Archive for September, 2015

Thursday Tasting: New Belgium and the reboot of Abbey Ale

Posted Sep 30, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals

152334 Bruisin Ales Sample 11x17 PRINT-smallThis Thursday, October 1, we’re kicking off the Fall tastings in style with New Belgium Brewing and the relaunch of Abbey Ale’s new recipe for 2015. Join us from 5:00-7:00pm in the wee tasting room.

Slow Ride: “Kicking back and relaxing with a session beer requires little more than a couch, some free time, and a few pals. SLOW RIDE SESSION IPA is up for this easy-going challenge, starting with a pour of sheened gold and plenty of fluffy, white foam. A blend of eight hop varieties, led by exotic Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin, twist together brilliant tropical scents of melon, peach, lime and grapefruit for a vividly fruity aroma. The flavor mirrors the aroma, while balancing a malty-sweet yet clean start and hoppy bitterness in the back. Light bodied and extra quaffable, this sessionable India Pale Ale brings the finish line to you.”

Abbey Ale: “The story of New Belgium begins with an abbey: Not only were Belgium’s monastic beers the inspiration behind our Colorado brewery, but Abbey, a Belgian-style dubbel, was one of the first beers we released way back in 1991. Since then, it’s become our most award-winning offering, and in 2015, we updated the recipe. This garnet brown hued Belgian-style dubbel is strong on character and rich in flavor. Seven malts, including caramel Munich and chocolate, and a definitive Belgian yeast, waft off sweet, spicy aromas. Rich tones of chocolate and dark caramel mix with nuanced dried cherries, burnt sugar and figs. Sweet and roasty upfront, followed by a slightly bitter finish, Abbey is a lovely representation of the monastic beers of Belgium. Sip Abbey, and sip New Belgium’s tradition.”

Pumpkick: “What’s that bite of tartness doing in a pumpkin beer? Adding the unexpected kick of cranberry juice to brighten this traditionally spiced seasonal ale. Pumpkick is brewed with plenty of pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but it’s the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that send your taste buds sailing.”

Transatlantique Kriek: “In a never-ending quest to create new beers and defy category, New Belgium Brewing and Oud Beersel of Belgium have partnered to create TRANSATLANTIQUE KRIEK , a spontaneously fermented lambic ale made with sour cherries. This authentic kriek beer began life in the oaken vessels at Gert en Jos Christiaens’ brewery in the Lembeek region of Belgium. After more than two years aging, Oud Beersel’s offering shipped across the Atlantic and found its way to the intuitive palate of New Belgium’s brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert. After much sampling and internal consultation, Peter and his brew staff created a full-bodied Belgian golden lager to round out the light-bodied kriek. The cherry nose gives way to a pleasingly sour flash across the palate that rolls gently into a slightly sweet finish. Crisp, effervescent carbonation keeps the mouthfeel bright and delightfully tingly.”

New arrivals 9/30/15

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


Expanded hours for peak season and the holidays!

Posted Sep 25, 2015 in Beer, Beer Places, Coming Soon, Coolness, Goings on, In the news, Miscellany, The Beerlanthropy® Project

new-hoursThis is a first! Starting October 1st, we’re expanding our operational hours for the peak busy season and the holidays. We’re pleased to offer extended hours as a convenience for you loyal customers. We’ll be open longer on Sundays and open Mondays for the first time ever. More time to buy beer!

The new Fall/Holiday hours will be as follows:

Monday 12-6pm
Tuesday-Thursday 12-8pm
Friday-Saturday 12-9pm
Sunday 12-6pm

New This Week 9/18/15

Posted Sep 18, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals


And the great beers just keep a’comin’! Here’s what new and back this week.

Remember, the humble storefront will be closed on Saturday, September 19 to support Brewgrass festival and Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC. We hope to see you there! (And, our whole staff will be here on Sunday from 12:00-4:00 pm to help you with your Brewgrass recovery.)

Alewerks Bourbon Barrel Porter
Alewerks Secret Admirer Double IPA

Allagash Brewing Golden Brett
Big Boss Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale
Bison Organic Honey Basil (it’s back!)
Burial Scythe Rye IPA (fresh cans!)
Buxton x Evil Twin Anglomania English Barleywine
Crown Valley Imperial Pumpkin Smash
Devil’s Backbone Gold Leaf Lager
Double Barley Gourd Rocker
Eel River Organic Raven’s Eye Imperial Stout
Flying Dog ‘The Fear’ Pumpkin Ale
Flying Dog Bloodline Blood Orange IPA
Foothills IPA of the Month “Coach”
Heavy Seas The Greater Pumpkin (Bourbon barrel)
Hi-Wire Zirkusfest Oktoberfest Lager
Ipswich Hop Harvest
Nantahala 4 Foot Drop Session IPA
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin
Smuttynose Scotch
Sweetwater Hashbrown
The Unknown Vehopciraptor Double IPA
Triple C Kind of a Big Deal with Peaches
Victory Brewing Hoppy Quad
Victory Brewing Moonglow Weizenbock
Wicked Weed Pompoen
Wicked Weed Xibalba

Thursday Tasting: Devil’s Backbone TONIGHT

Posted Sep 17, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, Events, Goings on

devilsbackbone-coasterdevils-backbone-brewing-logoDevil’s Backbone just recently came to the WNC market and tonight we’ll be tasting three beers from their core line-up. Come try their award-winning beers tonight at the humble storefront between 5:00-7:00 pm.

Come on down to help us welcome Devil’s Backbone to WNC!

Gold Leaf Lager: “Gold Leaf Lager harkens back to the days when refreshing beers were made 100% from malted barley. Gold Leaf Lager is pale gold, light to medium bodied with subtle fresh bready notes, and a clean crisp finish.” [4.5% abv]
*GABF Winner, American-Style or Int’l-Style Pilsener*

Vienna Lager: “With its amber chestnut colored good looks and smooth malty finish, Vienna Lager was an obvious choice to put into bottles. It blends color and flavor without heaviness or bitterness. Just as Vienna Lagers historically inspired Munich’s Oktoberfest beers to evolve, this amber lager has evolved since we opened in 2008 into the award winning beer it is today. Experience the taste and tradition.” [4.9% abv]
*GABF and World Beer Cup Winner, Vienna-style Lager*

Eight Point IPA: “This is the first batch of beer we brewed after the conception of Devils Backbone Brewing Company in 2008. Our brewmaster Jason Oliver was thinking about how to design the IPA when he heard a rustle near his fence line (just touching the woods) where he saw two young proud eight point bucks walking along it. He decided to name the beer after those young bucks as it seemed to fit the spirit of the beer,which is proud, brash, youthful, yet approachable.” [5.9% abv]