Rogue Ales Santa’s Private Reserve Dark Belgian Ale with Cherries and Raspberries


Thanksgiving is over so everything is going into Christmas/holiday mode. Same is true for beer. I saw this Christmas beer, Rogue Ales Santa’s Private Reserve 2017, 7.8% ABV on the shelve at my local Harris Teeter grocery store and thought I’ll give a try. Santa’s Private Reserve is a Dark Belgian Ale with Cherries and Raspberries brewed with Premium 2 Row, Munich, Weyermann Carabelge, Weyermann Caramunich III, Weyermann Special W & Midnight Wheat Malts; Willamette Hops; Belgian Candi Sugar, Red Raspberries, Cherries, Imperial Gnome Yeast, and Free Range Coastal Water. Santa’s Private Reserve pours a deep brown color with caramel edges with a two finger beige head that fades into a little tight halo giving off aromas of sweet dark fruits (cherries and raspberries) and a sweet flavor of nice ripe cherries and fresh raspberries with a little bit of a strong alcoholic note that finishes nice and sweet with touch of a bittersweet strong note with dark fruity aftertaste and a fuller mouthfeel that is somewhat chewy. Rogue Ales Santa’s Private Reserve 2017 is an interesting take on a dark Belgian Ale, a beer that is an A- with good drinkability and a nice sweetness that does not overpower your taste buds nor is too strong. This isn’t as full flavor as say a Chimay Blue, but it’s close to it and that is why I recommend Santa’s Private Reserve and will be having this again. Happy Holidays! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!        



Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Festina Pèche Neo-Berliner Weisse


I have really been into Dogfish Head Craft Brewery nor do I like some of their beers. Festina Pèche Neo-Berliner Weisse, 4.5% ABV which I got from a past Brewpublik delivery. This is more of a late spring, summertime style beer. Festina Pèche is brewed with real peach juice and pours a Yellow color with a one finger white head that is somewhat quick to fade into tiny white halo that gives off juicy peach aromas with a nice bit of tartness, that lures you to a sweet juicy peachy tart taste that finishes with a nice tart juicy peach notes that has a nice tart Berliner Weisse aftertaste that linger on the tongue and in your mouth with a light mouthfeel. This Festina Pèche is a really refreshing easy drinkable beer that is an A. Festina Pèche is quite sessionable, you can drink a few of these without it overpowering your taste buds. I highly recommend Festina Pèche. This is one of a very few Dogfish Head Craft Brewery beers I actually like and I will enjoy this again. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly! 

Wooden Robot Brewery Juice Island India Pale Ale


I picked this Wooden Robot Brewery Juice Island India Pale Ale, 7.0% ABV and 69 IBUs from their brewery here in Charlotte, NC this is the first ever canned beer from Wooden Robot. I hope this isn’t the only beer to be canned. Juice Island India Pale Ale is brewed with six pounds per barrel of bold juicy American hops. Juice Island India Pale Ale pours a bright orange color with two and a half finger white head with good retention and leaves behind minimal lacing, giving off juicy tropical/citrus fruit aromas with a slightly bitter hop note, that leads into a juicy tropical fruit flavor with a some citrusy notes, a slight sweetness and a nice smooth bitter notes towards the back of the mouth. Juice Island India Pale Ale finishes with a smooth juicy tropic/citrus fruit flavor with some bitterness and a juicy sweet aftertaste that linger for a bit on your taste buds with a light to an almost medium mouthfeel. This Wooden Robot Brewery Juice Island India Pale Ale is a great first canned beer, its definitely an A+, a very flavorful juicy IPA. I loved it and if you ever come across Wooden Robot Brewery Juice Island India Pale Ale do try it I recommend it. The Wooden Robot beers are all great as is this one! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!        

Southern Tier Brewing Company 2XTaniger Double India Pale Ale


There are only a few Southern Tier Brewing Co. beers that I do actually like. 2XTangier Double India Pale Ale, 8.1% ABV is only of a few. This is double IPA is the double version of Tangier and is brewed Tangerine peels and puree. 2XTangie is a limited beer and only a smaller number where were produced. 2XTangie pours a deep orange color with a two and a third white head with a slight haze to the beer, giving off sweet citrus tangerine notes with a bit of an earthy note that gives you a sweet citrusy tangerine peel flavor with some earthy bitterness that finishes smooth with a slight hop bitterness and a citrusy aftertaste all with a medium mouthfeel. Southern Tier Brewing Co. 2XTangier Double India Pale Ale is a B, I need just a touch more of the tangerine flavor to really makes this a great IPA, but 2XTangier Double India Pale Ale isn’t bad at all and is one I would have again but too many, like most stronger IPAs get to be too much on ones taste buds, and I do recommend this 2XTangier Double India Pale Ale. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly! 

Throw Back Thursday: Smaltz Brewing Company He’Brew Messiah Bold (He’Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale)

This short review was originally posted on December 27, 2011. So many beer reviews ago! 


Shalom! Yeah, this one sounds Jewish and your right it is. This He’Brew Messiah Bold, 5.2% ABV. Now it’s called He’Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale, comes from the Shmaltz Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs NY. This beer is a  rich and robust dark brown ale. It pours a nice inviting dark brown color with a nice beige head that really sticks. This beer is pleasant on your nose. Messiah has a bold scent of nice yeasty bread. On taste, this beer has a faint sweetness that is almost too faint to taste and has a bold bready taste that’s good, rich and creamy. Messiah has a nice creamy sweet finish that tells you to have another sip or two.  It is indeed a good brown ale. I like this one, it’s good, but I did not think it would be that good. It is that good! Yes, I do think so. I only bought one 12oz bottle for a good taste test, and it passed and it is definitely an A+. I suggest you try this one, get a few and share with your friends, family, and loved ones. It is great! L’CHAIM TO LIFE! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

The Beer News

Here are weeks new and happening in and around the Charlotte, NC area.

  • Wednesday, November 15th 4 pm-9 pm Triple C Brewing Company. Pilot Batch Release – Mandarina Pale Ale. This pale ale was brewed with an experimental hop ADHA-484! Join us for a pint, Bleu Barn Bistro has dinner covered!
  • Thursday, November 16th 6:30 pm-10:30 pm Saluda Cerveceia Mikkeller San Diego Meet the Brewers. Join us as we welcome the brewers from Mikkeller San Diego. Let’s show them Charlotte knows how to party.
    ON TAP
    Sultan’s Curse: Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Roasted Pistachio, Cardamon and Dark Matter Coffee.
    Murk Tyson: NE style Triple IPA with Galaxy and Citra Hops
    Floccy Balboa: Triple IPA
    Freddie Murkury: NE style DIPA with Simcoe and Mosaic
    Waves: American IPA 
    Raspberry Blush: Coffee and Raspberry Berliner Weiss Wednesday 
  • Wednesday, November 15th 4 pm-10 pm Sycamore Brewing Company. Naughty Beer Winter Ale Release. It’s getting chilly, naughty bear! Warm up with this winter ale, brewed with vanilla, local honey, and seasonal spices!
  • Friday, November 17th 7 pm -8:30 pm Red Clay Cider Works PIE and Cider Pairing. Red Clay Ciderworks is teaming up with A Smart Cookie to bring you an event that’s sure to satisfy your palate! Cider maker Jay Bradish and Baking Scientist Monica Nye, Ph.D., will walk you through four different pairings, each with their own unique flair.Seating for this event is limited to 24, so don’t wait to purchase your ticket! Tickets at Eventbrite
  • Ticket holders please check in at the bar upon arrival. 
  • Sunday, November 19th 1 pm-4 pm Birdsong Brewing. Fall Oyster by Birdsong Brewing. Fall is upon us and we’re celebrating with an Oyster Roast! Our friends from Rocksalt Charlotte are bringing the oysters and the steamers down from Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC and will be on site taking care of the oyster side of things while we serve up a fresh batch of Clustershuck Oyster Stout brewed with….. you guessed it, fresh oysters! Buckets of steamed/roasted oysters will be $15 & RockSalt will be shucking raw oysters to order for $1 each! The Panthers are off that Sunday and we hope you can carve out a few hours from your pre-Thanksgiving prep agendas to relax with a few pints of delicious local beer and enjoy some super fresh oysters sold by the bucket! This event is family friendly, so all are encouraged to join! 11/19/17 1-4 PM. Rocksalt Charlotte, located in the Park Road Shopping Center, is our Oyster Roast event partner! They specialize in sustainable seafood and are proud to offer a variety of local craft beer and beverages as well. Check them out for daily oyster specials and more! 
  • Sunday, November 19th 12 pm -3 pm Red Clay Cider Works. Brunch with Red Clay Swing by Red Clay and get your Brunch fix! PepperBox Doughnuts and Breakfast Food Truck will be here to feed you, plus we’ll have cider-based cocktails & hot mulled #NCcider to handle your thirst. Come get your day started in the most delightful way!

Knee Deep Brewing Co. N/E Auburn Pale Ale


Knee Deep Brewing Co. N/E Auburn Pale Ale, 4.5% ABV and 42 IBU is one beer I received from a recent Brewpublik delivery. Thanks to Brewpublik for this beer. Knee Deep Brewing Co. in Auburn, Place Country California brew this N/E Auburn Pale Ale witch pours a golden color with a small one finger head white head that fizzes away into a very thin halo with citrusy, earthy pine, hoppy aroma notes on the nose. I got a little grapefruit and some slight orange on the nose that led me to a citrus fruit flavor that was a bit juicy and slightly piney with earthy hop notes towards the back of the mouth, with a nice bitter fruity finish  and a nice hoppy earthy aftertaste that linger with a faint fruited noted on your taste buds with a light mouthfeel. N/E Auburn Pale Ale has a drinkable flavor and ABV, it does go down with a refreshing ease. I give Knee Deep Brewing Co. N/E Auburn Pale Ale a B+ this is a solid sessionable Pale Ale that’s not overpowering to your taste buds nor is the opposite either. I would recommend this to anyone and I would go right back for more of this Knee Deep Brewing Co. N/E Auburn Pale Ale. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Red Hare Brewing Company Gangway IPA


This Red Hare Brewing Company Gangway IPA, 6.2% ABV and an IBU of 65 was from a past Brewpublik delivery.  Red Hare Brewing Company in Marietta, Georgia brews Gangway IPA with Willamette, Chinook, Cascade, and dry hopped with Falconers Flight. Gangway IPA is unfiltered and pours a deeper orange color with a three finger white head that is kind of slow to dissipate into some okay looking lacing in the glass and gives off slight citrus, earthy pine aromas with some bitterness on the nose with a bitter citrusy earthy pine flavor that is more bitter on the back of tongue and mouth than upfront, its more citrus and pine up front, with a bitter citrusy finish and a little bitter grapefruit aftertaste with a light to somewhat medium mouthfeel. I enjoy this Red Hare Brewing Company Gangway IPA but it didn’t wow or really excite my taste buds, but it was good, B- grade. I wouldn’t pass Gangway IP up if I saw this again but I wouldn’t go running right back for another. After about two to two and a half, the flavor of this IPA would start becoming too much on your taste buds. Like I said Red Hare Brewing Company Gangway IPA is good. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!   

Collective Arts Brewery Rhyme & Reason Extra Pale Ale


I spent four days in the car on a road trip to Vermont to pick up a new family member, a puppy. On day two (going up). My family and I stopped in Pittsboro Vermont at a gas station and deli. While waiting for my sandwich I saw this really neat label on a can of beer so I picked it up to purchase. This is Collective Arts Brewing Rhyme & Reason Extra Pale Ale, 5.7% from Hamilton Ontario Canada. This beer has four different artists, one on each can. This can has art from Cinta Arribas of Madrid Spain of two ladies conjoined by their braided ponytail. Rhyme & Reason pours a darkish orange color with a slight yellow hue and a big three and a half finger of billowy white head that gives off tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, orange with some malt notes and a similar tropical fruit flavor with nice mango, pineapple, orange, and with a nice plesent bitterness and some malted noted to keep it blanced till you get the nice tropical bitter finish with a fine tropical fruit aftertaste with a nice smooth light mouthfeel. This was really good and nicely balanced. Collective Arts Brewing Rhyme & Reason Extra Pale Ale is an A. I like how this extra pale ale was so extra that is wasn’t an IPA it was exactly a pale ale with extra ‘pale ale’. This is one worth going back to and if you every is Pittsboro Vermont or Hamilton Ontario Canada you should defiantly have Collective Arts Brewing Rhyme & Reason Extra Pale Ale. Cheers! Please Enjoy Responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: The Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout

This post was originally posted on October 12, 2012. So many beers ago! 


Here we have Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout, 10.0% ABV. This stout is brewed once every year in limited bottles and had the month and year printed on the neck label. This particular Black Chocolate Stout was brewed on 11-12. The Brooklyn brewery uses six varieties of black, chocolate, and roasted malts to achieve the flavors in this beer. The Brooklyn Brewery only put this stout in four pack of twelve-ounce bottles and from what I hear, it sells very well. Black Chocolate Stout Pours a deep thick black color with a rich cocoa khaki head that fades into nice sticky lacing. No light that passes through this super dark beer with no a trace of carbonation. This pours like motor oil but not in a bad way. The aroma of Black Chocolate Stout is of bakers/Hershey chocolate, and a slight caramel coffee scent. Smells like dessert for sure. The taste of the stout is sweet chocolate with a few roasted malts and coffee, with a hint of bitter caramel. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy with all the flavors really coating your mouth and sticking there for a while. There is a little amount of alcohol burn in the finish, and the aftertaste has a slightly bitter roasted coffee note. Also in the aftertaste, you’ll find a slightly less sweet coca flavor. This stout is a bit boozy tasting all around but none too bad, but that would be expected with this being at 10.0% abv. Overall I’d give this an A-. A really good chocolate stout, but a little too much alcohol in this but it’s somewhat okay, and it’s slightly thicker than I would’ve liked it to be. I would recommend this to any stout or chocolate beer lover. I solidly brewed beer, and remember to come and see me down at Mike’s Discount Beverage, 4700 Park Rd, Charlotte NC 28209 for this, Brooklyn’s Black Chocolate Stout, and all your fine wine and great beer needs. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!