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Taps: 10 / Bottles: 350
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Store ]
745 Biltmore Ave
phone: (828) 505-7500
Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
(Place added by: cwalexander on 10-06-2009)
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| Reviews: 37 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
12-12-2013 01:07:07 |
More by jophish17
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Nice clean store - crappy parking situation.
Visited App Vintner for the first time immediately prior to stopping at Bruisin Ales. At least on this particular day, Bruisin had a vastly superior selection.
The selection was a little unorganized - we peaked into cases scattered throughout the back of the store in search of whales, with no such luck. The shelves were highly dedicated to pretty bleh breweries like Epic, DFH, etc. Dusty fantome bottles were practically hidden from consumers.
Most local breweries were well represented - Pisgah (Valdez & Baptista - Vortex II was available at bruisin), Highland, French Broad (only 1 beer!), and a variety of local growlers.
Service was fine - tap selection was small, but had a few nice options from Catawba and Nantahala.
I'll definitely come back to this place, but I much prefer Bruisin for selection, convenience and the overall shopping experience.
01-01-2013 18:04:40 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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).
05-29-2012 13:28:58 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Great place to sit and try several brews before filling up the truck bed with cases of delicious, sometimes elusive beers. A few nice glasses from which to pick. Second to Thirsty Monk only because of tap selection and $2 corkage fee (getting kinda sick of this bs charge that everyone is now utilizing). A must when in Asheville.
07-04-2013 00:07:39 |
More by WOLFGANG
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
08-05-2013 19:39:08 |
More by Treyliff
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
upon first walking in it was a massive store as far as beer goes. everything was spread out to maximize the space. the service is good and laid back, mainly because there was noone else in the store but us. the store has a great selection of local breweries with pisgah, olde hickory, and foothills making a good showing. this was all i went into the store for, and i was not dissapointed. the prices are good too. if you want something in the asheville area that bruisin ales doesnt have then this is the place to go. also the glassware selection is huge. go there.
06-01-2011 20:42:29 |
More by dbhall
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Finally got to check this visit this place, and I definitely recommend it to anyone passing through Asheville. The place is very open and has a nice ambiance. Right when you walk in is their glassware selection. A pretty nice one at that. They had some impressive brews smack dab in the middle ( probably staff picks , or recent arrivals. The main selection was pretty impressive. Lots of variety, and a large mix a six selection. Good amount of German brews, and a decent amount of Belgians. Overall a must go for any beer lover.
11-20-2011 17:56:45 |
More by Jenkster4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
11-22-2013 02:52:39 |
More by BMMillsy
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is my most visited shop in Asheville. It's really more of a wine store but they have a good amount of beer as well. Especially recently, the two brothers that own the place seem to be getting more and more into beer.
The selection is not jaw dropping but they definitely cover enough bases to make it my regular store, and the quality of what they stock is always great. What they don't stock, they will always get for me if it's available to them, they even buy cases of stuff I ask for even when I only want a couple bottles. They are always on point when it comes to keeping their customers happy.
The store has 4 taps and about 8 seats at a nice little bar and Geoff and Charles will hang out and talk beer or wine with you. Next to the bar are a few nice tables and some big, comfy leather chairs so you can grab a pint and relax while you ponder what you might buy. The taps are usually a couple locals and something special. Right now they have Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter, Pisgah Pale and fresh SCULPIN,,,,This is the second keg of Sculpin they've had and this is a market where Sculpin really does not show up in much. The big ass friendly old dog that greets you and the fact that there is a sweet little lounge area in a great store earns the Vintner a 5 for atmosphere in a bottle shop.
Prices are on par with other stores in town except for Bruisin Ales which is very pricey. I buy kegs from these guys every few weeks and the prices are as good or better for barrels than Hops n Vines, which is also one of my go-to's.
Overall this is my favorite shop in town. Charles is working on building a beer engine that will be put to use at some point in the future and at that point I may never go anywhere else.
04-23-2011 14:54:21 |
More by commis
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
wow where has this place beer? i had heard there was this store that did not have the greatest selection, but had everything i might be looking for. that being said i made it a special point to make sure i checked it out on my last trip through town.
I have to say i was blown away by the attention shown towards local brewers. simply amazing here. they had nearly everything in stock from western nc, stuff i had not been able to get in the city (bardstown for example), just a fantastic store. warm and welcoming they were quick to show me anything and everything they had.
overall a must stop, now there are just too many stores to visit on my trips up there, but this is a sure thing.
09-29-2010 00:52:52 |
More by mikesgroove
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