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Thursday Tasting 11/20, 5-7pm: Mystery Brewing Meet & Greet with Erik Lars Myers, Meagan Elizabeth

Posted Nov 20, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, People, Seasonals

MBC_emblemTonight we welcome Erik Lars Myers and Meagan Elizabeth of Mystery Brewing into the shop for a five-beer flight of their seasonal beers. Join us tonight from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Pickwick: “A traditional English Mild Ale based on a recipe from the 1880s. Light malt, hints of caramel and toffee, a touch of earthy British hops, and a nutty flavor make this session beer quaffable and delicious. Enjoy with rich cheddar cheese, aged gouda, pork or poultry, good friends, and good times.” [3.2% abv]

Gentleman’s Preference: “A light, easy drinking blonde ale with a touch of sweetness and a touch of hops. Our version is made with Abbey Ale Yeast for an extra little bit of dryness and fruity aroma that makes for a truly refreshing blonde ale. Pair with fresh fruit, light salads, and hot summer afternoons.” [4.2% abv]

Rosalind: “A drier, hoppier version of our summer saison Evangeline. Apple, pear, and pineapple flavors from our yeast strain harmonize with the floral character of European hops for a refreshing fall saison as crisp as an autumn evening.” [6.6% abv]

Thornfield’s End: “A robust smoky stout made to pair with cold weather, the smell of wood fires, and fallen leaves. This stout is made using chocolate rye malt, creating a smooth chocolatey flavor that blends with the light smokiness of cherry smoked malt. Great with food, especially steaks, stews, BBQ, and all manner of desserts.” [5.8% abv]

Papa Bois: “The Caribbean has a long tradition of sweet, fruity stouts that are delicious and refreshing in hot weather. While continuing that tradition, we’ve upped the ante on refreshing by adding lemongrass and fresh lemon zest. The perfect digestif. Pair with pound cake, raspberry pie, or all manner of chocolate desserts.” [7.3% abv]

Thursday Tasting 11/6/14 5-7pm: Quest Brewing Launch

Posted Nov 05, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, In the news, New this week, People

We’re pleased to welcome Quest Brewing of Greenville, SC this Thursday in the wee Tasting Room with brewmaster Don Richardson himself. (The very Don for whom Catawba’s King Don Pumpkin is namedqueswtlogo.) Join us in welcoming them to WNC!

Golden Fleece BPA: “This beer is named after Jason and his band of Argonauts who set out on a quest for the fleece in order to place Jason rightfully on the throne of  Thessaly.  Golden Fleece BPA is an easy-drinking, refreshing beer yet has enough character to please the beer connoisseur.  Local malt from Riverbend Malt House is used to add to the flavor complexity.” [4.5% abv]

Smoking Mirror Smoked PorterNamed after the Aztec relic of Tezcatlipoca, This mystic ale is brewed with 6 varieties of malts including a touch of peated malt in order to create a subtle smoke character.  It is delicately hopped with an intense malt backbone. [5.5% abv]

Ellida IPA: “This west coast style IPA is our tribute to Norse and their quests and adventures.  ELLIDA was a legendary magic dragon ship also known as the first ship of the north. This Viking ale is brewed with loads of hops and balanced out with 5 varieties of malts.  Local malt from Riverbend Malthouse is used to add to the flavor complexity.” [6.9% abv]

Kaldi Imperial Coffee Stout: “Kaldi was the Ethiopian goat-herder who discovered the coffee plant, according to popular legend.  This stout is brewed with West End Coffee Company’s freshly-roasted beans and cacao nibs.  The end result is a complex, smooth beer that will sure to intrigue the palette.” [8.0% 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 7/3/14: 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.”