Archive for November, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving! (Closed today. Reopen tomorrow.)

Posted Nov 25, 2010 in Miscellany

Happy Thanksgiving, happy beer people!

Bruisin’ Ales is CLOSED TODAY, but we will reopen for regular hours through the weekend. 12:00-9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 12:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Celebrate and drink well!

New women’s beer group: Asheville Beer Divas

Posted Nov 24, 2010 in Beer, Beer Places, Breweries, Coming Soon, Coolness, In the news, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project

There’s a new meet-up group in town! Welcome, Asheville Beer Divas—”…a club for women who have a passion for beer and would like to meet up with other like minded women to socialize about beer.” This new happy-hour group will meet on the second Wednesday of each month for some brews and informal chatter about beer.

The first get-together is on Wednesday, December 8, 5:30 p.m. at Barley’s Taproom.

There is also a Facebook Page, so please go and give it a “like.” Follow on Twitter at @avlbeerdivas.

Thursday Tasting Dec. 2: Christmas Beer Sampler

Posted Nov 23, 2010 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Seasonals

Thanksgiving will be over, but there’s more Festivus upon us. Join us from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, for a mini Christmas Beer Sampler!

Bell’s Christmas Ale
“The basic inspiration for Bell’s Christmas Ale was to create a sessionable holiday beer, using locally grown malt, which would stand apart from the array of spiced winter warmers that are typically introduced this time of year. In contrast to many other seasonals, Christmas Ale doesn’t contain any spices: all of the dry, toasted notes & subtle toffee flavors come from the 100% Michigan-grown barley, custom malted by Briess Malting, while a blend of hops from Michigan & the Pacific Northwest lend earthy, herbal aromas.” [5.5% abv]

Great Divide Hibernation Ale
Brewed since 1995, Hibernation Ale is an English-style Old Ale is a malty, dry-hopped Winter Warmer. [8.7% abv]

Delirium Noël
A rich and roasty Belgian Strong Dark Ale from Brouwerij de Hughe, this popular Christmas ale is loaded with sweet Belgian candi sugar and dark malts. Spicy aroma and ripe, dark fruit flavor. Sugar plums, anyone? [10.0% abv]

Gouden Carolus Noël (2008 Vintage)
“Thirty-eight years we had to miss the Christmas beer but in 2002 the tradition is restored with ‘Golden Carolus Christmas’.  It’s a strong, dark ruby red beer… Brewed in august, the beer rests a few months to reach an optimal balance. Three kinds of hops and six different kinds of herbs and spices define the rich taste of this Christmas beer.” [10.5 % abv]

Great beers for your Thanksgiving table

Posted in Beer, Beer Pairings, Breweries, Limited Release, Rarerities, Seasonals

Every year, we highlight a selection of local, regional and specialty favorites that pair well with a Thanksgiving meal. From light-on-the-budget to splurgers, we’ve got a list for you that is sure to make your holiday table burst with flavor.

Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale: A local, seasonal favorite, Highland’s Winter Warmer is a rich brown ale that varies slightly from year to year with big vanilla notes and hints of cherry. A great selection that compliments the flavors of the holidays. Fairly sweet but not too heavy—perfect as a dessert beer.

Asheville Brewing’s Christmas Jam Ale: Made once a year for the Warren Hayne’s Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC, this traditional Belgian witbier offers a lighter style for the time of year. Spiced with coriander and heavy notes of citrus, its lighter body pairs with almost anything on the holiday table.

Sweetwater Festive Ale: From Atlanta, Ga., Festive Ale is brewed once a year for the holidays—an American Strong Ale with the addition of cinnamon and mace, the bright red covering of the nutmeg seed. Lovely aromas with a full-bodied mouthfeel make this a perfect addition to the table. Also a favorite in the South and a beer that goes quickly! Don’t miss it.

Baird Jubilation Ale: Brewed at the base of Mt. Fuji, Japan, Jubilation Ale is a treat for the senses. Deep ruby in color, it’s made with Japanese red sugar candied figs and cinnamon twigs from the Japanese Nikki tree. Smells and tastes like Christmas!

Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien: This beautiful Belgian-style quadruple from BFM Switzerland is rich with flavor. Blended and aged between several style barrels for both wine and whiskey, it pairs well with dark poultry like turkey and duck. Nicely carbonated through bottle-conditioning, the beer has subtle sour notes and its complex oak flavors make it versatile enough for the pickiest of wine drinkers.

Noel de Géants: From Brasserie de Géants in Belgium, this Belgian holiday ale is classified as a Gruit, using a special aromatic herb native to the brewery’s region. Less sugary than most holiday ales, the beer is light amber in color with subtle spices and a lower alcohol content than most, but still a warming 8.5% abv.

Scaldis Prestige de Nuits: A grand splurger, and sister beer to Scaldis Prestige, Nuits is a Belgian Strong Dark ale aged Bourgogne barrels from the world famous French vineyard, Nuits St. Georges, for a minimum of six months. Dark caramel in color, its 13.0% abv is well-masked with intense sweetness from candi sugar and oak from the wine barrels. Slightly “sparkling” with very rich fruits notes of grapes, dates, and prunes.

Nebraska Brewing Company enters WNC in December

Posted Nov 20, 2010 in Beer, Breweries, Coming Soon, In the news, People, Seasonals

We have been holding our tongues on this for over a month, so we’re exciting to finally scream this news from the rooftops: Nebraska Brewing Company (@nebrewingco) is entering the WNC market starting in December, just in time for the holidays! The brewery is well-known in the beer community for several of their Brewer’s Reserve Series, like Hop God, Melange a Trois, and Black Betty Russian Imperial Stout. (And we’ve got a soft spot for other husband and wife teams who work well together, like Paul and Kim Kavulak.) Cin-cin!

Here’s the official press release:


November 18, 2010

Nebraska Brewing Company Begins Distribution to North Carolina: World Class in Every Glass

(Papillion, NE)—Nebraska Brewing Company has signed a distribution agreement with Next Generation Beer Company in Asheville, NC. On and off premise retailers in the State of North Carolina are now able to order and serve Nebraska Brewing Company’s product suite of bottled Reserve Series Craft Beers.

Paul Kavulak, President of Nebraska Brewing Company stated: “North Carolina represents another market well suited to our brands given the growing Craft Beer sales data. This is a fantastic location to pair up with our products.” Additionally, “North Carolina also provides an interesting aspect in that mail-order sales can originate from this State into others that allow it. In an indirect way, we further broaden our reach via North Carolina.”

Distribution will begin in approximately December and will launch with one of its Reserve Series Beers, Barrel Aged Hop God. Seasonal shipments of Reserve Series Beers will comprise the extent of the product list in North Carolina. A full list of Nebraska Brewing Company brands can be found at

Dennis Thies, Owner and General Manager of Next Generation Beer Company had this to say: “Asheville-based Next Generation Beer Co. is excited to partner with Nebraska Brewing Company in Western North Carolina and Charlotte.” Further, “With its focus on specialty beers, NGB and Nebraska Brewing Co. look to be a perfect fit. Nebraska Brewing’s offerings are sure to be a hit in Asheville, a renowned beer market.”

Paul and Kim Kavulak co-founded Nebraska Brewing Company in November of 2007. Since that time, Nebraska Brewing Company has established itself as a Midwest Innovator of quality Craft Beers and artisanal Barrel-Aged Products. Building on a reputation for quality, flavor, and creativity – Nebraska Brewing Company strives to be a stand-out in an ever growing field.

Nebraska Brewing Company is proud to be a locally owned and locally operated brewpub in Papillion, Nebraska. Small, independent, and pushing the envelope.