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Bruisin’ Ales Asheville Beer Week Events

Posted May 11, 2016 in Asheville Beer Week, Beer, Beer Awards, Beer Pairings, Breweries, Events, Limited Release, New this week, People, Rarerities, The Beerlanthropy® Project

AVL_BW_2016Asheville Beer Week is upon us! We’re hosting four events at the store this year and hope you will join us for one or all four!

Friday 5/27, 5-7pm
Boojum Brewery Tasting
Cost: NO CHARGE

The Boojum Brewery crew takes over the wee tasting room to kick off Asheville Beer Week! Featuring: Mur Raspberry Saison, Graveyard Fields Blueberry Coffee Portyer, Reward Pale Ale, King of the Mountain Double IPA.


Wednesday 6/1, 5-7pm

Brewmaster’s Tasting/Meet the Brewer with Don Richardson of Quest Brewing 
Cost: NO CHARGE

Meet Quest Brewing Brewmaster, Don Richardson, for a tasting of Quest Brewing beers hand-selected by Don himself from the Quest vault. Don has been in the beer industry for over twenty years, the majority as a brewmaster.  He has gained a stellar reputation in the beer industry for his award-winning beer recipes while he brewed at Boulder Beer Co. in Colorado and Cottonwood Brewery in North Carolina. Richardson’s ties to WNC beer run deep. (He’s the “King Don” behind Catawba Brewing King Don’s Pumpkin.)

Featuring: Golden Fleece Belgian Pale Ale, Smoking Mirror Porter, Ponce Cucumber Jalapeno Saison (World Beer Cup Gold Medal Winner 2016!), Barrel-Aged Elegast (Flemish-style Sour aged for 18 months)


Thursday 6/2 5pm Blind IPA Tasting Cost: $6/pp

Think you know your favorite local IPA? Come find out! We’ll have a blind tasting of TEN Asheville and WNC IPAs that you will rate yourself with us giving the big reveal at the end. If you can also guess which IPA is which, you get bonus points and the chance to win prizes at the end of night. Only one question remains: How well do you know your palate and local beer?


Saturday 6/4, 6pm Flights & Bites Beer Pairing Cost: $20/pp + tax Maximum: (30) people *Please note: This event is standing room only.* Tickets: http://goo.gl/hkNwwu

Join us in the humble storefront for Flights & Bites, the second of our in-store food and beer pairing series.

1st Course Blackberry Farms Summer Saison 2016 Grilled Fingerling Potato, Asparagus, Pickled Red Onion, Spanish Ham

2nd Course De Struise Pannepot Grand Reserva 2012 Sunburst Farms Hickory Smoked Trout Crostini with Beet And Garden Herb Cream Cheese

3rd Course Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien 2014 Duck Confit Stuffed Wonton with Hoisin, Coconut, and Green Onion

4th Course Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout 2016 Candied and Spiced Pecans, Walnut, and Aged Gouda

Thursday Tasting 5/12/16 5-7pm: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Posted in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, Events, Goings on, Limited Release

Sierra_Nevada_Brewery_logo_WEBCome on down Thursday for a special tasting event with Sean from Sierra Nevada! We’ll be sampling some of our favorite offerings from SN and trying out the Ovila abbey ale variants that you can only find in the Ovila Mixed Pack. There will also be complimentary Ovila glassware for anyone that purchases the pack!

Otra Vez – “On our search for the perfect warm weather beer, we wanted something light bodied and thirst quenching, yet filled with complex and interesting flavors. We stumbled across the fruit of the prickly pear cactus, native to California. This tangy fruit is a great complement to the tart and refreshing traditional gose style beer. Otra Vez combines prickly pear cactus with a hint of grapefruit for a refreshing beer that will have you calling for round after round. Otra Vez!”

Summerfest – “Since their invention in the 1840s, Pilsener-style beers have become the world’s most popular style. With a nod toward the original Czech tradition, Summerfest is brewed to feature the best of Bohemian nature. Crisp, golden, dry and incredibly drinkable, Summerfest has a delicate and complex malt flavor and spicy and floral hop character—the perfect warm weather beer.”

Ovila Mixed Set – “Our Ovila® Abbey Ales series is a collaboration with the monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, CA. Each beer is a modern twist on a traditional Belgian-style abbey ale—monastic inspiration and American innovation.”
1) Ovila Saison with Sage
2) Ovila Abbey Brown with Mandarins & Cocoa
3) Ovila Quad with Cherries

Thursday Tasting 4/28 5-7pm: D&V International Belgian Portfolio

Posted Apr 27, 2016 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on

D&V_internationalJoin us and Jesse Mogk Thursday, April 28 from 5-7 pm and enjoy some of the classic Belgian offerings from D&V International Importers!

St. Bernardus Extra 4 - The Extra 4 is brewed in the classic ‘single’ style and is a light gold colored beer with a ABV of only 4.8%. It is a beer of high fermentation, bottle conditioned and full of flavours. It is brewed with more hops than usual for the other beers of Brewery St. Bernardus.

Verhaeghe Echt Kriekenbier - Echt Kriekenbier is as the name suggests a cherry beer that is manufactured with only the real fruit of cherries instead of with flavor enhancers or extracts of cherries. The fruit is sourced from the region around Sint-Truiden in Limburg (Belgium). Unlike the most famous fruit beers is the basic beer of the “real cherry beer” not a Lambic but a West-Flemish red-brown ale aged in oak wood. About mid-July at the picking, the Northern cherries are brought in at the brewery and laid in on the base beer. Because the taste of the cherry fruit varies from year to year and this according to the number of hours of sunshine or rain, the kriekenbier at its final composition is blended with cherry beer from the year before and two-year-old cherry beer.

Val-Dieu Tripel - The Val-Dieu Triple is the result of a long fermentation, scrupulously followed by the brewmaster. Its deep yet soft bitterness does not interfer with the discovery of its components. The taste of the hop comes through, naturally aromatized, accompanied by an alcoholic after taste. It can be associated with refined dishes and ranks among the great beers. It may be found in the some of the most exclusive restaurants.

Caracole Nostradamus - Nostradamus from Brasserie Caracole is a very complex artisanal Wallonian brown ale, rich, warming, little piquant in the mouth with liquorice, mocha flavors, pear and toasted bread background notes, perfect after-dinner drink or night cap.

St. Bernardus ABT 12 - The St.Bernardus Abt 12 is the pride of our stable, the nec plus ultra of our brewery. Abbey ale brewed in the classic ‘Quadrupel’ style of Belgium’s best Abbey Ales. Dark with a full, ivory-colored head. It has a fruity aroma, full of complex flavours and excells because of its long bittersweet finish with a hoppy bite. (10,0% ABV) Worldwide seen as one of the best beers in the world. It’s a very balanced beer, with a full-bodied taste and a perfect equilibrium between malty, bitter and sweet. One of the original recipes from the days of license-brewing for the Trappist monks of Westvleteren.

Thursday Tasting 4/21 5-7pm: New Holland Brewing (Michigan)

Posted Apr 20, 2016 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals

new-holland-logoCome sample some of our favorites from Michigan brewery New Holland! Tomorrow, Thursday, April 21 anytime between 5-7pm.

White Hatter IPA - Flavorfully blends the soft malt, fruity esters and delicate spicing of a Belgian White with hoppy citrus notes of an IPA. Pleasant hints of orange are framed with chamomile, coriander and grains of paradise.(Pair with fish, grilled chicken, hard cheeses.)

The Poet Oatmeal Stout - Oats bring a creaminess and soft mouth-feel to rich, roasty malt character. (Pair with mushrooms, beef, blooming, soft-ripened cheeses and chocolate.)

Pilgrim’s Dole - A barleywine-style ale made with fifty percent wheat malt, or what we at New Holland call a wheatwine. Pilgrim’s Dole blends warming and slightly sweet flavors with a unique caramelized character.

Dragon’s Milk - A stout with roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath. (Pair with red meat, smoked foods, balsamic, rich cheese and dark chocolate.)

Thursday Tasting 3/10 5-7pm: Peanut Butter Jelly Time, Catawba Brewing

Posted Mar 09, 2016 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals

peanut-butter-jelly-timeCome on down and join us for a tasting with our friends from Catawba Brewing Company! We’ll be tasting the overwhelmingly popular Peanut Butter Jelly Time along with a few Catawba standards, and maybe a surprise or two!

White Zombie – “We named this beer as a Halloween seasonal brew. But its refreshing taste makes it a year round staple. Zombie is made according to the Belgian Witbier tradition of using unmalted wheat to create the light body and white sheen. Additions of coriander and orange peel give Zombie a fruity and spicy character, while the hops are subtle and lightly detected. Don’t be scared to blow the head off a Zombie and drink up!”

Le Sexxxy Saison - “Once made to quench the thirst of farm workers in Belgium, this unique brew is now available in the city. LeSexxxy flirts with your eyes as the pale orange glow emanates from the glass. Our exclusive blend of five Belgian yeast strains produces aromas of lemon, tangerine, pear, banana, spice, bread and cut grass. The flavor is a French kiss of honey, citrus, spicy yeast, hops and wheat bread. This beer finishes bone dry and begs for another sip. Yeah, we brought sexy back – in a beer!”

Astral Bootie IPA – “Bootie beers are a whitewater kayaking tradition where a paddler drinks beer out of their water shoe after flipping in a rapid and has to swim out of the boat. Catawba teamed up with the Astral Designs, a local manufacturer of the best paddling shoes on the market, to create the ultimate Asheville Bootie Beer. The result is the new Astral Bootie Beer – a sessionable IPA that delivers full flavor at a reasonable 4.5% ABV. Catawba used three different grains to build a suitable malt base, and balanced it with 40 IBU’s, adding several different hop varieties for dry hopping, including Citra and Amarillo, to give bright tropical fruit notes with stone fruit undertones. So next time you’re on the river and have to unexpectedly swim…make sure you have a can of Astral Bootie Beer close by.”

Rediculous Red IPA – “The first recipe from our assistant brewer, James, this Rediculous Red IPA turns standard India Pale Ale on its ear. Our brewers shore-up this brew with copious amount of crystal malt to create a sturdy red color and malty canvas. Then they paint a masterpiece of hop character using ridiculous amounts of Cascade and Citra hops both in the boil and in cold-conditioning. One sip will make you say ‘This thing is RED-iculously delicious!’”

Peanut Butter Jelly Time – “Remember when your mom packed a PB&J sandwich in your lunchbox? The flavors all melded into pure comfort food by noon! Well, we recreated this childhood goodness in a beer. This light brown ale is brewed from five different grains and then aged for weeks on raspberries and roasted peanuts. Take a sip, let flavors mingle on your palate, and enjoy our PB&J in a glass.”