Archive for August, 2011

Brewgrass training is happening. Get in shape!

Posted Aug 26, 2011 in Beer, Beer Places, Coolness, Goings on

This just in from the fine folks at Brewgrass Festival & Barley’s Taproom:

Get in shape for Brewgrass! Come to Brewgrass Training at Barley’s Taproom’s (upstairs) any or ALL of the next three Tuesday nights.

Get 10 samples of draft beer from Barley’s mix of local and national brews. Get a “Brewgrass Training” T-shirt. Get two slices of pizza and take home the tasting glass. All of that for only $20.

Also, two Brewgrass tickets will be given away on Sept. 13 to some lucky beer lover on the training team roster (make sure to sign in on the night you attend to be eligible).

Brewgrass Training will take place Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30, Sept. 6, and Sept. 13. For more information, call 255-0504.

New stuff! Good stuff!

Posted Aug 25, 2011 in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals

Fall seasonals are slowly trickling in this week. We’ve got both versions of Reunion ’11, collaboration between Terrapin Beer Co. and Schmaltz Brewing. And don’t miss Stone 15th Anniversary Ale (Black IPA).

8 WIRED HopWired IPA
BROOKLYN Post Road Pumpkin
CALDERA Ginger
CALDERA Hopportunity Knocks
CALDERA Old Growth Impy Stout
CALDERA Rauch Ur-bock
CALDERA Vas Deferens
DE MOLEN Pek & Veren
DE MOLEN / PATTISON Triple Stout
DE PROEF Draeckenier
DE RANKE Noir de Dottignies
DOGFISH HEAD Burton Baton
DRIE FONTENIEN Oude Kriek
DUCK RABBIT Schwartzbier
EVIL TWIN Ashtray Heart
GEANTS Golliath Triple Ale
HAANDBRYGGERIET Barrel Aged Porter (Aquavit)
HEAVY SEAS Davy Jones Lager Imperial Cream Ale
HIGHLAND Clawhammer Oktoberfest
JOLLY PUMPKIN Weizen Bam
MIKKELLER Barrel Aged Black Hole (White Wine Barrel)
NEW HOLLAND BeerHive Tripel
OLDE HICKORY Death by Hops
OLDE HICKORY Oktoberfest
RENAISSANCE M.P.A Imperial IPA
SCHMALTZ / TERRAPIN Reunion ’11
TERRAPIN / SCHMALTZ Reunion ’11
SIERRA NEVADA / DOGFISH HEAD Life & Limb 2
ST. SYLVESTRE Gavroche Red Ale
STAR HILL Boxcar Pumpkin Porter
STONE BREWING Japanese Green Tea IPA (almost gone!)
STONE BREWING 15th Anniversary Black IPA
SOUTHERN TIER Creme Brulee Stout
SWEETWATER Motor Boat
TROIS DAMES Grande Dame Oud Bruin
TROIS DAMES La Semeuse Espresso Stout
WEISSENOHE Bonator
WEYERBACHER Imperial Pumpkin

Thursday Tasting 8/25: Abita Brewing with Ralph Nicoterra

Posted Aug 24, 2011 in Beer, Breweries, Events, People, Seasonals

This Thursday, Ralph Nicoterra from Abita Brewing (Louisiana) will be joining us for a four-flight sampler of Abita beers. We’ll see you tomorrow, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Pecan Harvest: “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.” [5.0% abv]

Abbey Ale: “Abbey Ale honors the ancient tradition of monks who perfected the art of brewing beer to support the monastery and their “liquid bread”. We offer up our support and thank them with a 25¢ donation to St. Joseph’s Abbey with every bottle sold of this heavenly brew. Dark amber in color, the aroma of caramel, fruits and cloves invites you to contemplate the creamy head of this “Dubbel” or double ale.” [8.0% abv]

Andygator: “Andygator, a creature of the swamp, is a unique high-gravity brew made with pale malt, German lager yeast, and German Perle hops. Unlike other high-gravity brews, Andygator is fermented to a dry finish with a slightly sweet flavor and subtle fruit aroma. Reaching an alcohol strength of 8% by volume, it is a Helles Dopplebock.” [8.0% abv]

… and something special from the brewery!

New Belgium’s “Clips of Faith” Beer & Film Tour in Asheville

Posted in Beer, Breweries, Coolness, Events, Movies, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project, Video

New Belgium Brewing’s “Clips of Faith” Beer and Film Tour Visits Asheville on September 9

It’s New Belgium’s style of show business: An outdoor evening with artistic beers and films, all to benefit Asheville on Bikes

Fort Collins, Colorado, August 24, 2011 – New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale, is bringing its Clips of Faith beer and film tour back to Asheville on Friday, September 9. This is the second year for Clips of Faith, a festival that is traveling to 18 cities this summer and fall, showcasing independent films by New Belgium’s filmmaking friends. The outdoor event will highlight some of New Belgium’s most esoteric beer offerings while providing a great way to unwind under the stars.

The selected films include comedic shorts, adventure documentaries and music animation. The top three films are about lizard wrangling in the dead of the Wisconsin winter, a talking beer bottle sketch comedy and a miniature day on a tremendous mountain.

“Clips of Faith is all about showcasing creativity. Our Lips of Faith beers are some of our most unique creations and it’s fun to share that with our friends (or soon-to-be friends) around the country,” said Christie Catania, Clips of Faith Manager-at-Large. “It’s a great way to enjoy the warmer seasons – under the stars, drinking New Belgium beer (some new, some old favorites) and watching a great collection of short films.”

New Belgium will serve seven Lips of Faith beers and seven popular classics and food from local vendors. One of the beers that will pour is PIPA (Pamela’s India Pale Ale), which is a Lips of Faith beer created by a contest winner from last year’s tour. The contest allows interested attendees to sample a blend of three unidentified New Belgium beers in a cup. Whoever comes closest to guessing the blended beers and their percentages gets entered into a drawing to win a trip to New Belgium where they can brew the beer of their dreams with the technical support of New Belgium brewers.

Just a handful of new beers…

Posted Aug 12, 2011 in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals

Happy Friday, party people!

CATAWBA VALLEY Hyper Monkey Java Stout (growlers)
DOGFISH HEAD Chateau Jiahu
DUCK-RABBIT Schwartzbier
EVIL TWIN Ashtray Heart
HEAVY SEAS Davy Jones Lager
OLDE HICKORY Death By Hops

And, if you’re up for a road trip, Olde Rabbit’s Foot release is tomorrow at Foothills in Winston-Salem.