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Thursday Tasting: New Belgium and the reboot of Abbey Ale

Posted Sep 30, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals

152334 Bruisin Ales Sample 11x17 PRINT-smallThis Thursday, October 1, we’re kicking off the Fall tastings in style with New Belgium Brewing and the relaunch of Abbey Ale’s new recipe for 2015. Join us from 5:00-7:00pm in the wee tasting room.

Slow Ride: “Kicking back and relaxing with a session beer requires little more than a couch, some free time, and a few pals. SLOW RIDE SESSION IPA is up for this easy-going challenge, starting with a pour of sheened gold and plenty of fluffy, white foam. A blend of eight hop varieties, led by exotic Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin, twist together brilliant tropical scents of melon, peach, lime and grapefruit for a vividly fruity aroma. The flavor mirrors the aroma, while balancing a malty-sweet yet clean start and hoppy bitterness in the back. Light bodied and extra quaffable, this sessionable India Pale Ale brings the finish line to you.”

Abbey Ale: “The story of New Belgium begins with an abbey: Not only were Belgium’s monastic beers the inspiration behind our Colorado brewery, but Abbey, a Belgian-style dubbel, was one of the first beers we released way back in 1991. Since then, it’s become our most award-winning offering, and in 2015, we updated the recipe. This garnet brown hued Belgian-style dubbel is strong on character and rich in flavor. Seven malts, including caramel Munich and chocolate, and a definitive Belgian yeast, waft off sweet, spicy aromas. Rich tones of chocolate and dark caramel mix with nuanced dried cherries, burnt sugar and figs. Sweet and roasty upfront, followed by a slightly bitter finish, Abbey is a lovely representation of the monastic beers of Belgium. Sip Abbey, and sip New Belgium’s tradition.”

Pumpkick: “What’s that bite of tartness doing in a pumpkin beer? Adding the unexpected kick of cranberry juice to brighten this traditionally spiced seasonal ale. Pumpkick is brewed with plenty of pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but it’s the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that send your taste buds sailing.”

Transatlantique Kriek: “In a never-ending quest to create new beers and defy category, New Belgium Brewing and Oud Beersel of Belgium have partnered to create TRANSATLANTIQUE KRIEK , a spontaneously fermented lambic ale made with sour cherries. This authentic kriek beer began life in the oaken vessels at Gert en Jos Christiaens’ brewery in the Lembeek region of Belgium. After more than two years aging, Oud Beersel’s offering shipped across the Atlantic and found its way to the intuitive palate of New Belgium’s brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert. After much sampling and internal consultation, Peter and his brew staff created a full-bodied Belgian golden lager to round out the light-bodied kriek. The cherry nose gives way to a pleasingly sour flash across the palate that rolls gently into a slightly sweet finish. Crisp, effervescent carbonation keeps the mouthfeel bright and delightfully tingly.”

New This Week 9/18/15

Posted Sep 18, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals


And the great beers just keep a’comin’! Here’s what new and back this week.

Remember, the humble storefront will be closed on Saturday, September 19 to support Brewgrass festival and Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC. We hope to see you there! (And, our whole staff will be here on Sunday from 12:00-4:00 pm to help you with your Brewgrass recovery.)

Alewerks Bourbon Barrel Porter
Alewerks Secret Admirer Double IPA

Allagash Brewing Golden Brett
Big Boss Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale
Bison Organic Honey Basil (it’s back!)
Burial Scythe Rye IPA (fresh cans!)
Buxton x Evil Twin Anglomania English Barleywine
Crown Valley Imperial Pumpkin Smash
Devil’s Backbone Gold Leaf Lager
Double Barley Gourd Rocker
Eel River Organic Raven’s Eye Imperial Stout
Flying Dog ‘The Fear’ Pumpkin Ale
Flying Dog Bloodline Blood Orange IPA
Foothills IPA of the Month “Coach”
Heavy Seas The Greater Pumpkin (Bourbon barrel)
Hi-Wire Zirkusfest Oktoberfest Lager
Ipswich Hop Harvest
Nantahala 4 Foot Drop Session IPA
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin
Smuttynose Scotch
Sweetwater Hashbrown
The Unknown Vehopciraptor Double IPA
Triple C Kind of a Big Deal with Peaches
Victory Brewing Hoppy Quad
Victory Brewing Moonglow Weizenbock
Wicked Weed Pompoen
Wicked Weed Xibalba

Thursday Tasting: Devil’s Backbone TONIGHT

Posted Sep 17, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, Events, Goings on

devilsbackbone-coasterdevils-backbone-brewing-logoDevil’s Backbone just recently came to the WNC market and tonight we’ll be tasting three beers from their core line-up. Come try their award-winning beers tonight at the humble storefront between 5:00-7:00 pm.

Come on down to help us welcome Devil’s Backbone to WNC!

Gold Leaf Lager: “Gold Leaf Lager harkens back to the days when refreshing beers were made 100% from malted barley. Gold Leaf Lager is pale gold, light to medium bodied with subtle fresh bready notes, and a clean crisp finish.” [4.5% abv]
*GABF Winner, American-Style or Int’l-Style Pilsener*

Vienna Lager: “With its amber chestnut colored good looks and smooth malty finish, Vienna Lager was an obvious choice to put into bottles. It blends color and flavor without heaviness or bitterness. Just as Vienna Lagers historically inspired Munich’s Oktoberfest beers to evolve, this amber lager has evolved since we opened in 2008 into the award winning beer it is today. Experience the taste and tradition.” [4.9% abv]
*GABF and World Beer Cup Winner, Vienna-style Lager*

Eight Point IPA: “This is the first batch of beer we brewed after the conception of Devils Backbone Brewing Company in 2008. Our brewmaster Jason Oliver was thinking about how to design the IPA when he heard a rustle near his fence line (just touching the woods) where he saw two young proud eight point bucks walking along it. He decided to name the beer after those young bucks as it seemed to fit the spirit of the beer,which is proud, brash, youthful, yet approachable.” [5.9% abv]

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 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

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 or contact individual venues for details.


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.

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.


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.