Archive for February, 2013

Asheville Beer Week 2013 is happening soon

Posted Feb 21, 2013 in Beer, Breweries, Coming Soon, Coolness, Events, Goings on, In the news, Travel

Contact: Julie Atallah | julie at ashevillebeerweek dot com

February 21, 2013
Second Annual Asheville Beer Week scheduled for the end of May 2013ASHEVILLE, NC—The Second Annual Asheville Beer Week is scheduled for May 25 through June 1, 2013, culminating with the Beer City Festival on Saturday, June 1 in downtown Asheville, NC. Organized by a beer-loving committee of regional beer industry people, Asheville Beer Week will offer a variety of events in and around the Asheville and Western North Carolina area.

This year’s eight-day celebration will include keynote speakers, education, tastings, dinners, and other beer-centric events. More than 40 breweries are slated to appear at Beer City Festival, with many other national brands at events throughout the week.

We are now seeking corporate sponsors, wholesaler participants, community partners, and event hosts. If you would like to participate, please send a media kit request to julie at ashevillebeerweek dot com. Look for a brand new website, more interactive features, and a growing schedule of events in March.

Web: (March re-launch!)

Short list of new beers 2/21/13

Posted in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week

Ahh, the in-between season. Spring seasonals are the way. Get your winter beers while you can.

BLUE MOUNTAIN BARREL HOUSE Dark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee Aged
EVIL TWIN Femme Fatale
MOTHER EARTH Windowpane Fig & Raisin Aged in NC Brandy Barrels
NEW BELGIUM Cascara Quad
NEW BELGIUM Heavenly Feijoa Tripel (w/ Dieu de Ciel)
NEW BELGIUM Transatlantique Kriek
SIERRA NEVADA Ovila Quad w/Plums
STILLWATER Ale Of Love & Regret

Tasty new libations 2/8/13

Posted Feb 08, 2013 in Beer, Breweries, New this week, Seasonals

21st AMENDMENT Sneak Attack
BELL’S Smitten Golden Rye
BIG BOSS Blanco Diablo
DUCK RABBIT Barleywine
E. DUPONT Cidre Bouche Fermier Brut
EPIC BREWING Brainless on Cherries
EPIC BREWING Brainless on Peaches
EPIC BREWING Sante Cruz Brown
HEAVY SEAS Bourbon Barrel Siren Noire
NANTAHALA Bryson City Brown (growlers)
OLDE HICKORY Redeemer Imperial IPA
OLDE HICKORY Seven Devil’s
PEAK ORGANIC Simcoe Spring
PISGAH BREWING Valdez Coffee Stout
SOUTHERN TIER Phin & Matt’s Ale
WINDY HILL Gala Peach Cider
WINDY HILL Ginger Gold Cider
WINDY HILL Rusty Gold Cider

Thursday Tasting 2/6: Pre-Mardi Gras Tasting with Abita Beer

Posted Feb 06, 2013 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Seasonals

mardi gras bock

This Thursday, join us and Ralph from Abita Beer in NOLA for a sampling of pre-Mardi Gras liquid treats.
Mardi Gras Bock: “Mardi Gras Bock (January – March) is the first of our seasonal brews. Abita Bock is brewed with pale, pilsner and caramel malts and German Perle hops. Our bock is similar to German maibocks with its rich malt flavor and full body. A perfect choice during Carnival season in New Orleans. Gruyére, Emmental and Swiss are nice cheese choices with Bock. Great with roasted beef or pork. Try it with Mexican food, too.” [6.5% abv]
SOS (Save Our Shores): “Abita S.O.S.® (Save Our Shore) – a charitable pilsner is a message in a bottle…a distress signal for the troubled waters of our Gulf Coast. For every bottle sold Abita donates 75¢ to the rescue and restoration of the environment, industry and individuals fighting to survive the disastrous gulf oil spill. This unfiltered Weizen Pils is made with pilsner and wheat malts. It is hopped and dry hopped with Sterling and German Perle hops. It has a brilliant gold color, a sweet malt flavor, and a pleasant bitterness and aroma.” [7.0% abv]

Andygator: “Abita 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. You might find it goes well with fried foods. It pairs well with just about anything made with crawfish. Some like it with a robust sandwich. Andygator® is also a good aperitif and easily pairs with Gorgonzola and creamy blue cheeses. Because of the high alcohol content, be cautious – sip it for the most enjoyment.” [8.0% abv]

Abbey Ale: “Abita 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-cent 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. Abita Abbey Ale is a malty brew, top-fermented and bottle aged to rapturous perfection. This ale pairs well with barbecue, meat stews or a nice thick steak. For dessert, try Abita Abbey Ale with milk chocolate or chocolate bread pudding.” [8.0% abv]