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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.”

Thursday Bruisin’ Tasting 10/22: Welcome back, Brooklyn Brewery!

Posted Oct 16, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals, The Beerlanthropy® Project

Brooklyn Brewery is back in a big way! Join us on Thursday 10/22 from 5-7pm and sample some brews that have been out-of-Brooklyn-Brewerymarket for years. Let’s give them a hearty Welcome Back!

Sorachi Ace: Named after the Sorachi region of Hokkaido, Japan, the Sorachi Ace hop was developed by a large Japanese brewery in the late 1970s. A cross between British Brewers Gold, Japanese “Beikei No. 2” and the famed Czech Saaz, it had a unique lemony, herbal scent, but this hop was deeemed “odd” and ended up quickly banished to a laboratory. Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is sunshine in a glass, a shining example of the versatility of one of the world’s most intriguing hops. This beer is a superstar at the table, and we enjoy it with seafood dishes, fresh cheeses, poultry, barbecue, and even tomato-based pasta sauces. All by itself it puts on a great solo performance too, and we can honestly say that you’ve never tasted any beer quite like it. Go ahead, pour yourself some sunshine.

BLAST!: We use earthy English hops to build the foundation and bright citrusy American hops to bring the noise in the rambunctious IPA we call BLAST! British Maris Otter and German Pilsner malts lends solidity, balance and bready flavors to brace up a beer that’s beautifully hoppy, strangely quaffable and oddly compelling. Minerally hop bitterness is followed by a shock wave of flavor and aroma. You won’t even know what hit you.

Wild Streak: Brooklyn Wild Streak starts off as a Belgian-inspired golden ale. After fermentation and a brief conditioning, we then age the beer for several months in second-use bourbon barrels, giving it a soft, round character infused with nicely balanced oak flavors. Finally we bottle the beer flat and re-ferment it with blend of priming sugar, Champagne yeast and the wild yeast strain Brettanomyces. As the two yeasts do their cavorting, the beer gains its natural carbonation. The “Brett” takes many months to do its thing during bottle aging, but once it does, Wild Streak is enlivened by a wonderfully complex earthy funk.

Black Chocolate Stout: This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. In the 18th century, Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, ordered a stout to be sent to her from England. This beer was brewed strong and hoppy to survive the sea voyage, and it arrived in perfect condition. Soon “Russian Imperial Stout” became the toast of the Russian aristocracy. Brewed since 1994, our Black Chocolate Stout has itself become a modern classic, heralded the world over. It achieves its dark chocolate aroma and flavor through the artful blending of six malts and months of aging. Properly kept, it will improve in the bottle for many years. This stout is the toast of the winter season in many countries, and there is nothing better to enjoy with chocolate desserts, cheesecake, ice cream, fine cheeses and roaring fireplaces.

Thursday Tasting 10/15: CANtastic Oskar Blues North Carolina

Posted Oct 09, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Coming Soon, Events, Goings on, New this week, Seasonals

oldchubDigging into some CANtastic beers for this week’s tasting to celebrate the return of Old Chub Scotch Ale. Join us 5-7pm for some Oskar Blues Brewery North Carolina!

Mama’s Little Yella Pilsner: “How do you cram as much hop & malt flavor and aroma as possible into a beer but make it crushable too? Oskar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pils is an uncompromising, small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czech Republic, famous. Unlike mass market‚ “pilsners‚” diluted with corn and rice, Mama’s is built with 100% pale malt, German specialty malts, and Saaz hops. While it’s rich with Czeched-out flavor, its gentle hopping (35 IBUs) and low ABV (just 5.3%) make it a luxurious but low-dose (by Oskar Blues standards) refresher.”

Dale’s Pale Ale: “THIS VOLUMINOUSLY HOPPED MUTHA…delivers a hoppy nose and assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and citrusy floral hops from start to finish. Oskar Blues launched its canning ops in 2002, brewing and hand-canning Dale’s Pale Ale in the Lyons, ColoRADo, brewpub. America’s first-craft-canned mountain Pale is a hearty, critically acclaimed trailblazer that changed the way craft beer fiends perceive portable beer (6.5 percent ABV and 65 IBUs)”

“Blue Dream” aka Oskar Blues IPA: “A Metamodern IPA conceived of hand selected hops from down under. Malt barley and red wheat combine to create a clean malt backbone with foolproof flavor and mouthfeel to support the main act of Enigma, Vic Secret, Ella, Topaz and Galaxy hops. The hops strum juicy and sweet aromas with headline notes of passion fruit, raspberries, pineapple and citrus. This straight-up strain is Oskar Blues IPA (6.43% ABV). To each their own til we go home.”

Old Chub Scotch Ale: It’s back for the season! “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.”

Ten Fidy: “Ten FIDY Imperial Stout – This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hide a hefty 65 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt. Ten FIDY (10.5% ABV) is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. Ten FIDY is the ultimate celebration of dark malts and boundary-stretching beer.”

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.”