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8th Annual Holiday Pisgah Brewing & Bruisin’ Ales Tasting, 12/18, 5-8pm

Posted Dec 16, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Coolness, Events, Goings on, Limited Release

IMG_20141216_122035We’re holding the 8th Annual Pisgah Brewing & Bruisin’ Ales Holiday Tasting this Thurday from 5:00-8:00pm. Special extended three-hour tasting!

Pisgah POAP (Pisgah Oak-aged Pale): “What begins as our flagship Pale Ale patiently undergoes a miraculous transformation meditating upon a year-long communion inside toasted oak barrels. Tart champagne-like effervescence yields to a bright hoppy finish. Enjoy P.O.A.P. anytime with friends.” [5.1% abv]

Pisgah Valdez Coffee Stout: “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]

Pisgah Chocolatized Vortex Imperial Stout: “The darkest of Pisgah brews, the beer formerly known as Vortex II took a significant transformation when Pisgah brewers added a heavy dose (25lbs in 5bbls) of raw cocoa nibs to the brite tanks, thus creating what will now only be known as Chocolatized. Congratulations to the brewers, as this Russian Imperial Stout aged on cocoa nibs brought home a coveted Gold Medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival for the Chocolate Beer Category.”

…Plus other special vintage Pisgah beers from the Bruisin’ Cellar!

Meet Elise Carlson, our new beerlanthropist

Posted Dec 05, 2014 in Coolness, Goings on, In the news, New this week, People

IMG_0040_3Happy Friday! We want to introduce you to our newest beerlanthropist on staff, Elise Carlson.

“I am NC born and raised. Besides beer, my favorite things are traveling, music, yoga, and the outdoors. I went to school at UNC Asheville for sociology and anthropology.  I like making jewelry and crocheting in my spare time.  I work as a bartender at the  Wicked Weed Funkatorium as well at Bruisin’ Ales. I especially love sour and barrel-aged beer, and so it makes me very happy to be surrounded by great beer at both of my workplaces!”

Come say hello to Elise! We’re so happy to have her on board with our team.

Thursday Tasting 12/4 5-7pm: Sierra Nevada Brewing

Posted Dec 03, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, Seasonals

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We have the fine people of Sierra Nevada Brewing in-store tomorrow night for our Thursday Tasting. Join us from 5:00-7:00 p.m for a beer flight.

Christmas Jam: “Turn up the bass, plug in, and settle down for a long jam session with this hop-forward beer. This hop-driven session ale is the perfect beer for this one-of-a-kind musical marvel. This easygoing beer works its way up the scale of hop flavors with cool notes of citrus and pine alongside bright fruity aromas. This medley balances against a light, toasty malt backbone for a mellow balance and jam-worthy drinkability.” [4.3% abv]

Celebration Ale: “The start of Celebration season is a festive event. We can’t start brewing until the first fresh hops have arrived, but once they have the season is officially under way! First brewed in 1981, Celebration Ale is one of the earliest examples of an American-style IPA and one of the few hop-forward holiday beers. Famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas, Celebration is bold and intense, featuring Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops—honoring everything we have at Sierra Nevada.” [6.8% abv]

Narwhal: “Narwhal Imperial Stout is inspired by the mysterious creature that thrives in the deepest fathoms of the frigid Arctic Ocean. Featuring incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, Narwhal is a massive malt-forward monster. Aggressive but refined with a velvety smooth body and decadent finish, Narwhal will age in the bottle for years to come.” [10.2% abv]

Barrel-aged Narwhal: “Barrel-Aged Narwhal is our deliciously dark Imperial Stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Barrel aging is a strange science; it mellows some characteristics of the original beer while intensifying others. Narwhal’s aggressive roastiness has calmed, but the rich, chocolate-like malt backbone is brought to the fore. Black as midnight, this intense stout is complex with notes of cocoa and espresso balanced with hints of vanilla and toasted coconut from the oak casks. Nearly as rare as it’s nautical namesake, try Barrel-Aged Narwhal while you can because like the creature itself, it will soon dive into the depths and leave nary a trace behind.” [12.9% abv]

 

Jazz hands! The Bruisin’ Webstore is up!

Posted Nov 25, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, Cider, Coolness, Goings on, In the news, Merchandise, Miscellany, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project

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We did it! After four months of work, the Bruisin’ Ales Webstore is now live and taking orders online. Our real-time inventory is displayed (except for those items deemed “non-shipping”) with a fully searchable database. The store will be updated weekly with new arrivals, and we’ll be adding more tags along the way to help you find what you’re looking for. Look for merchandise to be thrown into the mix soon, such as our t-shirts and glassware. Happy shopping, everyone!

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Things to know:

  • We ship to most states in the U.S. (detailed list at webstore link above.) For international shipping inquiries, please email us.
  • Locals can now place pick-up orders. Buy/pay online, pick-up later!*
  • Use the drop-down menus for beer brands by Country > State and/or Manufacturer.
  • Use personal search parameters, i.e. Asheville, bourbon, oak, sour, <beer style>, <beer name>, etc.
  • When you set-up a Customer Account online, you’ll automatically become a member of our brand new K-O Club, a customer loyalty program coming in 2015.
  • We ship in increments of (3), (6), and (12) for large format bottles, and increments of (12) for 12oz.
*How does pick-up work? I live in the area and want to order online for pick-up later.
  1. No problem! Just go through the same Shopping process, then select “Pick-up” at checkout. We’ll pack it up and have it waiting for you.
  2. Must show ID at pick-up and ID must match name on credit card used for purchase.
  3. Pick-up orders must be retrieved within 7 days of purchase.

Where do I start?

  1. Click the SHOPPING button to enter the site.

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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]