Small shop focused on craft and import specialty beers. Most bottle conditioned Belgian beer was at room temperature and out in the light which is a big no-no. For some local things, new releases, the bottles and cans are probably no worse off than anywhere else. The unpasteurized living beer I do not trust is in good shape. Only one small cooler to choose from, and checking dates I saw some expired products and many that were approaching it. Nothing to show your customers how much you care like leaving out dusty, expired bottles.
These guys are doing it right. They are a specialty beer store, period. The owner is passionate about beer (rightly so being from Colorado) and takes care to stock quality beers from around the world. This is the one place to stop for beer and glassware in Asheville.
A super small space near the center of Asheville. Certainly convenient for the tourist like me. Given the supernatural ratings I guess Iíd expected more. Donít get me wrong, this is a quality bottle shop. Thereís an entire wall of first-rate imports, largely titled to Belgians and the better known quirky European breweries currently available in the US. But the main reason I stopped in was to look for regionals, and although Bruisiní had a decent array, it was a shallower pool than Iíd hoped for -- one book shelfís worth altogether (of maybe 10 total in the store). Sure, they have pretty much everything from the local area, but they didnít have anything from beyond about an hour away, and there are plenty of little breweries elsewhere in North Carolina that Iíd think they could get their hands on. All said, I was glad I stopped in and left with about 18 fairly-priced bottles of mostly NC beers. If youíre in town and looking for a solid lineup of imports, definitely stop in. They also have a smattering of quality brews from elsewhere in the US, some of which you may not be able to get where you live.
DiarmaidBHK (796) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | August 19, 2012| Updated October 30, 2013
Fantastic selection of Belgian beers as well as local brews. The focus here is on quality and large bottles. Will definitely come back to Asheville and this will be one of my first stops. update: Iíve visited the store several more times since my original review and it still amazes. Itís a small store in Downtown Asheville but they get maximum out of their space. For me this is where my craft beer journey started As you enter under the windows is where they keep canned beer, cider and gluten free beer. The shelf in the front corner is glassware. The shelves along the left wall are Belgian and Belgian beer. The shelves opposite the Belgian wall are English, Scottish, and German. The back left corner is Mikeller, Evil Twin, and other European Craft. The back bookshelves are National craft. As are the bookshelves on the right wall. Opposite those are local , state, and regional craft. One endcap is mead the other is newest latest although they have some new stuff on their bar. Oh yeah I forgot the coolers next to the bar that have local growlers and some sixers chilled. Plus the cabinet near the entrance tends to be Dieu du ciel. They now have a parking lot next door for only a dollar an hour which is pretty good for parking in a downtown area. I think Bruisiní Ales sets a standard for awesomeness that every bottle shop in America seeks to emulate.
Asheville really needed a place like this. Itís conveniently located downtown and has pretty much everything available in the other good beer stores in the area consolidated in a practical arrangement. The prices seem to be within a dollar of the other places in the market. I picked up a few beers I havenít seen elsewhere. The only focus of this store is beer, which seemed to be very fitting for a community that has a generally high focus on craft beer. This will now be a staple stop for me whenever Iím in town. Hereís a little update: they started selling everything in singles. That is very awesome.
I just wanted to add that the more I frequent Bruisiní Ales, the more I like it. The service is impeccable. He does not waste shelf space on anything he feels doesnít meet his standards of quality. Sure heís got hundreds of beers available, but the thing is they are all carefully selected. He wonít just carry every micro he can get his hands on. The stock here is constantly rotating. I always get fresh stuff when Iím in. Iíd rather have this kind of attention to detail and quality rather than a mega beer store with thousands of ancient bottles on the shelf. Mr. Atallah is very serious about his beer hobby and we all reap the benefits when we visit his store.
Drake (702) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | March 8, 2009| Updated March 27, 2010
My... my... my... Bruisiní Ales. My oh my. Someone somewhere ranked this place #2 in the world, and I believe them. The place is fairly small, but the quality of the selection is very nice. If itís brewed in North Carolina it will be available here. Tons of US beer. Tons of foreign beer, with an especially nice Belgian selection. They have a whole wall of Belgians, including US Belgian style breweries like Jolly Pumpkin and Saint Somwhere. Prices were overall decent, though with the number of beers available it still can be painful. They not only allow purchasing singles, but they encourage it. Every six pack has two price tags... one for the whole pack and one for a single. They donít offer case discounts on mixed cases, but the guy there (missed his name) allowed me to pick out a free glass for each case. The glassware selection is very nice. If you can only go to one bottle shop, make it this one. Parking can be a pain, as the lot next door is private, but the owner said itíd be OK if I parked there for a few minutes to load up my purchases.
I made an order from Canada to friends in Cleveland, who will bring it to me on a visit. I ordered some very hard to get limited quantity stuff. I dealt with Joe on a couple of phone calls and he was beyond polite and very helpful, inclduing suggestions for a 6th to fill the box. Delivered on time and within budget.
A rather small beer store with a great selection of local, US and international beers. All beers available as singles (thatís what I appreciate). Knowledgeable staff and moderate prices. A great store in a great beer city. I wish I can come back some day.