Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings Jan. 24-30

Photo courtesy of Highland Brewing Co.
Photo courtesy of Highland Brewing Co.

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Bottle/can releases

  • Highland Brewing Co. releases Southern Sixer IPA (6 percent ABV) on Friday, Jan. 27, at 4 p.m. The West Coast-inspired IPA is made with six American hops varieties and is available in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft.
  • Burial Beer Co. Houtenhamer Double Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (10 percent ABV) makes its debut in 500-milliliter bottles at its taproom on Saturday, Jan. 28, at noon. Brewed with lactose and molasses sugar, 85 percent of Houtenhamer was brandy barrel-aged for six months and then bourbon barrel-aged for an additional six months. After aging in the barrels for one year, it was then blended with 15 percent young steel-aged stout. $11 per bottle. Surf Wax IPA (6.8 percent ABV) will also be available Jan. 28 in six-packs of 12-ounce cans and Skillet Donut Stout (8 percent ABV) will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans. This will be the last batch of Skillet canned until June.

Small-batch beers

  • In addition tapping Houtenhamer and Surf Wax on Jan. 28, Burial Beer Co. also releases The Remains Belgian-style Dubbel (8 percent ABV), fermented within old wine barrels, on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and Machete Brett Farmhouse Ale (5.5 percent ABV) — concocted through a two-stage fermentation, initially with the brewery’s house saison blend and finished with a house blend of brettanomyces — on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Also, Thursday, Jan. 26, brings Bonedagger Pale Ale (5.5 percent ABV), dry-hopped with Amarillo, Eureka and Simcoe.
  • Oskar Blues Brewery rolls out New England IPA (6.95 percent ABV) on Tuesday, Jan. 24.
  • On Thursday, Jan. 26, Catawba Brewing Co. releases Blood Orange IPA in its South Slope Tasting Room and Brewery.

Special events

  • **NEW** Hops & Vines‘ Friday Beer Tasting for Jan. 27 features selections from Bell’s Brewery, hosted by Bell’s reps, from 5-7 p.m. Free samples of Roundhouse India Red Ale (on draft), Oatsmobile Pale Ale and Smitten Golden Rye Pale Ale will be poured and take-home containers of all three beers will be available at a 10 percent discount.
  • **NEW** On Saturday, Jan. 28, Hops & Vines hosts a homebrew class from 12-4 p.m. Participants will learn how to make an Oreo Stout. Contact the store for more information.
  • **NEW** Sanctuary Brewing Co. celebrates its one year anniversary on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 12-8 p.m. The special Beerversary draft list includes such new beers as Blonde Sour Ale (Sanctuary’s first barrel aged beer), Brett Imperial Stout, Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale, Jalapeno Raspberry Saison and SMaSH, a single malt/single hop recipe made with Southern Cross hops.
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