Archive for June, 2009

Mike & Sarah got engaged!

Posted Jun 24, 2009 in Coolness, Goings on, People, Unrelated to Beer


Breaking news on Facebook: Reggae Mike & Sarah got engaged on their travels. Congrats, guys! Big love! Hooray!

We were really thinking of firing him for taking three weeks off, but in light of this news, we’ll give him another chance, since he probably has to pay for a ring and stuff.

Aren’t they just adorable? Awwww…

Happy Father’s Day!

Posted Jun 21, 2009 in Miscellany, People, Unrelated to Beer


To all the fantastic dads out there, including my father-in-law, Basem, we wish you a very Happy Father’s Day!

(And we’ll just go ahead and wish one to my mom, Sue, who was both my mom and dad. Tough job! Big love!)

Father’s Day: Beer Edition

Posted Jun 19, 2009 in Beer, Books, Breweries, Coolness, Movies, Rarerities, Seasonals

Hey, all! It’s Father’s Day this weekend and what says love better than beer? NOTHING! We’ve got some great ideas for dear old Dad.

Bruisin’ Ales Gift Certificates: Have a fussy father? Let him pick his own bounty! Good for anything in the store—beer, tees, hats, books, glassware and more!

Splurgers of the Finest Kind:


Le Baladin Xyauyu (Italy)—One of the best barleywines we’ve ever had. Truly fantastic. Fruity, sweet and boozy, this is the perfect after-dinner beer. Serve in a snifter at room temperature. Especially sentimental, as the beer is named for brewer Teo Musso’s daughter’s imaginary friend. Awwww. [13.0% abv]


Cantillon Saint Lamvinus (Belgium)—Beer or wine? The most exclusive of the Cantillon fruit lambic line, St. Lamvinus is a lambic made with Merlot grapes aged in oak barrels. Serve at room temp in a red wine glass. For a lighter variety, try Cantillon Vigneronne, made with Muscat grapes and aged in oak. [5.0% abv]

Malheur Dark Brut (Belgium)—Sparkling beer! Skip the normal bubbly and toast to Dad with the beer world’s version of Champagne. Malty, sweet, and tart. Want a lighter version? Try the Malheur Bier Brute. [12.0% abv]

De Molen Storm & Averij (Netherlands)—A Belgian-style Imperial IPA. Big fruity hop aroma with a little yeastiness of orange peels, mango,pine-needles, peaches, hay and wet grass. Super yum. [8.0% abv]



Beerlanthropy Tees—We’re all beerlanthropists around here. Is your Dad? With a center-back small Bruisin’ Ales logo.

Brewery Tees & Baseball Caps—A wide variety from your favorite breweries.\

The Brewmaster’s Table—The original beer & food pairing book, written by Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery.

Beer Y’all“—Get Dad the DVD about beer in North Carolina. Good stuff.


Beer Soap & Shampoo—Really. It’s awesome stuff.

Mix It Up:

At Bruisin’ Ales, you can make your own sixer or box of single craft beers. Perfect for the Dad who wants to try a bunch of one style or several varieties!

Sabotage: Beasties at The Peel

Posted Jun 18, 2009 in Coolness, Music, Unrelated to Beer, Video

We’re getting ready for the big Allagash and cookies tasting today, so here’s some Beastie Boys from the show last week. Enjoy! (via Ashvegas)

Sneak peak at NC’s first appearance of Stone Vertical Epic

Posted Jun 17, 2009 in Beer, Breweries, Coming Soon, Coolness, Limited Release

stone-vertical-epic-09-front always gets the scoop on the new brews coming out. Stone Brewing Co. in CA has a series called Vertical Epic, which they’ve been producing annually beginning in 02.02.02. Seven years in, 09.09.09 is just around the corner. So, what are the details coming out?

“This is quite a complex and layered beer. Bold and smooth chocolate malt flavors combine with a Belgian yeast lending tropical fruit/banana flavors and hints of spiciness, all complemented by citrus notes from an addition of tangerine peel. Rich vanilla beans add a nice counter to the chocolate malt – actually enhancing the chocolatiness. The finish is smooth, with additional traces of vanilla and toasted characters from French Oak. The goal for this edition of the Stone Vertical Epic Ale series is to be reminiscent of artisanal chocolates accentuated with orange.”

Quite a few other special releases are heading out way, too: Sublimely Self-Righteous and Cali-Belgique. But when?