The Earn This Podcast, Episode 18: The beers of Asheville, NC

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For our third Beercast, Dan shared some of his favorite beers from his and Katy’s recent visit to beer mecca Asheville, NC. Brian and Mike give their tasting notes and ABV guesses as papa Colton phones in his thoughts.

#1 – Asheville Brewing Co. — Drink the Bismarck — 5.6% ABV

“Oktoberfest – Marzen style lager aged on white oak chips.”

#2 – Hi-Wire Brewing — Oatmeal Pale Ale — 4.5% ABV

“To commemorate the next chaper in Hi-Wire’s history, we asked four of our favorite North Carolina breweries to christen our new brewhouse with a celebratory collaboration ale. The resulting beer is an oatmeal pale ale, a sessionable ale that is generously hopped with floral and herbal hops. We raise a glass to our brewing brethern for helping to make this step forward a true reason to celebrate. (Collaborators – Highland Brewing Company, Fullsteam, Birchsong Brewing Co, Natty Greene’s Brewing Co.)”

#3 – Wicked Weed Brewing — Pompoen — 8% ABV

“Pompoen is a sour red ale brewed with pumpkin. Aged for over a year in rum barrels, the addition of charred ginger lends a subtle spice and depth to this autumnal sour ale.”

#4 – Lexington Avenue Brewery — Eleanor’s Rye — 7.7% ABV, 45 IBU, 11 SRM

“Bronze Medal – Carolina’s Championship of Beers 2015

(Red Ale) Caramelized Rye malt and dark brown sugar initiate a robust & resinous flavor that ends with a dry, almost peppery finish. To rein in the strong malt presence, we hop this beer with Calypso and Topaz varieties, which create notes of apple and pear.”

#5 – Sierra Nevada — Avila Abbey Golden with Pomegranate — 8.5% ABV

“A sweet but tart twist on a Belgian-style golden ale. Pomegranates have been treasured since ancient times and used as symbols of fruitfulness and prosperity. In the modern era, they are prized for their unique sweet-tart flavor and intense red color. The monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux have grown pomegranates for years, and this incredible fruit acts as a perfect counterpoint for the fruity and spicy Belgian-style golden ale. This collaboration beer features pomegranates grown and harvested by the monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux.”

#6 – Catawba Brewing Co. — King Don’s Pumpkin Ale — 5.5% ABV

“This complex beer uses five separate barley styles, an artistic touch of hops, spices normally used in baking, and fresh pumpkin! The caramel, spice, and pumpkin flavors meld into a wonderfully smooth, orange-hued beer that sports a luscious, creamy foam head. Long live King Don!”

#7 – Bonus – Noble Cider – The Village Tart – 7.5% ABV

“Cherry. Crisp. Tart.

She’s everything you’d expect. Sweet like a cherry and sharp as a tack, she puts a luster on the dullest mood. Tart montmorency cherries meld with tart apples for a delightful addition to any occasion. Just sweet enough.”

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Dan S.

Dan is the editor of Earn This. He co-founded the site in 2009.

Brian T.

Brian T.

Brian is the host of the TV show Count Gauntly's Horrors from the Public Domain and the creator of Brian Terrill Movie Night. He joined Earn This in 2013.

Mike C.

Mike C.

Mike is a college sports enthusiast who also loves cold refreshments. His favorite brewery is Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, GA.

Colton O.

Colton O.

Colton drinks straight out of coconuts and writes about music for Earn This. He joined the site in 2009.

Katy S.

Katy S.

Katy is a lover of sweets, meandering walks, em dashes, & cheap champagne. Follow her on twitter.

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