Monday, August 31, 2009

History Lesson

I'm a wee bit late in posting this, but the Thirsty Monk is hosting a Dogfish Head Ancient Ales Week that started tonight. This week will feature four of Dogfish Head's historical ales, three of which have never been on tap in Asheville before. The festivies have already begun tonight, as the Monk has tapped the Midas Touch, which is based on ingredients found in 2700 year old drinking vessels in Turkey. If you haven't had the Midas Touch before, it has some great mead like qualities that come from the addition of honey. This will be followed tomorrow night by the Chateau Jihau, which is based on a 9000 year old recipe found in China. Yes folks, fermented beverages have been around for a long time. Wednesday will feature the chocolate and chile flavored Theobroma poured from a bottle. And Thursday they will tap the Sah'tea, a juniper and chai tea flavored beer based on an old Finnish beer style called Sahti, which used juniper and other herbs to flavor the beer before hops came into style. Thursday night will also feature the debut of the Punkin Ale, Dogfish's spin on the ever popular pumpkin beers that show up in the fall. Oh, and there is a chance that a very special limited Dogfish beer could appear on cask that night as well (I've been sworn to secrecy on this one, but I hope they can get it).


  1. Midas Touch by Dogfish Head was well worth the trip to he Monk last night. I need to make it a point to get out there as much as I can this week. thanks for the info.

  2. Anonymous5:34 PM

    try the wings too with a special taster of all the dfh kegs that are currently tapped. im going tomorrow so i can try them all. the desert is great too with punkin beer in it

  3. Welcome to Asheville, Beervana. It must be nice moving from one Beer City to another. I checked out your blog and added it to my Beer Blog list. I plan on stopping by the Monk tomorrow night after I swing by Bruisin' Ales for the beer tasting. Hopefully we'll get the chance to have a beer together.

    Oh, and thanks for letting me know about the special wings, anonymous. I will have to try them out tomorrow.

  4. I appreciate the welcome, Kilgore Trout. I was planning on making it tomorrow night but I just scored some tickets to the Tourists game. I will definitely make it a point to share a pint with you soon, though.

    And speaking of wings, La Fiesta on Hendersonville rd in Arden does 15 cent wings on Friday and Saturday nights. They are absolutely huge and delicious with 6 different flavors. Great with a couple of cold ones!

  5. Oh, and thanks for the add...I will add you tomorrow. Still working on getting things set up. Trying to pay tribute to all who appreciate great beer here. I do plan on making it to the Bruisin' Ales tasting tomorrow. They are giving away 2 tix to Brewgrass and that may be my only chance at getting any, however slight it may be. I gave up going to Great American Beer Fest to move here, so I am dying for a beerfest right about now.