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Bruisin’ Ales Asheville Beer Week Events

Posted May 11, 2016 in Asheville Beer Week, Beer, Beer Awards, Beer Pairings, Breweries, Events, Limited Release, New this week, People, Rarerities, The Beerlanthropy® Project

AVL_BW_2016Asheville Beer Week is upon us! We’re hosting four events at the store this year and hope you will join us for one or all four!

Friday 5/27, 5-7pm
Boojum Brewery Tasting
Cost: NO CHARGE

The Boojum Brewery crew takes over the wee tasting room to kick off Asheville Beer Week! Featuring: Mur Raspberry Saison, Graveyard Fields Blueberry Coffee Portyer, Reward Pale Ale, King of the Mountain Double IPA.


Wednesday 6/1, 5-7pm

Brewmaster’s Tasting/Meet the Brewer with Don Richardson of Quest Brewing 
Cost: NO CHARGE

Meet Quest Brewing Brewmaster, Don Richardson, for a tasting of Quest Brewing beers hand-selected by Don himself from the Quest vault. Don has been in the beer industry for over twenty years, the majority as a brewmaster.  He has gained a stellar reputation in the beer industry for his award-winning beer recipes while he brewed at Boulder Beer Co. in Colorado and Cottonwood Brewery in North Carolina. Richardson’s ties to WNC beer run deep. (He’s the “King Don” behind Catawba Brewing King Don’s Pumpkin.)

Featuring: Golden Fleece Belgian Pale Ale, Smoking Mirror Porter, Ponce Cucumber Jalapeno Saison (World Beer Cup Gold Medal Winner 2016!), Barrel-Aged Elegast (Flemish-style Sour aged for 18 months)


Thursday 6/2 5pm Blind IPA Tasting Cost: $6/pp

Think you know your favorite local IPA? Come find out! We’ll have a blind tasting of TEN Asheville and WNC IPAs that you will rate yourself with us giving the big reveal at the end. If you can also guess which IPA is which, you get bonus points and the chance to win prizes at the end of night. Only one question remains: How well do you know your palate and local beer?


Saturday 6/4, 6pm Flights & Bites Beer Pairing Cost: $20/pp + tax Maximum: (30) people *Please note: This event is standing room only.* Tickets: http://goo.gl/hkNwwu

Join us in the humble storefront for Flights & Bites, the second of our in-store food and beer pairing series.

1st Course Blackberry Farms Summer Saison 2016 Grilled Fingerling Potato, Asparagus, Pickled Red Onion, Spanish Ham

2nd Course De Struise Pannepot Grand Reserva 2012 Sunburst Farms Hickory Smoked Trout Crostini with Beet And Garden Herb Cream Cheese

3rd Course Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien 2014 Duck Confit Stuffed Wonton with Hoisin, Coconut, and Green Onion

4th Course Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout 2016 Candied and Spiced Pecans, Walnut, and Aged Gouda

New This Week 5/30/15

Posted May 31, 2015 in Asheville Beer Week, Beer, Breweries, Cider, Limited Release, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals

 

prometheusFoothills Gruffmeister 8 Maibock 22oz
Grimm ‘Color Field’ 22oz
Grimm ‘Rainbow in Curved Air’ 22oz
Nantahala Judaculla BBL RIS 22oz
B. Nektar ‘Slice of Life’ 500ml
Schilling ‘Grapefruit’ Cider 12oz Sgl (cans)
Green Man Maceo 750ml
Founders ‘Devil Dancer’ Triple IPA 12oz Sgl
Citizen Cider ‘bRose’ 750ml
Citizen Cider ‘Full Nelson’ Dry Hopped Cider 16oz Sgl (cans)
Deep River ‘Double D’s Watermelon Lager’ 16oz (cans)
Big Boss Saints and Sinners 12oz Sgl
Big Boss Prometheus 12oz Sgl
De Glazen ‘Cuvee Angelique’ 750ml
Alvinne ‘The Oak Balthazar – Oak Collection’ aged in Chateau La Croix Barrels 500ml
Alvinne ‘Wild Undressed’ 330ml
Hitachino ‘Saison du Japon’ w/ Koji Yeast and Yuzu Fruit 11.2oz Sgl
Vapeur ‘Vapeur De Bises’ 750ml
Straffe Hendrik ‘Bruges Tripel – Wild 2015′ 11.2oz
He’Brew Jewbelation 18 22oz

New for #AVLBeerWeek 5/23/15

Posted May 23, 2015 in Asheville Beer Week, Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals

festina-pecheBenford x Evil Twin ‘The Problem Solver’ Imperial IPA 22oz
Blaugies x Hill Farmstead ‘La Vermontoise’ 750ml
Boulevard Hibiscus Gose 12oz Sgl
Burial The Rosary Export Stout (Brandy Barrel)
Catawba Valley King Coconut 12oz 
Dogfish Head Festina Peche 12oz Sgl
Evil Twin ‘James Beer’ 22oz
Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break 22oz
Great Divide Chocolate Oak Yeti 22oz
Green Man Wayfarer Summer IPA 12oz Sgl
Hi-Wire Uprisin’ Hefeweizen 12oz Sgl
Highland Lost Cove Pale Ale 12oz Sgl
Jandrain-Jandrenouille ‘Saison IV’ 750ml
Left Hand Twin Sisters 22oz
Off Color ‘Eille’ Biere de Miel 12oz
Samuel Smith Organic Strawberry Ale 500ml
Sierra Nevada ‘Southern Hemisphere’ Fresh Hop IPA 24oz

Southern Tier ‘Choklat Oranj’ 22oz
Uinta Crooked Line Birthday Suit 750ml

#AVLBeerWeek: Bruisin’ Ales & The Market Place Seasonal Beer Dinner with Author Stephen Beaumont

Posted May 07, 2015 in Asheville Beer Week, Beer, Beer Pairings, Books, Breweries, Cooking with Beer, Coolness, Events, In the news, Limited Release, People, Rarerities, The Beerlanthropy® Project

abw-beaumont-dissen-dinner-LARGEThis is our biggest announcement for Asheville Beer Week! We are pleased to have author, writer and James Beard Award Nominee for Beer & Spirits Writing, Stephen Beaumont, visiting our fine little mountain oasis. Here is the teaser for our collaborative beer dinner at The Market Place with Chef William Dissen.

Join the Bruisin’ Ales Crew for this incredible tag-team beer dinner featuring Chef William Dissen of The Market Place, voted “One of America’s Most Sustainable Chefs,” and Special Guest Stephen Beaumont, James Beard Award Nominee for Beer and Spirits Writing, feature beer writer, and author of many books. We’ll be pairing Chef Dissen’s five-course seasonal harvest menu with rare beers from around the world, hand-selected by Stephen. Share this experience with us in the beautiful mezzanine of The Market Place!

Stephen Beaumont Bio:Stephen Beaumont is one of the world’s most authoritative voices on beer today, as well as a widely recognized writer on spirits, food and travel. As co-author of both The World Atlas of Beer (2012), published in ten international editions, and two editions of The Pocket Beer Guide (2013 & 2014), Stephen has amassed an unparalleled understanding of what’s going on in the fast-paced and expanding world of beer today. He has also authored or co-authored eight other books, including two editions of The Great Canadian Beer Guide and his forthcoming Beer & Food Companion, as well as contributing to nine others, including the immense 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die. Stephen also authors regular columns for magazines as diverse as the spirits quarterly Whisky Advocate and Canada’s beer bi-monthly, Taps, and contributes to a variety of other publications, including Fine Cooking, Saveur and DRAFT Magazine. He has presented dozens of beer dinners around the globe, from São Paulo to Philadelphia and Vancouver to Milan.

Chef William Dissen Bio: From his upbringings in the mountains of Charleston, West Virginia, Chef William Dissen always has been in touch with the outdoors & nature. Spending time on his Grandparents’ farm – watching his Grandmother cook bountiful meals straight from the garden to the kitchen table – has been a major influence on his style of cooking, as well as his beliefs in sustainable agriculture & local cuisine. As Executive Chef & Owner, William has been named as one of America’s “Most Sustainable Chefs” where he strives to create “innovative farm-to-table cuisine” utilizing ingredients and artisan products from within 100 miles of the restaurant. “There is no cuisine without gardens & farmers,” says Chef Dissen. “We provide farm-fresh ingredients to entice our guests with simple, yet explosive flavors that enhance the experience of dining.”

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1st Course: trout crudo, ruby grapefruit, fennel, sorrel, benne seeds, evoo
France: Castelain Blonde [Biere de Garde, 6.4% abv] “Castelain is the classic example of the rare Blonde Bière de Garde style, and is the biggest seller from the brewery. Castelain has a sweet palate and a great deal of finesse. It is sweet, slightly bitter, grassy and herbal— made with four types of hops. Castelain is conditioned a minimum of 6 to 10 weeks to develop aroma and flavor.” (via Bruisin’ webstore)

2nd Course: roasted asparagus, black garlic aioli, farm egg, pickled rhubarb, country ham, herb croutons
Canada: Unibroue Don de Dieu [Tripel, 9.0% abv] “Complex aromas of vanilla and fruitcake, flowers, and honey. Smooth, complex flavor that is slightly fruity, malty, nutty, and yeasty, with a hint of unfiltered sake.” (via Bruisin’ webstore)

3rd Course: pan roasted quail, Carolina gold rice risotto, foie gras, black truffle butter, red wine demi
Germany: Weihenstephan Vitus [Weizenbock, 7.7% abv] “Our light-coloured, spicy single-bock, Vitus is saturated with fine yeast and a creamy foam. It is a specialty with a round character based on the extra long storage time. The fruity smell of dried apricots joins aromas of citrus, cloves and hints of banana. Full-bodied and sparkling with an effervescent mouthfeel. Thus, the Vitus does not taste like a typical Bock beer but more like a noble, fruity wheat beer.” (via Bruisin’ webstore)

4th Course: grass fed beef tenderloin meatballs, preserved san marzano, whey cooked bloody butcher corn grits, parmesan, pea greens
United States: Boulevard Love Child No. 5 [American Wild Ale, 9.0% abv] “Boulevard’s Love Child Series of wild ales are barrel-aged with such boisterous cultures as Lactobaccillus and Brettanomyces. These wayward offspring can prove so complex that we employ gauges on the label to convey the intensity of three key personality traits, Funk, Sour, and Fruit, presenting a picture of the ale at the time it was released.” (via Bruisin’ webstore)

Dessert: raspberry almond torte, chocolate ganache, raspberry sauce, meringue
Belgium: Scotch de Silly Cognac Barrel [Scotch Ale, 9.0% abv] “Each year Brasserie de Silly takes their famous Scotch Silly brand and ages it in a different style barrel. 2014 features Cognac Barrel Aged Scotch Silly. This deep dark colored scotch ale is a perfect blend of carmelized malt and candied sugar from the mother beer with the dry favor coming from the Cognac barrel to produce a brew that explodes with flavor.” (via Bruisin’ webstore)

Tickets now available in the Bruisin’ Ales webstore.
$80/pp + tax. Gratuity included.
Limited to 40 people.

Mark your calendar! Asheville Beer Week Boulevard Brewing Tasting!

Posted May 01, 2015 in Asheville Beer Week, Beer, Breweries, Coolness, Events, Limited Release, People

lovechildno5Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 28 during Asheville Beer Week! Join the Bruisin’ Crew for a killer line-up of Boulevard Brewing beers. Michael Emrie from Duvel Moortgat will be here to answer any questions and lead the fun. This event is FREE.

Ginger-Lemon Radler / ZESTY
“Boulevard Ginger-Lemon Radler is a zesty, refreshing take on the tradition of mixing beer with soda or lemonade to create a light, thirst-quenching beverage ideal for warm weather. Radler (literally “cyclist,”) takes its name from active German sportsmen of a hundred years ago, but our version tastes just as good even if you do nothing more strenuous than lifting it to your lips.” [4.1% abv]

Tank 7 Saison / FUNKY
“Most breweries have at least one piece of equipment that’s just a bit persnickety. Here at Boulevard we have fermenter number seven, the black sheep of our cellar family. Ironically, when our brewers were experimenting with variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, the perfect combination of elements came together in that very vessel. You could call it fate, but they called it Tank 7, and so it is. Beginning with a big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapers off to a peppery, dry finish.” [8.5% abv]

Heavy Lifting IPA / FRUITY
“Heavy Lifting is our newest year-round beer based on our popular Tasting Room beer Mid-Coast IPA. Mid-Coast became a favorite among hopheads for its big, bold hop presence. Heavy Lifting takes that legacy further in fine style, exploding with flavor and a huge helping of five remarkably zesty and piney hops (Centennial, Citra, Amarillo, Topaz and Cascade).” [6.2% abv]

The Calling IPA / HOPPY
“The Calling is an undeniable IPA we were driven to make. It’s our tribute to like-minded dreamers, adventurous spirits, and glass half-full optimists. It’s also our most heavily hopped beer ever, bursting forth with unmistakable tropical fruit and pine hop aromas and flavor supported with a slightly sweet malt character, tapering to a crisp, dry finish. Heed your call and enjoy.” [8.5% abv]

Love Child No. 5 / SOUR
“Boulevard’s Love Child Series of wild ales are barrel-aged with such boisterous cultures as Lactobaccillus and Brettanomyces. These wayward offspring can prove so complex that we employ gauges on the label to convey the intensity of three key personality traits, Funk, Sour, and Fruit, presenting a picture of the ale at the time it was released. It will change as it ages, but don’t we all? A blend of wood and stainless aged sour beer, Love Child No. 5 is composed of multiple vintages of a Flanders style sour red ale that has been resting in whiskey and wine barrels, stainless vessels and a foeder that held red wine in a former life. This release features soft lactic acidity punctuated with very slight acetic notes and a tart, fruity flavor.” [8.2% abv]