Tuesday, March 20, 2007
LINK: "March 22, 2007 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Free beer at Bruisin’ Ales, tasting thanks to Newcross Distributing! Stop by and sample these fine gems:
EKU Pilsner (Germany)
Gavroche (French red farmhouse ale)
Wee Beast (Scotch ale, Scotland)
Goliath (Tripel, Belgium). "
I hope to see some of you there.
Friday, March 16, 2007
The Otter is really a restaurant, but I'll be adding it to my pub crawl site as the beer selection is excellent. Staff members I spoke with said it would be OK if someone sat in the bar area and had only a beer, but I recommend you have some food as well. The burritos are excellent.
Incidently, many people aren't aware that the owners have a sister restaurant in Boone called The Black Cat. I eat lunch there regularly. Same menu as in Asheville with some good beers as well.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
The beer poured nicely into an imperial pint glass and had a moderate head. The color was an attractive amber and the beer had good carbonation. The nose was pure hops, grapefruit-like and flowery. I set the glass on my couch-side table and continued to get whiffs of hops with the glass two feet away. The initial sip was smooth-bodied, mildly malty, and with a moderately-high hop finish that lingered on the tongue. I let the beer warm up awhile and it was even better at about 60 degrees.
According to the brewer's web site, the beer is made with Nugget, Warrior and Tomahawk hops and is brewed to maximize the malt and hop character of the finished product. The beer is well-balanced and is a classic example of an American IPA. If this beer was available in Asheville I'd buy it often.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
According to Mark Lyons at the Brews Cruise, this is what you'll get:
I've been to both the spring and fall WBF several times. An added feature Mark doesn't mention is that the Sheraton Raleigh is within walking distance of several good beer bars, so you can keep having fun all evening and not have to worry about getting back. You even get a stop at Catawba Brewing for some "hair of the dog" party flu cure on Sunday.
- Roundtrip transportion from Asheville to Raleigh
- One night stay at the Sheraton in downtown Raleigh (2 blocks from festival)
- Festival pass for day event 12-4 pm
- World Beer Festival Pint Glass
- Brews Cruise T-shirt/ Brews Cruise tote bag
- Bagels/ coffee upon departure
- Snacks and water for the ride (roundtrip)
- Brewery tour/ sampling at Catawba Valley Brewing Company enroute back to Asheville
- GOOD TIMES
The rates for this package are $225 per person (based on double occupancy),
or $410 per couple (any two people booking together are eligible for the couples rate) We have blocked 8 doubles and 4 kings and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. Come and Play!
This is a great deal. I strongly encourage you to call and sign up NOW!