Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Every nook and cranny!
To complete our trip (although we didn't make all the breweries), we had to visit Bruisin' Ales downtown at 66 Broadway Street. Voted the #3 Beer retailer in the world per, we were excited to see what craft beer goodies we could find here that we can't normally get in Georgia. A modest storefront greeted us but upon entrance we found a shop with every nook and cranny filled with bottled gems from around the world. Catering to both domestic and imported buyers, they also had a large selection of local and state brews. We were able to pick up a bottle of the Pisgah Valdez and Mother Earth's Silent Night that we raved about in earlier reviews. Our friend also picked up quite a few selections. The highlight was meeting the co-owner Julie Atallah. Charming and willing to chat with us, we discussed everything from Facebook fan pages to the Asheville beer scene. Bruisin' Ales also has a couple of taps and we enjoyed a snifter of Bell's Hell Hath No Fury while we shopped. Aimee even found a bar of "craft brewed soap"-handmade soap from a local artisan with actual hops visible in the bar! Truly a one stop shop for all things beer, Julie and Bruisin' Ales completed our first Asheville tour in grand style. Make sure you don't miss Bruisin' Ales on your Asheville trip. Actually, plan on stopping by when you get to town to stock up and on the way out to pick up everything local you've sampled. A must visit!
Spreading the Craft Beer Gospel and Julie Atallah

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