Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings Nov. 14-20

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Bottle and can releases

  • Urban Orchard Cider Co.‘s Cidra Nu (5.3 percent ABV) is available at its taproom. Created with a Belgian lambic yeast, it was hand bottled three years ago and cellared. The limited release is available in 750-milliliter bottles for $17 each as well as on tap for this week only.
  • Burial Beer Co. has a triple can release on Saturday, Nov. 18, at noon. Door To The Next Realm DIPA (8.5 percent ABV) is triple dry-hopped with Galaxy, Mosaic, El Dorado and Lupulin powder. It will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans and will not see distribution. Eternal Life Is On My Trail DIPA (8.5 percent ABV) is brewed with HBC 522 and Bru-1 experimental hops and finished with a dose of experimental Lupulin powder. It will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans and will not see distribution. Wrathmaker Brett IPA (6.8 percent ABV) is a  bottle-conditioned, 100 percent brettanomyces IPA hopped with Mosaic, Idaho 7, Citra and Mandarina with additions of lactose, pineapple purée and the brewery’s house brett culture. It will be available in four packs of 12 ounce bottles and not see distribution.
  • Hi-Wire Brewing releases a Strongman Coffee Milk Stout mixed 12-pack on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. at its Big Top production facility. The mix pack includes three bottles each of Habanero Strongman, Raspberry Mocha Strongman and Single Origin Strongman, plus the original Strongman. Each 12-pack costs $20 and all four varieties will be available on draft with a special Strongman brunch the morning of the release.

Small-batch beers

  • In addition to Door To The Next Realm, Eternal Life Is On My Trail and Wrathmaker, Burial adds four new offerings this week. The Closed Mind Withers Malort Saison (7 percent ABV), a collaboration with suburban Chicago’s 18th Street Brewery, was tapped Monday, Nov. 13; Banjo Funeral (9 percent ABV), a Belgian strong dark ale with smoked malts and grilled cherries, made with Belgium’s own Brouwerij ‘t Verzet, rolls out Wednesday, Nov. 15; Tin Cup Camp Stout (5 percent ABV), brewed with Counter Culture Coffee’s Chema bean, returns Thursday, Nov. 16; and Wandering in the Vast Emptiness Berliner Weiss with Cactus Pear (4 percent ABV) arrives Friday, Nov. 17.
  • Wedge Brewing Co. releases the 2017 edition of Vadim Bora Russian Imperial Stout (8.8 percent ABV) on Thursday, Nov. 16, at noon. The seasonal favorite features an addition of 245 pounds of raspberries and is poured on nitro to accentuate its rich chocolate flavor.
  • Catawba Brewing Co. releases an Altbier (5.3 percent ABV) on Thursday, Nov. 16. Brewed with pilsner, Munich and chocolate malts and Bravo hops, it was fermented with ale yeast at temperatures more in line with that of a lager. For each pint sold over the next whole month, $1 will be donated to brewery friend Josh Boyd’s medical expenses as he recovers from a 30-foot fall that left him paralyzed from the waist down.
  • **NEW** Asheville Brewing Co. releases Hipstercorn Rye Kolsch on Friday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m. at its downtown and North Asheville locations. The beer is brewed with local purple carrots from Rayburn Farm.

Special events

  • Thirsty Monk‘s monthly Monk Beer Academy takes place Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at its Biltmore Park bar and centers on dark ales. Draft quality manager and Certified Cicerone Jeremiah Tracy will lead participants through a guided tasting, working in some history and myth-busting, then exploring the wide diversity of interpretations that fall under umbrella style names like “stout.” Space is limited, and online reservation is required for the free class. Purchase a tasting flight upon arrival.
  • Bruisin’ Ales‘ latest free tasting takes place on Friday, Nov. 17, 5-7 p.m. and features selections from Victory Brewing Co.

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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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