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Thursday Tasting 2/26, 5-7pm: Beers of British Columbia

Posted Feb 25, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, Events, Goings on, Seasonals

toquesSnow is coming, so it’s fitting we’re sampling beers from the snowy wonderland of British Columbia, Canada. Join us tomorrow 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the tasting room to sample beers from SteamworksParallel 49, and Howe Sound.

Steamworks Frambozen: “From Steamworks Brewing comes the Frambozen, a mild ale that uses raspberries, Pale and Munich Malts with Mt. Hood Hops. This Ruby red coloured beer is topped with two fingers of very quickly dispersing head leaving the glass clear of lacing. The smell is sweet and sour with strong raspberry tones taking charge in a raspberry juice like aroma.” [7.0% abv]

Parallel 49 Vow of Silence: “A Belgian-style dark strong ale that showcases notes of stone fruits and raisins. Dark amber in colour with a higher carbonation to keep the beer from feeling to heavy.” [9.8% abv]

Parallel 49 Toques of Hazzard: “An Imperial IPA made with wheat to keep the beer light bodied and a hazy white. Big hop flavours and aromas of tropical fruit and gooseberries from the Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops.” [9.2% abv]

Howe Sound Wee Beastie: “A rich, malty Wee Heavy style Scotch ale, brewed with 100% barley malt, hops, water and yeast. Peated malt provides a subtle smokiness to this beer, while medium toasted American oak imparts a silky smoothness and additional complexity. Named in honour of Scottish poet Robbie Burns’ famous poem, To A Mouse, written in 1785. Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie, O, what panic’s in thy breastie! A brave big bodied ale!” [7.0% abv]

Howe Sound Megadestroyer: “As the name suggests, is not for the faint-hearted. This beer is a strong, hearty stout brewed in a very limited quantity a few times a year. It is brewed with seven different barley malts, blackstrap molasses, hops, water, yeast, licorice root and star anise. It has an intense depth of roast earthy flavour, with a pleasant licorice aroma.” [10.0% abv]

Thursday Tasting 2/5/15, 5-7pm: Foothills Brewing

Posted Feb 04, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals

SexualChocolateThis week, join us and Tyler from Foothills Brewing for a four-beer flight, including Sexual Chocolate!

February IPA of The Month: “Meet Charlie The Corgi, whose impressive online following is matched only by his energy and “extreme cuteness”. To complement that robust personality, it only made sense to brew an IPA with bold experimental hops and a unique malt bill that, like Charlie, will lend a little sweetness to you life.” [6.5% abv]

Jade IPA: “Jade. Exotic jewel of the orient. Now a gem of an IPA. Bold, citrusy Pacific Jade hops lend striking tropical fruit notes and a hint of peppery finish to this easy-drinking IPA. Dry hop additions of Chinook and Citra add heady aroma and bold flavor. A special beer to charm the hop lover in you. Go ahead. Get Jaded.” [7.4% abv]

Foothills Stout: “Is there a more appropriately named beer style than stout? Dark, robust, opaquely possessive of heady aromas and rich fulfilling flavor, its name defines its assets. Ours is brewed with layers of roasted barley and black malts, and just enough flavor hops for a balanced smooth finish. By any definition, a superior beer.” [7.0% abv]

Sexual Chocolate: “A cocoa infused Imperial Stout. Opaque black in color with a dark brown head. Big chocolate aroma with notes of espresso, blackstrap molasses, dark sweet toffee and dark fruit. Smooth dark chocolate backbone with complex notes of coffee, dark toffee and dark fruit.” [9.75% abv]

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]