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Beer Available At Bruisiní Ales (arranged by most recent)
Green Man ESB 65, Sierra Nevada 25th Anniversary Christmas Jam Session Ale , Ballast Point Big Eye IPA 98, Highland Black Mocha Stout 94, Uinta Crooked Line Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin 98, Meantime Barley Wine Ale , Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA 99, Highland Gaelic Ale 80, Victory DirtWolf 99, Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2013 (Shmaltz Brewing) 93, Asheville Electric Pale Ale , The Bruery 4 Calling Birds 96, Southern Tier Warlock 98, Highland Razor Wit 76, Epic Brainless on Raspberries 86, La Trappe Bockbier 94, Sierra Nevada DevESTATEtion 96, Black Boss Porter 9.4% 92, Nils Oscar India Ale 79, Highland Kashmir IPA 60
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jbruner (83) Tallahassee, Florida | January 30, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Small place with a hippie/hipster vibe when you walk in. Service was nice, but he was in a rush to leave (we got there right at 4pm, the closing time on a sunday). Selection was pretty solid; I was impressed because of the stuff we canít get down in Florida, but Iím sure if I was local nothing would blow me away. Pre-filled growlers from a couple breweries is a cool idea, but they arenít the only ones in town doing that. Prices are a little higher than some other places in town, but not too terribly outrageous. Pretty solid bottle shop overall.
frylock (80) Atlanta, Georgia | December 30, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Good store, but a little over rated. Very small and cramped inside. Lots of local southern beers and good selection of Belgians. A few more rare beers like Nebraska and Cascade. Overall a good store but it didnít blow me away like I thought it might.
MlhopeTC (18) Orlando, Florida | October 24, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
I was in Asheville for 4 days and went to Bruisiní Ales twice. The first trip their selection was obviously depleted, but the next trip they had just got a huge shipment in and they hadnít even got it on the shelves yet. Needless to say I enjoyed my second trip quite a bit more as far as choices go. One negative is that this place is easily $1 to $3 more per bomber or six pack then most other places we stopped in North Carolina. Maybe it has to do with the real estate though. The owners were great and gave us a free pour of a hard to get (and delicious) beer they werenít even advertising as tapped yet, so that was nice!
Westmeister (55) Atlanta, Georgia | October 15, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Great downtown location. Probably rough if you had to drive there though. Smaller than I expected, but they packed a lot in, in a very organized way. Thought the prices were a bit on the high side. The staff was pretty helpful, but was in and out rather quickly. A must stop if downtown, but Vintner was better all around.
Bigmmartin (17) Dayton, Ohio | October 7, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
A good beer store with a decent selection. They had refrigerated growlers from local breweries. A large selection of Belgians as well. But other than that, I donít really get all of the hype. The parking sucks, but you honestly canít blame them for that. However, you can fault them for high prices on several selections and a staff that seems to either ignore you or talk down to you. And I think the 800+ bottles is being generous considering the idea that some members on this site probably have larger cellars than this entire building. With all that said, itís still a better than average beer store regardless of the somewhat inflated ratings. If I were ever nearby again, I wouldnít pass up an opportunity to stop in, but I donít think I would make a special trip out of my way to revisit.
DiarmaidBHK (712) Pennsylvania | August 19, 2012| Updated October 30, 2013
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
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.
maxwelldeux (78) Spokane, Washington | August 11, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
Parking. Parking sucks here - like you have to find street parking (or pay, which I refuse to do when only going to one place) and you might have to walk several blocks. When/if you do get inside, and you go to search for beers, they have WIFI, but arrogantly refuse to give out the password. What they have is decent, but not all that special - I see the same stuff in every store in Raleigh. And I REALLY donít know where that 800+ count is coming from. Itís tiny and they donít have nearly that many beers out. Finally, I really wish theyíd take an hour or two one afternoon and actually label what/where things are.
Shelltown (6) North Carolina | August 6, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 10/20
I really do not get this place. The service is terrible, the prices are high, there is never any parking and its tiny. The high rating has to be based on reputation only. Perhaps my score would be higher if every time I can in they did not talk down to me, some times they do not even acknowledge my presence.
Travlr (1257) Washington, Washington DC | July 15, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Small place, well organized, with a collection that obviously took quite a bit of effort to build. Staff was extremely helpful and very knowledgeable. A must-stop if you pass anywhere near Asheville.
changeup45 (108) Mount Dora, Florida | July 12, 2012| Updated July 24, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
I was lucky to visit this place right after my stop in Charleston and the Charleston Beer Exchange. Iíve got to imagine, and Ratebeer backs it up, that those are two of the best bottle shops in the country. Asheville was a wonderful place to visit; Bruisin Ales is right smack dab downtown. Fortunately, there is a parking lot right next to the place; a buck an hour or something like that, but I was happy to not have to lug bottles a long distance to my car. Inside the place is clean, well-organized, and stocked with an impressive selection. This is one of those places where you buy a bunch of bottles but later on wish youíd bought more. They even have growlers from Craggie and other local breweries, as well as their own growler station. World class store; hope to be back to Asheville in the not so distant future.
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