Archive for September, 2010

Thursday Tasting 9/30: Abita Brewing Co.

Posted Sep 29, 2010 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, People, Seasonals, The Beerlanthropy® Project

Join us this Thursday from 5:00-7:00 pm for a sampling of Abita Brewing Co. beers. We’ll have Arnaldo and Ralph from Abita on-hand to answer your questions! We’re drinking to Save Our Shore this week!

ABITA Restoration Ale:
“Restoration Pale Ale is made with Pale, Lager, Crystal and Cara Pils malted barley. It is liberally hopped and dry hopped with American Cascade and fermented with California Ale yeast. The end result is a brilliant gold ale with a rich body, mild bitterness and a snappy fresh citrus hop flavor and aroma. This beer can be paired with many different dishes according to your taste. The citrus flavor and aroma make it an excellent choice with most fish, especially ones that are prepared to match the flavor of the beer. American, Muenster, Havarti and Monterey Jack cheeses pair well with Restoration.” [5.0% abv]

ABITA Pecan Harvest (seasonal):
“Pecan Harvest Ale is made with real Louisiana pecans that have been toasted to perfection. That makes it something really special, because most beers with a nutty flavor or aroma aren’t made with real nuts. The natural oils from the Louisiana pecans give the ale a light pecan finish and aroma. This ale is excellent served with both red meat, seafood, gouda cheese, and no surprise here, it’s also great with nuts! Try Pecan Harvest with Gouda cheese.” [ 5.0% abv]

ABITA “Save Our Shore” Imperial Pilsner:
“This Abita Beer is a message in a bottle…a distress signal for the troubled waters of our Gulf Coast. For every bottle sold Abita will donate 75¢ to the rescue and restoration of the environment, industry and individuals fighting to survive this disastrous oil spill. This unfiltered Weizen Pils is made with Pilsner and Wheat malts. It is hopped and dry hopped with Sterling and German Perle hops. It has a brilliant gold color, a sweet malt flavor, and a pleasant bitterness and aroma. In addition, related retail merchandise (hat, tee shirt, lapel pin, decal and car magnet) will be sold and 100% of the net proceeds will also go to the SOS Fund.” [7.0% abv]

New stuff at Bruisin’

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

BIG BOSS Harvest Time Pumpkin*
DRIE FONTEINEN Schaerbeekse Kriek
ERDINGER Oktoberfest*
ERDINGER Weissbier
FANTOME Saison Bier sue Lie
HOPPIN’ FROG Hop Master’s Abbey Belgian-style Double IPA
MIKKELLER/BREWDOG I Hardcore You Double IPA* (collaboration)
PISGAH Solstice
PISGAH Valdez* (growlers)
RJ ROCKERS Buckwheat After Dark
STONE BREWING/BALLAST POINT San Diego Session Ale* (collaboration)
TERRAPIN Big Hoppy Monster*
TERRAPIN Pumpkinfest*
TERRAPIN Rye Squared*
TRIANGLE Belgian-style Golden Ale (cans)
TRIANGLE Belgian-style Witbier (cans)
VICTORY Saison du BUFF* (collaboration with Stone, Dogfish Head)

Brewgrass 2010 Photos

Posted Sep 19, 2010 in Beer, Breweries, Coolness, Goings on, People

We had a blast yesterday at the Brewgrass Festival. Always a fun time!

New this week at Bruisin’ 9/17/10

Posted Sep 17, 2010 in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals

It’s a good week for beer in Asheville! Here are the goodies arriving this week. Short supply on most, so don’t miss out.

ANDERSON VALLEY 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA*
ANDERSON VALLEY High Rollers Wheat Ale
BELL’S 25th Anniversary Ale/American Strong Ale* (Limited! No shipping. Must ask for it.)
BROOKLYN Post Road Pumpkin Ale*
CONEY ISLAND Freaktoberfest*
HEAVY SEAS Great Pumkpin*
HEAVY SEAS Greater Pumpkin*
PISGAH BREWING Anniversary Pale Ale* (only 12 growlers!)
NEW BELGIUM Lips of Faith: Le Fleur Misseur?*
SPRECHER 25th Anniversary Dubbel*
SPRECHER Hefeweiss
SPRECHER Oktoberfest*
STONE BREWING/BALLAST POINT (Collaboration) West Coast Bitter* (No shipping. Must ask for it.)
TERRAPIN/LEFT HAND Oxymoron India Ale Lager* (Midnight Brewing Series #3)
VICTORY BREWING Saison du BUFF* (w/ Dogfish Head & Stone Brewing)

It’s Brewgrass Weekend!

Posted Sep 16, 2010 in Beer, Beer Places, Breweries, Goings on, Limited Release, People

It’s officially one of our favorite weekends in the mountains: Brewgrass Festival Weekend! Many people missed out on tickets this year with an incredibly fast sell-out—something around 21 hours?—but there are still a few options for you happening now.

First, Explore Asheville is giving away four tickets total at 4pm today. Follow the instructions for a chance to win. Also, Asheville Brewing, on their Facebook page, is giving away one ticket (also at 4pm) for the best named infusion of Rocket Girl + a melon medley. Details on that here. If that doesn’t work for you, try the Brewgrass Facebook Page. Right now, there are more “needs” than “gots,” but might be worth a shot. And, in our experience, there are usually tickets being sold at the MLK Park gate on the day of the festival. Good luck!

Here are some special things leading up to the festival (most links to Facebook, for more frequently updated information):

Pre-Brewgrass Tasting at Bruisin’ Ales: Rick Tufts, head brewer of Triangle Brewing in Durham, NC will be here to launch his new canned beers. We’ll be sampling the Belgian White and Belgian Strong Golden Ales from 5-7pm. Be there.

Barley’s Taproom: Check out the Bruisin’ Tap downstairs,  always hand-selected by us for you. On now is the super-limited Founders Nemesis. That will probably change very soon, so stay tuned on that by following us on Twitter @bruisinales. There are a ton of local/regional pumpkin and Oktoberfest ales, so get those while you can, too.

The Thirsty Monk: The Monk is having a lead-up to the festival. Tonight at 6pm is a cask of Stone Brewing’s Arrogant Bastard on oak chips. Friday night they tap a keg of Victory Saison du BUFF (with Dogfish Head and Stone Brewing). Saturday, after the festival, they’ll lighten it up with a cask of Dupont Pommeau Cider. And, Sunday, they’re cracking a case of Bell’s The Oracle Double IPA bottles.

Universal Joint (West Asheville): Make sure to check in at this spot. They’ve always got special kegs on deck, but announce last minute.

Finally, if you are attending the fest, be a respectful fest attendee, drink water to stay hydrated, and eat. The MALT Homebrew Club will be selling pretzel necklaces as a fundraiser, so be sure to visit their tent. And please remember, Bruisin’ Ales will be CLOSED ON SATURDAY for the Brewgrass Festival. We will re-open regular hours on Sunday, 12-4pm. Cheers! Happy festing!