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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 ashevillegrit.com. 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 AshevilleGrit.com/MayorOfBrewgrass.

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

Join us for the Broadway Block Party on Saturday!

Posted Aug 27, 2015 in Beer, Beer Art, Coolness, Events, Goings on, In the news, Merchandise, Music, People, Specials

broadway-block-partyFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On Saturday August 29th, arts organizations and businesses in the Broadway Arts District (B.A.D.), Asheville’s newest downtown cultural hub, will be hosting a free block party featuring exhibitions, installations, performances, hands-on activities, food trucks, and more.

The Broadway Block Party will take place from 10 am to 7 pm, spanning Broadway from the Masonic Temple to Mellow Mushroom with all-ages events open to the public throughout the day. For full schedule, visit craftcreativitydesign.org/blockparty or contact individual venues for details.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
CCCD presents the third event in the Back to the Drawing Board series of 24-hour gallery take-overs. Performances by artists Jennifer Bueno (Penland, NC), Aram Han (Chicago, IL), and Cheyenne Rudolph (Gainesville, FL) on August 28 – 29.

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and Media Arts Project
The MAP and BMCM+AC present DOUBLETAKE, featuring documentary footage from the annual {Re}HAPPENING. Installations, video montage, artist discussions, and live music throughout the afternoon. Across the street in the covered garage, {Re}HAPPENING participants Kehren Barbour and Michael Luchtan will set up an augmented piano harp for public participation.

WCQS
Visitors are invited to use the open studio to record themselves answering questions related to their own experiences with art to be broadcast in a future series on WCQS.

2015 Summer DanceFest hosted by Lindsey Kelley Dance
A festival celebrating modern and contemporary dance. Participating artists include choreographer Carson Reiners (Chicago, IL), Jacqueline Dugal (Tampa, FL), Janice Lancaster (NYC and Asheville), choreographers Jessie Laurita-Spanglet and Meredith Bove (Washington, DC), plus local dancer and choreographer, Sara Keller. With guerrilla-style performance by

Asheville’s Dance Improv Company, The Accidentals.
$10/suggested donation. Performance length approximately 1 hr, 15 min. Events will take place at 67 Broadway, on the 2nd floor of CCCD.

Window (Re/production | Re/presentation)
Temporary public mural by Rubén Ortiz-Torres at the Masonic Temple. Curator’s talk with Amy Galpin at CCCD. Exhibition of Asheville portraits by Kevin Miyazaki on view at 54 Broadway.

Maison Mary
Live musical performances by HotPoint Trio (Ashevile-based gypsy jazz swing).

Counter Culture Coffee
Iced coffee brewing demos and tastings from 10 am – 2 pm.

Bruisin’ Ales
Tweet @bruisinales or check-in on Facebook with photo & hashtag #beerlanthropy for free beer merchandise with purchase.

Satellite Gallery
A discussion with artist Hannah Dansie and collaborators on Satellite’s current exhibition, The Fishwife: An Exploration in to Folklore, Myth & Legend.

Root Down and Farm to Fender Food Trucks
On site at The Masonic Temple parking lot.

ABOUT THE EVENT

The Broadway Block Party is a neighborhood event promoting and celebrating creativity in downtown Asheville’s Broadway Arts District. Participants include: The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Window (Re/production | Re/presentation), Satellite Gallery, WCQS, Lindsey Kelley Dance Company, The Media Arts Project, Maison Mary, VaVaVoom, Willow’s Dream, Counter Culture Coffee, Bruisin’ Ales, Root Down, and Farm to Fender. The event is organized by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design and receives in-kind support from Henco Reprographics, Mellow Mushroom, and The Asheville Masonic Temple.

New This Week 8/8/15

Posted Aug 08, 2015 in Beer, Beer Places, Breweries, Cider, Coolness, Limited Release, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals

blackberryfarmA particularly fantastic week for beer! Cheers!

Against the Frain Sho’ Nuff
Against the Grain Macfanny Baw
Against the Grain There Gose the Neighborhood
Allagash Fluxus
Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA
Bell’s Neptune
Bells Oracle Double IPA
Blackberry Farms Classic Saison
Blackberry Farms Summer Saison

Catawba Valley Astral Booty Beer
Catawba Valley King Don’s Pumpkin Ale
Catawba Valley Mother Trucker Pale Ale
Citizen Cider B-Cider
Citizen Cider Dirty Mayor Ginger Cider
Citizen Cider Northern Spy
Cottonwood Pumpkin Ale
D9 Brewing Viking Fraoch Scottish Sour Ale
De Troch Kriek
Foothills IPA of the Month – August
Gizmo Deep Blue Blueberry Saison
Gizmo Trojan Horse Imperial Rye IPA
Grand Teton American Sour
Green Flash Citra Session IPA
Green Flash Natura Morta Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels with Plums
Green Flash Soul Style IPA
Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest
Left Hand Oktoberfest
Mystery Evangeline Saison
Mystery Papa Bois Foreign Extra Stout
Nantahala Trail Magic #09 Cognac Barrel Aged Barleywine
Nantahala Trail Magic #10 Tropical Abbey Ale with Plums
Nantahala Trail Magic #11 Summer sour with Coriander and Lime Zest
Prairie Funky Gold Mosaic
Prairie Hop Saison
Prairie Pirate Noir Rum Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Sierra Nevada Harvest Newly Developed Hops
Southern Tier Warlock
Sweetwater The Pit & The Pendulum
The Unknown Hospitalitea Amber with Tea
Tilquin Geuze
Victory Festbier
Weihenstephan Festbier
Wicked Weed Montmaretto
Wicked Weed Serenity

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]

#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.”

MENU

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.