Archive for May, 2009

A few newbies

Posted May 29, 2009 in Beer, Breweries, New this week, Seasonals

New arrivals for the weekend:
NEW BELGIUM Biere de Mars*
NEW BELGIUM Skinny Dip Blonde*
VICTORY Hop Wallop (22oz)

Beery things

Posted May 28, 2009 in Beer, Beer Humor, Coolness, Not Coolness, People, Video, Weird/Odd

The Bud Light Bandit strikes again
You have to see it to believe it. No, really. And all he wanted were cigarettes? Dammit, I wish it was Halloween! Oh, wait… hmmm, maybe?

Local love for the troops
Help this woman send our troops some pizza and beer. They need it more than we do.

Join us for the New Belgium Tasting today: Mothership Wit; Fat Tire; 1554 Black Ale; and La Folie.

“Beer City Bash” @ The Orange Peel

Posted in Beer, Beer Awards, Breweries, Coolness, Events, In the news, Music, People


The “Beer City Bash” is on!
We’re having a party, Asheville! Come one, come all (over 21 only) to the “Beer City Bash” at The Orange Peel on Friday, June 26. Doors @ 7:30pm; Starts at 8pm. Yours truly will be the MC! We’re celebrating Asheville’s tie with Portland, OR in the “Beer City USA” poll. $10/pp includes two beer vouchers, giveaways, and live music. Don’t miss it! Follow us on Twitter @BeerCityBashAVL and join the “Beer City Bash AVL” fan page on Facebook! Sponsored by The Orange Peel, The Mountain Xpress, and Bruisin’ Ales. Proceeds go to the newly formed Asheville Brewers Alliance and Arts2People! More details coming soon. Save the date!

My Facebook and Twitter Mini-Manifesto

Posted May 27, 2009 in Miscellany, Rants

With all this social networking going on, there’s always the welcome or unwelcome advice from experts and non-experts alike. The main theme everywhere lately: Keep your private sh*t to yourself; have a personal and business presence; and never the twain shall meet. So, have a private page on Facebook for your friends and a page for your business; a personal Twitter account and a business Twitter account.

Sure, if you’re a teacher or a top exec, you probably don’t want folks to see what you’re up to in your private life. You don’t want a parent or the new temp seeing you as you are. God forbid that happen! That said, I don’t “friend” indiscriminately—I must know you in some way. But I cry foul to the notion that this should be SOP (standard operating procedure).

If you have to hide yourself behind this division of person, fine. By all means. But I don’t want to. I don’t have to. I work in beer. I’m just saying: Adapt. Do what works for you. If your job is such a big part of you, there is no reason to separate the two. Surely, someone into beer doesn’t care when I tweet that we got delivery or my light bulb burnt out or the dog did something funny, but whatever. I’m Julie and I’m Bruisin’ Ales. And the two meet, quite often.

(DISCLAIMER: By the way, I am sooooooo a non-expert.)

Thursday Tasting: New Belgium Brewery

Posted in Beer, Beer Pairings, Breweries, Events, Limited Release, People


Julie Peeler from Skyland Distributing joins us this week for a sampling of New Belgium brews. The long-awaited brewery from Colorado finally hit North Carolina about two months ago to a very hearty welcome. Fat Tire is still clearly the brewery’s Queen Bee. (We also have the glassware.) Sweet! Let’s have a taste, shall we?

Mothership Wit
“Our first venture into organically-produced beer, Mothership Wit Organic Wheat Beer elevates the zesty Wit or White beers of Belgium. Our far-flung Beer Rangers affectionately refer to our Fort Collins brewery as the Mothership, a name that conjures images of earth shot from space and the interconnectivity of it all. Mothership Wit is brewed with wheat and barley malt, as well as coriander and orange peel spicing resulting in a balance of citrus and sour flavors held in suspension by a bright burst of carbonation.”

Fat Tire
“Named in honor of our founder Jeff’s bike trip through Belgium, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineer’s home brewing. Belgian beers use a far broader palette of ingredients (fruits, spices, esoteric yeast strains) than German or English styles. Jeff found the Belgian approach freeing. Upon his return, Jeff created Fat Tire and Abbey Belgian Ale, (assuming Abbey would be his big gun). He and his wife, Kim traveled around sampling their homebrews to the public. Fat Tire’s appeal quickly became evident. People liked everything about it. Except the name. Fat Tire won fans is in its sense of balance: toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness.”

1554 Black Ale
“Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 Enlightened Black Ale uses a light lager yeast strain and dark chocolaty malts to redefine what dark beer can be. In 1997, a Fort Collins flood destroyed the original recipe our researcher, Phil Benstein, found in the library. So Phil and brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, traveled to Belgium to retrieve this unique style lost to the ages. Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and mouthfeel.”

Lips of Faith Series: La Folie
“La Folie Wood-Aged Biere, is our original wood-conditioned beer, resting in French Oak barrels between one and three years before being hand bottled, numbered and corked for your enjoyment. Brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, came to us from Rodenbach—home of the fabled sour red. Our La Folie emulates the spontaneous fermentation beers of Peter’s beloved Flanders with sour apple notes, a dry effervescence, and earthy undertones.”