Firestone Walk Brewing Co. Easy Jack IPA

New distribution to the Carolina area Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Easy Jack IPA, 4.5% ABV from Paso Robles, California is brewed with a selection of new hop varieties from Europe, New Zealand and North America. Easy Jack pours a golden color with fluffy white three finger slowly fading head with aromas of light citrusy hop notes with light bitterness that lead you into a crisp citrusy fruit flavor that is hoppy with a mild bitterness that carries over the back of the tongue finishing with a citrus bitterness that’s refreshing with a fruity bitter aftertaste with a light mouthfeel. The name says it all, this is one Easy IPA, it goes down easy, smooth and refreshing. I give Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Easy Jack IPA an A+. This is a great IPA with easy flavors that a very well balanced as well as refreshing. I highly recommend Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Easy Jack IPA. This is an IPA you can have a few without the flavor overwhelming your taste buds. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Funky Buddha Brewery Huki Idol Tropical IPA

Funky Buddha Brewery from Oakland Florida which brews this beer, Huki Idol Tropical IPA, 8.0% ABV is a new North Carolina Distributed beer. Huki Idol a double IPA brewed with passion fruit, lime, and mint with Mosaic hops. Huki Idol pours a hazy yellow with a three finger white head that has a good retention giving off an aroma of tropical citrus fruits with a nice bitter scent with a topical flavor upfront with a bit of a hoppy mint in the middle of the mouth that it is juicy through to the back of the mouth where you get more of a bitter minty flavor that finishes with a tropical mint citrus flavor and a juicy bitter mint aftertaste that lingers on your tongue with an orange juice like flavor with a fuller mouthfeel. Funky Buddha Brewery. Huki Idol is a great beer with interesting ingredients that are great for warm weather and is deserving of an A+. Solidly brewed and balanced with great a refreshing taste. This Huki Idol doesn’t really taste like it’s a double IPA nor does it drink like an 8% ABV beer. I highly recommend Funky Buddha Brewery Huki Idol. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Central State Beer Company Garden Gose

This Central State Brewing Company Garden Gose 3.6% ABV brewed in Indianapolis Indiana is a sour wheat ale brewed with coriander and lemon. I picked this up at Good Bottle Co. (www.goodbottleco.com) here in Charlotte, NC along with six other different beers. Garden Gose pours a pale yellow color with a two finger head with good retention giving off a nice tart lemon aroma with nice sour note that take you to a flavor of tart lemon that is mildly sour with a touch of salt hitting your tongue with a nice tart lemon finish with a nice tart/sour lemon wheat aftertaste that doesn’t linger long with a light mouthfeel. Central State Brewing Company Garden Gose is a good beer but doesn’t knock my favorite Gose Westbrook Brewing Company Gose down. I say Central State Brewing Company Garden Gose is a B-. This Gose does not have any real full or strong Gose flavors to it, and it’s overall lighter than some Gose beers that I’ve had before. It’s goods and something that I recommend trying. I enjoy it but it my top Gose. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Anchor Brewing Comapny Brekle’s Brown

Here is another Anchor Brewing Company beer, this is their Brekle’s Brown ale, 6.0% ABV, an all malt single hop brown ale. This beer is named after the founding brewer Gottlieb Brekle. This is a beer is somewhat new, no sure when it was first introduced. Brekle’s brown pours a deep brown color with a tan one finger fluffy head that fades at medium speed and leaves some lacing. I found there to be no light coming through the glass with little carbonation bubbles. The aroma is strong on this with big roasted malts with a hint of bitterness, but more of a roasted bitterness. There was also a very faint dark raisin to it. The taste on Brekle’s Brown is big roasted malt with a slight hint of chocolate and coffee. The mouth feel is high medium side but smooth. This beer finishes a bit bitter but good a over all finish and the aftertaste really stays with a smooth roasted flavor This is not the worlds best brown ale, but it’s a good one. So I am giving this a B. Yeah I’ve had better brown ales, and this is close to top of the list of good brown ales. I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a lighter dark beer or just new brown ale. I would go for this again. This is something to try! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

The Beer News

Here are this week’s news and events happening in and around the Charlotte, NC area.

  • Wednesday, April 25th Pilot Batch Release-Smoke in our Lights. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-9 pm. A Belgian Saison brewed with Cherry Wood Smoke Malt, Bleu Barn Bistro has dinner covered!!
  • Thursday, April 26th Tap Takeover: Blowing Rock Brewing Co. Growler USA Charlotte. 6 pm=9 pm. Come see what our friends from Blowing Rock Brewing Co. have in store for us during our Tap Takeover! Plus live music with Ellie Morgan Music!
  •  Thursday, April 26th NoDa Brewing Tap Takeover! Carolina Beer Temple Ayrsley. 6 pm-10 pm. Join us Thursday (April 26th) for the NoDa Brewing Company Tap Takeover! We will be featuring several tasty beers from them and discounted pints and flights will be available all day long! The tap list is still being determined so please stay tuned! See you at the Temple!
  • Friday, April 27th Cousins Maine Lobster Grand Opening. Sycamore Brewing. 5 pm-10 pm. A grand opening of our new food truck in Charlotte! Come join us and one of the cousins for fresh Maine Lobster!
  • Friday, April 27th Cookie & Cider Pairin. Red Clay Ciderworks. 7 pm-8 pm. Tickets at http://www.Eventbrite.com.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, PhD, 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!
    Ticket holders please check in at the bar upon arrival.
  • Saturday, April 28th. Spring Oyster Roast. Sycamore Brewing. 12 pm-5pm,
  • Saturday, April 28th White Cap IPA Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 12 pm-10 pm. We are closing out NC Beer Month with a White IPA release. The first 192 people to buy a pint get to take home one of these limited editions Charlotte Hophead pint glasses!!
    New Wrap Order food truck is here and we have live music from 4-7.
    Whitecap IPA – 5.3%abv, 48 IBUs
    Featuring Idaho 7 and Mosaic hops that contribute big fruity notes of apricot, tropical fruit, and citrus with moderate bitterness. A touch of orange peel and coriander add some depth to the citrus notes as they wash over your taste buds. Plenty of wheat yields a pale golden color and a light, refreshing beer that tops with a frothy white foam. On the Carolina coast or in the NC foothills; sit back, relax, and let this white IPA roll over your palate and quench your thirst.
  • Sunday, April 29th Brunch, and Brews. Legion Brewing. 10 am-2 pm. Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM-2PM for our made-to-order brunch menu and Carolina Sparkle Party Beermosas to start your day off right!
    MENU:
    Southwest Breakfast Burrito
    Chorizo, egg, cheddar, homemade salsa, jalapeno, and avocado. Enjoy it in a spinach wrap OR on a bed of smoked cheddar grits!
    Lox and Loaded*
    Smoked salmon, cucumber, onion, fresh dill and cream cheese on a Nova*s bagel.
    Breakfast Sliders (3)
    Bacon, egg, cheddar, tomato and black pepper aioli on soft slider buns.
    Mixed Berry Parfait
    Greek yogurt, mixed berries, homemade honey almond granola.
    Seasonal Belgian Waffle
    Flavors change with our seasonal beer line up- check our social media for updates!
    Side Of Smoked Cheese Grits and a s
    ide of Warm Baked Apples  

Birdsong Brewing Co. Turn to Stone IPA

This Birdsong Brewing Co., Turn to Stone IPA part of the brewery’s IPA Series was a brewery only release, so I went to the Birdsong Brewery to purchase it. Turn to Stone IPA is brewed with an entirely new species of hop called Medusa. This hop is called Medusa due to the fact that is has multiple cones on it like the many snakes of Medusas hair. Turn to Stone IPA also has a simple malt bill tho really let the Medusa hop shine. Turn to Stone IPA pours a yellow gold color with three finger bright white head that slowly fades into nice lacing giving off tropical aromas of melon and guava with a nice bitter scent that takes you into a tropical bitter melon guava flavor that hits the front of your taste buds and a nice hoppy flavor that washes from the front hitting the back of your tongue with a tropical bitter finish with an a hoppy yet faint fruit flavored aftertaste with. A nice medium mouthfeel that coats your tongue with fruit. Birdsong Brewing Co, Turn to Stone IPA tastes as interesting as it sounds and one that I recommend that you try. I give Turn to Stone IPA a B+. It’s well brewed with a new interesting hop verity that makes for as wonderful flavor with out overpowering you mouth with bitter hops. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Stone Brewing Tangerine Express IPA

 

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Stone Brewing of Escondido California brews so many different IPA and this Tangerine Express IPA, 6.7% ABV follow an IPA trend of citrus/tropical forward IPAs and it’s packed with whole tangerines and pineapples. Tangerine Express pours yellow with a slightly hazy appearance and a two finger white steady fading head that gives off citrus aromas of tangerine and pineapple bitter notes with a flavor or citrus tangerine, tropical pineapple hitting your tongue with a hoppy bitterness washing over to the back of the tongue with a fruity bitter finish and semi bittersweet aftertaste that linger for just moment all with a medium mouthfeel. Stone Brewing has made a good tasty IPA with Tangerine Express IPA it’s an A. All of the flavors of Tangerine Express IPA blend well to make for a good refreshing IPA that is full of good citrus/tropical fruit flavors with the right amount of bitter hoppiness. Tangerine Express IPA is a beer that I recommend. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!      

 

 

Westbrooke Brewing Co. One Claw Rye Pale Ale

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Westbrook Brewing Co. in Mt. Pleasent South Carolina a popular brewing and one of my top breweries brews One Claw Rye Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV, You don’t see too many Rye beers out there but if you look you’ll see that there are some. One Claw pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a two finger firm white head giving off spiced notes with a hoppy fruity aroma with a spiced flavor of slightly hoppy citrus fruits with a nice spiced bitterness, with a bitter rye spice finish and a mildly bitter aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. You can really taste the rye spiced notes on your taste buds. I found Westbrook Brewing Co. One Claw to be somewhat easy to drink and slightly refreshing, a B+ rye pale ale. This beer has a good rye flavor to it as well as a firm bitterness but none overpowering to your taste buds. I recommend Westbrook Brewing Co. One Claw Rye Pale Ale. It’s a good take on an under brewed beer style. Cheers! Please Enjoy Responsibly!  

Throwback Thursday: Brewery Ommegang Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale

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Belgian Ales are the best-tasting beers, in my opinion. I love them all each one of the different Belgian beer styles is great. Some I like more than others but that isn’t to say that others are bad. Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown N.Y. is partly Belgian; they are part of the Duel family of fine ales. They brew Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale, 9.7% ABV. Three Philosophers is a blend of Ommegang Quadrupel ale and Liefmans Kriek. So that is 98% Ale and 2% ale with cherries added. Three Philosophers pours a deep rich copper brown color with a beige two finger head that leaves nice lacing behind but not a lot of lacing. The aroma is sweet with candied sugar and dark fruits. Three Philosophers has a rather richer taste but none too rich, there is a nice sweetness with dark cherry and a hint of faint caramel. This is like most good Quads, and how one should be. But the taste and the flavors don’t wow me though. That might hold it back just a bit. The mouthfeel is more towards the fuller side but not overly full and Three Philosophers has a nice smooth sweet dark fruit finish and almost the same aftertaste but with a lingering raisin note. I think that is ale is pretty good, but I have had better. Don’t worry I am not saying that Three Philosophers is bad. I say that it is a B grade Belgian Quad. Yes, I have had better one brewed in Belgium, but those are the best in the world compare to this Ommegang, which is no slouch. I would recommend this one because it’s not as strong taste in the alcohol department, nor is it overly strong. I would have this again for those to reasons. So go try Ommegang Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!   

The Beer News

Here are this week’s new and events happening in and around the Charlotte, NC area.

  • Thursday, April 19th Session Coffee Porter Release. Catawba Brewing Co Charlotte. 2 pm-10pm This beer was cold-infused with Dynamite coffee to give it a rich coffee flavor without the bitter harshness! Yumm!
  •  Thursday, April 19th Third Thirsty Thursday. Legion Brewing. 6 pm-9pm. Come join us for a craft beer (or 2) while we and Legion Brewing sell raffle tickets for $5 each. Legion is donating a raffle basket containing a certificate for a brewery tour for four and some other goodies. We get the raffle ticket proceeds. Also, that night is Legion Brewing’s “30 Second Rocks Music Bingo” event, which should bring in a good crowd and is a fun activity.
  • Friday, April 20th Lagunitas The Waldo’s Special Ale Tapping. Duckworth’s Grill and Taphouse Huntersville. 5 pm-8 pm. We’re tapping Lagunitas The Waldo’s Special Ale along with Scarcity #2 Rye Cocoa Porter & Scarcity #3 High West-fied Imperial Stout. Reps from Lagunitas will be here handing out beer samples and swag!
  • Friday, April 20th Burial Beer Mobile Taproom. Salud Beer Shop. 5 pm. The Burial Mobile Taproom returns with 4 brewery only can Releases and 8 special drafts.
    Ceremonial Vapors Session IPA
    Inverted Fields Ablaze Smoked Maibock Three Floyd’s collab
    The Savages Of Ruminating Minds DDH IPA sold out in Asheville
    Anyway Guava IPA collab with Three’s Brewing
    Cans are to go only
    No Wristbands
    Limits to Be Determined
    Draft List released Thursday Night.
  • Saturday, April 21st Earth Day Party & Sunshine Gose Release! Birdsong Brewing Co.  We’re celebrating Earth Day on 4/21/18 with the release of our new Sunshine Lemon Gose & a bunch of our friends who care about the Earth just as much as we do! We hope you can join us to celebrate your new favorite Spring/Summer brew & learn a little bit about this amazing planet that we live on and how to keep it spinning! Over here at Birdsong, we’re big fans of the environment. From cleaning up creeks to working with local farmers, our aim is to grow our sustainable efforts each year so we can continue to make a positive impact on our community. Thanks to our new rooftop solar array, we’re able to do just that. By harnessing the sun’s energy, our 75-watt 220-panel solar setup allows us to rely less on non-renewable fossil fuels, reducing our contribution to carbon emissions and coal ash that can harm the earth.
    Not only are we releasing Sunshine Gose, but we’re celebrating by hosting a bunch of earth-friendly vendors and there will be a special giveaway for those who take the light rail or ride share to the event! Hint: You’ll need them because your future is SO BRIGHT!
    Vendors will be on site from 1-5 and include 
    Williams Subaru of CharlotteCatawba Riverkeeper Foundation100 GardensKing of Pops CharlotteRenewable Energy Design Group, L3C, and the NC Dept of Environmental Quality!
    Williams Subaru of Charlotte will be here with Eco-friendly giveaways such as recycled tote bags, recycled pens, eco coolies, recycled planters with seeds, recycled utensil sets, and sunglasses. They will also have some dog-friendly items as well!  will also be collecting items for TerraCycle that will be upcycled into something for the community either a park bench, picnic table, or playground. For the TerraCycle boxes, they are collecting used Keurig pods, chip bags/snack wrappers, and disposable cups/lids. Williams Subaru of Charlotte will be purchasing beer for people who donate so start collecting NOW!
  • Saturday/Sunday, April 21st-22nd Louisiana Spring Fest. The Old Mecklenburg Brewery. 11 am-11 pm. Let the good times roll at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s Eighth Annual Louisiana Spring Fest on April 21 & 22!
    Like previous years, the festival will focus on authentic Louisiana cooking. Guest chef and Louisiana native Brett Harris returns — boiling fresh crawdads flown in overnight direct from the bayou. Other staples include mouthwatering jambalaya, boiled shrimp, red skin potatoes and corn on the cob. The Biergarten will be strewn with Mardi Gras beads ready-to-wear, while Cajun, Bluegrass and Jazz music plays all day. This year’s band lineup:
    SATURDAY MUSIC
    11a-2p: Boom Unit Brass Band (A “second line” brass band – a tradition at New Orleans’ parades)
    3p-6p: The Local Boys (Features Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Dobro & Mandolin)
    7p-10p: Carolina Gator Gumbo (A locally famous Cajun/Zydeco band)
    SUNDAY MUSIC
    11a-2p: The Local Boys (Features Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Dobro & Mandolin)
    3p-6p: Carolina Gator Gumbo (A locally famous Cajun/Zydeco band)
    7p-10p: Jazz Revolution (CLT’s six-piece jazz and soul band)
    For beer, year-round offerings Copper Altbier, Captain Jack Pilsner, and Hornet’s Nest Hefeweizen will be on tap. Plus, OMB’s spring seasonal Früh Bock. This “Spring Bock” captures the promise of warmer days ahead, combining a slight malty sweetness with a refreshing touch of citrus aroma from its noble Bavarian hops.
    And don’t forget: you can drink those fresh brews in OMB’s new 1 Liter steins or our regular 0.5L steins!
    We hope you’ll join us for pure beer and fresh crawdads — and to celebrate the tradition and spirit of NoLa’s ‘bon temps’ culture. Prost!
    Under 21 welcome at OMB. Pets welcome outside in our Biergarten. This is a free event.
  • Saturday, April 21st Brunch, and Brews: Release of “A Blonde Named Rosa.” Legion Brewing. 10 am-2 pm. We have partnered up with our friends from Farmers First Coffee Company for our first coffee blonde ale, “A Blonde Named Rosa”, releasing this Saturday at 10AM during Brunch and Brews! Enjoy our made-to-order brunch menu, a piping hot cup of coffee and a pint of this delicious, easy drinking blonde at the same time!
    Farmer’s First is committed to putting farmers first when sourcing their coffee.They pay a 50% bonus on top of the market price farmers receive, which is as much as four times higher than “fair trade.This delicious coffee is roasted nearby in Shelby, NC. Rosa’s Coffee comes from Bajo Ihuamaca (Peru) and has the taste of dark chocolate, almond, brown sugar, caramel, grape, and rose.
  • Sunday, April 22nd Brunchin’ Bluegrass with The Bluegrass Sweethearts. Triple C Brewing Company. 12 pm-8 pm. Sundays are for Brunchin’ & Bluegrass! Join us for our 3rd Bluegrass Brunch! Greek Eats food truck will be joining us and serving up everything from hashbrown waffles to Greek avocado croissants! And of course, no brunch is complete without Mimosas for the masses and your favorite Triple C brews!
    Bring your bluegrass buddy and help us make a new favorite Sunday tradition!
    Bluegrass music is happy music, come get happy 🙂
    We are extremely lucky to have David and Valerie Mayfield “The Bluegrass Sweethearts” playing from 12ish to 3ish. We are open noon to 8pm.
  • Monday, April 23rd Charlotte Sushi Class. Sycamore Brewing Company. 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. Tickets at http://www.briminghamsushiclasses.com. In this two hour, hands-on class, we’ll teach you to make perfect sushi rice, how to make all of your favorite sushi sauces (from eel sauce to BangBang & more), where to shop/what to buy and how to safely serve raw fish at home with confidence, according to health department standards. You’ll get two rolls to eat (we make one, you make the other) and a take-home cheat sheet filled with tips, tricks, and recipes!
  • Tuesday, April 24th Rogue Ales Tapping. Duckworth’s Grill and Taphouse Ballantyne. 6 pm-8 pm. Beer list TBA – but watch out for some limited/rare beers from Rogue brewing!
    Reps on hand for free beer samples and swag giveaways!
  • Tuesday, April 24th Tap it Tuesday with Blake’s Hard Cider. Co. The Casual Pin (Rivergate) 6 pm-8 pm. If you haven’t tasted Blake’s Hard Cider you don’t want to miss out on April 24th. If you have then we know you’ll be there at 6:00 pm.