Archive for February, 2012

New This Week 2/27/12

Posted Feb 17, 2012 in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals

CRAGGIE BREWING Choconut Winter Brown (growlers)
CRAGGIE BREWING Quadruppelicious (growlers)
CRAGGIE BREWING Yo La Mango (growlers)
DEL DUCATO Beersel Mattina (Saison blended w/ Drie Fontenien Gueuze)
DOGFISH HEAD Tweason Ale w/ strawberries (gluten-free)
DUCK RABBIT Barleywine
HIGHLAND BREWING Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
MACTARNAHAN’S Spine Tingler Belgian Tripel
NATTY GREENE’S Belgian Dubbel (hand-numbered)
O’DEMPSEY’S Your Black Heart Imperial Stout
ÖLVISHOLT Lava Smoked Imperial Stout
STONE BREWING Old Guardian Barleywine
SWEETWATER 15th Anniversary Imperial ESB
VICARIS Generaal

The Valentine’s Day Edition

Posted Feb 14, 2012 in Beer, Beer Pairings, Breweries, History, In the news, Limited Release, Rarerities, The Beerlanthropy® Project

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is here. We’ve got a few recommendations for you of truly delectable selections that we’re deeming “sexy” beers. A very informal poll on Twitter last night showed that most people think stouts are the sexiest style, with those including chocolate mentioned most, but we’re taking another road. Here are six non-stout beers from around the world we think you should try with your significant other (or even alone) tonight. It’s sexy time!

SCHNEIDER Vintage Aventinus (Germany)
This wheat doppelbock is rich, roasty, and nutty. Dark, with a thick, creamy mouthfeel, it’s great on its own, even better with food. (Plus, it rhymes with Valentinus, the Christian martyr for whom Valentine’s Day is named.) Brewery description: “Dark-ruby colored wheat doppelbock with a creamy fine head. Strong notes of ripe bananas, raisins and plums meet liquorice and roasty aromas. Full-bodied and warming, with a well-balanced and smooth finish. The ideal companion for hearty roast meat, venison and also fruity chocolate desserts, ‘Kaiserschmarrn’ (pancakes), ‘Elisenlebkuchen’ (christmas cookies) or bleu cheese. Oldest wheat doppelbock of Bavaria. Since 1907.” Try the cave-aged version for a special treat! [8.2% abv]

DEL DUCATO L’Ultima Luna (Italy)
This beer is more like an apertif or digestif. Luscious, thick barleywine “matured for at least nine months in French oak barrels, which previously contained Italian red wine. Copper colored with reddish tints and extraordinarily rich and complex in the nose, it releases aromas of red fruits (cherries, currants) and vanilla, with hints of wild berries, and it is reminiscent of a fine wine with a warm-bodied mouth feel and little carbonation.” [13.0% abv]

ALMOND 22 Torbata (Italy)
We love scotch. Scotch, scotch, scotch. Such a treat this beer is, truly! A peat-smoked barleywine with heavy scotch notes? Brewery description: “This ale was inspired by the passion for peaty single malt whisky and, in fact, the beer is brewed with the same peated malt usually used for whisky. Torbata is an eccentric interpretation of the barleywine genre, it has been embraced by beer connoisseurs increasingly open and ready to explore new beers. Typical peat aromas are followed by nice fruity notes, from the chestnut honey, and finally the hops that bring together the caramel and toasted malt notes. Enjoy with a good cigar or dark chocolate.” Yes, yes, yes! [8.7% abv]

FANTOME Black Ghost (Belgium)
A beautiful, dark saison with the addition of spices. All the characteristics of a saison with darker malts. This beer used to be more like a stout, actually, but has been evolving over the years. Excellent with a fine cheese plate. [8.0% abv]

KASTEEL Rouge (Belgium)
Forget the chocolate-covered cherries. Drink them! The beautiful red color in Kasteel Rouge comes from Kasteel Brune that has been left to mature for at least six months with sour cherries. Brewery description: “Pouring a deep black cherry color with a small reddish and velvety head, this Rouge’s nose is one of nutty yeasty milk chocolate. One sip reveals myriad cherry flavors, buttressed with spice, bitterness, but not overpowered by carbonation. The perfect balance of ripe cherry fruits, bready malts and essential zest and spice, this beer will surely render your favorite fruit dessert obsolete.” [8.0% abv]

UINTA Crooked Line Series: Labyrinth Black Ale (US)
Straight out of Utah, comes this very unique black ale with licorice/anise. (It was also award the Silver Medal at the 2011 European Beer Star Awards.) Pitch black opaque ale aged on rye barrels with a dash of licorice. Very warming and great for sipping. Brewery description: “Enter the Labyrinth, a multi-dimensional black ale. Discover the complex intermingling of black licorice and toasted oak. Seek the subtle hints of bittersweet chocolate. Explore pairing Labyrinth with flavorful cheeses and rich desserts.” [13.2% abv]

Okay, we lied. We’re including this one stout from Epic New Zealand, because it’s bonkers delicious and you need to try it. Very, very limited!

EPIC Epicurean Coffee & Fig (New Zealand)
Just released and just arrived last Friday. A super sexy beer! We’re not gonna give you more than the description on the bottle, because that will be enough. Brewery description: “Luscious oatmeal stout brewed with barbeque-caramelized Turkish Lerida figs & matured on wet process Ethiopian Sidamo coffee.” Holy. Crap. (Read this review on about this new beer.) The treat of treats! [8.0% abv]

Happy beer drinking on this Valentine’s Day! Will you be our Valentine?

Thursday Tasting 2/16: Craggie Brewing (NC)

Posted in Beer, Breweries, Events, Limited Release, People, Seasonals


One of our local breweries is coming in this Thursday: Craggie Brewing. Join us from 5-7pm on Thursday, Feb. 16 with Bill Drew & DJ. We’re excited to try Quadruppelicious especially, as we enjoy Dubbelicious, so it’s that times two!

What are we tasting?

Yo LA Mango IPA
American IPA dryhopped with fresh mangoes, Citra, & Amarillo hops. [6.3% abv]

Choconut Winter Brown
English Brown Ale brewed with toasted coconut and cocoa nibs. [7.0% abv]

A Belgian-Style Quad brewed with molasses and Belgian candy sugar for Craggie’s 2nd Anniversay. [10.0% abv]

New This Week 2/9/12 (The Before Friday Edition with Kujo)

Posted Feb 09, 2012 in Beer, Beer Art, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, People, Seasonals

BOULDER Mojo Risin’ 22 oz.
BAIRD Dark Sky Imperial Stout
BALLAST POINT Victory at Sea
EPIC BREWING Hop Syndrome Lager
EPIC BREWING Utah Sage Saison
EPIC BREWING Santa Cruz Brown
EPIC BREWING Smoked Porter
EPIC BREWING Big Bad Baptist
EPIC BREWING Brainless on Peaches
EPIC BREWING Brainless on Cherries
FLYING DOG Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout
FOOTHILLS Torch Pilsner
NEW HOLLAND Blue Sunday Sour
WINDY HILL Ginger Gold Apple Cider (York, SC)

(Check out the Flying Dog Blog with Ralph Steadman.)


EPIC Epicurean Coffee & Fig
MAHR’S Mastodon
MAHR’S Weiss
MIKKELLER BooGoop (collaboration with Three Floyds)

Attn: Graphic Designers: Asheville Beer Week needs your logos

Posted Feb 01, 2012 in Beer Art, Coolness, Goings on, In the news, Miscellany, The Beerlanthropy® Project

For immediate release: February 1, 2012

Asheville Beer Week Logo Contest
Asheville Beer Week needs a logo and fast

Love beer? Got some design skills? The Asheville Beer Week folks are looking for a hot logo for this inaugural beer-centric week (which actually will be an 11-day party running from May 24 until June 3).

Submit your logo designs to [email protected] by February 17. The logo winner will receive two tickets to Beer City Fest (June 2), two tickets to Brewgrass (Sept. 15), and two tickets to Asheville Beer Week’s Iron Brewer Competition (TBA).

You know the deal—nothing obscene or inappropriate. This is a wholesome(ish) beer week. Your design could be featured on every piece of Asheville Beer Week swag.

Submit logos to: [email protected]

For more information, follow us on Facebook at Asheville Beer Week or Twitter @avlbeerweek.