Archive for March, 2008

Elliot Brew

Posted Mar 29, 2008 in Beer, Breweries


Elliot Brew is a tidy little hop bomb and a collaboration between brewers De Struise and Mikkeller. Fans of hoppy Belgians like Piraat, Houblon Chouffe, and Alvinne Gaspar will love this beer. And given that Mikkeller actually brews in the new American tradition, even domestic hop heads can kick back one of these. (It’s actually classified on BeerAdvocate as an American Double IPA.) Elliot Brew’s label says that this puppy clocks in at a whopping 130 IBUs. (What’s an IBU?) That’s hoppier than even Dogfish Head 120 Minute. Being that human tastebuds can’t taste much over 85 IBUs, it seems futile, but it’s worth it just to see what it does to your palette. Word to the wise, though, don’t have this as your first beer of the evening or you won’t taste anything else. Surprisingly smooth for both IBUs and its 9.0%abv, if you love hops, make friends with Elliot.

Weekend round-up

Posted Mar 28, 2008 in Beer, Beer Awards, Beer Places, Goings on, In the news, People

Vote for Highland in the AJC’s March Madness beer bracket
Highland Brewing Co. needs your help. Our friend, Bob, over at the Atlanta-Journal Constitution put together an East Coast and West Coast bracket. Highland didn’t make the Elite Eight, but they can still win the popular vote. Go vote for Gaelic. [Source:]

Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway having a planting weekend
Next Saturday, April 5, Friends needs volunteers to help plant saplings at milepost 383.4. This ViewShed Planting will run from 8:00am-2:00pm. Click here to get the Volunteer form.

Dubai’s Crowne Plaza opens the Belgian Beer Café
Odd choice of location (seemingly) to try this experiment, but then again, perhaps not. The hot spot of the United Arab Emirates and one of the richest places on earth, Dubai City gets a taste of Belgium.

UK Treasury Chief banned from pubs across the UK
What happens when you raise beer taxes? Alistair Darling has found out. British pub owners ban you and you can’t go anywhere for a beer. Those Brits are so feisty. [Source:]

Oh, sonny
Governor Sonny Purdue of Georgia is against Sunday beer sales because “allowing beer sales will make Sundays more dangerous in Georgia.” He submitted an op-ed on his stance to newspapers throughout the state that should be published soon. [Source:]

Where o’ where is Asheville Beer Blog
We’re calling out Kilgore Trout over at the ABB. Slacker. He’s not posted a lick of news since March 5! It must have been that multiple posting day—poor feller got all tuckered out. We’re on to you, Kilgore. Oh, and we’re kidding.

Funniest eBay auction ever

Posted Mar 27, 2008 in Beer Humor, Rarerities


While perusing the RateBeer forums, we found this gem of an auction on eBay. Complete with flashing Drudge lights and just about all the animated .gif’s you can handle!

(Yes, we actually did tag this under Rarerities.)

The “Black Oil” is here

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


Old Engine Oil by the Harviestoun Brewery is a little bit of a secret among beer folks. This award-winning old ale is as black as black can be. Hold it up to the light in your beer glass and the light can’t even penetrate it, hence the name. (Beer spies have reported that you can get it on tap at the Rocket Club in West Asheville.)

Fans of this brew will celebrate today as the new Harviestoun series, Ola Dubh, arrives. By pairing up with the Highland Park distillery in Scotland, they’ve created three very small batches of Old Engine Oil aged in whiskey casks that were used to mature Highland Park 12-year, Highland Park 16-year, and Highland Park 30-year. Looks like more batches and years will be added later.

From B. United:

With more than a stylistic nod to the classic Imperial Porters (and Stouts) of the nineteenth century, this deliciously rich, dark, 8% a.b.v. beer is the first ale to be aged in malt whisky casks from a named distillery and, with traceable casks and numbered bottles, the rest with genuine provenance. … Although lighter in body than its appearance suggests, Ola Dubh is pithy, oily, salty and bitter on the palate. The nish is exceptional; burnt and bitter notes with an interplay of late hop characters, orange oil, fruity tartness and then delicate, fragrant smoke.

These are splurgers, but most definitely worth every penny.

Odds and ends

Posted Mar 26, 2008 in Beer, Coming Soon, Coolness, In the news, Miscellany, People, Travel, Unrelated to Beer

Not much going on today, beer-wise. When we can actually drag ourselves away from the beer forums and sites in under an hour, that means a slow news day. So, here’s what is going on:

Pennsylvania beer update
Wegman’s got the okay to sell beer at the grocery store. (If you’re from the Commonwealth, you understand how awesome this is.) Oh, but then the beer distributors sued.

Time flies
The world’s first Chief Beer Officer has been at it with Sheraton for a full year now. Has it been that long? He must be busy, because he’s looking for a Best Brews Summer Intern.

Feds just axed passengers’ rights
A federal appeals court just ruled that airlines no longer have to provide “food, water, clean toilets and fresh air to passengers stuck in delayed planes.” How considerate. And in unintentionally hilarious timing, American Airlines grounded 200 flights today for safety checks.

Asheville news
Asheville is primed for “upscale” hotels in the downtown. Just what we need! How about a little more parking, eh? And while we like a small, independent, boutique-style hotel, “upscale” sounds a little bit like “overpriced.”

Some crack head assaulted a local police officer with a crack pipe.

The Biltmore is offering locals spring passes for the annual Festival of Flowers. “The pass allows unlimited daytime visits from April 5 until June 30 for $59.”

NYTimes pulls through on this one
If you read this blog, you know that Eric Asimov—well-known and respected as he may be—is not my favorite beverage writer. But here he tackles the (sure to be debated) topic of how to teach your kids to be responsible consumers of alcohol. Cheers to that. Growing up in my neighborhood, Mr. K. let his son and friends have some beer for high school graduation under the watchful eye of parents at home. I distinctly remember thinking he was the coolest dad ever, though I was only fourteen and did not partake. Grandpa Earl used to let me have a sip of his wine on Thanksgiving, though. That was cool. (Disclaimer: Bruisin’ Ales does not advocate breaking the law or serving your kids alcohol in any form. We’re just sayin’.)