Archive for October, 2008


Posted Oct 31, 2008 in Beer, Breweries, Coolness, Limited Release, Rarerities

We are SO flippin’ happy to get some of the limited collobarative brew, between Terrapin & Left Hand Brewing. Released today, specifically for Halloween, Terra-Rye’Zd is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday.

Terrapin Beer Co. & Our friends at Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, Co., present the Midnight Project a collaborative brewing series of one-time releases. Born late one night after a successful beer festival the original idea for a beer dinner in Colorado quickly grew into joint cross country brewing project. Just goes to show what a few pints at the Brickstore can become! Very Limited Availability…available in only six states! TN, NC, SC, GA, FL & CO

Other new things today:
GREAT DIVIDE Fresh Hop Pale Ale*
PISGAH India Pale Ale (growler)
SCHMALTZ He’Brew Jewbelation 12*
SIERRA NEVADA Celebration Ale*

Happy Halloween

Posted in Coolness, People

Boo! Rather than slam you with the pictures of the puking pumpkins that’s been lurking around e-mail boxes everywhere, we want you to have some homegrown pumpkin carving goodness. Made by our young friend, Sophie, we give you Pumpkin Cartman. (He even has a blue hat!)

Happy Halloween, everybody!

Drop on by today, we’ll be sampling Coney Island Freaktoberfest all day!

The Wacky Fun Time Bruisin’ Belgian Tasting & SALE

Posted Oct 30, 2008 in Beer, Beer Pairings, Breweries, Events, Specials


You’ve probably been here before. Our store is small. We need room for inventory! Not to mention it’s been awhile since we’ve done a straight-up Belgian tasting. So, next week we’re going to sample from our more obscure and fun Belgians that are wacky and off the wall. You won’t find these brews at many other places. Plus, 10% off the beers we’re tasting that day!

[FAIR WARNING: These are all Bruisin' beers.]

Abbaye d’Aulne Tripel Blonde
“This Tripel-style Blonde is a refermented in the bottle. Made with the fruit of passion and know-how, this beverage is characterized by a pallet of strong and subtle savours at the same time. This beer gained the 1st Prize of Wallonia Beers in 1998.” [9.0% abv]

Bãrbar Winterbok
Bãrbar Winter Bok is a rich, brown ale containing honey with fruity and spicy undertones. [8.0% abv]

La Binchoise Reserve
A personal favorite at Bruisin’ Ales, La Binchoise Reserve was the brewery’s Noël until it starting winning awards and they started making it year round. “Reserve is an artisanal Wallonian amber ale. It is a delicious, chestnut colored ale with quite a lot of bitterness, coffee and butterscotch notes; rich and warming.” [9.0% abv]

Vapeur Cochonne
Translating as pig vapor (the pig is the mascot of the brewery), Cochonne is “amber in color, strong, with a fruity nose and a delicate, soft palate; slightly hopped but correctly spiced  with roasted chicory, coriander, and sweet orange peel, among other ingredients. [9.0% abv]

Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru
Des Rocs Grand Cru is “a rich, complex fruit aroma of cherries, golden raisins, peaches, and assorted dried fruits, laced with honey and caramel. The taste is smooth with rich flavors reminiscent of cherries dipped in caramel, finishing with notes of chocolate, roasted almonds, and a hint of molasses.” [9.5% abv]

To answer your questions…

Posted in Beer, Beer Humor, Breweries, Coming Soon, Limited Release, Rarerities


Brooklyn Black OPS:
Yes, Bruisin’ Ales will be getting some Brooklyn Black OPS—a 10.0% abv stout aged in Woodford Reserve barrels. It will be rare (1,000 cases total nationwide) and our wishful thinking hopes the beer gods will grace us with two to three cases (being generous). has a good write-up about it—including the hilarious back label goodness below.

Brooklyn Black Ops does not exist. However, if it did exist, it would be a robust stout concocted by the Brooklyn brewing team under cover of secrecy and hidden from everyone else at the brewery. Supposedly Black Ops was aged for four months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented with Champagne yeast, creating big chocolate and coffee flavors with a rich underpinning of vanilla-like oat notes. They say there are only 1,000 cases. We have no idea what they’re talking about.”

De Struise Black Albert
Yes, Bruisin’ Ales will be getting some Black Albert. Yes, it’s late. As the fifth-hand story goes, kegs were accidentally shipped to the States, rather than bottles on the first run, but De Struise is honoring the order and still shipping bottles, though a little later than planned. Personally, we’re happy to have this arrive “sometime during the holiday season.”

**As with all things rare, we post here on the blog as they arrive. We will not take advance orders or “holds” and you will not find them on the shelf, i.e. Theobroma. You must ask us for these beers specifically.**

The Beerlanthropy® Project: Hospital Room

Posted in People, The Beerlanthropy® Project, Weird/Odd

Two of our favorite people just delivered a dainty little girl into the world this week and what do we see? Beerlanthropy® in the hospital!

(For the record, this isn’t quite what we had in mind with this project, but hey, we’ll take it. Utterly, utterly shameless.)

All identities are hidden to protect the innocent.