Throwback Thursday: Catawba Brewing Co. Peanut Butter Jelly Time

Originally Posted March 22nd, 2015.

I love brown ales but I also like interesting beers as well. So some told me about a peanut raspberry beer I was intrigued. So I looked up what is and who brewed it and I found it was Catawba Brewing Company Peanut Butter Jelly Time, 5.7% ABV. Catawba Brewing Company in Asheville, N.C. and Morganton, N.C. This is a light brown ale and is brewed with five different grains and then aged for weeks on raspberries and roasted peanuts. Peanut Butter Jelly Time pours a murky light brown color with a two finger slightly off-white head. I found no light coming through and very little carbonation. The aroma on Peanut Butter Jelly Time is exactly like its name. It smells just like a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich. You get the roasted peanuts with a peanut butter scent and a raspberry/raspberry jelly aroma. The taste is Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich! There is nice taste of peanuts/peanut butter and raspberries/ raspberry jelly. I also found there to be a bread crust taste that is from the grains and the roasted peanuts. The mouthfeel is medium with a rich PPB&J finish and the aftertaste is just the same as the finish with a little bit of lingering peanut butter. This is truth in advertising. It is just like the name on the can Peanut Butter Jelly Time. Catawba Brewing Co. really hit the nail on the head with this ale. I give this an A+. I like this beer but I don’t think I could drink more than one. The flavor would get a bit intense as you get to the second Peanut Butter Jelly Time. That doesn’t take away a thing from this beer in my opinion. This is a truly good interest and yet tasty beer. So please go out and try Catawba Brewing Co. Peanut Butter Jelly Time I recommend that you do! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Trophy Brewing Company Trophy Husband

Picked up Trophy Brewing Company Trophy Husband Saison, 5.4% ABV from Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop here in Charlotte. If you haven’t been in Pop the Top then you needed to go, it is awesome with awesome staff. Trophy Brewing brews Trophy Husband in Raleigh, North Carolina which pours a yellow color that appears a bit hazy with a big two finger head that falls into some decent streaks of fluffy lacing throughout the class giving you some rustic aromas of light yeast, peppercorns and a faint hop note that lead into a rustic flavor of a semi-sweet yeasted notes with a touch of a hoppy element with some light peppercorns and dry fruitiness that finish dry with a little light hop sweetness and an aftertaste of dry fruit with a bit of the yeast flavor with a light to somewhat medium mouthfeel. Trophy Brewing Company Trophy Husband Saison is a great Saison that gets an A here. It’s one Saison that is more on the lighter side with a great easy flavor that I think any novice or newbie beer/craft beer drinker would surely enough, and Trophy Brewing Company Trophy Husband Saison is one I really recommend trying. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Shakoolie Can Cooler for Shower Beers

I recently received in the mail a Shakoolie Can Cooler that you can use to hold beer while showering. This product is in two parts, one is the launch pad that stick to the wall of the show with Velcro on it which the Shakoolie stick to acting as a cup holder. The Shakoolie is made of pretty thick material which held Champion Brewing Company Shower beer. I have previously posted a review of Shower Beer. Please check that out. When on the wall the Velcro hold is strong even with a full twelve ounce can of beer, but I am not sure if this cold up an open pint beer can. I will have to try that sometime.

Shakoolie does keep the beer cold even during a hot steamy shower. The Shakoolie really grips the can, it was a little tough getting it out when it was finished. This product can be used out of the shower as well you can go from drinking in the kitchen to the shower and back to the kitchen or wherever you drink beer all while keeping it cold.

This is an A+ product that makes a mundane everyday task fun all while make you smile and I think that not only beer can be used with it and will bring many happy hours in the shower. Thanks, Shakoolie! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Wednesday, May 30th. Pilot Batch Release – Orange Beersicle. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-9 pm. Be sure to check out this Blonde Ale with Orange, Vanilla, and Lactose!! Bleu Barn Bistro has dinner covered!!
  •  Wednesday, May 30th. Waggle For Your Beer: Dog Walk at NoDa Brewing. NoDa Brewing Company. 6 pm-7 pm. Calling all dog owners: get your pup’s energy out with “Waggle For Your Beer,” a dog walk (or run, if you prefer!) hosted at NoDa Brewing Company at 6 PM on the fifth Wednesday of the month in May, August, and October!
    Get your tails moving with this free 1.5 mile guided, group dog walk through North End, starting and ending at NoDa Brewing Company‘s location on Tryon St. Or if you’d prefer, you can join the NoDa Run Club when they head out at 6:30 PM for a 1, 3, or 5 mile run.
    Pups are welcome to hang out on the large patio and lawn after the walk, where there will be water bowls to keep them hydrated. Dog parents can cool down with a beer and grab some grub from the TIN Kitchen food truck.
    Waggle For Your Beer is hosted by Work For Your Beer (Charlotte’s ultimate guide to beer fitness) and The Waggle Company (an on-demand dog walking service offering free same-day scheduling, GPS tracking, and pet photos for every visit).
    Be sure to post photos of your pup before, during, and/or after the walk with the hashtag #WaggleForYourBeer for the chance to be featured in our social media posts about next month’s walk!
    Can’t make it the third Wednesday of the month? Don’t worry, there’s a Waggle For Your Beer guided group dog walk at a different brewery each Wednesday of the month! You can find them all here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/workforyourbeer/events/
    We hope to see you and your dog(s) there!
  • Thursday, May 31st. Sepulture Cervisiam – A Burial Beer Event. Carolina Beer Temple Matthews. 6 pm-11 pm. On Thursday, May 31st join the Carolina Beer Temple for our first-ever Sepulture Cervisiam – A Burial Beer Co. Event. (Yeah, we even broke out the Latin for this event!) We’ll be offering flights and discounted Burial drafts all day. The tap list will include:
    – Skillet Donut Stout
    – Hawkbill IPA
    – Heir Of Malevolence Sour
    – Completely Different Nature DIPA
    – Haysaw Saison
    We hope to see you Thursday, May, 31st for this first-ever event!
  • Thursday, May 31st. Potions & Pixels – Clockwork Marauders Game Event. Carolina Beer Temple Ayrsley. 7 pm-10 pm. Clockwork Marauders has partnered with POTIONS & PIXELS to get together and celebrate the social media release of the up and coming tabletop game. They will be launching their presence on social media in order to raise awareness for the Kickstarter later this year, as well as showcasing some of the concept art. Join us for test plays of the new game, giveaways, and some local beers at Carolina Beer Temple at Ayrsley.
    We will also be bringing our huge amount of board games for you to choose from!   
  • Friday, June 1st. Moon Juice IPA Release. Sycamore Brewing. 12 pm-10 pm. We heaped three of our favorite new-school hops into this IPA with juicy, juicy abandon. Tangerine forward and oh so good!
    Cousins Maine Lobster serving lunch at 12noon and Food Truck Friday – South End starts at 5pm! 
  • Friday, June 1st. Peach of Mind Release. Catawba Brewing Co. 12 pm-10 pm. This refreshing session beer draws inspiration from the traditional working class ales of Southern Belgium during the late 19th century. Brewed with a generous portion of flaked wheat, the beer showcases the fruity esters of its farmhouse ale yeast strain, amplified by the addition of fresh South Carolina peaches during secondary fermentation.
    You’ll be able to find your own Peach of Mind within our 5-state distribution — draft and 6-pack cans — by the first week of June. 
  • Saturday, June 2nd. Blue Blaze 2 Year Anniversary. Blue Blaze Brewing. 12 pm-10pm Happy National Trails Day! And, help us raise a glass to cheers to 2 years!
    Blue Blaze Brewing is celebrating 2 years of providing Charlotte and surrounding communities with fresh, local craft beer.
    Come out with friends (or meet new ones) Saturday, June 2nd from 12pm to 10pm. Beer Releases, Food Trucks, Bands, and other Fun throughout the day.
    Look for more announcements coming soon!
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    Event Schedule
    11:00 Bootcamp on Greenway by NC Yoga Bar (Sign up in Taproom)
    12:00 Yoga on Greenway by NC Yoga Bar (Sign up in Taproom)
    12:00 BEER RELEASE Soon to be Announced
    1:00 BEER RELEASE SoBo Orangerine Hazy IPA
    2:00 BEER RELEASE B. MacKaye’s Hell Raisin’ Scotch Ale (Aged on Oak)
    2:30 MUSIC Tony Eltora Trio
    3:00 BEER RELEASE Soon to be Announced
    4:00 MUSIC Simplified
    5:00 BEER RELEASE Soon to be Announced
    5.30 MUSIC Simplified
  • Saturday, June 2nd. Welcome Victory and Southern Tier to CLT! Temple Mojo Matthews. 9:30 pm-11 pm. Victory and Southern Tier have teamed up and are bringing a combined taproom/brewery to Charlotte!
    To help welcome them to the city, we are hosting a welcome party and featuring both breweries on tap on Saturday, June 2!
    We will have 4 beers from each brewery (TBD). We will be featuring draft pours, flights, and crowlers/growlers all day long!
    Reps from each brewery will be out to hang out and talk all things beer!
    See you out there!
  • Sunday, June 3rd. Dog Days & IPAs. Pintville Craft Beer Pineville. 12 pm-3 pm. Come join us for this paw-some event to raise money for Harvey’s Heroes Dog Rescue and to find some fur-ever homes for some sweet doggies! All puppers welcome to join the fun 🙂
    Featuring Lobster Dogs Food Truck !! 
  • Tuesday, June 5th. NoDable Release: Hazy Like Sunday Morning. NoDa Brewing Company. 4 pm-9 pm. Every single week, we release a brand new “NoDable” beer on Tuesday! This week’s new NoDable is Hazy Like Sunday Morning IPA. You don’t want to miss getting a sip of this delicious Juicy IPA.
    While you’re here, be sure to try a few of our 25+ brews and some TIN Kitchen for dinner. And, don’t forget you can take this week’s NoDable and many of our other beers to-go in a crowler!
  • Tuesday, June 5th. Pint Night w/ Left Hand Brewing. The Casual Pint Rivergate. 6 pm. Left Hand Brewing will be here on June 5th to make your Tuesday worthwhile. Don’t miss out on the beers, swag and good times!

Brouwerij Rodenbach Fruitage

Brouwerij (brewery) Rodenbach, Roeslar Belgium blends 3/4 young beer and 1/4 aged beer matured for 2 years in oak foeders, with the juice of cherries and elderberries to brew Rodenbach Fruitage, 4.2% ABV, and comes in 8-ounce cans. Rodenbach Fruitage pours red-brown color with the tiniest head that dissolves in an instant giving off tart red fruits, cherries that have a slightly faint sour aroma that leads to a similar taste with that cherry tartness with semi-sweet sour notes towards the back of the mouth with a light tart and sweet finish and a tart fruit aftertaste with faint sourness with a light mouthfeel. This is a great fruity beer but one that isn’t overly fruity. I give Rodenbach Fruitage an A+, a great beer you can have many of without it become overwhelming to your taste buds and on beer that I highly recommend trying. Well brewed for excellent overall flavor! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Thomas Creek Brewing Company Octoberfest Lager

Originally posted on August 22nd, 2013.

Each year the beer world celebrates October fest, by brewing up Oktoberfest beer, which is either called, fest beer or Märzen (March). This type of beer was kept cool in a cave until October and brewed with higher gravity so they would keep. This particular beer is Thomas Creek Octoberfest Lager 6.0% ABV, from Greenville South Carolina. This Thomas Creek Octoberfest pours a nice bight copper/amber color with a finger and a half of whitish head that dissipates at a quick pace. Some light came through the glass, with a nice amount of carbonation bubbles. The aroma is big with a nice malty caramel scent with the faintest hop note. The taste on Octoberfest Lager is sweet with a caramel malt flavor up front, and then toward the back, you get the faintest hoppy flavor that quickly turns sweet. Then mouthfeel is light to medium, with a nice sweet caramel malt flavor. The aftertaste is sweet with a hint of very light vanilla and malty flavor. I have to say this beer is surprisingly good and well brewed, so this is an A beer. This Tomas creek is not overly sweet and malty, but just enough to keep this beer tasting good. I would surely recommend that you try this beer! Cheers! Please Enjoy Responsibly!

Stone Brewing Scorpion Bowl IPA

This new year-round offering from Stone Brewing in Escondido California, Scorpion Bowl IPA, 7.5% is a tropical IPA using hops to create a tropical fruit flavor without any addition of tropical fruits. Scorpion Bowl pours a dark yellow color with a big four finger white head with great retention that leaves behind nice lacing throughout giving your senses a tropical fruit aroma with bitter/hoppy notes that take you into a semi-sweet tropical flavors, mango, pineapple, and some guava with old-school IPA bitterness with that familiar hoppy note towards the back of your tongue with a bitter tropical finish and a very smile at aftertaste of bitterness and tropical fruits with a medium mouthfeel. Stone Brewing Scorpion Bowl IPA is pretty well brewed and getting an A-. Just a little off the perfect mark due to the tropical flavors could be slightly bolder and more pronounced, but they were good as was the fact that Stone gave me a tropical flavor by just brewing with hops. I recommend Stone Brewing Scorpion Bowl IPA. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Rogue Ales 10 Hop IPA

This beer Rogue Ales 10 Hop IPA, 10.10% ABV 2ith 78 IBUs brewed in Newport Oregon is a double IPA brewed with 10 different hops such as Rogue Farms Liberty, Independence, Revolution, Keven, Adair, Rebel, Newport, Yaquina , Freedom & Alluvial Hops as well a Rogue Farms Dare & Risk, Goldpils Vienna Malts, Rogue Farms Hopyard Honey, Dextrose, Kolsch #2 Yeast, & Free range coastal water. 10 Hop IPA is part of a series of beer that has started out as 1 hop and gone front there and there is no telling how far or how many hops will be going future beers. 10 Hop IPA pours a deep orange color with a big four finger white slow head that gives you a slight sweetness in the aroma with bitterness and malt notes that takes you to a flavor that is big with an alcoholic boozy note with a semi-sweet honey note in the middle of the mouth with a hoppy flavor on the back of the tongue with big boozy bitter finish and an alcoholic bitter aftertaste with a big full mouthfeel. 10 Hop IPA does become more alcoholic as it warms. This is a big IPA but a good IPA and gets a B+. It has bold flavors without big way too hoppy and bitter, but it has enough to make it a big double IPA. You definitely know this is 10 hop IPA. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Revelry Brewing Co. Lefty Loosey India Pale Ale

Revelry Brewing from Charleston, South Carolina is now being distributed here in Charlotte and other places in North Carolina. I picked up Lefty Loosey India Pale Ale, 7.0% ABV from The Good Bottle Co, and Lefty Loosey is in the west coast style. Lefty Loosey pours an Orange color with a trio finer tight white head with some good retention giving off aromas of nice clean grapefruit with some hints of bitter orange that takes you into a flavor of nice grapefruit with a light bitter orange notes that has a nice hop flavor to it with a nice smooth but citrus bitter finish and an aftertaste of nice hoppy bitterness with touches of citrus fruits with a light mouthfeel. Revelry Brewing Lefty Loosey India Pale Ale is a great easy drinking IPA that is well deserving of an A+. Not one of the flavor overpower you palate. I think that Lefty Loosey is an IPA that you can have more than just a few without wrecking you palate. I highly recommend Lefty Loosey India Pale Ale. It is highly tasty beer! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Champion Brewing Company Shower Beer

This 2015 GABF gold winner Bohemian-style Pilsner (Czech style Pilsner) Shower Beer, 4.5% ABV, 35 IBUs from Champion Brewing Company out of Charlottesville Virginia was quite popular when it was first released and is still quite popular. Shower Beer uses 100% traditional Czech Saaz hops and aged cold on lager yeast for weeks. Shower Beer pours a clear, clean, crisp yellow color with a frothy white two and half head that dissipates at an even pace giving off crisp sweet aromas with a slight hop note wafting in with a clean crisp flavor of a nice sweetly hop note that finish refreshingly crisp with a touch of a hop sweetness that gives way to a clean and crisp aftertaste with a light mouthfeel. This Shower Beer is a great beer to make showering oh so fun with out making you slip in the shower. It an A+ beer and one you can crush a six pack with out killing your palate. So I highly recommend Champion Brewing Company Shower Beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!