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Asheville Grit: Be the #MayorOfBrewgrass

Posted Aug 28, 2015 in Beer, Beer Awards, Beer Places, Coolness, Events, Goings on, In the news, Miscellany, People, Tech, The Beerlanthropy® Project

mayor-of-brewgrassVia Asheville Grit today. This seems like fun!

Do you want to be the #MayorOfBrewgrass?

Do you love all things about craft brews? Do you know the difference between Pale Ale and IPA? Are you ready for the beer adventure of a lifetime? Then you just might have what it takes to be the Mayor Of Brewgrass!
Brewgrass Festival along with Asheville Grit and iHeart Media are searching for the perfect person to be the Mayor of Brewgrass Festival 2015 by taking and posting a kick-ass pic. This lucky individual will claim this year’s amazing prizes and bragging rights for a year. The winner and their photo will be selected via a panel of judges and peers on You can also check out the stream of #MayorOfBrewgrass pics and start picking your favorites.

How to Enter:

First of all, you MUST be 21+ to enter and have a public Instagram account so that we can see your pics!
Between August 28th – September 4th, take a photo of yourself showing why you deserve to be the Mayor of Brewgrass Festival on Instagram using the #MayorOfBrewgrass hashtag.
Our panel of esteemed judges will select their favorite 5 photos to participate in an online voting poll. The finalists will be announced on September 7th.
Voting will be open to all from September 7th until September 9th at midnight.
The winner will be announced on September 10th.
More information can be found at

As Mayor Of Brewgrass 2015 you will receive:

  • A one of a kind mayoral sash and tasting cup worthy of your title
  • Two (2) VIP Passes to Brewgrass Festival 2015 on September 19th at Memorial Stadium
  • Two (2) Invites to the Brewer’s Only Dinner on September 18th
  • A Gift Basket of Brewgrass Festival goodies from our participating breweries and sponsors
  • Two (2) Tickets to Brewgrass Festival 2016

#MayorOfBrewgrass Photo Judges Include:

Ayana Dusenberry > Asheville Grit
Jason Sandford > Ashvegas
Danny McClinton > Brewgrass Festival Organizer
Tom Best > iHeart Media
Crissa Requate > Mason Jar Media

Vote for Bruisin’ Ales in MXNews “Best of WNC” 2015

Posted Apr 29, 2015 in Beer, Beer Awards, Coolness, Events, Goings on, History, In the news, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project

BestOfWNC2015VoteNowButtonFor six years running, you’ve honored us by voting for the humble storefront as Best Beer Store in MountainXPress “Best of WNC” and we’d love your vote again in 2015.

Here’s why:

In 2006, we opened Bruisin’ Ales as the very first beer-only store in North Carolina. Now there are over 100 different bottle shops in the state. (Did you know the Southeast now has the largest concentration of beer-only bottle shops? Yup.)

In 2007, we hosted a fundraiser for Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway in collaboration with Sean Wilson (formally Pop the Cap, now Fullsteam Brewery) and Lee Chase (former head brewer of Stone Brewing). This was one of the first times the Asheville brewing community united for a cause. It helped facilitate camaraderie and now we have the Asheville Brewers Alliance.

In 2008, we invested in downtown and bought our building. We committed. We’re here to stay.

In 2009, Bruisin’ Ales was honored at REI for our contributions to Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway. We love these mountains and have raised thousands of dollars for the Asheville sector’s upkeep (which is woefully underfunded). But we also like water, because you make beer with it, so we also match all our donations for the Save the French Broad campaign annually.

In 2010, we were named Small Business of the Month by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce. (That felt fancy and J wore a sportcoat.)

In 2011, Bruisin’ Ales was asked to be the official retailer for MoogFest’s Moog Filtered Ale, shipping the beer to musicians across the country. (That was VERY cool, btw.)

In 2012-2013, Julie was on the volunteer community that helped shape Asheville Beer Week.

In 2014, we launched our webstore to ship local beers across the country. Beerlanthropy!


Thank you for years of support! We love you, Asheville!


Pre-Brewgrass Tasting 9/19: Ilkley Brewery (UK) with Chris Ives, founder & head brewer

Posted Sep 17, 2014 in Beer, Beer Awards, Breweries, Events, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project

chrisivesAs we do the Friday evening before every Brewgrass, we invite a brewery to come in for a preview. We’re pleased to announce and welcome Chris Ives, founder and head brewer at Ilkley Brewery (UK) on Friday, September 19, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Learn a little more about Ives in this 2013 Q&A interview from The Times SME Hub regarding their rapid growth at home and abroad. Come join us for a few beers and beer chat!

What we’re sampling:

Siberia Rhubarb Saison: “Back in 2012 we wanted to launch a new range of beers with a bang, and what better way than to invite the renowned tour-de-force beer-writer that is Melissa Cole to come and brew with us. Our aim was to put our own Yorkshire stamp on the Saison category, and we did so with the addition of local Rhubarb. Rhubarb was first discovered growing on the banks of the river Volta, in Siberia, and Yorkshire has become renowned for cultivating this sour beast of a plant. Siberia is now our most successfully exported beer. Whenever we use additional ingredients in our beers, the aim is that their flavour combines with others to create an overall flavour, as opposed to bombarding with a single flavour. As such, here we utilized the sour nature of rhubarb to balance the farmhouse earthiness of Saison yeast. We stewed the rhubarb with vanilla to provide extra balance, so that this beer is tart in all the right places, and subtle throughout. Refreshing and with a little zing provided by ground Grains of Paradise and there is a long, satisfying bitter finish.” [5.9% abv]

Mary Jane IPA: “Mary Jane IPA is a Trans-Atlantic India Pale Ale. Relying on the English hops for bittering, the star of the show is the North American hop aroma, deceptively smooth on the palate building to a hoppy crescendo. Based on the award-winning Yorkshire classic Mary Jane, it has a floral aroma, notes of honey and a pleasant lingering bitterness to finish. Recent 3rd Place in the Atlanta Cask Ale Festival 2014 in USA.” [6.0% abv]

The Mayan Chocolate Chipotle Stout: “They may not have got all their predictions right, but they knew how to brew great beer! Inspired by an ancient Mayan recipe, this extraordinary Stout is velvety smooth, bittersweet, and has a subtle smoky fire in its belly. The time has come to put yourself to the ultimate test; dare you take on… The Mayan?!” [6.5% abv]

Happy Asheville Beer Week Eve!

Posted May 23, 2012 in Beer, Beer Awards, Beer Humor, Beer Pairings, Beer Places, Breweries, Brewpubs, Cooking with Beer, Events, In the news, Limited Release, Music, People, Rarerities, Seasonals, Specials, The Beerlanthropy® Project

May 23, 2012

The Inaugural Asheville Beer Week Kicks-off on May 24

ASHEVILLE, N.C.—The biggest beer bash to hit Asheville, North Carolina, a.k.a. BeerCity, USA, begins this Thursday, May 24 through June 3 with an incredible number of beer events held all over town and the surrounding areas during the first Asheville Beer Week.

The festivities begin at Highland Brewing’s Tasting Room on Thursday, May 24 4:00-8:00 p.m. with a Benefit for The Ben Harris Family. On April 24, 2012, Ben Harris passed away due to a keg explosion at Redhook Brewing in Portsmouth, NH. This terrible news affected the brewing community nationwide. In Asheville, where beer is loved and brewed, we deeply mourn this tragedy. Ben’s wife, Alysha Miller, is a former Asheville resident and a cousin to Jamie DeJohn, Highland Brewing Company’s Assistant Tasting Room Manager. Ben and Alysha were newly married and Alysha is expecting a child in December. Asheville breweries will donate beer for purchase and beer gear for auction. Hank West & The Smokin’ Hots will be playing from 6-8pm. All proceeds will go to the Ben Harris and Alysha Miller Baby Fund. There is no cover, but donations in any amount will be gratefully accepted. This event, joining local breweries and showing care for all in our industry, is a great way to start Asheville Beer Week.

Asheville Beer Week not only supports the local breweries, restaurants, bars, and retailers, but also many community causes, including the Asheville Brewers Alliance, The Ben Harris and Alysha Miller Baby Fund (Redhook), Habitat for Humanity, Save The French Broad, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC, The WNC Nature Center, and The Appalachian Trail Conservancy to name a few. There are big, fancy dinners and free, fun pint nights—ensuring there is something for everyone.

Some Asheville Beer Week highlights:

May 25, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Barley’s presents: Beer 101  (Open Class)
Learn about beer, history, etc and sample local brews w/ beer columnist, Anne Fitten Glenn. $10/pp

May 26, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Just Brew It! Homebrew Festival
Just Economics Annual Home Brew Festival and Competition. Sample 100+ different beers from 55+ homebrewers. Visit for information. $16/pp.

May 28, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Moe’s Original BBQ presents: Greg Engert Beer & Food Forum
Greg Engert, the Washington, D.C.-based beer director for The Neighborhood Restaurant Group, teams up with our very own Moe’s Original BBQ for a night of beer and food selections. $45/pp. Call Moe’s BBQ for reservation, (828) 505-8282.

May 29, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Pisgah Brewing: Flight Night at The Market Place
Four hors d’oeuvres paired with four Pisgah beers. $16/pp.

May 30, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Asheville Brewing: “District 12″ Release Party
Ryan Burac from Asheville Brewing rolls out the “District 12 Ale” in honor of WNC’s beautiful showing as backdrop to the blockbuster The Hunger Games. Free, at the brewery.

May 30, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Bruisin’ Ales, Pack’s Tavern and AIR (Asheville Independent Restaurants) present: Beer Chef!
Beer Chef, in Pack’s Tavern Century Room, is a foodie and beer extravaganza—featuring Belgian and Belgian-style beers matched with the delectable creations of some of Asheville’s best chefs. This casual eight-course, eight-beer pairing event is a highlight of Asheville Beer Week. Special Guests: Brian Grossman (Sierra Nevada, Co-Manager & Director of Consumer Experience), Terence Sullivan (Sierra Nevada, Brewmaster & Head Field Educator), and Grady Hull (New Belgium, Assistant Brewmaster). $85/pp. Tickets available at

May 31, 6:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Thirsty Monk presents: Brux with Brian Grossman of Sierra Nevada & Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River
Sierra Nevada Brewing and Russian River Brewing collaborated on a wild ale called Brux. Join us as we pop open some bottles and listen to Brian Grossman and Vinnie Cilurzo talk about their collaboration. This is your chance to try this beer a month before its official release. We will also be the only place in North Carolina pouring a keg of “Love at First Bike,” the beer that Brian and Vinnie brewed for Brian’s wedding! Free entry.

June 2, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Beer City Festival
The 3rd Annual Beer City Fest at Roger McGuire Green. Hosted by Asheville Brewers Alliance. Showcasing the best beers brewed in the Carolinas. Fundraiser for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC and the Asheville Brewers Alliance. $40/pp. Tickets available at local breweries, Barley’s, and Bruisin’ Ales through Thursday, May 24, then at the gate.

For a full calendar, please visit the Events Page.

The Official Asheville Beer Week website is Mobile apps are now available in both the Android and iPhone markets. Follow us on Twitter (@AVLBeerWeek), Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare, and Untappd. There is also have an Untappd Badge to earn just for Asheville Beer Week. Use the official hashtags #AVLBeer and #AVLBeerWeek to share your events and get info.

“5 Step-By-Step Ways to Bring It Home, Renew Your Vows, and Support Asheville Beer”

Posted May 22, 2012 in Beer, Beer Awards, Beer Pairings, Beer Places, Breweries, Brewpubs, Cooking with Beer, Events, Goings on, In the news, People, Rants, The Beerlanthropy® Project

[BlogAsheville] With the inaugural Asheville Beer Week kicking off on Thursday, May 24, it’s time to renew our spirit and dedication to our city’s favorite beverage, beer.

Sure, we tied with the awesome town of Grand Rapids, MI for BeerCity, USA this year. The nay-sayers of the economic boon our industry brings will say “who cares?” and the neo-prohibitionists say we’re ruining the city by forcing everyone to drink “the alcohol,” but no. We shall not stand for that. We are a hard-working, vibrant, integral cross-section of this community that knows no borders and has no limits. We are a small bunch. We are strong. We work hard for each other. We work hard for others. We are not jerks. We are trying to make a living. And we like beer. And, moreover, we like that you like beer.

Here’s a Step-by-Step way to bring it home during Asheville Beer Week. If all you can think about is beer right now, skip straight to Step One. Otherwise, humor me.

FIVE: Support Southeast Regional Breweries

We get it. Sometimes you’re tired of that regular local beer you always get with the burrito, side of sour cream. Been there. (And I hate sour cream.) Well, expand your local map area and drink something from within the region of the Southeast. There are many great beers by non-NC breweries that are often available from our greater region: Sweetwater (GA), Terrapin (GA), Atlanta Brewing/Red Brick (GA), RJ Rockers (SC), Thomas Creek (SC), Abita (LA). Surely, I am missing many. Even a brew in our general economic region is boost to the industry. And shouldn’t we let the world know we’re not a bunch of light-beer-swillin’ rednecks? It’s great to branch out, but still: the closer to home, the better.


FOUR: Support North Carolina Breweries

Zoom in, go smaller. NC is awash in breweries and start-ups. We’re not even going to pretend to know everything about each one. We don’t. We’re on a mountain and no one tells us anything. But you can go to the North Carolina Brewers Guild Guide and then ask your favorite restaurant, bar, store (or refrigerator) in Asheville to stock your favorite North Carolina beer. If you don’t see something, ASK FOR IT. (Ask a manager. Also, sorry, managers.) There is no shame in it. In fact, you get extra cool points from the beer gods for doing so. This has been proven somewhere. I read it on the internet.

THREE: Support Asheville Beer Week (May 24-June 3, 2012)

This is the biggest beer bash ever to be held in Asheville, North Carolina, a.k.a. BeerCity, USA. A small, yet mighty group of people is working overtime to put on a stellar “week” for you (Okay, it’s 12 days, or something, but no one said we could count. We can’t.) with an insane number of beer events all over town.

During Asheville Beer Week, not only are you supporting the local breweries, restaurants, bars, and retailers, you are also doing your usual gig for many, many, many good causes. During Asheville Beer Week, the beer community is helping out many groups and individuals, including the Asheville Brewers Alliance, The Family of Ben Harris (Redhook Brewery), Habitat for Humanity, Save The French Broad, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC, The WNC Nature Center, and The Appalachian Trail Conservancy to name a few. There are big, fancy dinners and free, fun pint nights. Three fests ranging from free to $16/pp to $40/pp. We’ve got you covered.

You can visit the Official Asheville Beer Week site at We’ve also got apps in Android and iPhone markets. You can play with us on Twitter (@AVLBeerWeek), Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare, and Untappd. We even have an Untappd Badge you can earn to show you Asheville Beer Week pride! Use the official hashtags #avlbeer and #avlbeerweek to share your events and get info.

(Oh, and here’s a link for a contest for two free tickets to Beer City Fest from 104.9.)

Asheville Brewers Alliance

TWO: Support Asheville Breweries

When you drink a local beer, you don’t just support the brewery. You support the employees in the office to the folks scraping the mash tun; you support their families, their kids. You support the businesses that carry their products, which means you support small businesses. You support EVERYONE. We’ve heard Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery say many times that the very first beer you enjoy every night should always be a local beer. This is not a lie.

ONE: Drink a Local Beer

You’re doing it! Congratulations. Cheers!

(Photo: MountainXPress/Anne Fitten Glenn)