Mark the Date Saturday, December 21, for the Whale Second Anniversary Party
The Whale :: A Craft Beer Collective celebrates its second anniversary with twelve days of special beers, leading up to a birthday bash to be held on Saturday,
December 21st. Rare kegs and bottles will be unveiled daily, culminating in party showcasing the best world beer available in the Asheville market along with other festivities befitting this momentous occasion.
“I can’t believe it’s already been two years. We’ve been so honored to be able to bring great beers to all of our friends and neighbors here in Asheville,” says Whale co-owner and co-founder Andrew Ross. “We’re going to be rolling out the best of the best in the days leading up to the party, and the list we’ve got for the actual anniversary is unlike anything I’ve ever seen available in town. It’s a big crazy ‘thank you’ to all of the awesome people who have supported us since day one.”
New beers will be revealed daily via The Whale’s social media pages, but further surprises are in store for the anniversary party on December 21st, scheduled to run from 4-8 p.m. Rare kegs and packaged beers from Cantillon, Hill Farmstead, Black Project, Perennial, Bearded Iris, Tilquin and many more will
be pouring, although the full anniversary menu will not be made available until the day of the event.
“If the breweries we’re mentioning in advance are on that level, you know the ones we’re keeping secret have to be incredible,” explains Ross. “We’re really, really proud of the list we’ve put together.”
It’s The Whale, what else would you expect?
In addition to the phenomenal draft and cellar list, the anniversary party will also feature empanadas from Bodega Cubano and limited edition anniversary glassware for sale. The bar staff will also be printing images on the heads of nitro-poured beers with Ripple beverage media technology, perfect for capturing an Instagramable memory of your Whale experience. As always, the scarcest and most sought-after beers will go fast, so enthusiasts and tickers are encouraged to arrive early. While The Whale is a bar well known for great parties and unparalleled beer offerings, its second anniversary celebration is certain to be remembered as one of the best beer events of this year or any other.
Click here for the event page on Facebook.
Maine Beer Co Featured at The Whale
The Whale :: A Craft Beer Collective is proud to present a very classy night with Maine Beer Co., featuring a tap takeover including some of Maine’s most highly regarded beers and a Maine-inspired menu from Lobster Dogs food truck on Thursday, November 14th.
Renowned for groundbreaking IPAs such as Lunch and Dinner, Maine Beer Co. has historically had extremely limited distribution in North Carolina, making this one an event to remember.
“Maine has always been one of our favorite northeastern breweries, so we’re really excited to be pouring these awesome kegs,” says Whale co-owner Andrew Ross. “And what better way could there possibly be to celebrate all things Maine than having a lobster roll with a pour of Dinner? The opportunity was too perfect, we couldn’t pass it up.”
Maine Beer and Lobster Rolls
The draft list includes notable Maine Beer offerings such as Dinner Imperial IPA, Fall Stout, Red Wheelbarrow Amber, and Mean Old Tom Stout on nitro, all of which will be pouring throughout the day from 2-10 p.m. Lobster Dogs will be serving classic Maine lobster rolls from 5-9 p.m., alongside shrimp rolls, crab rolls, and their distinctive stuffed avocados.
Like the fleeting fall colors of the Maine countryside, the sexiness will not last long — so make like a tree and get out to The Whale before it’s all gone.
Halloween party showcases lineup of rare beers from popular Estonian brewery Pohjala.
The Whale:: A Craft Beer Collective is thrilled to celebrate Halloween with a party highlighting one of the world’s most highly regarded dark beer producers, Põhjala, on Saturday, October 26th.
Not content to rest on an impeccable beer list, The Whale will also be holding a pre-carved pumpkin contest (no knives, please) and a costume contest, with Whale gift cards going to the winners. “With the changing of the seasons, nothing excites us more than dark beer,” says Whale co-owner Andrew Ross. “Põhjala is making some of the best dark beers in the world, and we can’t think of a better time to pour some of the darkest, dankest stuff from our favorite Estonian brewery than Halloween, so that’s how the idea for Põhjalaween was born.”
Based in Tallinn, Estonia, Põhjala has developed international renown as a brewer of diverse offerings, ranging from barrel-aged stouts and Baltic porters to innovative sours and IPAs that make use of natural ingredients foraged from a forest adjacent to the brewery. Põhjalaween will feature four draft lines and eleven bottle options highlighting some of the brewery’s most sought-after beers, including a very limited Port Barrel Aged Baltic Porter brewed in collaboration with Jester King.
For those too scared to commit to a full bottle of 11.5 percent ABV Cognac Barrel Aged Imperial Baltic Porter, five-ounce pours of each of the bottled beers will be available on a rotating basis, with a different beer opened every half-hour from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
A full schedule of half-pour availability can be found at the Põhjalaween event page in the days leading up to the party. Costume and jack-o-lantern judging will be held at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. respectively, with $25 Whale gift cards issued to winners on-site.
As with all Whale events, Põjhalaween promises to be well attended, so enthusiasts are encouraged to arrive early and stay late in order to get the rarest beers — this Halloween at the Whale, the only thing you have to fear, is fear of missing out.