Westbrook Brewing Company Yu Zuper Nice Rice Lager Brewed with Yusuf Juice

You probably haven’t heard of a Yuzu fruit. Well, Yuzu is a citrus fruit similar to the Kaffir Lime and looks like a small yellow grapefruit. Westbrook Brewing Co. Yu Zuper Nice, 4.5% is brewed with rice, a touch of Yuzu and lightly dry-hopped with Loral Hops. Rice lagers are typical of China and Japan. Yu Zuper Nice purchased from Total Wine pours a yellow lemon color with an almost two finger fluffy white head with an aroma of Yuzu, lemon sweetness hitting your nose with a rice sweetness as well. Taste is light with a nice juicy Yuzu/lemon flavor that slightly enhances the light rice sweetness that comes in on the middle and back of the mouth that is quite refreshing, especially on a warm humid day. Yu Zuper Nice finish with a light sweet crisp flavor and the] aftertaste is slightly and lightly tart from the Yuzu all with a light mouthfeel. This is Super nice and refreshing something that I could drink a bunch of, and I recommend you do the same. Westbrook Brewing Co. Yu Zuper Nice is one great beer, very well balanced and great use of Yuzu fruit with Loral hops in a rice lager. Hit hits the spot hard! I give it an A+. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Saranac Brewing Blueberry Blonde Ale

Originally posted August 1st, 2015

Blonde ales are always a good style that can have a wide range of styles. Some breweries brew blonde ales with fruit that usually present in the spring or summer times of the year, and can be popular. Here we have one example Saranac Brewing Blueberry Blonde Ale, 5.0% ABV. This beer was bought because it can in the cool looking one quart, thirty-two ounces, or 0.946353 liters. This is a small growler that can be refilled with more delicious beer. Saranac makes other beers in this one-quart bottle, like Our Pumpkin Ale, and this one. Saranac is located in Utica New York and is part of the F.X. Matt Brewing Co. Blueberry Blonde Ale pours a golden color with a two finger bright white head that slowly dissipates into fine whips of good lacing. I found nice amounts of lights streaming in through the glass with nice carbonation. The aroma reminds me of fresh blueberries and a bit of a blueberry pastry. The taste is light with ale and big blueberry upfront, but you don’t get very much tartness from the blueberries. The middle of the mouth get just a tick more of a tartness for a second or two, then towards the back, it all fades into a nice refreshing sweetness. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, with a nice sweet blueberry finish that leads down to an aftertaste of sticky somewhat tart blueberry flavor. This is quite good. I would say Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale is a B. It’s good, easy to drink, and refreshing but after many of these I think the blueberry flavor would get to be a bit much and you’d have to move on to another different beer. But I did go through and enjoy this entire small growler myself. But I think thirty-two ounces is just the right amount to enjoy on a warm spring or hot summer day. I recommend trying Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale for you. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Wednesday, June 12th. PTT x Burial Beer Co. Tap Takeover. Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop. 2 pm-10 pm. We’ve stockpiled a lot of kegs from Burial Beer Co., so much so that we need to do another tap takeover to clear some room in our cooler. Come join us for one of the most diverse takeovers yet!

    ~~Tap List Below~~

    > The Savages of Ruminating Minds NEIPA – 7.2%abv
    > The Pall of Ominous Aura Brett IPA – 7.2%abv
    > Through the Gates of the Sleepy Silver Door Hazy Pale Ale – 6%abv
    > Born From Death (TRVE Brewing Collab) Saison w/ Peach and Nectarine Blossoms – 4.4%abv
    > Billhook Farmhouse Ale – 7%abv
    > An Abstract Reverie Farmhouse Ale w/ Citrus & Mandarina Bavaria – 4.5%abv
    > Reverence of the Wren Imperial Stout – 10%abv
    > Like Everlasting Shadows Dopplestick Lager – 8.3%abv
    > Torrent of Souls Mixed Culture Saison w/ Marrionberries & Blackberries – 5%abv
    > An Abyss of Human Experience Triple NEIPA – 10%abv
    > This Immortal Coil (Wayfinder Beer Collab) IPL – 7%abv
    > Krystal Artifakts (Pinthouse Pizza Collab) West Coast Style IPA – 7%abv

    See you on Wednesday!!


  • Thursday, June 13th. Scandinavi-Ale. Carolina Beer Temple. 12 pm-11:30 pm. In the past, the Swedes, Danes, and Norwegians were renowned for their fearsome Viking warriors and brutal pillaging of Europe’s coastlines. These days they are more commonly known for IKEA stores, minimalist architecture… and GREAT BEER! While Mikkeller and Evil Twin may have paved the way for the great beers of Scandinavian breweries to reach our shores, but there are so many other incredible ones worth trying that we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to show some of them off. So whether it’s a hazy IPA from Sweden’s Brewski or stout from Denmark’s To Ol, we want to expand your horizons and show you the world of Viking beer for a modern age!


    Brewski Mangofeber Hazy IPA

    Brewski Guavafeber Hazy IPA

    To Ol Mr. Blue Imperial Black Currant Stout

    Mikkeller Wicked Sik Spells NEIPA


  • Friday, June 14th. Triumph Pils Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm. Join us on Friday, June 14th, for the release of our Czech Pilsner. This brew, sitting at 4.8% ABV, stays straight forward and traditional with Pilsner grain base and several Saaz hop additions. The batch is then finished off with a newer hop variety, Triumph and then dry hopping it with Triumph to give a unique, citrus/lemon peel accent. A proven style that is already crisp and clean with clean and earthy malt/hop balance. Just what your palate needs this summer!


  • Friday, June 14th. Small Batch Release: Watermelon Cucumber. 3 pm-11 pm. Red Clay Ciderworks. Small batch release number two for this month is a summer favorite from last year; Tell it to the Melon, our semi-sweet watermelon cucumber!
    Served in our taproom only while supplies last, so don’t wait too long!
    And yes, friends, we will be filling your growlers with this deliciousness!


  • Saturday, June 15th Luau Lemonade Release Party. 12 pm-11 pm. Sycamore Brewing Company. Join us on Saturday, June 15th for our Luau Lemonade Gose Can Release Party! We will also be Celebrating our Lobster & Beer Fest! at 12pm in the Sycamore Beer Garden! Live Music, Amazing Food Trucks and the Best of Times! See you there! Cheers!

    Brewed with a Lively Blend of Tropical Fruits, Best Served with Good Friends for Great Times. Kāmau Kī’aha!


  • Saturday-Sunday, June 15th-16th. Father’s Day Fest. 11 am-11 pm & 11 am-10 pm. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Celebrate Father’s Day at OMB all weekend on Saturday, June 15th and Sunday, June 16th!


    We’ll be giving away some pretty amazing prizes all weekend. We’re also going to have some fun activities and food features just for Dad!

    Saturday & Sunday 2 – 3pm

    Grand Prize – WIN BEER FOR A YEAR!!!

    Are you a golfer? Even if you’re not, we’re going to have an OMB Chipping Contest set up with multiple ways to win some great gifts/prizes from OMB. Other prizes include OMB gift cards and merch (t-shirts & hats).

    Saturday & Sunday 3 – 4pm

    OMB’s Stein Hoisting Contest returns! We’ll have competitions on both Saturday & Sunday with a chance to win some gift cards to OMB. Win a $25, $50, or $100 OMB gift card for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place (Mens & Womens divisions)!


    On SATURDAY we’ll have some delicious food features:

    Surf & Turf Burger (Fried Gulf Shrimp, Remoulade, 6oz Beef Chuck Patty, Pepper Jack Cheese, Lettuce & Tomato)


    Gulf Coast Wrap
    (Fried Gulf Shrimp, Remoulade, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Spinach Tortilla Wrap)

    ON SUNDAY WE’LL HAVE A BUFFET LUNCH! All you can eat! When you purchase the buffet, you’ll also receive a free gold leaf logo’d OMB Biergarten Mug!

    The BUFFET LUNCH (SUNDAY) will have these options:

    – Roasted Prime Rib
    (Horseradish Cream, Spicy Mustard, Brotchen Rolls)

    – Cut to Order Sausages
    (Kielbasa, Knockwurst, Bratwurst, Gyulai, Country, Franks)
    (Mustard, Spicy Mustard, Apple Sauce, Curry Ketchup, Brotchen Roll)

    – Scrambled Eggs
    – Buttermilk Biscuits – Sausage Gravy. Red Eye Gravy
    – Hash Brown Casserole
    – Bacon & Nueremburger Sausage Links
    – Charred Brussel Sprouts

    – Fresh Sliced Fruit & Seasonal Berries
    – Artisan Greens Salad
    (Goat Cheese, Tomato, Cucumber, Red Onion, Roasted Peppers, Ranch & Balsamic Vinaigrette)
    – Smoked Salmon – Cucumber, Capers, Hard Cooked Egg, Dill Cream

    * Price for Sunday’s Lunch buffet is $29.95 (includes gold leaf logo’d OMB Biergarten Mug)

    * No reservations needed.

    * Our regular menu will also be available and the ‘Garten Grill will be open as well.

    U. S. Open Golf Tournament

    We’ll also be broadcasting the U.S. Open on our tv’s throughout the Brauhaus all weekend! You can grab some fresh beer, kick back and watch the final round on Sunday!


    We’ll also have live music all weekend with 2 bands on Saturday and 1 band on Sunday.

    Join us and celebrate Dad! Prost!


  • Sunday, June 16th. Fatherfest. Brewers at 4001 Yancey. 11 am-10 pm. Fine tune your dad jokes and come celebrate Father’s Day with us on Sunday, June 16.

    In addition to our regular menu, a specialty menu has been built for dad’s that includes:
    🥩 St. Louis Style Ribs | fries, jalapeno slaw, 2X IPA bbq sauce
    🍗 Smoked Half Chicken | ranch potatoes, mixed greens, S.C. mustard sauce
    🍔 Surf-N-Turf Burger | beef patty, fried shrimp, shredded lettuce, American cheese, Old Bay mayo

    🍺 We will also be tapping some of our limited Sixpoint beers for Father’s Day including:
    Hyper Beam
    Stun Gun
    Funky Spritzer
    Super Jammer
    Tripel Take

    ⚽ The FIFA Women’s World Cup will be playing on all TVs at noon! Good food, good brews, and awesome sports sound like the perfect Father’s Day to us!


Gizmo Beer Works Gizmo Gose Wild Strawberry Gose Ale

Gizmo Beer works from Raleigh, North Carolina produces this Gizmo Gose Wild Strawberry Gose Ale, 4.3% ABV which was purchased from Total Wine. Strawberry Gose Ale is first kettle sour, which means to sour a beer in a stainless brew kettle, with there house Lacto, or Lactose sugar and with freshly crushed coriander and pink Himalayan salt with loads of freshly puréed strawberries. Strawberry Gose Ale pours a light yellow cloudy color with a one and half finger white head with salty yet sweet strawberry notes with a nice fresh tartness. Taste is sweet up front with a bit of strawberry for a second then comes the salted tartness on the middle with a little stronger strawberry note on the end with a little sour, salty, and tart note, then Strawberry Gose Ale finishes with a tart yet light sour strawberry salted note and a salty strawberry aftertaste with a light refreshing mouthfeel. The salt does overshadow the strawberry flavors a bit but not too much, and overall Gizmo Beer Works Gizmo Gose Wild Strawberry Gose Ale is actually good, B+ to be exact, and it’s a nice spring/summer beer. You get the right amount of strawberry and salty Gose that ties it all together is a good refreshing beer that I think you should try! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Deschutes Brewery Just Tapped Series Botanical Ale

Deschutes Brewery Botanical Ale, 7.0% ABV with 15 IBUs is part of the Just Tapped Series and is brewed with live yeast for this herb/spiced beer that I purchased from Total Wine. Botanical Ale pours a yellow almost gold color with a one and a quarter finger white head that dissipates at a medium pace. Botanical Ale’s aroma is herbal with root-like notes wafting into the nose with a spiced lemon note. Taste is kind of similar to the aroma with a little lemon mixed in with a jungle herbal flavor with a hint of light lime and a fruity yeast note the hits the back of the mouth with a herb finish and a lemon-lime spiced aftertaste with a lighter mouthfeel. Deschutes Brewery Botanical Ale is definitely fleshing and has a good yet interesting flavor profile that has an almost fruity flavor without additions of any fruits. I think that is neat. I give Deschutes Brewery Botanical Ale a B-. It is good and yes I think that you could have a six pack of these but then it may become a little too much flavor, and this also would be a beer that I would recommend trying for yourself. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Southern Pines Brewing Company Mosaic AF

Southern Pines Brewing Company Mosaic AF New England IPA, 6.1% with 30 IBUs purchased from Total Wine and brewed in Southern Pines North Carolina is quadruple dry-hopped with Mosaic hops, oats, wheat, and lactose. If you aren’t a Millennial then you are probably scratching your head and wonder what AF is or mean, it’s just As F*ck, when something is very cool or something or someone too much, in the case of this beer it means lots of Mosaic hops. Mosaic AF pours a deep yellow hazy orange color with an almost three finger white head that slowly fades back into itself giving you nose tropical juicy fruits with a little grapefruit-like note. Taste is tropical juicy fruit with light grapefruit coming in towards the back of your mouth with a faint hint of grassy bitter notes that fade out kind of quick with a slight bitter hoppy light grapefruit finish that carries over into a similar aftertaste that lingers for a few seconds before quickly dashing away all with a medium mouthfeel. Southern Pines Brewing Company Mosaic AF New England IPA is okay, and I think that Mosaic hops are good but I felt that they didn’t go all too well with the oats and lactose. I give Southern Pines Brewing Company Mosaic AF New England IPA a D+. Maybe if they use a little bit less of the Mosaic hops then maybe it would be better. Did I hate this beer? Not particularly, it was drinkable but its that bitter hoppy note on the end that throws the beer off. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Stillwater Artisanal Classique Post Modern Beer

Originally posted August 2nd, 2015

I have received another beer from Brewpublik (www.brewpublik.com). This canned beer comes from Stillwater Artisanal in Stratford Connecticut. This is Classique Post Modern Beer, 4.5% ABV. Classique is a Farmhouse Ale/Saison. Stillwater uses corn and rice in this beer along with pilsner malts, old school American hops and farmhouse ale yeast. I really couldn’t find out what types of American hops were used here. Classique pours a light yellow color that is a bit hazy with a two finger head that somewhat slow to dissipate and does leave behind some decent lacing. I found little amounts of light coming through the glass around nice carbonation. The aroma is nice with a mild yeast scent with hints of very faint funky lemon. I would say the aroma is not over the top but nice. Now the taste is smooth and funky with a slight faint tartness that comes in up front and is gone soon as it comes in. There is a bit of a slight yeast flavor in the middle of the mouth and more funkiness on the back. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a cleaner/smoother finish that starts and aftertaste of a yeasty and funky lemon flavor that lingers for just a second or two then becomes faintly tart. I found Classique to be refreshing and sessionable. I give this beer an A. It is not overly flavorful but it has just enough flavors to make it enjoyable. Some farmhouse ales have too many funky flavors and tend to overwhelm ones taste buds. But Classique is just right. I do recommend try Stillwater Artisanal Classique Post Modern Beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Wednesday, July 5th. PTT X Resident Culture Tap Takeover Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop. 2 pm-10 pm. We’re back at it with another great tap takeover with our homies in Plaza Midwood, Resident Culture!! These are preview beers that will be released at the brewery on June 8th. Come be the first in Charlotte to try these amazing brews!
    //BEERS ON TAP//⁣⁣
    UNIVERSAL MIND – HAZY IPA // 7% ABV // One of our all-time favorites coming back home to the ranch. DDH exclusively with Citra. Tropical fruit and citrus all up in your mouth hole.

    DON’T READ THE COMMENTS Collab with WeldWerks Brewing (Greeley, CO) – Imperial Stout // 13% ABV // A decadent Peanut Butter & Coconut stout of creamy dreams. Ideal for cloud sitting, puff popping, and rich, sunshine fields of ponder.

    NEW BOOT GOOFIN’ – HAZY IPA // 6.5% ABV // Bringing back this bad boy for ya. Dry hopped with over 3 lbs per barrel of Citra, Ekuanot, Simcoe, Mosaic, and Cashmere for all the juice. The tropics are real, y’all. This one’s “Just goofin’. New boot goofin’.”


  • Thursday, June 6th. Beer Pairing Dinner. Legion Brewing South Park. 6:30 pm-9 pm. Tickets at http://www.Eventbrite.com. Join us Thursday, June 6th for our second Beer Pairing Dinner! Chef Gene Briggs has cultivated a multi-course dinner with an intentionally paired beer for each course. Kick things off with a welcome reception at 6:30pm and sit down for a fun and interactive meal at 7:00pm.

    Tickets for this event are $60 per person. To reserve your space, purchase your Event Deposit here for $30. At the end of the event, each guest will pay for the remaining $30 plus tax and 20% gratuity.


    Tuna Mexicana
    Yellowfin tuna, fresh papaya, fresh mango, tomato, chili de Arbol, garlic, lime, agave nectar, jicama, avocado, cilantro
    Beer Pairing – Gaze of Eternity

    Beer Roasted Marrow Bones
    With mushroom duxelle, parsley, and sweet onion toast
    Beer Pairing – Slainte

    Wood Roasted Grouper Fillet
    With a crab, corn and sea island red pea succotash marinated cherry tomatoes and basil oil
    Beer Pairing – Legion American Wheat

    Stone Fruit Panzanella
    With a supernova zabaglione
    Beer Pairing – Supernova  


  • Friday, June 7th. If You Don’t know, Now You Know. NoDa Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm. It was all a dream, except this release. Join us on Friday, June 7th for your favorite Juicy IPA, sitting at 6% ABV. This Juicy IPA was brewed with an insane amount of Amarillo, then double dry-hopped with Cascade, Citra, and Simcoe. 🍻


  • Friday, June 7th. Small Batch Release: Raspberry Lavender. Red Clay Ciderworks. 3 pm-11 pm. For this month’s small batch we’re featuring a raspberry semi-sweet infused with lavender.
    A little sweet, a little tart, and just a hint of lavender.


  • Saturday, June 8th. Even Shitter Trailer Park Party. The Unknown Brewing Company. 6 pm-9 pm. Join us for our Even Shittier Beer Release Party! We will be releasing our Even Shittier Light Lager the only way that seemed fitting, an Even Shittier Trailer Park Party!

    On Saturday, June 8th from 6pm-9pm, we are classing it up with an Even Shittier Trailer Park Party! The party wouldn’t be complete without ax throwing with The Flying Hatchet, Trailer Park Olympics, live music and great food and more!

    Register your team of four for Trailer Park Olympics today! Compete in a watermelon seed spitting competition, plunger races and more for your chance to win Unknown Brewing Co. gift cards! Attire will also factor into your teams points so break out your Even Shittier Trailer Park attire! Register here – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4BACAD2BA2FD0-trailer

    So, comb your mullet, shine your cowboy boots and join us for an Even Shittier Party!


  • Saturday, June 8th. Tangerine Dream Release. Lenny Boy Brewing Company. 11 am-11 pm.  On Saturday we are releasing one of our favorite fruited beers 🍊🍻🍊🍻

    Tangerine Dreamz is a delicious Witbier with a layered aroma of tangerines and spices. Our spice blend includes coriander and chamomile. We also added a little lactose to smooth out the beer. Tangerine Dreamz is super refreshing and might be your new go-to beer to beat the heat!

    Tangerine Dreamz won the Silver Medal in the North Carolina Brewers Cup in the Fruited Beer category in 2018. We have been looking forward to making this beer available for everyone to enjoy in cans this year.


  • Saturday, June 8th. Hazy River IPA v4. Triple C Brewing Company. 12 pm. Hazy River IPA is a collaboration with the Catawba River Keeper. A portion of the process to go helping keeping rivers and streams clean around our area! Loads of Simcoe, Mosaic, and Idaho 7 hops were used in this brew.


  • Sunday, June 9th, Jester King Brewery Beer Dinner. The Cellar at Duckworth’s. 1 pm-4 pm. Tickets at http://www.eventbrite.com $80.00. Join us for a delicious 5-course dinner featuring Jester King Brewery from Austin, TX! We’re eager to pair Jester King’s rustic and spontaneously fermented ales with an exclusive menu crafted by Chef Fred Quinones and influenced by their beers.

    Don’t miss your chance to try some of their most limited beers that normally are not available outside of the brewery. Jester King artist Josh Cockrell and Sous Chef Jonah Lipscomb will be on hand! Tickets are Pre-Sale only and very limited!


    1) Boquerones
    Soft Boiled Egg, Brussels Sprout Avocado Slaw, Lemon Lime Ponzu Vinaigrette

    Jester King Provenance Lemon Lime

    2) Warm Red & Golden Beet Salad
    Humboldt fog, Crisp Serrano, Pickled Cauliflower

    Jester King Spon 3 Year Blend

    3) Duck Crepinette
    Stewed Garbanzo, Fennel, Smoked Maple, Duck Cracklings

    Jester King KVASS

    4) Lacquered Lamb Chops
    French Lentils, Bourbon Cherries, Watercress, Macadamia

    Jester King Montmorency vs Balaton

    5) Strawberry Panna Cotta
    Berry Marshmallow, Gingersnap Crumble, Candied Bacon Powder & Red Grape Gastrique

    Jester King Spon Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon


  • Tuesday, June 11th. Woody & Wilcox’s Beer Club. NoDa Brewing Company. 5 pm-7 pm. Join us for Woody and Wilcox’s Beer Club! This pop-up event is our first of the season. As always, a surprise will be awaiting anyone that joins us, and TIN Kitchen will be on the premises serving up delicious dinner!

    Future dates:



D9 Brewing Company Wild Things Le Peche Mode

D9 Brewing Company Wild Things Le Peche Mode, 7.5% ABV is purchased from Total Wine is a sour beer, brewed with peaches and vanilla, and is part of D9’s (Cornelius, North Carolina) Wild Things series. Le Peche Mode pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a one and a half finger of quickly fleeting white head that leaves no traces of itself behind. The aroma is sweet, bubble gum like sweetness, fruity with nice peach notes with a tartness wafting into the nose with hints of a faint yeast note. Taste is somewhat similar to its own aroma with a nice fruity peach sweetness at first then fades into more of slight vanilla notes with tart sour fruited notes on the middle and the back of the mouth, that finishes with a light sweet fruity tartness and a very faint peach vanilla tart aftertaste and a light mouthfeel. D9 Brewing Company Wild Things Le Peche Mode has a little flavor that reminds me of a Gose style but a just a very faint flavor. Le Peche Mode is a C+. The vanilla is light as the peach is more dominant and I like peaches a lot but I think that the vanilla flavor needs to be taken up a notch for this to be any better, it’s just slightly above average and this is not something you should stay away from, it’s nice and refreshing. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!