Oddball Mutterings


So... it's already November, and it's halfway over. Today we look back a bit, and we look forward some too.

Autumn is certainly upon us and we've enjoyed ourselves so far. First, at September's end, we sponsored the beer tent at the French Broad River Festival. As you may recall from reading our blog on "our primitivo" it was this fantastic little beer and music fest that was responsible for my incredible headache on the day we crushed our California grapes... Looking forward to the spring iteration of this festival!

At the beginning of this month, we attended the NC CiderFest and got to sample some great ciders. We also did a live demo apple crush and gave a talk on making hard cider. In short, we had a blast and are really looking forward to next year! 

In other cider news, we are running a special on our CiderHouse cider kits- 20% off any kit now through the end of the month (if ordering online, use code cider20 to receive discount). These kits come with the yeast and the juice concentrate. You simply need to add 2 pounds of corn sugar and the water to reconstitute the juice. Easy. Delicious. 

Enough of the sales pitch now. What else... Veteran's Day. Yes, it has passed, but our gratitude has not. A huge thank you to all that have served and still serve; only you know the depth of your sacrifices. And a very big thank you to your family, friends, and other loved ones who also often sacrifice peace, comfort, and much else. Thank you.

Thanksgiving is coming. This is followed by Black Friday, the day that we all go ballistic to get new stuff after having just given thanks for what we have. Sorry, but no special Black Friday specials from us, just the usual deals, discounts, and fair pricing. On Thanksgiving, please do take a moment to reflect and be thankful. This can be hard when you're busy entertaining and cooking, but it's important. While I'm on the topic, thank you. All of you, our wonderful patrons and friends, are what keep us here having fun and slinging our wares. You're the best.

New wares.... We finally have 1 gallon wide mouth glass jars with screw on lids! Kombucha anyone? Also, soon to hit our shelves is the new Genesis fermenter! We're excited about this new piece of equipment, so stay tuned.

New Brewery... Mike Karnowski is opening Zebulon Brewing in Weaverville, NC, just north of us a bit. Read all about it here! This is going to be a really unique and exciting brewery to have here in our little nook of the Appalachian Mountains.

Also worth mentioning was the epic nature of our last Brewers Social. If you are missing these, you should try to make it to one. We have so much fun hanging out with all of you and drinking your mighty creations!

Cheers! Prost! Love each other!

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  • Theodore Clevenger
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