Archive for April, 2012

Lots & lots & lots of beery goodness

Posted Apr 28, 2012 in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals

Great arrivals this week! But there’s no such thing as too many beer choices…

8 Wired The Big Smoke
8 Wired iStout
8 Wired Hop Wired
Dogfish Head Black & Blue
Flying Dog Woody Creek Wit
Founders Curmudgeon
Haandbryggeriet Dark Force Reserva
Haandbryggeriet Haandbakk
Haandbryggeriet Coffee Porter
Haandbryggeriet Royk Uten ild
Haandbryggeriet Sweet & Sour
Heavy Seas Sea Nymph
Henney’s Dry Cider
Henney’s Vintage 2010 Still Cider
Hitachino 3 Days
Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura
Jolly Pumpkin IO Saison
Klein Duimpje Imperial Russian
Mikkeller It’s Alive
Mikkeller Koppi IPA
Mikkeller I Hardcore You
Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel Calvados
Mikkeller Black Buffalo Stout
To Oi/Mikkeller Sleep Over Coffee IIPA
Ommegang Art of Darkness
Sam Smith Apricot Ale
Struisse Mikkeller Elliot Brew
Terrapin Hopzilla
Terrapin Hop Karma
Mother Earth Bourbon Barrel Aged Tripel Overhead
Pisgah LEAF Amber (growlers & 22oz)
Pisgah Riverbend Brown
Roth Conscription IPA
Unibroue Grande Reserve 17
Victory Summer Love
Yeastie Boys Digital IPA

It’s not every day your store is featured in a hip-hop video

Posted Apr 26, 2012 in Coolness, Miscellany, Music, People, Video

Our friend, Chachillie, released his new video the other week. Lo and behold, there’s a cameo by Jason and Bruisin’ Ales. (This doesn’t happen normally, right?) If you want to download the album, Goosebumps on Pangea, check out iTunes.

Best Firkin’ Beer Festival: Saturday!

Posted Apr 25, 2012 in Beer, Breweries, Goings on, In the news

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Our friends at Asheville Brews Cruise are putting on a cask fest at Highland Brewing this coming Saturday, April 28. Tickets are still available through EventBrite!

Asheville Brews Cruise Presents…


Firkin is another word for cask. Cask ale or cask-conditioned beer is the term for unfiltered and unpasteurized beer which is conditioned (including secondary fermentation) and served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. Cask ale may also be referred to as real ale. In other words, OLD SCHOOL BEER! We’ll also be featuring barrel aged beer.

The Best Firkin Beer Festival is a pre-prohibition era festival that will have old time music by, Blind Boy Chocolate and the Milk Sheiks, old time food from Eat Box Food Truck , Avery’s Hot Dogs and pastries from Jack of the Wood Pub, and of course, old time beer.

This festival is a fund raiser for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the lives of companion animals and the people who love them.

The Breweries Participating are as followed:

Highland Brewing Company
French Broad Brewery
Craggie Brewing Company
Green Man Brewery
Asheville Brewing Company
Foothills Brewing Company
Lexington Avenue Brewery
OysterHouse Brewing Company
Heinzelmannchen Brewery
Olde Hickory Brewery
Ass Clown Brewing Company
Smoky Mountain Brewery
Mother Earth Brewing Company
Thomas Creek Brewery
Yellowhammer Brewery
Blue Pants Brewery
Catawba Valley Brewing Company
Frog Level Brewing Company
Nantahala Brewing Company
Mystery Brewing Company
Holy City Brewing Company
Palmetto Brewing Company
Fox Hill Meadery
Mountain Ale and Lager Tasters
Hops and Vines

Sponsored by:

Blubus Clothing Company
105.9 the Mountain and 98.1 The River
The Westville Pub
West Village Market and Deli
Desoto Lounge
West Asheville Kitchen and Lounge
Altamont Brewing Company
Bruisin’ Ales
Appalachian Vinter
The New Downtown Market
Hi Fi Café

Thursday Bruisin’ Tasting 4/19: Don Chartier of Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Posted Apr 17, 2012 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, People, Seasonals

One of the coolest dudes in craft beer, Don Chartier, is back in town! Officially known as the Northern Hemispherical Vice Captain for Supply Vectored Marketing Analysis, of Lagunitas Brewing Co., he will be our host for Thursday’s Lagunitas Tasting with a most excellent line-up of beers. (Don has the monikker “Mr. Nice Guy” and we can indeed confirm that.) Don has worked for several other big-name breweries before landing at Lagunitas—Fullsail, Bridgeport, and Sweetwater to name a few. So, what’s on the menu? A bunch of Lagunitas goodness, that’s what! See you Thursday, April 19, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Czech Style Pilsner
“Like Adam and Eve, Issac and Ishmael,Mao and Confuscious, Good and Evil, Day and Night, Hittites and Visigoths, John and Lorena, or Groucho and Moe, Ales and Lagers are as different as can be. Still, we must love each other for who they are, separately but equally, with liberty, and justice, for all. Cheers!” [6.2% abv]

A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale
“Sneaky Smooth with a Touch of What We Call Wheatly-esque-ish-ness. Crispy Wheat and Pale Malt flavors with a Big Round & Juicy Hop Finish. Everyone Needs A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Sometimes. You Can Get It All Year Now… in a Six-Pack!”[7.5% abv]

Wilco Tango Foxtrot
This Beer was Supposed to Follow Up the 2009 Correction Ale with the Name ‘2010 Recovery Ale’ but it doesn’t Look Like We’ll be There Anytime Soon. Makes You Wonder…. WTF? [7.83% abv]

India Pale Ale
“Thanks for choosing to spend the next few minutes with this special homicidally hoppy ale. Savor the moment as the raging hop character engages the imperial qualities of the Malt foundation in mortal combat on the battlefield of your palate!” [6.2% abv]

Hop Stoopid Ale
“For those mornings when you have to cut right to the chase, this is the one. Sure to blast through just about anything still lingering from the night before, this mouthful of Hops and huge rich Malt has a gaurantee built right into the name!” [8.0% abv]

New Arrivals 4/14

Posted Apr 14, 2012 in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals

Bison Honey Basil
Cricket Hill Hopnotic IPA
Cricket Hill Nocturne Black Lager
Cricket Hill Reserve Brown Ale
Cricket Hill Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter
Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale
Dogfish Head Sah’tea
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
Flying Dog Wildeman Farmhouse IPA
Flying Dog Underdog Atlantic Lager
He’Brew Hop Manna IPA
He’Brew Funky Jewbilation
Hopfenstark Ostalgia Blonde
North Coast Old Stock Ale Otsuchi 2012 750ml
Oskar Blue Deviant Dale’s
Outer Banks Oak Barrel Aged Weisse
Outer Banks Oak Barrel Aged Sour Ale
Outer Banks Oak Barrel Aged Old Stock Ale
Pisgah Summer Ale
Saranac (High Peak Series) Chocolate Orange Porter
Stillwater Table Beer
Stone Russian Imperial Stout 2012 – Available Tuesday 4/17
Uinta Hyve Honey Ale
Widmer Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout
Woodchuck Cidery Farmhouse Hard Cider 750ml