Archive for October, 2007

Things we don’t have, but want badly

Posted Oct 31, 2007 in Beer, Beer Pairings, Breweries, Goings on, Limited Release















The Phantom
It’s Halloween, and a ghost a fitting, so let’s share the label of Fantome’s BriseBonBons with you, a slightly bitter and sour Saison. Saison with a twang. Fantome is hard to get and we’re still waiting on our first batch from this brewery, which is the equivalent of about a year. Asheville Beer Blog wrote about the ghost the other week, so we’re not going to double-up on the info, since he does a great job covering the brewer and brewery. BriseBonBons is/was utterly delicious and we have to thank our brewsician’s brother, Phillip, for procuring some while traveling to Florida. (Thank you to James and Michelle, too, who brought us a Fantome Noel after the Durham festival. That one is laying down for Christmas Day.) We just think the label is hilarious. Who knows if Dany Prignon knows about Arrogant Bastard, but nevertheless, it shows a good sense of humor. We like that.

Edgy Mama is a Beer Goddess
Local writer and blogger, Edgy Mama, is getting into the beer gig. She’s going to start a weekly video called Beer of the Week. We wonder, though, is that the only beer she has each week? We sure hope not, for Mama’s sake. Her first episode is about Asheville Pizza & Brewing’s Roland ESB. 

Highland brews a beer for the Biltmore
Highland is co-hosting a beer dinner at the Biltmore House next week and they’ve brewed a signature ale just for the estate called Cedric’s Pale Ale. You’ll note Cold Mountain is on the menu, which means bottles should not be far behind! And, no, we don’t have any information yet. We promise to post as soon as we hear.

Crazy tasting!

Posted in Beer, Beer Pairings, Goings on, People










Some days we are amazed at just how many people we can cram into our tiny storefront. If you were one of the brave who battled the crowd yesterday to meet Adam Avery and try his wicked brews, we thank you for coming out! It was ridiculous fun. Probably too much fun.

Above is Adam, Tony Kiss, and Jason. Tony’s interview with Adam will be on the Podcast this week or next. Also, Asheville Beer Blog has a great local round-up of things he found out yesterday at the tasting. We don’t usually get the scoop because we’re too busy pouring for the people!

Random pre-Halloween Tuesday with Adam Avery

Posted Oct 30, 2007 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, People






Adam Avery, president and brewmaster of Avery Brewing, will be at Bruisin’ Ales TODAY from 5-7pm to host a free tasting. Join us and talk beer with him. He’s taking Avery’s slogan, “Small Brewery, Big Beers,” pretty seriously with the beer flight, too. Check it:

[Belgian Strong Golden—9.0% abv]
“Salvation has luscious apricot and peach aromas delicately interwoven with spicy suggestions of nutmeg and cinnamon. This heavenly soft, champagne-like elixer is cellarable for 3 years.”

The Reverend
[Belgian Quadruple—10.0% abv]
“…This beer is assertive, and pure of heart, a heart of candy sugar. It contains as many authentic imported Belgian specialty malts as the brewers could cram into our mash tun, and lots of Belgian dark candy sugar stirred into the brew kettle. A divinely complex and beautifully layered beer with hints of dark cherries, currants, and molasses, complimented by an underlying spiciness and a finish that is Sinfully smooth!Cellarable for 4 years.”

Old Jubiliation
[English Strong Ale—8.0% abv]
“Our winter strong ale has a gorgeous mahogany hue, a hint of hazelnuts, and a finish reminiscent of mocha and toffee. No spices, just a perfect blend of five specialty malts. Cellarable for 2 years.”

Hog Heaven
[American Barleywine—9.2% abv]
“This dangerously drinkable garnet beauty is a hop lover’s delight. The intense dry-hop nose and the rich malt body are perfectly balanced for a caramel candy-like finish. This is a serious beer for serious beer afficianados and it only gets better with age. Cellarable for 3 years.”

The Beast
[Belgian Grand Cru—14.9% abv]
“The Beast is a seducer—accomodating, complicated, powerful, dark and created to last the ages. With a deep burgundy color and aromas of honey, nutmeg, mandarin orange and pineapple, this massive and challenging brew has flavors akin to a beautiful Carribean rum. Dates, plums, raisins and molasses are dominant in a rich vinous texture. Cellarable for 10+ years.”

Drinking like a sailor

Posted Oct 27, 2007 in Beer Humor, In the news, People

This was sent to us this morning from our friend, Narang:

CNN ran a story yesterday, “Drinking stories that put yours to shame,” from one our favorite sites/magazines/books, Mental_Floss, which covers some pretty darn crazy historical drinking nonsense. Read the whole thing for a good chuckle, but if you’re lazy, we’ve chosen one for you below below:

1. Admiral Edward Russell’s 17th-Century throwdown

Think you can drink like a sailor? Maybe you should take a moment to reflect on what that truly means.

The record for history’s largest cocktail belongs to British Lord Admiral Edward Russell. In 1694, he threw an officer’s party that employed a garden’s fountain as the punch bowl.

The concoction? A mixture that included 250 gallons of brandy, 125 gallons of Malaga wine, 1,400 pounds of sugar, 2,500 lemons, 20 gallons of lime juice, and 5 pounds of nutmeg.

A series of bartenders actually paddled around in a small wooden canoe, filling up guests’ cups. Not only that, but they had to work in 15-minute shifts to avoid being overcome by the fumes and falling overboard.

The party continued nonstop for a full week, pausing only briefly during rainstorms to erect a silk canopy over the punch to keep it from getting watered down. In fact, the festivities didn’t end until the fountain had been drunk completely dry.

Source: CNN

Newbies Newbies Newbies

Posted in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals









Oh, yum. We love our tasty additions this week. (Okay, every week.) We also just noticed there are 63 posts under “New This Week,” so that’s more additions per calendar weeks in the year and we’ve only been open 10 months. Not too shabby, eh? The entire A-Z beer list has been updated, too. Go nuts.

We enjoyed two BBBourgondier’s in Philly last week and it’s getting colder, so what’s wrong with a good barleywine? Don’t forget the Donkey Punch either! We are the only store in North Carolina you’ll find this warming elixir.

ALVINNE Podge Imperial Stout

AVERY Old Jubilation Ale*
BISON BREWING Gingerbread Ale*
BUTTE CREEK Revolution XI*
CLIPPER CITY Heavy Seas Winter Storm*
DE GLAZEN TOREN Cuvee Angelique
DE REGENBOOG t’Smisje BBBourgondier
ICHTEGEMS Grand Cru* (Retired)
KIUCHI BREWERY Hitachino Espresso Stout
LA RULLES Estivale
SWEETWATER Donkey Punch*

We’re also proud to say, we made the latest edition of Southern Brew News—pick one up when you visit—so, fittingly, we happily entertained Bill Plott, a writer for the brew mag in Alabama, on the Asheville Brews Cruise this weekend.