The Beer News

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

  • Wednesday, June 27th. Triple C Beer Tasting at Stoke Bar. Stoke Charlotte.  5 pm-7 pm. Join us at Stoke Bar for a tasting with Triple C Brewing Company!
  • Wednesday, June 27th. Pilot Batch Release – The O-Kulsch. Triple C Brewing. 4 pm-9 pm. This beer has German roots with an Asian influence. A classic Kölsch style brewed with ginger and lemongrass. It has a ginger aroma, a semi-sweet ginger flavor up front and finishes with a mild lemony taste. A truly harmonious fusion of flavor. Brewed in collaboration with our friends at O-Ku CharlotteBleu Barn Bistro food truck will be here for food pairings!
  • Thursday, June 28th. England vs. Belgium World Cup Match. Sycamore Brewing 1:30 pm-4:30 pm. We’re opening at 1:30pm for the England Belgium match Thursday! 2pm kickoff.
    $13 Pitchers. Sound on.
  • Thursday, June 28th. American Light Lager Release. Catawba Brewing Co. Charlotte. 3 pm-10 pm. Light and refreshing! This is the last beer for Passport Q2, so make sure to grab your prize and sign up for the raffle!
  • Friday, June 29th. Akita Funk Release with Akita! Lenny Boy Brewing Co. 3 pm-11 pm. Join us Friday @ the Taproom as we release Akita Funk: a raspberry Brett beer aged for several moon cycles that will NOT disappoint your tastebuds! Free LIVE Music with AKITA the band playing the funk from 7-10pm! Make sure you come out and enjoy our funky new brew with some funky tunes! The Hunter’s Wife will be on site providing you all with delicious food all night!
  • Friday, June 29th. Soulshine Kölsch Release. Catawba Brewing Co. Charlotte. 2 pm-10 pm. Summer at Catawba kicks off with another new Limited Release! Look for Soulshine Kölsch to arrive in time for your Fourth of July celebrations — available in full distribution on draft and in 6-pack cans on June 29th!
    This light, crisp, refreshing German-style summer ale is the product of a special collaboration with Mountain Khakis of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Founded in 2004, the MK brand is nationally renowned for its premium outdoor clothing and gear, “built for the mountain lifestyle.”
    The Soulshine Project is inspired by our companies’ shared mission to protect lands and waterways, making connections between people and nature. As noted on the label above, a portion of all proceeds benefits Catawba Lands Conservancy
  • Sunday, July 1st. Brunch with Birdsong & My Sausage Buddy! Birdsong Brewing Co.  11 am-3 pm. Join us this Sunday for a casual brunch w/ our friends from Mysausagebuddy! We’ll be pouring the delicious beer, beer-mosas, and prosecco mimosas and My Sausage Buddy will be offering their regular menu plus a brunch special just for the occasion! Check out the chicken sausage and waffle dog in the photo! It’s amazing!
    Bring your kids, bring your pups, bring the whole family!
  • Sunday, July 1st. Cousins Maine Lobster at Carolina Beer Temple Ayrsley. Carolina Beer Temple Ayrsley. 1 pm-6 pm. Cousins Maine Lobster is will be at Carolina Beer Temple in Ayrsley for an afternoon of great beer and authentic Maine lobster.
  • Monday, July 2nd. Mecklenburger Release. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. 11 am-10 pm. The official beer of summer is back! Join us for the release of Mecklenburger on July 2nd. (We are also releasing a Brauhaus Reserve on July 4th; more details on that release coming soon…)
    This Bavarian style lager is liquid homage to our home in Mecklenburg County. With its crystal clear, golden blonde color, Mecklenburger is fresh, smooth and easy to love. A Helles, its slight malty character is perfectly balanced by very subtle, lingering hop notes and a crisp, refreshing finish to help take the steam out of a hot Carolina day.
    Like all OMB beers, Mecklenburger is all-natural — brewed in strict accordance with the famous German beer purity law of 1516: the “Reinheitsgebot.” In line with Reinheitsgebot, it was brewed using natural carbonation from the pure CO2 produced by the yeast during fermentation. We pull our brews from our lager tanks weekly, so you know it’s fresh. And, it was kept cold from production to delivery to you, because all beer should be kept cold to maximize freshness. We hope you enjoy this pure, fresh, cold beer. Prost!
    This is a free event. Under 21 are welcome at OMB. Pets are welcome outside in our Biergarten.
  • Tuesday, July 3rd. Cousins Maine Lobster at Bridsong! Birdsong Brewing Co. 4:30 pm-9 pm. Back by popular demand! Cousins Maine Lobster, as seen on Shark Tank, will here at Birdsong Brewing Tuesday, July 3rd serving up their famous Maine Lobster from 4:30-9pm! We will also have Game of Thrones Trivia staring at 7pm! 
  • Tuesday, July 3rd. NoDable Release: Guava Gose. NoDa Brewing Company. 4 pm-9 pm. Every single week, we release a brand new “NoDable” beer on Tuesday! This week we’re releasing a refreshing and tart Guava Gose.
    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!

Allagash Brewing Co. Little Brett Ale

Brett or Bettanomyces is a non-spore forming genus of yeast in the family of Saccharomycetaceae. It is used in wild ales like this Allagash Brewing Co. Little Brett Ale, 4.8% ABV, which is brewed in Portland Maine. Most of you craft beer drinks know of Allagash from its widely popular White Ale. Little Brett Ale pours a clear golden color with a quickly fading one and a half finger white head that leaves nothing behind but aromas of big sweet pineapple with a little bit of a funky note that takes you into a pineapple taste with a nice sweet but semi-funky flavor with a very small dry like note on the back of the mouth with a nice funky sweet fruited pineapple finish and a semi-sweet tropical pineapple aftertaste with a light mouthfeel. This is good but as it warms to room temperature and beyond the flavor becomes more of a non-natural fruit juice flavor that isn’t so bad, so I give Allagash Brewing Co. Little Brett Ale a B+. I could have a few of these and so should you. It’s a good refreshing beer that is crisp with nice flavors. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Unknown Brewing Company Madame Butterfly French Oak Tart Blonde Beer

Haven’t reviewed much of The Unknown Brewing Company’s offerings, but I saw Madame Butterfly French Oak Tart Blonde Beer, 5.8% ABV. Madame Butterfly is a blonde ale aged in French Oak barrels and pours an orange color with a half finger clear fizzy head that fades into itself as quickly as it can with aroma of white wine fruits, some apples, pears, and green grapes with hints of soft vanilla that take you to a tart white wine flavor of apples, pears and nice green grapes with hints of nice soft vanilla that is tart enough without puckering your mouth with a nice tart but lightly fruity sweet finish and soft tart white wine aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. The Unknown Brewing Company Madame Butterfly is a good beer and one that I a wine drinker would enjoy. It is much like a white wine. I give Madame Butterfly and A-, just could not t have two or more pints of Madame Butterfly’s flavor becomes overwhelming on your taste buds, but otherwise, this is a good beer. I recommend trying The Unknown Brewing Company Madame Butterfly French Oak Tart Blonde Beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

NoDa Brewing Company Bandito Mexican Style Lager

Craft brewers have been brewing the Mexican style larger for a while now and are a somewhat popular style among beer drinkers. This NoDa Brewing Company Bandito Mexican Style lager, 4,9% ABV is on the trend and is brewed with flaked maize, otherwise known as corn. Bandito pours a golden color with a fluffy two and a half finger white head with a slow fade into some nice lacing in the glass that gives you corn aromas with some sweetness that is a little similar to a Corona that takes you to a Corona like tasting sweet clean corn flavors with a nice clean yet semi-sweet finish and a much similar aftertaste with a faint dryness lingering till the next sip with a light refreshing mouthfeel. I was surprised at how much it tasted like a Corona and how well it was brewed to the Mexican style lager. I give NoDa Brewing Company Bandito Mexican Style lager an A-. It loses just one because as it warms it become a little off and not as good as it is at the first taste, but still a good be otherwise and yes you can have a six-pack without destroying your taste buds. So go and try NoDa Brewing Company Bandito Mexican Style lager I recommend that you do. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Boulevard Brewing Company Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Originally posted on January 12th, 2015

It looks like I have been reviewing a lot of Belgian-style beers recently, well that is true, I have. Well, that is because I love Belgian and Belgian-style beers very much, and I think that most concerning beers drinkers do as well. The Belgian-style beers are popular among brewers and breweries; there are some that brew the Belgian-style only. Well, this beer here no different from that; here is Boulevard Brewing Smokestack Series Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, 8.5% ABV. Boulevard Brewing is from Kanas City, Missouri and this is part of the Smokestack Series that is named after the tall old brick smokestack at their brewery. Tank 7 pours slightly hazy light copper color with a two and a half, almost three fingers white head, that somewhat slow to dissipate but does so into a nice lacing around the glass. I found very minimal light streaming through the glass with a decent amount of carbonation bubbles. The aroma on Tank 7 is a bit fruity with some tropical fruit notes, like a little faint pineapple. There is a tiny-spiced not that is barely noticeable. Tank 7’s taste is sweet and bready from its malts used and I found there to a tropical spiced fruit similar to the fruit aroma of pineapple, but there is a little faint mango as well. Tank 7 has crispness with little lemony flavor towards the back. The mouthfeel is medium, with a nice somewhat sweet bready and spiced finish and an aftertaste of spice and bready malt that lingers long enough for enjoyment. Boulevard Brewing Smokestack Series Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale gets an A. I thought this was good Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale, the really captured the style well with Tank 7. It had nothing wrong with, nothing overdone. Tank 7 is actually easy to drink for being 8.5% ABV and you don’t really taste that is that high in ABV. Now yes that could be a bit dangerous, but Tank 7 only comes in 12 ounces 4 packs and 750ml bottles. Yes, I would recommend this to anyone. So go out and try Boulevard Brewing Smokestack Series Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

  • Wednesday, June 20th. Pilot Batch Release-Hefeweizen with Blackberries. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-9 pm. A refreshing twist on a summer staple. In addition to the classic banana-like fruitiness and mild Belgian flavors, a heap of blackberries contributes a slight fruity tartness, an unmistakable hue, and a crisp, light finish. Bleu Barn Bistro food truck will be here for food pairings!
  • Wednesday, June 20th. Fiddlin’ Fish Spotlight. Temple Mojo Matthews. 5 pm-7 pm. Come and enjoy some beers from Fiddlin’ Fish. The beer rep will be here from 5:00-7:00pm and beers will be on all day.
    Spotlight Beers include:
    Mandolin Grain IPA
    Black Mountain Chocolate Stout
    Major Wintson’s Wheat
    Cucumber Kölsch
  • Thursday, June 21st-22nd. Boysenberry Sour Release. Catawba Brewing Co. 21st-3 pm & 22nd-10 am t’s as delicious as it sounds annnd $1 from each pour will be donated to the Humane Society of Charlotte!!
  • Thursday, Jun 21st. Legal Remedy Tap Takeover. Carolina Beer Temple at Ayrsley. 12 pm-11:59 pm. 
    Join us Thursday (June, 7th) for an evening with Legal Remedy Brewing! We will be featuring several tasty beers from them including:
    -Mixed Berry Berlinerweiss
    -Lemon Drop IPA
    -World Court Blond Mocha Stout
    -Double Indemnity DIPA
    -Sequestered Blueberry Saison
    -Courthouse Cookie Brown Ale
    Discounted pints and flights will be available all day long! See you at the Temple!
  • Friday, June 22nd. Pew Pew Pew Limited Taproom Release. The Unknown Brewing Company. 5 pm. Pew Pew Pew” is an all Citra barrel sour ale with an abv of 5.8%. There will be limited production of this beer (only 80 cases), so in order to ensure that you get your hands on a can, you need to be at Unknown at 5pm on Friday, June 22nd.
    This all Citra sour ale was brewed with whole leaf Citra. It was kettle, whirlpool, hop-backed, and double dry hopped. This beer was also blended with a version that was lightly aged and soured in oak barrels. 
    “Pew pew pew” is aromatic, juicy, tart, hazy and absolutely delicious!
  • Saturday, June 23rd. Release Party: Fake Plastic Trees Hoppy Wheat! Birdsong Brewing Co. 12 pm-10 pm. We’re no strangers to innovation. That’s what THURSty THURSdays are for, right? We like to experiment with new flavors, styles, & techniques to bring you some pretty cool brews. Way back in the day we brought you the first small batch of Fake Plastic Trees, our Hoppy American Wheat. Fast forward to several years later & it’s one of Charlotte’s favorite seasonal brews! Hope you can join us for the release on SAT, 6/23! 
    Not sure what to think about a Hoppy Wheat? Try it! This tasty, hoppy wheat beer is bursting with citrus & lemongrass aromas, supported by a complementary malt backbone & a clean bitterness. A blend of Columbus, Cascade & Sorachi Ace hops bring the party to your mouth while the mellow wheat base quenches your thirst. Enjoy this delightfully distinctive ale at your cookout, your day at the lake or wherever your next adventure takes you.
    We hope you’ll join us for the release party on 6/23!
  • Saturday, June 23rd. Deconstructed Prairie Bomb! and Amelie’s Chocolate Pairing. Duckworths Kitchen & Taphouse Park Rd. 1 pm-4 pm. 
    We can’t think of a better combination – 5 Prairie Bomb! kegs paired with Amelie’s Chocolates/Pastries! 
    Amelie’s Chef on hand to speak about each dessert.
    Tickets are PRE-SALE ONLY and are $30 + tax. To purchase a ticket, visit us at 4435 Park Rd. or call us at 704.527.5783
    Tickets are very limited so get yours while you still can!
    Deconstructed Bomb! Vanilla – Caramel Chocolate Macaron (Chocolate Macaron cookie filled with caramel buttercream)
    Deconstructed Bomb! Cocoa Nibs – Mini Pecan Tart
    Deconstructed Bomb! Coffee – Salted Caramel Brownie
    Deconstructed Bomb! Chili Peppers – Cream Cheese Mousse Cup (Chocolate cup filled with cream cheese mousse)
    Prairie Bomb! – Peanut Butter Petit Four (layer cake dessert composed of Almond Jaconde, Peanut Butter Center, Chocolate Mousse, Ganache)
  • Tuesday, June 26th, OMB Beer Dinner hosted by Hickory Taven Metropolitan. Hickory Tavern Metropolitan. 6:30 pm-9:30 pm. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and Hickory Tavern are teaming up to host a beer dinner on the patio at the Hickory Tavern Metropolitan location. Enjoy some cold beer, delicious food, and great view. OMB’s top representative will be here to talk beer, while the chef will be here pairing these beers with extraordinary plates all for just $30.00! Seating is limited, so don’t miss your chance!
  • Thuesday, June 26th. NoDable Release: #instabeerbeerupCLT Anniversary Brew. Every single week, we release a brand new “NoDable” beer on Tuesday! We’re releasing #instabeerupCLT‘s Fourth Anniversary Brew! Stay tuned for the release name and info of the beer!
    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!

Throwback Thursday: Miami Brewing Co. Shark Bate

Originally posted March 16th, 2015.

One of my favorite styles of beer the Wheat beer is also the first style I tied when I was getting into beer. This style is probably one of the most popular styles out there. Well at least that is what I believe. Wheat style has a few substyles such as Dunkle, Bock, and Hefeweizen, unfiltered, and filtered. This beer before us is Miami Brewing Co. Shark Bait Wheat Beer with mango juice, 5.3% ABV. Miami Brewing Co. is a relatively new brewery. There have been around since only 2011. Miami brewing isn’t located in Miami but they aren’t to far from it in Homestead Florida. Shark Bait pours a bright gold color with an almost one finger head the really dissipates quickly. I found plenty of light streaming through the glass with lots of great carbonation bubbles. The aroma of Shark Bait is nice with a fun bubblegum scent. I guess that is the combination of wheat and mango juice. The taste is much the same with a nice bubblegum flavor with faint wheat notes and a little mango, but mostly I get bubble gum throughout. This Shark Bait Wheat Beer is refreshing with a light mouthfeel. The finish is smooth and sweet with a bubble gum flavor. The aftertaste is a little fruit with tropical mango and still bubble gum but a little lighter than before. I really enjoy Miami Brewing Shark Bait Wheat Beer It’s a solid A. I liked the mixture of wheat and mango and the bubblegum flavor that I got off it. That was great and interesting. There is nothing I could find wrong with this beer. I recommend trying Miami Brewing Co. Shark Bait Wheat Beer. Go and try it for yourself. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

NoDa Brewing Co. Dreamsicle India Pale Ale

I saw NoDa Brewing Co. Dreamsicle, India Pale Ale, 7.0% in my local grocery store and picked up a four pack. This is a local west coast style IPA from Charlotte, North Carolina and is brewed with Amarillo, Centennial, and Citra hops with a little sweetness of vanilla beans and orange peel. Dreamsicle pours a light copper color with a billowy three finger fluffy white head that leave nice lacing behind with an aroma of west coast fruit flavors with a subtle yet faint sweet note that carries you into a light yet faint sweet fruited flavor with nice west coast tropical fruits like mango and pineapple with citrus orange and little bit of grapefruit with nice hoppy noted on the back with a hoppy yet smooth fruity finish and a mild hoppy semi-sweet aftertaste with a somewhat medium mouthfeel. NoDa Brewing Co. Dreamsicle, India Pale Ale is a good beer but I didn’t get much vanilla sweetness that I was hoping for so I give this IPA a B+. NoDa Brewing Co. Dreamsicle, India Pale Ale was taste and fruit with the right amount of hop notes but would have liked more vanilla beans. Would I have this again? In a heartbeat and so should you! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Foothills Brewing Thousand Smiles Golden Ale

I haven’t had a Foothills Brewing beer in a while but I’ve seen Thousand Smiles Golden Ale, 4.4% ABV and wanted to try it. This is a relatively new beer from Foothills Brewing. I was in my local grocery store and picked up a six pack of Thousand Smiles. American Golden Ales are golden to light in color with more subtle overall character and light body than typical pale ales. They are brewed domestically and will have less body, hop, and malt character than a pale ale. Thousand Smiles pours a bright golden yellow color with a one and a half finger white quick fading head that does leave lacing behind giving you aromas of a slight sweetness with nice light malt notes and a crisp slightly sweet flavor of a somewhat light breaded note that is clean with a very light yet faint hop note towards the back of the mouth with a crisp light faintly malted finish with a clean aftertaste with a light mouthfeel. Foothills Brewing Thousand Smiles Golden Ale is a good beer and deserving of an A. As usual Foothills Brewing has brewed another great beer, and one beer that I highly recommend trying as well as any Foothills Brewing beer. This is one you can enjoy again and again without having the beer overpower your palate. This could be an everyday and/or go to beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!