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Thursday Tasting 1/7 5-7pm: Terrapin Beer Co.

Posted Jan 07, 2016 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals

Terrapin-logoPoivre Potion: NEW! Traditional beers with a twist on their style has been a Terrapin ritual since the beginning. In keeping up with tradition, our 2015 employee beer Poivre Potion Dry Hopped Imperial Pink Peppercorn Saison, fits the bill. Brewed with pink peppercorns for a complex spice, and dry hopped for some extra aroma, this multifaceted beer will keep you guessing on which flavor comes next.

Hi-5 IPA: Like a memorable adventure along U.S. Route 101, Hi-5 California Style IPA leads you down a road of pure adrenaline and beauty. Capturing the majestic flavor of citrusy hops that roll off your tongue like a white cap on an ocean wave, this scenic wonder will keep you in awe, sip after sip. 

Moo-HooThe Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout proudly uses cocoa nibs and shells from Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company to give this beer its great taste! An  appetizing cold weather treat this sweet stout is rich creamy and uniquely satisfying. Beer and Chocolate together they truly make one of life’s great indulgences.

Wake-n-Bake: Black as night, this coffee stout is thick, rich and full of real coffee flavor. Brewed with a special blend of beans from all over the world developed and roasted specifically for Terrapin by our friends at Jittery Joe’s Coffee right here in Athens, GA. This unique blend of coffee produces a robust and flavorful beer that will leave you asking “Why not Beer?” for breakfast!

Cinnamon Roll’d Wake-n-Bake: Like your favorite breakfast treat and a great cup of coffee, Cinnamon Rolled Wake-n-Bake hits on all cylinders. Starting with a delicious coffee aroma, a touch of Cinnamon gives way to a sugary sweet icing flavor as a buttery nuttiness fills out the last drop of this breakfast in a glass.

Thursday 12/17, 5-7pm: 9th Annual Benefit Holiday Tasting with Pisgah Brewing for Be Loved

Posted Dec 16, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Coolness, Events, Goings on, In the news, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals, The Beerlanthropy® Project

pisgah-logowpid-wp-1450217461698.pngCome join us for our 9th Annual Holiday Tasting with Pisgah Brewing Company! Tickets will be available at the door ($5/pp) and all proceeds will go to Be Loved House Asheville. We will waive the fee for anyone that brings donations from their needs list:

  • Canned Food / Pasta
  • Clothing (huge need for mens clothing)
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Toiletries
  • Backpacks
  • Blankets
  • Tents
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Drink Mixes

If you can’t attend, but would like to make a donation to Be Loved Asheville, please click here.

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Valdez: 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

Red Devil: This 9% Belgian-style ale was originally brewed to commemorate Pisgah’s 200th batch. Packed with over one pound of cherries and raspberries per gallon, the Red Devil balances delicately between tart and not-too-sweet. pisgah-logopisgah-logopisgah-logo

Vanilla Porter (New!): We have taken our classic Porter recipe, added some appropriate “umph” in the already diverse roasted grain bill, and then finished on raw Vanilla Beans from Madagascar. The result is a full-bodied brew of dark color, with subtle sweetness noticed on the first approach while the calming Vanilla flavors ease the palate before the roasted notes fill out the flavor profile. Salud!

10th Anniversary Cosmos (Vintage bottles from the cellar!): Dark and mysterious, this Pisgah beer is a tribute to Belgian tradition and our home brew roots. Combining the rich flavor of the Baltic Porter with the subtleness of a special Belgian yeast strain, the Cosmos is born.

10th Anniversary Double IPA: Using nothing but whole-cone Citra and Simcoe hops, which is accompanied by a medium bodied grain-bill, the Pisgah DIPA boasts an 8.1% ABV and comes in at around 120+ IBUs. Once poured, the nose is immediately greeted with tropical notes of pineapple and grapefruit. A pleasant bitterness ensues moments later as this ale approaches the end of the palate, while the ale visually pleases with a medium-light color and appropriate head. pisgah-logo

Thursday Bruisin’ Tasting 12/10: Ballast Point Brewing

Posted Dec 09, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, Seasonals

bp-logo8Join us Thursday December 10, 5-7pm, for a tasting with Rick Sprink of Ballast Point Brewing!

Grunion Pale Ale: Our Grunion Pale Ale wasn’t born on a beach, but in a backyard.  Originating from an employee-only home brew contest, this award-winning hoppy pale ale is named after the tiny local fish known for late night frolics on shore.  A pair of new hop varieties lend strong yet balanced summer melon aromas and herbal flavors, while a soft caramel malt sweetness holds it all together. [5.5% abv]

Sculpin: “Our Sculpin IPA is a great example of what got us into brewing in the first place. After years of experimenting, we knew hopping an ale at five separate stages would produce something special. The result ended up being this gold-medal winning IPA, whose inspired use of hops creates hints of apricot, peach, mango and lemon flavors, but still packs a bit of a sting, just like a Sculpin fish.” [7.0% abv]

Grapefruit Sculpin: “Our Grapefruit Sculpin is the latest take on our signature IPA. Some may say there are few ways to improve Sculpin’s unique flavor, but the tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements our IPA’s citrusy hop character. Grapefruit’s a winter fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer.” [7.0% abv]

Habanero Sculpin: “Our Sculpin IPA with Habanero Pepper began as a crazy experiment that’s taken on a life of its own. While its bright fruit notes and hoppy bite has made the original one of our favorites, this version takes that balance of flavors to the next level with the citrusy, floral heat of habaneros. Sculpin are known to sting, but this one’s got a kick.” [7.0% abv]

The Commodore: The Commodore came out of our search for a medium-bodied American Stout. The recipe began at our R&D pilot brewery, but quickly became a favorite of our crew. Strong flavors of roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate balance with light citrusy hop aromas, highlighted by a crisp, bitter finish. One sip of this gold medal-winning stout will have you ready to take command of your own fleet. [6.5% abv]

Victory at Sea: “Our Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is a bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. We infused this robust porter with vanilla and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee, balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt, creating a winning combination for your palate.” [10.0% abv]

 

Meet our newest beerlanthropist, Scott Douglas

Posted Nov 06, 2015 in Beer, Coolness, Goings on, In the news, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project

imageBorn in Asheville and raised in Waynesville, Scott Douglas discovered craft beer ten years ago while studying film at Columbia University in New York.  Scott is the fourth generation of the Douglas family to work in the alcohol industry, but the first to focus on craft beer. 

In addition to working with the Bruisin’ Ales team, Scott is also a professional film critic and craft beer journalist. 

Scott’s favorite beers are Imperial Stouts and Belgian Quads, and he recently visited all of the Trappist Breweries in Belgium, so if you’re looking for malt-forward, high-gravity beers he’s the man to ask. 

Come meet Scott and his German Shepherd/Siberian Husky mix, Ellie, here at Bruisin’ Ales.

(He also looks remarkably like Rasputin and his Halloween costume is just a wee bit famous. See photo!)

Thursday Bruisin’ Tasting 10/29: Hi-Wire Brewing

Posted Oct 22, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, Seasonals

hiwire-pumpkin-lagerHi-Wire Brewing is cranking out the beers! We’ve got a fine line-up of specialties and seasonals for you to taste this week.

Pumpkin Lager: “This pumpkin lager takes the traditional Vienna Lager to a new level. The malt bill in this beer attributes flavors of caramel and tasted hazelnut which, when blended with real pumpkin and a generous amount of fall spices, creates a balanced malt-forward beer perfect for cool weather.”

Rye Peach Saison: “Farmhouse Series Volume 2 is a saison inspired by the bounty of the Southeast. Made with 420 pounds of peaches and Appalachian heirloom malt, this saison melds subtle stone fruit flavors with a rustic, dry spiciness from the rye.”

Hop Circus IPA: “The second beer in our experimental IPA series blends El Dorado and Azacca, two hops know for their delicate, fruit-forward flavors. Melon flavors from El Dorado are balanced with peach notes from Azacca to create a stone fruit-forward IPA with a crisp, dry finish.”

Lion Tamer Rye IPA: “Red with hops and rye – oh my! Aggressively hopped with a healthy blend of citrus- and fruit-forward hops and balanced by the unmistakable bite of rye, allow this brew to tame your thirst. Liberally hopped with Centennial, Columbus and Amarillo hops and balanced nicely with an unmistakable rye malt character.”

Strongman Coffee Milk Stout: “Inspired by our head brewer’s cafe con leche-fueled travels in Key West, this is a milk stout with some kick. Local coffee from Dynamite Roasting Co. is cold-extracted and added post fermentation to this sweet, creamy stout.”