The Beer News

here are this week’s news happing in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

  • Thursday, January 17th. Sierra Nevada Event!Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse Ballantyne. 6 pm-8 pm. Sierra Nevada swag giveaways and free beer samples!

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Resilience IPA, Sierra Nevada’s brand new Brut IPA & Sierraveza will be on tap all month. Come getcha some!


  • Thursday, January 17th. India Pale Lager Release. Catawba Brewing Co. Charlotte. 3 pm -10 pm. It’s week #3 of the passport program and we’re hopping over the lighter side of things! Get it? “Hopping?”… Well, even if you don’t get our cheesy dad joke, you’ll still love this smooth and slightly hoppy India Pale Lager. Stop by your local Catawba tasting room for a pint and the password!


  • Friday, January 18th. Small Batch Release. Ced Clay Ciderworks. 3 pm-11 pm. This month’s small batch is a play on the classic drink, Gin & Juice; juniper, coriander, OJ and lime semi-dry.


  • Friday, January 18th, NoDable Release: Dr. Juice’s Hops on Pop. 3 pm-10 pm. Each month, we release several brand new brews as part of our “NoDable” Series on Fridays. This week’s brew is our Dr. Juice’s Hops on Pop. A Juicy IPA brewed with Citra, Mosaic and Summit hops, making it a hoppy and citrus forward beer. We’re thrilled to note that the malt in this brew comes from two local NC companies. The base grain is a 2-Row grain — called Carolina Gold — from Carolina Malt House, Inc. (grown just 30 miles from our brewery)! Additionally, this brew utilizes Epiphany Wheat malt from Epiphany Craft Malt.

    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!


  • Saturday, January 19th. Lenny Boy Raw Bar “Pop-Up”. Lenny Boy Brewing Co. 3 pm-5 pm. Join The Waterman at Lenny Boy Brewing Co. for a FREE Raw Bar “Pop-Up” on Saturday, January 19th from 3pm-?

    Enjoy FREE Oysters on the half shell (till they run out) from The Waterman, delicious craft beer and kombucha from Lenny Boy.

    We will have live music from Ezra Root, tons of swag and giveaways!

    Pepperbox Doughnuts and Glory Days Apparel will also be onsite from 3-6pm!

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


  • Saturday, January 19th. Beer Garden Brew Pup Day! Sycamore Brewing. 12 pm-10 pm.
    Bring your pups, your family and friends and join us for our first Beer Garden Brew Pup Day! We’ll have dog merchandise and treats from local vendors, $1 off your first beer if you bring your pup, free dog toys with any pint of Sycamore Beer purchased, Live music, Gyro Twins Truck and more!馃嵒馃惗

    Take a photo of your pup using #BeerGardenBrewPup in the Sycamore Beer Garden for a chance to win a $50 Sycamore Gift Card!馃帀

  • Sunday, January 20th. Sugar Creek Raw Bar “Pop-Up”. Sugar Creek Brewing. 4 pm-6 pm. Join The Waterman at Sugar Creek Brewing for a FREE Raw Bar “Pop-Up” on Sunday, January 20th from 4-6PM.

    Enjoy FREE Oysters on the half shell (till they run out) from The Waterman, delicious brews from Sugar Creek, games, swag, and giveaways!

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


  • Sunday, January 20th. Bots N’ Beans Chilli Cook-Off. Wooden Robot Brewery. 1 pm-3 pm.
    Bring on the Beans! Join us for our 1st Chili Cook-Off on Sunday 01.20.19! Sample various Chili recipes and cast your vote for the best! Every medium and large Beer purchase gets you a ticket to cast a vote! One winner will receive a gift basket worth over $100 of WRB merch, gift cards, and prizes from your favorite local spots!
    Think your Chili has what it takes to win the competition? Submit the form – – – >

    This is a FREE EVENT!
    $1 off all Medium Brews ALL DAY LONG.

    #BeansNBots Come Party!

  • Monday, January 21st. Beer and Chocolate Pairing with Potts Chocolate. Pilot Brewing. 5 pm-8 pm. Why do beer and chocolate go so well together? One reason is that they share two fundamental flavors — bitter and sweet. With beer the bitterness comes from hops — this flower is one of beer’s basic ingredients; and the sweetness is derived from natural sugars in the malted cereal, which is another one of the ingredients. But beer is more than just bitter or sweet. Spice, vanilla, caramel, fruit, smoke, coffee, nuts, citrus, and floral are amongst the hundreds of flavors that tasting experts have noted in beer.

    Join Pilot as we team up with Potts Chocolate to guide you through a world of chocolate and beer. Through a pairing of four beers and four chocolates, learn how chocolate is a champion at coating the mouth, and how beer is very efficient at cleansing the palate at the same time as complementing or contrasting flavors.

    Guided by our Certified Cicerone庐, Rachael Hudson, and Chocolatier of Potts Chocolate, Blair Potts. Did you know that Blair Potts was one of the original founders of the first craft brewery in Connecticut? There is no better pair to lead you through the craft chocolate and beer world.

    Please visit Pilot Brewing, or call, to purchase your ticket today!

    Two sessions will happen at 5pm and 7pm. Seats are limited to 15 per sessions. Tickets are $20.

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 Jam贸n Ib茅rico Spanish Ham

This is a new bi-weekly segment pairing a different beer with different potato chips. I have this week paired Quillo Chips Jam贸n Ib茅rico 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 Jam贸n Ib茅rico 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 Jam贸n Ib茅rico 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 Jam贸n Ib茅rico 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鈥檛 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鈥檝e had is excellent. I highly recommend that you seek out Taddy Porter and all Samuel Smith beers. You can鈥檛 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 What鈥檚 the only thing better than beer? Beer and cheese! With this in mind, we are working with Charlotte鈥檚 own Orrman鈥檚 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.聽 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 Whitewater presents Craft Dinner, a winter dining series at River鈥檚 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


  • 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鈥檚 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鈥檚 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.聽


  • Saturday, January 12th, Charlotte Brew’d Tapping: Coffee Blonde and Porter.聽 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!

Throwback Thursday:

Some beers are harder to find than others and that could be due to where that beer brewery is located or that they just do not distribute beer out of their local area and/or state. That could be cost or other reasons. Some beers might just be a seasonal release and some seasons are shorter than others, like fall. Well, I came across a seasonal brew from The Unibroue brewery in Canada, Raftman, 5.5% ABV, a Belgian Pale ale brewed with Peat smoked Whisky malt and also brewed with spices. Unibroue Raftman is brewed in memory of those bygone masters of the forest who were always amenable to settling their differences over ale and a shot of whiskey. I always enjoy Unibroue鈥檚 labels, they are always very interesting and they look like they tell some sort of story. Raftman pours a copper brownish slightly murky color with a big three and a half rocky white head that sticks around for a good while and fades into some nice white lacing. I found minimal light coming through the glass with little carbonation due to the murky like coloring. The aroma has the slightest smoky malt scent with a little yeast. The taste on Raftman is smoky like the aroma but just enough to let you know that there are smoked whiskey malts. I also get a little bit of a pepper spice on the middle of the mouth that really goes well with the smoked whiskey malts, and really lifts it taste up. On the back of the mouth, I get some nice slightly sweet vanilla flavors. The mouthfeel is full bodied with some richness to it, but not a lot. Raftman has a nice smoky finish that lingers into a nice slightly spiced and smoked aftertaste. This is a really an interesting take on a Belgian Pale Ale, I give Unibroue Raftman A+. I really like the smoked whiskey malts on this beer. They really did it well, it isn鈥檛 overdone or strong and it鈥檚 easy to drink. I highly recommend trying Unibroue Raftman, so go out and get some of it and try it. 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 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鈥檚 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 馃嵒

    Saturday, Jan 5th

    Free live music from 3 – 6pm with聽The Lazy Birds聽馃幐

    The Hunter’s Wife聽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 Our customers loved Epic鈥檚 Big Bad Baptist. They really loved Epic鈥檚 Big Bad Baptista. They went absolutely nuts for Epic鈥檚 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鈥檚 right, for one night only we will be tapping all three of this year鈥檚 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鈥 wait for it鈥 Epic


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

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


  • 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庐, 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.聽


  • 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聽Foothills Brewing
    -Export Stout from聽Ponysaurus Brewing

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

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

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