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

Patrons gather at Burial Beer Co.'s 2014 Thanksgiving potluck. The 2015 edition runs from 4-8 p.m. with supper served around 6 p.m. Photo courtesy of Jess Reiser.

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Bottle/can releases

  • Bourbon County Brand Stout sales will start at Bruisin’ Ales Friday, Nov. 27 at 12 p.m. Sales will be on a first come first served basis for all variants. There will be a two-bottle limit on Bourbon County Brand Stout, a one-bottle limit on BCBS Regal Rye, and a one bottle limit on Rare BCBS  while supplies last, with 2015 BCBS and 2014 Bourbon County Barleywine pouring on draft.
  • Hops and Vines will start selling Bourbon County Brand Stout , BCBS Regal Rye, and Rare BCBS on Friday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m.
  • At noon on Friday, Nov27, Appalachian Vintner will start selling bottles of Goose Island Beer Co. Bourbon County Brand Stout. All beer is sold on a first come first served basis with no call-aheads or reservations.
  • Asheville Brewing Co.‘s Skelecorn IPA will be available on draft and in 22 ounce bottles on Friday, Nov. 27. The 5.8 percent ABV brew is made with blood oranges and pomegranates.
  • Highland Brewing Co. releases Black Watch Double Chocolate Milk Stout, the second in its Warrior Series, in bottles and on draft Friday, Nov. 27, at 4 p.m. in its taproom. The 8 percent ABV brew is made with one pound of cacao nibs per barrel, flaked oats, five malts, roasted barley and has a finish reminiscent of brownie batter. Four-packs of 12-ounce bottles will also be available to purchase.
  • Starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, Tasty Beverage Co. will sell bottles of Goose Island Beer Co. Bourbon County Brand Stout, Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout, and Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout. Draft of Bourbon County will be available to those who choose to arrive early and wait in line for the chance to acquire one of the coveted bottles.

Small-batch beers

  • As of Monday, Nov. 23, Green Man Brewery is pouring dry-hopped Delta Pale Ale and has its Buxton Bitter on Nitro.
  • Burial Beer Co. releases Keeper’s Veil Honey Saison (formally known as Pollination) on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The 5.5 percent ABV brew is made exclusively using Riverbend Malthouse 6-row malt and wheat alongside wildflower honey and gets the majority of its flavor from the addition of a medley of dried herbs and flowers ranging from lemongrass, hibiscus, chamomile, rose petals, passion flower and elder flower.
  • Oyster House Brewing Co. has casks of its Watch Stone Scotch Ale (aged with Highland Park soaked oak) and a grapefruit-infused version of its Galaxy IPA.

Special events

  • Burial Beer Co. is open from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26, and will host a Thanksgiving community potluck dinner at about 6 p.m. Meal attendees are invited to bring their favorite Thanksgiving dish and share in two deep-fried two turkeys from East Fork Farm and the Burial crew’s own family favorites (including swamp stuffing – a cornbread-based stuffing with andouille sausage, crawfish and alligator – and cranberry-orange cinnamon sauce).
  • On Friday, Nov. 27, at 4 p.m., Thirsty Monk Downtown taps kegs of Goose Island Beer Co. Bourbon County Brand Stout and Lolita Belgian-style pale ale. A very limited supply of bottles will be available for sale and a bottle of Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout will be raffled off.
    The same day at the Monk’s Biltmore Park location, kegs of Highland Brewing Co.‘s Black Watch Double Chocolate Milk Stout (12 p.m.), Kinsman Cherry Chocolate Stout (1:30 p.m.) and Cold Mountain Winter Ale (3:30 p.m.) will be tapped.

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