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Lou Collichio came to Metro Wines with twenty eight years of experience in the spirits industry. He started his career in New Jersey first managing a small wine shop and then working for a chain of discount beer, wine, and liquor stores as a beer buyer and assistant store manager. After moving to Asheville in 2006, Lou worked for both Greenlife Grocery, and Whole Foods as a beer and wine buyer. His passion for all things craft beer started at the dawn of the American craft beer movement and has continued unabated to this day.

Lou says he is a "recovering musician." We haven't heard his music yet but what we do know is that Lou has stories! He plans to share some of his greatest hits with us and you on "Brewing UP a Storm" our beer blog. did you know that Lou was in a 7th grade play with James Gandolfini and lou stole the show? Stay tuned!


Anita Riley is the cellarman at Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough, NC and continues to blog for "Brewing Up a Storm." She holds the title of Certified Beer Server through Cicerone, USA, and is a native of WNC.

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Drink Like a Girl Pint Night with Devil's Backbone

Drink Like a Girl Pint Night with Devil's Backbone

Start your weekend off with Devil's Backbone Brewing Company from Lexington, VA!  Janee Farrar will be here to tell you all about the beers and the brewery, plus everyone that purchases a six pack takes home a free glass!  You don't want to miss out on this opportunity to try award winning beers from Virginia's favorite craft brewery!  Here's what we'll be tasting:

Gold Leaf Lager harkens back to the days when refreshing beers were made 100% from malted barley. Gold Leaf Lager is pale gold, light to medium bodied with subtle fresh bready notes, and a clean crisp finish.

 

With its amber chestnut colored good looks and smooth malty finish, Vienna Lager was an obvious choice to put into bottles. It blends color and flavor without heaviness or bitterness. Just as Vienna Lagers historically inspired Munich’s Oktoberfest beers to evolve, this amber lager has evolved since we opened in 2008 into the award winning beer it is today. Experience the taste and tradition.

 

This is the first batch of beer we brewed after the conception of Devils Backbone Brewing Company in 2008. Our brewmaster Jason Oliver was thinking about how to design the IPA when he heard a rustle near his fence line (just touching the woods) where he saw two young proud eight point bucks walking along it. He decided to name the beer after those young bucks as it seemed to fit the spirit of the beer,which is proud, brash, youthful, yet approachable.

 

On top of all that, we'll have a bonus beer: 

 

 

Dirty Little Freak Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale, first brewed in 2014, takes the traditional American Brown Ale and gives it a sensual new twist - Coconut! This medium bodied, 5.8% ABV brown ale is a feast for the senses from its dominant blend of warm, roasted malt, coconut, caramel, and chocolate flavors barely restrained by a gentle hop bite, to its tantalizingly satisfying finish. But if you submit to our Dirty Little Freak, be warned: There is no safe word. 

 

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Brewconomy Tasting and Discussion Panel Friday, September 18th 5-8

Brewconomy Tasting and Discussion Panel Friday, September 18th 5-8

This week's beer tasting is all about our Brewconomy Discussion Panelists Tim Weber of Twin Leaf and Mike Rangel of Asheville Brewing Company.  Come and try a variety of beers from these two breweries, and stay to hear how the beer industry is effecting our local and state economies!  It's like a live action documentary!  The free tasting begins at 5pm.  The conversation will follow from 6-8pm. Panelists include Mike Rangel of Asheville Brewing Company, Tim Weber of Twin Leaf Brewery, Cecil Bothwell of Asheville City Council, Lucy Crown from Asheville’s Greenways, Cliff Mori of Brew-ed Walking Tours, Tedd Clevenger of Asheville Brewer’s Supply, and Chef Scott Adams of AB Tech’s Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast. Admission and parking are free, but the conversation is priceless!

 

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New Beers in Shop September 10

Bottle Tree Beer Co. Tryon, NC

Westbrook Brewing, Mt. Pleasant, SC

IPA is baaaaaaaack!

St. Bernardus, Belgium

Mixed Selection

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"Freaky Good!" Drink Like a Girl Friday, September 11

What do you do when you have a bunch of amazingly good beers on the shelf just looking at you?  Well, taste them of course! Here's what you have to look forward to this Friday:

Shmaltz & Terrapin Collaboration

Reunion Ale

Belgian style ale brewed with Pumpkin, Chocolate, Cocoa Nibs, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Ginger, and Mexican Chili Pepper. 

Teaming up with Terrapin Beer Co. for the fifth time, Shmaltz Brewing returns with Reunion '15.  For 2015, Reunion was exclusively brewed at Shmaltz in Upstate, NY with Terrapin Brewmaster "Spike" Buckowski traveling from Georgia to NY to help brew the latest collaboration. Each year, we brew Reunion in memory of our dear friend - Virginia MacLean. Virginia lost her battle with Multiple Myeloma in 2007. It was her wish that we continue to raise funds and awareness on behalf of The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research www.imbcr.org 

DuClaw Brewing

Dirty Little Freak

Dirty Little Freak Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale, first brewed in 2014, takes the traditional American Brown Ale and gives it a sensual new twist – Coconut! This medium-bodied, 5.8% abv brown ale is a feast for the senses from its dominant blend of warm, roasted malt, coconut, caramel, and chocolate flavors barely restrained by a gentle hop bite, to its tantalizingly satisfying finish. But if you submit to our Dirty Little Freak, be warned: there is no safe word.

Catawba Brewing 

Astral Bootie Beer

The kayaking dictionary defines the term “boot” as “to leave one’s overturned boat and swim away to safety”.  Those grand exits are often celebrated with the paddler consuming a beer served from their own whitewater shoe.  In Western NC, consumption of the “Bootie Beer” has become an respected ritual.  Catawba Brewing Co. teamed up with Asheville’s own Astral Designs, manufacturers of the market’s finest whitewater paddling shoes, to honor tradition via the Astral Bootie Beer.  This sessionable, 4.5% ABV Pale Ale is meticulously cobbled together from three different malt varieties for body, and Citra and Amarillo hops for bright tropical and stone fruit flavors and aromas.  The next time you paddlers are faced with a swim, feel free to go sans-shoe and consume Astral Bootie Beer straight from the can.

Wicked Weed Brewing

Freak of Nature Double IPA

Freak of Nature Double IPA is our hoppiest ale. The focus of this beer was to create a hop delivery vehicle. We dry hop this beer at a rate of almost four pounds of hops per barrel. The resulting blend of dank and citrus forward hops make for a palate changing experience. Hopheads, rejoice. This is your beer.

 

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Drink Like a Girl Labor {Day Edition} September 4 5-7pm

Who’s ready for Labor Day weekend?!  I’m already planning four days of fun that I will cram into one day and wonder why I’m tired afterward!  Since Labor Day came about to honor the American worker, we thought we would highlight beers in the tasting this week that celebrate professions.  Here’s what we’re pouring as described by the men and women that labored to bring them to us:

Asheville Brewing Company, Asheville, NC
Rocket Girl Lager

When worlds collided…we took the best things about ales and mashed them with the best parts of lagers…and it was a blast off! A bold malt and our special kolsch yeast creates a golden lager that puts your taste buds into hyperspace. She’s mysterious, she’s complex, and she’s got one heavenly body.

Gizmo BrewWorks, Raliegh, NC
Beekeeper Honey Wheat

Beekeeper Honey Wheat exhibits the characteristics of honey sweetness, floral nose, fruity flavors, a hint of clove, with a light body. Brewed with wildflower honey, Gizmo’s honey wheat beer is a nod to the beekeeping profession. Due to popular demand, this once summer favorite is now available year round.

Catawba Brewing Company, Morgonton, NC
Mother Trucker Pale Ale

Our hoppy pale ale, is as American as Interstate-40 and proud of it!  We use three different American hop varieties to create a dry, quaffable brew with pine, earth, and a truck load of citrus aromas.  Mother Trucker’s sturdy malt backbone provides the perfect roadway for the hops’ journey to your taste buds.  Best of all, this beer is sessionable – You can arm wrestle your buddies to see who buys the next round.  Cheers!

Fullsteam Brewing
Rocket Science IPA

Rocket Science is a true-to-style American IPA inspired by the quest for harmony. We longed for an IPA that exuded confidence in its restraint, that paired well with any meal, and that wouldn’t destroy your palate. We found equilibrium in the optimal balance of sweet malts and bitter hops, an IPA both refreshing and refined.

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