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Pre-Brewgrass Tasting 9/19: Ilkley Brewery (UK) with Chris Ives, founder & head brewer

Posted Sep 17, 2014 in Beer, Beer Awards, Breweries, Events, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project

chrisivesAs we do the Friday evening before every Brewgrass, we invite a brewery to come in for a preview. We’re pleased to announce and welcome Chris Ives, founder and head brewer at Ilkley Brewery (UK) on Friday, September 19, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Learn a little more about Ives in this 2013 Q&A interview from The Times SME Hub regarding their rapid growth at home and abroad. Come join us for a few beers and beer chat!

What we’re sampling:

Siberia Rhubarb Saison: “Back in 2012 we wanted to launch a new range of beers with a bang, and what better way than to invite the renowned tour-de-force beer-writer that is Melissa Cole to come and brew with us. Our aim was to put our own Yorkshire stamp on the Saison category, and we did so with the addition of local Rhubarb. Rhubarb was first discovered growing on the banks of the river Volta, in Siberia, and Yorkshire has become renowned for cultivating this sour beast of a plant. Siberia is now our most successfully exported beer. Whenever we use additional ingredients in our beers, the aim is that their flavour combines with others to create an overall flavour, as opposed to bombarding with a single flavour. As such, here we utilized the sour nature of rhubarb to balance the farmhouse earthiness of Saison yeast. We stewed the rhubarb with vanilla to provide extra balance, so that this beer is tart in all the right places, and subtle throughout. Refreshing and with a little zing provided by ground Grains of Paradise and there is a long, satisfying bitter finish.” [5.9% abv]

Mary Jane IPA: “Mary Jane IPA is a Trans-Atlantic India Pale Ale. Relying on the English hops for bittering, the star of the show is the North American hop aroma, deceptively smooth on the palate building to a hoppy crescendo. Based on the award-winning Yorkshire classic Mary Jane, it has a floral aroma, notes of honey and a pleasant lingering bitterness to finish. Recent 3rd Place in the Atlanta Cask Ale Festival 2014 in USA.” [6.0% abv]

The Mayan Chocolate Chipotle Stout: “They may not have got all their predictions right, but they knew how to brew great beer! Inspired by an ancient Mayan recipe, this extraordinary Stout is velvety smooth, bittersweet, and has a subtle smoky fire in its belly. The time has come to put yourself to the ultimate test; dare you take on… The Mayan?!” [6.5% abv]

Thursday Tasting 9/4/14: Bell’s Brewery release of Best Brown

Posted Sep 03, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, New this week, Seasonals

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Chelsea from Bell’s Brewery joins us this week as we kick back into gear with our Thursday tastings! We’re going to revisit some Bell’s favorites from their year-round line-up and give you your first sip of this year’s Best Brown Ale. See you tomorrow between 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the humble storefront.

Midwestern Pale Ale: “Brewed with barley from our farm in central Michigan, Midwestern Pale Ale stands apart from the model of completely hop-dominated pale ales, offering a noticeable degree of malt body to counter the hop bitterness. A blend of floral & herbal hop notes provide the aromatic & flavor highlights, alongside the distinctive contribution of our house ale yeast. A crisp bitterness finishes the experience without being harsh.” [5.2% abv]

Amber Ale: Amber Ale deftly balances a mixture of toasted grain & light caramel notes with a range of floral, citrus and herbal hop notes, capped by a clean bitterness. This balance of flavors makes Amber Ale quite versatile as a food pairing option, not to mention being rather tasty in its own right. Whether serving as a jumping point to other styles or as a familiar standby, Amber Ale is central to the Bell’s portfolio. [5.8% abv]

Porter: “One of our many award-winning beers, Porter emphasizes the darker, roasted aspects of malt. Hints of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee provide the focus, while hops remain in the background. Not as full-bodied as a stout, Porter bridges the gap between malty brown ales and our more heavily roasted stouts.” [5.2% abv]

Best Brown Ale: “A smooth, toasty brown ale, Best Brown Ale is a mainstay in our fall lineup. With hints of caramel and cocoa, the malt body has the depth to stand up to cool weather, but does not come across as heavy. This balancing act is aided by the generous use of American hops.” [5.8% abv]

Thursday Tasting 7/17: Pisgah Brewing & Burial Beer “Seven Feet Under” Tasting & Bottle Release

Posted Jul 15, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, In the news, New this week, People, Rarerities

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We’re digging deep this week for a collaborative “Seven Feet Under” tasting and bottle release with the fine folks from Pisgah Brewing and Burial Beer. Enjoy SEVEN beers: Two vertical tastings of Pisgah Baptista and Pisgah Solstice, plus two other cellared beers—Cosmos, Hellbender—and a sampling of the breweries’ new collaboration and bottle release, Cemetery Gates Belgian IPA. We’ll also have the Damon from Sunbird Honey Farms, who is the producer of the honey used in Cemetery Gates!

$10/pp at the door, bottles sold separately. Details:

Winter 2007 vs. 2014 Baptista Belgian-style Noël: “This Belgian Noel takes its name from Jan Baptista Van Helmont, the Flemish chemist and physician who first discovered CO2 and coined the word ‘gas’ by recognizing the existence of gases distinct from air. This energy luminary was the founder of pneumatic chemistry and also the first to bridge alchemy and early chemistry. Hats off to the man behind the bubble! Made with homemade candy sugar.”

March 2008 vs. 2014 Solstice Tripel: “Our triple ale contains moderately fruity esters of banana and spicy clove mixed with an alcoholic complexity supported by a soft malt character. One of Pisgah’s most celebrated efforts, this Belgian classic is pale gold in color and comes in at 9.5% abv.”

February 2008 Cosmos Belgian-style Baltic Porter: “Pisgah’s tribute to the Belgian tradition and our home-brewing roots, this recipe comes directly out of Dave’s old homebrewing notebook. We combine the rich flavor of a Baltic porter with the subtleness of a special Belgian yeast strain, imagine bananas dipped in dark chocolate liquified in your beer glass. Honor tradition, Respect beer.”

April 2008 Hellbender Barleywine: “Organic brown sugar and Centennial hops give this English-style barleywine its smooth finish and extra body. At a hefty ABV, this beer is a tribute to North America’s largest salamander, the Hellbender.”

Cemetery Gates Belgian IPA: “A collaborative brew forged by a couple of friendly brewers, inspired by the same loud noise resonating in their heads. Pisgah Brewing Bo. and Burial Beer Co. offer a modern favorite grounded in practical tradition. Made with a favorite Belgian yeast, local honey and a blend of citra and mosaic hops, this beer is sure to please the curious Asheville beer palate. Unfiltered and unfettered, for your drinking pleasure.” [6.7% abv]

Thursday Tasting 7/3/14: Dogfish Head

Posted Jul 02, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, Rarerities, Seasonals

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Saison du Buff: This beer is collaboration between Dogfish Head, Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA) and Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA). Saison du BUFF is a 6.8% ABV Saison brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. [6.8% abv]

Festina Peche: A refreshing neo-Berliner Weisse, Festina Peche is available in 4-packs and on draft during the sweaty months. In Festina Peche, since the natural peach sugars are eaten by the yeast, the fruit complexity is woven into both the aroma and the taste of the beer so there is no need to doctor it with woodruff or raspberry syrup. Just open and enjoy! [4.5% abv]

60 Minute IPA: 60 Minute IPA is continuously hopped — more than 60 hop additions over a 60-minute boil. (Getting a vibe of where the name came from?)
60 Minute is brewed with a slew of great Northwest hops. A powerful but balanced East Coast IPA with a lot of citrusy hop character, it’s the session beer for hardcore enthusiasts! [6.0% abv]

61 Minute IPA: Sixty-One captures that tradition in a bottle and marries two Dogfish Head innovations: beer/wine hybrids — which Dogfish has focused on for well over a decade with beers like Midas Touch and Raison D’être — and continually-hopped IPAs. The name Sixty-One is a reminder that this beer is Dogfish Head’s best-selling 60 Minute IPA plus one new ingredient: syrah grape must from California. The label, painted by Sam, is a twist on a typical watercolor. Rather than using water, Sam mixed the green pigment with beer and the red pigment with wine. And because Sixty-One pairs so well with chocolate, he painted the browns on the label with melted chocolate. [6.5% abv]

Rosabi: The vivid rose hue of this imperial Pale Ale comes from a combination of Munich and Caramel malts and a touch of red rice from Louisiana, birthplace of musician and collaborator Julianna Barwick. Citrusy Simcoe and Centennial feed Julianna’s love of hops, and the star of the show is her go-to ingredient: wasabi. What’s hoppy? … Wasabi. The Japanese root adds bittering and herbal notes similar to hops, with its subtle heat creeping in after the kick of carbonation. [8.0% abv]

(PLUS… There may or not be a few samples of 120 Minute IPA while it lasts.)

Thursday Tasting 6/19 5-7pm: Mother Earth Brewing, Kinston, NC

Posted Jun 19, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals

Photo: Mother Earth Triple Overhead (aged in oak barrels) is here. Come & get it! #ncbeer #avlbeer

Tasting day! Jordan from Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston, NC joins us tonight for a five-beer flight (plus some goodies, maybe?), so drop by between 5:00-7:00 p.m. this evening and check out what’s happening on the eastern part of our state.

Park Day Bohemian-style Pilsner: “Our traditional Bohemian style Pilsner is brewed with Weyermann Bohemian Pilsner malt and tettnang hops. Straw in color, this light-bodied, 4.8% session beer, offers a floral malty nose and a clean, crisp, malty hop taste. Enjoy Park Day for a day in the park or all year long.”

Endless River Kolsch: “A clean, crisp beer, Kolsch offers a very slight fruity flavor and aroma. It is light gold in color, with a delicate head. This light-bodied beer appeals to nearly everyone who samples it. Expect to enjoy a slight tang in the finish.”

Sisters of the Moon IPA: “Made with hops grown in the good ‘ol USA… you’ll proudly support American farmers when you drink this beer! Light copper in color, it has an intense hop aroma and strong hop bitterness. Our hopback process uses fresh hop cones to take this IPA to unexpected places. Prepare for a mouthful of flavor.”

Dark Cloud Dunkel Lager: “Steeped in a long history dating back hundreds of years, this old-fashioned beer is again in vogue. Lager is the German word meaning ‘to store,’ so this beer ages three times longer than our ales do. ‘Dunkel’ means dark in German, but don’t let the color fool you, it is by no means heavy, overbearing or bitter. In fact, it proves to be a very drinkable session beer.”

Tripel Overhead (Bourbon Barrel): “The flavors of our Belgian-style tripel keep rollin’ in; filling your mouth with perfect peeling waves of unexpected pleasure. Respectfully aged in seasoned bourbon barrels, this beer offers you an amazing zest, balanced with flavors of warming oak. The result? A complex sipping beer that finishes smooth and sweet, giving you a glide you won’t soon forget.”