Archive for July, 2012

[THURSDAY TASTING] Oskar Blues, Lyons, CO, 7/26 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Posted Jul 25, 2012 in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, Events, Goings on, People

This Thursday, we’re happy to welcome Oskar Blues for a tasting. Come meet Alex, our NC rep, and say hello to our soon-to-be neighbors in Brevard.

Mama’s Little Yella Pils: “Oskar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pills is an uncompromising, small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czech Republic famous. Unlike mass market ‘pilsners’ diluted with corn & rice, Mama’s is built with 100% pale malt, German specialty malts, and Saaz hops. While it’s rich with Czeched-out flavor, its gentle hopping (35 IBUs) and low ABV (just 5.3%) make it a luxurious but low-dose (by Oskar Blues standards) refresher.”

Old Chub: “This jaw-dropping Scottish strong ale (8% ABV) is brewed with bodacious amounts of malted barley and specialty grains, and a dash of beechwood-smoked malt. Old Chub features a skim-milk mouthfeel, semi-sweet flavors of cocoa and coffee, and a kiss of smoke. A head-turning treat for malt heads and folks who think they don’t dig dark beer.”

Dale’s Pale: “America’s first hand-canned craft beer is a voluminously hopped mutha that delivers a hoppy nose, assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and hops from start to finish. First canned in 2002, Dale’s Pale Ale is a hearty (6.5% and 65 IBUs), critically acclaimed trailblazer that has changed the way craft beer fiends perceive canned beer.”

Deviant Dale’s: “Deviant Dale’s IPA (8% ABV, 85 IBUs) was born at the crossroads, in a juke joint, as if Dale’s Pale Ale sold its soul to balance Deviant’s foreboding aromas of citrus, grapefruit rind and piney resins with a copper ball-of-fire color and inscrutable finish. The 2011 GABF Silver Medal Winner (American IPA Category) is the Devil incarnate with untold amounts of malt and hedonistic Columbus dry-hopping. Oskar Blues’ southern spirit caught a northbound blues bus to ColoRADo to deliver the boundary bustin’ brewery’s first 16 oz. tallboy can.”

Gubna: “Emphasizing that complexity of character can arise from simple elements, this ale is made with 3 malts and 1 hop. Its light amber color and slightly spicy malt character are derived from the use of German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt respectively. North American 2-row barley combines with the other grains to lay the foundation for the hop onslaught to come. Summit hops are used exclusively in the boil for bitterness, flavor and aroma but it doesn’t end there. Post-fermentation dry hopping allows the 10% ABV monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma to join the 100 IBUs already present. This beer will greet you with a pungent citrus blast, provide a spicy yet round middle and finish with a brisk, clean bitterness.”

[THURSDAY TASTING] 7/19, 5-7pm Natty Greene’s, Greensboro, NC

Posted Jul 18, 2012 in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, Events, Goings on, People, Seasonals

We are welcoming Madison Smith of Natty Greene’s from Greensboro, NC, for this week’s Thursday Tasting. Join us tomorrow from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Wildflower Wit: “Classic Belgian-style white beer spiced with coriander, chamomile and sweet orange peel.” [4.5% abv]

Buckshot Amber Ale: “Full-bodied with rich, smooth flavor and notes of caramel and toffee.” [4.8% abv]

Southern Pale Ale: “Medium-bodied, deep golden ale with distinct, bitter character and a hoppy, piney, citrus finish.” [5.2% abv]

Freedom American IPA: “Medium-bodied deep golden ale with moderate fruity-ester flavor balanced by quality American hop aroma and bitterness. Click the title for in depth beer information.” [6.5% abv]

[NEW THIS WEEK] Hot stuff!

Posted Jul 13, 2012 in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals

CATAWBA VALLEY King Coconut Porter (growlers)
EVIL TWIN Mad Dog Pale
EVIL TWIN Monk Suffers a Serious Sugar Rush on Barbados
FOUNDER’S Devil Dancer
GREEN FLASH Saison Diego
HEAVY SEAS Letter of Marque
NEW HOLLAND Four Witches
OLDE HICKORY Southern Cross
OMMEGANG Biere D’Hougoumont
OUTER BANKS Lemongrass Wheat
RJ ROCKERS Fish Paralyzer
SARANAC Lemon Ginger Saison
SHIPYARD Pumpkinhead
SHIPYARD Smashed Pumpkin
SOUTHERN TIER Crème Brulee Stout
STONE BREWING Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Bean
STONE BREWING Smoked Porter w/ Chipotle
STONE BREWING Saison du Buff
VAN DE KORENAAR Charbon Smoked Vanilla Stout
WEYERBACHER Imperial Pumpkin Ale


[THURSDAY TASTING]: Bear Republic of California

Posted Jul 11, 2012 in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, Events, Goings on

Tomorrow we welcome Bear Republic for our Thursday Tasting, 5:00-7:00 p.m.! Full line-up!

Peter Brown Tribute Ale
ABV: 6.3%
Peter Brown Tribute Ale is malty American Brown Ale, brewed with molasses, brown sugar, and hopped with Cascade and Centennial. It’s just the way Pete would have wanted it.

XP Pale Ale
ABV: 5.4%
XP is short for Exception Pale Ale. This light golden pale ale balances the malt and hops for a smooth, drinkable beer that compliments any meal.

Racer 5 IPA
ABV: 7.0%
This hoppy American IPA is a full bodied beer brewed American pale and crystalmalts, and heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial.

Red Rocket Ale
ABV: 6.8%
Red Rocket Ale is a bastardized Scottish style red ale that traces it’s origins to our homebrew roots. This full bodied and hoppy brew finishes on the palate with sweet, caramel malt flavors.

Hop Rod Rye
ABV: 8.0%
A high gravity IPA brewed with 18% rye malt. Hop Rod Rye has a floral hop aroma and subtle caramel notes with a slightly earthy and spicy rye character.

Big Bear Black Stout
ABV: 8.1%
Big Bear is a big, black, stout you can really sink your teeth into. The bold, roasty, caramel malt flavor is balanced by Centennial and Cascade hops.