Highland Brewing Company’s Cold Mountain to Release November 10

Highland Brewing Company’s Cold Mountain to Release November 10th


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Asheville, NC (10/25/17) — Imagine calling a business meeting on a Sunday, in the morning, without serving coffee. Then add instructions: Don’t eat breakfast or drink coffee before arriving, and IF you brush your teeth, make it at least an hour before you arrive. As the group leader, you’d rightly expect attendance to hover near zero. But there is a time and place where everyone shows up. Hungry and uncaffeinated, employees arrive at Highland Brewing Company for one Sunday morning assignment: deciding the flavor profile for this year’s batch of Cold Mountain Winter Ale.


Brewmaster Hollie Stephenson heads up the spicing, with the help of Sensory Scientist Anna Sauls. Attendees are given a series of tastings, simulating a variety of spice additions scaled down for sampling. The flavors are evaluated, discussed, and ultimately the 20th Anniversary Cold Mountain recipe is sealed.


Cold Mountain season is always festive, but this year is the brew’s 20th anniversary. In celebration of Asheville’s longest running seasonal, Highland will release the classic beer alongside a one-time special brew, Imperial Cold Mountain. It will be the Cold Mountain you know and love, but bigger. Expect it to be a bit chocolate-forward, with hints of fruits and nuts, and a touch more warmth at 8% alcohol by volume. Imperial Cold Mountain will be released in 1-liter bottles, 22oz bottles and on draft. Bottles will be available only at the brewery and only for a limited time.



In keeping with tradition, both versions of Cold Mountain will be available at Highland Brewing starting Thursday, November 10th, at 4pm. Lines begin hours before the doors open. Purchases are limited per person per day, with allotments set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day’s allotment will run out so be sure to arrive early. Highland will have plenty of Cold Mountain on tap for the release weekend along with specialty casks and infusions, including the revered coconut infusion. The entire weekend’s programming in the Tasting Room will be dedicated to celebrating this year’s release with live music, food trucks and more. Cold Mountain is available beyond the brewery but can still be hard to find. It will begin to arrive in stores on Monday, November 14th, in many markets where Highland is sold.


About Cold Mountain Winter Ale:

Asheville’s oldest seasonal, Cold Mountain, started off as “Holiday Ale” in 1996. Originally, the beer was brewed to step outside of Highland’s core line up and spice things up, with the intention of changing the recipe slightly from year to year. “Holiday Ale” limited the seasonality of the beer, and evolved into “Winter Ale.” In 1997 Charles Frazier’s novel, Cold Mountain, was released. The story is set in Western North Carolina, near Cold Mountain, and Oscar Wong, Highland’s founder, became an instant fan. Ultimately, the original “Holiday Ale” became Cold Mountain Winter Ale, inspired by both the book and the mountain. In 2016, Highland celebrates 20 years of Cold Mountain with the release of Imperial Cold Mountain alongside the classic version.


About Highland Brewing Company:

Highland Brewing Company has crafted the highest quality beer with North Carolina mountain water since 1994. Family-owned and Asheville’s first legal brewery since Prohibition, it is a local favorite for beer fans, music fans, and families. Highland’s name honors the Scots Irish who settled in the Appalachian Mountains in the 18th and 19th centuries. Adding to the tradition of honor, Highland’s seasonal beers are named after protected features of the North Carolina and Tennessee landscapes. The flagship beer, Gaelic Ale, and other styles of Highland beer are available in nine states and Washington, DC. For details on tours, special events, concerts, sustainability efforts, the event center and more, visit www.highlandbrewing.com.

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Funky Buddha Releases Undefeated Saison November 1st



OAKLAND PARK, FL — Perfection stands another year: After the final undefeated pro football team of the 2016 season lost this weekend, Funky Buddha is proud to announce the release of its annual salute greatness, Undefeated Saison.


For the third year now, Funky Buddha Brewery will release Undefeated Saison. The beer is a tribute to the 1972 Miami squad, still professional football’s only undefeated and unmatched team. It is packaged in Champagne-style 750ml bottles capped in silver foil, and will be sold on Tuesday, November 1st at 7pm at Funky Buddha Brewery only. Bottles cost $14 each with a limit of four per person.


Undefeated Saison is a beer that drinks like Champagne. A Saison – French for “season” – is a provincial style of beer that’s characterized by a light body, peppery flavor, and dry finish. Funky Buddha’s version is brewed with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape must, then conditioned in bottle to a high level of carbonation with Champagne yeast. The result is a bubbly brew fit for celebration — as in toasting the still unmatched reign of our 1972 champs.





“There’s long been a South Florida urban legend that after the last undefeated pro football team loses each year, members of the 1972 ‘Fins all raise a glass of Champagne in unison,” says Ryan Sentz, co-owner and head brewer at Funky Buddha Brewery. “We made Undefeated Saison thinking how awesome it would be if, instead of Champagne, those teammates could toast their victory with this beer instead.”


Less than 3000 bottles of this unique brew have been produced, and they can only be purchased at Funky Buddha Brewery starting on November 1st. Undefeated Saison will also be available on draft starting at 5pm. Owners Ryan and KC Sentz, lifelong South Florida football fans, have pledged that any member of the 1972 undefeated team in attendance will receive a complimentary bottle.


ABOUT FUNKY BUDDHA BREWERY: Founded in 2010 in Boca Raton, Florida, Funky Buddha Brewery® is committed to producing bold craft beers that marry culinary-inspired ingredients with time-honored  technique. Its lineup includes year-round brews Floridian Hefeweizen and Hop Gun IPA, along with specialty releases such as Last Snow Coconut & Coffee Porter and the highly sought after Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Its Oakland Park production brewery opened in June 2013 and distributes draught and bottled beer to retail outlets throughout Florida.


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Nashville Breweries Collaborate on beer for local Adventure Science Center

Nashville Breweries Collaborate on beer for local Adventure Science Center





Black Abbey and Blackstone Brewing have collaborated and brewed a beer as a fundraiser for the Adventure Science Center. The collaboration brings together one of Nashville’s oldest and newest breweries to work together to support this Nashville gem! This is a release for Schwartz Side Of The Moon, Blackstone’s Dark Matter Black IPA and Black Abbey’s most popular seasonal Guy Fawkes Brown Ale.

Blackstone Brewing Company and Black Abbey have partnered up and created a Schwartz beer, called Schwartz Side of The Moon. They are hosting a launch party at the Adventure Science Center Saturday, Nov. 5th at 7:00pm.  Frothy Monkey will be catering.

There will be two showings of the Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon laser show in the Science Center planetarium. Showings at either 8:00pm or 9:00pm (choose your time when you buy your tickets).

$25 tickets get you in. 100% donated to the Science Center. You get Beer, Food, Laser Show, Custom commemorative glass, Music, Friendship, and more.   Ticket price includes beer samples, food and a commemorative glass.

July Prince Bottle Release from Carolina Bauernhaus Ales

July Prince Bottle Release from Carolina Bauernhaus Ales





Carolina Bauernhaus Ales barrel fermented a golden rye ale in regional Chardonnay barrels with their native house strong ale yeast provided by SouthYeast labs. After primary fermentation they blended in a touch of native lactobacillus and aged the beer for over seven months.  The beer was blended with 200 pounds of South Carolina locally harvested July Prince peaches and aged for another two months on the fruit. The beer was then dry hopped with a blend of Hull Melon and Aramis hops. The finished beer has a subtle acidity, juicy peach notes, and a light hop note balanced by a dry oak barrel character.

750ml bottles of July Prince will be released at the brewery on Saturday October 29th – $20 per bottle 10 bottle limit.


Big Storm Brewing Releases Category 5 Belgian Ale

Big Storm Brewing Releases Category 5 Belgian Ale



CLEARWATER, FL, OCT 22, 2016 – (PR) Big Storm Brewing Company, Florida’s fastest growing craft brewery, announced the official release of Category 5, a Belgian Quintupel, the fifth offering in its Belgian-style Hurricane Series.


The preceding beers in the Big Storm’s Hurricane Series were released in conjunction with the Atlantic Hurricane Season, each named for the different storm levels defined by the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed. As hurricanes grow stronger with each category, so does the ABV in the Big Storm Hurricane series.


Belgian Quadrupel – Category 4 ABV 10.6 / IBU 25


Big Storm’s newest release is a Belgian Quintupel called Category 5, and is being released to celebrate the end of storm season in Florida. The strength of this beer is true to its namesake and will boast an ABV of 11.1 percent. Because of high gravity nature of this beer, Big Storm will only sell it in their local taprooms and in 5oz pours.


It took Big Storm brewers four separate mashes to get just eight barrels of wort for this massive beer!  After an initial fermentation with their Belgian yeast strain they added a classic champagne yeast and moved the beer into French and Hungarian white oak Chardonnay barrels.  The Category 5 went through a slower secondary and aging for the next four months with delicious results.


The beer pours a stunning golden-copper with a thin head that quickly dissipates due to the higher alcohol content.  Aroma and flavors of honey, vanilla, oak, and liqueur with hints of banana and clove.  Belgian fans will enjoy a sweet and smooth, mouth-coating presence with a touch of alcohol in the finish.


“After our Belgian Single was awarded a Silver Medal at this year’s Best Florida Beer Competition, we knew we were on to something, and decided to expand our Belgian offerings,” stated Mike Bishop, Founder of Big Storm. “We never expected the Hurricane Series to be as popular as they have been.”


So popular, that Big Storm created special flight paddles to serve all 5 Belgian selections in a circular shape to mimic a satellite view of a hurricane.


Category 5 will be available on Nov. 1 in both of Big Storm’s Taprooms (Pinellas – 12707 49th St. N. in Clearwater, and Pasco – 2330 Success Drive in Odessa). A 5oz pour will cost you $7.95, and the entire Hurricane Series Flight will be $19.95.


About Big Storm Brewing Co

Founded in 2012, Big Storm Brewing Co. was created to fill a void in the Tampa Bay local craft beer market ­ approachable beer, made with spirit, authenticity and quality that everyone could enjoy. From the quintessential beer nerd to the everyday beer drinker, Big Storm beers have earned the reputation for being exceptionally drinkable. Best known for their signature brands Arcus IPA, Wavemaker® Amber Ale, Helicity™ Pilsner and Oats In Hose® Oatmeal Stout, Big Storm is a true craft pioneer using locally sourced ingredients like wild flower honey to lend a subtle sweetness for a clean finish in its IPA. These award winning suds are named after the common summer storms along the Gulf Coast of Florida.

In early 2016 Big Storm opened their landmark 16,000 SF production brewery and taproom in Clearwater, FL and expanded the original taproom and brewery in Odessa, FL to 8,000 SF.

Big Storm Brewing Co. is one to watch, producing beer that is artisanal, complex and catering to craft beer enthusiasts and regular beer drinkers alike.

For more information, visit the website at www.bigdstormbrewery.com

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