Catawba Brewing Company is releasing their first ever literary-inspired beer as a tribute to the 100th anniversary of Asheville’s Pack Memorial Free Public Library! Throughout the month different breweries will be hosting a special bibliobrew tap release and Pack’s outreach team will be there to make library cards, talk about all of the perks of having one, and let you know what we have to offer beyond the card.
Our first adventure takes us to Catawba Brewing Co on the South Slope at 32 Banks Ave on July 11!
Presenting: Ignatius J. Reilly’s Jelly Donut Brown Ale inspired by “A Confederacy of Dunces”
A mouthful in itself just to say, Ignatius J. Reilly’s Jelly Donut Brown Ale was concocted with the legendary sweet tooth of Toole’s protagonist firmly in mind. The robust Brown Ale was injected with a cartful of tart Michigan cherries, dosed with milk sugar, glazed with vanilla bean, and finished with a sprinkle of cacao from French Broad Chocolates – yes, a celebration of delicious excess. The result is a decadent jelly-filled donut in liquid form that’s easy to imagine as an object of Ignatius’s insatiable obsession. The beer weighs in at 6.3% ABV as an homage to the year the novel was written (1963), beginning its infamous 17-year journey to publication.
Creators: Brian Ivey (concept), Paul Rollow (specialty brewer)
Release date: Thursday, July 11
Availability: Draft-only at Catawba’s two Asheville tasting rooms – 32 Banks Ave in the South Slope, and 63 Brook St in Biltmore Village – while supplies last. Find it at The Whale :: A Craft Beer Collective in West Asheville as part of their Pack is 100 tap release party on July 28.
***$1 per pint of the Jelly Donut Beer will be donated to the Friends of Pack Library for 4 weeks after the release on July 11th.
*Must be 21 and over to drink a bibliobrew