Gizmo BrewWorks Coffee Stiletto Stout

I picked up Gizmo BrewWorks Coffee Stiletto Stout, 6.1% ABV and 31 IBU from the local Total Wine here. This is a coffee version of Gizmo BrewWorks Black Stiletto Stout but with a double shot of Ethiopian coffee from Benelux. The beans are slowly roasted and added directly to the beer. Coffee Stiletto Stout pours a semi-thick black color with a two finger beige head that fades into a one finger head with aromas of roasted coffee with nice notes of strong espresso. Coffee Stiletto Stout has a roasted coffee flavor with a malted espresso note towards the middle of the tongue that picks of faint smokey notes as it hits your throat with a nice espresso coffee finish and a roasted raw coffee bean aftertaste with a nice full mouthfeel. Now Gizmo BrewWorks Coffee Stiletto Stout isn’t what I would call the best, I’ve had better versions of Coffee Stouts, some that are creamier with a fuller coffee flavor, this had more of a milder coffee flavor which gets it a C+. I don’t find this bad, I would say Gizmo BrewWorks Coffee Stiletto Stout is more of a drinkable Coffee Stout but not what you really look for in this type of beer style. I would go back to this but not soon and not one I would one hundred percent recommend Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Beer & Chips Pairing: Ponysauras Brewing Don’t Be Mean To People Golden Rule Saison & Cape Cod Sea Salt & Vinegar

My favorite potato chips are Salt & Vinegar. This is Beer & Chips Pairing: Ponysauras Brewing Don’t Be Mean To People Golden Rule Saison, 6.0% ABV & Cape Cod Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips, and a paring of A review of Ponysauras Brewing Don’t be Mean To People Golden Rule Saison, will be coming soon. These Cape Cod chips are light yellow with slight burn crisp edges and have an oily salted vinegar aroma with a nice full vinegar flavor that is complemented by the sea salt. Ponysauras Brewing Don’t be Mean To People Golden Rule Saison does wash out some of the vinegar but compliments the sea salt but the strong mouthfeel of this Ponysauras beer doesn’t help the flavor of these sea salt & vinegar chips. They do pair well with this Saison but I think that a more traditional Saison would have been a better choice, whereas this Ponysauras Saison is not so traditional to the Saison style. I give this is Beer & Chips Pairing: Ponysauras Brewing Don’t Be Mean To People Golden Rule Saison, 6.0% ABV & Cape Cod Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips a C+. It’s just slightly above average. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Westbrook Brewing Company Fruit/Wood/Time Passionfruit Rum Barrel Finish

This Westbrook Brewing Company Fruit/Wood/Time Passionfruit Rum Barrel Finish, 6.6% ABV is part of the breweries Fruit/Wood/Time series, this particular beer is a blend of mix fermentation sour beer from two oak foudres. The blend is racked into six 400 liter Barbados rum puncheons and refermented with passionfruit for six months before bottling according to Westbrook. Passionfruit pours a bright yellow with a quickly fleeing thin one finger white head. The aroma is tropical fruity, tart/sour bright with some light alcoholic notes with a sour/tart tropical fruity flavor with some rum notes on the back of the mouth and finishes with a big mouth puckering sour note and a tropical fruit and rum aftertaste. Now I don’t think you need to have more than just one, a lot of sour flavor going on in this beer. I don’t dislike this beer but I wouldn’t say I love it, it’s interesting and different. With that said Westbrook Brewing Company Fruit/Wood/Time Passionfruit Rum Barrel Finish is a C. Towards the end of the bottle it slowly becomes too much flavor but okay. I think It needs more sweetness to balance it out. If you think this sounds interesting like I did then by all means go and try Westbrook Brewing Company Fruit/Wood/Time Passionfruit Rum Barrel Finish. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Unibroue Brewery Raftman

Originally posted August 29th, 2014

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’s 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’t overdone or strong and it’s 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 happenings in the Charlotte, North Carolina area!

  • Wednesday. April 24th. Sycamore Beer Dinner @ The King’s Kitchen. The King’s Kitchen. 6:30 pm. Tickets at Join The King’s Kitchen for a beer dinner in collaboration with Sycamore Brewing! Chef Phil Barnes will be serving a five-course meal inspired by five of the best beers in Charlotte. We will be pouring a beer pairing with each course so you can see why Chef Phil was inspired. A representative of Sycamore will be talking about each beer and we will tell you about the food and why it was paired with the beer. Tickets are all inclusive! No need to worry about tax or gratuity, we will take care of that for you. Tickets are limited and are on a first come first serve basis.


  • Wednesday – Sunday. April 24th – 28. NC Beer Month Celebration. The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte. 11 am-11 pm.  Tickets at ballantynehotel.comEnjoy 50% of all North Carolina beer in April at The Royal and Gallery Restaurant.


  • Thursday, April 25th. IPA Series Release: In Bloom IPA. Birdsong Brewing Co. 3 pm-10 pm. The IPA Series continues throughout 2019 and we’re excited to bring you the next brew in the series: In Bloom IPA join us for this limited release brew on Thursday, 4/25/19 at 3 pm! With fragrant floral notes and hints of tropical citrus, In Bloom IPA will have you feeling like you’re walking through a field of sunshine and flowers. Bright and refreshing with a slight haze, we’re highlighting the abundant Loral, Azacca, and Centennial hops used so you get a bouquet of aromas and flavors with each sip.
    6.5% ABV Draft and cans will go on sale in our taproom on 4/25 at 3 pm. You can expect to see a very limited amount of In Bloom hitting fine retail establishments the week of 4/29/19.


  • Friday, April 26th. Sal’s Paradise Saison Release. Triple C BrewingCompany. 4 pm-10 pm. This year’s release of Sal’s Paradise Saison.
    Belgian Saison yeast gives this ale a dry fruity character. We brewed it with Carolina Malt this year and a touch of Sorachi Ace hops.


  • Saturday & Sunday, April 27th-28th. Louisiana Spring Fest. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. 10 am-11 pm. Pinch Some Tails at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s Louisiana Spring Fest!OMB’s 9th Annual Spring Fest: Cajun food, music & culture + fresh beer Let the good times roll at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s Ninth Annual Louisiana Spring Fest on April 27 & 28. OMB has three premier events each year: Weihnachtsmarkt, Mecktoberfest & Louisiana Spring Fest. But, something about Spring Fest really captures Charlotteans’ attention…“There’s something special about drinking beer, eating mudbugs and listening to banjos under the warm spring sun or in the shade of our massive Biergarten trees,” says OMB’s founder, John Marrino. “New Orleans is a special place where crawfish and beer are a spring tradition. Louisiana Spring Fest is the best way to celebrate that tradition and the spirit of NoLa’s ‘bons temps’ culture right here in Charlotte.” Like previous years, the festival will focus on authentic Louisiana cooking. Guest chef and Louisiana native Brett Harris returns — boiling fresh crawdads flown in overnight direct from the bayou. Other staples include mouthwatering jambalaya, boiled shrimp, red skin potatoes and corn on the cob. The Biergarten will be strewn with ready-to-wear Mardi Gras beads, while Cajun, Bluegrass and Jazz music fills the air all day. This year’s band lineup:  SATURDAY Jazz Revolution: 11a-2p CLT’s six-piece jazz and soul band – Carolina Gator Gumbo: 3p-6p A locally famous Cajun/Zydeco band – Book Club: 7p-10p Indie Folk Americana SUNDAY
    Jazz Revolution: 11a-2p
    CLT’s six-piece jazz and soul band

    Carolina Gator Gumbo: 3p-6p
    A locally famous Cajun/Zydeco band

    The Local Boys: 7p-10p
    Features Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Dobro and Mandolin Fresh crawfish should be accompanied by fresh beer, we’ll have plenty. Year-round offerings Copper Altbier, Captain Jack Pilsner, and Hornet’s Nest Hefeweizen will be on tap. Plus, OMB’s spring seasonal Munzler’s. This Vienna Lager can be described as a wonderful combination of Copper & Mecktoberfest, slightly sweet with hints of graham cracker. Southside Weiss will make another exciting appearance for those who have missed this citrus wheat brew! Due to the overwhelming response at our Anniversary Party, we decided to brew another special batch for our fans to release on April 26th. Don’t miss out on our newest tradition: The Stein Hoisting Competition. We will hold the competition on Saturday afternoon. OMB’s Director of Brewing Operations, Dave Martin: “All OMB beers are brewed using only four ingredients: water, malt, hops, and yeast in strict accordance with the world-famous German beer purity law of 1516, the Reinheitsgebot. Our creativity is not restrained by Reinheitsgebot but refined by it. The number of combinations from just these four ingredients is endless. We hope you’ll join us for pure beer in several delicious varieties at this year’s Louisiana Spring Fest.”
    The event will be up on Facebook very soon. Prost! MORE ABOUT THE OLDE MECKLENBURG BREWERY
    Founded in 2009 in Charlotte, NC, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery believes in delivering fresh, local beer and adhering to Germany’s oldest beer purity guideline, known as the “Reinheitsgebot”. Four beers are available year-round and at least 9 others make seasonal and holiday appearances — always delivered in refrigerated trucks to preserve freshness and meet the demands of ultra-premium beer consumers. OMB is one of only nine craft breweries included on the Inc. 5000 list, and the only one in North Carolina. The Brewery has received numerous regional and international medals in North America and Europe. OMB was also named Best Brewery Tour in the country by the readers of USA Today and receives many accolades for its multi-acre Munich-inspired Biergarten, which seats over 1,000. For more information, visit or @oldemeckbrew on social media.


Stillwater Artisanal Action’s Bronson’s 7000 Dry-Hopped Sour Ale with Muscat Grapes

From Oslo Norway Stillwater Artisanal Action Bronson’s 7000, 5.0% ABV is a collaboration between Stillwater Artisanal and rapper, celebrity Action Bronson and is a dry-hopped sour ale brewed with Muscat Grapes, yeast, wheat, and barley. 7000 pours a light orange color with a thin one and a half finger white head that quickly fizzy away giving off slight musty grape aroma with sour notes following it. The flavor is light with a dry musty grape sour note with some citrus notes fading in with a nice tart sour citrus grape finish with a tart citrus aftertaste that kings till the next sip, with a light mouthfeel. Stillwater Artisanal Action Bronson’s 7000 is very easy drinking, crushable with just enough flavor to get the dry-hopped sour beer point across your taste buds. I found that this is like a fruit wine and that’s not a bad thing, I give Stillwater Artisanal Action Bronson’s 7000 an A. This is one of those beers for when you want something, a beer, that isn’t beer and 7000 is going to really fill you up as some beer do. It’s light on filling. I would recommend Stillwater Artisanal Action Bronson’s 7000 and will be having this many more times. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Burial Beer Co. & CRAK Brewery The End is Never Near Session IPA Collaboration

I first had Burial Beer Co. & CRAK Brewery The End is Never Near Session IPA, 4.2% ABV on tap Pop The Top Bottle Shop, so a few days later I picked up a four pack. This is a collaborative between Burial Beer Co. in Asheville, North Carolina and CRAK Brewery in Campodarsego, Veneto Italy. The End is Never Near Session IPA is brewed with barley and oates, double dry-hopped with a bounty for Citra and Vic’s Secret. The End is Never Near Session IPA pours a hazed yellow color with a thick three finger white head that fades in icebergs and a thin halo, giving you nose sweet juicy citrus fruits, orange and grapefruit which the taste follow with citrus fruits, juicy orange and juicy grapefruit with a nice oat sweetness that has a little hoppy bitterness and finishes a little bit bitter with a nice citrus note and a bitter juicy fruit aftertaste that has a little tiny sour note on the end with a light mouthfeel. Burial Beer Co. & CRAK Brewery The End is Never Near Session IPA is easy drinking and very refreshing with great fruity flavors and just enough sweetness with the right amount of hoppy bitterness that is an A. This beer is like fresh citrus juice that I recommend you try. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Hopfly Brewing Co. The Jalapeño Saison Style Ale

I love a good pepper beer, one that is well brewed. I heard about this Hopfly Brewing Co. The Jalapeño Saison Style Ale, 6.5% from the own of Pop The Top Bottle Shop. So I pick up some. The Jalapeño Saison pours an orange hue with a quickly fleeting three finger white head that does fade but sticks around giving off Jalapeño pepper spices with a faint lemon note. Taste follows the nose with a nice hit of Jalapeño heat a little light lemon note with some Belgian yeast flavors flowing in on the back to the tongue that finishes with a little Jalapeño heat and the same Jalapeño on the aftertaste that fades a little but not completely with a medium mouthfeel. Hopfly Brewing Co. The Jalapeño Saison Style Ale has a mild heat to it which tells me that Hopfly takes out some of the Jalapeño seeds but not all. The seeds of the Jalapeño pepper is what has the heat. This beer is good but I think that three of these is enough and I give this a B-. Good but the Jalapeño flavor really masks a lot of the other flavors but it’s good. I really didn’t get much of the the Saison flavors, just the Jalapeño. So if you like Jalapeño beers then try tHopfly Brewing Co. The Jalapeño Saison Style Ale. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Allagash Brewing Company Tripel Ale.

Originally posted June 21st, 2015

The Belgian-style Tripel Ale actually stems from part of the brewing process; in which brews use up to three times the amount of malt than a standard Trappist “Simple.” These Tripel Ale tend to have a higher than average ABV percentage, and are generally bottled-conditioned. This means that the beer is bottle with a little bit of yeast; this means that the beer/yeast is still fermenting the sugar. There might be sediment in the bottle. Allagash Brewing Company in Portland Maine brews in the Belgian-style. This is Allagash Tripel Ale, 9.0% ABV, and it comes to this blog from BrewPublik ( Allagash Tripel Ale pours a golden hue with a bright fluffy one and a half finger head that fades quickly into decent lacing. I found some nice amounts of light stream through the glass and there was a nice stream of carbonation bubbles racing from the bottom to the head. There are notes of apples, pears, and faint green grape with honey on the aroma. You can really get a sense of the higher ABV as well as the yeast too. The taste is crisp up front with a fruity apple and pear, and then in the middle you get more of a yeasted note with a slight alcohol flavor that becomes stronger as this beer warms. You get a stronger yeasted alcoholic flavor in the back. But overall it does have a more bubbly taste to it. Allagash Tripel has a medium to almost full mouth feel and a crisp but strong finish with an after taste of a yeasty apple/pear that lingers with a nice alcohol sting. This is a really great beer as much of Allagash beer is. This Tripel Ale is an A+. It is exactly the definition of Belgian-style Tripel Ale. Some Tripel Ales tend to have too much carbonation or not enough yeast characteristics and fall short of being a great beer. But not Allagash Tripel Ale, I highly recommend trying it! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

Here are this week’s news and happenings in the Charlotte, NC area!

  • Wednesday, April 17th. Brewery of the Month Wicked Weed. World of Beer Epicenter. 8 pm-11 pm. Wicked Weed will be giving out swag and pouring up pints at World of Beer Wednesday 17th of April. 5pm-8pm.
    Trivia will start at 8:15pm.


  • Thursday, April 18th. Imperial Red IPA Release. Catawba Brewing Company Charlotte. 3 pm-10 pm. REDiculous lovers rejoice! This small batch Red IPA will be similar to the old REDiculous IPA that we used to brew! Hoppy and a little malty. Yumm!


  • Friday, April 19th. New Belgium Pint Night. Brixx Wood Fired Pizza Blakeney. 5 pm-7 pm. Time for a Pint Night featuring everyone’s favorite, New Belgium Brewing!

    New Belgium drafts will be $4 a pour and, as always, we’ll be slingin’ complimentary NB glassware and swag.


  • Friday. April 19th. True Grit Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 2 pm-10 pm. This beer’s got grit…True Grit. Join us for the release of True Grit on Friday, April 19th, at 3 pm.

    This Southeastern Style IPA, sitting at 5.5% ABV, replaces the heavy mouthfeel of adjunct grains found in Northeastern IPAs with a staple from the South… grits. This grain adds a clean, crisp finish to compliment the intensity of the Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, Centennial and Chinook hops. (8lbs of hops per barrel).

    Enjoy this brew and TIN Kitchen while you’re here! Don’t forget to take seconds with you (four-packs and crowlers will be available).


  • Saturday, April 20th. Flat Brim Hazy IPA 4/20 Can Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 12 pm-10 pm. We are letting the dank juice loose on Saturday, April 20th with our Flat Brim IPA returning on draft and in cans for the first time. This Hazy IPA was brewed with ridiculous amounts of Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops!

    We have two bands joining us to celebrate on the patio.

    Toleman Randall from 1-4ish followed by
    Wicked Powers from 4-7ish

    Queen Hemp Company will also be joining us on the patio to educate folks about their natural, high quality, affordable health, and wellness products for you and your pets! They will have products for sale too. More info on the first farm licensed and certified to grow and produce Industrial Hemp in Charlotte, NC under the 2014 Agricultural Bill can be found here –

    Golden Cow Creamery will be here with delicious craft Ice Cream, including the Flat Brim Hazy IPA ice cream.

    New Wrap Order will be here too!


  • Saturday, April 20th. Beer Release: Magic Bus 142 Schwarzbier Black Lager. Blue Blaze Brewing. 12 pm-10 pm. We are super excited to re-release Magic Bus 142 for the first time in a couple years. Magic Bus 142 Schwarzbier Black Lager (4.8% ABV) is a dark German lager that is light in body and has subtle coffee/roast and chocolate notes. If you love easy drinking lagers with a roasty backbone, then you are going to love Magic Bus 142!

    Swing by the taproom from 12:00 – 10:00 for a pint, or growler or keg to go!

    Food Truck- Wild Dog Hot Dogs
    Music – TBD


  • Sunday, April 21st. HAPPY EASTER!


  • Monday, April 22nd. Bee(r) Dinner. Free Range Brewing. 6:3- pm-9 pm. Tickets at $45. Join us at Free Range Brewing to enjoy a four-course honey bee inspired menu all paired with Free Range beers in an effort to raise awareness to the issues facing some of our most important pollinators.

    Free Range Owner/Brewer Jason Alexander will be joined by Chef/Owner of Heirloom Restaurant and fellow beekeeper Clark Barlowe along with representatives from the Mecklenburg County Beekeepers Association to host this one night only dinner.

    The menu is below, beer pairings will be updated as they are brewed. Tickets are $45.

    Free Range Brewing Bee(r) Dinner
    April 22nd, 2019

    1st Course
    Flower Power Salad
    Chef Foraged Flowers, Orrman’s Cheese Shop Parmesan Reggiano, Propolis Vinaigrette
    Pairing: Seasonal Free Range Beer

    2nd Course
    Beeswax Cured Yellowfin Tuna
    NC Chili Sauce, Fair Share Farm Baby Fines Herbs, Hickory Nut Oil, Crispy Red Onion
    Pairing: Seasonal Free Range Beer

    3rd Course
    Garlic Crushed Potatoes, Honey-Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Fermented Honey-Bison Jus
    Pairing: Seasonal Free Range Beer

    4th Course
    Honey Water Sponge Cake
    Crispy Rose Petals, Quince Blossom Syrup, Fermented Honey Ice Cream
    Pairing: Seasonal Free Range Beer

    Dietary restrictions we receive 72 hours in advance will be accommodated to the best of our ability

    Get your tickets here!


  • Tuesday, April 23rd. Mother Earth Food Pairing. Heist Brewery. 6 pm-9 pm. What? You thought Mother Earth was only doing beer? Nope
    We have teamed up with Mother Earth Spirits to offer a Food Pairing dinner, utilizing Mother Earth Spirits in different cocktails, along with some of our beers, because we don’t want to miss out on ALL the fun. Ambassador Heather McGillicuddy and Distiller Daniel Safley will be here to speak with everyone about their lineup and answer any questions people may have. They also will be bringing menu cards for guests to take home and make their own Mother Earth cocktails!

    Tickets for this event are $60, covering a 5-course menu that includes food and drinks. The menu will be announced next week with pairings.

    For tickets to this, please email