Wilmington Brewing Company Beach Time Session IPA

Session mean a beer that has an easy drinking flavor and ABV, which this Wilmington Brewing Company Beach Time Session IPA, 5.4% is. Beach Time was purchased from Pop The Top Bottle Shop, and pours a gold, light orange color with a tow and a half white head. It gives pineapple, some guava, melon fruit aromas with a slight tropical hop. Smells like a tropical beach and has flavors that are similar to the nose with a hoppy tropical note up front with a tropical fruits in the middle, pineapple, mango, melon and some light guava with a growing hop flavor on the back of the mouth. Beach Time has a nice smooth fruity and lightly hopped finish and a linger tropical hop fruit finish with a light mouthfeel. This Wilmington Brewing Company Beach Time Session IPA is easy like lying on an nice beach, really refreshing and well deserving of an A+. Go and try Wilmington Brewing Company Beach Time Session IPA I will buy this again! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: NoDa Brewing Company CAVU

Originally posted September 7th, 2014.

I’ve seen more and more beer in cans recently and that isn’t a bad thing. In the past canned beer wasn’t thought of as good as the the bottled beer. People thought the materials of aluminum cans would make the beer taste funny. Now can technology has gone many times better. But canned beer can go places that bottled beer cannot. You can take can’s of beer to the beach, put them in a backpack, or in the cooler without worry, and aluminum cans don’t break when dropped. NoDa Brewing Company here in Charlotte, North Carolina makes beer in cans and here is one of their newer beers CAVU (Ceiling and visibility unlimited), 4.6% ABV, and is in a rather cool looking sixteen ounce can. CAVU pours a clear golden color with a one-finger fizzy wheat head that dissipates quickly but leaves behind minimal lacing. I found lots of light streaming through the glass with healthy amounts of carbonation. The aroma is a bit fruity with a bit of grapefruit and some oranges. There is a slight whiff of pine in the aroma as well. NoDa CAVU has a crisp taste of fruity hops, this is due to the use of west coast hops, I found there to be grapefruit and orange with hints of a piney grassy taste on the back of the mouth. I also found a buttery cracker flavor in the middle of the mouth and towards the back. CAVU has a medium to light mouthfeel with a nice hop character. This beer finishes nicely with a crisp hoppy bit and has a fruity hop aftertaste. NoDa Brewing Company CAVU gets an A, this is a good beer that doesn’t overpower your taste buds and is easy to drink as well as refreshing, and has a very cool looking can too. I enjoyed this one very much and I do highly recommend that you go and try NoDa Brewing Company CAVU for yourself. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

Here are this week’s happenings in the Charlotte, North Carolina area!

  • Wednesday, March 27th. Crowned Sparrow Co.: craftXcraft | Carry Your Beer. Legion Brewing Co. 6:30 pm=9 pm. Tickets at eventbrite.com. Get an early start to celebrating Craft Beer Week and join us at Legion Brewing to make your own custom Beer Caddy! It’s the perfect size to take home your favorite beers this week, whether it’s six bottles or two crowlers! Choose your own paints and stains, as well as from four different designs at check-out to customize your piece! Everything you’ll need to make your own beer caddy is included in this class! In this class you’ll learn:

    – Basic construction techniques for building your caddy.

    – How to work with paints and stains to get full coverage on your piece.

    – How to work with vinyl stencils to get crisp, clear lines and a sharp image!

    Legion Brewing will have their delicious craft beer on tap and available for purchase, as well as their in-house menu of tasty eats!


  • Wednesday, March 27th. NOLA Brewing Co. Release Party. Flying Saucer. 6 pm- 12 pm. We are welcoming this sought after brewery to Charlotte by tapping up some of their great beers.
    – 7th Street Wheat
    – Hoppyright Infringement IPA
    – Dreaded Sour Ale
    – Hopback Cadillac Imperial IPA
    – Wild Gose 


  • Thursday, March 28th. IPA Series Release: Gravity Rides Double IPA. Birdsong Brewing Co. 3 pm -10 pm. The IPA Series continues throughout 2019 and just in time for Charlotte Craft Beer Week we’re excited to bring you the next brew in the series: Gravity Rides Double IPA!

    Join us for this limited release brew on Thursday, 3/28/19 at 3pm!

    Mosaic | Chinook | Idaho 7
    Hop heads rejoice! We chose the brightest and best hops for this juicy, piney Double IPA. Inspired by our favorite West Coast IPA styles, Gravity Rides has strong orange citrus and pineapple aromatics with a
    hint of grassiness for a smooth, hop forward drinking experience.
    8.7% ABV

    You can expect to see a very limited amount of Gravity Rides hitting fine retail establishments the week of 4/1/19.    


  • Friday, March 28th. Catawba Brewing and Bold Rock Picnic Party & PB&J Eating Contest. Flight. 6 pm-9 pm. Do you love Peanut Butter and Jelly?
    Do you love beer?
    Help us celebrate the release of our Peanut Butter Jelly Time beer into the market at Flight Beer Garden and Music Hall.

    We will be having a PBJ eating contest starting around 7 pm, and the winner will receive an awesome prize pack presented by Catawba Brewing and Bold Rock Cider!

    Contest rules will be as follows: The person who finishes the most “Uncrustable” PBJ sandwiches in 4 minutes is the winner. All participants will receive a pint of Peanut Butter Jelly Time Brown Ale with their entry fee. Entry into this contest will be $10 (cash only, please!)

    All proceeds will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Participants and guests are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated directly to this charity.

    Come out stuff your face with PBJ and drink for a good cause!


  • Friday, March 28th. NoDa Bandito Release. NoDa Brewing Co. 3 pm-10 pm. Join us tonight for the NoDa Bandito Release Fiesta on the patio (or inside) for a few pints of our favorite Mexican Style Lager (4.9% ABV) and plenty of tacos from TIN Kitchen.


  • Saturday, March 30th. Burgers, Brews, and Buds Festival. Legion Brewing. 12 pm-6 pm. We’re kicking off Charlotte Craft Beer week with our annual Burgers, Brews and Buds Festival! The parking lot will be filled with live music, vendors, new merchandise, fresh-grilled burgers from a local farm, and of course cold beer. This is a free, family-friendly and dog-friendly (outside only) event, so bring the whole crew!

    PLUS, we’ll be releasing our new Blood Orange Juicy Jay IPA at the festival – don’t miss it!

  • Saturday & Sunday, March 30th & 31st. Triple Can Release. Wooden Robot. TRIPLE CAN RELEASE! SATURDAY 03.30.19 AT NOON
    Join us Saturday, March 30th for the Triple Can Release of Pilmatic, DDH Mosaic & Double Juice Island!

    Can Release Details:
    Pilmatic – Pilsner: $12 (+ tax)
    DDH Mosaic – Double Dry Hopped IPA: $14 (+ tax)
    Double Juice Island – Double IPA: $16 (+ tax)
    Sold in 4-packs (16oz) – No individual cans

    Sales will commence in the main bar at noon.
    * These beers cannot be consumed on premise *
    We will not be distributing these beers! Cans will be sold through our Taproom Only!
    Cans are available for pre-sale below:

    This beer will be FRESH! We will have a limited quantity of all three beers on draft. Come party with us!


  • Tuesday, April 2nd. Sour Tap TOWER Takeover. NoDa Brewing Company. 4 pm-9 pm. Our sour beers are coming back to life on Tuesday, April 2nd, in celebration of Charlotte Craft Beer Week! These brews will be taking over our sidebar for you sour beer fanatics. No tickets are required for this event!

    Here’s the line-up:

    1. Boba Brett | 6.7% ABV
    American wild ale that serves as the base beer for a number of our sour offerings. Aged for a year in oak foeders with a complex blend of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and pediococcus. With notes of tropical fruit, melon, barnyard funk, and tartness, this beer was the beginning of our sour program.

    2. Lacto Calrissian | 6.5% ABV
    Golden Sour Ale brewed with 100% local Epiphany malt, NC Triticale (hybrid wheat/rye malt), and oats. Aged in an oak foeder for a year on a special blend of Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces. Lactic tartness reigns over a complex farmhouse funk.

    3. Berliner Weisse | 3.5% ABV
    Our take on a classic Berliner, brewed with spelt and fermented on a mixed culture of Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus, giving it some barnyard funk with a tropical, fruity tartness.

    4. Welcome to the Farmhouse | 5.3%
    Farmhouse Ale brewed with spelt (an ancient grain), refermented on the blackberries and brett culture used for our Blackberry Boba Brett bottle release in 2018. Complex fruit and barnyard notes.

    5. Pour L’amour | 6.2% ABV
    Saison brewed with NC Triticale and torrefied wheat malt. Aged for a year in oak barrels on a blend of Brettanomyces. Crisp with pure farmhouse funk.

    6. Crandaddy | 6.2% ABV
    Saison brewed with Epiphany malt and aged for a year in wine barrels on Brettanomyces, then refermented on cranberry puree.

    7. Lupulin Farm | 6.2% ABV
    Saison brewed with Epiphany malt and aged for a year in wine barrels on Brettanomyces, then dry hopped with one pound per barrel each of Citra and Hallertau Blanc.

    8. Ancient Funk | 5.2% ABV
    Saison brewed with spelt, an ancient species of wheat cultivated since approximately 5000 BC. Aged for a year in oak barrels on Brettanomyces.

    We don’t host these classic sour favorites often, so we hope you are able to come by and experience this unique event. We’ll also be selling Boba Brett glasses as well as t-shirts!

Westbrook Brewing Co. Lemon Cucumber Gose

Westbrook Brewing Co. Lemon Cucumber Gose, 4% ABV is yet another variation on their delicious Gose and is brewed down in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Lemon Cucumber Gose pours a light to medium gold color with a one finger fizzy with a a head that gives you tart vegetal aromas with some nice spicy citrus notes. Flavor is good with a big quick punch of cucumber up front with a nice spiced, salted lemon in the middle with more vegetal citrus on the back with a lemon cucumber finish and a tart aftertaste that lingers with bits of lemon all with a light mouthfeel. Westbrook Brewing Co. Lemon Cucumber Gose is very interesting and well balanced all around and well deserving of an A+, it’s probably the best variation of their Gose and the cucumber and lemon and balanced very well for a refreshing beer. This is a beer I recommend trying as this is very quickly becoming my new favorite beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Beer & Chips Pairing: Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Früh Bock & Frito-Lays Ruffles Double Crunch Zesty Cheddar

Another Beer & Chips Pairing with Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Früh Bock, 6.0% ABV & Frito-Lays Ruffles Double Crunch Zesty Cheddar. Frito-Lays Ruffles Double Crunch Zesty Cheddar looks like a normal Ruffles Potato Chip but with larger more pronounced ridges and a bright cheddar cheese orange color. They do have a rather pungent cheddar aroma. These cheesy Ruffles are bold with a big cheddar flavor that flows right along with Früh Bock which mutes the faint potato flavor. I think that the Cheddar flavor is so big it would be hard for some beer to wash it out, but Früh Bock does enhance the zest cheddar big it out all over you mouth with a nice crips cheddar finish and aftertaste. Olde Mecklenburg Früh Bock pairs nicely with Frito-Lays Ruffles Double Crunch Zesty Cheddar making for a great combo and getting an A-. After on back of Frito-Lays Ruffles Double Crunch Zesty Cheddar you are a bit overwhelmed with cheddar but you also full. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Commonwealth Brewing CO. Speakeasy Hibiscus Passionfruit Pomegranate Gose Ale.

Commonwealth Brewing Co. in Virginia Beach Virginia brews Speakeasy Hibiscus Passionfruit Pomegranate Gose Ale, 5.2% ABV, which I purchased from Pop The Top Bottle Shop here in Charlotte, NC. Speakeasy pours a red color with a dark pink hue and a one finger white quickly fading head that gives off light sweet aromas that are fruity and a bit salted. Taste is sweet with a hint of a nice spicy note with hints of juicy fruits that come in the middle alongside the spicy note and stays on the back as the spice fades a bit, it’s all refreshing and easy drinking with a nice light salted fruity finish and a nice tropical flowery fruity aftertaste with a light mouthfeel. This beer is a good warm weather beer and very crushable. I give Commonwealth Brewing Co. Speakeasy Hibiscus Passionfruit Pomegranate Gose Ale an A-. I think that after three the flavor would start becoming a bit too much but it still a good Gose one that I would highly recommend, one that I will go right back too. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Trophy Brewing 90° Underneath The Palm Trees Pineapple Hopshake DIPA

Trophy Brewing Co. 90° Underneath Palm Trees Pineapple Hopshake DIPA, 8% ABV from Raleigh, North Carolina and purchased from Pop The Top Craft Beer is riding the wave of milkshake IPAs and this is brewed pineapple, Lactose Sugar, and Vanilla. 90° Underneath Palm Trees Pineapple pours a hazy pineapple juice yellow color with three and a half finger of pillowy white foam that slowly dissipates into some nice lacing, with tropical juicy aromas of sweet pineapple and citrus fruits with hints of a faint hoppy note. 90° Underneath Palm Trees Pineapple has an easy drinking taste with juicy tropical pineapple, orange citrus, with a nice sweetness and a low hoppy note on the end, that finishes tropical juicy and has an aftertaste of nice ripe sweet fruits that beckons you for another sip. 90° Underneath Palm Trees Pineapple is a really good beer that is easy drinking and refreshing. I give Trophy Brewing Co. 90° Underneath Palm Trees Pineapple Hopshake DIPA an A+. It doesn’t drink like it’s an 8% Double IPA which I highly recommend trying as this might become my new favorite! Cheers! please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Goose Island Beer Company Sofie 2014 Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale

Originally posted January 10th, 2015.

Belgian style beers are widely popular with concerning beer lovers/drinkers. They are some of the best beers in the world. I am a huge Belgian beer fan. One thing about Belgian beer is that is not just only one style, Belgium has many beer styles, such as Abby, triple, wits, browns, sours (both dark and light), Lambic, IPA, pale ale, lagers, quadruples, saisons stouts, blondes. But this beer isn’t all the way from Belgium; no it’s from Chicago Illinois from Goose Island. This is Goose Island Sofia Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale, 6.5% ABV. This Farmhouse ale is 80% Belgian style ale blended with 20% Belgian style ale aged in wine barrels with orange peel. Aging beer in barrels isn’t anything new; brewers have been doing this for a very long time. Some use bourbon barrels, some use rum barrels, and some use barrels made of different types of wood, like oak, or cedar wood. Sofie is sold in twelve ounces four packs or 750ml bottles. Sofie pours a yellow light straw gold color with a two finger bright white bubbly head. I found tons of light streaming through the glass among the many carbonation bubbles. The aroma on Sofie is a bit like old green grapes, you know when they are bit older and taste a bit tart. There isn’t much of the orange peel there but there is a bit of a faint citrus aroma though. The taste on Sofie is a little similar to the aroma with a tart green grape leaning toward a faint sour flavor, and you do get the orange peel but I didn’t find a spicy white pepper that is advertised on the label. This beer is mostly tart. The mouthfeel is light to somewhat medium and has a nice tart refreshing finish, with a nice softer aftertaste of very faint vanilla that comes from the wine barrels. Sofie is on great beer so I am giving this an A-. I found this beer complex but in a good way. Bells Oarsman is similar in taste (Oarsmen is a Berliner Weissbier) to this but not as complex and easy drinking. Sofie is still an easy drinker just not as easy. I found it refreshing as well and good to have with nice creamy cheese and meats. I highly recommend trying Goose Island Sofie! It’s a good one from a great brewery. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

Here is this week’s happening in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

  • Thursday, March 21st, Wise Man Brewing Tap Takeover. Carolina Beer Temple Charlotte. 12 pm-11:30pm. Free tickets at eventbrite.com. Wise up to one of the hottest breweries in North Carolina right now as we welcome Wise Man Brewing into the Temple! Whatever the style, few breweries bring the level of balance and skill to the craft as they do, and we want to show them off for the Queen City. After all, when the great philosophers pondered the secrets of the universe, we like to think they did it over a pint or two of beer fit for the Wise.

    -Body Electric Hazy DIPA
    -BBA Merry World Breakfast Stout (One of the only kegs in great Charlotte!)
    -Not a Role Model Dunkelweizen
    -Spring Veil Maibock


  • Friday, March 22nd. Taproom Release: SoBo Orange Hazy IPA. Blue Blaze Brewing. 4 pm-9 pm. Join us Friday for a super small, taproom-only re-release of SoBo Orangerine Hazy IPA. Heading Southbound, this 6.4% New England style hazy, juicy IPA was brewed with (in addition to water, malt, yeast, and hops) only oranges yielding a citrusy, refreshing beer.

    (No purees, extracts, or additives)

    Swing by the taproom from 4:00 – 9:00 for a pint!

    4pm Food Truck- Baltimore Crab Cake Company

    SoBo is a slang term for southbound AT thru-hikers.


  • Friday, March 22nd. Par 4 Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm. Mark your calendars for the arrival of Par 4, which will be available on tap and in cans. Join us in the taproom as early as 3pm to celebrate this wonderful time of year!


  • Saturday, March 23rd. Street Food Fest. Sycamore Brewing. 12 pm-10 pm. Join us for Street Food Fest at Sycamore!

    A Taste of Cuba with No Forks Given
    A Taste of Venezuela with Queen City Chamo
    A Taste of Latin Flavors with Chef Rays!

    Live Music from Miguel & Urban Roots and Below the Belt!

    Fresh Sycamore Beer, Wild Blossom Cider, Wine, Prosecco Pops, Frosé and more!


  • Saturday-Sunday, March 23rd-24th. OMB 10 Year Anniversary. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Sat 11 am-11 pm & Sun 11 pm-10 pm. OMB’s 10th Anniversary celebration includes live music, fun surprises, and lots of fresh, pure beer!

    The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery has been enriching the quality of life in the CLT region for ten years this March: from premium, award-winning beer to a unique, award-winning Brauhaus & Biergarten experience to partnerships with local charities, foundations, vendors, craftsmen, etc. to our team of passionate, service-minded Charlotteans.

    SATURDAY, March 23rd

    Hours: 11a-11p

    Beers on Tap: Year-round offerings Copper Altbier, Captain Jack Pilsner, and Hornet’s Nest Hefeweizen will be on tap, along with our usual Anniversary release, Anniversary Alt. “Anni Alt” is like a bigger version of OMB’s flagship Copper: rich in flavor, but with more malty sweetness and a higher ABV. Spring seasonal, Früh Bock, will also be available. Früh combines a slight malty sweetness with a refreshing touch of citrus aroma from its noble Bavarian hops.
    Southside Weiss will make an exciting appearance for those who have missed this citrus wheat brew! OMB temporarily discontinued Southside Weiss due to tank capacity restrictions, but we’re brewing a special batch for our fans to release this Anniversary weekend.
    Keep an eye out for a barrel aged release as well.

    1-4pm Thirsty Horses (the 60s to Today Rock Covers) https://www.brettmilstead.com
    5-7pm Brother Oliver (Psychic Folk Rock) http://www.brotheroliver.com/
    8-10pm Mermaid Motor Lounge (Space Cowboy Alt Rock) https://www.mermaidmotorlounge.com/

    Commemorative Glassware: Gold-leaf logo’d Das Boot (1L) available for purchase with the first fill of fresh beer included for $19.99. Limited Quantity. First come, first served.

    Fun Surprises:
    • Discovery Place Noon-4pm
    • OMB’s Inaugural STEIN HOISTING COMPETITION 2:30-4pm
    • Face Painting & Balloon Animals 3pm-5pm
    • Glow Balloons 5pm-7pm
    • Custom Caricatures available for purchase Noon-4pm

    SUNDAY, March 24th

    Hours: 11a-10p

    Beers on tap: Same as above!

    2-5pm DECARLO (DECARLO is the band featuring Tommy DeCarlo, best known for having performed with Boston since 2007. Get ready to rock!) https://www.decarlorocks.com/

    Commemorative Glassware: Gold-leaf logo’d Das Boot (1L) available for purchase with the first fill of fresh beer included for $19.99. Limited Quantity. First come, first served.

    Fun Surprises:
    • 24 Foundation 1pm-4pm
    • Face Painting & Balloon Animals 3pm-5pm
    • Custom Caricatures available for purchase Noon-4pm

    Under 21 are welcome at OMB. Pets are welcome outside in our Biergarten.  


  • Sunday, March 24th. Keg & Eggs: Brunch at the Bot! 10:30 am-3 pm. Wooden Robot Brewery. Introducing Kegs & Eggs Brunch at the Bot happening every Sunday from 10:30am to 3pm. 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!



Highland Brewing Company Pilsner

Located in Asheville, North Carolina Highland Brewing Company, Pilsner 5.5% which I got through a family member at the local grocery store. Highland Brewing Company, Pilsner pours a clear golden color with a three finger pillowy white head with sweet biscuity clean aromas with a slight hoppy note. The taste is similar to the nose with nice sweet yet lightly hoppy biscuit notes with a clean refreshing taste and a crisp refreshing finish with a faint hop note with an aftertaste that is slightly hoppier than the finish bit just slightly that lingers till the next sip all with a light mouthfeel. Highland Brewing Company, Pilsner is just an average but good craft Pilsner and I give it a B-. It drinks easy and you are done with a can rather quickly and on to another one. You should try Highland Brewing Company, Pilsner it’s worth try over and over! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!