Archive for December, 2011

New this week at Bruisin’ 12/23

Posted Dec 23, 2011 in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals

This is the full list of newbies and returnees this week:

B. NEKTAR Zombie Killer
DOGFISH HEAD Burton Baton
DOGFISH HEAD Ta Henket (almost gone!)
EPIC BREWING Big Bad Baptist
EPIC BREWING Brainless on Cherries
EPIC BREWING Brainless on Peaches
EPIC BREWING Fermentation Without Representation
EPIC BREWING Imperial IPA
GREEN FLASH Rayon Vert
HEAVY SEAS Below Decks
HEAVY SEAS Bourbon Below Decks
HEAVY SEAS Cabernet Below Decks
LAGUNITAS Cappucino Stout
OMMEGANG Aphrodite
OMMEGANG Seduction
PISGAH Valdez
SAMICHLAUS
SAMICHLAUS Helles
ST. SYLVESTRE 3 Monts
ST. SYLVESTRE 3 Monts Grand Reserve
TERRAPIN Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout (Wake-n-Bake)

Happy 5th Birthday to Bruisin’ Ales!

Posted in Beer, Breweries, In the news, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project

Wow. Five years. Happy, happy 5th birthday to the humble storefront today!

I had every intention of writing a whimsical retrospective, something witty and funny, but the truth is, we’re so busy right now, I can’t even think. So, on that note: Jason & I would like to extend a big, FAT “thank you” to Asheville and all you wonderful beer people who have supported Bruisin’ Ales since 2006. It’s worth every minute. (Even the paper cuts, black-n-blue marks, and back spasms, sometimes.) Thank you also to the people who have helped us over the years: Chris Dotson, Philip Dotson, Craig Weitzel, Sophie Thompson and the absolutely irreplaceable Mike Guarracino.

It’s a little bit difficult to celebrate the Big-Birthday-Anniversary-Whatever, what with the holiday shoppers and all, but we’ll be giving away samples all day while you shop. We brought some items from our own beer cellar, plus we have a very rare keg we got from Allagash Brewingthe only keg in North CarolinaCurieux aged on Booker’s Bourbon barrels. (Normally, this beer is made with Jim Beam barrels, in case you were wondering.)

Thank you! We love you! Support your local, independent beer retailer!

More arrivals for Christmas week

Posted Dec 21, 2011 in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals, Video

More just in and/or arriving later today:

DOGFISH HEAD Ta Henket
EPIC BREWING Big Bad Baptist
EPIC BREWING Fermentation Without Represenation
EPIC BREWING Imperial IPA
EPIC BREWING Brainless On Peaches
HEAVY SEAS Below Decks
HEAVY SEAS Bourbon Below Decks
HEAVY SEAS Cabernet Below Decks
PISGAH Valdez
SAMICHLAUS
SAMICHLAUS Helles

What’s DFH Ta Henket all about? Here you go:

New this week at Bruisin’ Ales 12/16

Posted Dec 16, 2011 in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals

BROOKLYN Black Ops (1 bottle limit, must ask for it)
CATAWBA VALLEY Hooligan Scotch Ale (growlers)
DOGFISH HEAD Faithfull
DOGFISH HEAD Hellhound on My Ale
GREAT DIVIDE Espresso Oak Yeti
GREAT DIVIDE Oak Yeti
HEAVY SEAS Below Decks Barleywine (Bourbon barrel)
HEAVY SEAS Below Decks Barleywine (Cabernet barrel)
HIGHLAND Cold Mountain (22′z)
HIGHLAND Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
HOPPIN’ FROG Barrel-aged B.O.R.I.S. Imperial Stout
SPRECHER Kriek
STARR HILL The Gift

 

Thursday Tasting 12/15: Allagash Brewing Company with Les Addis

Posted Dec 13, 2011 in Beer, Breweries, Cooking with Beer, Events, Limited Release, People, Rarerities

This week, say hello to Les Addis, the Southeast Rep for Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME. This is our brewery last tasting of 2011, so don’t miss it. Same time, same place: Thursday, December 15, from 5:-00-7:00 p.m. Be sure to click the beer links below leading to the Allagash site for some great recipes to go along with these beers!

What’s on the beer flight:

Allagash White: “Our interpretation of a traditional Belgian wheat beer. Brewed with a generous portion of wheat and spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel, this beer is fruity, refreshing and slightly cloudy in appearance.” [5.0% abv]

Allagash Black: “Allagash Black is a Belgian style stout brewed with 2 Row barley, torrified wheat, oats, both roasted and chocolate malt and a generous portion of dark caramelized candi sugar. The silky mouth feel is a great balance to the roasted character, coffee and dark chocolate notes expressed throughout this beer.” [7.5% abv]

Allagash Tripel: “This strong golden ale is marked by passion fruit and herbal notes in the aroma, with suggestions of banana and honey in the complex palate. The Tripel has a remarkably long and smooth finish.” [9.0% abv]

… and a very special addition straight from the brewery for samples only

Mattina Rossa: “Mattina Rossa is a beer that was a long time in the making. It was brewed in August of 2008 with a base of 2-Row malt and 440 lbs of local raspberries in the mash. It was then conservatively hopped with Tettanang, German Tradition and Saaz and fermented with our house yeast strain. Shortly after primary fermentation, the beer was racked into eleven red wine barrels, nine of which were inoculated with either Lactobacillus or Brettanomyces ‘Allagensis’. After one year, we placed an additional 100 lbs of local raspberries in five of the barrels. The beer continued to age for an additional year, at which time the barrels were blended to strike the desired balance of fruit and funk. Mattina Rossa has an aroma of fresh raspberry, strawberry preserves and lemon rind. Raspberry is also discernible in the flavor, along with mild quince and pomegranate. The long finish starts with a tart citrus and ends with a pronounced biscuit flavor and a slight bitterness.” [6.9% abv]

(PS: We also have the draft-only release Big Little Beer wild ale on the kegerator for purchase.)