappointment came in finding out that Bruisin charges more than most any other place in Asheville so to see that downgrades my visit a bit. Did pick up a Weyerbacher 15 which has been long gone in Jersey but as good as that is it's likely emblematic of my visit being a bit underwhelming.
Also, one last note, the man behind the counter was very nice in telling me where he normally drinks but his information was wildly inaccurate. I was there on a Tuesday and he told me to expect most everything to be quieted down by 10 P.M. which I chuckled about as I ordered my last pint just after 1 A.M. Wednesday morning.
09-28-2012 16:44:58 |
More by JosephThompson
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Went in to Bruisin Ales a few days ago, and have to admit I like the place. The selection was outstanding, but the service was far from that. Seems as though everytime I'm in the place, I feel like I'm holding up the guys working there because they have to ring me up. It is a small store on a busy street, with convenient parking right beside it. I may have just come in the store at the wrong times, but I do like the selection....Pisgah is mostly what I'm looking for when I go in, but they do have an assortment of great choices, along with the fact that they ship, makes this place a quality stop.
05-08-2011 03:36:34 |
More by CarolinaKevin
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Based on previous review I had high expectations for Bruisin' Ales, which was my downfall. As others have said the place is small, but there is a lot of ground covered. Unfortunately most of what they had I can find in south Florida so there were not any revaluations for me, and their Founders stock was low (actually better at Asheville Wine Market down the street). The thing that kept me from stocking up was the very high prices, definately the highest in Asheville. Guess it was a good thing that this was my last stop as I got to visit most of the other places before this and get what I wanted elsewhere at a savings. But this place had beers I did not see anywhere else in Asheville; Ballast Point, Stone, and a few others. Do your homework before buying here, but bring the bank for the stuff they have.
11-14-2012 02:09:46 |
More by goatsby
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
I am pretty sure there are going to be some people that will disagree with my rating of this establishment but this is what I experienced. Its selection is great I will give it that but not as good as what some people have made it out to be. It is a small store with a lot of beers. I did not think it had as many regional brews as it could have carried and what ones it did have were extremely overpriced. Honestly, the whole store is overpriced. There are a lot of good foreign beers and that seems to be the main focus. They do have a good selection of growlers from local in the area breweries but once again they are pricy. As most of us know growlers also do not have a great shelf life. I asked one of the gentlemen working there about a seasonal that I knew was a little older and he admitted that some of the growlers had been there for a while and they sit until they sell.
Service, as with clientele it is a Beer Snob haven. I talked to man on the phone that worked there a few nights prior to my visit to Asheville just to make sure I was on the right track. He was good to go and polite enough. In the store however was a different story. I received dirty looks and sort of an attitude when I asked questions. Maybe if you ask someone if you can help them you should mean it.
The atmosphere is great. It is very beer centric with a small but classy section breweriana.
02-27-2011 12:44:00 |
More by MTNboy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I make it to Asheville a few times a year and on my last trip I made a point of stopping in here. The atmosphere here is great. Its very inviting and organized. The selection is great, but not as good as I had heard. The Belgian selection is fantastic. However there aren't as many local or regional breweries represented here as I would like to see. The staff was helpful for the most part. One thing that bothered me was that they seem to keep more sought after thing in the back. I asked about a couple of things and the guy working went and got them from the back, but he acted like it was killing him to do it. The prices are for sure on the high side but not ridiculous. This place is worth checking out but is not my favorite store by far.
05-05-2011 09:36:37 |
More by jimixr
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Coming back from a trip to the lake I made a point to go out of our way to visit this place. And I am glad that I did. I arrived right after they opened on a Sun. I was warmly greeted at the door by the clerk and he asked me if I needed any help. I told he that I want to look around and soak it all in and that if I had a question I would find him.
As you walk in there are 2 coolers to your right filled with growlers and bottles, then too your left and beyond are the room temp bottle selection. Now it does say on their site that they have over 700 beers and maybe because it was a Sun and had a busy shopping weekend, but they didn't seem to have that many.(I didn't count all the beers but it looked far less than 700) After looking over what they had to offer I picked up some local stuff i.e. Pisgah and Highland.
Their slection isn't bad, Belgians and some German stuff, but where they really shine is their selection of local brews. Pisgah was in growlers in the fridge and bombers out on the racks. They had Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster, and good stuff from Highland.
Overal the guy was nice and even threw in a free glass, this was after seeing that I was about to spend over $60. Prices where resonable, like I said the selection left a little to be desired but I plan on going back again when I make a trip up to Asheville later on in the year.
08-11-2008 21:54:34 |
More by cbros
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
05-29-2012 13:27:24 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Definitely my favourite beer store in all the world. The selection for such a small space is astonishing. A bit pricey at times, yes, but to be able to buy such an amazing selection of single beers in one spot is incredible. I've been there on several occasions. When the customers were few, the staff was friendly, and even when it was busy there was still at least one person offering help. Sometimes, probably due to the busyness on the weekend, it can be hard to get personal customer service though. However, you can linger a LONG time over the shelves of brews. Its the best selection I've seen in one spot anywhere in the world.
08-29-2013 13:06:53 |
More by patre_tim
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
05-30-2010 18:43:45 |
More by johnmichaelsen
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