Archive for May, 2010

Tuesday Tasting 6/1 5-7pm: Asheville Brewing’s Moog Filtered Ale

Posted May 28, 2010 in Beer, Breweries, Coming Soon, Coolness, Events, Limited Release, Music, People, Rarerities, The Beerlanthropy® Project

[We'll be sampling the new Moog Filtered Ale on Tuesday, June 1 5-7 p.m. Drop by for a taste!]

Asheville Brewing Company and the Bob Moog Foundation are proud to announce the launch of the limited edition Moog Filtered Ale, a pale beer named in honor of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog. The Ale will be available beginning May 27, 2010 at the Foundation’s fundraising event, Moogus Operandi, featuring synthesizer wizard Erik Norlander. All profits from the sale of the beer will be donated to the Bob Moog Foundation to benefit their projects. The timing of the launch of the beer coincides with the inventor’s May 23 birthday.

Moog Filtered Ale will be be distributed nationally and internationally in 22-ounce bottles through Asheville’s Bruisin’ Ales and will be available on tap in various locations throughout Western North Carolina. The beer will be sold from May 27 through July 31, after which it will no longer be available.

“Moog Filtered Ale is an American-style pale ale with distinctive notes of caramel and pine. It’s a very accessible beer that reflects the Moog legacy. I’ve been a fan of Bob Moog since college, and I am excited to present a beer in honor of an American pioneer,” says Doug Riley, brewer and part owner of the Asheville Brewing Company.

Asheville Brewing has been making outstanding craft beers since 1998 and has won several awards for its beers. As an active supporter of local non-profit groups they are thrilled to be working with the Bob Moog Foundation, whose work is innovative and historical. Through Moog Filtered Ale, Asheville Brewing aims to support the interactive educational programs that the Foundation is developing to teach science through music as well as the eventual creation of a Moogseum.
Asheville Brewing Company President Mike Rangel says, “We are thrilled to be working with the Bob Moog Foundation to help keep Bob’s vision and legacy alive. By donating the profits from Moog Filtered Ale, we will be supporting innovative science education through the Foundation’s MoogLab outreach project. We are proud to be joining some of the larger beer companies in supporting important educational work in our community. Moog Filtered Ale is absolutely the most exciting project our company has been involved in.”
Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation, comments, “Creating Moog Filtered Ale with the Asheville Brewing Company has been a rewarding project. We are very grateful to Mike Rangel and Doug Riley for their support of our innovative projects, which will benefit Western North Carolina and beyond. The unique partnership between the Asheville Brewing Company and the Bob Moog Foundation marks a true match of venture philanthropy and creative fundraising in a economically precarious environment. The proceeds from this project will assist us in continuing our important work.”

The label for the Ale was designed by Asheville artist Phil Cheney. The label, an original graphic in vibrant shades of purple, green, and orange, shows Bob Moog leaning over a keyboard with musical notes, synthesizer knobs, and patch cables floating from his head. The number “76” graces the upper right-hand corner of the label, commemorating Bob Moog’s 76th birthday which falls on May 23.

Beginning June 1, Moog Filtered Ale will be available for international retail distribution in bottles exclusively through Bruisin’ Ales. It will be available on tap throughout western North Carolina.

[Press Release] Pints for Prostates on Father’s Day

Posted May 27, 2010 in Beer, Beer and Health, Coolness, Goings on, In the news, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project

May 26, 2010


Pints for Prostates Launches “Donate for Dad”

Program Enables Donors to Buy Dad a Virtual Beer for Father’s Day

Charlotte, N.C. – Pints for Prostates, a campaign reaching men through the universal language of beer, is launching “Donate for Dad” a fundraising campaign aimed at supporting the mission of the Us TOO International Prostate Education and Support Network by offering donors the chance to buy Dad a virtual beer for Father’s Day.

“The Pints for Prostates campaign hosts events around the country, but many people are unable to attend and still want to help in the fight against prostate cancer,” said Rick Lyke, a 49-year-old Charlotte, N.C., marketing executive and drinks journalist who founded Pints for Prostates after successful prostate cancer surgery in April 2008. “Donate for Dad is a simple and easy way for people to honor their Dads in a way that will make a big difference to men who are battling prostate cancer.”

With Donate for Dad, supporters buy a virtual pint ($5), six pack ($10), case ($25) or keg ($100) for Dad and 100 percent of the net proceeds go directly to Us TOO International, which is celebrating 20 years of helping men fighting prostate cancer. As part of the program an eCard is sent to the donor’s Father telling them about the donation.

People can visit and click on the link to Donate for Dad.

Prostate cancer kills nearly 28,000 men in America each year. Few people realize there are roughly as many new prostate cancer cases diagnosed annually in this country as there are new breast cancer cases. For the men battling prostate cancer and their families, the Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network is a place they can turn to for reliable information about the disease and treatment options.

“Whether you say Cheers, Prost, Salud, Slainte, L’chaim or something else when you are toasting, this year you can honor Dad by helping a great cause,” Lyke said.

Since being launched in late 2008, Pints for Prostates has reached nearly 100 million people through a combination of donated advertising, news articles, appearances at beer festivals, and coverage on websites and blogs. In 2009, program was featured at the Livestrong Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland, and profiled on CNN’s Vital Signs program hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta. During the 2010 NHRA season the Yonke Motorsports Pro Stock is racing with the Pints for Prostates logo on the hood of its car. In April, a team of athletes from Columbus, Ohio, ran with prostate cancer survivor Patrick Grubbe in the Boston Marathon wearing uniforms with the Pints for Prostates logo.

About Pints for Prostates

Pints for Prostates, is a 501(c)3 campaign that uses the universal language of beer to encourage men to take charge of their health, was founded by prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men of the importance of regular health screenings and PSA testing by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. Pints for Prostates supports the Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, a 501(c)3 charity that works to support, educate and advocate for men with prostate cancer and their families. More information is available at Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter (@pints4prostates).

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New this week (a little bit late)

Posted May 26, 2010 in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals

AVERY Dupuceleuse* (Barrel-aged Series)
BREWDOG 5 a.m. Saint
CORONADO Islander Pale Ale
CORONADO Mermaid’s Red
CORONADO Orange Avenue Wit
DEL DU CATO L’Ultima Luna
HEAVY SEAS Letter of Marque* (Mutiny Fleet)
HEAVY SEAS Red Sky At Night Saison*
NEW BELGIUM Belgian-style Blonde* (Lips of Faith)
NEW BELGIUM Eric’s Ale* (Lips of Faith)
PAUSA CAFE Tosta (Calvados barrels)
ST. LOUIS Peach Lambic
TERRAPIN Sun Ray Wheat*

SALE! All beer books are 15% OFF

Posted in Beer, Beer and Health, Beer Humor, Beer Pairings, Books, Breweries, Coolness, Merchandise, People, Specials, Travel

In the constant struggle to make room for beer, we are having a big-ass SALE on all beer books! There are some great ones here covering brewing, beer guides, cookbooks and history. Take your pick!

  • He Said Beer, She Said Wine
  • Extreme Brewing
  • The Brewmaster’s Table
  • The Good Beer Book
  • Beer Drinkers Guide to Munich
  • Stephen Beaumont’s Brewpub Cookbook
  • Good Bottled Beer Guide
  • A Beer History
  • Prost: The Story of German Beer
  • Cooking With Beer Season By Season
  • Bartender’s Beer Cookbook
  • Travels With Barley
  • Man Walks Into A Pub
  • Ambitious Brew
  • I Love You More Than Beer (novelty)

Thursday 5/27 Tasting: Left Hand Brewing Co.

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

Jason Ingram of Left Hand Brewing Co. joins us for a sampling of Colorado beers! Won’t you join us?

LEFT HAND 400 lb. Monkey: A golden English-style IPA with a malty backbone and subtle hop finish. Slightly hefty for the style at 6.7% abv.

LEFT HAND Milk Stout: A dark, sweet stout with hints of roasted coffee, vanilla and caramel.

LEFT HAND Chainsaw Double Sawtooth: This American Strong Ale, as double ESB, has a big hop presence with hints of fruit on the nose and a sweet toffee finish. Clocks in at 9.0% abv.

LEFT HAND Widdernshins Barleywine: Orange-amber in color, this deceptively smooth (and strong) barleywine has notes of dark fruit and apricots that finishes with bitter hops. Big American-style barleywine at 10.0% abv.

LEFT HAND !Vintage! 2007 Rye Bock Lager: This vintage ’07 Doppelbock holds its own! Both sweet and dry from the mix of sweet and rye malts, this medium-bodied beer has a smooth finish with more malt than hops. 7.6% abv