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Bruisin’ Ales beer stats through 6/30/15

Posted Jul 03, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, History, In the news, Miscellany, Reports, Tech, The Beerlanthropy® Project

reportsHere is some nerdy stuff for you. J ran some data reports for the first half of the year that we think are pretty interesting. All reports are by consumer dollar sales in descending order. There are some surprising things here. For the first year ever, our Top Beer by Brand is not from Asheville. And, Green Man, Olde Hickory, and Wicked Weed all pushed into the top five our of the Top Breweries, knocking down some older, familiar players.

Top 20 Countries

  1. USA
  2. Belgium
  3. England
  4. Germany
  5. Denmark
  6. Scotland
  7. Italy
  8. Canada
  9. Austria
  10. Switzerland
  11. Iceland
  12. Netherlands
  13. France
  14. Sweden
  15. Japan
  16. Ireland
  17. Spain
  18. Sri Lanka
  19. Finland
  20. Poland

Top 50 Breweries

  1. Green Man
  2. Olde Hickory
  3. Wicked Weed
  4. NoDa
  5. Pisgah Brewing
  6. Foothills
  7. Nantahala
  8. Stone Brewing
  9. Asheville Brewing
  10. Boulevard
  11. Epic Brewing
  12. Hi-Wire
  13. Burial Beer
  14. Dogfish Head
  15. Evil Twin
  16. Bell’s
  17. Catawba
  18. Cascade
  19. Founders
  20. New Belgium
  21. Terrapin
  22. Sierra Nevada
  23. Rogue Ales
  24. Fullsteam
  25. The Bruery
  26. Knee Deep
  27. Southern Tier
  28. Allagash
  29. Highland
  30. Duck Rabbit
  31. French Broad
  32. Oskar Blues
  33. Anchorage
  34. Westbrook
  35. Sweetwater
  36. New Holland
  37. Victory
  38. PRAIRIE Artisan Ales
  39. Triple C
  40. Anderson Valley
  41. Lagunitas
  42. Mother Earth
  43. Dark Horse
  44. Weyerbacher
  45. Mystery
  46. Steel String
  47. Alvinne
  48. Thirsty Dog
  49. Twin Leaf
  50. Ommegang

Top 50 Beers by Brand

  1. NoDa Hop Drop ‘n Roll
  2. Olde Hickory Event Horizon
  3. Olde Hickory Omega Point
  4. Wicked Weed ‘Genesis’
  5. Wicked Weed ‘Oblivion’
  6. Epic Big Bad Baptist
  7. Green Man Nocturne Barrel Aged Smoked Imperial Porter
  8. Pisgah Pale Ale
  9. Green Man Holly King
  10. Olde Hickory Death by Hops
  11. Green Man The Dweller
  12. Wicked Weed ‘Amorous’
  13. Burial ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ Saison
  14. Green Man Demon Dweller
  15. Boulevard Love Child
  16. Foothills IPA of the Month
  17. Pisgah Greybeard IPA
  18. Green Man Rainmaker
  19. NoDa Coco Loco
  20. Nantahala Barrel Aged Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout
  21. Green Man None More Black
  22. Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Bigfoot Ale
  23. Wicked Weed ‘Bretticent’
  24. Pisgah Chocolatized Vortex II
  25. Southern Tier Creme Brulee
  26. Duck Rabbit 10th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Anarchy
  27. Foothills Jade IPA
  28. Pisgah Red Devil
  29. Pisgah x Burial Cemetery Gates
  30. Twin Leaf ‘MDXXI’ Imperial Mexican Chocolate Stout
  31. Stone Enjoy By IPA
  32. Knee Deep Simtra Triple India Pale Ale
  33. Catawba Valley Peanut Butter Jelly Time
  34. Green Man IPA
  35. Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout
  36. Pisgah Valdez
  37. Bell’s Hopslam
  38. Pisgah Tripel
  39. Dogfish Head American Beauty
  40. Cascade Figaro
  41. Pisgah Oak Aged Pale P.O.A.P.
  42. New Holland Dragon’s Milk
  43. Founders ‘Backstage’ Blushing Monk
  44. PRAIRIE ‘Funky Gold Amarillo’
  45. Nantahala Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout
  46. Green Man ESB
  47. Burial ‘Skillet Donut Stout’
  48. Green Man Bootsy
  49. Ilkley The Mayan
  50. Wicked Weed ‘Take Take’

Vote for Bruisin’ Ales in MXNews “Best of WNC” 2015

Posted Apr 29, 2015 in Beer, Beer Awards, Coolness, Events, Goings on, History, In the news, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project

BestOfWNC2015VoteNowButtonFor six years running, you’ve honored us by voting for the humble storefront as Best Beer Store in MountainXPress “Best of WNC” and we’d love your vote again in 2015.

Here’s why:

In 2006, we opened Bruisin’ Ales as the very first beer-only store in North Carolina. Now there are over 100 different bottle shops in the state. (Did you know the Southeast now has the largest concentration of beer-only bottle shops? Yup.)

In 2007, we hosted a fundraiser for Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway in collaboration with Sean Wilson (formally Pop the Cap, now Fullsteam Brewery) and Lee Chase (former head brewer of Stone Brewing). This was one of the first times the Asheville brewing community united for a cause. It helped facilitate camaraderie and now we have the Asheville Brewers Alliance.

In 2008, we invested in downtown and bought our building. We committed. We’re here to stay.

In 2009, Bruisin’ Ales was honored at REI for our contributions to Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway. We love these mountains and have raised thousands of dollars for the Asheville sector’s upkeep (which is woefully underfunded). But we also like water, because you make beer with it, so we also match all our donations for the Save the French Broad campaign annually.

In 2010, we were named Small Business of the Month by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce. (That felt fancy and J wore a sportcoat.)

In 2011, Bruisin’ Ales was asked to be the official retailer for MoogFest’s Moog Filtered Ale, shipping the beer to musicians across the country. (That was VERY cool, btw.)

In 2012-2013, Julie was on the volunteer community that helped shape Asheville Beer Week.

In 2014, we launched our webstore to ship local beers across the country. Beerlanthropy!

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Thank you for years of support! We love you, Asheville!

 

Asheville Beer Week is upon us & we’ve got some events going on

Posted May 22, 2013 in Beer, Beer Humor, Beer Pairings, Beer Places, Books, Breweries, Events, Goings on, History, In the news, Limited Release, People, Sports, The Beerlanthropy® Project

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It’s almost Asheville Beer Week! At Bruisin’ Ales, we’ve planned a bunch of events at humble storefront and with some colleagues about town. A few details to work out, but we’re all in! We hope you’ll join us!

Sunday, May 26, 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
What: LaZoom Sunday Beer Run
Where:
 On the big, purple bus!
Tickets: $25.00/pp, Buy online

Hop on the big, purple bus! Asheville’s Feral Chihuahuas, Bruisin’ Ales and LaZoom team up to bring you a beer and comedy explosion tour not to be missed. Wrap your mind around the area’s beer history—as told by local funny guys, The Feral Chihuahuas. Includes beer on the bus and at least one brewery stop along the way! **This is event is close to selling out. 

Tuesday, May 28, 6:00 pm
What: Asheville Tourists & Bruisin’ Ales present “Belgian(style) Beer at the Ballpark”
Where:
McCormick Field, Oskar Blues Party Pavilion
Tickets: $60/pp, http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6804463333#

Asheville Tourists and Bruisin’ Ales bring Belgian pub food and Belgian-style beer to the Tuesday, March 28 home game at McCormick Field. Nine innings–Nine breweries! Beers so far, below. More a’coming!

Liefmans: Goudenband, Cuvee Brut, Fruitesse
Het Anker Gouden Carolus: Hopsinjour, Easter Ale, Cuvée van de Keizer Blauw
Allagash Brewing: Blonde, James Bean (Curieux w/ coffee), Midnight Brett
Brewery Ommegang: Biere d’Hougoumont, Rare Vos, Gnommegang
The Bruery: Saison Rue, Mischief Golden, Tradewinds Tripel w/ Thai Basil
Boulevard Brewing: Tank 7, Nommo, Sixth Glass
Pisgah Brewing: White Ale, Solstice Tripel, Baptista
New Belgium Brewing: Biere de Garde, Peach Porch Lounger, Cascara Quad
Weyerbacher Brewing: Verboten, Quad, Tiny

Menu:
• Chicken Leg Quarters marinated in New Belgium Biere de Mars
• Fresh Greens with Raspberry and Rare Vos Vinaigrette
• Choucroute Garni Nommo: A traditional Belgian “stew” with bratwurst, kielbasa, sauerkraut, and potatoes sauteed with onions, tomatoes, and caraway, cooked with Boulevard Nomma Dubbel.
• Weyerbacher “Tiny” Brownies

All breweries are bringing THREE selections. Brewery reps will be on-hand and we’re excited to welcome the brewer of Boulevard Brewing to Asheville for the first time. Join us for a casual night in the brand new Oskar Blues Party Pavilion at McCormick Field while we cheer on The Tourists! $60/pp, includes game ticket, private seating area, all-you-can-eat buffet, and beer samples (while they last).

Tuesday, May 28, 12:00 pm
What: Retail Bottle Releases of ABA Hoppy Saison Collaboration Beer & Green Man Brewing Raugupatis

Where: Bruisin’ Ales

The ABA Hoppy Saison—made with North Carolina honey, and around 6.5% abv—is the first-ever collaborative brew to come from the Asheville Brewers Alliance. Twenty different breweries came together for this creation: Altamont Brewing Co., Asheville Brewing, BearWaters Brewing Co., Blue Mountain Pizza and Brew Pub, Burial Beer Co., Catawba Valley Brewing Company, French Broad Brewing Company, Green Man Brewery, Heinzelmannchen Brewery, Highland Brewing Company, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Nantahala Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing, Pisgah Brewing Company, Riverbend Malt House, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Southern Appalachian Brewery, Thirsty Monk, Tipping Point Brewing, Wedge Brewing Company, Wicked Weed Brewing.

Green Man Brewing’s 750’s of Raugupatis, Baltic Porter Aged in Whiskey Barrels will also be released that day.

**Please note: Both beer releases are on-premise only for Asheville Beer Week attendees. No shipping. No pre-orders or hold-by-phone. Quantities per person will be announced as soon as we receive our allocation numbers. **

Wednesday, May 29, 6:00-8:00 pm
What: Meet-n-Greet & Book Signing with Brewmaster Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing
Where: Bruisin’ Ales

Join us for a tasting and meet-n-greet with Mitch Steele, Brewmaster of Stone Brewing Company, California. He’ll be signing his new book, IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale. Get a signed copy of the book (while supplies last) and a flight! Stone’s flagship IPAs: Stone IPA, Stone Ruination, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, and Stone Cali-Belgique.

FREE entry. Books are $24.95.

Thursday, May 30, 6:00-9:00 pm
What: The Market Place & Bruisin’ Ales present: Small Plates & Allagash Pairing
Where:
 The Market Place
Tickets: $40/pp w/ tax + gratuity. http://abw-marketplace-allagash-eorgf.eventbrite.com/

The Market Place and Bruisin’ Ales welcome Allagash present a casual, small plate tasting and beer pairing. Come mingle! Bring your reservation anytime between 6-8:30, at your leisure, and chill out in the bar area good eats, great beer and live Moog jazz and funky beats by Ben Hovey.

Tasting Plate:
Single lady oyster, Allagash white mignonette, toasted coriander, seaweed & cucumber salad. | Paired with Allagash White.

Looking Glass Creamery chocolate lab cheese, local lavender flower honey, sorghum glazed hazelnut & arugula salad. | Paired with Allagash Victoria.

Braised pork shank & mushroom ragu, local chevre & spring onion grits. | Paired with Allagash Dubbel.

Pecan tart, caramel sauce, bourbon macerated raspberry. | Paired with Allagash Bourbon-barrel Black.

THURSDAY 10/18: “Asheville Beer” book signing with author Anne-Fitten Glenn

Posted Oct 16, 2012 in Beer, Beer Places, Books, Breweries, Brewpubs, Coolness, Events, History, In the news, Merchandise, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project, Travel

On Thursday evening, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Anne Fitten Glenn, a.k.a Asheville beer blogger “Brewgasm,” will be at the humble storefront signing copies of her newly-published book, “Asheville Beer: An Intoxicating History of Mountain Brewing.”

Buy the book ($17.00), get a beer!

If you’re reading this, you’re likely one of the many who already believe that the history of beer and brewing is a worthwhile pursuit. If not, perhaps this book will make you a believer.

I tackled this project for a couple of reasons. First, because interesting stories rarely start with, “I was drinking some water, and then…” Also, I’ve been writing about beer and the beer business for a number of years, and I feel that I’ve been writing Asheville’s beer history as it happens. Some of the facts and stories in this book were first published in my “Brews News” column for Asheville’s newsweekly and elsewhere, though I’ve rewritten them for these pages.

I wanted to delve more deeply into what beer means (and has meant) to Asheville and Western North Carolina (WNC) culturally, economically and socially. (Western North Carolina refers to the seventeen westernmost counties of North Carolina, of which Asheville is the largest city). Thus, this story begins with the founding of Asheville in 1798, when the site of the town was changed at the last minute due to the cunning of a tavern keeper and his home-brewed “mountain dew.” As the Blue Ridge Mountains are famous for the distillation of moonshine (we even have a legal white lightning distillery now), it was not much of a stretch for WNC to become a brewing mecca, although it did take almost two hundred years. …

(PS: If you’re not in the area, but interested in reading the book, you can buy it on Amazon.)

[AVLBeerWeek] Bruisin’ Ales Presents: The LaZoom Sunday Beer Runs

Posted Apr 04, 2012 in Beer, Beer Humor, Breweries, Coolness, Events, Goings on, History, People

LaZoom "Sunday Beer Run"This week, we’ll be announcing all our events for Asheville Beer Week, one per day. First up: The LaZoom Sunday Beer Runs!

We’ve paired up with the folks from LaZoom (the BIG PURPLE BUS!) and Feral Chihuahuas Comedy Troupe to create a special LaZoom tour just for Asheville Beer Week. If you’ve never taken the LaZoom tours (even as a local), you need to add that to your must-do list right now. It’s just a bunch of wacky fun with tidbits of Asheville history. For the Sunday Beer Run, the LaZoom team is writing a very special tour for beer fans. Canned beers on board will be provided by Asheville Brewing and Catawba Valley Brewing Co. We sincerely hope that Sister Bad Habit, left, won’t drink it all before you get there. (You may also bring your own beers on board.)

There are two tour options, one at the start of Beer Week, another at the end:

Sunday, May 27th, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 3rd, 1:00 p.m. 

Special LaZoom Asheville tour incorporating Asheville Beer History, hosted by Bruisin’ Ales, LaZoom & Feral Chihuahuas.

Hop on LaZoom’s iconic purple bus and find the funny side of Asheville Beer. Our city wide afternoon tours are historical and hysterical, feature outlandish comedy skits, entertaining tour guides, loads of Asheville information and … beer! You’ve never taken a tour like this before – it’s a show on wheels!

So bring your Sunday hangovers, some beer to drink, and do what the locals do… “Get on the Big Purple Bus!”

Standard tour length is two hours with a (2) 20-minute stops at Green Man Brewery and Wedge Brewery.

$25/pp | Advance tickets available online soon at lazoomtours.com

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