Wednesday, June 20, 2012

An Old Idea Whose Time Has Come

Got Beer?
Somewhere in the late 19th century, a beer enthusiast made his way from the local pub with a galvanized pail of brew in hand. With each step his beer sloshed about in the pail as CO2 escaped with a growl, thus coining the word "growler" to indicate all vessels that would carry tapped craft brews.

Now you can fill a custom 32 or 64 ounce growler at Out of the Blue! Our new growler station offers 6 varieties of craft beers with an alternating menu featuring India Pale Ales, lagers, Belgian Ales, and Farmhouse Saisons.

Once you purchase a growler you never need to purchase one again; you simply bring the growler to the store and fill it with a new selection. (We actually give you a sterilized one like yours) Properly capped, a growler can keep beer nice and fresh for a week.

Our smaller growlers are perfect for trying several craft brews! 
For our wine lovers, we have the product of the year. It is the Corkcicle, a new way to chill wine from the inside. The Corkcicle is like an icicle with a cork attached. Simply place your Corkcicle in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Open a bottle of wine and pour out the first tastes to make room for the Corkcicle. Enjoy a perfectly chilled bottle with no ice bucket. Re-use again and again. This is the perfect accessory for far-away cabins where ice machines are rarer than Yetis. City-folk love them too.

Have you seen the incredible bounty of Rhododendron in Blue Ridge this year? Stream banks, lake shores and the forests are full of the pale pink softball sized (larger, really) blooms. We suggest you fill a growler, get a bottle of wine and a Corkcicle, pack a picnic of gourmet provisions and get out there!

Summertime and the living is good

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cheese Anyone?

Through my passion for wines and my obsession to offer the finest in our area, a new love emerged...CHEESE.  Admittedly, it was a natural progression and has proving to be satisfying beyond my wildest dreams.

It is so much fun to expose our guests to cheese and encourage them to taste the differences, understand that like wine, it reflects the terroir.

Am I getting off the chain here?  Can't help it.  I just completed my second cheese class at the Institut du Fromage and it has me on fire.  I want to taste and talk cheese nonstop.

The Institut is a two day intensive of tasting, grading, smelling, touching and talking cheese with the actual cheese makers, chemists, president of the American Cheese Society and other mongers around the country. 

Thankfully, there is plenty more for me to study, taste and learn but for now I look forward to sharing what I know with you,

Let's taste some cheese!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Look up Italian in the dictionary and it must say "style and romance".  Our hand forged iron pieces molded around marble and glass continue to fly out the door.  It is just hard not to notice or need pieces that lend so much to your entertaining as well as your living space.  It speaks volumes about you and your family... and guests notice.  Whether it is the three bowl "twig" or the revolving wine bottle holder (nine bottles) they all work, and they all WOW!     Ciao!

Thursday, March 10, 2011



Back by popular demand with a slew of new tunes as well as all the ones you already know and love...
Roxie Watson will be performing April 23rd , 7:30 PM at the Blue Ridge Community Theater!
The poster says it all, but any Out of the Blue!  706-258-2750
This show will sell out almost instantly and it is the first in what we hope will be a series!  Tweet That!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Honey...It's good!

Things move sort of slow after the holidays in Blue Ridge so Linda and I, along with our three cats headed for Lake family's vacation get away for nearly 70 years.  Nothing to do there but canoe, walk, rollerblade, read and eat!  Oh yes--and sleep...the cats insisted we sleep!

J.M. Duggar--Bee Keeper

While we were there, we paid a visit to an old neighbor across the Lake who happens to produce Linda's favorite honey on the planet.  Only producing Tupelo honey, which he calls "tupela"...Mr. Duggar has it down to an art...after 50+ years of bee keeping.  So you see where my story is going...We now carry "tupela" honey from Mr. Duggar at Out of the Blue.  Delicious and nutrious, we sampled it last Saturday on some fresh chevre with roasted Georgia Pecans.

Stop in--this is too sweet to miss!