Beer and Chips Pairing: Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño & Birds Fly South Ale Project The Blueprint IPA

The Cape Cod brand of potato chips has been around for as long as I can remember and these are Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño which I paired with a recent beer review Birds Fly South Ale Project The Blue Print IPA 6.5% ABV. Now for future reference if you are going to have spicy food and you’d like to have a nice beer with it you can’t go wrong with an IPA. These Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño chips look much like your average chips but with little bits of green Jalapeño bits sprinkled on top T.he hops in this fruity IPA, The Blueprint complements the sweetness that hit you tongue quickly upfront then the hops do cut the Jalapeño spice in the middle which then the fruitiness of the beer blends nicely with the spicy finish of these Cape Cod chips. The hops profile of an IPA does blend well and keep the spiciness of spicy food down a bit. This was a good pairing a B+, the sweetness was minimal and there was more of the Jalapeño flavor they than anything else but was still good and went nicely with Birds Fly South Ale Project The Blue Print IPA, which is a great IPA. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Lagunitas Brewing Company & Short’s Brew Passion Grass West By Mindwest

Purchased Lagunitas Brewing Company & Short’s Brew Passion Grass North By Midwest, 4.6% ABV from the local Harris Teeter grocery store. Passion Grass North By Midwest is a pale ale and pours a yellow color with a bright one finger white head that gives off very faint hop aroma with sour, tart grassy aromas that then lead into a bitter, sour, fruity lemon, tropical, grassy, flavor that finishes with a tart bitterness and a fruited tart bitter after taste with a light mouth feel. Lagunitas Brewing Company & Short’s Brew Passion Grass North By Midwest is not good I give this a F+. The tart sour flavor do not blend well with the bitterness of the pale ale. No it’s not good, it taste more like fresh fruit that has gone past it ripeness and is spoiling. No I don’t recommend that you try Lagunitas Brewing Company & Short’s Brew Passion Grass North By Midwest, it is bad but I did finish my twelve ounces and I will not go back to it! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Birds Fly South Ale Project The Blue Print IPA

Birds Fly South Ale Project The Blue Print IPA, 6.5% purchased from the local Winestore is brewed not far in Greenville, South Carolina with Citra, Centennial, and Mosaic hops with a touch of Guava purée. Birds Fly South Ale Project only brews different variations of the IPA. The Blue Print IPA pours a deep yellow nearly orange color with a one and a half finger of nice white head with juicy tropical fruits aromas coming off it with a nice little hop note that lead to a juicy tropical fruits flavor with pineapple, guava, very faint grapefruit with hints of melon and a semi-creamy hoppy bitter note towards the back of the mouth with a nice tropical fruit finish and a nice slightly bitter tropical fruit aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Birds Fly South Ale Project The Blue Print IPA is just a tropical fruit bomb the way I really like my IPA and this IPA is well deserving of am A+ all the fruity flavors meld with the hope notes for a well balanced IPA that is awesome and flavorful and one I highly recommend trying and one that I will come back to again and again. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. Death Wish Nightmare India Pale Ale

Originally posted on November 15th, 2016

I like coffee and I like beer, so naturally, I would like coffee beer, and yes that would be correct cause I do. Most coffee beers are dark beers like stouts, porters, or brown ales. But this beer from Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. in Saratoga Springs New York brews Death Wish Nightmare India Pale Ale, 6.8% ABV. Death Wish Nightmare uses Death Wish coffee. If you haven’t had Death Wish Coffee then you are really missing out, and Death Wish Coffee is from Round Lake, New York nearby. It is good strong coffee, the strong kind of stuff you grandpa would say it’ll be hair on chest boy! This is an IPA brewed with whole Death Wish coffee beans. Death Wish Nightmare pours a light copper color with a five-finger fluffy slightly off-white head that stays for days. The aroma is like your smelling strong rich coffee being brewed on the other side of the kitchen. There is a slight earthy note there are well with a bit of an ash-like scent. Taste is roasted coffee upfront with a little ashy flavor in the middle with a bitter citrus pine on the back. The mouthfeel is medium with a nice ashy coffee finish that has a good bitter IPA and bitter coffee aftertaste. This is one balanced beer between the malts of the IPA and the coffee flavors. I say that Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. Death Wish Nightmare India Pale Ale is an A. I have never had a Coffee IPA before, and most coffee beer that I’ve had have been dark stout or porter. This was really good. I recommend that you try this beer and Death Wish Coffee! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly

The Beer News

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

  • Wednesday, February 6th. Hacker-Pschorr 1 Liter Stien Night. Flying Saucer Charlotte. 7 pm-10 pm. Buy the beer, keep the 1 liter Stein. First come, first serve. Weather should be perfect to enjoy a patio beer


  • Thursday, February 7th,  Burial Tap Takeover. Carolina Beer Temple. 12 pm-11:30 pm. Tickets by Burial is kind of a hot brewery right now. If by kinda hot, you mean blazingly hot with the fire of a thousand suns. And it is easy to see why. Fantastic beer after a fantastic beer is always a good thing, and the guys over at Burial never fail to deliver. So we have invited them to come in from the cemetery and into the Temple, to share some of their best brews with our incredible congregation.



  • Thursday, February 7th. Blueberry Chocolate Wheat Ale Release. Catawba Brewing Charlotte. 3 pm-10 pm. It’s just as delicious as it sounds…



  • Friday, February 8th. Almost Heaven Release! The Unknown Brewing Company. 6pm. Come out Friday, Feb. 8th as we get ready for Valentine’s day with this sensual beer! Made with decadent berries and creamy white chocolate! You will think you were Almost in Heaven. Thanks to our brewers for being good sports for the label!! Available in 16oz cans and kegs.
    We will also have amazing and romantic keyboard music and indulge yourself in lemon and raspberry macarons from Le Macaron French Pastries Charlotte !!!



  • Friday, February 8th. Sally’s Rosemary Saison Pilot Batch Release. Triple C Brewing Co. 4 pm-10 pm. A blend of Belgian and French yeasts provide an earthy and slightly peppery taste that compliments the late addition of rosemary in this highly drinkable Saison.

    100% of the proceeds will go to help Sally Moore on her quest for a new liver. Please consider a donation here if you can’t make it to the brewery!

    Bleu Barn Bistro has dinner covered!


  • Saturday, February 9th. Strawberry Seduction – Can Release. Lenny Boy Brewing Company. 11 am-11 pm. Strawberry Seduction is making its return just in time for Valentine’s Day. We use cold-pressed strawberries to unveil a sweet and tart flavor profile in this sour ale. Come by the Taproom on Saturday, Feb 9th and be the first to try our seducing strawberry sour. It’s sure to steal your heart.

    Strawberry Seduction will be available in 4-packs and on draft at the Taproom. We will also put some of this sour in distribution around North Carolina and South Carolina.  


  • Saturday, February 9th. Food Truck: Queen City Sliders. Blue Blaze Brewing Co. 12:30 pm-6 pm. A local food truck serving the greater Charlotte area.
    Queen City Sliders is a new and exciting food truck hitting the Charlotte area. We specialize in delicious old fashioned sliders and waffle tots!


  • Sunday, February 10th. Food Truck: Cousins Maine Lobster Co. Blue Blaze Brewing Co. 1 pm-5 pm. Cousins Maine Lobster serving up fresh and authentic Maine seafood!


  • Sunday, February 10th. Kegs & Eggs: Brunch at the Bot! The Wooden Robot Brewery. 10:30 pm-2 pm. Introducing Kegs & Eggs Brunch at the Bot happening every Sunday from 10:30am to 2pm. Get $5 Mimosas or hook up one of our beers with a shot of juice for a Beer-mosa! If your a bloody mary fan try a Michelada, our house lager with a shot of tomato juice.
    Expect brunch menu items from Twisted Eats by Kre8 like:
    Beer Cheese & Biscuits
    From scratch buttermilk biscuits, country ham, farm fresh egg over easy, Chef Rob’s OG beer cheese
    Shrimp & Grits
    Blue cheese & cheddar grits, blackened shrimp, Tasso ham gravy, crispy onions
    Avocado Egg Toast
    Farm fresh egg sunny side up, sliced tomato, avocado mash, wild mushrooms, micro cilantro
    Stuffed French Toast
    Hazelnut mousse, sliced banana, maple syrup, chantilly cream

    $1 off all Medium Beers ALL DAY LONG!


Allagash Brewing Company Black Belgian-style Stout

Allagash Brewing Company Black Belgian-style Stout, 7.5% ABV purchased from my local Total Wine is from Portland Main with 2-Row Malted Barley blend, Black malt, Oats, Torrified Wheat, Chocolate Malt, and roasted barley with Northern Brewer and Glacier hops, dark caramelized Belgian candy syrup and Belgian Pal yeast. Allagash Black pours black with a thin one and a half beige head giving off a coffee aroma with chocolate roasted malts that lead to a flavor of sweet roasted coffee with chocolate malty notes with a slight bit roasted coco hitting the back with a roasted coco finish and slightly lingering aftertaste of chocolate roasted malts with a slightly full mouthfeel. Allagash Brewing Company Black Belgian-style Stout is not such a heavy beer it leans more on the lighter side and gets a B+. It has a great balance of flavors between the chocolate, the coffee, and the roasted notes. Allagash Brewing Company Black Belgian-style Stout is one that is worth trying and on that, I would love to have again. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2018 Dark & Stormy Vintage

Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2018 Dark & Stormy, 11.1% ABV comes in a box which I found and purchased from my local Total Wine, and this beer is a Barleywine style beer is according to the brewery is a mashup of Helldorado and Velvet Merkin and aged in Jamaican rum barrels with a touch of hand-zested lime and ginger. Dark & Stormy pours a deep brown color with a one and a half finger off white head that quickly fades into itself giving off boozy rum aromas with faint vanilla with lime and ginger following it, that then takes you into a strong boozy taste with faint vanilla coconut with the ginger and some lime coming through with a nice boozy rum ginger and lime finish that is on the stronger side, with an aftertaste of faint ginger lime and the higher alcohol with a fuller mouthfeel. Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2018 Dark & Stormy is good but not the best, the higher alcohol content being more present in the beer hold in down a bit giving it a C+, just above average. It’s not the worst beer I’ve, but I am not a big fan of barleywine style beer, they are okay at best and tend to be over the stronger side with a fuller alcoholic flavor. The ginger and lime where okay and faint and the rum barrel was predominant through most of the beer, and keep other flavors faint. But I sort of recommend Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2018 Dark & Stormy because it’s a somewhat interesting take on the Dark & Stormy cocktail and I might come back to it, even if it was ten bucks of twelve ounces. But it was kind of worth it! Cheers! please enjoy responsibly!