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Thursday Tasting, March 7, 5-7pm: Blue Mountain Brewery (VA)

Posted Mar 05, 2014 in Beer, Beer Places, Breweries, Brewpubs, Events, Goings on, People

 

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This Thursday, we welcome David Wrenn of Blue Mountain Brewery into the wee Tasting Room. Enjoy a four-beer sampling, including specialties from their Blue Mountain Barrel project, too. All ratings in the high 90s!

Steel Wheels ESB: The music of The Steel Wheels and the beer from Blue Mountain are both original and handcrafted, with inspired Americana flavors from the heart of Virginia. Our collaboration E.S.B. draws from the past with British crystal malts and Scottish yeast, but uses American hops to put our own stamp on the creation. Like this beer, The Steel Wheels draw you in from the first sip…not because their music is loud or in your face, but because it’s surprising and original, and because its inspirations – a story, a character, a memory – have been brewed with just the right ingredients. Take time to drink slowly and listen truly. Wherever you are, get ready to sing along, to harmonize. Maybe even get up and dance. [6.5% abv]

Local Species Belgian-style Golden: A hybrid beer unlike any other. Belgian fermentation, American hops, Virginia foothills deep-well water and Kentucky bourbon barrels. Bizarrely delicious. [6.6% abv]

Evil 8° Belgian-style Dubbel: A truly spiritual ale, Evil 8° will blur the lines of what you think you know about American beer.  Brewed in the Belgian Abbey style using caramelized Biscuit malt, Goldings hops and a unique strain of brewers’ yeast. Available January-April. [7.7% abv]

Dark Hollow: Dark Hollow blends the miracle of two crafts–brewing and distillation–to create a work greater than the sum of its parts. An Imperial Stout has been aged in charred American oak bourbon barrels still dripping with uncut whiskey. For 100 days the young beer patiently breathes in and out of the wood, gaining complexity, character, and serious attitude. This ale is always bottle conditioned and can be enjoyed immediately upon its release from the brewery…or five years later, when you dust off the last vintage bottle from your cellar to share with good company. [10.0% abv]

Music + Beer = The Mountain Oasis Craft Beer Experience Package

Posted Oct 18, 2013 in Beer, Beer Places, Breweries, Coolness, Events, Goings on, In the news, Music, The Beerlanthropy® Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are very excited to be participating in Mountain Oasis’s Craft Beer Experience and we would like to share with you some important information about redeeming your packages. Please read the below carefully. If you don’t yet have this delectable add-on, you can buy them here. More details on the Mountain Oasis Festival page.


Electric Pale Ale

Bring your photo ID and purchase confirmation to Bruisin’ Ales at 66 Broadway Street to redeem your official Mountain Oasis Beer Stein by Eco Vessel. Remember to bring your Stein with you to the U.S. Cellular Center to get your discounted Electric Pale Ale!


Witbier Package

Bring your photo ID and purchase confirmation to Bruisin’ Ales at 66 Broadway Street to obtain your official Mountain Oasis Beer Stein and your voucher to ride the Hop-N-Go Shuttle out to Highland Brewing Company. Please arrive at The Vance Memorial at the intersection of Biltmore Avenue and Patton Avenue on Friday at 3:45 pm.  Shuttle will leave promptly at 4 PM for Highland Brewing Company. The shuttle will board at 5:45 PM and leave promptly at 6:00 PM to return downtown.


Imperial Package

Bring your photo ID and purchase confirmation to Bruisin’ Ales at 66 Broadway Street to receive your official Mountain Oasis Beer Stein and your voucher to the Brewers Brunch and Panel at the Lexington Avenue Brewery. The Brunch will start promptly at 12 PM on Sunday, October 27th in the back room of the Lexington Avenue Brewery located at 39 N. Lexington Avenue.


Holy Gaelic Grail Package

Bring your photo ID and purchase confirmation to Bruisin’ Ales at 66 Broadway Street to receive your official Mountain Oasis Beer Stein, your voucher to ride the Hop-N-Go Shuttle out to Highland Brewing Company, your voucher for the Brewers Brunch, and your assorted local six pack of beer. Please arrive at The Vance Memorial  at the intersection of Biltmore Avenue and Patton Avenue on Friday at 3:45 pm.  Shuttle will leave promptly at 4 PM for Highland Brewing Company. The shuttle will board at 5:45 PM and leave promptly at 6 PM to return downtown. The Brewers Brunch will start promptly at 12 PM on Sunday, October 27th in the back room of the Lexington Avenue Brewery located at 39 N. Lexington Avenue.


You do not need a Mountain Oasis ticket for the purchase of any Craft Beer Experience package, but purchasers must be 21+ to pick up or consume any alcohol associated with the packages.

 

Asheville Beer Week is upon us & we’ve got some events going on

Posted May 22, 2013 in Beer, Beer Humor, Beer Pairings, Beer Places, Books, Breweries, Events, Goings on, History, In the news, Limited Release, People, Sports, The Beerlanthropy® Project

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It’s almost Asheville Beer Week! At Bruisin’ Ales, we’ve planned a bunch of events at humble storefront and with some colleagues about town. A few details to work out, but we’re all in! We hope you’ll join us!

Sunday, May 26, 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
What: LaZoom Sunday Beer Run
Where:
 On the big, purple bus!
Tickets: $25.00/pp, Buy online

Hop on the big, purple bus! Asheville’s Feral Chihuahuas, Bruisin’ Ales and LaZoom team up to bring you a beer and comedy explosion tour not to be missed. Wrap your mind around the area’s beer history—as told by local funny guys, The Feral Chihuahuas. Includes beer on the bus and at least one brewery stop along the way! **This is event is close to selling out. 

Tuesday, May 28, 6:00 pm
What: Asheville Tourists & Bruisin’ Ales present “Belgian(style) Beer at the Ballpark”
Where:
McCormick Field, Oskar Blues Party Pavilion
Tickets: $60/pp, http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6804463333#

Asheville Tourists and Bruisin’ Ales bring Belgian pub food and Belgian-style beer to the Tuesday, March 28 home game at McCormick Field. Nine innings–Nine breweries! Beers so far, below. More a’coming!

Liefmans: Goudenband, Cuvee Brut, Fruitesse
Het Anker Gouden Carolus: Hopsinjour, Easter Ale, Cuvée van de Keizer Blauw
Allagash Brewing: Blonde, James Bean (Curieux w/ coffee), Midnight Brett
Brewery Ommegang: Biere d’Hougoumont, Rare Vos, Gnommegang
The Bruery: Saison Rue, Mischief Golden, Tradewinds Tripel w/ Thai Basil
Boulevard Brewing: Tank 7, Nommo, Sixth Glass
Pisgah Brewing: White Ale, Solstice Tripel, Baptista
New Belgium Brewing: Biere de Garde, Peach Porch Lounger, Cascara Quad
Weyerbacher Brewing: Verboten, Quad, Tiny

Menu:
• Chicken Leg Quarters marinated in New Belgium Biere de Mars
• Fresh Greens with Raspberry and Rare Vos Vinaigrette
• Choucroute Garni Nommo: A traditional Belgian “stew” with bratwurst, kielbasa, sauerkraut, and potatoes sauteed with onions, tomatoes, and caraway, cooked with Boulevard Nomma Dubbel.
• Weyerbacher “Tiny” Brownies

All breweries are bringing THREE selections. Brewery reps will be on-hand and we’re excited to welcome the brewer of Boulevard Brewing to Asheville for the first time. Join us for a casual night in the brand new Oskar Blues Party Pavilion at McCormick Field while we cheer on The Tourists! $60/pp, includes game ticket, private seating area, all-you-can-eat buffet, and beer samples (while they last).

Tuesday, May 28, 12:00 pm
What: Retail Bottle Releases of ABA Hoppy Saison Collaboration Beer & Green Man Brewing Raugupatis

Where: Bruisin’ Ales

The ABA Hoppy Saison—made with North Carolina honey, and around 6.5% abv—is the first-ever collaborative brew to come from the Asheville Brewers Alliance. Twenty different breweries came together for this creation: Altamont Brewing Co., Asheville Brewing, BearWaters Brewing Co., Blue Mountain Pizza and Brew Pub, Burial Beer Co., Catawba Valley Brewing Company, French Broad Brewing Company, Green Man Brewery, Heinzelmannchen Brewery, Highland Brewing Company, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Nantahala Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing, Pisgah Brewing Company, Riverbend Malt House, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Southern Appalachian Brewery, Thirsty Monk, Tipping Point Brewing, Wedge Brewing Company, Wicked Weed Brewing.

Green Man Brewing’s 750′s of Raugupatis, Baltic Porter Aged in Whiskey Barrels will also be released that day.

**Please note: Both beer releases are on-premise only for Asheville Beer Week attendees. No shipping. No pre-orders or hold-by-phone. Quantities per person will be announced as soon as we receive our allocation numbers. **

Wednesday, May 29, 6:00-8:00 pm
What: Meet-n-Greet & Book Signing with Brewmaster Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing
Where: Bruisin’ Ales

Join us for a tasting and meet-n-greet with Mitch Steele, Brewmaster of Stone Brewing Company, California. He’ll be signing his new book, IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale. Get a signed copy of the book (while supplies last) and a flight! Stone’s flagship IPAs: Stone IPA, Stone Ruination, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, and Stone Cali-Belgique.

FREE entry. Books are $24.95.

Thursday, May 30, 6:00-9:00 pm
What: The Market Place & Bruisin’ Ales present: Small Plates & Allagash Pairing
Where:
 The Market Place
Tickets: $40/pp w/ tax + gratuity. http://abw-marketplace-allagash-eorgf.eventbrite.com/

The Market Place and Bruisin’ Ales welcome Allagash present a casual, small plate tasting and beer pairing. Come mingle! Bring your reservation anytime between 6-8:30, at your leisure, and chill out in the bar area good eats, great beer and live Moog jazz and funky beats by Ben Hovey.

Tasting Plate:
Single lady oyster, Allagash white mignonette, toasted coriander, seaweed & cucumber salad. | Paired with Allagash White.

Looking Glass Creamery chocolate lab cheese, local lavender flower honey, sorghum glazed hazelnut & arugula salad. | Paired with Allagash Victoria.

Braised pork shank & mushroom ragu, local chevre & spring onion grits. | Paired with Allagash Dubbel.

Pecan tart, caramel sauce, bourbon macerated raspberry. | Paired with Allagash Bourbon-barrel Black.

THURSDAY 10/18: “Asheville Beer” book signing with author Anne-Fitten Glenn

Posted Oct 16, 2012 in Beer, Beer Places, Books, Breweries, Brewpubs, Coolness, Events, History, In the news, Merchandise, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project, Travel

On Thursday evening, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Anne Fitten Glenn, a.k.a Asheville beer blogger “Brewgasm,” will be at the humble storefront signing copies of her newly-published book, “Asheville Beer: An Intoxicating History of Mountain Brewing.”

Buy the book ($17.00), get a beer!

If you’re reading this, you’re likely one of the many who already believe that the history of beer and brewing is a worthwhile pursuit. If not, perhaps this book will make you a believer.

I tackled this project for a couple of reasons. First, because interesting stories rarely start with, “I was drinking some water, and then…” Also, I’ve been writing about beer and the beer business for a number of years, and I feel that I’ve been writing Asheville’s beer history as it happens. Some of the facts and stories in this book were first published in my “Brews News” column for Asheville’s newsweekly and elsewhere, though I’ve rewritten them for these pages.

I wanted to delve more deeply into what beer means (and has meant) to Asheville and Western North Carolina (WNC) culturally, economically and socially. (Western North Carolina refers to the seventeen westernmost counties of North Carolina, of which Asheville is the largest city). Thus, this story begins with the founding of Asheville in 1798, when the site of the town was changed at the last minute due to the cunning of a tavern keeper and his home-brewed “mountain dew.” As the Blue Ridge Mountains are famous for the distillation of moonshine (we even have a legal white lightning distillery now), it was not much of a stretch for WNC to become a brewing mecca, although it did take almost two hundred years. …

(PS: If you’re not in the area, but interested in reading the book, you can buy it on Amazon.)

[#AVLBeerWeek] Tonight: Bruisin’ Ales + Zambra present: Beer Cocktails with @BeerMixology

Posted May 31, 2012 in Beer, Beer Places, Breweries, Coolness, Events, Goings on, Rarerities, The Beerlanthropy® Project

 

That’s right! As part of Asheville Beer Week, Bruisin’ Ales and Zambra tapas are pairing up for an a la carte evening of Beer Cocktails on Thursday, May 31, when the lounge opens at 4:00 p.m. Joshua Bailey will be your mixologist this evening. Better yet, we’ve brought in spirits from the distillers at popular breweries, Dogfish Head, New Holland Brewing, and Rogue Ales. No fixed price, just show up and hang with us at the bar! (If you plan to stay for dinner, reservations are recommended. (828) 232-1060.)

What is BeerMixology?

In its most basic definition, beer mixology is the art or skill of crafting and mixing cocktails that use beer as an ingredient. Some purists in the beer industry might argue that beer is, in itself, a perfectly crafted cocktail of barley, hops, yeast, water, and potentially other additives. Conversely, some mixology purists might argue that flavor profile of beer is not ideal and does not, in fact, have chemistry with spirits. Although neither views are wrong and everyone is entitled to their own opinions, our goal here at Beer Mixology is to explore the relationship between beer and spirits and share our findings and experiments with the world!

The Cocktail Menu taken from Beermixology.com (with a few original creations):

Modern Hemingway (original!): New Holland Knickerbocker Gin, luxardo, pink grapefruit juice, Pisgah Summer Ale and squeeze of lime.

The Hopapilla (original!): New Holland Hopquila, Frangelico, cinnamon/vanilla simple syrup, white cranberry, Pisgah Pale, slice of lime,  jalapeno.

Grog Nog: Dogfish Head Brown Honey Rum, cream, egg white, vanilla simple syrup, Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, lemon wedge, vanilla sugar, cinnamon

Very Berry Shortcake (A milkshake flavored cocktail!): Dogfish Head Blue Hen Vanilla Vodka, Coconut milk, Lindeman’s Framboise Lambic, fresh raspberry garnish

Kentucky Sunrise: Rogue Single-Malt Whiskey, mango, lemon juice, agave nectar, Stone IPA, Angostura bitters

[Let us know you're coming and RSVP to the FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/182761355175103/]