This is one of the nicer beer selections I’ve seen at a Whole Foods. It’s basically a chain of organic, health food grocery stores. Of course, this being Asheville, you don’t see a lot of iconography announcing the store as a Whole Foods and the building somehow blends into the environment. It’s not far from downtown Asheville. As others have noted the parking sucks so get there early. They have a lot of bombers and a few seasonal locals I haven’t seen at the other local bottle shops. They had a guy buzzing around the beer section but he didn’t seem super approachable. Still they have a fantastic selection and the prices, even by Asheville standards, are really good.
Drake (832) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | March 6, 2009| Updated April 15, 2010
A standard all natural grocery store. The employees are nice, but I didn’t see any in the beer/wine section and I had no cause to ask questions. Prices are decent. The parking lot is from some inner circle of hell. Long selection of chilled beers. Some foreign, lots of American and a ton of local beer. Also some nonchilled selections. Stop here before you hit Bruisin’ Ales, because the prices are a bit better and there will be a good bit of local stuff here that is at Bruisin. But if you go to one place, go to Bruisin.
This place is hippie central, it’s almost to a comical level. The beer selection is really impressive though. There are plenty of singles, Belgians, local brews, etc. The price is reasonable, especially for the NC/TN area. It’s also nice that I can buy beer here later than 7 pm which is when the beer stores downtown close.
Just a grocery store that has a decent bottle selection with some growlers brought in fresh weekly. Okay, but I’d only go on days the growlers come in or if I was already shopping there, as there are plenty of other options in the city.
Stopped here for some dinner items rather than dining out- nice beer selection but doesn’t beat Bruisin’ Ales. Good food selection - got that hippy co-op vibe that is common in others I’ve visited in Boise & Burlington. Friendly service, prices above average but good stuff. Took our food to French Broad River park for a picnic.
Pretty good co-op for those interested, have decent prices and some interesting selections. As for the beer, almost everything is in sixers, with no brands I hadn’t heard of elsewhere, but the occasional nice Belgian (say, for example, something from De Dolle).
nearbeer (250) Knoxville, Tennessee | August 1, 2007| Updated August 12, 2010
Great selection for the ETN/WNC area. Two guys were climbing a ladder and jumping up on top of the beer cooler section to look for stuff for me. Place is kind of crowded and the parking lot is a mess, but the beer selection and staff are great. Hopefully TN will change their stupid alcohol laws like NC did a couple of years ago, and we can have a place like this.
Another whole foods. Decent selection but not as extensive as Florida.
Suttree (222) Knoxville, Tennessee | January 3, 2006| Updated January 5, 2006
This is kind of a hippyish grocery store located down town, with a great beer selection. Some singles, some rare stuff, and prices seemed reasonable. One of the stockers told me that the beer buyer takes his selction personally, and it shows. Beware, though - it can be a bit dicey getting into and out of.
rondphoto (213) Lakeside Park, Kentucky | October 13, 2012| Updated February 22, 2014
This feels like markets did when I gre up in the 50’s-60’s. No they don’t have tons of beer, but they do have a fantastic selection of North Carolina beers, many available as single bottles. If you want the local stuff, this is the place to go.--- February 2014 - I stopped by again yesterday, found a lot to take with me (can’t get it in Cincy), and found a really friendly staff. As I was checking out, I commented that I was impressed with how carefully she was packing my singles, and she replied "We take our beer seriously here." Need I say more?