Archive for February, 2011

Welcome, Charlie!

Posted Feb 23, 2011 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project

Last night, we were honored that Charlie Papazian and his family came to the humble storefront to enjoy some Fullsteam beers with us! Don’t forget, tonight is his keynote speech at Highland Brewing tonight at 6:00 p.m. The event runs from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Charlie’s talk will focus on general beer styles and personal experiences with yeast. He will also present updates on governmental affairs and legislative developments and leave plenty of time for Q&A. Also speaking: Kevin Sudderth of Hach will be talking to us about oxygen pick-up/testing (4:00 p.m.) and Don Bryant, President and CEO of HopUnion, LLC will offer us education on IPAs (5:00 p.m.).

If you are a member of the NC Brewers Guild or the Asheville Brewers Alliance, you only need to register here and bring proof of membership. General admission tickets are at $25.00 at the door. Proceeds go to help fund programs and events through the ABA and NC Brewers Guild. Food provided by 12 Bones Smokehouse.

Afterwards, head on over the The Thirsty Monk for the Asheville Beer Divas pint night with Lauren Salazar of New Belgium!

**Please note we will be closing at 5:00 p.m. today, so that all of us can go to this event.**

Tuesday Tasting 2/22: Fullsteam Brewing (Durham, NC)

Posted Feb 21, 2011 in Beer, Breweries, Coolness, Events, Limited Release, People, Seasonals

There’s so much going on this week with Charlie Papazian in town. Welcome, Charlie! Can’t wait to meet you!

It’s a beer lover’s dream around here. So while our friend, Sean, is in town (for Barley’s Big Caskageddon event on Tuesday), we’ve invited both in for a little sampling tomorrow from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Fullsteam Brewery is the plow-to-pint agricultural brewery in Durham, NC, offering up some very unique flavors between his Workers’ Compensation Series and the Southern Apothecary Series. I mean: MOON PIE BEER, people. Really!

And, we’re getting a few growlers and limited bottles of First Frost, too. Fullsteam isn’t normally available (yet) in Asheville, so don’t miss it!

Fullsteam Southern Lager
“Our flagship, simply called “Fullsteam.” Quaffable yet complex, particularly for a lager; a perfect balance of hops and malt. Fullsteam has a woodsy aroma topped off with a caramel and toasty/biscuity maltiness. Style-wise, Fullsteam is a “Common” beer — an under-appreciated American original. Our Southern spin on the the California Common — though it may well take us decades to realize — is to eventually brew Fullsteam with 100% Southern hops and grains. Let the adventure begin. 5.5% abv”

Carver Sweet Potato Lager
“North Carolina is the largest U.S. producer of sweet potatoes. In our quest to work with local Southern ingredients as much as possible, the humble sweet potato is an obvious choice. Perhaps less obvious: our decision to avoid cloying spices that would only serve to mask the savory-yet-delicate flavors. Why “Carver?” It’s our small tribute to the amazing Southern environmental scientist and farmer, Doctor George Washington Carver. While he may be better known for his work with peanuts, Carver was also passionate about the sweet potato.  500 pounds of local sweet potatoes per batch [one-third of the base fermentables]. 5.8%  abv”

Hogwash Hickory-Smoked Porter
“Beyond sweet tea! Beer crafted to pair with North Carolina barbecue. We house-smoke malted barley over hickory wood, imparting a sweet, subtle smoke. But Hogwash only tastes smoky at the first sip. Wait until you have a bite of barbecue and a second taste…the smoky meat and smoky beer meld together in total harmony. While iced tea and barbecue (or, shudder, wine and barbecue) is all about contrasts, Hogwash accentuates that subtle, sweet smoke we’re known for around these parts. Smoke on smoke….only in North Carolina! 5.5 abv”

Working Man’s Lunch (with MoonPies!)
“A tribute to the Southern tradition of an RC Cola and a MoonPie. We brew this beer with biscuity malts, vanilla, and chocolate nibs from Raleigh’s own Escazu Artisan Chocolates. But instead of using a traditional, dry English or Scottish ale yeast, we get zany and brew with a German (Weihenstephan) yeast strain. The result is a drinkable, dark ale with vanilla and chocolate notes. Have your three martinis, Boss Man. We’ll take a Working Man’s Lunch. 6.0% abv”

First Frost
“Persimmon (Diospyros Virginiana) — literally, ‘fruit of the gods.’ Sweet and savory, with natural notes of cinnamon and apricot, the orange-globed persimmon fruit truly is heavenly. But it’s not until after the first frost that persimmon turns from astringent and bitter to a luscious fruit worthy of the gods. Following the first frost of 2010, we foraged for wild persimmons on active and abandoned Chatham County farms, and received even more from local friends. In total, we harvested 75 pounds of native persimmon, adding the fruit during First Frost’s primary fermentation. We did not add spices. Instead, our mission is for you to explore a truly local flavor: the obscure, unusual, and under-appreciated wild persimmon. 8.8% abv”

New this week at Bruisin’ Ales

Posted Feb 11, 2011 in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals

8 WIRED Hopwired IPA
BAIRD Rising Sun Pale Ale
DE HOECEBROUWERS Koelelaring Dubbel
DIEU DE CIEL Peche Mortel
DIEU DE CIEL Rosee d’Hibiscus
DUGGES Never Mind The Bullox Double IPA
DUGGES 1/2 Idjit Imperial Porter
FOUNDERS Imperial Stout
HAANDBRYGGERIET Aquavit Barrel-aged Porter
HIGHLAND Little Hump Spring Ale
HOFTEN DORMAAL Winter Saison with Chicory
JOLLY PUMPKIN Maracaibo Especial
LA BOTTERESSE Ambree Spiced Amber
MIKKELLER Big Worse Bourbon Barrel-aged
STILLWATER Existent Black Saison
STONE BREWING Highway 78 Scotch Ale (collaboration w/ Green Flash & Pizza Port)
STONE BREWING Old Guardian Belgo
WEISSENOHE Bonator Doppelbock

CBS visits New Belgium Brewery

Posted Feb 10, 2011 in Beer, Breweries, Coolness, In the news, People, Video


Thursday Tasting: Victory!

Posted Feb 09, 2011 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Seasonals

Join us tomorrow from 5:00-7:00 p.m. for a bruisin’ flight from Victory Brewing Company!

St. Victorious: “From the tradition started by the monks of St. Francis of Paula in 1634 comes this warming beer of rich heritage. A dark, rich lager of sublime complexity and character, St. Victorious is created from multiple German malts. Laborious decoction mashing yields the choicest elements of the malt. Long, cold aging mellows the strong temperament of this subtle beer. Celebrate the end of winter with a warming draft of St. Victorious Doppelbock!” [7.6% abv]

Yakima Glory: “The tenacious grip of big, juicy hop aroma and character slides smoothly into rich, dark malts. This heavyweight battle between fresh, Yakima Valley hops and dark, roasted malts is resolved harmoniously as the flavors merge to deliver complex satisfaction with a warming edge. Bask in the ‘glory’­ of the bright and brassy hops!” [8.7% abv]

v-12: “Our vintage-dated, Belgian-style specialty ale, offered in corked 25.4 oz. bottles, is a sensation in subtlety. Heady with a aromatic fruity start and taste, this amber ale features hints of pear and apricot in its well-nuanced flavor. The initial impression of fruitiness concludes in a refreshing dryness that begs you to sip again.” [12.0% abv]

Old Horizontal: “A luxurious, warming barleywine rich with aromatic hops and dark, candied fruit character that hides its epic strength masterfully.” [10.5% abv]