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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]

#AVLBeerWeek EXTRAS

Posted May 21, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, People, Rarerities, Seasonals, The Beerlanthropy® Project

Tuesday, May 27  ~ Sam Adams Utopias ~ 2:00-4:00 p.m. ~ $5/pp for WNCA

As a fun extra, we’ve got Kevin from Sam Adams coming in to the wee tasting room between 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27. $5 donation for WNCA gets you a sample of one of the world’s rarest (and most expensive) libations in the beer world, plus some other goodies from Sam Adams.

 

Tuesday, May 27 ~ Thomas Creek Beer Tasting ~ 5:00-7:00 p.m. ~ FREE ~

Casey from Thomas Creek Brewery join us for this line-up:

Vanilla Cream: “Our Spring Seasonal is a light-bodied and golden American style cream ale with a highly refreshing palate and an undertone of pure vanilla essence from an infusion of Tahitian and Madagascar bourbon vanilla.”

Doppelbock: “A full-bodied German-Style dark Lager with a rich creamy flavor, roasted nut tones and an easy finish with notes of coffee and toasted chocolate.

Chocolate Orange IPA: “Crisp and citrusy, this India Pale Ale derives its atypical dark copper brown color from malted chocolate wheat.  Heavily hopped, the Chocolate Orange IPA’s bitterness blends with the dark chocolate flavors of the cocoa nibs added during fermentation.  Those subtle chocolate notes rest behind a floral bouquet, enhanced by additions of bitter orange peel and dry hopping with Citra.

Up The Creek Etreme IPA: “Up The Creek is mashed in at a low temperature to increase the amount of fermentable sugars while reducing residual sweetness. This creates a hoppy behemoth of a beer with its ABV well hidden under heavy layers of malt. UTC is designed to be dangerously drinkable, so use caution or you’ll be Up The Creek!”

Asheville Beer Week Dinner at King James Public House

Posted May 19, 2014 in Beer, Beer Pairings, Breweries, Cooking with Beer, Events, Limited Release, People, Rarerities, The Beerlanthropy® Project

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Bruisin’ Ales and Asheville rising-star Chef Steve Goff of King James Public House present a five-course beer dinner on Sunday, May 25, 6pm, at the gastropub. $65/pp. Reservations via King James Public House, (828) 252-2412. Limited seating!

Cheese: Kentucky Bleu and Virginia Grayson with Cheerwine gel, served with lavash flatbread.
Beer Pairing: Goose Island Lolita Wild Ale, a bright pink and fruity, tart wild ale.

Fowl: Duck wings with cracklins, peanuts, bacon ranch, and cilantro.
Beer Paiting: Coronado Brewing Sock Knocker Imperial IPA, a big, West Coast-style super-hopped imperial IPA.

Fish: Smoked trout tartare with caper dust, charred lemon, and RVC micro greens.
Beer Pairing: The Bruery Rueuze Sour Blonde, an oak-aged blonde in the gueuze style.

Meat: English pork pie with NC Heritage Pork, demi glaze, fried marrow nestled in pate brisee.
Beer Pairing: Weyerbacher 18 Imperial Weizenbock, a rich, malty double wheat bock.

Sweet: Banoffee pie with banana, dulce de leche, charred meringue, and a graham cracker crust.
Beer Pairing: Olde Hickory 2014 Irish Walker Barleywine, a World Beer Cup winner, ruby red with sweet, warming finish.

Thursday Tasting, 11/21, 5-7pm: Boulevard Brewing Company

Posted Nov 20, 2013 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, People, Rarerities, Seasonals, The Beerlanthropy® Project

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Join us with Caleb from Boulevard for a five-beer line-up (four from the Smokestack series) on Thursday, November 21, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

 

Reverb Imperial Pilsner: “With its classic recipe and impeccable craftsmanship, this summer seasonal is a study in delicately balanced contrasts. Up front, Pilsner malt makes a clear yet restrained statement, answered by the steady, harmonious hum of Saaz hops, traces of which linger in the dry, crisp finish.” [7.7% abv]

 

80 Acre Hoppy Wheat: “With roots in two of today’s most popular brewing styles, 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer is the result of careful cultivation by our brewers and cellarmen. Their efforts to craft a hybrid yielded a bumper crop of flavor; a delightfully distinctive ale with the aroma of an IPA and the refreshing taste of a wheat beer.” [5.5% abv]

 

Tank 7 Farmhouse: “Most breweries have at least one piece of equipment that’s just a bit persnickity. Here at Boulevard we have fermenter number seven, the black sheep of our cellar family. Ironically, when our brewers were experimenting with variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, the perfect combination of elements came together in that very vessel. You could call it fate, but they called it Tank 7, and so it is. Beginning with a big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapers off to a peppery, dry finish.” [8.5% abv]

 

Reboot IPA: “This re-release of our 2011 Collaborations Series No. 2 White IPA brings back the unique marriage of a classic Belgian wittier to an American IPA. We enjoyed the experience so much the first time around that we happily pressed Control+C (Command+C for Mac), and Reboot was born. Version 2.0 has upgraded its spicy aroma, with hints of bubblegum and clove. Bold flavors will launch upon uncorking, as sage and lemongrass balance the tangy, zesty wheat malt profile. Rather than merely blending a wittier with an IPA, Reboot harmonizes distinctly fruity Belgian yeast overtones with big, fruity American hop notes by creating an herbal bridge between these two somewhat contradictory flavors. The beer’s complexity os supported by a spritzy effervescence, finishing dry, with lingering hop notes.” [7.4% abv]

 

Bourbon-barrel Quad: “Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel’s share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.” [11.8% abv]

 

Bruisin’ Ales new Store Manager: Philip Dotson

Posted Nov 01, 2013 in Coolness, Goings on, In the news, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project

 

Today is big day. For us, personally, and the continued success of the humble storefront, Bruisin’ Ales. As we quickly approach our 7th anniversary in December, a big thing has happened. We have a created a new position, Store Manager, and the person filling that position is Philip Dotson. Many of you know Philip from years past—he worked for us from 2008-2009 before leaving Asheville to travel the world, performing around the globe with his massive voice. (He’s a singer, you see, and a bit of a renaissance man. See photo. How slick! How Matrix!) But, he also knows beer from years of drinking craft, homebrewing, and jaunts around the world. As they say all good things do, he came back to us in May 2013—bringing with him our other new(ish) amazing staff, John McCarley and Jay Monoghan—and as of today, Philip will be in charge of the storefront, orders, tastings, and product expansions. While it’s extremely hard to let go of responsibility for a store that is essentially our baby, we are pleased to have him on board in this capacity, which will allow us to step back a little (and not be so crazy).

But, have no fear: Nothing is changing. We’re not passing the reigns and we’re not going to be missing from the action. The only difference is that we now have the perfect fit to our team to run the day-to-day, so we can focus on new ideas and development of Bruisin’ Ales. (Maybe take a vacation?) Congrats to Philip and we’re happy to have you!

In closing, we’d like to say this one thing: “Whoooooooooooo!”

—Julie and Jason