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New Belgium’s “Clips of Faith” Beer & Film Tour in Asheville

Posted Aug 24, 2011 in Beer, Breweries, Coolness, Events, Movies, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project, Video

New Belgium Brewing’s “Clips of Faith” Beer and Film Tour Visits Asheville on September 9

It’s New Belgium’s style of show business: An outdoor evening with artistic beers and films, all to benefit Asheville on Bikes

Fort Collins, Colorado, August 24, 2011 – New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale, is bringing its Clips of Faith beer and film tour back to Asheville on Friday, September 9. This is the second year for Clips of Faith, a festival that is traveling to 18 cities this summer and fall, showcasing independent films by New Belgium’s filmmaking friends. The outdoor event will highlight some of New Belgium’s most esoteric beer offerings while providing a great way to unwind under the stars.

The selected films include comedic shorts, adventure documentaries and music animation. The top three films are about lizard wrangling in the dead of the Wisconsin winter, a talking beer bottle sketch comedy and a miniature day on a tremendous mountain.

“Clips of Faith is all about showcasing creativity. Our Lips of Faith beers are some of our most unique creations and it’s fun to share that with our friends (or soon-to-be friends) around the country,” said Christie Catania, Clips of Faith Manager-at-Large. “It’s a great way to enjoy the warmer seasons – under the stars, drinking New Belgium beer (some new, some old favorites) and watching a great collection of short films.”

New Belgium will serve seven Lips of Faith beers and seven popular classics and food from local vendors. One of the beers that will pour is PIPA (Pamela’s India Pale Ale), which is a Lips of Faith beer created by a contest winner from last year’s tour. The contest allows interested attendees to sample a blend of three unidentified New Belgium beers in a cup. Whoever comes closest to guessing the blended beers and their percentages gets entered into a drawing to win a trip to New Belgium where they can brew the beer of their dreams with the technical support of New Belgium brewers.

Help bring Google Fiber to Asheville, NC!

Posted Mar 24, 2010 in Coming Soon, Coolness, Goings on, In the news, Movies, Music, Science, Tech, Travel, Unrelated to Beer, Video

Google is having a national competition for communities to “win” a Google fiber-optic network. Thus began the Asheville Google Fiber Network Initiative. We’re now on the tail end of the first round—Friday, March 26. Will you help us to bring Google Fiber to the Asheville community?

Asheville is already prevalent on numerous lists for travel—historic sites, the Blue Ridge Parkway, food, music, the arts, and craft beer. Imagine: Super-sexy high-speed internet access for businesses large and small. A wide network reaching even the most rural of communities, bringing us together. An school system as a network pioneer offering the best in education, plugged directly into the community. Musicians working at lightning speed. Our diverse, active and creative arts organizations benefiting for the über-hip HATCHfest, TEDx, the 48-hr Film Project, Twestival. A bigger and booming addition to Asheville’s high-tech sector. Live-streaming of Asheville’s very cool, consistent calendar of events and fundraisers. Maybe we could stream from Brewgrass or LEAF Fest? LAAFF? BeleChere? And think of the possibilities this has with tourism? I know, it’s the “dirty t-word,” but tourism is a big part of who we are. And for many, it pays the bills. But we’re warm people and we open up the mountains year-round and invite people to share in our world for just a week (or a day). I say: It’s time to show the world in REAL TIME who we are.

The GoogleAVL page is up with lots of helpful information. Please refer there for any questions, then click on the big, red “NOMINATE ASHEVILLE” button and tell Google why they need to bring Google Fiber to Asheville, North Carolina.

We’ve done all five. Will you?

  1. Nominate Asheville. This is really, really, important.
  2. Ask your friends to nominate Asheville in a sincere, really-do-it, kind of way.  This is also important.
  3. Put a badge on your website to show your support for bringing Google Fiber to town.  Now you are doing something extra.
  4. Publicly endorse Asheville’s effort to attract Google fiber.  You have become cool.
  5. Write about why you want Google fiber in Asheville using your web site, your blog, or a youtube video. You are radically cool.

Asheville Happenings: March 17-22

Posted Mar 17, 2010 in Beer, Beer Places, Breweries, Brewpubs, Coolness, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, Movies, New this week, Seasonals

All Week

  • The Asheville Brews Cruise has spots open all week long. If you haven’t done proper tours of our local breweries, the Brews Cruise is a great option to learn about the brewing craft, sample beers, and best of all, have someone drive you around safely.
  • Check Barley’s Taproom this week for specials, especially the Bruisin’ Ales tap.
  • The Thirsty Monk is having Rogue Week at the bar downtown with 8 taps of Rogue Ales on draft. This is your chance to become a member of Rogue Nation!
  • The Universal Joint in West Asheville is running weekly pint specials. Check daily.

Wednesday, March 17

  • Craggie Brewing Company releases its long-awaited Meet Your Maker Barleywine. If you came to the tasting at Bruisin’ Ales in February, you were lucky enough to get a sneak peak. Now the beer is ready, so head over to the Craggie Public Room tonight for the release. The Jig Is Up will also be playing traditional Irish Music from 8pm-midnight with no cover.
  • Wedge Brewing Company‘s brewer Carl Melissas is doing a nifty experiment at the brewery tonight, checking the temperature of beer the old-fashioned way—which is where we get the old saying “rule of thumb.” And free corned beef and cabbage tonight from 5pm until they run out!
  • French Broad Brewery has $1 off all growlers purchased at the brewery today.
  • Green Man Ales, at Dirty Jack’s and Jack of the Wood, is unveiling a “new, dark, creamy, beefed-up, utterly blissful Irish Stout”! Starting at 12pm, live music all day.

Thursday, March 18

  • Asheville Singer-songwriter Utah Green plays the French Broad Tasting Room with no cover charge.
  • Sol-Roots with guests Woody Wood and Galen Kipar are playing the LAB venue. Also, with receipt, get $10 off the new Buzzed Home service!
  • It’s infusion night at Asheville Brewing on Coxe Avenue! Go check out what beer their filtering thru which wacky flavors.

Friday, March 19

Saturday, March 20

Sunday, March 21

Monday, March 22

  • Monk(day) Monkfest at The Thirsty Monk downtown. $6 gets you three 6 oz. samples of the craft beer of your choice!
  • Join Quizzo at Jack of the Wood tonight. Voted Asheville’s #1 trivia game in the Mountain XPress “Best of 2009.”

Father’s Day: Beer Edition

Posted Jun 19, 2009 in Beer, Books, Breweries, Coolness, Movies, Rarerities, Seasonals

Hey, all! It’s Father’s Day this weekend and what says love better than beer? NOTHING! We’ve got some great ideas for dear old Dad.

Bruisin’ Ales Gift Certificates: Have a fussy father? Let him pick his own bounty! Good for anything in the store—beer, tees, hats, books, glassware and more!

Splurgers of the Finest Kind:


Le Baladin Xyauyu (Italy)—One of the best barleywines we’ve ever had. Truly fantastic. Fruity, sweet and boozy, this is the perfect after-dinner beer. Serve in a snifter at room temperature. Especially sentimental, as the beer is named for brewer Teo Musso’s daughter’s imaginary friend. Awwww. [13.0% abv]


Cantillon Saint Lamvinus (Belgium)—Beer or wine? The most exclusive of the Cantillon fruit lambic line, St. Lamvinus is a lambic made with Merlot grapes aged in oak barrels. Serve at room temp in a red wine glass. For a lighter variety, try Cantillon Vigneronne, made with Muscat grapes and aged in oak. [5.0% abv]

Malheur Dark Brut (Belgium)—Sparkling beer! Skip the normal bubbly and toast to Dad with the beer world’s version of Champagne. Malty, sweet, and tart. Want a lighter version? Try the Malheur Bier Brute. [12.0% abv]

De Molen Storm & Averij (Netherlands)—A Belgian-style Imperial IPA. Big fruity hop aroma with a little yeastiness of orange peels, mango,pine-needles, peaches, hay and wet grass. Super yum. [8.0% abv]



Beerlanthropy Tees—We’re all beerlanthropists around here. Is your Dad? With a center-back small Bruisin’ Ales logo.

Brewery Tees & Baseball Caps—A wide variety from your favorite breweries.\

The Brewmaster’s Table—The original beer & food pairing book, written by Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery.

Beer Y’all“—Get Dad the DVD about beer in North Carolina. Good stuff.


Beer Soap & Shampoo—Really. It’s awesome stuff.

Mix It Up:

At Bruisin’ Ales, you can make your own sixer or box of single craft beers. Perfect for the Dad who wants to try a bunch of one style or several varieties!

Today’s happenings

Posted May 21, 2009 in Beer, Beer Pairings, Breweries, Coming Soon, Goings on, In the news, Movies, Not Coolness


Bye-bye, old eye sore!
Scrutiny Hooligans reports that the ugly-ass electric sign at Pack Place is coming down. “The sign will be removed in the next few weeks because the electronic equipment that produced changeable text and graphics no longer works, and repairs would be too expensive, the head of Pack Place’s board said Wednesday.” So, go make the most of it and use the Pack Place Sign Generator before it’s too late!

Beer tasting: Be there!
Don’t forget! Magic Hat at the humble storefront tonight from 5-7pm. We’re tasting the Summer Scene sampler.

It’s just “Beer Y’all!”
The premiere of “Beer Y’all” is tonight at Asheville Brewing on Merrimon Ave. We still have $5 tickets available at the store. ($7 at the door) Come for the tasting and let’s go see a movie!

Re: Federal Beer Excise Action Alert
Sin taxes are the new black! More on the stuff we posted yesterday. This time from The American: “Hate the Sin, Tax the Sinner?” Great read. “It’s time to stop this nonsense. Whatever economic or social benefits one can dream up from the sin tax, we must also realize that the decision to tax must be weighed against the social benefits for reducing the behavior by slow and deliberate persuasion and voluntary action. When it comes to public policy, the preferred method of discouraging sin should fall under the category of alternative, mediating institutions, notably family, church, and school. That would leave government officials more time to focus on the sins they can really do something about—their own.”