Review (Two Columns)

20 November 2020

New On Tap: Brown Eyed Girl Brown Ale

We're excited to have a new brew on tap just in time for the colder weather: our 'Brown Eyed Girl' Brown Ale. Named after the infamous song by Van Morrison, this brew is just as addictive as the tune. Mahogany in color, this is the perfect beer to enjoy in the crisp, fall air surrounded by changing leaves. It has subtle but noticeable hints of hazelnut on the aroma to give it a nutty bite mid-taste. This brew is also malt-forward with a smooth, creamy, and medium body. Last, but absolutely not least, our Head Brewer added just enough Fuggle hops at the end to give it a balanced, bitter, and satisfying finish. "We've been trying to get more darker brews in the tanks for the colder weather, and since we hadn't done a Brown Ale in a while, we thought now was the perfect time," says UpCountry Brewing's Head Brewer, James Bertham. "I'm impressed with the way it turned out and may experiment with it a bit more over the next few months. Tell everyone to stay tuned!" Clocking in at 5.2% ABV and 25 IBU, this beer has only been in our taprooms for a few weeks and is already a customer favorite. Let us know what YOU think! Stop by our Asheville or Brevard taproom and ask a beer-tender for our newest Brown Ale. Cheers, The UpCountry Brewing Team
06 October 2019

Official Launch Party with sCAMPer Van!

One of Upcountry's most popular beers is the sCAMPer IPA. We refer to this one as an "old school" IPA. The sCAMPer is approachable and easy drinking with a great floral aroma and hints of pine and citrus. It's a great tasting beer and it has great art on the can. And people always want to know the story behind that art with the awesome van. 

The sCAMPer IPA is a collaboration beer with Scamper Van out of Atlanta. I first met David Clapper and Eric "Dutch" Van de Steeg, the founders of Scamper Van, a couple of years ago through a mutual friend, Daniel Collins. He knew my wife and I loved camping and the outdoors, as do Dave and Dutch. We met with them and really hit it off. Turns out at one point a few year back Dave had tried to rent a campervan for a trip with friends. And could not find one. When he saw this opportunity in the outdoors industry in the SE, he reached out to his friend Dutch and they started Scamper Van in Atlanta. You can listen to their full story here. (Be sure to listen for the horror story about their original old school VW purchase. It's right around the 16 minute mark.)

After growing the fleet to 6 vans, Dave and Dutch decided to base vans 7 and 8 at UpCountry Brewing. So now you can get your Scamper fix in Asheville! These babies stay rented all the time so if you want one for your upcoming vacation, be sure to reserve it now. Here is the info on how to rent one for your own glamping vacay.

Now it's time for the official launch party of Scamper Van in Asheville. Be sure to join us Tuesday October 8th to meet the Scamper Van crew, crawl through the vans and kick the tires. Get all your questions answered and register to WIN A FREE WEEKLONG SCAMPER VAN RENTAL!!!!!! We will also have some great rock n' roll provided by Pleasure Chest, German street food from The Doner, and $2 off sCAMPer IPA all day long! 

We can't wait to celebrate Van Life, local music, and craft beer with you.
Cheers,
John