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Thursday 12/17, 5-7pm: 9th Annual Benefit Holiday Tasting with Pisgah Brewing for Be Loved

Posted Dec 16, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Coolness, Events, Goings on, In the news, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals, The Beerlanthropy® Project

pisgah-logowpid-wp-1450217461698.pngCome join us for our 9th Annual Holiday Tasting with Pisgah Brewing Company! Tickets will be available at the door ($5/pp) and all proceeds will go to Be Loved House Asheville. We will waive the fee for anyone that brings donations from their needs list:

  • Canned Food / Pasta
  • Clothing (huge need for mens clothing)
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Toiletries
  • Backpacks
  • Blankets
  • Tents
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Drink Mixes

If you can’t attend, but would like to make a donation to Be Loved Asheville, please click here.

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Valdez: 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

Red Devil: This 9% Belgian-style ale was originally brewed to commemorate Pisgah’s 200th batch. Packed with over one pound of cherries and raspberries per gallon, the Red Devil balances delicately between tart and not-too-sweet. pisgah-logopisgah-logopisgah-logo

Vanilla Porter (New!): We have taken our classic Porter recipe, added some appropriate “umph” in the already diverse roasted grain bill, and then finished on raw Vanilla Beans from Madagascar. The result is a full-bodied brew of dark color, with subtle sweetness noticed on the first approach while the calming Vanilla flavors ease the palate before the roasted notes fill out the flavor profile. Salud!

10th Anniversary Cosmos (Vintage bottles from the cellar!): Dark and mysterious, this Pisgah beer is a tribute to Belgian tradition and our home brew roots. Combining the rich flavor of the Baltic Porter with the subtleness of a special Belgian yeast strain, the Cosmos is born.

10th Anniversary Double IPA: Using nothing but whole-cone Citra and Simcoe hops, which is accompanied by a medium bodied grain-bill, the Pisgah DIPA boasts an 8.1% ABV and comes in at around 120+ IBUs. Once poured, the nose is immediately greeted with tropical notes of pineapple and grapefruit. A pleasant bitterness ensues moments later as this ale approaches the end of the palate, while the ale visually pleases with a medium-light color and appropriate head. pisgah-logo

Shop for the latest! New arrivals.

Posted Dec 10, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, In the news, Limited Release, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals, The Beerlanthropy® Project

epic-big-bad-baptistAlesmith ‘Nut Brown’ Ale 12oz Sgl
Alewerks ‘Marley’s Lament’ 22oz

Amager x Grassroots ‘Shadow Pictures’ Double IPA 500ml
Argus ‘Ciderkin’ 335ml Sgl
Argus ‘Stellar’ 750ml
Ballast Point ‘Victory at Sea’ 12oz Sgl
Bell’s Double Cream Stout 12oz Sgl
Epic ‘Big Bad Baptist’ 22oz
Fullsteam ‘First Frost’ Winter Ale 22oz
Green Man ‘Forester’ Winter Ale 12oz Sgl
Green Man ‘Holly King’ Barrel-aged Holiday Ale 12oz Sgl
Highland ‘Black Watch’ Double Chocolate Milk Stout 12oz
Lagunitas ‘Hairy Eyeball’ 22oz
New Belgium ‘Blackberry Barleywine’ 22oz
Stone ‘Double Bastard in the Rye’ 500ml
Stone ‘Enjoy By 12.25.15′ IPA 12oz Sgl
Stone x 4 Hands x Bale Breaker ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ IPA 22oz
Thirsty Dog ‘Wulver’ Wee Heavy Ale 12oz Sgl
Tilquin ‘Geuze’ 750ml
Tilquin ‘Oude Quetsche’ 375ml
Tilquin ‘Rullquin’ 750ml
Unibroue ‘La Resolution’ 750ml
Unknown x 7th Sun ‘Rise Against Clowns’ 750ml

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!)

Feature: Beer City, North Carolina by Stephen Beaumont

Posted Oct 30, 2015 in Beer, Beer Places, Breweries, Brewpubs, Coolness, History, In the news, People, Travel

Way back in late Spring, we had the honor to host award-winning beer writer and author, Stephen Beaumont, for Asheville Beer Week. His feature on the experience in our fair city didn’t make it into the US media, but being a Canadian, the story appeared in TAPS Magazine, Canada’s only national beer magazine. We’d like to thank Managing Editor, Kristina Santone, for the permission to reprint this story.

Read on, friends!

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Tom Peters of Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia, Julie and Jason Atallah, and author Stephen Beaumont during Asheville Beer Week.

Beer City, North Carolina
Stephen Beaumont

If you so desire, you can be at a brewery within mere minutes of your flight landing at the Asheville Regional Airport. And not just any brewery either, but Sierra Nevada’s gleaming new shrine to the brewing arts, which the company spent tens of millions of dollars building. It’s so near to the diminutive airport that you can practically signal your first beer order from the plane’s right side windows during descent.

There are other cities where this sort of plane-to-beer manoeuvre is equally possible, of course, sometimes with even greater ease. (I don’t think I’ve ever made it from Munich’s airport to the S-Bahn without first stopping at Airbräu for a half-litre or two.) But that it now exists in Asheville seems somehow symbolic for a city well on its way to becoming the heart and soul of the modern American craft beer renaissance.

And if the idea of a moderately-sized, western North Carolina city being at the core of a 3,500+ brewery movement strikes you as more than a little odd, well, then you’ve obviously never been to Asheville.

The Birth of a Beer Giant

This modest metropolis at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains hasn’t always been a very important beer place. In fact, its oldest brewery, Highland Brewing, only opened its doors in 1994, well before craft brewing became the unstoppable juggernaut it is today, but still late relative to such veteran operations as Pennsylvania’s Stoudts, Oregon’s Full Sail or Ontario’s Wellington. The city’s second brewery, Green Man, didn’t appear until three years after that.

During the first decade of this century, however, Asheville suddenly began to crop up among the finalists in the “Best American Beer City” polls that have since become a scourge of the Internet. With only 85,000 or so inhabitants, the city was appearing alongside such craft brewing powerhouses as San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, signalling either a massive and concerted effort by the local chamber of commerce or a sure-fire indication that something quite significant really was underway. Turns out it was the latter.

Exactly how significant became clear in 2012 when, mere months apart, Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues and New Belgium Brewing all announced plans to build second breweries in or near Asheville. (Oskar Blues is actually in Brevard, about a 45 minute drive from the city.) This was followed in turn by a host of rumours that had any number of breweries, from Stone to Cigar City, apparently planning on setting up shop in Asheville. None proved true – although Deschutes has to-date neither confirmed nor denied their intentions – but the mere fact that there was basis for such speculation proved how important Asheville had become.

Welcome to Beer Town

A walk through Asheville’s compact downtown does little to suggest that the streets being traversed are those of a craft brewing Mecca. Sure, beer bars like the Thirsty Monk and the Bier Garden are scattered here and there and it’s hard to miss the storefront of one of the east’s great beer vendors, Bruisin’ Ales, but these days that’s true of almost any North American city. What breweries that do exist downtown, like the Lexington Avenue Brewery, are hardly the stuff of legend.

Stroll a short distance to what locals call the South Slope, however, and things change quickly.

The first stop you’ll likely hit, since it’s on the main drag of Biltmore Avenue, is Wicked Weed, a brewery that in a scant two and a half years of existence has built such a reputation that they have been able to expand, open a second outlet, the nearby and self-defining Funkatorium, and commence work on a new production brewery. Oh, and also brew over 250 distinct recipes, of which Freak of Nature, an oily but sturdy double IPA, is the lone constant.

You’ll want to stay, since the beer menu is so vast it almost defies completion, the food is casual but excellent and the atmosphere more than conducive to hanging out for an afternoon or a day, but other breweries await. Like Asheville Brewing, located all of four streets away and a comparative veteran at nine years of age. (The original and still operating north Asheville location dates back to 1997.) More neighbourhood bar than swank taproom, its main draws are the expansive and covered patio – handy in a place where the weather can shift from sun to rain and back again within a half-hour – and beers like the roast and raisin Ninja Porter.

Continuing onward, Hi-Wire Brewing’s tasting room is just around the corner, boasting an impressive but, to my experience, somewhat variable Hi-Wire Lager (I’m hoping that it will become more dialed-in once their new production facility comes online – hey, they’re already two years old, of course they’re building a new brewery!)  and one of the better brown ales I’ve had in the States, the slightly chocolate brownie-ish but dry-finishing Bed of Nails Brown. Just a bit further down the road is the aforementioned Funkatorium, home of tart delights like the tropical fruity Genesis.

For those keeping track, that’s four breweries within about a ten minute walk, and that’s after passing on Ben’s Tune-Up, a beer bar and, frankly, not terribly good sake brewery. And we’re nowhere close to being finished.

The Tour Continues

Across the street from the Funkatorium is the Twin Leaf Brewery, so that’s another 20 seconds of travel before you get to sample the spicy-herbal Sumachi Pale Ale, a springtime seasonal, or the more regular and curiously brown ale-esque Uproot ESB. From there, it will take all of two minutes to walk to the third and newest location of Catawba Brewing, which began life in Glen Alpine, about an hour outside of Asheville, back in 1999. Their session IPA, The Nose, might threaten to hold you in your seat with its soft orange and lemon flavours, or you could be otherwise tempted by the stronger and orange marmalade-y Firewater IPA, but by now it should come as no surprise that more breweries still remain.

You’ll need to round two corners, veering dangerously close to exercise, before you come to the Green Man Brewery, founded as a brewpub and expanded since into a full production brewery with a tasting room – the original pub – off to one side. While it maintains a very British and somewhat slapdash vibe, it is not without its charms, not the least of which are the leafy and roasty ESB and resinous Rainmaker Double IPA, plus the pair of dartboards that complement the cask-conditioned ales the brewery keeps available on a regular basis.

The final South Slope stop, and eighth brewery within a one mile walk, is Burial Brewing, two years old and, yes, already looking for a new site on which to build a second production facility. Aside from a curious obsession with Tom Selleck – I’m still trying to make sense of the mural in the beer garden – Burial is home to the rather resiny yet still gulpable Surf Wax IPA, and what the brewery describes as a ‘Belgian export stout,’ the baked fruit and espresso Rosary.

Will Drive for Beer

Having finished with the city’s most concentrated selection of breweries, the committed beer traveller could simply return to the quaint and highly walkable downtown to try out some of the less heralded breweries therein, or head westward to the developing River Arts District and Wedge Brewing, where the tropical fruitiness of Payne’s Pale Ale and the softly spicy Iron Rail IPA represent the best of a limited selection.

Or you could get in a car and explore some of the more outlying operations, such as: Highland Brewing with their easily overlooked but delightful, apple and gingerbread Gaelic Ale; Waynesville’s Boojum Brewing, brewers of a Raspberry Saison so finely nuanced that even a saison purist like myself had to admit to enjoying it; Oskar Blues, in a town so sleepy that they were warned they needed to increase the lighting in their parking lot lest the locals gather to, “have the sex there”, or any of more than a dozen other nearby breweries.

Regardless of your selection, however, there are two things about being a tourist in Asheville on which you can be certain: You’ll never lack for choice, and there is very little risk that you’ll wind up going thirsty!

 

Expanded hours for peak season and the holidays!

Posted Sep 25, 2015 in Beer, Beer Places, Coming Soon, Coolness, Goings on, In the news, Miscellany, The Beerlanthropy® Project

new-hoursThis is a first! Starting October 1st, we’re expanding our operational hours for the peak busy season and the holidays. We’re pleased to offer extended hours as a convenience for you loyal customers. We’ll be open longer on Sundays and open Mondays for the first time ever. More time to buy beer!

The new Fall/Holiday hours will be as follows:

Monday 12-6pm
Tuesday-Thursday 12-8pm
Friday-Saturday 12-9pm
Sunday 12-6pm