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NC Beer Month Thursday Tasting, 4/10, 5-7pm: Pisgah Brewing Co.

Posted Apr 09, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals

pisgah-brewing-co-pisgah-baptistaPisgah Brewing is cranking out the beers for NC Beer Month! Join us tomorrow evening in the wee Tasting Room for a sampling of Pisgah Brewing’s specialty beers and the pre-release (and the long-awaited return) of Pisgah Baptista.

Metanoia: “A pale wild ale, inoculated with wild yeast and matured in oak casks for nearly a year. Flavors of sour grape skins meld with champagne-like effervescence yielding to a soft malted finish in our first patiently awaited sour experiment.” [5.6% abv]

Vortex I: “The hoppiest beer in Buncombe County!  With over 3.5 grams of four distinct varieties of super high alpha hops per glass, lupulin lovers rejoice! Triple Pale Ale!” [9.2% abv]

Chocolatized Vortex II: Pisgah’s big and beautiful Vortex II imperial stout made with organic chocolate nibs from French Broad Chocolate Lounge. Think of it as liquid chocolate. [11.2% abv]

Baptista: “This Belgian-style 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.” [11.5% abv]

Thursday Tasting 4/3, 5-7pm: Allagash Brewing with Les Addis

Posted Apr 02, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, New this week

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Les Addis from Allagash Brewing is pouring a four-beer flight just for you tomorrow. All Belgian styles. All FREE. Join us tomorrow evening between 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Allagash White: “Our interpretation of a traditional Belgian wheat beer. Brewed with a generous portion of wheat and spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel, this beer is fruity, refreshing and slightly cloudy in appearance.” [5.0% abv]

Allagash Saison: !! NEW !! “Allagash Saison is our interpretation of a classic Belgian farmhouse style. It is a golden hued beer, brewed with a 2-Row blend, malted rye, oats and dark Belgian candi sugar. Saison is hopped with Tettnang, Bravo and Cascade hops. Fermented with a traditional saison yeast strain, Saison exhibits notes of spice and tropical fruit in the aroma. Citrus and a peppery spice dominate the flavor and make way for a pleasant malt character. Saison is full bodied with a remarkably dry finish.” [6.1% abv]

Allagash Curieux: “Allagash Curieux was our first foray into barrel aging. Curieux is made by aging our Tripel Ale in Jim Beam bourbon barrels for eight weeks in our cold cellars. The aged beer is then blended back with a portion of fresh Tripel. The resulting beer is soft with coconut and vanilla notes, with hints of bourbon.” [11.0% abv]

Allagash Midnight Brett: “Midnight brett is chocolate brown in color, brewed with 2-Row, midnight wheat, raw wheat and rye malt. It was hopped with a blend of Perle, Glacier and Simcoe hops, then fermented with our house strain of Brettanomyces in stainless tanks. The finished beer has the aroma and flavor of fresh berries, sour cherries and a slight roasted character. The finish is pleasantly tart and fruity, making this beer very drinkable.” [7.3% abv]

Thursday Tasting 3/27/14, 5-7pm: We’re going to the UK

Posted Mar 26, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, New this week

Photo: Fan of New Zealand hops? Try this gem from Hawkshead, UK. NZPA. #avlbeer #craftbeer

We’re headed to the UK for this week’s tasting with some award-winning beers from Hawkshead, Hobsons, and Ilkley. Join us Thursday, March 27, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Ilkley Mary Jane IPA: “Multi-award-winning pale ale packed with American hops. Intensely refreshing and satisfying, with surprising balance and body for such a low abv. Mary Jane was named from the character in the Yorkshire folk song OnIlkla Moor Baht’at and is our best-selling beer by a country mile. Hast tha’ beena’cooartin Mary Jane?” [3.5% abv]

Hobsons Manor Ale: “”Brewed specially to celebrate Severn Valley Railway’s Manor Class steam engines. Severn Valley, one of Britain’s finest Heritage Railways, chose Hobsons for its integrity and commitment to its roots in the heart of England. With aromas that reflect fresh grain, hops Manor Ale is a crisp refreshing amber bitter with biscuit overtones.” [4.2% abv]

Hobsons Postman’s Knock: “”Postman’s Knock is a beer offering an intelligent blend of complex ingredients, the rich brown beer with a smooth fine head has a very chocolately character. The combination of subtle flavour notes of vanilla, treacle and roast malt gives an initial rich sweetness leading to a velvety chocolate finish.” [4.8% abv]

Hawkshead NZPA: “NZPA is a complex, strong, modern pale ale. It is packed with wild fruit flavours and hoppy aromas. Made using four New Zealand hops: Green Bullet, Riwaka, Motueka & Nelson Sauvin. Matt, our Kiwi Head Brewer’s very own personal beer. CAMRA (Silver) Champion Strong Bitter of Cumbria 2012. SIBA North, Bronze medal, Premium Strong Bitters 2011.” [6.0% abv]

Hawkhead Brodie’s Prime Export: “Previously known as Triple XBP. Extra strength Brodie’s Prime. More intense flavour but still velvety smooth. CAMRA (Silver) Champion Barley Wine/Strong Old Ale of Cumbria 2012.” [8.5% abv]

 

Thursday Tasting 3/20: Oskar Blues

Posted Mar 19, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, People, Seasonals

Welcome to the canned beer revolution! We’ve got the folks from Oskar Blues WNC in-store tomorrow evening from 5:00-7:00 p.m. sampling their wares for you. Join us!

Deviant Dale’s: “Deviant Dale’s IPA (8 percent ABV, 85 IBUs) was born at the crossroads, in a juke joint, as if Dale’s Pale Ale sold its soul to balance Deviant’s foreboding aromas of citrus, grapefruit rind and piney resins, its copper ball-of-fire color and inscrutable flavor-intense finish. Deviant is the Devil incarnate with untold amounts of malt and hedonistic Columbus dry-hopping. Oskar Blues delivers this boundary-buster in the brewery’s first 16-ounce tallboy can.

G’Knight: “Our ‘Velvet M-80′ is a hefty, dry hopped double-red ipa with a nose full of aroma, a sticky mouthfeel, a malty middle and unctuous hop flavors. G’Knight sports a surprisingly sensuous finish for a beer of its size (8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs). It’s brewed in tribute to a fellow Colorado craft beer pioneer and Vietnam vet who died fighting a 2002 wild fire outside of our Lyons hometown. For all the details behind this tribute follow this link to www.N3978Y.com . G’Mornin’. G’Day. G’Knight.”

Gubna: Gubna was bred from Oskar Blues Brewery’s hankering to confront 100+ IBUs by cranking up the complexity of hops by pouring Cascade on top of copious amounts of Summit, then balancing that with a backbone of German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt. GUBNA’s post-fermentation dry-hopping with both hops allows this monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma while providing a rye malt-induced, spicy-yet-round middle, and a brisk, clean bitter finish (10 percent ABV, 100+ IBUs)

Old Chub: “This jaw-dropping Scottish strong ale (8% ABV) is brewed with bodacious amounts of malted barley and specialty grains, and a dash of beechwood-smoked malt. Old Chub features semi-sweet flavors of cocoa and coffee, and a wee-bit of smoke. A head-turning treat for malt heads and folks who think they don’t dig dark beer.”

Thursday Tasting, March 7, 5-7pm: Blue Mountain Brewery (VA)

Posted Mar 05, 2014 in Beer, Beer Places, Breweries, Brewpubs, Events, Goings on, People

 

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This Thursday, we welcome David Wrenn of Blue Mountain Brewery into the wee Tasting Room. Enjoy a four-beer sampling, including specialties from their Blue Mountain Barrel project, too. All ratings in the high 90s!

Steel Wheels ESB: The music of The Steel Wheels and the beer from Blue Mountain are both original and handcrafted, with inspired Americana flavors from the heart of Virginia. Our collaboration E.S.B. draws from the past with British crystal malts and Scottish yeast, but uses American hops to put our own stamp on the creation. Like this beer, The Steel Wheels draw you in from the first sip…not because their music is loud or in your face, but because it’s surprising and original, and because its inspirations – a story, a character, a memory – have been brewed with just the right ingredients. Take time to drink slowly and listen truly. Wherever you are, get ready to sing along, to harmonize. Maybe even get up and dance. [6.5% abv]

Local Species Belgian-style Golden: A hybrid beer unlike any other. Belgian fermentation, American hops, Virginia foothills deep-well water and Kentucky bourbon barrels. Bizarrely delicious. [6.6% abv]

Evil 8° Belgian-style Dubbel: A truly spiritual ale, Evil 8° will blur the lines of what you think you know about American beer.  Brewed in the Belgian Abbey style using caramelized Biscuit malt, Goldings hops and a unique strain of brewers’ yeast. Available January-April. [7.7% abv]

Dark Hollow: Dark Hollow blends the miracle of two crafts–brewing and distillation–to create a work greater than the sum of its parts. An Imperial Stout has been aged in charred American oak bourbon barrels still dripping with uncut whiskey. For 100 days the young beer patiently breathes in and out of the wood, gaining complexity, character, and serious attitude. This ale is always bottle conditioned and can be enjoyed immediately upon its release from the brewery…or five years later, when you dust off the last vintage bottle from your cellar to share with good company. [10.0% abv]