Archive for the ‘People’ Category

Thursday Tasting 11/20, 5-7pm: Mystery Brewing Meet & Greet with Erik Lars Myers, Meagan Elizabeth

Posted Nov 20, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, People, Seasonals

MBC_emblemTonight we welcome Erik Lars Myers and Meagan Elizabeth of Mystery Brewing into the shop for a five-beer flight of their seasonal beers. Join us tonight from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Pickwick: “A traditional English Mild Ale based on a recipe from the 1880s. Light malt, hints of caramel and toffee, a touch of earthy British hops, and a nutty flavor make this session beer quaffable and delicious. Enjoy with rich cheddar cheese, aged gouda, pork or poultry, good friends, and good times.” [3.2% abv]

Gentleman’s Preference: “A light, easy drinking blonde ale with a touch of sweetness and a touch of hops. Our version is made with Abbey Ale Yeast for an extra little bit of dryness and fruity aroma that makes for a truly refreshing blonde ale. Pair with fresh fruit, light salads, and hot summer afternoons.” [4.2% abv]

Rosalind: “A drier, hoppier version of our summer saison Evangeline. Apple, pear, and pineapple flavors from our yeast strain harmonize with the floral character of European hops for a refreshing fall saison as crisp as an autumn evening.” [6.6% abv]

Thornfield’s End: “A robust smoky stout made to pair with cold weather, the smell of wood fires, and fallen leaves. This stout is made using chocolate rye malt, creating a smooth chocolatey flavor that blends with the light smokiness of cherry smoked malt. Great with food, especially steaks, stews, BBQ, and all manner of desserts.” [5.8% abv]

Papa Bois: “The Caribbean has a long tradition of sweet, fruity stouts that are delicious and refreshing in hot weather. While continuing that tradition, we’ve upped the ante on refreshing by adding lemongrass and fresh lemon zest. The perfect digestif. Pair with pound cake, raspberry pie, or all manner of chocolate desserts.” [7.3% abv]

Thursday Tasting 11/6/14 5-7pm: Quest Brewing Launch

Posted Nov 05, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, In the news, New this week, People

We’re pleased to welcome Quest Brewing of Greenville, SC this Thursday in the wee Tasting Room with brewmaster Don Richardson himself. (The very Don for whom Catawba’s King Don Pumpkin is namedqueswtlogo.) Join us in welcoming them to WNC!

Golden Fleece BPA: “This beer is named after Jason and his band of Argonauts who set out on a quest for the fleece in order to place Jason rightfully on the throne of  Thessaly.  Golden Fleece BPA is an easy-drinking, refreshing beer yet has enough character to please the beer connoisseur.  Local malt from Riverbend Malt House is used to add to the flavor complexity.” [4.5% abv]

Smoking Mirror Smoked PorterNamed after the Aztec relic of Tezcatlipoca, This mystic ale is brewed with 6 varieties of malts including a touch of peated malt in order to create a subtle smoke character.  It is delicately hopped with an intense malt backbone. [5.5% abv]

Ellida IPA: “This west coast style IPA is our tribute to Norse and their quests and adventures.  ELLIDA was a legendary magic dragon ship also known as the first ship of the north. This Viking ale is brewed with loads of hops and balanced out with 5 varieties of malts.  Local malt from Riverbend Malthouse is used to add to the flavor complexity.” [6.9% abv]

Kaldi Imperial Coffee Stout: “Kaldi was the Ethiopian goat-herder who discovered the coffee plant, according to popular legend.  This stout is brewed with West End Coffee Company’s freshly-roasted beans and cacao nibs.  The end result is a complex, smooth beer that will sure to intrigue the palette.” [8.0% abv]

Thursday Tasting 10/30/14: Anderson Valley with Fal Allen, Brewmaster

Posted Oct 29, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, Events, New this week, People, Seasonals

avbcWe’ve got another great tasting this week with the brewmaster, Fal Allen, of Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Boonville, California. There are five great beers in the line-up, so come join us tomorrow 5:00-7:00 p.m. and talk beer. Maybe you can even talk in Boontling! Bahl hornin’!

Hop Ottin’ IPA: “Our Hop Ottin’ IPA is brewed and dry-hopped with copious amounts of Columbus and Cascade. This beer is a showcase of the bright citrusy aromas, bold grapefruit and pine-like flavors, and resiny bitterness that hop heads crave. With a brilliant, deep amber color and solid malt backbone, hints of citron, roses, and bergamot climax with a dry, herbal finish in this well-balanced interpretation of a West Coast IPA.” [7.0% abv]

Fall Hornin’: “With a brilliant, deep copper hue and creamy beige-colored head, our Fall Hornin’ Pumpkin Ale has inviting aromas of caramelized malt and baking bread with highlights of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and seasonal spices. The pleasantly creamy mouthfeel and silky body embrace the sweet caramel flavors and tang of spices (with just hint of hops) that ends in a smooth, round finish.” [6.0% abv]

Winter Solstice: “Winter Solstice® is our take on the classic style of “winter warmer.” Boasting a deep amber hue and rich mouthfeel, its creamy finish will lift your spirits. Hints of toffee, spice, and caramel tease the senses making this the perfect ale to share with friends and family during the cold days and long nights of winter.” [6.9% abv]

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout: “The deep ebony color, voluptuous mahogany head and bold, roasty flavors in our Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout are what serious beer drinkers expect from this style. Aromas of freshly baked bread, espresso, and dried cherries meld seamlessly with rich toffee flavors and a creamy mouth feel to create an unparalleled drinking experience.” [5.8% abv]

Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout: “Aged for three months in Wild Turkey® Bourbon barrels, this luxurious stout has a deep ebony hue and a beautiful mahogany head. The woody, vanilla-like notes imparted by the barrels mingle with aromas of fresh baked bread, toffee, and espresso and envelop the rich chocolate and roasted barley flavors with a fine bourbon character.” [6.9% abv]

Pre-Brewgrass Tasting 9/19: Ilkley Brewery (UK) with Chris Ives, founder & head brewer

Posted Sep 17, 2014 in Beer, Beer Awards, Breweries, Events, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project

chrisivesAs we do the Friday evening before every Brewgrass, we invite a brewery to come in for a preview. We’re pleased to announce and welcome Chris Ives, founder and head brewer at Ilkley Brewery (UK) on Friday, September 19, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Learn a little more about Ives in this 2013 Q&A interview from The Times SME Hub regarding their rapid growth at home and abroad. Come join us for a few beers and beer chat!

What we’re sampling:

Siberia Rhubarb Saison: “Back in 2012 we wanted to launch a new range of beers with a bang, and what better way than to invite the renowned tour-de-force beer-writer that is Melissa Cole to come and brew with us. Our aim was to put our own Yorkshire stamp on the Saison category, and we did so with the addition of local Rhubarb. Rhubarb was first discovered growing on the banks of the river Volta, in Siberia, and Yorkshire has become renowned for cultivating this sour beast of a plant. Siberia is now our most successfully exported beer. Whenever we use additional ingredients in our beers, the aim is that their flavour combines with others to create an overall flavour, as opposed to bombarding with a single flavour. As such, here we utilized the sour nature of rhubarb to balance the farmhouse earthiness of Saison yeast. We stewed the rhubarb with vanilla to provide extra balance, so that this beer is tart in all the right places, and subtle throughout. Refreshing and with a little zing provided by ground Grains of Paradise and there is a long, satisfying bitter finish.” [5.9% abv]

Mary Jane IPA: “Mary Jane IPA is a Trans-Atlantic India Pale Ale. Relying on the English hops for bittering, the star of the show is the North American hop aroma, deceptively smooth on the palate building to a hoppy crescendo. Based on the award-winning Yorkshire classic Mary Jane, it has a floral aroma, notes of honey and a pleasant lingering bitterness to finish. Recent 3rd Place in the Atlanta Cask Ale Festival 2014 in USA.” [6.0% abv]

The Mayan Chocolate Chipotle Stout: “They may not have got all their predictions right, but they knew how to brew great beer! Inspired by an ancient Mayan recipe, this extraordinary Stout is velvety smooth, bittersweet, and has a subtle smoky fire in its belly. The time has come to put yourself to the ultimate test; dare you take on… The Mayan?!” [6.5% abv]

Thursday Tasting 7/17: Pisgah Brewing & Burial Beer “Seven Feet Under” Tasting & Bottle Release

Posted Jul 15, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, In the news, New this week, People, Rarerities

CemeteryGates_Label-4

We’re digging deep this week for a collaborative “Seven Feet Under” tasting and bottle release with the fine folks from Pisgah Brewing and Burial Beer. Enjoy SEVEN beers: Two vertical tastings of Pisgah Baptista and Pisgah Solstice, plus two other cellared beers—Cosmos, Hellbender—and a sampling of the breweries’ new collaboration and bottle release, Cemetery Gates Belgian IPA. We’ll also have the Damon from Sunbird Honey Farms, who is the producer of the honey used in Cemetery Gates!

$10/pp at the door, bottles sold separately. Details:

Winter 2007 vs. 2014 Baptista Belgian-style Noël: “This Belgian Noel takes its name from Jan Baptista Van Helmont, the Flemish chemist and physician who first discovered CO2 and coined the word ‘gas’ by recognizing the existence of gases distinct from air. This energy luminary was the founder of pneumatic chemistry and also the first to bridge alchemy and early chemistry. Hats off to the man behind the bubble! Made with homemade candy sugar.”

March 2008 vs. 2014 Solstice Tripel: “Our triple ale contains moderately fruity esters of banana and spicy clove mixed with an alcoholic complexity supported by a soft malt character. One of Pisgah’s most celebrated efforts, this Belgian classic is pale gold in color and comes in at 9.5% abv.”

February 2008 Cosmos Belgian-style Baltic Porter: “Pisgah’s tribute to the Belgian tradition and our home-brewing roots, this recipe comes directly out of Dave’s old homebrewing notebook. We combine the rich flavor of a Baltic porter with the subtleness of a special Belgian yeast strain, imagine bananas dipped in dark chocolate liquified in your beer glass. Honor tradition, Respect beer.”

April 2008 Hellbender Barleywine: “Organic brown sugar and Centennial hops give this English-style barleywine its smooth finish and extra body. At a hefty ABV, this beer is a tribute to North America’s largest salamander, the Hellbender.”

Cemetery Gates Belgian IPA: “A collaborative brew forged by a couple of friendly brewers, inspired by the same loud noise resonating in their heads. Pisgah Brewing Bo. and Burial Beer Co. offer a modern favorite grounded in practical tradition. Made with a favorite Belgian yeast, local honey and a blend of citra and mosaic hops, this beer is sure to please the curious Asheville beer palate. Unfiltered and unfettered, for your drinking pleasure.” [6.7% abv]