Monthly Archives: October 2013

Crafted Newsletter #68 – Ghouls and Ghosts

We’ve got some more great beer for everyone, and hope to continue getting in your requests!

New Bottles and Cans
Goose Island Pepe Nero
Belton Farms Thistly Cross Cider
Almar Orchards J.K. Cuvee Winterruption Cider
G. Schneider & Sohn Schneider Weisse Original
G. Schneider & Sohn Schneider Weisse Hopfenweisse
Reissdorf Kolsch
Spaten Franziskaner Dunkel
Terrapin So Fresh, So Green, Green
Terrapin Moohoo
Sierra Nevada Celebration
Batemans Mocha Beer
Dupont Foret
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck St Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition
Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
Birra del Borgo + Dogfish Head My Antonia
Shmaltz St. Lenny’s
Sweetwater Red Hot Mama
Harpoon Chocolate Stout
Harpoon Grateful Harvest
Consorcio Cervecero de Baja California Bufadora

For our current list of kegs on tap, please click here.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Goose Island vintage series tasting!  All four labels that we’re currently able to get were popular and each had their fans.  If you’re looking for some great Belgian-style ales, these are ones you’ll want to get your hands on.

Join us this upcoming Wednesday, October 30th, from 5-7 PM as we get into the holiday spirit with our free weekly tasting.  We’ll feature a selection that covers a very wide range of styles, including a mead, with names that evoke Halloween.  After this upcoming tasting, we’re going to move our tastings forward to Thursday evenings.

This week brought us the most new arrivals we’ve had in a long time.  We brought in a little something for everyone this week.  If you’re looking to get a growler filled for your weekend, we’ve got several great new selections on tap.  Green Flash’s Green Bullet is a triple IPA clocking in at 10% ABV while still staying well balanced.  This was originally brewed as their 9th anniversary brew and was so popular that they had to bring it back.  We’ve also tapped up a keg of Lagunitas Fusion 17, a hopped up brown ale.  Lagunitas has taken the usual brown ale style with a solid malt backbone and given it a nice hop presence.

We’re excited to be able to help fill your beer needs now and in the future.  If you’ve got any beer suggestions or ideas, or any feedback, we would love to hear it!  Keep an eye out for more emails in the future with updates about events, new beers, new kegs, and more!  If you’d like daily updates and information about kegs as they’re tapped, make sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Thanks again,

Carl & Vance
(864) 757-1217
www.craftedbeer.net
@craftedbeer
Facebook.com/Craftedbeer

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Crafted Newsletter #67 – Goose Island Vintage Series

We’ve got some more great beer for everyone, and hope to continue getting in your requests!

 

New Bottles and Cans

B Nektar Zombie Killer Cherry Cyser Mead

Rodenbach Vintage 2011

Victory DirtWolf

Doc’s Apple Cider 12oz

Goose Island Pere Jacques

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest

Stone Suede Porter

 

Currently on tap (Subject to change as kegs run dry)

Quest Golden Fleece

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #94 (Black IPA)

Ommegang Take The Black Stout

Railhouse Ka-Bar Brown

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale

Quest Bourbon Barrel Aged Smoking Mirror

Foothills Cottonwood Pumpkin

Westbrook Bearded Farmer #3 – Taylor

Allagash Dubbel

 

Thanks to everyone that came out for our Smuttynose tasting this past Wednesday!  Their distribution woes should be at an end for now, so you’ll be able to enjoy everything we sampled for a while to come.  All of their brews are great, but their Finestkind IPA is one of the more popular and one you’ll definitely want to try.

 

Join us this upcoming Wednesday, October 23rd, from 5-7 PM for our Goose Island vintage series tasting.  Goose Island‘s vintage series is their line of Belgian style ales that are all brewed to enjoy now or to age for up to 5 years.  Sofie and Matilda have been requested since we originally opened, and we’re glad to finally have them available.  The entire line isn’t available in South Carolina yet, but we’ll have everything we can get our hands on.

 

This week brought us two new arrivals that will be in limited supply, so you’ll want to pick them up sooner rather than later.  If you’re a fan of sours, RodenbachVintage 2011 is sure to be a hit.  Each batch is aged in a hand-made oak cask, some dating back over 100 years.  Stone‘s newest collaboration, Suede, is an Imperial Porter that features honey, calendula flowers, and jasmine.  While these aren’t what you’d typically expect to find in a porter, the flavors are well balanced with some fruitiness and the usual chocolate and coffee notes.

 

We’re excited to be able to help fill your beer needs now and in the future.  If you’ve got any beer suggestions or ideas, or any feedback, we would love to hear it!  Keep an eye out for more emails in the future with updates about events, new beers, new kegs, and more!  If you’d like daily updates and information about kegs as they’re tapped, make sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

 

Thanks again,

 

Carl & Vance

(864) 757-1217

www.craftedbeer.net

@craftedbeer

Facebook.com/Craftedbeer

Cheese and Beer Pairing II

We had our second cheese and beer pairing this past Friday and would like to thank everyone who came out for the event.  We had a great time and hope you did too.  For those who didn’t make it, here are the pairings from the event.

Notes on beer/cheese pairings taken from CHEESE & BEER by Janet Fletcher.

Ayinger Ur-Weisse and Appalachian Meadow Creek: “To match the understated personality of a wheat beer, look primarily to young, fresh cheeses with simple buttery or milky flavors.  These soft, supple cheeses appreciate the firm carbonation of wheat beer, and they match the beer in modest flavor intensity.”

Ommegang BPA (Belgian Pale Ale) and Herve Mons Camembert:  “With their fruity aromas, brisk carbonation, spicy flavors and dry finish, Belgian-style pale ales share some attributes with hard cider.  So it’s no stretch to pair these brews with the cheeses that cider complements, such as aged British farmhouse cheeses like Cheddar, Cheshire, and Caerphilly; or with Camembert, a cheese made in cider country.  These well-balanced beers can also handle washed-rind cheeses that aren’t too feisty.”

Grand Teton Bitch Creek ESB and Emmi Roth Grand Cru Reserve:  “Brown ale’s nutty and toffee aromas and relative lack of bitterness make for harmony with cheeses that have similar toasty, brown-butter notes and mellow character.  Alpine and alpine-style cheeses . . . are good candidates.”

Lagunitas IPA and Barber’s 1883 English Vintage Cheddar: “The up-front bitterness of many IPAs and Imperical IPAs makes them particularly palate refreshing, a welcome ‘chaser’ for creamy and high-fat cheeses, such as triple-creams.  Their bold personality stands up to moderately strong cheeses including spiced cheeses that might overwhelm lighter brews.  Their bitterness can handle the tang of English-style Cheddars and the bright acidity of young goat cheese better than most beer styles.”

Crafted Newsletter #66 – Make Mine a Smutty

We’ve got some more great beer for everyone, and hope to continue getting in your requests!

New Bottles and Cans

Stone Enjoy By 11.12.13
Southern Tier Warlock
Goose Island Matilda
Goose Island Sofie
Smuttynose Robust Porter
Smuttynose Old Dog Brown
Smuttynose Finestkind IPA
Smuttynose Pumpkin
Rogue Pumpkin
Founder’s Red’s Rye
Great Divide Hibernation
New Belgium Yuzu
Duvel Maredsous 8
Stillwater Why Can’t IBU?
Stillwater As Follows
Local Option Morning Wood

Currently on tap (Subject to change as kegs run dry)

Quest Golden Fleece
Ommegang Rare Vos
Great Divide Colette
Railhouse Ka-bar Brown
Anchor Porter
Quest Bourbon barrel aged Smoking Mirror
Stevens Point Whole Hog Pumpkin
Westbrook Bearded Farmer “Taylor”
Lazy Magnolia Me & The Dev-Ale

Thanks to everyone that joined us this Friday for our second beer and cheese pairing!  Ayinger Ur-weisse paired with Appalachian Meadow Creek was the hands down favorite of the entire evening.  If you’d like more information on the pairings we used, we’ve got a few handouts remaining that list the pairings and a short description about how the two work together.

Join us this upcoming Wednesday, October 16th, from 5-7 PM as we celebrate the return of Smuttynose.  After being unavailable for a brief period, we’ve finally received more from this great brewery and thought this would be the perfect chance to share them with everyone.  Their Finestkind IPA has received a lot of compliments from our customers already and the rest of their brews are equally delicious.

This week brought us several fantastic new arrivals as well as a few returning labels.  Stone’s newest Enjoy By IPA arrived this Friday and is almost gone already.  If you’re interested in getting your hands on a bottle, you’ll want to get here soon because it probably won’t last through the weekend.  If you’re looking for another great pumpkin brew to try, come grab a Southern Tier Warlock – an imperial stout with pumpkin.  Smuttynose used to be a regular on our shelves but took a short hiatus due to a few distribution problems.  Those problems have been sorted out and you can now find a few of their labels on our shelves, including the popular Finestkind IPA.

We’re excited to be able to help fill your beer needs now and in the future.  If you’ve got any beer suggestions or ideas, or any feedback, we would love to hear it!  Keep an eye out for more emails in the future with updates about events, new beers, new kegs, and more!  If you’d like daily updates and information about kegs as they’re tapped, make sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Thanks again,

Carl & Vance
(864) 757-1217
www.craftedbeer.net
@craftedbeer
Facebook.com/Craftedbeer

Crafted Newsletter #65 – Beer & Cheese II

We’ve got some more great beer for everyone, and hope to continue getting in your requests!

New Bottles and Cans
Founders Breakfast Stout
Red Hare Gangway IPA
Ommegang Take the Black
Wychwood Ginger Beard
Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin
New Belgium Accumulation
Weyerbacher Althea
Allagash Hugh Malone 2013
Left Hand Oktoberfest
Weyerbacher Autumnfest
Anderson Valley Winter Solstice
Grand Teton Bone Warmer

Currently on tap (Subject to change as kegs run dry)
Thomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPA
Ommegang Rare Vos
Great Divide Colette
Aviator Devils Tramping Ground
Anchor Porter
Quest Bourbon barrel aged Smoking Mirror with vanilla beans
Stevens Point Whole Hog Pumpkin
Lazy Magnolia Me & The Dev-Ale

Thanks to everyone that joined us this past week for our Extra Special Bitter tasting.  We hope we helped dispel the myth that ESBs are “extra bitter” like the name might imply.  There were a few surprises in a few of our selections, especially The Trooper from Robinsons.

Join us this upcoming Friday, October 11th, from 5-7 PM for our next beer and cheese pairing event.  Last time was a huge success with several people finding new styles and cheeses that they thought they “didn’t like.”  We’ll have several different selections this time around to help keep things exciting and to help in finding a few more favorites.  This event will be free just like all of our other tastings so be sure to invite your friends!

This week brought us several exciting stouts for fans of darker beer and the upcoming winter seasonals.  Brewery Ommegang partnered with HBO for the past season of Game of Thrones and has created a line of brews inspired by the show.  Take the Black is a stout inspired by the Night’s Watch and is “deep, dark, and complex like those who have sworn the oath to defend Westeros.”  This week also marked the return of Founders ever popular Breakfast Stout.  This double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout is packed full of flavor and is perfect to help you warm up as it gets cooler outside or with your breakfast.

We’re excited to be able to help fill your beer needs now and in the future.  If you’ve got any beer suggestions or ideas, or any feedback, we would love to hear it!  Keep an eye out for more emails in the future with updates about events, new beers, new kegs, and more!  If you’d like daily updates and information about kegs as they’re tapped, make sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Thanks again,

Carl & Vance
(864) 757-1217
www.craftedbeer.net
@craftedbeer
Facebook.com/Craftedbeer