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8th Annual Holiday Pisgah Brewing & Bruisin’ Ales Tasting, 12/18, 5-8pm

Posted Dec 16, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Coolness, Events, Goings on, Limited Release

IMG_20141216_122035We’re holding the 8th Annual Pisgah Brewing & Bruisin’ Ales Holiday Tasting this Thurday from 5:00-8:00pm. Special extended three-hour tasting!

Pisgah POAP (Pisgah Oak-aged Pale): “What begins as our flagship Pale Ale patiently undergoes a miraculous transformation meditating upon a year-long communion inside toasted oak barrels. Tart champagne-like effervescence yields to a bright hoppy finish. Enjoy P.O.A.P. anytime with friends.” [5.1% abv]

Pisgah Valdez Coffee Stout: “This robust Coffee Stout is a mouthful of flavor! A dark, roasty grain bill stands as the backdrop for a galaxy of coffee aroma and flavor, made possible by local organic bean roasters Dynamite Roastery. A Pisgah fan favorite, Valdez is brewed bi-annually and never lasts as long as the flavor.”[6.5% abv]

Pisgah Chocolatized Vortex Imperial Stout: “The darkest of Pisgah brews, the beer formerly known as Vortex II took a significant transformation when Pisgah brewers added a heavy dose (25lbs in 5bbls) of raw cocoa nibs to the brite tanks, thus creating what will now only be known as Chocolatized. Congratulations to the brewers, as this Russian Imperial Stout aged on cocoa nibs brought home a coveted Gold Medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival for the Chocolate Beer Category.”

…Plus other special vintage Pisgah beers from the Bruisin’ Cellar!

Meet Elise Carlson, our new beerlanthropist

Posted Dec 05, 2014 in Coolness, Goings on, In the news, New this week, People

IMG_0040_3Happy Friday! We want to introduce you to our newest beerlanthropist on staff, Elise Carlson.

“I am NC born and raised. Besides beer, my favorite things are traveling, music, yoga, and the outdoors. I went to school at UNC Asheville for sociology and anthropology.  I like making jewelry and crocheting in my spare time.  I work as a bartender at the  Wicked Weed Funkatorium as well at Bruisin’ Ales. I especially love sour and barrel-aged beer, and so it makes me very happy to be surrounded by great beer at both of my workplaces!”

Come say hello to Elise! We’re so happy to have her on board with our team.

Jazz hands! The Bruisin’ Webstore is up!

Posted Nov 25, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, Cider, Coolness, Goings on, In the news, Merchandise, Miscellany, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project

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We did it! After four months of work, the Bruisin’ Ales Webstore is now live and taking orders online. Our real-time inventory is displayed (except for those items deemed “non-shipping”) with a fully searchable database. The store will be updated weekly with new arrivals, and we’ll be adding more tags along the way to help you find what you’re looking for. Look for merchandise to be thrown into the mix soon, such as our t-shirts and glassware. Happy shopping, everyone!

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Things to know:

  • We ship to most states in the U.S. (detailed list at webstore link above.) For international shipping inquiries, please email us.
  • Locals can now place pick-up orders. Buy/pay online, pick-up later!*
  • Use the drop-down menus for beer brands by Country > State and/or Manufacturer.
  • Use personal search parameters, i.e. Asheville, bourbon, oak, sour, <beer style>, <beer name>, etc.
  • When you set-up a Customer Account online, you’ll automatically become a member of our brand new K-O Club, a customer loyalty program coming in 2015.
  • We ship in increments of (3), (6), and (12) for large format bottles, and increments of (12) for 12oz.
*How does pick-up work? I live in the area and want to order online for pick-up later.
  1. No problem! Just go through the same Shopping process, then select “Pick-up” at checkout. We’ll pack it up and have it waiting for you.
  2. Must show ID at pick-up and ID must match name on credit card used for purchase.
  3. Pick-up orders must be retrieved within 7 days of purchase.

Where do I start?

  1. Click the SHOPPING button to enter the site.

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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

Bruisin’ Ales new Store Manager: Philip Dotson

Posted Nov 01, 2013 in Coolness, Goings on, In the news, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project

 

Today is big day. For us, personally, and the continued success of the humble storefront, Bruisin’ Ales. As we quickly approach our 7th anniversary in December, a big thing has happened. We have a created a new position, Store Manager, and the person filling that position is Philip Dotson. Many of you know Philip from years past—he worked for us from 2008-2009 before leaving Asheville to travel the world, performing around the globe with his massive voice. (He’s a singer, you see, and a bit of a renaissance man. See photo. How slick! How Matrix!) But, he also knows beer from years of drinking craft, homebrewing, and jaunts around the world. As they say all good things do, he came back to us in May 2013—bringing with him our other new(ish) amazing staff, John McCarley and Jay Monoghan—and as of today, Philip will be in charge of the storefront, orders, tastings, and product expansions. While it’s extremely hard to let go of responsibility for a store that is essentially our baby, we are pleased to have him on board in this capacity, which will allow us to step back a little (and not be so crazy).

But, have no fear: Nothing is changing. We’re not passing the reigns and we’re not going to be missing from the action. The only difference is that we now have the perfect fit to our team to run the day-to-day, so we can focus on new ideas and development of Bruisin’ Ales. (Maybe take a vacation?) Congrats to Philip and we’re happy to have you!

In closing, we’d like to say this one thing: “Whoooooooooooo!”

—Julie and Jason