Burial Beer Co. The Prayer Belgian Blonde With Apricots

Burial Beer Co. The Prayer Belgian Blonde with Apricots, 6.2% ABV from Asheville North Carolina which I purchased here in Charlotte from Pop the Top Bottle Shop, this beer uses raw wheat from Carolina Ground and more than 800 pounds of Apricots to brew this Belgian Blonde. The Prayer Belgian Blonde with Apricots pours a medium and somewhat murky orange color with a two finger wheat head that steadily fades into itself with decent lacing left throughout the glass giving off slightly sharp fruity tart aromas with some sour notes that lead into a crisp, tart, fruity, sour taste with some sweet touches coming through with a yeast note on the back of the mouth with a tart fruited somewhat light sour finish and a tart apricot aftertaste that linger with a bit of a tart sweet and sour vibe to it with a medium mouthfeel. I have come to like all of Burial Beer Co. beer and this does not disappoint it is an A. Everything going on in this beer is well balanced and well brewed and as a little similarity to a light Saison beer, which they also do well. I highly recommend trying Burial Beer Co. The Prayer Belgian Blonde with Apricots it not overly tart or sour, just enough so you know that the sour/tart fruit is there. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Paring Beer and Potato Chips: Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Captain James Jack Pilsner and Quillo Jamón Ibérico Spanish Ham

This is a new bi-weekly segment pairing a different beer with different potato chips. I have this week paired Quillo Chips Jamón Ibérico Spanish Ham flavor with Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Captain James Jack Pilsner, 4.8% ABV. Captain James Jack Pilsner is a German-style Pilsner from Charlotte North Carolina and this style of beer pairs well with both Spanish style Ham and potato chips. Quillo Chips from Sevilla Spain are yellow with crispy toasted edges with a big Somme aroma with some saltiness with a smoky, salty crispy flavor that pairs well with the crisp Pilsner beer of Captain James Jack. Captain James Jack Pilsner washes some of the smoky flavors out leaving a mild salted note and as the crisp Pilsner hits the back of the throat the smoky flavor rises back and continues on with the crisp finish of Captain James Jack Pilsner and the same for the aftertaste with a salted smoked ham aftertaste. Overall Quillo Chips Jamón Ibérico Spanish Ham flavor are good chips with a nice complement of smoky ham flavor to the salty chip and with Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Captain James Jack Pilsner it really pairs well with it because Jamón Ibérico Spanish Ham can be paired with any good Pilsner beer, the Pilsner doesn’t overpower the hams smoky flavor and compliments the crispy salted flavor. Quillo Chips Jamón Ibérico Spanish Ham flavor is an A grade chip and paired with Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Captain James Jack Pilsner make this pairing a B+. Solid paring but this Pilsner does take away from the smokey ham flavor in the middle but does come back on the end and aftertaste keep this pairings grade relatively high. This new segment will return in two weeks with another Pairing, Beer, and Chips. Cheer! Please enjoy responsibly!

Birdsong Brewing Co. Good Feeling Fruited Kettle Sour

Picked up Birdsong Brewing Co. Good Feeling Fruited Kettle Sour, 5.6% ABV from Pop the Top Bottle Shop here in Charlotte, North Carolina. Birdsong Brewing Co. Good Feeling Fruited Kettle Sour is brewed with cranberries and oranges, pours a light orange color with a one finger fizzy quickly fading white head that gives off tart fruity aromas with a bit of a sweetness hitting your nose that then takes you to a tart, sweet orange flavor with some nice tart candy like flavors with hints of a bit of sourness with a fruity tart semi sweet finish and a orange and faint cranberry after taste with a bit of sourness with a light mouthfeel. Birdsong Brewing Co. Good Feeling Fruited Kettle Sour overall is a good sour beer I don’t get to much of the cranberries but I g et more orange off this beer. I’d say that this Birdsong Brewing Co. Good Feeling Fruited Kettle Sour is an B+, it has a lot of similarities to most of the kettle sour beers out now but it still a good beer, but it just taste like a good sour beer nothing really outstanding with this beer but very good non the less. It is however a beer that I recommend you should try and one that I would definitely have again and could probably drink a few in one sitting. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Samuel Smith Brewery Taddy Porter

Originally posted on August 5th, 2013

Nothing is more of an English beer than a porter. The style originated in England. This particular porter is Samuel Smith Taddy Porter, 5.0% ABV (Taddy meaning Tadcaster). I love the fact that this porter is such a lower ABV. Most American porters are much higher in ABV. Taddy Porter pours a very dark color, black, with huge three finger rocky creamy beige head that stays and stays till the pint is nearly gone.  The head does leave behind nice sticky lacing. When held to the light the edges of this porter are a murky brown. I found very small amounts of light coming through under the head, and could see any carbonation bubbles. Taddy Porters aroma is of big roasted notes with a little chocolate there as well. The aroma reminds me of fresh coffee beans a little. The taste on Taddy Porter is roasted and rich with a nice tangy sweetness that is a little like chocolate and semi coffee like. This beer also has dryness to it. The mouth feel is full yet rich, with a dry and yet roasted like finish that leads into a wonderful semi sweet roasted aftertaste. I can’t say enough about how great Samuel Smith beers are, this one is so great. Taddy Porter is getting A+ from me. Just a well crafted English Porter, and it 5.0% ABV, that really had to the greatness of this porter. Samuel Smith is my favorite brewery right now, and I just think that this Taddy Porter is excellent. I have had almost all their beers except for three, and I everyone I’ve had is excellent. I highly recommend that you seek out Taddy Porter and all Samuel Smith beers. You can’t go wrong! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

Here are this week’s new’s and events happening in the Charlotte, North Carolina Area.

  • Thursday, January 10th. Honey Pie Double IPA Release! Birdsong Brewing Co. 3 pm-10 pm. It’s no secret that our Honey Pie Double IPA is often referred to as “Heaven in a glass.” In this limited release brew, a solid malt foundation is complemented by a generous amount of locally harvested honey from Cloister Honey, and you guessed it… HOPS! Our unique blend of hops will deliver you aromas of honeydew and grapefruit, and will have you pouring the second beer before you’ve finished the first!

    Join us for the release of Honey Pie Double IPA on 1/10/19! CANS and draft will go on sale at 3pm!

    ***Limit will be one case per customer, this is subject to change based on availability.


  • Thursday, January 10th. Cheese Pairing with Orrman’s Cheese Shop. Carolina Beer Temple. 5 pm-11 pm. Tickets at eventbrite.com. What’s the only thing better than beer? Beer and cheese! With this in mind, we are working with Charlotte’s own Orrman’s Cheese Shop to bring you a spread of some of the finest cheeses the world over, paired with some of the choicest beers from across the globe. Tickets are only $20 for some of the finest cheeses and beers the world over. Rest assured that your taste buds will not want to miss this!

    -Aarewasser Trappist-Style Cheese w/ Orval
    -Etxegerai Sheep’s Milk Cheese w/ OMB Bauern Bock
    -Stompetoren Aged Gouda w/ Sugar Creek Bier de Garde
    -Stilton w/ Scratch Basil IPA


  • Friday, January 11th. Beer Release: Muddy WatersBrown Ale. Blue Blaze Brewing.  4 pm-9 pm. Blue Blaze Brewing is re-releasing a taproom favorite, Muddy Waters American Brown Ale (5.0% ABV) in draught! This is an American brown ale that is a copper & medium body with medium roasted malt caramel-like aromas and flavors and zippy hop bitterness.

    Food Truck – The Plated Palette

    Swing by the taproom from 4:00 – 9:00 for a pint or growler to go!


  • Friday, January 11th. River’s Edge Craft Beer Dinner featuring NoDa brewing. The U.S. National Whitewater Center. 6:30 pm-9 pm. Tickets at usnwc.org. Whitewater presents Craft Dinner, a winter dining series at River’s Edge. Featuring four courses that are uniquely off-menu, Craft Dinner tailors each course to the taste profile of four different beer samples from a local or NC-based brewery. A representative from the featured brewery will share palate notes for the culinary pairings.

    January 11 features NoDa Brewing Company. View the evening’s menu and register at usnwc.org/relax/adventure-dining/rivers-edge-craft-dinner/


  • Saturday, January 12th. Beer Release Blowout. Legion Brewing Commonwealth Ave. 12 pm-11 pm. We are kicking off the new year by tapping FIVE beers this Saturday, January 12th at Noon! Enjoy pints, or get a flight of all five for $10.

    Farmers First Coffee Company will be on site from Noon-2PM with samples of coffee, and Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company will be here from 2-5PM with samples of some of their most popular juices and some fun swag!

    Beer Lineup:

    Against the Current (Winter Saison) 7.1% ABV / 20 IBU
    Medium-amber malt, Lithuanian farmhouse yeast, and a hefty 7.1% ABV lend a warm spice note to this Winter Saison, balanced by a subtly tart finish from 125 pounds of black currants.

    Natalie’s Tangerine IPA (Tangerine IPA) 6.9% ABV / 75 IBU
    Citrus-forward West Coast style IPA with pronounced bitterness balanced by a roundness from Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company and a dry, refreshing finish leaving you wanting another drink

    The Orange Chick (Hoppy Saison) 5.5% ABV / 20 IBU
    This hoppy farmhouse ale was carefully hopped with Citra and has notes of orange peel, vanilla, and a Witbier-like citrusy aroma

    Emiliano’s Andean Bock (Coffee Bock) 5.8% ABV / 20IBU
    Brewed for the cold bite of winter and brewed in collaboration with our friends at Farmers First Coffee Company, this dark, malty beer has notes of toffee, and hints of chocolate and hazelnut

    Brown Paper Bag (American Light Lager) 4.4% ABV / 15 IBU
    Classic American Light Lager served as cold as the Appalachians. Brewed exclusively with North Carolina grown malt and non-GMO grits from our friends at Old School Mill. 


  • Saturday, January 12th, Charlotte Brew’d Tapping: Coffee Blonde and Porter.  Brewers at 4001 Yancey 12 pm-2 pm. Join us for the tapping of our Charlotte Brew’d Victory Coffee Blonde and Southern Tier Porter!

    Enderly Coffee will be here to sample and talk about the roast used in the Coffee Blonde and we’ll have some fun giveaways.


  • Sunday, January 13th. Red Clay Raw Bar “Pop-Up”. Red Clay Ciderworks. 3 pm-5 pm. Join The Waterman at Red Clay Ciderworks for a FREE Raw Bar “Pop-Up” on Sunday, January 13th from 3-5PM.

    Enjoy FREE Oysters on the half shell (till they run out) from The Waterman, delicious cider from Red Clay (including a Small batch release of “Pirate’s Bae”: a semi-dry cider infused with lemongrass, ginger, wasabi, and lemon zest), and giveaways!

    Tag a friend, mark your calendar, and prepare for a great time!


Anheuser-Busch Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager

I received Anheuser-Busch Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager, 6.2% ABV for a Christmas gift. Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager is aged with Jim Beam oak staves, and Budweiser uses them in the brew kettle rather than transferring the beer to a Jim Beam Barrel, and uses Two-row barely before the addition of the oak. Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager pours a deep copper almost red color with a little one finger bubbly beige head, giving off big sweet sticky vanilla aromas with a very faint smokey note that leads in to a very sweet sticky taste of some vanilla with light caramel and very faint smoke flavors with a very faint light smokey sweet sticky finish and a sweet aftertaste with a lighter mouthfeel. I see what Budweiser’s going for with Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager, the other bourbon barrel aging of a beer is popular and they are trying to cash in on that wave of popularity but I think that the base beer gets a little bit lost and the outcome is an overly sweet beer that after two pints the flavor of Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager would become too much on your taste buds. I give this a D+. The flavors it did have were okay at best but overall it really didn’t taste like a bourbon barrel aged beer, more like an amber lager with a sweetness to it. I mean if you are an average beer drinker that wants to try a bourbon barrel beer but are a little intimidated by the bourbon barrel aged craft beers out there then Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager might be a good beer for you to start out with. I don’t see myself having this soon but I might have this in the future. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Thursday, January 3rd. Founders Tap Takeover. Carolina Beer Temple. 12 pm-11:30 pm. Tickets at eventbrite.com Founders has become one of the most recognized craft breweries in the US, and it is easy to see why. Nearly every beer, regardless of style, that they brew is among the best on the market. As such, we are excited to host them for an evening, to give our customers a chance to sample some of the fantastic beer that they are turning out. What better way to give up your New Year’s resolution than to do it with great beer, and even better company, right here at the Temple


    -Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS)

    -Backwoods Bastard Scotch Ale

    -Trigo Hoppy Wheat Lager

    -All Day IPA


  • Saturday, January 5th. Lenny Boy Q and Brew. Lenny Boy Brewing Co. 11 am-11 pm. Q & Brew is a monthly event at the Lenny Boy Taproom. The first Saturday of every month we have Live Music, New beer and kombucha releases, and fun vendors on-site. And of course, local BBQ smoked on-site 🍻

    Saturday, Jan 5th

    Free live music from 3 – 6pm with The Lazy Birds 🎸

    The Hunter’s Wife will be smoking up some amazing BBQ all-day.

    Pulled Pork Sandwich
    Mac and Cheese
    Southern Braised Collard Greens


  • Saturday, January 5th, BIGGEST BADDEST BAPTIST. Carolina Beer Temple. 12 pm-11:30 pm. Tickets at eventbrite.com. Our customers loved Epic’s Big Bad Baptist. They really loved Epic’s Big Bad Baptista. They went absolutely nuts for Epic’s Quad Barrel Baptist. We might have to lock the doors if they find out that we will be tapping all three in the same night.

    That’s right, for one night only we will be tapping all three of this year’s Baptist variants at the same time! What better way to kick off the new year than with one of the most acclaimed and sought-after beer series of 2018.

    It will truly be… wait for it… Epic


  • Monday, January 7th. BeerSavvy Boot Camp. 12 pm-4 pm. Sugar Creek Brewing. Tickets at ciceron.org. Boost your beer IQ and prepare for the Certified Beer Server exam with this fun, and interactive class put on by the Cicerone® Certification Program—the leaders in beer service certification and training.

    BeerSavvy BootcampDuring this class you will:
    • Learn the difference between taste and flavor
    • Taste different types of malt
    • Smell hops from the US and Europe
    • Taste and study six foundational beer styles
    • Experience the spectrum of flavors found in beer
    • Understand the common variations that occur in beer styles
    • See how other styles relate to the core six
    • Learn how to talk about the flavor of beer with customers
    • Participate in creating flavor descriptions for six classic beers
    • Review proper beer service for bottles and draft
    • Learn how to spot a dirty beer glass from across the room

    Participants also receive a short book of readings and resources to help them prepare for the Certified Beer Server exam. Combined with the class, this book will prepare individuals to take the exam and join the ranks of more than 100,000 beer professionals who have achieved this certification. (Note: the cost of the class does not include the exam.) 


  • Monday, January 7th. Beer Education – Off Flavor Class. Pilot Brewing. 4:45 pm-7:45 pm. Taste the flaws in beer when proper care is not taken, learn how they form and how to control them in your fermentation. Join our Advanced Cicerone®, Jen Blair, as she guides you through a set of four off-flavors commonly found in beer.


    LIMITED SEATING IS AVAILABLE – Ticket will be sold day of the event, for the same price, if any room is available. 


  • Tuesday, January 8th. Stout Week. Bold Missy Brewery. 10 pm. We don’t know about you, but here at the Bold Missy Brewery, we LOVE stouts – especially during the colder months! We’ve selected eight awesome NC breweries to showcase during our first ever Stout Week!

    Each day during the week, we will put two of these very special beers on tap. If by chance they don’t kick on their assigned day, any remaining beers will be available on Saturday the 12th. So, what we’re basically saying is that if you see something you want, you better come to try it when you can!

    -Dead and Berried Imperial Stout from Foothills Brewing
    -Export Stout from Ponysaurus Brewing

    -Midnight Summit Vanilla Milk Stout from Highland Brewing Company
    -Three Paw Chocolate Hazelnut Porter from Granite Falls Brewing Company

    -Jelly Donut Imperial Stout from Hi-Wire Brewing
    -Joymongers Breakfast Stout from Joymongers Brewing Co.

    -Impending Grace Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from Four Saints Brewing Company
    -Attack Position Imperial Stout from Crank Arm Brewing Company