Big chic grocery store atmosphere (which seems like an oxymoron until you step in). Great beer selections tucked in the back, especially local fare. Was a little crowded with narrow isles making it hard to stand and stare at the product. Great pricing on their diverse selection. Service was typical of a big grocery store: hit and miss (but friendly when found).
Not a beer store, a health food store first an for most. Good selection of craft brews, not many large formats, no draft. Pretty average in comparison with other corporate health food stores i.e world market, but really no sales people to really geek out with. A decent place to grab a 6-pack.
It’s hard for me to make a complete asessment of this place because I’ve only ever stopped there for the beer, not the food. That said, they have a great selection of both cold & room temp. beer, as well as growlers of several local breweries. Last time I was there I scooped up a growler of Pisgah IPA, which was both delicious & well priced. Service has been good as well. The same dude has been there every time I’ve been in, and he’s been very friendly and willing to help out. Definitely worth stopping in if you are in the area.
petey (14) Fayetteville, North Carolina | January 1, 2010
It’s not your usual grocery store. Has a really good variety. Food counter and beer selection is great.
I doubt you’ll find a grocery store of any sort as absolutely tasty as this one or as well-stocked in the wine and beer department. The beer section is full of the best and not-so-best among American micros, and also finely represents Ashevilles many local breweries. You’ll find such notables as most of the Victory beers here, for example. It’s my go-to place for picking up beer these days. Prices are very reasonable, too. I only go to Bruisin Ales downtown when I’m looking for somethign a little more obscure--and where the prices are a bit higher. In short, really no way you can go wrong at Greenlife. I ding the service a bit because not all the beer staff seem all that knowledgable. A couple of times I’ve asked one of the regular SAs about a beer and he’s basically read information from the label back to me. HA!
Drake (823) 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.
Somehow, this place fits right in with the whole hippie-ish vibe of the town. Aside from being a very fresh grocery, they also had quite an impressive selection of beers. I really like their large selection of pre-filled growlers from all the breweries in the area (french broad, pisgah, highland, etc.) You can also pick up some of the ’lusty monk’ mustard when the green man brewery is closed. Prices are pretty good and I’ll certainly stop back here again.
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.
My problem with this place is its all six packs. There are a few singles, but they are the kinds of things that just aren’t available in six packs. you can’t split things up. its basically a whole foods when you get down to it. Selection is pretty good, probably won’t find anythiing here you can’t find elsewhere in Asheville. The one upside is that this may be a place where nice stuff gets overlooked due to the demographic. Found a St Bernardus 12 special edition because of this.