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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’

#AVLBeerWeek: Bruisin’ Ales & The Market Place Seasonal Beer Dinner with Author Stephen Beaumont

Posted May 07, 2015 in Asheville Beer Week, Beer, Beer Pairings, Books, Breweries, Cooking with Beer, Coolness, Events, In the news, Limited Release, People, Rarerities, The Beerlanthropy® Project

abw-beaumont-dissen-dinner-LARGEThis is our biggest announcement for Asheville Beer Week! We are pleased to have author, writer and James Beard Award Nominee for Beer & Spirits Writing, Stephen Beaumont, visiting our fine little mountain oasis. Here is the teaser for our collaborative beer dinner at The Market Place with Chef William Dissen.

Join the Bruisin’ Ales Crew for this incredible tag-team beer dinner featuring Chef William Dissen of The Market Place, voted “One of America’s Most Sustainable Chefs,” and Special Guest Stephen Beaumont, James Beard Award Nominee for Beer and Spirits Writing, feature beer writer, and author of many books. We’ll be pairing Chef Dissen’s five-course seasonal harvest menu with rare beers from around the world, hand-selected by Stephen. Share this experience with us in the beautiful mezzanine of The Market Place!

Stephen Beaumont Bio:Stephen Beaumont is one of the world’s most authoritative voices on beer today, as well as a widely recognized writer on spirits, food and travel. As co-author of both The World Atlas of Beer (2012), published in ten international editions, and two editions of The Pocket Beer Guide (2013 & 2014), Stephen has amassed an unparalleled understanding of what’s going on in the fast-paced and expanding world of beer today. He has also authored or co-authored eight other books, including two editions of The Great Canadian Beer Guide and his forthcoming Beer & Food Companion, as well as contributing to nine others, including the immense 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die. Stephen also authors regular columns for magazines as diverse as the spirits quarterly Whisky Advocate and Canada’s beer bi-monthly, Taps, and contributes to a variety of other publications, including Fine Cooking, Saveur and DRAFT Magazine. He has presented dozens of beer dinners around the globe, from São Paulo to Philadelphia and Vancouver to Milan.

Chef William Dissen Bio: From his upbringings in the mountains of Charleston, West Virginia, Chef William Dissen always has been in touch with the outdoors & nature. Spending time on his Grandparents’ farm – watching his Grandmother cook bountiful meals straight from the garden to the kitchen table – has been a major influence on his style of cooking, as well as his beliefs in sustainable agriculture & local cuisine. As Executive Chef & Owner, William has been named as one of America’s “Most Sustainable Chefs” where he strives to create “innovative farm-to-table cuisine” utilizing ingredients and artisan products from within 100 miles of the restaurant. “There is no cuisine without gardens & farmers,” says Chef Dissen. “We provide farm-fresh ingredients to entice our guests with simple, yet explosive flavors that enhance the experience of dining.”

MENU

1st Course: trout crudo, ruby grapefruit, fennel, sorrel, benne seeds, evoo
France: Castelain Blonde [Biere de Garde, 6.4% abv] “Castelain is the classic example of the rare Blonde Bière de Garde style, and is the biggest seller from the brewery. Castelain has a sweet palate and a great deal of finesse. It is sweet, slightly bitter, grassy and herbal— made with four types of hops. Castelain is conditioned a minimum of 6 to 10 weeks to develop aroma and flavor.” (via Bruisin’ webstore)

2nd Course: roasted asparagus, black garlic aioli, farm egg, pickled rhubarb, country ham, herb croutons
Canada: Unibroue Don de Dieu [Tripel, 9.0% abv] “Complex aromas of vanilla and fruitcake, flowers, and honey. Smooth, complex flavor that is slightly fruity, malty, nutty, and yeasty, with a hint of unfiltered sake.” (via Bruisin’ webstore)

3rd Course: pan roasted quail, Carolina gold rice risotto, foie gras, black truffle butter, red wine demi
Germany: Weihenstephan Vitus [Weizenbock, 7.7% abv] “Our light-coloured, spicy single-bock, Vitus is saturated with fine yeast and a creamy foam. It is a specialty with a round character based on the extra long storage time. The fruity smell of dried apricots joins aromas of citrus, cloves and hints of banana. Full-bodied and sparkling with an effervescent mouthfeel. Thus, the Vitus does not taste like a typical Bock beer but more like a noble, fruity wheat beer.” (via Bruisin’ webstore)

4th Course: grass fed beef tenderloin meatballs, preserved san marzano, whey cooked bloody butcher corn grits, parmesan, pea greens
United States: Boulevard Love Child No. 5 [American Wild Ale, 9.0% abv] “Boulevard’s Love Child Series of wild ales are barrel-aged with such boisterous cultures as Lactobaccillus and Brettanomyces. These wayward offspring can prove so complex that we employ gauges on the label to convey the intensity of three key personality traits, Funk, Sour, and Fruit, presenting a picture of the ale at the time it was released.” (via Bruisin’ webstore)

Dessert: raspberry almond torte, chocolate ganache, raspberry sauce, meringue
Belgium: Scotch de Silly Cognac Barrel [Scotch Ale, 9.0% abv] “Each year Brasserie de Silly takes their famous Scotch Silly brand and ages it in a different style barrel. 2014 features Cognac Barrel Aged Scotch Silly. This deep dark colored scotch ale is a perfect blend of carmelized malt and candied sugar from the mother beer with the dry favor coming from the Cognac barrel to produce a brew that explodes with flavor.” (via Bruisin’ webstore)

Tickets now available in the Bruisin’ Ales webstore.
$80/pp + tax. Gratuity included.
Limited to 40 people.

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!

 

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Innovation and Bell’s Brewery, an update

Posted Mar 12, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, In the news, People

bells truck.A lot went down yesterday in the news and social media regarding the (very suddenly public) trademark dispute between Sylva, NC’s Innovation Brewing and Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery. Local stories were featured in Asheville Citizen-Times and Mountain XPress. As of now (and in less than a 36-hour news cycle), there are all-out calls for boycott of the Bell’s Brand, a Change.org petition for Bell’s to drop the dispute, and a GoFundMe for Innovation Brewing’s legal fees. Last evening, we received an email forwarded from Bell’s Brewery Vice President, Laura Bell, regarding the situation (which is now posted to Bell’s Brewery Facebook Page). This helps clarify some information, such as just how long negotiations have been going on, but also confuses some earlier reports. Maybe more information will be made available, then again, maybe not. Whatever the outcome, this doesn’t look like it’s going to be an easy situation for anyone involved.

To our Bell’s customers and the passionate craft beer community,

We want to clear up a few things regarding our federal trademark dispute with Innovation Brewing.

1. We have not, and are not asking them to change their name or their logo. There is no lawsuit. We are not suing them. We have not asked them for money. We have not asked them to stop selling their beer. We are asking them to withdraw their federal trademark application.

2. Our concern is with their United States trademark application and potential impact on our brand, which we have spent 30 years building.

3. I personally reached out to Innovation Brewing to try to settle this matter in February, 2014 and attempted to talk about this brewer-to-brewer instead of involving lawyers. Our efforts were rebuffed and Innovation Brewing chose to pursue this in the legal system.

4. Over the last year, we have offered co-existence agreements and have offered to pay for their legal fees. We tried to find solutions that would work for both of us. Their response was to ask for an exorbitant amount of money and we did not feel that was a collaborative solution.

5. All offers that we proposed were rejected and after more than a year of discussion regrettably, this matter has moved to the federal trademark office.

We have the utmost respect for Innovation Brewing and we are going to keep any comments we have regarding this matter positive, honest, and collaborative. We want them to continue to brew and do the good work they’re doing under their own name.

We hope to resolve this as swiftly as the system will allow.

The passion that we have seen over the past few days is a testament to how much the beer industry means to those who support it and why we are proud to be a part of it. We always appreciate further feedback and invite everyone to continue to share their concerns with us directly: http://bellsbeer.com/contact/

Sincerely,

Laura S. Bell
Vice President
Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

On Innovation Brewery’s part, they posted the following to their Facebook page:

“We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all the support we have been receiving during all this. We are hopeful that the issue can be resolved and we can all go back to focusing on making great beer. Thank you to the craft beer community.”

UPDATE #2 from Innovation Brewing on 3/12:

To Our Wonderful Craft Beer Community:

We felt it was important to get our story out to the media because this is an important matter for the craft beer industry. We did not intend (nor do we want to) have a social media battle with Bell’s, but because of allegations posted on Bell’s Brewery’s Facebook page we now have to defend ourselves. Settlement discussions are protected communications that are not to be disclosed publicly, so out of respect to Bell’s Brewery’s rights we would never have disclosed them. Furthermore, Mr. Bell pointedly stated that he would not “play this out on social media” – and so we again respected his wishes by keeping the details to ourselves. Now, it appears they changed their mind.

We are planning to deliver a full statement of the facts and events that have brought us to this point. Until then, we feel it necessary to respond to Ms. Bell’s enumerated allegations. Thank you for continuing to support and believe in us. You keep us going through this difficult time.

1. Yes, this is a TM proceeding and not a lawsuit, although it is like a lawsuit, requiring legal representation, being personally deposed, and including a trial. They are asking us to withdraw our federal trademark application for our brand name.
2. We do not believe that any human on earth would confuse Innovation Brewing with Bell’s Brewery, despite their slogans.
3. Laura Bell did contact me at 7:00 pm the night before their opposition filing was due. They had already hired attorneys to represent them and file for their extension to file the opposition. We had not hired an attorney. After she advised us that she would “let us” keep using the name in NC only, and never expand beyond it, she said that we had until the next day at 5:00 PM to respond. That is 22 hours to find an attorney and decide on the future of our business. That was the one and only attempt Ms. Bell made to contact me. From there their attorneys took over.
4. Not a single co-existence agreement has ever been presented to us by Bell’s. In fact it was we who submitted a written co-existence agreement – subsequently declined by Bell’s. The only monetary compensation they have ever offered us was $2,500 which was to cover the inconvenience of being forced to abandon our trademark and go register a different one. The “legal fees”, as Ms. Bell puts it, brought on by their legal action against us, may exceed $50,000. We did not feel like being bought off.
5. This matter was before the TM office one day after she began talking to us. No offer has ever been presented to us other than the offer to limit our business to NC or take $2,500 to start over and build a new brand. We believe in our business, so those are not really offers at all.
6. In regards to Laura Bell stating “we hope to resolve this as swiftly as the system will allow” we suggested the accelerated trademark opposition process that would have brought this to a legal end much sooner and with far less expense, but Bell’s denied it.

You great people don’t deserve to be peppered with sides of the story. So we will give you a full account of the facts so you can decide for yourself. We are good people and we know we have your support. Stay tuned.

-Chip and Nicole