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#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.”

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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!

 

New This Week 4/3/15

Posted Apr 03, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Cider, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals, The Beerlanthropy® Project

burial-earthly-delightsHappy NC Beer Month everyone! We’re adding more brands and beers every week. Let’s celebrate!

Alvinne Wild West
Asheville Brewing Sister Bad Habit Amber Ale
BFM sqRt 225 15th Anniversary Sour Saison
Black Mountain Ciderworks Pomona Cider
Black Mountain Ciderworks Zephyrus Cider
Blind Squirrel Belgian Quad
Burial Beer The Garden of Earthly Delights Saison
Catawba inCANdescent Mix 12-pack
Catawba LeSexxxy Saison (cans)
De Dolle Special Extra Export Stout
Founders Curmudgeon
Founders Rubaeus
Great Divide Orabelle
Hanssens Oude Gueuze
Left Hand Oak Aged Wake Up Dead
Prairie Artisanal Eliza5beth Midwest Apricot Farmhouse Ale
Smuttynose Baltic Porter
Smuttynose Rhye IPA
“Sour Power” Petrus Sampler Pack
Stone ‘Chai Spiced’ Imperial Russian Stout
Stone ‘Extra Hoppy’ 2015 Old Guardian
Stone Enjoy By 04.20.15 (12oz)
Stone Enjoy B04.20.15 (22oz)
Stone Imperial Russian Stout
To Øl ‘Black Malts & Body Salts’ Imperial Black IPA with Coffee

New This Week 12/6/14

Posted Dec 06, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals, The Beerlanthropy® Project

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All the fun, great things today in one happy place. All links take you the the webstore! Let’s do some shopping.
Natty Greene’s American Sour 2014
Pisgah Tripel (Growlers)
Wicked Weed Capricious Wild Mango IPA

Jazz hands! The Bruisin’ Webstore is up!

Posted Nov 25, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, Cider, Coolness, Goings on, In the news, Merchandise, Miscellany, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project

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We did it! After four months of work, the Bruisin’ Ales Webstore is now live and taking orders online. Our real-time inventory is displayed (except for those items deemed “non-shipping”) with a fully searchable database. The store will be updated weekly with new arrivals, and we’ll be adding more tags along the way to help you find what you’re looking for. Look for merchandise to be thrown into the mix soon, such as our t-shirts and glassware. Happy shopping, everyone!

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Things to know:

  • We ship to most states in the U.S. (detailed list at webstore link above.) For international shipping inquiries, please email us.
  • Locals can now place pick-up orders. Buy/pay online, pick-up later!*
  • Use the drop-down menus for beer brands by Country > State and/or Manufacturer.
  • Use personal search parameters, i.e. Asheville, bourbon, oak, sour, <beer style>, <beer name>, etc.
  • When you set-up a Customer Account online, you’ll automatically become a member of our brand new K-O Club, a customer loyalty program coming in 2015.
  • We ship in increments of (3), (6), and (12) for large format bottles, and increments of (12) for 12oz.
*How does pick-up work? I live in the area and want to order online for pick-up later.
  1. No problem! Just go through the same Shopping process, then select “Pick-up” at checkout. We’ll pack it up and have it waiting for you.
  2. Must show ID at pick-up and ID must match name on credit card used for purchase.
  3. Pick-up orders must be retrieved within 7 days of purchase.

Where do I start?

  1. Click the SHOPPING button to enter the site.

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