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Let’s Mango

mango blonde 1The birthplace of worthy ideas often reflects the environment in which they will be most useful. A scientist, for instance, will habitually get good ideas in his lab. A coach gets inspired on the field of play. Base jumpers get their good ideas . . . wait, base jumping’s not a good idea period.

So it happens that the idea for our latest beer came up while our pub brewer and head chef were . . . having a beer.

mango1These are two people only recently thrust together in their respective ‘labs’. Shane Moore, our executive chef and namesake of the #Shanewich, creates culinary wizardry in our pub kitchen, while Matt Dick was only recently named our head pub brewer, moving over from our main brewing facility.

Anyway, the two of them have become brothers in arms, or food, or beer, or perhaps all of the above. One day while quaffing Foothill’s finest, Shane happened to mention he’d found a great deal on a truckload of mangoes (presumably it wasn’t from a guy selling them out of his station wagon in the parking lot). After creating a chutney, some hot sauce, and a few other kitchen miracles, Shane wasn’t sure what to do with his leftovers. Enter Matt, ever the resourceful brewer, who suggested they add the remainders to our Carolina Blonde Cream Ale, for a tropical fruit take on one of our most refreshing summer beers.

mango2So in went 60 pounds of mangoes, and about a gallon and a half of fresh mango puree, to 4 barrels (about 8 kegs) of Carolina Blonde. The tasty result will be on tap this Friday at our pub (opens 11am) and tasting room (opens 4pm) only . . . with only 8 kegs there’s not enough to send out in the market. And I’ve tasted it; it won’t be around long anyway.

Come try this great idea if you can — while you can.


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Of Barrels and Berries

Beer-Thumbnails-BBA-Sexual-Chocolate16OK, so here we are, summer’s just under way, and we’ve already had our Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate release for the year. Which means, for the uninitiated, there’s a gaping hole in our beer drinking schedule where Chocolate release traditionally lives (end of August/start of September).

Fear not my thirsty friends – there is another barrel-aged wonder in your future for that time slot.

Frequent readers of this blog (thank you btw) are familiar with why we moved Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate’s release up this year – it’s all about the barrels.

At the end of last summer, we had the very good fortune to purchase almost 300 bourbon barrels from Buffalo Trace, the world’s most award-winning distillery and makers of some of the finest bourbons in the world.
IMG_3165After that special batch of Chocolate went into the barrels, along with a batch of our Barrel Aged Porter, we still had a bunch left over. Since bourbon barrels are best when used fresh out of the distillery, our Brewmaster went into full-bore evil scientist mode, creating a brand new beer to occupy those barrels.

The result? Dead and Berried – a bourbon barrel aged blackberry Imperial Stout, to be released sometime between mid-August and mid-September.

“I’ve always been a fan of fruit in darker beers,” says TL, our aforementioned Brewmaster. “The tartness of blackberries, mixed with bourbon and wood, the deep rich coffee notes of an imperial stout . . . it just seemed like good flavor combination.”

Um, yeah.

As for the name? Well, TL has been to over two dozen Grateful Dead shows. Draw your own conclusions.

barrelageDead and Berried (American Imperial Stout) is a completely different recipe from Sexual Chocolate (Russian Imperial Stout). It was brewed last fall, then spent a couple of weeks with 420 pounds of blackberry puree from Oregon swimming around in it. After that it went into our bourbony boozy barrels, where it’s been quietly getting delicious for five months now.

As with all rare beers, this one comes with some caveats. We won’t be bottling it, and unless you plan on attending the Denver Rare Beer Festival in October, it will only be available to you in our pub and tasting room.

Hey look on the bright side – it’s just one more reason to come visit us. And we love it when you come visit us.

In fact we can barrel-y wait.

UPDATE 8/9/16:

RELEASE DATE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9TH! 

here’s the label

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Almost Heaven

Since announcing earlier this month we were commencing distribution in West Virginia, we’ve spent a lot of time there (that’s makes six states and Washington DC where you can find our beer now, if you’re counting). Following is a photo blog of our adventures.

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Our adventures started in Charleston, where we slap-wrapped our way through a party at Pies n’ Pints.

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Then it was off to Morgantown – where the Hoppyum shelves were already empty . . .

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. . . and we added a personal touch to some decor . . .

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.. . while also checking out the local beer, including the delicious Halleck Pale Ale at Chestnut Brew Works.

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Our final stop was way up in the eastern panhandle –
great tap takeovers, plus got to hang with the Speakeasy Boys!
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Overall a great introduction to this wild and wonderful state – be seeing more of you soon West Virginia!

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Wav-ing Goodbye

WavyEDITOR’S NOTE: today is our marketing intern (or untern as we refer to them) Waverly Chin’s last day – she’s off to Colorado, but part of her internship requires her to write a blogpost about her experiences here. 

OK, let’s get something out of the way up front.

My friends hate me.

I can’t say I blame them.  I’d be jealous too, if they’d spent their last semester of college working in the fun, crazy, unpredictable, Wonka-esque world that is Foothills Brewing.

A lot of them have asked how I landed such an awesome gig.  Well, it wasn’t because of my years of marketing experience, my world-class knowledge of craft beer, or my incredible wit (all of those nonexistent, in case you’re not connecting with the sarcasm). No, I got this internship for an entirely different reason

I jumped in a kiddie pool.

IMG_2125Backstory: I had applied to be the Foothills untern here last summer, and wasn’t chosen. To say I was little devastated is to say craft beer is a little popular. I was crushed. BUT… fortunately for me, Foothills was hiring ‘extras’ to work at the 10th Anniversary party last summer, and I was asked to return for that.

It was a blast. And my first full taste of the people and culture that I would eventually, unwittingly, be a part of and come to love.

Oh yeah, the kiddie pool thing. Well we were wrapping things up at the end of the night, and we’d had a kiddie pool filled up for kids at the event (another reason to love Foothills: it’s the most family-friendly craft brewery I’ve ever seen). The marketing director who’d hired us all said (half-jokingly, I would find out later)  he’d buy a beer for the first person to jump in.

wavy3So long story short, I’m driving home soaking wet, wondering if that had actually been worth a beer (it was a Jade so YES). Turns out, it was worth a lot more than that. Apparently that one moment displayed qualities – spontaneity, spirit, willingness to flaunt convention – that are highly prized here at Foothills. Two weeks later, I was offered the opportunity to be the Spring 2016 intern.

The best part of my internship wasn’t just the beer. Well… I’m 22, so yeah, that’s been a big part of it. But it’s also been the people, the experiences, the memories and the culture of this magical place.

 
Some highlights:

  • I spent part of January helping launch Foothills in Georgia. Yes, a week of launch parties in Atlanta is how I spent the first week of my internship.
  • I spent April (NC Beer Month) traveling to different NC breweries for our #HopSwap initiative, witnessing firsthand the brotherhood and ‘coopetition’ that set craft beer apart from any other industry.
  • I got to see our brewery expand with the addition of three 400 barrel fermenters and a 400-barrel bright tank. I’m still amazed at how much those behemoths have changed the landscape and ‘feel’ of our brewery.

wavy2Most importantly, I got to be part of this family, and this culture. There is a pride in the work and the product here that I can only compare to my time on the High Point volleyball team. To see this many people pulling in the same direction is, quite literally, astounding. It is the stuff of which greatness is made.

I’m happy to have been a small part of that greatness.

Only one problem — I feel like this might be the best company I’ll ever work for. And my career’s just starting!


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Foot Soldiers

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In its short one-year history, our tasting room has become a place for like-minded people to gather, to do whatever their like minds, um, like.

You a dog lover? We’re the coolest indoor dog run in the Triad. A giver?  We’ve hosted charities and pet adoptions. Artsy? Painting classes and craft fairs have found their way to our door.

But our athletic endeavors are where we’ve really shone. In addition to sponsoring a stock car and a Gaelic football team (who, news flash, can down a pint or two),  we hold weekly yoga and crossfit classes that draw more and more participants every week.

So we’re adding a new athletic undertaking – the Foot Soldiers Run Club. Every Wednesday at 6pm, we’re inviting the Triad running community to gather at our tasting room (3800 Kimwell Drive), go for a run around our palatial industrial park, then enjoy a pint or two afterwards.
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We’ve partnered with Fleet Feet and Junction 311 Endurance Events, who will help provide something cool for the running community every week – gear and shoe reps, run coaches, race reps, doctors and chiropractors… you name it.

We’ll also have yoga instructors from Rock Water Yoga on hand periodically to stretch you before you  run.

Our first run club will meet Wednesday May 18 at 6pm. We’re starting with 1, 2 and 3-mile courses. Besides great beer and a great running group,  we’ve come up with a few incentives to get you to join us:

  • Everyone who shows up for our first Run Club (and signs up for our newsletter) gets a free limited edition Foot Soldier pint glass
  • Our friends from JDL Fast Track down the street will be here handing out race packets for their Indoor Insanity Marathon, and offering $50 off solo marathon registration and $25 off registration for each relay participant
  • And we’ll be raffling off several Foothills swag items —  include a bottle of a little beer we call Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate

Come out and run! It’s gonna be fun.


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Springtime Sexy

Foothills Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout BBA Bourbon Barrel Sexual Chocolate time is here – earlier in the year than ever before.

This year, for the first time, we’re releasing this NC Beer rarity in the spring, on Saturday May 21. We received a fresh batch of bourbon barrels late last year and, not wanting to wait to fill them, brewed a special batch of Sexual Chocolate just for barrel aging. And they’re ready.

It’s created sort of a perfect storm for this most sought-after of beers; since we weren’t pulling a percentage of the overall yield for barrel aging, like we normally do, there’s a little more available this year than there has ever been – so much so we are upping the bottle limit for this year.

So if you’ve ever thought about coming to Sexual Chocolate Release, this is the year to do it. The release of this beer is one of the biggest parties on the NC craft beer scene. For those who’ve never come, and as a refresher for you veterans, here’s a few guidelines to having the best, um, Sexual experience:

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– We always throw a Bottle Share Pre-Release Party on the Friday night before the Saturday event. On May 20th beginning at 7:00 pm-ish, we’ll open up the brewery in back of our brewpub at 638 West 4th Street in Winston-Salem for anyone who wants to come and hang out. Chef Shane puts out a terrific (complimentary) spread of appetizers. Price of admission is a bottle or two (or three or four) of something rare, unique or coveted in the craft beer world. Interpretation of that description is up to you; but show up with a 6-pack of Shock Top and mocking is sure to ensue.

??????????– The line to buy bombers (22-oz. bottles) starts on the sidewalk outside the front door of the pub. You’re welcome to queue up any time after we close at 2:00 am the previous evening. Hey, for once you don’t have to actually go home at closing time.

– City police officers will be on hand overnight. This will no doubt prove unnecessary, since we all know what a well-behaved and chill crowd craft beer drinkers are. #lookingatyou

– There’s a rumor that those nice officers will let you enjoy your own refreshments until daylight. We can neither confirm nor deny . . . we will, however, refer you to the aforementioned good behavior.

– There will be portable restroom facilities in the back parking lot. You’re welcome.

BBASC1– Around 7:00 am our way-too-cheerful-for-this-early-on-a-Saturday  staff will begin distributing numbered wristbands that denote your place in line. (Captain Obvious says make sure you have your ID with you.)

– The pub opens at 8:00 am. BBA Sexual Chocolate will be tapped and waiting. We’ll also have breakfast available for purchase. Actual food, not beer. Not judging,  just saying.

BBASC5– Bottle sales commence at 9:00 am. You’ll be summoned by your wristband number in groups of 50. Bottles are $20 each, limit 12 per personAny questions about that? Then the answer is 20 and 12. And yes, that is a one-time increase on the bottle limit, thanks to our terrific yield this year. We take all forms of payment — cash, credit cards, first born . . .

IMPORTANT: Bottles and draft both tend to move quickly. Please plan accordingly. If you show up and complain bitterly that there’s none left, you will only create bad karma for yourself. That and the staff will be doing impressions of you until next year’s release. Also, please do not ask us on Facebook or Twitter what time you should get there to get bottles. WE DON’T KNOW. Every year is different.

ALSO IMPORTANT: if you’re getting your limit, then we’ll have a box for your beer. If not, we will not have a lot of extra boxes or bags  – that would uncomfortably expand our carbon footprint. Please bring something to safely cart away your newly purchased liquid treasures. How big? About (insert number you’re buying) bottles big.

– In the history of mankind, there have never been growler fills of BBA Sexual Chocolate. That trend will continue.

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– We’ll have some nifty Sexual Chocolate Teku glasses for sale, $15 each. No limit. Buy a case if you want.

Stay up to date on all the latest leading up to the event by following us on Twitter and Facebook. Also check back to this blog, we’ll update it frequently with new info. In fact I just added this sentence.

Hope to see you there!


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#HopSwap – Round 1

We’re celebrating #NCBeerMonth and supporting North Carolina’s small independent breweries by swapping beer with some of them.
Our first round of travel is complete, we’ve exchanged our Hop of the Month beer with Brown Truck Brewery in High Point and Wooden Robot Brewery in Charlotte.
We asked them a few questions while we were there:

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Foothills Brewmaster TL Adkisson & Brown Truck Head Brewer Ian Burnett

 BROWN TRUCK HEAD BREWER/CO-FOUNDER IAN BURNETT (former Foothills brewer!)
Where’d your brewery’s name come from: one of the other owners, Britt Lytle, has a furniture design company, and when he was opening that they were trying to think of a name, and they couldn’t think of anything – he owned this old brown truck, and his young son said, ‘Daddy how about Brown Truck?’ So when the name for this place was being thrown around, we decided it’d be a great name for the brewery as well.

When did you open? February 2016

What’s your favorite beer that you make? I like the saison – it’s very drinkable, and as a brewer you can do so much with it.

What’s your favorite beer that Foothills makes? Everyone says Jade or Sexual Chocolate, but I like the go-to’s, Hoppyum and Torch Pilsner – both very drinkable, awesome in all weather, and they never change – always delicious.

What’s your favorite part of #HopSwap? The camaraderie it represents and nurtures – getting good friends together, swapping good beers, at the end of the day it’s all about the beer and keeping good relationships with all the other brewers – and having fun doing it.

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Foothills Brewmaster TL Adkisson & Wooden Robot Head Brewer Dan Wade

WOODEN ROBOT HEAD BREWER/CO-FOUNDER DAN WADE
Where’d your brewery’s name come from: it’s symbolic – it represents a Belgian farmhouse tradition, really artisanal local beer, and we’re applying our own American innovation to it. So the wooden represents that old school, creative artisanal way, and the robot represents our new school, scientific way of doing things.

When did you open? July 11, 2015

What’s your favorite beer that you make? whatever’s freshest and hoppiest

What’s your favorite beer that Foothills makes? Jade

What’s your favorite part of #HopSwap? it’s really just a lot of fun, and it’s really pretty cool to be able to work with a brewery that we’ve admired and looked up to.

 
THIS WEEK: we’re headed to Crank Arm Brewing in Raleigh and Koi Pond Brewing in Rocky Mount

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