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Thursday Tasting 5/23 5-7pm: Oskar Blues Brevard

Posted May 22, 2013 in Beer, Books, Breweries, Events, Merchandise, People, Seasonals

Oskar Blues is in the house tomorrow night with a whole bunch of beer for your Asheville Beer Week Training! Join us from 5:00-7:00 p.m. FREE Anne Fitten Glenn of Oskar Blues will on hand to talk beer and sign copies of her book, “The Intoxicating History of Asheville Beer.”

Mama’s Little Yella Pils (19.2oz Stovepipes): “Oskar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pills is an uncompromising, small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czech Republic famous. Unlike mass market “pilsners” diluted with corn & rice, Mama’s is built with 100% pale malt, German specialty malts, and Saaz hops. While it’s rich with Czeched-out flavor, its gentle hopping (35 IBUs) and low ABV (just 5.3%) make it a luxurious but low-dose (by Oskar Blues standards) refresher.”

Dale’s Pale Ale (19.2oz Stovepipes): “America’s first hand-canned craft beer is a voluminously hopped mutha that delivers a hoppy nose, assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and hops from start to finish. First canned in 2002, Dale’s Pale Ale is a hearty (6.5% and 65 IBUs), critically acclaimed trailblazer that has changed the way craft beer fiends perceive canned beer.”

Deviant Dale’s: “Deviant Dale’s IPA (8% ABV, 85 IBUs) was born at the crossroads, in a juke joint, as if Dale’s Pale Ale sold its soul to balance Deviant’s foreboding aromas of citrus, grapefruit rind and piney resins with a copper ball-of-fire color and inscrutable finish. The 2011 GABF Silver Medal Winner (American IPA Category) is the Devil incarnate with untold amounts of malt and hedonistic Columbus dry-hopping. Oskar Blues’ southern spirit caught a northbound blues bus to ColoRADo to deliver the boundary bustin’ brewery’s first 16 oz. tallboy can.”

G’Knight Imperial Red: “Our “Velvet M-80” is a hefty, dry hopped double-red ale with a nose full of aroma, a sticky mouthfeel, a malty middle and unctuous hop flavors. G’Knight sports a surprisingly sensuous finish for a beer of its size (8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs). It’s brewed in tribute to a fellow Colorado craft beer pioneer and Vietnam vet who died fighting a 2002 wild fire outside of our Lyons hometown. G’Mornin’. G’Day. G’Knight.”

Gubna: “Gubna was inbred from Oskar Blues Brewery’s hankering to confront 100+ IBU’s with a single hop to emphasize that complexity of character can arise from simple elements. This time around, GUBNA (10% ABV, 100+ IBUs) cranks up the complexity of hops by piling Cascade hops on top of copious amounts of Summit hops, balanced by the backbone of German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt. North American 2-row barley combines with the other grains to lay the foundation for the hop onslaught to come. Post-fermentation dry-hopping allows this monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma while providing a rye malt-induced, spicy-yet-round middle, and a brisk, clean bitter finish.”

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.)

Gift ideas for Beery Christmas

Posted Dec 08, 2011 in Beer, Books, Breweries, Merchandise, Miscellany, New this week, Seasonals

It’s crunch time, folks. Or panic mode, as some say. You still have gifts to get, with many more to wrap; maybe your tree isn’t up; and, the mechanical reindeer are still in the garage. Well, come visit the humble storefront, mix yourself a six-pack (to take the edge off) and get a little shopping done at Bruisin’ Ales! We’ve got some suggestions for you right here:

The Always Useful Gift Certificate
You can purchase our old-school, non gift-card, hand-printed gift certificates. You can actually write on it and make it personal. And, you can buy one for whatever amount you wish.

T-shirts
Got a t-shirt addict on your list? (We all do.) We’ve got Bruisin’ Ales t-shirts, beer•lan•thro•py® tees, and Beer City Fest shirts that benefit the Asheville Brewers Alliance. Ours are $15; Beer City Fest $18.

Books
We have a small selection of beer books available, but the real gems are the Stone Brewing books that are signed by Greg Koch, CEO of Stone Brewing Co. Special treat for the beer geek right there!

Gift Packs
If you’re in a rush, we have some lovely pre-packaged European gift packs. Many also include glassware:

  • Chimay
  • Corsendonk
  • Duchesse de Bourgogne (Belgium)
  • Duvel
  • La Trappe
  • Lindemans lambics
  • Petrus
  • Schneider & Sons (Germany)
  • St. Bernardus
  • St. Fuellien Christmas
  • St. Martin Winter
  • Tripel Karmeliet
  • Unibroue (includes Eau Benite, a beer not normally available in the U.S. and a personal favorite)
  • Val-Dieu
  • Van Steenberge
Beer!
Of course, this is what you came here for. So, if you have some time for a chat, anyone on our staff is happy to help make recommendations based on personal preferences. And, don’t miss the holiday ales! This is one of the best seasons for beer, so get them now. Many are higher in ABV and will last for a bit. There really is such a thing as Christmas in July!
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QUICK NOTES:
Asheville Brewing CANS of Shiva IPA just arrived. Fresh and new!
Delirium Noel is now on the shelves.
Harpoon Winter Warmer is finally here.
We have five cases of Lone Rider’s Belle Starr Belgian-style Christmas Ale.
Southern Tier Chokolat and Krampus are in stock.

Thursday Tasting: Terrapin Beer Co.

Posted Mar 09, 2011 in Beer, Breweries, Goings on, Limited Release, Merchandise, People

John Wetzel of Terrapin Beer Co. joins us tomorrow from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the tasting room for a sampling of brews. We’ll also be getting a handful of new Terrapin merch, just in time for Spring, including new willibecker glasses, coffee mugs, t-shirts, hats, dog camping bowls, black & tan turtles, and more!

Here’s what’s on the taster menu (including two Side Projects!):

Terrapin Hop Karma
“The Terrapin Hop Karma IPA (formerly known as the India Style Brown Ale) is a head on collision between a hoppy, west coast IPA and a complex, malty brown ale. Brewed with 5 varieties of hops and 7 different malts, this hybrid style represents the best of both worlds.” [6.0% abv]

Terrapin Hopsecutioner
“This Killer IPA earns its name by using six different types of hops while still remaining an aggressive well balanced beer.” [7.2% abv]

Terrapin Tom Foolery
“Tomfoolery Black Saison is the latest addition to our Side Project series of beers. Number 14 on the list, this ale boasts an uncharacteristic black color for a traditional Saison, but is just untraditional enough for our experimental mentality. Made with a silly amount of rye, wheat and black malts, this dark spicy beverage will quench the thirst of any court jester in the land. We hope you enjoy our light hearted attempt at making this traditional style with foolish brewing behavior.” [7.4% abv]

Terrapin Big Daddy Vladdy
“Terrapin Big Daddy Vladdy’s Russian Imperial Stout is number 13 in our Side Project Series of beers. Brewed under the strictest Socialist guidelines, this Imperialistic Stout will be carefully monitored and allocated accordingly. Black as the coldest Siberian Winter’s night, this colossal, viscous beverage will bring the hammer and sickle down on your little girly man’s palate.” [10.25% abv]

SALE! All beer books are 15% OFF

Posted May 26, 2010 in Beer, Beer and Health, Beer Humor, Beer Pairings, Books, Breweries, Coolness, Merchandise, People, Specials, Travel

In the constant struggle to make room for beer, we are having a big-ass SALE on all beer books! There are some great ones here covering brewing, beer guides, cookbooks and history. Take your pick!

  • He Said Beer, She Said Wine
  • Extreme Brewing
  • The Brewmaster’s Table
  • The Good Beer Book
  • Beer Drinkers Guide to Munich
  • Stephen Beaumont’s Brewpub Cookbook
  • Good Bottled Beer Guide
  • A Beer History
  • Prost: The Story of German Beer
  • Cooking With Beer Season By Season
  • Bartender’s Beer Cookbook
  • Travels With Barley
  • Man Walks Into A Pub
  • Ambitious Brew
  • I Love You More Than Beer (novelty)