Archive for July, 2011

Brooklyn Brewery/Garrett Oliver events on August 17

Posted Jul 27, 2011 in Beer, Beer Pairings, Breweries, Cooking with Beer, Coolness, Events, People

If you haven’t yet heard, Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery is coming to Asheville in August. There are two same-day events that you can attend, both involving food and beer. Hooray to that! Please note: You can get tickets to the Pack’s Tavern Luncheon at Bruisin’ Ales. CASH ONLY, please.

(Above is Garrett’s interview with Gary V of WineLibraryTV.)

Pack’s Tavern
August 17, 2011
12:00 Noon
Garrett Oliver and 5 Courses paired with 5 Brooklyn beers seminar.
$50/pp all inclusive
ON SALE NOW! Get your ticket at Pack’s or Bruisin’ Ales!

Cedric’s Tavern on the Biltmore Estate
August 17, 2011
An evening with Garrett Oliver and fine foods paired with fine beers.
$100/pp all inclusive
Let me know if you are interested, VERY FEW SPACES LEFT.
[email protected]

Press Release: Showcasing Hops from Vine to Keg (Pisgah Brewery)

Posted in Beer, Breweries, Coming Soon, Coolness, Events, Limited Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Grand Hop Harvest Tour & Sampling — Showcasing Hops from Vine to Keg.

Hop’n Blueberry Farm and Pisgah Brewing Company invite you to experience a dual hop tour on Saturday, August 6, 2011.

Arrive at the Farm (24 Middle Mountain Road – Black Mountain) by 12:45pm for a 1:00pm tour.  Then take a short drive down the road to Pisgah Brewing Company (150 Eastside Drive – Black Mountain) to continue your experience.  Tickets are $8.00 per person and include a beer sample (or two).

Pisgah Brewing Company has been producing a “wet hop” beer with fresh hops grown at Hop’n Blueberry Farm for the last three years.  This unique beer only happens once per year when hops are picked and added to the brewing process at the brewery within hours after leaving the farm.

The tour begins at the farm where owner Van Burnette will share information about growing hops from the ground up, taking us from the vine to the kettle. Participants will enjoy a complimentary sample of Pisgah’s wet-hopped beer, appropriately named “Burnette’s Brew”.  According to Burnette, “This is the best batch yet with a fresh aromatic taste that will delight anyone.”  The afternoon continues at the brewery where the tour will hear about hops from the kettle to the keg.  Join us, for this farm-to-table collaboration.

New stuff, good stuff at Bruisin’ this week

Posted Jul 23, 2011 in Beer, Breweries, Coolness, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals

Happy days are here again! We welcome back some gems from De Dolle (Belgium) after their brewery fire last year. Arabier, Dulle Teve, Oerbier!

DE DOLLE Arabier
DE DOLLE Dulle Teve
DE DOLLE Oerbier
DUCK-RABBIT Doppelbock
EPIC BREWING Brainless Belgian-Style
EPIC BREWING Copper Cone Pale Ale
EPIC BREWING Cross Fever Amber
EPIC BREWING Sour Apple Saison
GALE’S Prize Old Ale (1996)
HENNEY’S Vintage Still Cider (2010)
OMER Belgian Strong Gold
ROGUE Chatôe Single Malt
ROGUE John John Juniper
SPRECHER Generation Porter
SPRECHER Irish Stout

Happy Belgium Independence Day! Drink up!

Posted Jul 21, 2011 in Beer, Goings on, Video

Thursday Tasting: Launch of Epic Brewing (Utah)

Posted Jul 20, 2011 in Beer, Breweries, Goings on, New this week, People

Join us tomorrow night with Michael Malachowski of Epic Brewing (Utah) as we launch another craft brewery in WNC! Usual time, 5:00-7:00 p.m. See you there!

Sour Apple Saison: “Sweet, yet dry and tart, apples spiced with coriander, grains of paradise, anise, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger.  There is no wrong way to enjoy this Saison Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale.”

Crossfever Amber: “Our lightest in terms of alcohol comes in at 4.8% by volume so that malt can dominate the flavor profile.  Caramel sweet malt all over the palate with a noticeable “jumping just over the barrier” citrus hop aroma.  Surprisingly refreshing for such a malt driven ale.  Truly an all season American Amber.”

Copper Cone Pale Ale: “Copper Cone Pale Ale is a special offering, aroma rich, pale ale that may vary the hops, malts and even sometime the yeast used.  Typically this beer is an “over the top” Pale Ale with a deep copper color and loads of dry hopping going into each batch.  The fresh hop aroma of this beer makes it a stand out.”

Spiral Jetty IPA: “Spiral Jetty India Pale Ale is the launching point in our series of hoppy IPA brews. Spiral Jetty IPA has an aggressive hop profile (five different hops used here with two in the dry hop) presenting citrus, floral, resinous or pine aromas and flavors typical of American hops and a nice pleasant, cleansing bitterness on the finish.The dominance of the hops helps to balance the complex malt flavors and the higher alcohol content. Spiral Jetty is our strongest Classic Series ale at 6.6% alcohol by volume, but certainly not our strongest beer.”

Hopulent IPA: “Hopulent IPA is a big beer with lots of complex malt flavor and excessive hops. This beer will have changes to the grain bill and seasonal hop changes. The character of Hopulent IPA is over the top, too much of everything—a real HOP HEADS DELIGHT!  Release one weighed in well over 9% ABV with almost 10 pounds of dry hops in the 10-barrel tank.