Thursday Tasting, 4/17: Green Flash Brewing

Posted Apr 16, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Seasonals

We’ve got the West Coast coming in tomorrow for our weekly tasting, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Green Flash Brewery is in the house! Here’s what’s in the line-up. FREE. (The perfect way to start your happy hour.)

Friendship Brew: “Our second collaboration with Brasserie St-Feuillien, Friendship Brew, is a Black Saison that blends European and American hops, Belgian yeast and a cache of secret spices. The aroma and flavors are enticing, with delicate fruitiness, subtle spice and rounded roast malt characteristics. Bottle conditioning provides lively carbonation and rich beer foam for a luscious body and a lean, dry finish.” [5.7% abv]

Rayon Vert: “If Green Flash were founded in historical Belgium, Rayon Vert would have been our flagship brew. A bold layering of hops finds balance from traditional malts. Bottle conditioning with fresh ale yeast and Brettanomyces finishes the beer, adding a delightful effervescence, dryness and continuously evolving character. Rayon Vert is Green Flash.” This beer is being retired. Get it while you can! [7.0% abv]

West Coast: “This West Coast-Style India Pale Ale is extravagantly hopped, full flavored, medium bodied and copper colored. A menagerie of hops is combined throughout the brewing process to impart specific characteristics. Hops used include Simcoe for a unique fruitiness and grapefruit zest, Columbus for strong hop pungency, Centennial for pine and citrus notes, and Cascade for floral aroma.” [7.3% abv]

Road Warrior: “Road Warrior is an Imperial Rye IPA inspired by our sales team who tirelessly trek coast to coast, town to town, pub to pub, sharing the Green Flash Experience. Brewed with Columbus hops, rich crystal and rye malts, then dry-hopped with Mosaic, it is the perfect reward for their endless effort and your personal triumps. Hungwah!” [9.0% abv]

Palate Wrecker: “Palate Wrecker was originally brewed for the Hamilton’s Tavern 2nd Anniversary celebration. It’s the most complicated West Coast–inspired IPA we have ever brewed—mashing and sparging with hopped wort, in addition to our hop layering regimen for IPA. By popular demand, it is now released for the world to enjoy.” [9.5% abv]

New This Week

Posted Apr 15, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, Limited Release, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals


Against The Grain 35K
Against The Grain Citra Ass Down
Allagash Tiarna
Asheville Brewing Perfect Day
Cascade Kriek
Cascade Apricot
Cascade Blueberry
Cascade The Vine
Del Ducato Beersel Mattina
Founder’s Old Curmudgeon
Hanssens Oude Gueze (375mL and 750 mL)
Heavy Seas Oak Aged Big DIPA
Mystery Locksley
Mystery Beatrix
Mystery Black Thorne
Mystery Queen Anne’s Revenge
New Belgium Gruit
Oskar Blues Chaka
Parallel 49 Salty Scot
Pisgah Baptista
Pisgah Vortex I
Southern Tier Goat Boy Weizenbock
Terrapin Hopzilla IPA
Thomas Creek/Community Tap/Quest Brewing Trifecta IPA
Verhaeghe Barbe Ruby
Verhaeghe Barbe Black
Victory White Monkey
Wicked Weed Black Angel
Wicked Weed Amorous

NC Beer Month Thursday Tasting, 4/10, 5-7pm: Pisgah Brewing Co.

Posted Apr 09, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals

pisgah-brewing-co-pisgah-baptistaPisgah Brewing is cranking out the beers for NC Beer Month! Join us tomorrow evening in the wee Tasting Room for a sampling of Pisgah Brewing’s specialty beers and the pre-release (and the long-awaited return) of Pisgah Baptista.

Metanoia: “A pale wild ale, inoculated with wild yeast and matured in oak casks for nearly a year. Flavors of sour grape skins meld with champagne-like effervescence yielding to a soft malted finish in our first patiently awaited sour experiment.” [5.6% abv]

Vortex I: “The hoppiest beer in Buncombe County!  With over 3.5 grams of four distinct varieties of super high alpha hops per glass, lupulin lovers rejoice! Triple Pale Ale!” [9.2% abv]

Chocolatized Vortex II: Pisgah’s big and beautiful Vortex II imperial stout made with organic chocolate nibs from French Broad Chocolate Lounge. Think of it as liquid chocolate. [11.2% abv]

Baptista: “This Belgian-style Noel takes its name from Jan Baptista Van Helmont, the Flemish chemist and physician who first discovered CO2 and coined the word ‘gas’ by recognizing the existence of gases distinct from air.  This energy luminary was the founder of pneumatic chemistry and also the first to bridge alchemy and early chemistry.  Hats off to the man behind the bubble! Made with homemade candy sugar.” [11.5% abv]

New This Week 4/4/14

Posted Apr 04, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals


Allagash Saison
Anderson Valley Huge Arker
Beer Army Combat Brewery Battle of Brocks Mill
Beer Army Combat Brewery Fire in the Hole
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree
Dark Horse Plead the 5th
Dark Horse Red Raspberry
Dark Horse Sapient Tripel
Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale
Dogfish Head Aprihop
Duck Rabbit Russian Imperial Stout
Evil Twin Ron and the Beast Ryan
Evil Twin Ryan and the Gosling
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
Evil Twin Femme Fatale Blanc
Founders Imperial Stout
Lone Rider Addie’s Revenge
Nantahala Trail Magic Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
Nantahala Trail Magic American Rye Wine
Nebraska Brewing IPA (cans)
Nebraska Brewing Pale (cans)
Ommegang Game of Thrones “Fire and Blood”
Ommegang Three Philosophers Vertical Set (’11,’12,’13)
Outer Banks Sour Weisscadine
Outer Banks Briny Deep Oyster Porter
Pisgah Chocolatized Vortex II
Ska Vernal Minthe Stout
Schmaltz He’Brew Rejewvenator
Uinta Crooked Line Tinder
Weyerbacher Riserva

Thursday Tasting 4/3, 5-7pm: Allagash Brewing with Les Addis

Posted Apr 02, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, New this week


Les Addis from Allagash Brewing is pouring a four-beer flight just for you tomorrow. All Belgian styles. All FREE. Join us tomorrow evening between 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Allagash White: “Our interpretation of a traditional Belgian wheat beer. Brewed with a generous portion of wheat and spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel, this beer is fruity, refreshing and slightly cloudy in appearance.” [5.0% abv]

Allagash Saison: !! NEW !! “Allagash Saison is our interpretation of a classic Belgian farmhouse style. It is a golden hued beer, brewed with a 2-Row blend, malted rye, oats and dark Belgian candi sugar. Saison is hopped with Tettnang, Bravo and Cascade hops. Fermented with a traditional saison yeast strain, Saison exhibits notes of spice and tropical fruit in the aroma. Citrus and a peppery spice dominate the flavor and make way for a pleasant malt character. Saison is full bodied with a remarkably dry finish.” [6.1% abv]

Allagash Curieux: “Allagash Curieux was our first foray into barrel aging. Curieux is made by aging our Tripel Ale in Jim Beam bourbon barrels for eight weeks in our cold cellars. The aged beer is then blended back with a portion of fresh Tripel. The resulting beer is soft with coconut and vanilla notes, with hints of bourbon.” [11.0% abv]

Allagash Midnight Brett: “Midnight brett is chocolate brown in color, brewed with 2-Row, midnight wheat, raw wheat and rye malt. It was hopped with a blend of Perle, Glacier and Simcoe hops, then fermented with our house strain of Brettanomyces in stainless tanks. The finished beer has the aroma and flavor of fresh berries, sour cherries and a slight roasted character. The finish is pleasantly tart and fruity, making this beer very drinkable.” [7.3% abv]