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

Posted May 02, 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.”

Menu TBD.
Tickets available next week 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]

New Arrivals since 4/12

Posted Apr 30, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, Mead, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals

pretty things“Someone” forgot to turn over the blog password to the People in Charge while the owners were away. Sorry, everyone! So before we drop a whole new list on Friday, here are all the new arrivals from 4/12 until now. We’re still running the webstore sale for the last day of NC Beer Month, so get on it! At check out, enter code NCBEERMONTH. Until midnight tonight!

Alvinne Cuvee Freddy
Avery Collaboration Not Litigation Batch 8 22oz (w/ Russian River)
Birra del Carrobiolo O.G. 1085 ‘Pedro Fontenez’ 500ml
Boulevard Love Child 750ml
Boulevard Saison Brett 750ml
Crooked Stave Proginitor Noir 375ml
Crooked Stave Seranata Notturna 375ml
De Dolle Boskeun 11.2oz
Deep River Backcountry Black IPA 16oz (cans)
Deep River Riverbank Rye It 16oz (cans)
Deep River Twister River Wit 16oz (cans)
Dogfish Head Black & Blue 750ml
Evil Twin ‘Citra Sunshine Slacker IPA’ 16oz Sgl (cans)
Evil Twin ‘Mission Gose’ 22oz
Frog Level ‘Nutty Brunette’ Brown 16oz Sgl (cans)
Garun Icelandic Stout 11.2 oz
Green Flash Silva Stout Ale 22oz
Green Man Demon Dweller 750ml
Green Man Rainmaker 750ml
Haw River St. Benedict’s Breakfast Dubbel
Hi-Wire ‘Man Eater’ Double IPA 22oz
Highland Little Hump 12oz Sgl
Idromele Nettare di Bacco Oak Barrel Mead 500ml
Lagunitas Equinox 22oz
Left Hand ‘Great Juju’ Imperial Ginger Pale Ale 22oz
Olde Hickory Hickory Stick Stout 12oz Sgl
Olde Hickory Table Rock Pale 12oz Sgl
Ommegang Cooperstown Ale 12oz Sgl
Ommegang Fleur de Houblon 12oz Sgl
Ommegang Gnomegang 750ml
Ommegang Joemmegang 750ml
Omnipollo Fatamorgana 12oz
Omnipollo Hypnopompa 330mL
Pretty Things Jack D’or Saison 22oz
Pretty Things Meadowlark IPA 22oz
Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison 375ml Sgl
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA 24oz
Wicked Weed La Bonte 500ml
Wicked Weed Brett Burglar 500ml

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!

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

 

Thursday Tasting 4.30.15: Sierra Nevada

Posted in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, Events, Limited Release, People, Seasonals

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Hey, hey, hey, tomorrow is Tasting Day! Join us tomorrow along with the Sierra Nevada gang in the wee tasting room for a five-beer flight. FREE. Starts at 5:00 p.m., ends of 7:00 p.m. We’ll be serving the ol’ faithful and some other specialties!

Pale Ale: “The beginning. A classic. Our most popular beer. Pale Ale began as a home brewer’s dream, grew into an icon, and inspired countless brewers to follow a passion of their own. Its unique piney and grapefruit aromas from the use of whole-cone American hops have fascinated beer drinkers for decades and made this beer a classic, yet it remains new, complex and surprising to thousands of beer drinkers every day. It is—as it always has been—all natural, bottle conditioned and refreshingly bold.”

Hop Hunter: “Intense wet hop flavor year round. Hop Hunter IPA harnesses the complex flavors of just-picked hops through an all-new method of steam distilling wet hops before they even leave the fields. This revolutionary technique captures and intensifies the natural flavors, creating a unique and intensely aromatic beer. Our custom process gathers pure hop oil which, when combined with traditional whole-cone hops in the brew kettle and makes for an incredible IPA experience.”

Ovila Saison: “Complex yet rustic farmhouse ale. An homage to the monks’ noble work, this unique farmhouse ale is incredibly complex with notes of lemon, pepper, straw and herbs balanced by the tang of Mandarin oranges and a spicy kick of pepper. The Mandarin oranges used to make this beer were locally grown, including a portion grown on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux and picked by hand by the community of monks living there. We hope you enjoy this collaboration ale.”

Rain Check Spiced Stout: “A specialty beer brewed for Western North Carolina and several surrounding states. Rain Check was inspired by the tropical flavors often found in other favorite foul-weather drinks—fresh ginger, brown sugar, molasses, and tangy lime.”

Barrel-aged Bigfoot: “Aged in oak whiskey casks for nearly two years, this barrel-aged Bigfoot is incredibly complex. The assault of resinous hops has mellowed, and the influence of the wood has shifted focus toward the malt—with rich burnt-sugar flavors and notes of vanilla, toasted coconut, and raisins.”