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Thursday Tasting: Uinta Brewing with Dave Dabill 7/23/15

Posted Jul 22, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Coming Soon, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, People, Seasonals

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Join us tomorrow in the wee tasting room with Dave Davill of Uinta Brewing. We’ll be sampling five beers, including the new Contrail Witbier.

Contrail Witbier: NEW! “Best of both worlds combining the approachability of many the more common white ales and adds a distinctive floral/spice note provided by the bitter orange peel and coriander that you may find in many craft examples of the style.” [5.6% abv]

Hop Nosh: “Bold and refreshing, this IPA combines an abundance of hops with a smooth malt profile.” [7.3% abv]

Dubhe: “Toasted, chocolaty dark malts align with an astronomical amount of hops. Named Utah’s Centennial Star in 1996, Dubhe (pronounced Doo-bee) illuminates the front of the big dipper from 124 light years away. Dubhe, also known as Alpha Ursae Majoris, is a red giant that appears orange in color and has a mass 4x that of the sun.” [9.2% abv]

Birthday Suit: “Cast aside inhibitions and dive into this year’s Birthday Suit, a sour abbey ale brewed with plums and an authentic Belgian abbey yeast strain that flaunts complexity and charm. A playful combination of sour tanginess and subtle fruit flavors, this Sour Plum bares it all in honor of Uinta’s 22nd Birthday.” [7.6% abv]

Cockeyed Cooper: “Launch into the exquisite flavors of bourbon with splashes of vanilla. Watch for currents of dark chocolate and dried fruit. Generous amounts of hops and malts make for a smooth journey from start to finish. Decadent desserts and aged cheeses make superb companions. [11.1% abv]

Thursday Tasting: Burial Beer Can Celebration Launch

Posted Jun 17, 2015 in Beer, Beer Art, Breweries, Coming Soon, Coolness, Events, Goings on, People

skilletJoin us on Thursday, June 18 from 5:00-7:00pm with the gang from Burial Beer. We’re celebrating their packaging launch. Skillet Donut Stout cans are already in-stock and both Bolo Coconut Brown and Scythe Rye IPA will be available the beginning July.

Bolo Coconut Brown: “The cleaver’s blade is strong enough and sharp enough to crack the toughest of coconuts. Easy drinking without lacking flavor, the addition of coconut is the perfect compliment to the subtle sweetness and nutty undertones present from the specialty malts.” [5.6% abv]

Scythe Rye IPA: “An aggressive harvest tool with a dynamic history, the scythe is traditionally used for harvesting crops. But it was adopted by the lower class as an implement of death during times of war and protest. Our Rye India Pale Ale also has a dual nature with the nose of your traditional IPA and the incredible malt complexity of your European pale ale. We use a healthy dose of malted Rye and Belgian Crystal malts while Summit and Chinook hops add that delicious hop flavor and the exclusive addition of Mosaic in the whirlpool and dry hop adds a profoundly unique blueberry and pineapple aroma.” [7.0% abv]

Skillet Donut Stout: “The perfect beer for your morning– a cup of coffee and a chocolate-glazed donut. Just like a well-seasoned skillet, this beer has all the right flavors-thanks to a healthy dose of Nugget hops and milk sugar, 6-row Pale malt from Riverbend Malt House and a 50/50 blend of cold pressed Hologram and Big Trouble coffees from Counter Culture Coffee.” [8.0% abv]

2015 Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference to be held in Asheville, July 17-19

Posted Mar 06, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Coming Soon, Coolness, Events, In the news, People, Tech

BBC15-Conf-Badge1Did you know the 2015 Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference will take place July 17-19 in Asheville, North Carolina? How exciting for our little mountain beer city. Over that weekend, look for the presence of both industry and citizen beer bloggers as well as many major players in the beer community, both local and national. If you have a local beer blog—or are considering starting one (even within your existing blog platform)—now is the time to get started! Here is what the BBC has to say about this year’s conference in Asheville:

“We are extremely pleased to bring the 2015 Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference to Asheville, North Carolina, on July 17-19.  Asheville is one of the greatest beer towns in the world, with over two dozen breweries in the town of less than 90,000 citizens. According to the NC Beer Guys blog, the state of North Carolina now has 111 breweries.

But it is more than just numbers that make Asheville and North Carolina high on a beer writer’s list of places to visit. The town itself is a fun small town with lots to do and the brewers are leading the nation in the beer revolution.

In addition to the 20+ years of brewing experience in the city, recent additions include large breweries established by long-time BBC supporters Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium. We want to especially thank Oskar Blues and Sierra Nevada for stepping up to support the conference. We will be visiting Oskar Blues’ new brewery for an afternoon Taste the Taps event and Sierra Nevada’s new brewery for a dinner, tour, and tasting.”

The weekend agenda is being updated as panels, workshops, and events are scheduled. You can find that here. Local sponsors include the NC Brewers Guild, the Asheville Brewers Alliance, and ExploreAsheville, Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues, among others. The session kicks-off with Julia Herz of the Brewers Association and CraftBeer.com. You’ll have a chance to listen to professionals who will improve your blog writing (WordPress is a sponsor), best social media practices, plus all the social events promoting local breweries. Join us and register here!

Holiday Guest Post: Joanna Baker, Noble Cider

Posted Dec 19, 2013 in Cider, Coming Soon, Coolness, People

 

IMG_1177Joanna Baker is the co-founder of Noble Cider in Asheville, NC. She’s written some tasting notes on ciders available at the humble storefront. Look for bottles of Noble in mid-2014!

Bruisin’ Ales: Bring Hard Cider Home for the Holidays

Bruisin’ Ales has the largest selection of craft hard ciders of any bottle shop in Asheville. We like that!  Since folks can’t take home a bottle of Noble just yet, we wanted to give you a review of some delicious and interesting hard ciders you can bring home for the holidays from Bruisin’ Ales. If you’re looking for something from North Carolina, try McRitchie Hard Cider and Dry Hard Cider.  Although they’re a winery, McRitchie has been making hard cider for many years. They’re the boss in this neck of the woods and really great people, too. Their ciders are very straight ahead and deliciously simple. They go great with food and never overpower.  Foggy Ridge and Windy Hill Cidery are also great regional cideries.  Foggy Ridge, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia,  is run by the current Queen of hard cider in the southeast, Dianne Flynt. She’s an excellent spokeswoman for the industry. Windy Hill is out of York, SC and uses their own and WNC apples to make their hard cider. Their ciders are of the sweeter variety.

Here are 5 hard ciders we at Noble Cider think you and yours will enjoy this holiday. They’re all a great value, too!  In order from sweet to dry:

McKeown Original, 6% ABV, 750 mL

McKeown is made in Rougemont, Canada.  We were drawn to the beautiful, clear cider nicely displayed in clear bottles.  And it’s from Canada. Who doesn’t love Canada?  We tried to look up the website, but it’s only in French.  No one in our group could read French.

  • NOSE:  The leathery aroma of real cider apples, followed by sweet apple
  • TASTE:  McKeown Original has a straight-ahead apple flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Applesaucy-like. The carbonation is very subtle. It was the sweetest cider on our list. A bit too sweet for our groups’ palette, but it’d be great with some stinky, dry cheese, or even a light fish or poultry dish.

McKeown Cranberry, 6% ABV, 750 mL

I love a good rose champagne. The color of this cider reminds me of pink champagne. The Cranberry flavor drew me, too, as a great idea for the holidays.

  • NOSE:  The smell of the Cranberry cider is almost identical to the McKeown Original, with only a slight tart aroma from the cranberries.
  • TASTE:  Like the nose, the taste is also very similar to the Original, with a slightly more tart finish.  It’s also a sweeter style hard cider.  This cider could be paired easily with an appetizer course of cheese and salty meats and nuts.

Julian Hard Cider Cherry Bomb, 6.99%, 22 oz.

Made with Montmorency cherry juice, which is said to have health benefits and anti-aging properties, this cider definitely goes “BOOM!” with cherry flavor. It comes in a 22 oz. bottle, which lends to easy finishing in one sitting, especially when shared with a friend.

  • NOSE:  Immediate cherry!  Thankfully, it’s not a candy cherry smell, but one of real tart cherries.  It’s an awesome aroma!
  • TASTE:  Very tart cherry.  So much so that it made us ask “Are there apples in this?” Most likely, Julian has back sweetened their hard cider with this delicious cherry juice, which lets the full cherry flavor shine through. The finish is smooth with a nice amount of bitter. The tartness hides the sweetness of this cider, but be wary. There’s a good amount of sugar in this cider.  Cherry Bomb would make an excellent drink with chocolate cherry cheesecake or a Black Forest cake.  Or serve it in small amounts to sip, like port.

Doc’s Draft, Pumpkin Hard Apple Cider, 6% ABV, 22 oz.

I’m a sucker for pumpkin anything.  Food, drink, even those stupid Yankee candles that smell like pumpkin pie. So a hard cider that’s fermented with pumpkins?  Yes please!

  • NOSE:  First sensation is pumpkin pie: earthy, spicy, but not too sweet.  Not much apple smell at all.
  • TASTE:  Doc’s has done it right.  The spice is more of an aroma than an overpowering spice taste.  There’s the right amount of bitter, a good balance of the apple and pumpkin and spice, and it stays fairly dry throughout. The spice stays with you into the finish as well – more into the nose than down the throat.  This cider is more a drink alone cider. Or maybe a delish cider float with Carmel de Leche ice cream!  Yes – that’s it!

Cidre Bouche Brut de Normandie 2012, 5.5% ABV, 750 mL

Ahhhh…. French cider. French cider apples from Normandy make delicious hard ciders. If you’re new to French ciders, hang in there. They can come across as medicinal and leathery in both aroma and taste. Doesn’t sound good to you?  Try it.  You might be surprised!  This cider is unfiltered and unpasteurized. Traditional French ciders are bottled and stored for at least a year, where they finish their fermentation in the bottle, ending up drier and more carbonated than when they began.  Think champagne.  The color of this cider is very gold. I recommend a champagne flute for this one.

  • NOSE:  Leathery and medicinal – a true cider apple smell.  The bubbles really bring the dry flavor to the nose.
  • TASTE:  The taste is really effervescent due to the intense champagne-like carbonation.  It’s slightly medicinal, dry, with a good earthy flavor.  This cider will go the very best with any part of a meal.  Like a good white wine, it will complement your food.

Happy Holidays from Noble Cider! We hope you add hard cider to your shopping list! 

NOTES on experiencing hard cider:  Always pour your hard cider in a glass.  Think of hard cider like a wine. Give it a good sniff. Smell it the way a dog would sniff out that tasty bone in the trashcan – a few short, deep sniffs to really take in the unique aroma that each hard cider has. Then take a sip – roll it around in your mouth and then swallow. With a well-made, complex hard cider, you’ll get several different flavors and tongue sensations, as well as a finish – long or short, depending on the complexity.  Just like craft beer and wine, every hard cider will have it’s own characteristic

Joanna Baker, Co-Founder Noble Cider
Public & Community Relations
www.noblecider.com

Thursday Tasting 6/27: Hi-Wire Brewing

Posted Jun 26, 2013 in Beer, Breweries, Coming Soon, Events, New this week

High Wire

A hearty welcome to one of Asheville’s newest breweries, Hi-Wire Brewing. Join us tomorrow from 5-7pm for a sampling of their new beers… and we’ll have some for you to take home! It’s the bottle release! On deck for sampling:

High-Wire Lager
Prime Time Pale
High-Pitch IPA