A few years ago, a friend and fellow beer blogger shared some interesting news. He was moving away from Seattle. Why? Because he, his wife, and a good friend were opening a brewery. I immediately thought he was out of his mind. I thought, “This is Seattle, damn it! People move here to open a brewery.”
He explained that the plan involved relocating to Asheville, North Carolina to open a farmhouse-style brewery. That made sense. Moving from one beer mecca to a less crowded beer mecca in the Blue Ridge Mountains didn’t sound so crazy. Burial Beer Company opened in 2013. Now you’ve got a chance to try their beer — Thursday, September 28th at the Pine Box in Seattle.
Doug Reiser, his wife Jess, and their good friend Tim Gormley packed up their lives and left Seattle about four or five years ago. Not long after that, they opened Burial Beer Company in Asheville. It didn’t take long for their little brewery to build a reputation and earn a place in the hearts of the local beer-loving community. Since opening, they’ve expanded from a 1-barrel system, to a 10-barrel system, and eventually to a 20-barrel production facility. Today they are a fixture on the scene.
Burial Beer Company is coming home to Seattle, kind of. The are passing through town and are bringing beer. On Thursday, September 28th the Pine Box in Seattle will pour a selection of beers from Burial. As far as we know, this is a one-time deal. An insanely rare opportunity for you to enjoy beers from this acclaimed North Carolina brewery without the need to fly across the country, although a trip to Asheville is certainly a meaningful pilgrimage for any beer lover.
From the Pine Box: “We are incredibly excited to have our friends, Burial Beer Co. of Ashville NC, for our first ever event with them. On their way our for hop selection they’ve found time to hang out and pour some of their amazing beers here.”
Here’s what they’ll have on tap.
Machete Mixed Culture Farmhouse: This rustic French farmhouse-style ale is our ode to a brewers’ favorite made across the Atlantic. Brewed with Riverbend Pilsner, Carolina raw wheat, flaked wheat, and Bondlander Munich this beer is brewed with a heavy dose of white peppercorns and grains of paradise, and finished with a subtle dry hop of Saaz and Tettnanger. This extremely dry and effervescent beer is concocted through a 2 stage fermentation, initially with our house saison blend and finished with a house blend of brettanomyces, which accentuates a bright lemongrass, hay, and green tea flavor profile. 5.5% ABV
Seasoned Skillet Bourbon Barrel Aged Donut Stout: Aged 9 months in Willet Barrels, this 10% iteration of our donut stout, blended with Counter Culture Coffee is surely the illlest skillet. 10% ABV
The Field Has Eyes brett Saison aged in wine puncheons: Made with Atlanta brewers, Three Taverns, and Belgian brewers, Brouwerji Verzet. A melding of Belgian barley, North Carolina rye from Riverbend Malt, and wheat from Carolina Ground. Hopped with New Zealand Rakau, Southern Cross, and Wakatu this saison was refermented a second time with more Brettanomyces in red wine puncheons. 6.8% ABV
The Ocean Swallows the Sun Gose with hibiscus, rose hip and sea salt: Our modern Gose is soured the hard way, using oak barrels to age the beer on our house lactobacillus. Brewed with our own blend of sea salts, this sea worthy vessel is christened with Hibiscus and rose hips imparting floral notes and a sunrise rose hue. 4.5% ABV
The Separation of Light and Darkness with Carolina peaches: The conception of our wildest dreams and most simple desires, this Mixed Culture Ale is made with NC barley and wheat from Riverbend Malt and aged in our Brunello Foudre. Dry-hopped with Hallertau Blanc hops this year we have aged the beer atop 2 pounds per gallon of fresh Carolina peaches. 6.0% ABV
Surf Wax IPA: If you want the ultimate, you’ve got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. But are you crazy enough? Show those guys that are inching their way on the freeways in their metal coffins that the human sprit is still alive. Mosaic. Citra. Centennial. Columbus. Lots of barley. Touch of wheat. The sea swallows the Sun. And who knows if it rises again. Vaya con dios. 6.8% ABV
Thresher Coffee Saison: Who says coffee beer is dark beer? Thresher uses a bright, lightly fruity and tart saison as the canvas for the wonderful complexity of hand-selected coffee beans. This season we showcase Counter Culture’s Kiuchi Single Origin from Nariño, Colombia. This varietal was chosen for sweet notes of green apple, citrus, and molasseswith a complimentary roast profile and slight acidity. 4.5% ABV
Hawkbill IPA: A blade for many a pocket, this IPA is an icon of the way Burial has made its unique IPA for years. Made with Pilsner, Oats, and locally grown and malted rye. Mosaic, El Dorado, and Galaxy hops present a sharp, citrus punch while the addition of Simcoe to the dry hop adds a final piney complexity to this easy sipping hazy IPA. 6.0% ABV
Innertube Lager Beer: This throwback American wonder was concocted from our memories, and the curiosity for the light lagers that laid waiting in our fathers’ fridge. Brewed with North American barley, corn and rice and lagered carefully, this lager is meant to enjoy all summer long. 3.5% ABV
The Consequences of Humanity DIPA: Often we burn on our own flames of self-indulgence. Sometimes, it’s worth it. Double Dry-Hopped with Citra hops and Citra Lupulin Powder. Fermented on Oranges. 8.0% ABV
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