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#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.”


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.

Thursday Tasting 5/23 5-7pm: Oskar Blues Brevard

Posted May 22, 2013 in Beer, Books, Breweries, Events, Merchandise, People, Seasonals

Oskar Blues is in the house tomorrow night with a whole bunch of beer for your Asheville Beer Week Training! Join us from 5:00-7:00 p.m. FREE Anne Fitten Glenn of Oskar Blues will on hand to talk beer and sign copies of her book, “The Intoxicating History of Asheville Beer.”

Mama’s Little Yella Pils (19.2oz Stovepipes): “Oskar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pills is an uncompromising, small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czech Republic famous. Unlike mass market “pilsners” diluted with corn & rice, Mama’s is built with 100% pale malt, German specialty malts, and Saaz hops. While it’s rich with Czeched-out flavor, its gentle hopping (35 IBUs) and low ABV (just 5.3%) make it a luxurious but low-dose (by Oskar Blues standards) refresher.”

Dale’s Pale Ale (19.2oz Stovepipes): “America’s first hand-canned craft beer is a voluminously hopped mutha that delivers a hoppy nose, assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and hops from start to finish. First canned in 2002, Dale’s Pale Ale is a hearty (6.5% and 65 IBUs), critically acclaimed trailblazer that has changed the way craft beer fiends perceive canned beer.”

Deviant Dale’s: “Deviant Dale’s IPA (8% ABV, 85 IBUs) was born at the crossroads, in a juke joint, as if Dale’s Pale Ale sold its soul to balance Deviant’s foreboding aromas of citrus, grapefruit rind and piney resins with a copper ball-of-fire color and inscrutable finish. The 2011 GABF Silver Medal Winner (American IPA Category) is the Devil incarnate with untold amounts of malt and hedonistic Columbus dry-hopping. Oskar Blues’ southern spirit caught a northbound blues bus to ColoRADo to deliver the boundary bustin’ brewery’s first 16 oz. tallboy can.”

G’Knight Imperial Red: “Our “Velvet M-80” is a hefty, dry hopped double-red ale with a nose full of aroma, a sticky mouthfeel, a malty middle and unctuous hop flavors. G’Knight sports a surprisingly sensuous finish for a beer of its size (8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs). It’s brewed in tribute to a fellow Colorado craft beer pioneer and Vietnam vet who died fighting a 2002 wild fire outside of our Lyons hometown. G’Mornin’. G’Day. G’Knight.”

Gubna: “Gubna was inbred from Oskar Blues Brewery’s hankering to confront 100+ IBU’s with a single hop to emphasize that complexity of character can arise from simple elements. This time around, GUBNA (10% ABV, 100+ IBUs) cranks up the complexity of hops by piling Cascade hops on top of copious amounts of Summit hops, balanced by the backbone of German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt. North American 2-row barley combines with the other grains to lay the foundation for the hop onslaught to come. Post-fermentation dry-hopping allows this monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma while providing a rye malt-induced, spicy-yet-round middle, and a brisk, clean bitter finish.”

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

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










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
 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”
McCormick Field, Oskar Blues Party Pavilion
Tickets: $60/pp,

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

• 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
 The Market Place
Tickets: $40/pp w/ tax + gratuity.

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.)

Gift ideas for Beery Christmas

Posted Dec 08, 2011 in Beer, Books, Breweries, Merchandise, Miscellany, New this week, Seasonals

It’s crunch time, folks. Or panic mode, as some say. You still have gifts to get, with many more to wrap; maybe your tree isn’t up; and, the mechanical reindeer are still in the garage. Well, come visit the humble storefront, mix yourself a six-pack (to take the edge off) and get a little shopping done at Bruisin’ Ales! We’ve got some suggestions for you right here:

The Always Useful Gift Certificate
You can purchase our old-school, non gift-card, hand-printed gift certificates. You can actually write on it and make it personal. And, you can buy one for whatever amount you wish.

Got a t-shirt addict on your list? (We all do.) We’ve got Bruisin’ Ales t-shirts, beer•lan•thro•py® tees, and Beer City Fest shirts that benefit the Asheville Brewers Alliance. Ours are $15; Beer City Fest $18.

We have a small selection of beer books available, but the real gems are the Stone Brewing books that are signed by Greg Koch, CEO of Stone Brewing Co. Special treat for the beer geek right there!

Gift Packs
If you’re in a rush, we have some lovely pre-packaged European gift packs. Many also include glassware:

  • Chimay
  • Corsendonk
  • Duchesse de Bourgogne (Belgium)
  • Duvel
  • La Trappe
  • Lindemans lambics
  • Petrus
  • Schneider & Sons (Germany)
  • St. Bernardus
  • St. Fuellien Christmas
  • St. Martin Winter
  • Tripel Karmeliet
  • Unibroue (includes Eau Benite, a beer not normally available in the U.S. and a personal favorite)
  • Val-Dieu
  • Van Steenberge
Of course, this is what you came here for. So, if you have some time for a chat, anyone on our staff is happy to help make recommendations based on personal preferences. And, don’t miss the holiday ales! This is one of the best seasons for beer, so get them now. Many are higher in ABV and will last for a bit. There really is such a thing as Christmas in July!
Asheville Brewing CANS of Shiva IPA just arrived. Fresh and new!
Delirium Noel is now on the shelves.
Harpoon Winter Warmer is finally here.
We have five cases of Lone Rider’s Belle Starr Belgian-style Christmas Ale.
Southern Tier Chokolat and Krampus are in stock.