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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!


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










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
 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”
McCormick Field, Oskar Blues Party Pavilion
Tickets: $60/pp,

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

• 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
 The Market Place
Tickets: $40/pp w/ tax + gratuity.

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

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The Valentine’s Day Edition

Posted Feb 14, 2012 in Beer, Beer Pairings, Breweries, History, In the news, Limited Release, Rarerities, The Beerlanthropy® Project

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is here. We’ve got a few recommendations for you of truly delectable selections that we’re deeming “sexy” beers. A very informal poll on Twitter last night showed that most people think stouts are the sexiest style, with those including chocolate mentioned most, but we’re taking another road. Here are six non-stout beers from around the world we think you should try with your significant other (or even alone) tonight. It’s sexy time!

SCHNEIDER Vintage Aventinus (Germany)
This wheat doppelbock is rich, roasty, and nutty. Dark, with a thick, creamy mouthfeel, it’s great on its own, even better with food. (Plus, it rhymes with Valentinus, the Christian martyr for whom Valentine’s Day is named.) Brewery description: “Dark-ruby colored wheat doppelbock with a creamy fine head. Strong notes of ripe bananas, raisins and plums meet liquorice and roasty aromas. Full-bodied and warming, with a well-balanced and smooth finish. The ideal companion for hearty roast meat, venison and also fruity chocolate desserts, ‘Kaiserschmarrn’ (pancakes), ‘Elisenlebkuchen’ (christmas cookies) or bleu cheese. Oldest wheat doppelbock of Bavaria. Since 1907.” Try the cave-aged version for a special treat! [8.2% abv]

DEL DUCATO L’Ultima Luna (Italy)
This beer is more like an apertif or digestif. Luscious, thick barleywine “matured for at least nine months in French oak barrels, which previously contained Italian red wine. Copper colored with reddish tints and extraordinarily rich and complex in the nose, it releases aromas of red fruits (cherries, currants) and vanilla, with hints of wild berries, and it is reminiscent of a fine wine with a warm-bodied mouth feel and little carbonation.” [13.0% abv]

ALMOND 22 Torbata (Italy)
We love scotch. Scotch, scotch, scotch. Such a treat this beer is, truly! A peat-smoked barleywine with heavy scotch notes? Brewery description: “This ale was inspired by the passion for peaty single malt whisky and, in fact, the beer is brewed with the same peated malt usually used for whisky. Torbata is an eccentric interpretation of the barleywine genre, it has been embraced by beer connoisseurs increasingly open and ready to explore new beers. Typical peat aromas are followed by nice fruity notes, from the chestnut honey, and finally the hops that bring together the caramel and toasted malt notes. Enjoy with a good cigar or dark chocolate.” Yes, yes, yes! [8.7% abv]

FANTOME Black Ghost (Belgium)
A beautiful, dark saison with the addition of spices. All the characteristics of a saison with darker malts. This beer used to be more like a stout, actually, but has been evolving over the years. Excellent with a fine cheese plate. [8.0% abv]

KASTEEL Rouge (Belgium)
Forget the chocolate-covered cherries. Drink them! The beautiful red color in Kasteel Rouge comes from Kasteel Brune that has been left to mature for at least six months with sour cherries. Brewery description: “Pouring a deep black cherry color with a small reddish and velvety head, this Rouge’s nose is one of nutty yeasty milk chocolate. One sip reveals myriad cherry flavors, buttressed with spice, bitterness, but not overpowered by carbonation. The perfect balance of ripe cherry fruits, bready malts and essential zest and spice, this beer will surely render your favorite fruit dessert obsolete.” [8.0% abv]

UINTA Crooked Line Series: Labyrinth Black Ale (US)
Straight out of Utah, comes this very unique black ale with licorice/anise. (It was also award the Silver Medal at the 2011 European Beer Star Awards.) Pitch black opaque ale aged on rye barrels with a dash of licorice. Very warming and great for sipping. Brewery description: “Enter the Labyrinth, a multi-dimensional black ale. Discover the complex intermingling of black licorice and toasted oak. Seek the subtle hints of bittersweet chocolate. Explore pairing Labyrinth with flavorful cheeses and rich desserts.” [13.2% abv]

Okay, we lied. We’re including this one stout from Epic New Zealand, because it’s bonkers delicious and you need to try it. Very, very limited!

EPIC Epicurean Coffee & Fig (New Zealand)
Just released and just arrived last Friday. A super sexy beer! We’re not gonna give you more than the description on the bottle, because that will be enough. Brewery description: “Luscious oatmeal stout brewed with barbeque-caramelized Turkish Lerida figs & matured on wet process Ethiopian Sidamo coffee.” Holy. Crap. (Read this review on about this new beer.) The treat of treats! [8.0% abv]

Happy beer drinking on this Valentine’s Day! Will you be our Valentine?