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$$ - reasonable
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66 Broadway St
phone: (828) 252-8999
Bruisin' Ales now ships to all states as mentioned here:
Tuesday - Thursday: 12pm - 8pm
Friday - Saturday: 12pm - 9pm
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
(Place added by: jatallah on 12-20-2006)
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vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Welcome to Asheville Bruisin' Ales!! Wow did we need a store completly dedicated to High Gravity beers. Perfect spot right on Broadway(just down the street from Mellow Mushroom). The owner Jason is great. Very knowledgeable about all things beer, especially Belgians. The selection is awesome, and as previously stated they will order anything for you if they don't have it. The selection is top notch. Very nice to see a store that only sells beer.You must go down to visit, great place, easily the must stop in Asheville for beer!!
01-30-2007 18:37:40 |
More by mikesgroove
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
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
06-27-2009 20:07:05 |
More by dirtylou
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was in Asheville for the day so after checking BA, I knew I had to stop in for a visit at Bruisin' Ales.
This is a beer only shop with lots of NC beers, some key representatives from the rest of the US and quite a few Belgians. I was immediately impressed by the presentation. I've been to some great beer stores on business travel and while I've seen a few with more of a selection, this place has the best combination of presentation and selection that I've seen. They have one especially cool area with a nice wooden wine display filled with 750ml bottles of beer.
The owner was there and he had some great recommendations for me. He was very helpful and outgoing. He clearly loves what he does. You don't find his passion and commitment to the customer very often.
I really hope this place takes off and becomes the model for beer sales in the southeast. I know I'll stop in to load up whenever I'm passing through town. Check it out. You won't be sorry.
05-12-2008 11:11:01 |
More by GJ40
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
11-19-2010 20:04:37 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Post-dinner on Saturday at Mellow Mushroom and Bruisin' is right down the street.
Atmosphere: Another eclectic space, wide open front window, narrow entrance and then beer beer and more beer. Coolers immediately on entrance and singles galore after that. Asheville has its share of cute-looking shops and this is no exception.
Quality: A little busy on a Saturday night. Nice staff and price stickers on everything - always a nice touch.
Service: I was given a tour of the local NC beers, including several rather unusual specimens that made it into my cart.
Selection: A good to better than good selection. Highlights included a barrel aged beer from OBBS. Sure its the other side of the state but impressive nonetheless. I also found a hidden Stillwater that I had been looking for. A good selection but the store isn't big enough to have a great selection. I will shop there again though.
05-29-2012 13:27:24 |
More by akorsak
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
What more can be said that hasn't been said already? First of all the worker as well as the partons really knew their beer. I knew I was in the beer capital of the United States. Was able to pick up some things despite having stopped already in Boone, Winston-Salem, and Roanoke. Unlike the employees of cookie cutter stores, this place had workers who lived beer, and enjoyed beer. There even was a sampling area to try beers, which doesn't happen too often up north if at all. Wanted to go back again on the way home but ran out of time. Worker even hooked me up with a rare Sweetwater release for some New Glarus. First Class all the way.
01-05-2011 05:05:22 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
10-15-2007 04:06:11 |
More by blackie
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Jason and Julie run a quality establishment. We first went a few months after opening and then later in September 2007. It was nice to see the increased inventory over those 6+ months. It is a beer only store and I would say it kicks butt.
Everything is very nicely arranged and easy to see. There aren't any weird, dark corners for beer to get lost into or not seen. J/J are so friendly and helpful, if you cannot find or do not know what you are looking for they are more than eager to help you out. They also promote weekly or bi-monthly (depends on season) beer tastings on Thursday that are always great and usually free.
As stated before parking can be a bit tricky at times but this is the nature of the beast when operating a downtown store. I think the location is great though as it is but a few blocks from some of the cities best beer bars and brew pubs.
Prices are good...especially for the single 750 ml Belgian beers. Some of the "local" six pack prices are a little higher than near by competition but one cannot complain too much based on the service you get.
Heck, they were even nice enough to set me back some of the harder to find local stuff, like Pisgah Vortex II and hold it till I came into town...now that is service!
01-11-2008 11:46:17 |
More by Deuane
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A very nice (though pretty small) beer store on the north side of downtown Asheville. Lots of great beer to choose from, including refrigerated growlers from local breweries and bottles from the midwest and west coast. Large selection of Belgians on one wall. Very clean and organized. There was a big monk with beer bottles inside him. There is even a small "tasting room" alcove underneath the stairs. Seems to contribute to Asheville's excellent beer scene.
The guy behind the counter was extremely friendly.
No complaints here!
11-18-2008 02:36:48 |
More by shivtim
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