Beer & Chips Pairing: Allagash Brewing Tripel & Frito-Lay Simply Organic Doritos White Cheddar

Another Beer & Chips Pairing is here with Allagash Brewing Tripel 9.2% ABV & Frito-Lay Simply Organic Doritos White Cheddar. I have previously reviewed Allagash Tripel and will be posting that review as a Throwback Thursday review this Thursday. These White Cheddar Doritos are light yellow/orange/white hue with spice flecks on them that give you a sharp cheesy, light corn tortilla aroma. Taste of these White Cheddar Doritos is good with a nice sharp Cheddar and mild corn tortilla flavor, but when you add Allagash Tripel it washes out or cleanses your pallet of the Dorito flavors. You just get the yeasted bold flavor of Allagash Tripel. This pairing of Allagash Brewing Tripel & Frito-Lay Simply Organic Doritos White Cheddar is a C. Separately they are good but together they aren’t that good, average at best. I think a lighter beer would pair better with Frito-Lay Simply Organic Doritos White Cheddar than Allagash Brewing Tripel. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Omnipollo Oaxaca Mango Margarita Slush IPA

From Omnipollo Brewing in Stockholm, Sweden, Oaxaca Mango Margarita Slush IPA, 6.5% ABV, brewed with Lactose Sugar, Mango, Lime, Grapefruit & with vanilla added. Oaxaca Mango Margarita Slush IPA pours a yellow color with a three finger steady fading white head with fruity aromas of mango, grapefruit with a nice sweet note. Oaxaca Mango Margarita Slush IPA taste has a nice similarity to the aroma with nice grapefruit and mango with a piney sweetness on the front of the mouth and on the middle with a bitterness that start in the middle of the tongue and grows as it washing to the back and finish with nice bitter fruits and piney with a bitter grapefruit, mango aftertaste and a medium mouthfeel. Ominpollo Brewing Oaxaca Mango Margarita Slush IPA was a little more bitter than I though it was going to be but still a good beer, and I give it a C+. Oaxaca Mango Margarita Slush IPA is slightly better than average but the bitter piney flavors took over the fruity sweetness muddling them a bit. The fruity flavors that I did taste weren’t bad they were just not as forward tasting or as predominant. I would have Ominpollo Brewing Oaxaca Mango Margarita Slush IPA again and yeah you should try it for yourself. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Southern Pines Brewing Company Peach Mango Thief Fruited New England IPA

I see more and more of the New England Style IPA or hazy IPA’s out there. This Southern Pines Brewing Company Peach Mango Thief New England IPA, 6.5% ABV and an IBU of 20, which is brewed in Southern Pines North Carolina brewed with loads of Lactose and oats, then dry-hopped with Azacca and Citra hops. Conditioned on Peach and Mango Purée, vanilla beans and coconut. Peach Mango Thief pours a darker yellow color with a three finger white head with nice retention that gives off tropical fruit aromas of peach and mango with a nice sweetness and with touches of faint bitter hop notes. Taste is much similar to the nose but you get the coconut and vanilla beans with you peach and mango with a little mild hop note coming in towards the back of the mouth that finishes with a nice tropical sweetness with a faint hop note that gives you a tropical aftertaste that lingers a bit with a medium mouthfeel. Southern Pines Brewing Company Peach Mango Thief New England IPA hits the nail on the New England IPA head, it’s got a really nice tropical fruit flavor with a lower bitterness and a nice flow of sweetness that make for a refreshing beer, one that gets an A. Peach Mango Thief is not overly sweet, it has just enough to meld with the tropical fruits as well as the coconut. So if you haven’t had Southern Pines Brewing Company Peach Mango Thief New England IPA then leave right now and go try it! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Miami Brewing Co. Shark Bait Wheat

Originally posted March 16th, 2015

One of my favorite styles of beer the Wheat beer is also the first style I tied when I was getting into beer. This style is probably one of the most popular styles out there. Well, at least that is what I believe. Wheat style has a few substyles such as Dunkle, bock, and hefe, unfiltered, and filtered. This beer before us is Miami Brewing Co. Shark Bait Wheat Beer with mango juice, 5.3% ABV. Miami Brewing Co. is a relatively new brewery. There have been around since only 2011. Miami brewing isn’t located in Miami but they aren’t too far from it in Homestead Florida. Shark Bait pours a bright gold color with an almost one finger head the really dissipates quickly. I found plenty of light streaming through the glass with lots of great carbonation bubbles. The aroma on Shark Bait is nice with a fun bubble gum scent. I guess that is the combination of wheat and mango juice. The taste is much the same with a nice bubble gum flavor with faint wheat notes and a little mango, but mostly I get bubble gum throughout. This Shark Bait Wheat Beer is refreshing with a light mouthfeel. The finish is smooth and sweet with a bubble gum flavor. The after taste is a little fruit with tropical mango and still bubble gum but a little lighter than before. I really enjoy Miami Brewing Shark Bait Wheat Beer It’s a solid A. I liked the mixture of wheat and mango and the bubble gum flavor that I got off it. That was great and interesting. There is nothing I could find wrong with this beer. I recommend trying Miami Brewing Co. Shark Bait Wheat Beer. Go and try it for yourself. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly

The Beer News

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

  • Wednesday, April 10th. Highland Brewing Barrel-Aged Cold Mountain Tapping. Duckworth’s Kitchen and Taphouse Park Rd, Charlotte. 6 pm-8 pm. Highland Brewing Barrel-Aged Imperial Cold Mountain Tapping!!
  • Swag giveaways, beer samples and a special tapping of Highland Brewing Barrel-Aged Imperial Cold Mountain!!
  • Highland brews on tap all month:


  • Friday, April 12th. Beer Release: NoBoS Milkshake IPA. Blue Blazing Brewing. 4 pm-9 pm. Join us for a super small, taproom-only release of NoBoS Milkshake IPA. Heading Northbound, this 5.9% milkshake style IPA was brewed with lactose, oats, and galaxy hops producing a full, rich beer with citrus & passionfruit notes.
  • Swing by the taproom from 4:00 – 9:00 for a pint!
  • 5pm Food Truck- Bayou Betty
  • NoBo is a slang term for northbound AT thru-hikers, and there A LOT of them!


  • Friday, April 12th. Cheese & Cider Pairing. Red Clay Cider Works. 7 pm-8:30 pm. Tickets $19 @ Red Clay Ciderworks and Orrman’s Cheese Shop are joining forces to bring you a sensational night of cheese and cider pairings!
  • Cider maker Jay Bradish and cheese expert Rachel Klebaur will be on hand to walk you through four different pairings, each with their own delectable panache.
  • Seating for this event is limited and regularly sells out, so don’t wait to purchase your ticket!
  • Ticket holders please check in at the bar upon arrival.


  • Saturday, April 13th. 4th Annual Pints for Paws Charity. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery 12 pm-6 pm. Tickets free @ Pints for Paws Charlotte will benefit The Live.Wag.BARK! Foundation. The LWB Foundation is a private non-profit, charitable organization located in Charlotte, NC. The mission of the foundation is to educate pet owners on responsible pet ownership.
  • There are many organizations around the world helping animals in need, but that does not solve the problem. The LWB Foundation partners with local animal rescues and shelters, city animal control and pet businesses to show pet owners how to build a bond with their pet, understand their behavior and give them the tools they need to help their pet live a long, happy and healthy life. Visit to find out more about how we accomplish our mission.
  • The 4th Annual Pints for Paws Charlotte will include:
  • Raffled prizes
  • Pet Focused Giveaways
  • Dog contests
  • Local Business Vendor Fair
  • Music
  • Puppy Kissing Booth
  • Dog Photobooth
  • Silent Auction
  • Dog Adoptions
  • Location:
  • The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
  • 4150 Yancey Rd
  • Charlotte, NC 28217
  • The event will take place in the OMB Biergarten from 12-6p. The OMB Biergarten is a popular place for dogs and their owners to hang out while enjoying other socialized pups and local craft beer. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery was the first microbrewery in the Charlotte area. With 8 acres of space, the Biergarten is an ideal place for families to eat, friends to meet and pets to enjoy some downtime with their owners. On a busy Spring Saturday, this Biergarten is occupied by 2,000+ people with seating for over 1,500 at once.
  • Vendor Registration is with open on January 10th, 2019. Early Bird Registration ends February 13th, but there are limited spaces! Registration at
  • Email us at for more information.


  • Sunday, April 14th. Spring Oyster Roast by Birdsong and Rappahannok! Birdsong Brewing Co. 1 pm-4 pm. Spring is upon us and we’re celebrating with an Oyster Roast! Our friends from Rocksalt Charlotte are bringing the oysters and the steamers down from Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC and Rocksalt Charlotte will be onsite serving up their delicious oysters! Buckets of steamed/roasted oysters will be $15 & RockSalt will be shucking raw oysters to order for $15 a dozen!
  • We hope you can carve out a few hours from your busy schedules to relax with a few pints of delicious local beer and enjoy some super fresh oysters sold by the bucket! This event is family friendly, so all are encouraged to join!
  • 4/14/19 1-4 PM.


  • Monday & Tuesday, April 15th-16th. Founder’s Barrel-Aged KBS Tap Release. Hickory Tavern Ballantyne. 12 am. We’re tapping the highly anticipated Kentucky Breakfast Stout on April 15th! Founders Brewing Company describes KBS as an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. This beautifully aged limited release stout carries an 12.2% abv.
  • Each Hickory Tavern in North Carolina will tap only one keg on April 15th and will sell an 8 oz pour for $8.00. Try your bourbon barrel-aged chocolate coffee stout while it’s available!
  • To learn more about the limited release, watch the video here. 



Burial Beer Co. Ulfberht Baltic Porter with Juniper

I like the Burial Beer Co, beers so while I was shopping at Pop the Top Bottle Shop I picked up Burial Beer Co. Ulfberht Baltic Porter with Juniper, 7.8%, brewed with German and British malts, then fermented with Juniper, and traditionally lagers. Ulfberht Baltic Porter pours a jet black oil color with a one and a quarter finger beige head that does leave behind some spotty lacing with aromas of Chocolate sweetness and roasted malts with a faint berry note. The taste is not to far off form the nose of Ulfberht Baltic Porter, there is the roasted sweet chocolate flavor with a faint minty beery on the back of the tongue that comes to a nice sweet roasted finish with an chocolate juniper berry aftertaste with a medium/full. This hits the make on how I feel about Burial Beers, Burial Beer Co. Ulfberht Baltic Porter with Juniper is definitely a A+. I found it to be just the right mouthfeel and well brewed and balanced Baltic Porter, one that highly recommend and one will be back too. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Hopfly Brewing Co Tablebanger Hazy Pale Ale

Purchased Hopfly Brewing Company Tablebanger Hazy Pale Ale, 5.4% ABV from Pop The Top Bottle Shop. Hopfly Brewing Company in Rocky Mount, North Carolina brews this hazy New England pale ale with Citra and Waimea hops. Tablebanger pours a darker yellow/orange juice color that is hazy with a tight two finger white head with fruity sweet piney aroma, found citrus fruits, oranges, and grapefruits on the nose. Taste in goos with nice amounts of mellow citrus fruits, oranges and grapefruit with a nice pine note washing over the middle of the mouth with a hoppy note on the back with a nice citrus fruit finish that is a little bitter a piney and a slight linger of orange and grapefruit on the aftertastes with a lighter almost medium mouthfeel. I have never really seen a hazy New England Pale Ale before which is interesting and is very crushable and easy with a good refreshing quality that gets a B. The citrus flavors are good but could be turned up a bit to make them stand out but are still good in this beer anyhow. It’s a good beer and I think this is a good take on a Pale Ale, and I also think this would be a super awesome IPA, but I see why Hopfly Brewing Company Tablebanger Hazy Pale Ale is not an IPA. There are too many already this is something different but not too different. I recommend Hopfly Brewing Company Tablebanger Hazy Pale Ale, it’s a good one. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Victory Brewing Company Home Grown Dry-Hopped Lager

Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown Pennsylvania brews Home Grown Dry-Hopped Lager 4.8 ABV, which I purchased from their newer brewery here in Charlotte, Brewers at 4001 Yancey which is cooperation with Southern Tier Brewing Company, and they also have Sixpoint Point Company brand portfolio. Home Grown is brewed with Azacca, Citra, and and Mosaic whole flower hops. Home Grown pours a golden hue with a one finger bright white head that fades a bit quick with hoppy crisp aromas that are slightly citrusy with a taste of orange and grapefruit with a hoppy note towards the back of the tongue with a faint crispness and a little bitter finish that is juicy with grapefruit and orange. Aftertaste doesn’t stay like with it hopped citrus fruit notes with a light mouthfeel. This is a crushable beer, you can just pound this with now mouth fatigue. I give Victory Brewing Company Home Grown Dry-Hopped Lager a B+. I enjoyed it this well brewed hopped lager, and you should too. It’s good for a hot after yard work and such, but I would’ve like the lager side of this to be turned up a notch but it was otherwise good. This would be a beer worth going back too. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Oskar Blues Brewing Mama’s Little Yella Pils

Originally posted February 6th, 2014.

Canned beer is making a popular comeback these days. Can are a little more versatile than bottles. You can take cans of beer on a picnic with have to worry about what to do with a whole glass bottle. Can stay colder longer than a bottle, and are easier to transport. Plus can are much easier to open and recycle. There are number breweries that can beer and there are some that only can their beer. Oskar Blue Brewery is on that only cans all their beer. Originally started in Lyons Colorado, and recently built a brewery/taproom in Brevard North Carolina. So depending on what part of the USA you are would determine which brewery you beer comes from. Here is on of Oskar Blue’s year round offering, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, 5.3% ABV, a Czech Pilsner. Mama’s Little Yella Pils pours yep you guessed right, a yellow, light gold color with a big rocky three finger foamy bright white head that seem to stay forever, and from thick foamy lacing around the glass. I found decent amounts of light streaming though a healthy amount of carbonation bubbles. The aroma on Mama’s Little Yella Pils is a little breaded with nice pale biscuit scents. The aroma is altogether big and bright. The taste is clean, crisp, and easy drinking with nice clean breaded biscuit flavors. As the beer becomes a bit warmer the German Specialty and Saaz hops shine through. The mouth feel is light and crisp, with a clean refreshing finish. The after taste is just a pinch of a very faint hoppy taste with a nice semi faint biscuit flavor. Overall this is a wonderful, refreshing, clean, crisp, and easy-drinking pilsner! Oskar Blue’s Mama’s Little Yella Pils get an A+ here. I really can see this beer as an everyday beer. Mama’s Little Yella Pils is one well-crafted Pilsner, and I like the fact that it’s in can, that’s a little different. So I do highly recommend Mama’s Little Yella Pils. So go out and try Mama’s Little Yella Pils and see what you think of it! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

Here are this week’s happenings in the Charlot, North Carolina Area.

  • Wednesday, April 3rd. April Pints for Purpose. Wooden Robot Brewery. 4 pm-10 pm. 2 days after April Fool’s Day? 😬 That’s right, this month’s Pints for Purpose fundraiser will be at Wooden Robot Brewery ( so make plans to visit another one of the great ones in the Charlotte area.
    We will be there with a table set up selling some goodies, handing out tons of info on what our goal is and there will be a bunch of sweet raffle prizes to be had!
    Twisted Eats will be there for all your beer infused menu items for dinner so add it to your 2019 Pints for Purpose calendar.
    Ok… as always click GOING or INTERESTED so you get the reminders and updates and be sure to INVITE your pals to make this a fun one!
    Be sure to check their website out too and sign up for their newsletter and check out all their unique beverages! ❤️🐻


  • Wednesday, April 3rd. Crafty Food Truck at Sycamore Brewing. 4 pm-9 pm. Join us at Sycamore Brewing this spring & summer!


  • Thursday, April 4th. Seasonal Release:  Sunshine Gose! Birdsong Brewing Co. 3 pm-10 pm. Spring is upon us and we are excited to release our Spring Seasonal, Sunshine Gose! Hope you can join us for the release of draft and cans on Thursday, 4/4/19!

    Soak up some rays with our Sunshine Gose, a deliciously tart brew ideal for breezy afternoons and hanging out with good friends. Sea salt and coriander add a touch of brightness while notes of lemon provide a juicy tang for a clean and refreshing drinking experience.



  • Friday, April 5th. Can Release *Riding Down Rodeo Drive* Juicy Double IPA. The Unknown Brewing Company. 6 pm-10 pm. Join us April 4th as we release a delicious Double IPA dry hopped twice with some super juicy and aromatic hops. We will have 16oz cans for sale as well as some LA rap tunes until 7 followed by live music. Cans are limited so come by and try this tasty beer! Food by Passport Dough & Co.


  • Friday, April 5th. NoDable Release: Loch Norman Scottish Ale. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm. Each month, we release several brand new brews as part of our “NoDable” Series. This week’s brew is our Loch Norman Scottish Ale sitting at 4.8% ABV.

    Join us to celebrate the upcoming 2018 Loch Norman Highland Games with this Scottish 60 shilling. This full-bodied and malty beer will surely get you in the festival spirit. While you are here enjoy a special live performance by the Loch Norman Pipe Band right on our tap room patio!


  • Saturday, April 6th. Strawberry lemonade Gose Can Release. Sycamore Brewing. 10 am-10 pm. Tart and Refreshing, this Whimsical Sour Wheat Beer is brewed with Ripe Strawberries, Lemon Zest and a hint of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt!


  • Saturday, April 6th. Can Release: Alpine Lente Maibock. Blue Blaze Brewing. 2 pm-9 pm. We are releasing Alpine Lente Maibock in cans for the first time in an exclusively small batch! Outside of the available kegs, we will only can one round in the amount of roughly 20 cases.

    Like a springtime alpine meadow, our traditional golden spring German-style bock comes across with very subtle floral and spicy notes from German noble hops, a mild Vienna malt backbone, and finishes fresh and clean. At 6.yeahbaby %, it does the trick.

    Live Music – TBD
    Food Truck – Wild Dog Hot Dogs