Archive for December, 2007

BeerAdvocate’s Top 25: Beer in Review

Posted Dec 23, 2007 in Beer, Beer Awards, Beer Places, Breweries, In the news, Rants









Ah, the close of another year. The time of endless listing. Lists, lists, lists. But one that we actually like and one that actually interests us is the Alström Brothers’ BeerAdvocate 2008 Beer in Review as the last issue of the year and the one-year anniversary of the magazine. (You can pick up your free copy at Bruisin’ Ales.) It features the Top 25 Beers on Planet Earth; the Top 25 American Brewers; the Top 25 American Beer Bars; the Top 25 American Beers; the Top 25 Belgium Belgian Beers (now that’s funny and exactly how it is printed); the Top 25 German Beers; the Top 25 UK & Irish Beers; and the Alström Bros’ Top 25 Beers. Whew. The lists are extensive, though there are a lot of overlaps with the usual suspects.

[Editor’s Note: Today converted to its new A-F rating system. We really, really, really dislike the new system and were dreading its implementation, not only because they assbackwardly changed the older online rating system to match the print magazine, but the A-F system just leaves so much gray area. It feels dumbed-down. Despite all that, we still respect beer.]

We took our time going through to see just how our humble storefront stood up to the list. How’d we do with what is available to us here in Asheville?

Top 25 Beers on Planet Earth
#20 Trappistes Rochefort 10

Top 25 American Brewers
#8 Oskar Blues
#13 Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
#14 Southampton Publick House
#19 Brewery Ommegang
#22 Victory Brewing
#25 Allagash Brewing Company

Top 25 American Beer Bars
#3 Brickstore Pub (Decatur, Georgia)
Cheers to our friend in beer, Brickstore Dave, for garnering a massively high ranking and showing that Southern beer culture is alive! Roadtrip anyone?

Top 25 American Beers
If we could only get some Russian River (we had half of it this year with Collaboration Not Litigation), Lost Abbey, Kuhnhenn, Founders or Three Floyds to name a few, we’d be in great shape. The good news is Founders is rumored to be entering the NC market in 2008.

Top 25 Belgium Belgian Beers
#4 Trappistes Rochefort 10
#7 St. Bernardus Abt 12
#11 Avec Les Bons Voeux
#15 Trappistes Rochefort 8
#16 Abbaye Des Rocs Brune
#18 Abbaye Des Rocs Tripel Imperiale
#23 Chouffe Houblon
#25 Duvel

Top 25 German Beers
#2 Ayinger Celebrator
#3 Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
#4 Aventinus
#7 Schneider Weiss
#8 Weihenstephaner Korbinian
#10 Uerige Doppelsticke
#11 Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel
#12 Kulmbacher Eisbock
#13 Uerige Sticke
#14 Paulaner Hefe-Weizen
#16 Schneider Aventinus Eisbock
#17 Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier
#18 Kapuziner Weissbier 
#21 1809 Berliner Weisse
#23 Ayinger Brau-Weisse

Top 25 UK & Irish Beers
#3 J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale
#5 Fuller’s London Porter
#7 Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout
#10 Traquair House Ale
#11 Traquair Jacobite Ale
#12 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale Port Cask
#15 Thomas Hardy’s Ale
#16 Meantime I.P.A.
#17 Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
#18 Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
#19 Meantime London Porter
#21 Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter
#24 Fuller’s E.S.B.

Alström Bros’ Top 25 Beers
#8 Brooklyn Local 1
#13 Dogfish Head Festina Peche
#15 Alvinne Podge
#20 Samuel Adams Imperial Pilsner 
#23 Great Divide Hades

Happy Birthday to us!

Posted Dec 22, 2007 in Beer, Beer Places, Breweries, Cooking with Beer, Goings on, In the news, People, Rarerities, Science, Travel









Not to beat a dead horse, but did we mention it’s our birthday today? (Or anniversary, whatever you want to call it.) Bruisin’ Ales is officially one year young today! Last year, we recall opening nervously—and quietly—just a few days before Christmas, testing the waters with barely any advertising other than a nice sign out front. We opened with a respectable 365 or so brews. This we remember because someone said “a beer for each day of the year.”

So here we are, one year on, and the humble storefront has 650+ brews and growing! (Now that we think about it, we’re probably closer to 700, but who’s counting?) Thank you, Asheville, and folks coming from near and far to support our little shop. We hope to be here for a long time, bringing beer to the people!

Here’s the weekly round-up and since this will be our last post before Christmas, let’s just say Happy Non-Denominational Holiday to you and yours, no matter what you celebrate! Celebrate with beer!

Wall Street Journal
The WSJ has been all over the beer biz as of late. First they wrote about the monks and beer at Westvleteren (Thanks to Johnny Mike and Palmer); then an overview of the Trappist brews; then Larry Bell and Bell’s Brewery was in the news over his distribution dispute.

The Brewers Association is sponsoring SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience in Washington D.C. on May 16-17 as part of American Craft Beer Week.

Beer waste is now fish food
New Belgium Brewery in Colorado is working with entrepreneurs to convert their beer waste into food for local fish farms. Enjoy that Fat Tire, fishies. (And, no, we cannot get Fat Tire in North Carolina.)

Bruisin’ Ales turns ONE!

Posted Dec 20, 2007 in Beer Places, Events, Goings on











This Saturday, Bruisin’ Ales turns one! We can hardly believe it. Thank you, beer people, for a fantastic 2007. Stop in on Saturday, December 22, and help us celebrate our anniversary. We’ll be sampling random brews throughout the day, all day. (Nothing like a little sip o’ beer to take the edge off that last minute holiday shopping, right?)

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Christmas comes early

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







Barbar Winterbok
Bell’s Winter White
Caracole Saxo 
Daleside Monkey Wrench
French Broad Flander’s Abbey (growlers)
Meantime Scotch Ale
Mikkeller Black Hole
Samichlaus Helles 
Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter
Victory Old Horizontal

Image: Victory Brewing Co.


Posted Dec 19, 2007 in Beer, Breweries, New this week, Seasonals








We have our first Fantome at Bruisin’ Ales today. As La Choulette is known for being the best Biere de Garde out of Belgium, Fantome is hands-down known as one of the best of the Saisons (without being a true farmhouse brewery). This latest from off-the-wall brewer Dany Prignon is called Dalmatienne. Dalmatienne is a seasonal brew and Prignon’s experiments vary from year-to-year.

Also Mikkeller fans, Black Hole has arrived. This crazy Russian Imperial Stout from our favorite Danes is brewed with coffee and described on their website as “daring, vulgar, and extreme.” At a wee 13.1% abv, that seems about right.

Be sure to listen to The Beer Guy’s Podcast this week where we make some fine suggestions for your holiday party!

Image: Fantome