Small storefront in downtown Asheville, very close to the Thirsty Monk, LAB, and Jack of the Wood. Cluttered wine store on the left, and a wine bar / cafe on the right. Despite not being overly crowded, the employees did not acknowledge us or attempt to help or be friendly. The beer selection is on a shelf in the middle of the floor, with most of the local stuff to the side. Nothing here that I haven’t seen everywhere else. Overall, this might be a nice wine shop and cafe, and it is very convenient, but it isn’t really worth the stop.
This is a nice little store/bar. We didn’t spend a ton of time perusing the bottle selection, so I can’t speak to it with a ton of knowledge. I’ll focus on the bar, which had a nice mix of local stuff at excellent prices (which seems to be constant around town). Nice little spot to kill time in one of the main stretches of downtown Asheville.
A nice upmarket store with a delicious smelling cheese counter right in front of you as you enter. There’s a bar to the right and the bottled beer (and wine) is on the left. They had quite a good selection, with local breweries well represented.
(Visited 9 February 2014).
Small store a few blocks from Bruisin’ Ales. Worth checking out as they tend to get the good releases and fly under the radar. They had bottles of Sexual Chocolate, Green Man sours etc. long after Bruisin’ Ales sold out. Go to Bruisin’ Ales first, but stop here if they are sold out of what you are looking for.
Visited on a Sunday afternoon. They had all the cider in the window (which is bad) along with with some green glass ( which is worse). Interesting that they don’t have the wine in the window. They do have some good stuff, but the selection is somewhat haphazard and about 40% of the stock is stored on its side. They seem to have randomly picked from Bruisin’s selection and added $.50 to their prices. Disappointing, third tier at this point.
Located across the street from Jack of the wood, Weinhaus as the name informs is mostly about wine. They have two aisles of floor to ceiling beer inconveniently located near the front windows. They have some locals and the obvious national craft, Belgian, and German options. They have a really lousy pick 6 section as well. Even as a wine store I can’t imagine this is too much of a destination place. As a beer place it’s a complete waste of time. They have practically nothing her you can’t get. 5-6 other places in town. As for the service , it’s not that it was rude but I literally thought either the clerk was dead or had some sort of medical condition that locks one’s eyes onto a computer monitor. Fortunately he wasn’t dead but he did have trouble holding a conversation. Again if you’re looking for a place with an ordinary selection and the potential or sun-damaged beer this is your place.
Atmosphere is more like a rather formal liquor store rather than a laid-back friendly beer seller, but as the name suggest their emphasis is on wine - and they do have an excellent selection of craft brews, including plenty of North Carolina’s best. The man I dealt with was very friendly and helpful as I sought some good beer; unfortunately, recent visits to Bruisin’ Ales and a couple good beer stores in Raleigh meant that I had just about exhausted unique selections. Still, I found a couple brewskis I hadn’t seen before. Their beer selection, as I said, is very good, and I didn’t see any industrial swill, which is a point in their favor. When you visit Asheville, Bruisin’ Ales is the place to shop, but Weinhaus is worth at least a look around. Besides, they’re right next to the Thirsty Monk and very near a reasonably priced hotel.
Used to stop here more often, until Bruisin Ales opened up and blew them away on both selection and price. But to be fair, this place is a wine store primarily, after all. Never have asked for help, as they seem to keep to themselves here; don’t know if that is different when it comes to wine, though. It’s pretty quiet here. Selection is pretty good, but prices seem too high, with the exception of some of the local stuff. They do have growlers for sale, which is cool, but their cooler is small. They also have a decent selection of glassware, if you are in to that sort of thing. It’s not a bad stop, by any means, but it is no longer a destination I seek out.
stumbled to this place after grabbing a few beers at asheville brewing - and a few at jack of the wood - and a few more at thirsty monk... decent selection, but I was mainly looking for local fair. remember that I got a giant champagne-sized bottle of a sweetwater, a french broad and a stone I’d never come across. the owners didn’t know much about it and the prices were I little high. location is great though.