12/8/2010 - Christmas Jam brings big-league brew experience to Asheville
by Tony Kiss
Ever want to make a beer with a big-league brewer? Here's that rare chance, and it will also benefit a very worthy cause.
Terrence Sullivan, brewmaster with Sierra Nevada, will be here this weekend to attend the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, and during his visit, he'll host a very cool event called the Little Iron Man Ale Benefit starting at 11 a.m. Saturday at Asheville Brewing, 77 Coxe Ave.
Sullivan will be making a small, 1.5-barrel batch of a special brew called Little Iron Male Ale, and you can come down and learn some brewing tricks from a master. This event is open to everyone, no matter how much or little brewing experience you might have.
The cost is $50, with all proceeds going to the medical expenses of an ill youngster, Marough Gardner, who is fighting cancer.
Admission will also include a tasting of rare and special-release brews, food and the chance to win a pair of tickets to Saturday's Christmas Jam. Learn more at Asheville Brewing or at Asheville Pizza and Brewing, 675 Merrimon Ave.
Beer Divas meeting
The new Asheville Beer Divas women's brew group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria, 42 Biltmore Ave. The group is open to all women who love beer.
Asheville Brewing continues to meld new flavors into its brews. Each Thursday night, the staff uses an infusion device to blend some unexpected ingredients into beer at the Coxe Avenue location.
This week will feature an infusion of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg into Asheville Amber Ale. Here's the rest of the lineup, through January is: Dec. 16: Star Mints and Christmas Jam Ale; Dec 23: mint, lemon, ginger and Shiva IPA; Dec. 30: fresh strawberries and Ninja Porter; Jan. 6: banana, espresso beans and Rocket Girl; Jan. 13: roasted marshmallow, cocoa and Scout Stout;. Jan. 20: honeycomb, dried apricot and Stuntman Ale; Jan. 27: fresh roasted peppers and Escape Artist Ale. That one's called a Fire Escape.
More holiday fun
o Oysterhouse Brewing and the Lobster Trap restaurant will chase away some of this cold weather with their second annual Christmas luau at 10 p.m. Friday. Hank Bones and Kon Tiki will do Christmas carols Polynesian style. Brew specials are offered all day, and there's an appetizer buffet after 10 p.m. Wear those loud tropical shirts.
o Barley's has an early Christmas treat Friday night. The Biltmore Avenue pub is serving a cask of barrel-aged Total Eclipse stout with cocao and cayenne pepper from Foothills Brewery, of Winston-Salem. Come by after work and have some.