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!

 


Thursday Tasting 4.30.15: Sierra Nevada

Posted in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, Events, Limited Release, People, Seasonals

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Hey, hey, hey, tomorrow is Tasting Day! Join us tomorrow along with the Sierra Nevada gang in the wee tasting room for a five-beer flight. FREE. Starts at 5:00 p.m., ends of 7:00 p.m. We’ll be serving the ol’ faithful and some other specialties!

Pale Ale: “The beginning. A classic. Our most popular beer. Pale Ale began as a home brewer’s dream, grew into an icon, and inspired countless brewers to follow a passion of their own. Its unique piney and grapefruit aromas from the use of whole-cone American hops have fascinated beer drinkers for decades and made this beer a classic, yet it remains new, complex and surprising to thousands of beer drinkers every day. It is—as it always has been—all natural, bottle conditioned and refreshingly bold.”

Hop Hunter: “Intense wet hop flavor year round. Hop Hunter IPA harnesses the complex flavors of just-picked hops through an all-new method of steam distilling wet hops before they even leave the fields. This revolutionary technique captures and intensifies the natural flavors, creating a unique and intensely aromatic beer. Our custom process gathers pure hop oil which, when combined with traditional whole-cone hops in the brew kettle and makes for an incredible IPA experience.”

Ovila Saison: “Complex yet rustic farmhouse ale. An homage to the monks’ noble work, this unique farmhouse ale is incredibly complex with notes of lemon, pepper, straw and herbs balanced by the tang of Mandarin oranges and a spicy kick of pepper. The Mandarin oranges used to make this beer were locally grown, including a portion grown on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux and picked by hand by the community of monks living there. We hope you enjoy this collaboration ale.”

Rain Check Spiced Stout: “A specialty beer brewed for Western North Carolina and several surrounding states. Rain Check was inspired by the tropical flavors often found in other favorite foul-weather drinks—fresh ginger, brown sugar, molasses, and tangy lime.”

Barrel-aged Bigfoot: “Aged in oak whiskey casks for nearly two years, this barrel-aged Bigfoot is incredibly complex. The assault of resinous hops has mellowed, and the influence of the wood has shifted focus toward the malt—with rich burnt-sugar flavors and notes of vanilla, toasted coconut, and raisins.”


Let’s end NC Beer Month right! 10% OFF all web orders.

Posted in Beer, Breweries, Cider, Coolness, Goings on, In the news, Specials

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New This Week 4/11/15

Posted Apr 11, 2015 in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals

sweetwater-420festAnchor Brotherhood Steam
Anchor Flying Cloud
Blaugies Darbyste
De Troch Framboise
De Troch Oude Gueuze
Delirium Deliria
Foothills April IPA of the Month
Garun Nr. 19 Icelandic Stout
Great Divide Rumble Oaked IPA
Heavy Seas Phantom Ship
New Holland Black Tulip
Olvisholt Lava
Ommegang Three Eyed Raven Dark Saison
Scheldebrouwerij Hop Ruiter
Siren x Hill Farmstead x Mikkeler LemonCello IPA
Sweetwater 420 Fest Double IPA
Vanberg & DeWulf Lambickx ‘Private Domain Kriek’ 2012/2013
Vanberg & DeWulf Lambickx ‘Private Domain’ 2013/2014
Vanberg & DeWulf Lambrucha
Victory Kirsch Cherry Gose
Victory Summer Love


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