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March 2013 Updates

Howdy Beer folks!

Thanks to everyone who came out this past Wednesday for our first beer tasting of 2013!!  We have the next one coming up in two weeks! More details to come next week!

New and Back in Stock

New Holland Night Tripper (Only a few bottles of this one…)
Foothills Sexual Chocolate (1 per person limit, very few left.)

Current Growler Selections

****Important Note****  We’re out of full sized growlers right now, but remember, we will fill almost any growler, regardless of source, and we have a few of our wonderful swingtop 1/2 growlers!
Foothills India Brown Ale ($7.99)- The Seeing Double is being held hostage by the few lingering fills of this one…

 

Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale ($7.99)-  I find it to be a little hoppier than most in the style, and that makes it of my favorite amber/red ales, and I’m not the only one!  It’s rated in the mid to high 90s on both RateBeer and Beer Advocate and if I recall correctly, the last time I saw it in six-packs it was close to $15!  So come grab it at this great price while you can!

Coast Milk Stout ($10.99)- We LOVE Coast beers, and while we can’t get every release (sad face for no 2012 Boy King), we’re proud to have them in our State!   I tried it and yes, it IS one of the best milk stouts out there!

Great Divide Yeti ($9.99)- Since it’s taking so long to get the Thomas Creek Root Beer back in stock, we decided to test the rooting idea with this imperial stout. It works well!  While apparant on the nose, the actual root beer flavor is very subtle and really only comes out as the beer warms.   No wonder the brewery does so many different variations on this beauty!

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissen ($8.99)- Our first beer from the oldest brewery in the world!

***With the Tasting/Tap Takeover, we picked up 4 full kegs of Riverdog’s great stuff, but we also have a the kegs they took the place of. So we have 6 selections for 3 taps!  We can switch out for fills of the ones not currently on the station, but please realize this might take a little extra time and plan accordingly! Here’s the lineup-

Stone Double Bastard ($12.99)- Almost gone, but still Arrogant!

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye ($6.99)- Oops! I had it listed at a dollar more in previous mails!

River Dog Sinister Stache ($9.99)- A wonderful dry-hopped brown ale.  It’s not scheduled to be made again at present, so grab it while you can!

River Dog Coastal Wheat ($8.99)- Made with chamomile and rose petals, this light wheat surprised this hop-head with just how great it is!  Taking a full one of these home with me if it’s still here on Saturday.

River Dog Pale Ale ($8.99)- Not quite as dense as other pale ales, it’s hop character shines through while still being sessionable. There’s a complexity in this one that I like more with each glass I try…

River Dog IPA ($8.99)- The Pale Ale’s Big Brother, but not in a 1984 sort of way…   Or is it maybe watching you as you drink it?  I don’t care, because it’s good.  That’s how the Police State happens, isn’t it?  They make good beer to distract you from the real business of… Wait, this is a beer blurb, not a political screed! sorry…  Great IPA here.

 Next Up/Coming Soon

Foothills Seeing Double IPA ($7.99)- Soon as the other Foothills is gone!

NON-ALCOHOLIC! (You know… For Kids!)
Thomas Creek Root Beer ($3.99)- Returning as soon as the brewery makes it and sends it down!
Feb 2013 Updates
Howdy Beer folks!

Here we have it!  Our first scheduled beer tasting!  Josh Luman from Blufton’s Riverdog Brewing is coming up to take over half of our growler station!  Join us at 4:30pm next Wednesday, the 20th to try some fine brews from one of SC’s newest additions to our rapidly growing local beer scene!   While we’ve ordered more growlers from our supplier, they will most likely not be here in time for the tasting/takeover, so be sure to bring your empties with you!

New and Back in Stock

Southern Tier Oat (A superb Oatmeal Stout!)
Southern Tier Mokah (Coffee and Chocolate beer just in time for Valentine’s Day!)
Avery New World Porter (Hoppy and dark and yummy!)
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye (Six packs back in stock.)

Current Growler Selections

****Important Note****  We’re out of full sized growlers right now, but remember, we will fill almost any growler, regardless of source, and we have plenty of our wonderful swingtop 1/2 growlers!

Foothills India Brown Ale ($7.99)- Only a couple fills left…
Stone Double Bastard ($12.99)- It’s been on the station for a bit over a month and has mellowed a little.  But we still aren’t worthy twice-over!

Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale ($7.99)-  I find it to be a little hoppier than most in the style, and that makes it of my favorite ambers, and I’m not the only one! It’s rated in the mid to high 90s on both RateBeer and Beer Advocate and if I recall correctly, the last time I saw it in six-packs it was close to $15! So come grab it at this great price while you can!

Coast Milk Stout ($10.99)- We LOVE Coast beers, and while we can’t get every release (sad face for no 2012 Boy King), we’re proud to have them in our State!  I tried it and yes, it IS one of the best milk stouts out there!

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye ($7.99)- I can’t decide which of their seasonals I like better, this or the Celebration.  I suppose it’s just best to love what’s in front of me!

Great Divide Yeti ($9.99)- Since it’s taking so long to get the Thomas Creek Root Beer back in stock, we decided to test the rooting idea with this imperial stout.  It works well!   While apparant on the nose, the actual root beer flavor is very subtle and really only comes out as the beer warms.   No wonder the brewery does so many different variations on this beauty!

Green Flash Palate Wrecker ($12.99)- Yeah.  That’s right!  Fresh Double IPA.  On the station. Right. now.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissen ($8.99)- Our first beer from the oldest brewery in the world!

 Next Up/Coming Soon!

Foothills Seeing Double IPA ($7.99)- Feels like IPA month, doesn’t it? Back by popular demand!

NON-ALCOHOLIC! (You know…  For Kids!)
Thomas Creek Root Beer ($3.99)- Returning as soon as the brewery makes it and sends it down!

January 2013 Updates

Brew News

Howdy Beer folks!

Welcome to Springtime in January!  Must be South Carolina.  Have a beer! 

New and Back in Stock!

Coast 32/50 Kolsch

Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan

Lazy Magnolia Deep South Pale Ale
Widmer O’Ryeley IPA
Blue Moon Valencia Grove Amber
Angry Orchard Apple Ginger
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
Anderson Valley Winter Solstice (This time in bottles!)
Founders Pale Ale
New Holland Imperial Hatter

Current Growler Selections
Stone 12-12-12 ($13.49)- The last in the Vertical Epic series from one of the best breweries in the world!  Personally, I’ve had 4 of the series and this is my second favorite after the 9-9-9.  It’s a pseudo-Belgian ale with lots of interesting ingredients like allspice and rosehips. 
Foothills India Brown Ale ($7.99)- Hoppy and malty and complex.

Holy City Pluff Mud Porter ($10.99)- Award Winning goodness from Charleston!

Stone Double Bastard ($12.99)- It’s finally on the station and we’re STILL unworthy twice-over!

Lagunitas Sucks ($7.99)- Almost gone.  Won’t last the weekend!  (Unless the second keg I just ordered comes in!)
Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale($7.99)-  I find it to be a little hoppier than most in the style, and that makes it of my favorite ambers, and I’m not the only one!  It’s rated in the mid to high 90s on both RateBeer and Beer Advocate and if I recall correctly, the last time I saw it in six-packs it was close to $15!  So come grab it at this great price while you can!Founders Dirty Bastard($4.99)- Only a couple fills left!Next Up/Coming Soon!

NON-ALCOHOLIC!  (You know…  For Kids!)

Thomas Creek Root Beer

($3.99)- Returning as soon as the brewery makes it and sends it down!

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Howdy Beer folks!

Happy New Year!  So why was there no beer e-mail last week?  I’m gonna blame a time-traveling shockwave from Clowney’s MASSIVE hit in the Outback bowl!  Not much new in the post-holiday calm, but the few things that are coming in are doozies!

New and Back in Stock

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2013 (Always one of the best barleywines, back at Sam’s after a sad 2 year absence!)
Lagunitas Sucks (Already a contender for my top beer of the year!)
Smuttynose Winter Ale (FINALLY!  A Winter seasonal that didn’t arrive in the Summer!  And it’s good stuff!)
Westbrook Cap’n Skoon’s Ballistic Stout (Hard to believe it’s time for Westbrook’s 2nd anniversary, but here’s the beer to prove it!)

Current Growler Selections
Lots of these kegs are getting low, so don’t wait too long if you’re craving something!

Stone 12-12-12 ($13.49)- The last in the Vertical Epic series from one of the best breweries in the world! Personally, I’ve had 4 of the series and this is my second favorite after the 9-9-9. It’s a pseudo-Belgian ale with lots of interesting ingredients like allspice and rosehips.

Foothills India Brown Ale ($7.99)- Hoppy and malty and complex

 

Great Divide Hibernation($9.99)- Yummy notes of caramel in a slightly hoppy English-Style Old Ale. At 8.7% it’s just enough to keep you warm when it’s a bit rainy and chilly like it is right now!

Stone Double Bastard ($12.99)- It’s finally on the station and we’re STILL unworthy twice-over!

Special Buy Clearance Growler Fills!
Boulder Hoopla ($6.99)
Founders Dirty Bastard ($4.99)

NON-ALCOHOLIC!  (You know… For Kids!)
Thomas Creek Root Beer ($3.99)- It’s here, so we can start our new special program with this stuff!  We had it on the station last year and I noticed there was a detectable root beer flavor in the first keg I put on afterwards.  So I cleaned the lines about a dozen more times until it had mostly faded away and I made sure the next keg was a sweeter, dark brew that would overpower any remaining trace.  When considering bringing it back I had a thought…    Rather than multiple cleanings (we still clean all of our lines regularly) or even completely changing the lines every time, why not embrace this tasty phenomenon?    So from now on, we’ll have the Root Beer most of the time, but now and again, when something appropriate comes in, we’ll let a keg be Rooted!  I’ll be sure to taste every combination and reject any clunkers, but hopefully we can discover some new favorites!

 Next Up/Coming Soon

Holy City Pluff Mud Porter ($10.99)- We still can only get small kegs, but you guys keep asking for it!

On a more serious note.  We’ve all been shocked and saddened by the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.  A friend of mine is doing a good thing to try and help.  If you’re able, please go to http://www.indiegogo.com/sandyhookbears/ to help, and please pass along via facebook or twitter if you can!

 

 

November 2012 Updates

Nov 16th Beer News

Almost Turkey Time, so you know what that means, right?  Sam’s Black Friday Sale featuring our “Famous Clearance Buggies of Epic Awesome Savingness!”   More details next week!

On to the beer!

New and Back in Stock

Lazy Magnolia Timber Beast (As far as I know these guys are the first Mississippi craft brewery!  Great Rye Double IPA!)
Lagunitas Brown Shuggah (Almost gone already, but hopefully we’ll get more!)
Bells Christmas Ale
Bells Special Double Cream Stout
Bells Java Stout

Current Growler Selections

Fire Sale Selections!!!  They’re good, but we need the space for other pre-ordered kegs!  Come grab some great growlers on the cheap!

Boulder Old Chicago Farmhouse Saison ($5.99)
Grand Teton XX Bitch Creek Double ESB ($5.99)
Founders Red’s Rye Pale ($4.99)

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin ($12.99)- Just a little bit left, so if you want it to go with Thanksgiving Dinner, don’t wait! It’ll keep nicely in the fridge till the big day…

Founders Breakfast Stout. ($11.99)- If you don’t start in the morning, how can you drink all day?  It’s a Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout, but it’s not overly sweet.  Think full-bodied rich dark coffee with semi-sweet chocolate…  This is one of the reasons I’m even IN the beer business!

Holy City Pluff Mud Porter ($10.99)- Charleston’s newest craft brewery is finally available in the rest of the state!  This porter is one of their flagship brews with good reason.  Not as heavy as it’s color might imply, it’s complex while still being very sessionable.  I’m taking some home because I  think it’s going to be perfect with turkey and trimmings!
Allagash White ($8.99)- One of our fastest selling regular rotating selections.  The bottle is good, but the draft version is something special!

Avery duganA ($11.49)- A superb Imperial/Double IPA that has high ratings on Beer Advocate and Ratebeer.  The label says piney and resinous.  The label is 1000% correct.  Over half the keg is gone, so don’t wait too long on this one either…

Next Up/Coming Soon

Thomas Creek Root Beer ($3.99) is returning (just in time for Thanksgiving I hope!) soon and we’re starting a special program with this stuff!  We had it on the station last year and I noticed there was a detectable root beer flavor in the first keg I put on afterwards.  So I cleaned the lines about a dozen more times until it had mostly faded away and I made sure the next keg was a sweeter, dark brew that would overpower any remaining trace.  When considering bringing it back I had a thought…    Rather than multiple cleanings (we still clean all of our lines regularly) or even completely changing the lines every time, why not embrace this tasty phenomenon?    So from now on, we’ll have the Root Beer most of the time, but now and again, when something appropriate comes in, we’ll let a keg be Rooted!  I’ll be sure to taste every combination and reject any clunkers, but hopefully we can discover some new favorites!  Stay tuned for more info!

Victory Yakima Glory ($9.49)-  The Yakima hop is featured in a bunch of my favorite beers and this is a great one!

Westbrook Citra Rye ($TBA)- Remember this one?  One of Westbrook’s finest returns!

Stone Double Bastard ($TBA)- We’re unworthy twice-over!

Great Divide Hibernation ($TBA)- Pre-ordered and sitting at the distributor just waiting for us to have space, so help clear a path!

Nov 2nd Beer News

Howdy Beer folks!

Happy November!  Remember that beer club is ready on the first of every month.  Last week I mentioned some things that were supposed to arrive last Friday.  Since I’m mentioning it, you might guess that something went wrong and we didn’t get some of em.  So there’s some stuff repeated this week as new arrivals.  Let’s get to it, shall we?

New and Back in Stock

Highland Octoberfest (It’s still plenty fresh and tasty!)
Sierra Nevada Celebration (Love this stuff.)
Sam Adams Winter Lager (I like this more than their Octoberfest…)
Stone Double Bastard (the 2012 edition of this Ginormous Brew!)
Avery duganA (One of my favorite imperial IPAs…)
Avery Old Jubilation (A great winter warmer that I look forward to ever year!

Current Growler Selections
Boulder Old Chicago Farmhouse Saison ($5.99)- Fire Sale!  Yummy yummy Fire Sale!

Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout! ($14.99)-   Maybe a little bit still here, but I won’t know till someone wants some!

Grand Teton XX Bitch Creek Double ESB ($11.99)- Only a bit higher in alcohol than the regular Bitch Creek, this XX version is more flavorful and satisfying.

Founders Breakfast Stout ($11.99)- If you don’t start in the morning, how can you drink all day?  It’s a Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout, but it’s not overly sweet.  Think full-bodied rich dark coffee with semi-sweet chocolate…  This is one of the reasons I’m even IN the beer business!

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin ($12..99)- Not a lot left here either.  Get it while you can!

Foothills BBL People’s Porter ($9.99)- It tastes like bourbon and Coke without the sweetness of the Coke.  So far it’s the best thing I’ve ever had from these guys.  Only a few fills left.

Allagash White ($8.99)- One of our fastest selling regular rotating selections.  The bottle is good, but the draft version is something special!

Founders Red’s Rye Pale ($4.99)- An absolute STEAL of a price!

Next Up/Coming Soon

Thomas Creek Root Beer ($3.99) is returning (hopefully very) soon and we’re starting a special program with this stuff!  We had it on the station last year and I noticed there was a detectable root beer flavor in the first keg I put on afterwards.  So I cleaned the lines about a dozen more times until it had mostly faded away and I made sure the next keg was a sweeter, dark brew that would overpower any remaining trace.  When considering bringing it back I had a thought…    Rather than multiple cleanings (we still clean all of our lines regularly) or even completely changing the lines every time, why not embrace this tasty phenomenon?    So from now on, we’ll have the Root Beer most of the time, but now and again, when something appropriate comes in, we’ll let a keg be Rooted!  I’ll be sure to taste every combination and reject any clunkers, but hopefully we can discover some new favorites!  Stay tuned for more info!

Avery duganA ($11.49)- A superb Imperial/Double IPA that has high ratings on Beer Advocate and Ratebeer..  I absolutely love this stuff in bottles and can’t wait to try the draft version!
Victory Yakima Glory ($9.49)-  The Yakima hop is featured in a bunch of my favorite beers and this is a great one!

 

 

October 2012 Updates

Oct 25th Beer News:

*shamble shamble*  Errurrrr Eeeer Urgh!What’s that you say?  You aren’t fluent in Zombie?   I said- “Hello Beer Folks!”  So here it is, the last Beer news before Halloween, AKA- My favorite Holiday! Many people will be celebrating this weekend  with parties and the like, but please remember that masks (or extreme face altering make-up) aren’t allowed in the beer OR liquor and wine store. Why?  Because we have to be able to tell you are the old enough you on your ID, so plan ahead! I leave you with my own sad attempt a seasonal poem…

We’re told that candy is dandy
and liquor is so very quicker
But not for MY Halloween- NAY!
The Drink I shall Choose
Neither mixed or straight booze
Will certainly save me some day!
When the dead walk the Earth
I will chuckle with mirth
and reach for a great IPA
It will be a Hop Zombie!
Why would it not be?
That’s when I’d know not to fear
He’s not going to eat me
(This last rhyme is sweet- see?)
It doesn’t want brains, just Moar Beeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!

New and Back in Stock

Sam Adams Octoberfest (12-packs only, and this is probably the last shipment of the year.)
Duvel and Ommegang Gift Packs w/glasses. (These things never last long, so if you’re thinking of them as gift ideas, snap em up quick!)
He’Brew Jewbilation Sweet 16 (16 malts, 16 hops, 16%abv!!!)
Founders Harvest Ale (A great Fresh Hopped Pale)
Founders Backwoods Bastard (`Tis the season for barrel aged beers, and Founders makes some of the best.  This is one.)
Evil Twin Hipster Pale Ale (Not cheap, but OH so good!)
Stone Double Bastard (the 2012 edition of this Ginormous Brew!)
Avery duganA (One of my favorite imperial IPAs…)
Avery Ellie’s Brown (Back after a brief shortage…)

Current Growler Selections

Boulder Old Chicago Farmhouse Saison ($5.99)- Fire Sale!  Yummy yummy Fire Sale!

Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout! ($14.99)- One Fill.  Maybe.

Grand Teton XX Bitch Creek Double ESB ($11.99)- Only a bit higher in alcohol than the regular Bitch Creek, this XX version is more flavorful and satisfying.
Founders Breakfast Stout. ($11.99)- If you don’t start in the morning, how can you drink all day?  It’s a Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout, but it’s not overly sweet.  Think full-bodied rich dark coffee with semi-sweet chocolate…  This is one of the reasons I’m even IN the beer business!

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin ($12.99)- Not a lot left here either.  Get it while you can!

Foothills BBL People’s Porter ($9.99)- It tastes like bourbon and Coke without the sweetness of the Coke.  So far it’s the best thing I’ve ever had from these guys.  Only a few fills left.

Allagash White ($8.99)- Back again!

Founders Red’s Rye Pale ($4.99)- An absolute STEAL of a price!

Next Up/Coming Soon!!

Thomas Creek Root Beer ($3.99) is returning soon and we’re starting a special program with this stuff!  We had it on the station last year and I noticed there was a detectable root beer flavor in the first keg I put on afterwards.  So I cleaned the lines about a dozen more times until it had mostly faded away and I made sure the next keg was a sweeter, dark brew that would overpower any remaining trace.  When considering bringing it back I had a thought…    Rather than multiple cleanings (we still clean all of our lines regularly) or even completely changing the lines every time, why not embrace this tasty phenomenon?    So from now on, we’ll have the Root Beer most of the time, but now and again, when something appropriate comes in, we’ll let a keg be Rooted!  I’ll be sure to taste every combination and reject any clunkers, but hopefully we can discover some new favorites!  Stay tuned for more info!
Avery duganA ($11.49)- A superb Imperial/Double IPA that has high ratings on Beer Advocate and Ratebeer.  I absolutely love this stuff in bottles and can’t wait to try the draft version!

 

Fred Richardson!

Guy Who Sells Beer At Sam’s!

(it’s not a job title, it’s what I do!!!)

Follow me on Twitter for live growler station updates and general beer (and occasional non-related) tweets!  I’m @samsbeerguy !!!

 

Oct 12th Beer News:

New and Back in Stock

Kasteel Donker (A bunch of you guys have been after this, so here it is!)
Westbrook Marzenbier (A little late for the “official” Oktoberfest, but fresh as heck and great!)
Duck Rabbit Brown Ale
RJ Rockers First Snow (YAY!)
Bells This One Goes To 11 (VERY limited batch 11000.  1 bottle per customer.)

Current Growler Selections

Boulder Hazed & Infused ($5.99)- So good it’s on FIRE!!! (sale)

Boulder Old Chicago Farmhouse Saison ($7.99)- Not as aggressive as some others in the style, this one is approachable and quite sessionable.

Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout! ($14.99)- Have it with a scoop of fine vanilla ice cream and whipped cream with a cherry on top!  Or with some bourbon.  Or in coffee!  

Grand Teton XX Bitch Creek Double ESB ($11.99)- Only a bit higher in alcohol than the regular Bitch Creek, this XX version is more flavorful and satisfying.

Founders Breakfast Stoutbbbbb ($11.99)- If you don’t start in the morning, how can you drink all day?  It’s a Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout, but it’s not overly sweet.  Think full-bodied rich dark coffee with semi-sweet chocolate…  This is one of the reasons I’m even IN the beer business!

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin ($12.99)- Not quite as potent as in years past, but still one of the best pumpkin beers out there!

Foothills BBL People’s Porter ($9.99)- It tastes like bourbon and Coke without the sweetness of the Coke.  Not a lot left here either…

Oscar Blues Deviant Dales ($11.99)-It lasted!  But only a few fills remaining…
Next Up/Coming Soon

Still working on something scary good for Halloween! OoooWEEEEEoooOOOOoooOOO!

 

September 2012 Updates

Sept 21st Beer News:

The weather is starting to cool off so now is the perfect time to enjoy some of the darker brews. The Founders Breakfast Stout and Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti come to mind, and we have both of them in stock right now.  More Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers are appearing, but they won’t be here for long!  Remember that the actual holiday only lasts through the first full week of October!

New and Back in Stock

Left Hand Oktoberfest
Hebrew Messiah Bold
Boulder Hoopla Cans
Boulder Hazed & Infused 12-pack cans
Evil Twin Premium, The Cowboy, and Imperial Biscotti Break
New Belgium/Alpine Beer Co. Super IPA
New Belgium Peach Porch Rocker
Foothills BBL People’s Porter
RJ Rocker’s Gruntled Pumpkin
Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Current Growler Selections

Boulder Hazed & Infused ($7.99)- They coulda named it Hoppy and Cloudy… Or is that Cloudy And Hoppy?  As good as this is, I’m stunned that it’s been here this long…

Boulder Old Chicago Farmhouse Saison ($7.99)- Not as aggressive as some others in the style, this one is approachable and quite sessionable.

Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout! ($14.99)- Surprisingly still here! Perfect for our 1/2 size fliptops! Have it with a scoop of fine vanilla ice cream!

Grand Teton XX Bitch Creek Double ESB ($11.99)- Since their arrival early last year, this Idaho brewery has become one of my personal favorites. The Bitch Creek is my go-to when I’m craving a hoppy brown ale, and this is a double version of that! It’s pretty blasted tasty.

New Holland Poet Oatmeal Stout ($7.99)- A special deal on one of the best Oatmeal Stouts out there!  VERY limited…

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin ($12.99)- Not quite as potent as in years past, but still one of the best pumpkin beers out there!

Foothills BBL People’s Porter ($9.99)- This is one of the absolute best Bourbon Barrel Aged beers I’ve ever had.  Need I say more?

Oscar Blues Deviant Dales ($11.99)- The return of what’s quickly become one of the best IPAs available in the state.  This stuff usually doesn’t last much past a week, so don’t wait too long!

Next Up
Nothing specific on deck that I can talk about, but as always we’re working on some special stuff for the near future!

Sept 14th Beer News:

Hey Beer Folks!

Yay for College Football Season!

That is all.

New and Back in Stock

Carolina Fan Cans of Bud Light
Shipyard Pumpkinhead
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin
Southern Tier Pumpking!

Current Growler Selections

Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA ($7.99)- 3 fills left…

Founders Dirty Bastard ($8.99)- Still The Best Scotch Ale in the house! Not much left…

Boulder Hazed & Infused ($7.99)- They coulda named it Hoppy and Cloudy… Or is that Cloudy And Hoppy? How about just plain Great?

Boulder Old Chicago Farmhouse Saison ($7.99)- Not as aggressive as some others in the style, this one is approachable and quite sessionable.

Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout! ($14.99)- Surprisingly still here! Perfect for our 1/2 size fliptops! Surprisingly still here.

Grand Teton XX Bitch Creek Double ESB ($11.99)- Since their arrival early last year, this Idaho brewery has become one of my personal favorites. The Bitch Creek is my go-to when I’m craving a hoppy brown ale, and this is a double version of that! It’s pretty blasted tasty.

New Holland Poet Oatmeal Stout ($7.99)- A special deal on one of the best Oatmeal Stouts out there!  VERY limited…

Duck Rabbit Hoppy Bunny ($7.99)- A special deal on a great American Black Ale!  Also limited…

 

Next Up!!
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin ($12.99)- Not quite as potent as in years past, but still one of the best pumpkin beers out there!

August 2012 Updates

August 31st Beer News:

Hey beer folks!

As many of you know, we’ve had a little trouble with the growler station running out of CO2 much faster than it should.   As a result of this, our station was down most of the week.   I’m happy to report that a problem in the gas line has been tracked down and fixed.   As far as we can tell, it was the only leak in the CO2 system and we should be operating as normal for the foreseeable future!  We caught the problem in time to shut down things and protect the beer in the kegs, so while we sold a few fills before the problem and after the repair, we still have most of the stuff from last week!  So I’m just going to repeat myself in the Current section…

In case you missed it last week- We now offer fancy swingtop growlers! These babies are imported from Germany and hold a few more ounces and seal better than screw-top bottles! They cost a bit more than the regular growlers, but the first fill is 30% of the regular price! They come in a variety of designs including 1-liter bottles that are perfect for those higher-gravity selections or for those nights when you just want a couple of pints! The fills are 1/2 the regular fill price plus $0.50. We also have a few green glass ones for those who want a little variety in their collection. I recommend that these are used for the less hoppy varieties or at least kept out of sunlight as green glass offers less protection from the skunking effects of UV radiation.

New/Back in Stock Bottles/Cans

Beck’s Octoberfest
Shipyard Pumpkinhead
New Holland Ichabod
Evil Twin Hipster Pale Ale

 

Current Growler Selections

Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA ($7.99)- A better IPA at this price? Tough to find!

Founders Dirty Bastard ($8.99)- Still The Best Scotch Ale in the house!

Great Divide Rumble ($9.99)- As much as I love their Anniversary Oak Aged Double IPA each year, this year’s Rumble might just be a little better! It’s a bit more sessionable at 7.1%, but still plan accordingly.

Boulder Hazed & Infused ($7.99)- They coulda named it Hoppy and Cloudy… Or is that Cloudy And Hoppy? How about just plain Great?

Boulder Old Chicago Farmhouse Saison ($7.99)- Not as aggressive as some others in the style, this one is approachable and quite sessionable.

Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout! ($14.99)- Surprisingly still here! Perfect for our 1/2 size fliptops!

Westbrook Citrus Ninja Exchange ($13.99!!!)- Just a few fills remain of this beauty!

Stone 16th anniversary Double IPA ($13.49)- Made with Lemons and Lemon Verbena, this 10% monster is yet another home run from the Escondido, CA Hop Sluggers! An extra-lemony nose leads off to set up a palate-stealing hoppiness with another solid hit of lemon followed by a slide into home with a slight vegetal and peppery aftertaste! (Yes, the playoffs are fast approaching and my Braves are in the hunt!)

Next Up!!

Grand Teton XX Bitch Creek Double ESB ($11.99)- Since their arrival early last year, this Idaho brewery has become one of my personal favorites. The Bitch Creek is my go-to when I’m craving a hoppy brown ale, and this is a double version of that! Looking forward to trying it when a spot opens up!

August 17th Beer News:

Hey beer folks!

This past Saturday, at the end of the day, the growler station CO2 tank was empty. There was a leak and as a result the station was closed until we could refill the tank and track down the problem. The station is back up but we didn’t order any new kegs. I’m a little pressed for time today, so the descriptions from last week are being repeated.

New/Back in Stock Bottles/Cans

Sam Adams Harvest Collection

New Belgium Ranger 12-pack cans

New Belgium Red Hoptober

Anderson Valley Summer Solstice

Harpoon UFO Pumpkin

Coast Hopart (Bottled on the 13th!!!)

Estrella Damn Duara (Glueten Free Beer)

 

Current Growler Selections

Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA ($7.99)- A better IPA at this price? Tough to find!

Founders Dirty Bastard ($8.99)- Still The Best Scotch Ale in the house!

Great Divide Rumble ($9.99)- As much as I love their Anniversary Oak Aged Double IPA each year, this year’s Rumble might just be a little better! It’s a bit more sessionable at 7.1%, but still plan accordingly.

Boulder Hazed & Infused ($7.99)- They coulda named it Hoppy and Cloudy… Or is that Cloudy And Hoppy? How about just plain Great?

Boulder Old Chicago Farmhouse Saison ($7.99)- Not as aggressive as some others in the style, this one is approachable and quite sessionable.

Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout! (14.99)- Going fast! Get it while you can!

Westbrook Citrus Ninja Exchange (13.99!!!)- This will likely not last the weekend! If you want it, come get it ASAP!

Next Up!

We’re going to have a Sam Adams Tap Takeover very soon! Keep your eyes open for more details!

 

August 9th Beer News:

Hey beer folks!

Not that you can tell from the weather, but it’s time for fall seasonals to start rolling in! We got the Sam Adams Octoberfest last week and New Belgium’s fall beer arrived today in 12-packs, and the Magic Hat Hex came in a few hours later. The important thing here is that the Summer seasonal brews are quickly vanishing and few if any are still sitting at the distributor’s warehouses! Get em while you can!

 

Current Growler Selections

Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA ($7.99)- A better IPA at this price? Tough to find!

Founders Dirty Bastard ($8.99)- Still The Best Scotch Ale in the house!

Great Divide Rumble ($9.99)- As much as I love their Anniversary Oak Aged Double IPA each year, this year’s Rumble might just be a little better! It’s a bit more sessionable at 7.1%, but still plan accordingly.

Boulder Hazed & Infused ($7.99)- They coulda named it Hoppy and Cloudy… Or is that Cloudy And Hoppy? How about just plain Great?

Boulder Old Chicago Farmhouse Saison ($7.99)- Not as aggressive as some others in the style, this one is approachable and quite sessionable.

New Belgium Tart Lychee ($5!!!)- ABSOLUTE Last Call!

Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout! (14.99)- Going fast! Get it while you can!

Great Divide 18th Anniversary Oak Aged Double IPA ($14.99)- Last keg of this for the year!

Next Up

 

Last week I threatened to drink all the Westbrook Citrus Ninja myself. Unfortunately, you guys came and bought it all before I had the chance! I was heartbroken that I was going to miss out on taking a growler of this home for myself. So when I texted our distributor rep asking if we could get maybe a FULL sized keg of it this week, I expected to be laughed at. Instead he said that there was ONE in inventory, but it was probably a phantom in the computer, a situation that’s happened more than a few times. I said put it on the order anyway.. As you can guess from reading this ramble, it arrived and is just waiting for an empty spot. What you might not have guessed is that it’s taking a price change… In the GOOD direction! Being a larger keg, OUR cost per fill goes way down and we pass the savings along! Westbrook Citrus Ninja Exchange for $13.99 instead of $16.99 sound good to you?

 

August 2nd Beer News:

Hey beer folks!

Another short one this time around because I’m working on finishing up beer club stuff. You know about beer club right? No? It’s $15 a month for selection of great craft beer and in-store discounts! Come on in and ask for more details…

New/returning in bottles/cans…

 

La Trappe Quadrupel (Formerly known as Koenigs Hoven) .750 bottles

Southern Tier Creme Brulee 22oz bottles

Sam Adams Octoberfest 6 & 12 packs!

 

Current Growler Selections

 

Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA ($7.99)- Yummy nummy IPA goodness!

 

Founders Dirty Bastard ($8.99)- Best Scotch ale in the house!

 

Great Divide Rumble ($9.99)- As much as I love their Anniversary Oak Aged Double IPA each year, this year’s Rumble might just be a little better! It’s a bit more sessionable at 7.1%, but still plan accordingly.

 

Boulder Hazed & Infused ($7.99)- Trust me. It’s great.

New Belgium Tart Lychee ($8.99)- Last Call!

Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout! (14.99)- Better than I remember it being!

Westbrook Citrus Ninja ($16.99)- Just. wow. I expected to like this, but… In fact… Never mind… I’ll just drink it all myself…

Boulder Old Chicago Farmhouse Saison ($7.99)- I just tapped and tasted this one. Maybe it’s the name, but I want to pair it with Brats with grilled onions and peppers and a nice stone ground mustard on a hoagie. Oh look… It’s lunch time!

Next Up!!!!

Great Divide 18th Anniversary Oak Aged Double IPA ($14.99)- Last keg of this. Soon as a spot opens, I’ll put it on and tweet about it!

July 2012 Updates

July 27th Beer News:

Beer News!!
 

Hey beer folks!

So this section of the e-mail is growing. We’ve doubled our available taps to 8! We’re working on even more improvements to the area and attempting to get more of those wonderful swingtop growlers, so stay tuned for more details!

 

New/returning in bottles/cans…

 

Westbrook Brett & No Mices and Citrus Ninja

Founders Pale and Porter

Duck Rabbit Amber

North Coast Blue Star Wheat

Harpoon Leviathan Double IPA

Charleston Brewing Co. Laggerhead Lager and Half-Moon Hefe

 

Current Growler Selections

Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA ($7.99)- Great IPA at a great price!

Highland Razor Wit ($6.99)- A belgian-style wheat brewed with spices. There’s maybe a fill left on this one, but the keg feels empty…

Founders Dirty Bastard ($8.99)- Rich without being heavy.

Foothills Seeing Double IPA ($8.99)- I think it’s the best thing Foothills makes. It’s almost gone.

Great Divide Rumble ($9.99)- As much as I love their Anniversary Oak Aged Double IPA each year, this year’s Rumble might just be a little better! It’s a bit more sessionable at 7.1%, but still plan accordingly.

Boulder Hazed & Infused ($7.99)- It’s hoppy, but not overpoweringly so. It’s a nice beer in the bottle, but on draft it’s something special! Was a mainstay of the bar I used to work at/order beer for, because I had to have it for myself, much less share it with my customers!

New Belgium Tart Lychee ($8.99)- SURPRISE! Due to some inventory system failure (my misreading of something to be exact), I thought this one was pretty much gone last week, so I left it out of the e-mail. I just poured a little taste and it’s still nice and sour with a hint of cinnamon on the back end, so come get this little gem while it lasts! (I might even have a glass or two left to go with a fill!)

Remember how I was going on about trying to get something special? I’ve been hounding the distributor about it for almost a year, but recently I was told that it was only going to be in the area in small (and therefore too pricy per fill) kegs. Luckily, the person I talked to was mis-informed, because here we have it!

Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout! (14.99)- Sometimes a beer’s name is all the description one needs. This stuff tastes like Creme Brulee, right down to the edge of burnt sugar from the blowtorch! Sure, it’s a dark beer and it’s a bazillion degrees with the heat index these days, but anytime is the right time for this Vanilla Monster!

Next Up!!

A small keg of the Westbrook Citrus Ninja! This collaboration with the guys at Charleston Beer Exchange has pretty high marks on Beer Advocate. I missed the first release last year and can’t wait to try it! It came in a little more expensive than we’d thought and will be 16.99 a fill, but it’s not gonna last long! Keep an eye on the Twitter!

July 20th Beer News:

Current Growler Selections

Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA ($7.99)- One of my old favorite IPAs that I’m going to drink all of unless you come get it!

Highland Razor Wit ($6.99)- A belgian-style wheat brewed with spices. The bottles are now unavailable, so the 5 fills the computer says we have (I think it might be off) are all that remain!

Founders Dirty Bastard ($8.99)- I dare say it’s the best Scotch Ale we’ve ever had in the store. And no, it isn’t too “heavy” for this weather.

Foothills Seeing Double IPA ($8.99)- It’s my favorite thing from Foothills. 7 fills left. Consider yourself warned!

 July 13th Beer News:

Hey beer folks!

The 2012 beer season is really starting to kick into high gear! Brew @ The Zoo (Aug 3rd) and after that there’s Brewski’s, Bourbon & Butts on Butler (Aug 25th) and Octoberfest is the last 2 weeks in August through the first week of October! Not to mention tailgating season and that game they use as the excuse for it! The breweries are getting ahead of the game with all sorts of nifty new releases!

New and returning this week…

Great Divide Belgian Yeti, Wolfgang Dopplebock and the Oak Aged IPA known as Rumble!

Stone Smoked Porter in 2 variations! Chipotle and Vanilla Bean! Surprised this stuff even got out of California!

Also from Stone is a limited supply of the Ruination 10th anniversary edition!

Weyerbacher Seventeen. Their Anniversary brew this year is a Saison.

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye. The return of an old favorite! This time it’s in 4-pack 12oz bottles and is only $6.99!

Cisco Grey Lady Ale is back in stock, but I’m not sure for how long… Possibly the last shipment of the season.

 

Current Growler Selections

 

New Belgium Tart Lychee- From the Lips of Faith Series, it’s 56% Oak-aged sour ale and 44% Ale brewed with Lychee and Cinnamon. I thought this would be gone by now, but it’s got a tiny bit left in the keg… It’ll be gone next week regardless, so jump now if you’re interested!

Highland Razor Wit- A belgian-style wheat brewed with spices. The bottles are now unavailable, so this is the only way to get this beauty! Think I’ll be grabbing a fill of this and making some German food this weekend. Mmmmm…bratwurst!

Founders Dirty Bastard- To quote the semi-great Mike Meyers, “If it’s not scottish, it’s craap!”

Foothills Seeing Double IPA- Yeah, it’s my favorite thing from Foothills. And it’s already 1/3 gone!

Next Up!!

Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA- This was always one of my go-to brews and I’m thrilled it’s back!

Next Saturday we’re gonna have a special double bill from Great Divide! I’ve been holding back an 18th Anniversary keg, and I think it’ll be cool to tap it at the same time we have the Rumble! We even have some other Oak aged brews and might just run a special or two! More details in next weeks mail!

Next Up!!!

This Saturday we’ve got have a special double bill from Great Divide! The last small keg of the 18th Anniversary Oak Aged Double IPA and a full keg of the just released Rumble Oak Aged IPA. Yes, they’re both Oaked IPAs, but they’re totally different recipes! We’ll also be running a special on all other Oak-Aged bottled brews in the store! 10% off single bottles and 5% off 4 or 6-packs! There might even be another thing or two on sale, but you’ll have to come in and see what we have!

The 18th Anniversary is a SMALL keg. Nine (MAYBE ten?) fills, so one full (or 2 32oz) per customer on that one, first come first serve. Kegs tapped at 11am!

July 5th Beer News:

Hey beer folks!

I hope your 4th of July week has been great so far and it finishes up just as nicely! The new stuff list is a little smaller, but it features one of our old favorites!

New Holland Dragon’s Milk (Heaven in a 4-pack!)

Smuttynose Old Brown Dog

Stone/Victory/Dogfish Head Saison du BUFF

We also have a few bottles of Founders Backstage Series Frangelic Mountain Brown. It’s a brown ale made with hazelnut coffee. These guys make Breakfast Stout and KBS, two of the finest coffee-beer concoctions I’ve ever had, and while I’m not a huge hazelnut coffee fan, I’m certainly expecting this to be superb. Even allowing only one bottle per person, it most likely won’t last till the end of Saturday, so get here as soon as you can if you want this one!

Current Growler Selections

New Belgium Tart Lychee- From the Lips of Faith Series, it’s 56% Oak-aged sour ale and 44% Ale brewed with Lychee and Cinnamon.  Not only do you get a glass with this one, we’ve lowered the price by a buck!

Highland Razor Wit- A belgian-style wheat brewed with spices. It’s kinda like another beer I can’t name (it rhymes with shoe goon), but is really good! A little more than I though on this one too!

Founders Dirty Bastard- Our first keg from the fine folks at Founders had to be this superb scotch style ale. It packs a bit of a punch at 8.5% but the taste isn’t overwhelmed by alcohol. It’s got a deceptively light body and mouthfeel while still being malty and complex. It’s a candidate for regular rotation on the station, but only if you guys vote with your fills!

Foothills Hoppyum- So I get the impression you guys really like Foothills and the hoppy stuff in general. This one might have 4-5 fills left, but I think you’ll be pleased with what I have lined up to replace it…

Next Up!

Foothills Seeing Double IPA- I haven’t had this 9.5% monster in a couple of years, but I remember it as being possibly my favorite thing from Foothills!

June 2012 Updates

June 22nd Beer News:

Hey beer folks!

Seems like the weeks are blowing by faster and faster, eh? Some big changes are coming for the store in the near future, and part of that is the return of some old favorite brands as well as some new stuff. So many breweries are new/back that we’re having to get the products a few at a time! Here’s a list of some of the things we already have!

 

Lion Stout

Founders (YES!) Dirty Bastard and Red’s Rye

Duck Rabbit Milk Stout and Hoppy Bunny

Foothills (From NC!) People’s Porter, Hoppyum IPA and Torch Pilsner

Stoudts American Pale Ale

North Coast Old Rasputin (One of my all time favorites!)

Breckenridge Agave Wheat, Avalanche Amber, Batch 471 IPA, and Vanilla Porter

Founding Fathers Lager and Light

That’s just the beginning! I expect this list will more than double in the coming month or two! We also have Fat Tire in 12-pack 12oz cans, More Sierra Nevada Hoptimum 4-packs and Torpedo 12-packs, Sam Adams Porch Rocker 6-packs, and more stuff I’m probably forgetting!

Current Growler Selections

Sierra Nevada Harvest Southern Hemisphere- It takes just over a week for the hops in this one to be harvested, dried, and shipped to Califonia from New Zeland and they go right into the brew kettle! I’m surprised we still have any of this left!

You get a free New Belgium Glass wih these next two! (Just a few left.)

New Belgium Abbey Ale- Almost gone!

New Belgium Tart Lychee- From the Lips of Faith Series, it’s 56% Oak-aged sour ale and 44% Ale brewed with Lychee and Cinnamon. Not much of this one either…

Highland Razor Wit- A belgian-style wheat brewed with spices. Goes great with the hot weather and any variety of burger you’d like!

June 14th Beer News:

Hey beer folks!

Father’s Day! THIS weekend! In case you forgot, we can help with the last-minute gifts… Beer club memberships are a quick and easy solution to help dear ol’ Dad find some great brews he might not otherwise have tried. You can get him as many months as you’d like, with pre-paid or monthly billing options. Or maybe you just want something to share with him on the big day? How about a growler of fresh beer?

Current Growler Selections

 

Stone Arrogant Bastard- Yes. Dad is Worthy.

Sierra Nevada Harvest Southern Hemisphere- It takes just over a week for the hops in this one to be harvested, dried, and shipped to Califonia from New Zeland and they go right into the brew kettle! Dad deserves it fresh after all!

You get a free New Belgium Glass with these next two! (while supplies last.)

New Belgium Abbey Ale- I’d wager Dad isn’t a monk, but he may have the wisdom of one if he gets this fine brew!

New Belgium Tart Lychee- From the Lips of Faith Series, it’s 56% Oak-aged sour ale and 44% Ale brewed with Lychee and Cinnamon. It’s different and complex, kinda like raising children! It’s a natural for any Dad that’s had it particularly rough with your shenanigans through the years!

Next Up!!!

Highland Razor Wit-This is a better for Dad than any multi-bladed, high-tech, lift-n-cut, rotary contraption the commercials tell us he wants! Particularly great if he fancies himself a bit of a joker!

 

June 6th Growler Station Selections:

Stone Arrogant Bastard- Worthiness aside, we have it again!

Sierra Nevada Harvest Southern Hemisphere- It takes just over a week for the hops in this one to be harvested, dried, and shipped to Califonia from New Zeland and they go right into the brew kettle! Guess that’s fast enough to be calledf a fresh hopping, isn’t it?

New Belgium Abbey Ale- It’s good out of the bottle, but this 7% brew shines even brighter on draft. At $6.99 a fill it’s hard to beat!

New Belgium Tart Lychee- Part of the Lips of Faith Series, it’s 56% Oak-aged ale and 44% Ale brewed with Lychee and Cinnamon! It’s starts off with some sweetness and a little bit of tart, but let it warm up just a hair and the puckering begins. The cinnamon is a bit on the back end, but it’s there if you look for it.

Next Up!!

Highland Razor Wit- Highland continues to improve on their seasonal line! I put this one is in the beer club this month, and it impressed me quite a bit! (I’ve put the order in on this one, but there’s a small chance it will be sold out, so cross your fingers!)

 

Junes 1st Beer Update from the Growler Station:

Oscar Blues’ Deviant Dale’s-Get it before it’s gone!

New Belgium Abbey Ale- Malty, rich and hopefully to be brewed a few hours away sometime in 2015 when the Asheville facillity is projected to be up and running!

New Belgium Tart Lychee- Part of the Lips of Faith Series, this one sounds amazing! 56% Oak-aged ale and 44% Ale brewed with Lychee and Cinnamon! Sweet and Sour Beer? Yes please!

Sierra Nevada Harvest Southern Hemisphere- 6.7% fresh hop ale! It takes just over a week for the hops in this one to be harvested, dried, and shipped to Califonia from New Zeland and they go right into the brew kettle!

Next Up!

Stone Arrogant Bastard- “I’m just hanging out…   It’s cool…   I’ll let you guys have your chance, but we all know who really rules these taps.”

May 2012 Updates

May 24th Beer Update from the Growler Station:

Oscar Blues’ Deviant Dale’s-Get it before it’s gone!

New Belgium Abbey Ale- Malty, rich and hopefully to be brewed a few hours away sometime in 2015 when the Asheville facillity is projected to be up and running!

RJ Rockers Impeachment-  10 or so fills left and then it’s gone till next year!

New Belgium Tart Lychee- Part of the Lips of Faith Series, this one sounds amazing! 56% Oak-aged ale and 44% Ale brewed with Lychee and Cinnamon! Sweet and Sour Beer? Yes please!

Next Up!!

Sierra Nevada Harvest Southern Hemisphere- 6.7% fresh hop ale! It takes just over a week for the hops in this one to be harvested, dried, and shipped to Califonia from New Zeland and they go right into the brew kettle!

Stone Arrogant Bastard- “I’m just hanging out…   It’s cool…   I’ll let you guys have your chance, but we all know who really rules these taps.”

May 17th Beer Update from the Growler Station:

Hey beer folks!

In case you hadn’t heard, Oscar Blues is opening up a brewery in Brevard NC! That brings the count to 3 breweries opening up east coast facilities in or near Asheville, so we decided to feature something from each on our station. Add to that the fact that it’s the tail end of American Craft Beer Week, so we decided to celebrate by taking 5% off all growler fills and an additional 5% if you ‘re in our Beer Club!

Current Growler Selections

Grand Teton Howling Wolf- One, maybe two fills left of this delectable Weissebier!

Oscar Blues’ Deviant Dale’s- Still a good deal left in this keg right now, but I suspect it’ll be gone by the end of Saturday.

New Belgium Abbey Ale- Malty, rich and hopefully to be brewed a few hours away sometime in 2015 when the Asheville facillity is projected to be up and running!

RJ Rockers Impeachment- Proving that North isn’t the only Carolina to make great beer! 10 or so fills left and then it’s gone till next year!

Next Up!!

Sierra Nevada Harvest Southern Hemisphere- First to announce their move to the East Coast, but ironically last to be on our station, this one is a globetrotter! No, it doesn’t make fun of it’s competition or dribble exceptionally well, but you certainly could do either if you have enough of this 6.7% fresh hop ale! It takes just over a week for the hops in this one to be harvested, dried, and shipped to Califonia from New Zeland and they go right into the brew kettle!

New Belgium Tart Lychee- Part of the Lips of Faith Series, this one sounds amazing! 56% Oak-aged ale and 44% Ale brewed with Lychee and Cinnamon! Sweet and Sour Beer? Yes please!

Stone Arrogant Bastard- “I’m just hanging out…   It’s cool…   I’ll let you guys have your chance, but we all know who really rules these taps.”

Our standard growlers are in stock

Brown glass and Sam’s Logo, everything a growing growler collection needs!

May 11th Beer Update from the Growler Station:

Unfortunately the keg of Hoptimum has been delayed. We’re trying to get it in, but we have no firm information right now. We’ll keep you posted!

This Satuirday, we’re doing a pre-Mother’s Day surprise bargain buggy! Sharply at 11am, we’ll be blowing out some lingering Winter seasonals and maybe even a Spring brew or two… How can this be secret if I’m telling? You’ll have to come in to find out!

Current Growler Selections

RJ Rockers Impeachment- Well into it’s second term and sticking it out under intense scrutiny from the media. Is it Marion Berry all over again? Or is this going to be a Chicago/Daley thing??

Grand Teton Brewing’s Howling Wolf Hefeweissen- Still not as great as the Blues Legend, but most assuredly still tastier than the T-shirt. The continuing special for those who come in wearing a shirt with either the musician or a holwing wolf on it, is a 10% discount on the fill! This one’s almost gone! REALLY!

Grey Lady Ale from Cisco Brewers- A small keg of a surprisingly superb light brew. I get notes of jasmine and honey and plan to snag some for myself. Will be tapping this one at noon Friday!

New Belgium Abbey Ale- We’ve only had this in bottles in the midlands for a few months now, and I’m told this is one of the first kegs in the area. It’s rich and tasty…

Next Up

Oscar Blues’ Deviant Dale’s- Yep. Back again already! That’s how great it is! Should be on very soon…

May 4th Beer Update from the Growler Station:

Whats on Tap!

Oscar Blues’ Deviant Dale’s- This stuff is incredibly hoppy and incredibly delicious! It’s the best thing to come out from this great poineer of craft cannery since they started crafting cans!

RJ Rockers Impeachment- Well into it’s second term and sticking it out under intense scrutiny from the media. Is it Marion Berry all over again?

Grand Teton Brewing’s Howling Wolf Hefeweissen- Still not as great as the Blues Legend, but most assuredly still tastier than the T-shirt. The continuing special for those who come in wearing a shirt with either the musician or a holwing wolf on it, is a 10% discount on the fill! This one’s almost gone!

Grey Lady Ale from Cisco Brewers. A small keg of a surprisingly superb light brew. I get notes of jasmine and honey and plan to snag some for myself. Will be tapping this one at noon Friday!

Next Up

**This next one is on order and there’s a chance it might not arrive till next week. Watch the twitter account for up to the minute updates…

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum- Lots of folks compare this to Bell’s Hopslam, but I think that does a disservice to both brews. Sure they’re both big, uber-hopped imperial IPAs, but that’s about it. Hoptimum doesn’t have honey in it like Hopslam, and is balanced by malts alone. This is meant for huge hopheads. In fact that’s it’s logo. A suited hophead… I mean his head… It’s a giant hop cone…

Our standard growlers back in stock!

Brown glass and Sam’s Logo, everything a growing growler collection needs!

April 2012 Updates

April 20th Beer Update from the Growler Station:

Brooklyn Blast! A 9% Double IPA with 1/2 American, and 1/2 English hops. Less than 7 fills left!

Highland Little Hump Spring Ale- Still fresh and tasty, but less than 9 fills remaining…

Westbrook Covert Hops- Watch your nose Jake! (See last week’s newsletter)

Grand Teton Brewing’s Howling Wolf Hefeweissen- Still not as great as the Blues Legend, but most assuredly still tastier than the T-shirt. As with last week, come in wearing a shirt with either the musician or a holwing wolf on it and get a 10% discount on the fill!

Next Up

RJ Rockers Impeachment- Back for a second term, this bigger version of Son of a Peach is sure to get voted out in a hurry this time!

Great Divide 18th anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA! Aka- This year’s edition of what was Fred’s favorite beer of 2010 and 2011! This one is a small keg, so it will go FAST!

April 13th Beer Update:

Just a short one this week, so let’s get to it!

New Arrivals

Angry Orchard ciders. Haven’t tried these yet, but I hear good things.

Grey Lady Ale from Cisco Brewers. A very drinkable lighter brew with notes of jasmine and honey.

Current Growler Selections

Brooklyn Blast! A 9% Double IPA with 1/2 American, and 1/2 English hops. Less than 7 fills left!

Highland Little Hump Spring Ale- Still fresh and tasty, but less than 9 fills remaining…

Westbrook Covert Hops- Watch your nose Jake! (See last week’s newsletter)

Grand Teton Brewing’s Howling Wolf Hefeweissen- Still not as great as the Blues Legend, but most assuredly still tastier than the T-shirt. As with last week, come in wearing a shirt with either the musician or a holwing wolf on it and get a 10% discount on the fill!

Next Up

RJ Rockers Impeachment- Back for a second term, this bigger version of Son of a Peach is sure to get voted out in a hurry this time!

Great Divide 18th anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA! Aka- This year’s edition of what was my favorite beer of 2010 and 2011! This one is a small keg, so it will go FAST! Watch twitter for the exact day/time it gets tapped!

April 6th Update:

Hey beer folks!

It’s exclamtion time!

Easter! The Masters! No more Marching!

NEW BEER NEWS!

New Belgium is building a brewery in Asheville!!!

There’s SO many new items right now! Sierra Nevada News- 2012 Hoptimum! 16oz Torpedo Cans! Pale ale 12-pack Cans! Now in stock!!

Stone/Fat Head’s/Bear Republic Collaboration beer! TBA (Texas Black Ale)!

Caldera Ashland Amber!

Gread Divide! TWO new beers! Nomad and Hoss!!!

APRIL BEER CLUB IS READY!

On the growler station right now!

Brooklyn Blast! At 9%, this IPA is nothing to take lightly! The FIVE POUNDS of hops per barrel are 1/2 American and 1/2 English that make for got a complex balance of flavors! This brew shows how two approaches to the style can work together if done right!

Highland Little Hump Spring Ale! A super-fresh pale ale with piney/grassy hops and a clean finish! One of the most sessionable pales I’ve ever had!

Westbrook Covert Hops! This one has many similarities to one of my favorite movies of all time, Chinatown! They’re both dark, feature the use of water, have a bit of bitterness, and are in new packages! One’s on Bluray, the other is in 22oz bottles! Unless you like expensive, shiny coasters, you can figure which is which! We only got 1 case of the bottles, but we have plenty of fills left on the station, so be sure to bring your growler to be sure!

Howling Wolf Hefeweissen! Not as great as the Blues Legend, but most assuredly tastier than the T-shirt! Come in wearing a shirt with either the musician or a holwing wolf on it and get a 10% discount on the fill!

Next up!

Great Divide 18th anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA! Aka- This year’s edition of what was my favorite beer of 2010 and 2011! This one is a small keg, so it will go FAST! Watch twitter for the exact day/time it gets tapped!

March 2012 Updates

March 30th Growler Update:

Highland Little Hump Spring Ale- A super-fresh pale ale with grassy hops and a clean finish. One of the best things out of this brewery that isn’t Cold Mountain or Gaelic ale!

Allagash White- Almost gone. Always wonderful.

Sweetwater 15th anniversary- Part of the Dank Tank series and based on their original ESB recipe, this monster clocks in at 10% but doesn’t overwhelm. The 7 malt and 5 hop varieties make this one a balanced and oh so tasty celebration of 15 years of tasty brew! Only a couple fills left!

Westbrook Covert Hops- Another beer from our pals in Mt. Pleasant! This one is a tasty hoppy black ale that doesn’t overwhelm with either bitterness or alcohol. VERY yummy and sessionable.

Next up-

When the Allagash goes, we’ll be tapping a keg of Grand Teton Howling Wolf, a superb Hefeweizen!

When the Sweetwater goes, we will be tapping Brooklyn Brewing’s Blast. It’s a highly rated 8% double IPA that I hear great things about from people I trust.

March 23rd Week Update!!!

RJ Rockers Son of a Peach now in stock!
peach

This unfiltered wheat ale is a cloudy peachy color with a white head. Aromas of peach and more peach, wheat, and sweet citrus fruits. Peaches up front in the taste, with non-cloying fruit sweetness and wheat grains balancing nicely. Light to medium bodied. Refreshing!

Get it while you can, this guy has a tendency to sell out!

ST PATRICK’s RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SAMS LIQUOR AND BEER!!!

Great Irish Brands to help celebrate St. Pats-

Jameson Irish Whiskey- My personal favorite!Perfect balance of spicy, nutty and vanilla notes with hints of sweet sherry and exceptional smoothness. Try it with Ginger Ale or on the rocks.Bushmills Irish Honey- A blend of triple distilled Irish whiskey, real Irish honey, and other natural flavors. Drink chilled.Boru Vodka- Named for the legendary king Brian Boru, who united Ireland in 1014. Its crisp, even taste makes it a fresh alternative to enjoy neat, as a martini or the foundation of a cocktail.Guinness Draught- The milkshake of beers, this “meal in a bottle” has that roasted malt flavor and hint of chocolate we’ve come to expect from most full-bodied beers. A rich and creamy Irish favorite!Smithwick’s -  Smithwick’s is Ireland’s oldest operating brewery, and the major ale producer in Ireland. This is a red ale characterized by caramel maltiness and a hint of hops.

March 16th Week – Growler Update – on the station this week…

Growlers Gotta Get one

Allagash White – delicately balances full flavor with a crisp, refreshing taste and subtle hints of spice. Naturally cloudy, bottled with yeast.

RJ Rockers Impeachment- The imperial version of Son of a Peach  released by RJ Rockers. More alcohol and more peaches!

New Belgium Cocoa Mole -Say Hola to a spiced up ale full of cocoa and ancho, guajillo, chipotle peppers. But don’t fear the heat, because plenty of caramel and chocolate malts bring a smooth, complex flavor to our Cocoa Molé. Scents of cinnamon when poured will have you saying, “¡Olé for molé!”

Stone Arrogant Bastard – 99pt American Strong Ale, if you haven’t tried it yet you are missing out!

Next Up!Sweetwater 15 – Sweetwater’s original ESB recipe, substantially amped up for the celebration of the brewery’s 15th anniversary.

 

March 9th Week – Growler Update – on the station this week…

New Belgium Dig- Sorachi Ace hops provides a fresh Spring zing with incredible lemon aroma. Nelson Sauvin is next in line with bursts of passion fruit, mango and peach.Cascade and Centennial round out this crisp, clean Pale Ale.

RJ Rockers Impeachment- The imperial version of Son of a Peach  released by RJ Rockers. More alcohol and more peaches!

New Belgium Cocoa Mole -Say Hola to a spiced up ale full of cocoa and ancho, guajillo, chipotle peppers. But don’t fear the heat, because plenty of caramel and chocolate malts bring a smooth, complex flavor to our Cocoa Molé. Scents of cinnamon when poured will have you saying, “¡Olé for molé!”

Stone Arrogant Bastard – 99pt American Strong Ale, if you haven’t tried it yet you are missing out!

March 2nd Week – Growler Update – on the station this week…

Thomas Creek Dopplebock- A full-bodied German style dark lager with a rich creamy flavor, roasted nut tones and an easy finish with notes of coffee and chocolate.
New Belgium Dig- Sorachi Ace hops provides a fresh Spring zing with incredible lemon aroma. Nelson Sauvin is next in line with bursts of passion fruit, mango and peach.Cascade and Centennial round out this crisp, clean Pale Ale.

RJ Rockers Impeachment- The imperial version of Son of a Peach  released by RJ Rockers. More alcohol and more peaches!

New Belgium Cocoa Mole -Say Hola to a spiced up ale full of cocoa and ancho, guajillo, chipotle peppers. But don’t fear the heat, because plenty of caramel and chocolate malts bring a smooth, complex flavor to our Cocoa Molé. Scents of cinnamon when poured will have you saying, “¡Olé for molé!”

February 2012 Updates

February 17th Week – Growler Update – on the station this week…

Left Hand Stranger American Pale Ale-Stranger has plenty of hops – citrus and pine, but the malty sweetness evens everything out perfectly. A long but mild piney aftertaste makes sure you haven’t forgot that this is a pale ale.  Thomas Creek Dopplebock- A full-bodied German style dark lager with a rich creamy flavor, roasted nut tones and an easy finish with notes of coffee and chocolate.New Belgium Dig- Sorachi Ace hops provides a fresh Spring zing with incredible lemon aroma. Nelson Sauvin is next in line with bursts of passion fruit, mango and peach. Cascade and Centennial round out this crisp, clean Pale Ale.Westbrook Mexican Cake- An Imperial stout aged with Ecuadorian and Ghanaian cocoa nibs, cinnamon, vanilla, and habanero peppers.  Yum!!! Up Next!!Allagash White- An interpretation of a traditional Belgian wheat beer. Brewed with a generous portion of wheat and spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel, this beer is fruity, refreshing and slightly cloudy in appearance.

 February 3rd Week – Growler Update – on the station this week… 

Left Hand Stranger American Pale Ale-Stranger has plenty of hops – citrus and pine, but the malty sweetness evens everything out perfectly. A long but mild piney aftertaste makes sure you haven’t forgot that this is a pale ale.  Thomas Creek Dopplebock- A full-bodied German style dark lager with a rich creamy flavor, roasted nut tones and an easy finish with notes of coffee and chocolate.Lagunitas Sucks-this is a ‘Cereal Medley’ of Barley, Rye, Wheat, and Oats. Full of complexishness from the 4 grains, and weighing in at 7.85% abv, it is then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.New Belgium Dig- Sorachi Ace hops provides a fresh Spring zing with incredible lemon aroma. Nelson Sauvin is next in line with bursts of passion fruit, mango and peach. Cascade and Centennial round out this crisp, clean Pale Ale.Up Next!!Westbrook Mexican Cake – An Imperial stout aged with Ecuadorian and Ghanaian cocoa nibs, cinnamon, vanilla, and habanero peppers.  Yum!!!

February 3rd Beer Update – New Brew…

A BELGIAN LOVE AFFAIR
Ommegang Seduction is lovingly brewed with six dark malts. Chocolatier Callebut
provides the chocolate, while Liefmans brings the cherries. This international romance is
consumated with a full body, alluring aromas and flavors of Belgian chocolate, and tart
cherries. Seduction is an ale to be lovingly embraced.

Beautiful, rich and smooth, roasty and malty throughout, Seduction offers balanced
chocolate-cherry notes, a bit of caramel sweetness, and a long, slow finish. Seduction is
welcoming and warm-hearted, gently hopped and harbors no bitterness, leaving only
a lingering glow.

 

January 2012 Updates

January 30th Week – Growler Update

Per our note below, we have replaced the upcoming Steelhead IPA (which will now be here at the end of February) with New Belgium Dig coming in this week:

New Belgium Dig – Sorachi Ace hops provides a fresh Spring zing with incredible lemon  aroma. Nelson Sauvin is next in line with bursts of passion fruit, mango  and peach. Cascade and Centennial round out this crisp, clean Pale Ale.

January 23rd Week – On the Growler Station…

Victory Helios Ale – an earthy, aromatic hop start and shifts into aspects of lemon peel and black pepper.

Left Hand Stranger American Pale Ale -Stranger has plenty of hops – citrus and pine, but the malty sweetness evens everything out perfectly. A long but mild piney aftertaste makes sure you haven’t forgot that this is a pale ale.

Thomas Creek Dopplebock – A full-bodied German style dark lager with a rich creamy flavor, roasted nut tones and an easy finish with notes of coffee and chocolate.

Lagunitas Sucks -this is a ‘Cereal Medley’ of Barley, Rye, Wheat, and Oats. Full of complexishness from the 4 grains, and weighing in at 7.85% abv, it is then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.

Up Next!

****UPDATE – STEELHEAD MOVED TO END OF FEBRUARY*****  Steelhead Double IPA -Maltier, hoppier and more robust in flavor than regular IPAs, Double IPA is dry hopped with Amarillo hops for a fresh citrus flavor and aroma.  Goes great with red meats and life in general.

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January Featured Beers from Fred

Great Divide Fresh Hop Ale

Made with whole-cone “wet” hops, this citrusy delight is one of the reasons we look forward to the each years harvest season!

Westbrook White Thai/IPA

Barely a year in operation, this Mt. Pleasant brewery consinues to improve and impress. Try their flagship brews poured fresh from the can. The Thai is a variation on the popular White style of beer made with lemongrass and ginger. The IPA is full of the bright grapefruity notes that hop-head revel in.

Allagash Curieux

Aging beer in bourbon barrels has been a growing trend in beer for the last few years. Allagash ages their Tripel in Jim Beam barrels to create what is one of our staff favorites. It’s pricy, but WELL worth the expense.

December 2011 Updates

Growler Station Christmas Week Edition
Victory Helios Ale – an earthy, aromatic hop start and shifts into aspects of lemon peel and black pepper.

Left Hand Stranger American Pale Ale -Stranger has plenty of hops – citrus and pine, but the malty sweetness evens everything out perfectly. A long but mild piney aftertaste makes sure you haven’t forgot that this is a pale ale.

New Belgium Fresh Hop IPA – This bitter IPA pours deeply golden with the slight haze of a really hoppy beer. The fresh hops poke you right in the nose and the liquid hits your tongue with a sharp blast, finishing light and dry. This is the hop harvest, in a glass, just for you.

Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock- A dark, chocolaty concoction from our friends up in Greenville.

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Westbrook Dark Helmet Schwarzbier Now in Stock!

Dark Helmet is a German style black lager brewed with 10% malted rye. Chocalate and Carafa malts give the beer its dark color and ludicrously smooth, roasty. May the Schwartz be with you!

Only $6.99 +tax for 22oz bottle!
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November Updates

Hey there Beer Fans!

So it’s that time of year again… As I write this, I’m very aware that it’s time to be scared if you’re a turkey, or work in retail. At least if you’re a turkey, it’s probably all over and done with by the time you’re reading this. Wait, if you’re a turkey and reading this, then you’re pretty amazing and you probably talked your way out of being Dinner this week! For those of us in retail, the fun is just about to begin. This year, Black Friday brings our usual super-fun sales bur this is our first year having the growler station going as well. I was able to arrange quite a tasty line-up, so be sure to reserve a little bit of fridge space, or grab a cooler! Then the next day there’s some tiny little game being played downtown, so your plan might be the same as mine. I’m going to take a growler home for either celebration or sorrow-drowning depending on the outcome, but what to have? Here come the choices…

Currently on the station

Right now there’s still a little bit left of the Allagash and the Brooklyn and around a dozen fills of the RJ Rockers.

Allagash White $8.99

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout $7.99

RJ Rockers Gruntled Pumpkin $7.99

Of all the beer seasons, I have to say that Winter is my favorite. There’s just something special about the rich, full bodied selections that breweries tend to make for the cold (or in our case, slightly less hot) time of year. I’ve said before that Great Divide is probably my favorite brewery, so it stands to reason that their Old Hibernation is near the top of my list for Winter beers. Growler station? Yes please.

Great Divide Old Hibernation $9.99

Coming soon!

(Which keg goes on the station next depends on two things- which keg empties and what customers in the store are interested in…)

The big brother of our stations’ most repeated brew, Arrogant Bastard. It clocks in at 11.2% but doesn’t really taste boozy. It’s just hoppy and malty and nummy. (Yes. That’s a word.)

2011 Stone Double Bastard $12.99

From the good folks at Sweetwater in Atlanta, we’ve got another Dank Tank edition. This time it’s a Fresh Dry Hopped Double Red Ale. Here’s hoping the beer is much a mouthful as the description.

Sweet Water Fresh Sticky Nugs $9.99

Each season seems to have a powerhouse beer that does amazingly well. There’s RJ Rocker’s Son of a Peach, Sam Adams Octoberfest to name just a couple. Around here, Winter’s powerhouse is the Cold Mountain from Highland Brewery up in Asheville. I was thrilled to find out it was available in kegs this year, so here it is!

Highland Cold Mountain $8.99

Ed Westbrook has done a schwartzbier and is undoubtedly a Spaceballs fan. Can’t wait to try it.

Westbrook Dark Helmet $8.99

The BIG Sale!

We’re going to do things earlier this year. Starting a WHOLE HOUR before the crack of noon!
Yes, we’ll have our (in)famous bargain buggies, but we’ll also be doing a couple of other neat things. Most seasonals will be 10% off and we’ll be closing out all wind and willows products at just $2 each! Don’t miss your chance to load up on some tasty brews and dip mixes for the OTHER big eating and drinking extravaganzas we’ve got coming up!
So Join us at 11am this Friday the 25th. We’ll be at your pleasure for post-shopping post-holiday postal-prevention product procurement-palooza! (Phew!)