The Beer News

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

  • Thursday, August 1st. National IPA Day. Flying Saucer Charlotte. 11 am=11:59 pm. Tapping 25 plus IPA’s
    Hop Inspired Food Menu
    & more 


  • Thursday, August 1st. IPA Day at Sycamore! Sycamore Brewing12 pm-10 pm. National IPA day 2019 at Sycamore! To celebrate, we’ll be opening at 12pm with $3 Mountain Candy & Citropica IPA’s all day long! AND we’ll be giving away a FREE IPA Day pint glass with your IPA to the first 200 people and a FREE IPA Day Tee to the first 50 people! Rollicious Ribs & More, LLC will also be serving up lunch & dinner and The Garbage Truck will be joining us for dinner in the Sycamore Beer Garden! Live Music by Falconheartnc, Late Night Special and Wag the Dog

    * a selection of other beers (non-IPAs) and Wild Blossom Cider also on tap*


  • Friday, August 2nd. Raspberry White Can Release. Sugar Creek Brewing. 2 pm-11 pm. You’ve been demanding for this beer in Cans now for years and the time has finally arrived! Join as we release our beloved Raspberry White Ale on August 2nd for the first time ever in 16oz cans! Your favorite poolside beer that was never allowed at the pool because it was in a bottle is now allowed POOL SIDE! Come celebrate with Live Music, Can release and we may even fire up the Smoothie Machine for some special Raspberry White Ale Smoothies! Don’t miss it! 🍻


  • Friday, August 2nd. Rainbow Sherbert Fruited Sour. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm. No spoons needed! This fruited sour pours vibrant red in color with a bright fruited nose and tart finish from the Berliner Weisse base. Raspberry, pineapple, lime, and vanilla added in secondarily and brewed with lactose to add a touch of sweetness and balance. At 4.2% settle in because this is that low ABV you’ve been looking for on a long night with friends.


  • Saturday, August 3rd. Can Release: nps100 Centennial Irish Red Ale. Blue Blaze Brewing. 3 pm-10 pm. Join us for our very first can release of #NPS100 Centennial Irish Red Ale. #NPS100 has been aggressively single-hopped with Centennial hops, originally brewed, celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Park Service in August.

    ABV: 4.7%
    IBU: 25
    SRM: 13

    We made a bit larger batch this time around and only a small run of cans. Swing by the taproom from 12:00 – 10:00 for a pint!


  • Tuesday, August 6th. Old Tuffy Launch Party-Charlotte. Caswell Station. 6 pm-8 pm. Tickets Join NC State friends and New Belgium Brewing as we celebrate the launch of Old Tuffy, a collaborative beer paying homage to NC State! Attendees who pre-register will also be entered to win a Homecoming football game prize pack.



Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Tangerine Dreamz Witbier

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Tangerine Dreamz Witbier, 5.2% ABV purchased from Total Wine is brewed with Tangerines, Lacotose (sugar), Chamomile, & Coriander. Tangerine Dreamz pours yellow with a tow finger tin white head with a sweet tangerine citrus aroma with a floral note. Flavor/taste is similar to Tangerine Dreamz aroma with a tangerine sweet citrus with floral notes that are slightly bitter kind of like a perfume with a citrus floral finish that is bittersweet with an much similar perfume aftertaste with a l,I got mouthfeel. This beer has too much floral flavors going along side the tangerine here for not so great overall flavor that get a D+. The tangerine notes do help it a little bit but not enough. The floral perfume flavor holds Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Tangerine Dreamz Witbier down. I don’t think you should try this beer. I won’t! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Wilmington Brewing Company Tropical Lightning India Pale Ale

Wilmington Brewing Company Tropical Lightning India Pale Ale, 7.0% ABV is a west coast style IPA brewed in Wilmington, North Carolina with Pilsner, White Wheat, and Carapils malts also with Warrior, Simcoe, Citra and Amarillo hops. Tropical Lightning pours a deep shade of yellow with a two finger white head that has slow pace with a tropical aroma hitting your nose with a fruity citrus scent that is a bit tropical and a bitterness wafting into you nose . The taste is tropical fruity as well as a bit of citrus bitterness and a nice inflow of hoppy notes with a nice tropical bitter finish and a citrus tropical aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Wilmington Brewing Company Tropical Lightning India Pale Ale is a refreshing change from all the hazy New England IPAs that have gained so much popularity. I was drinking this and thinking how I missed a nice west coast style IPA. Tropical Lightning really nails the west coast style IPA and gets an A. Wilmington Brewing Company Tropical Lightning India Pale Ale is a beer for when you feel like an IPA but nothing sweet. I really think that its worth trying and I will see this again real soon. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Burial Beer Co. & Heater Allen Handcrafted Lager Beer A Damn Fine Heavy Lager

Burial Beer Co & Heather Allen Handcrafted Lager Beer, A Damn Fine Heavy Lager Beer, 5% ABV is a collaboration I picked up a couple of weeks ago from Pop The Top. Heavy pours nice golden color with a thick three-finger head of snow giving off a biscuity aroma that has a slight yet faint fruit notes with a clean malted aroma as well that then gives you a biscuity bread crust taste with a faint malted note that come and goes on the middle of the tongue with a slight sweetness throughout that finish slightly sweet with a bread malt flavor that spills into the aftertaste that has a little sweetness of nice biscuit malts with a medium mouthfeel. Burial Beer Co & Heather Allen Handcrafted Lager Beer, A Damn Fine Heavy Lager Beer is good and refreshing with an A-. Towards the end of the pint it showing that this beers flavor starts becoming a bit much, slightly though. I could only have about four or five Heavy’s before I start to lose interest in this Lager beer, not that I had that many nor should you. I just had two, and it was good otherwise. Good balance of flavors without being overwhelming in any respects and yes I would go back for Burial Beer Co & Heather Allen Handcrafted Lager Beer, A Damn Fine Heavy Lager Beer and so should you! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: NoDa Brewing Company CAVU Blonde Ale

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 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!

Firestone Walker Brewing Company Rosalie Beer RosĂ©

I picked up Firestone Walker Brewing Company Rosalie Beer RosĂ©, 5.0% ABV a couple of weeks ago after sampling it at Total Wine. This is riding a wave of popularity with RosĂ©, yes it’s gotten to the beer business. But I think this trend may be stagnant for now. Rosalie is brewed with Hibiscus and wine grapes and pours much like a RosĂ© wine color, pinkish-red with a thin/clear half a finger head that fizzy away instantly leaving you with sweet red grape aroma with hints of green apple and little floral aroma that invites you to the taste that is much like a light RosĂ© with a floral fruity (red grape) light tart sweetness that is open the lighter side of sweetness, a finish of a night but light sweetness and a faint tropical floral and red grape aftertaste with a light mouthfeel. Rosalie has a taste much like RosĂ© wine, and this would be something I would bring to a summer party/barbecue. It is super easy to drink and can be offered to a wine drinker that like RosĂ© wine. I think it’s D+, just somewhat below average. You really start to pick up a tartness after several that tartness lingers in your mouth after about four or five. But I think that Firestone Walker Brewing Company Rosalie Beer RosĂ© is in a somewhat interesting trend within craft beer, and it’s worth a try. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Casita Cerveceria Paper Rose IPA

Local brewed in Farmville, North Carolina Casita Cerveceria Paper Rose IPA, 7% ABV a hazy New England IPA brewed with pale malt, malted oats, flaked oats, and malted wheat. Hopped with Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin. I purchased this locally from Pop The Top. Paper Rose pours a deep yellow color with a semi-rocky two and a half finger white head with sweet aromas of piney hoppy slight fruity notes that lead to a semi sweet taste with a nice hoppy pine flavor with a touch of a little tropical fruit with a slight sweet bitter finish that faintly continues into the aftertaste with a slight cream fruit with a medium mouthfeel. Casita Cerveceria Paper Rose IPA has a light New England hazy IPA flavor to it that is not an assault on your taste buds. I think Paper Rose IPA is a B-. It’s good but I have had others in the style that have wowed me and this has the right flavor that is mild at best but doesn’t have anything going against it. Yeah I think you should try it, and I will go back to this Casita Cerveceria Paper Rose IPA. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Burial Beer Co. & Alvarado Street Brewery Endless Surfer Dry-Hopped Pils

Burial Beer Co. & Alvarado Street Brewery Endless Surfer Dry-Hopped Pils, 4.8% is a collaboration between the two and brewed at Burial in Asheville, North Carolina with malt from Admiral Malting and double dry-hopped with Alvarado Street Brewery’s (Monterey, California) hand-selected Motueka and Aramis hops. Endless Surfer which I purchased from my favorite local bottle shop Pop The Top, pours a light hazy lemon-yellow color with a dark hue to it and a big four finger bright white head that fades slowly into thick whips of lacing throughout the glass giving you a light/faint lemon aroma with a nice bit of biscuity malt that’s aromatic with a very faint vegetal notes that beckons you into a light lemon biscuit flavor with soft but subtle malt notes hitting your tongue with a nice little hop note jumping in the end/back of the tongue/mouth with a nice refreshing finish that has a little hoppy note and a nice lemon breaded biscuit aftertaste with the slightest touch of a hoppy notes with a light mouthfeel. Burial Beer Co. & Alvarado Street Brewery Endless Surfer Dry-Hopped Pils is an interesting take on a Pilsner that has a good balance of soft hoppy flavors that are light as not to overpower your tastebuds, and yes this is a sessionable beer that I give an A too and highly recommend you try it. I have yet to have a bad Burial Beer Co. beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Founders Brewing Co. All Day IPA Session Ale

Originally posted on October 31st 2016. This was part of the Best of A Mixed Six-Pack. This beer placed in second out of six beers!

I have here the fifth beer of The Best of a Mixed Six-Pack. This fifth beer is Founders Brewing Co., All Day IPA Session Ale, 4.7% ABV and 42 IBUs. Founders Brewing Co is up there in Grand Rapids Michigan. The idea behind All Day IPA is that with the lower IBU and ABV IPA is something that you can drink all day long. Not that I think you should, but I think they mean you can have many and share with friends and such. All Day IPA pours a copper orange color with a one and a half finger of brilliant white that fades a semi-quick pace and leave some lacing behind but nothing really to right home about. Aroma is quite pleasant with nice wooded aroma with earth and pine with some grapefruit notes and faint hints of some bitter orange. All Day IPA has a clean taste of earthy light grapefruit flavor with a touch of pine and bitter hops and balanced out with some grain like notes. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with an easier quality about it. The finish is smooth and clean for an IPA with enough stratifying bitterness. Aftertaste is much like a sessionable IPA should finish with nice fruited bitter notes with bites of earthy pine. This is one easy drinking IPA, and I think it deserves an A+. I would say this is an IPA you give to someone that has yet to try an IPA. All Day IPA is a gateway to the IPA style if you will. It’s well balanced with nice flavors. I highly recommend Founders Brewing Co., All Day IPA Session Ale. But is this beer the Best of a Mixed Six-Pack? Keep it here to find out soon! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Wednesday, July 17th. Pilot Batch Release: Island Columbus Hopper. Pilot Brewing. 2 pm-9 pm. Taste a little bit of island life with the release of our next Island Hopper, this time showcasing the Columbus hop. New Pilot Batch beer means $3 Goblets on release day!

    The Columbus hop is a dual purpose hop with intense earthy and faint citrus character. Typical alpha: 14.0-16.0%. Very pungent aroma, clean bittering properties.


  •  Thursday, July 18th. Hazy Sunday Can Release! Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm. Just in time for the 3rd Annual Jimbo-Palooza, Hazy Like A Sunday Morning IPA returns in cans and on draft! A portion of sales from this collaboration with Jimmy CORE Foundation will go back to the charity! Join us Thursday for the beer release and Saturday for Jimbo-Palooza and don’t miss this all Citra Hazy IPA!


  • Friday, July 19th. Beer Release: Purple Blaze Common Lager. Blue Blaze Brewing. 2 pm-10 pm. Join us for a re-release of Purple Blaze Common Lager (5.5%) on draught only. Crisp and refreshing all-American steam/common style lager that’s balanced & smooth with a medium body and sassy fruity, hoppy notes. It’s uncommonly good!

    We made a bit larger batch this time around. Swing by the taproom from 2:00 – 10:00 for a pint!


  •  Friday, July 19th. Caprese Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm. Join us July 19th for a balanced blonde ale, sitting at 5% ABV. This beer is designed to be the beer version of a Caprese salad. Fermented on blanched tomatoes and brewed with sea salt to mimic the brine of mozzarella cheese and basil, this beer is surprisingly refreshing and unique! ‎🍻It’s a half-barrel batch, so make sure you try this brew as quick as you can!


  • Saturday, July 20th. Legiondary Feild Day. Legion Brewing (Commonwealth Ave) 3 pm-7 pm. The Friends of Summer Event Series continues on July 20th with a Legiondary Field Day! Bring your game-face with you for Legiondary Field-Style Games and get ready for our newest beer release Hot Fuzz, a mouth-watering, effervescent kettle sour brewed with 100% Riverbend Malt, jalapenos, and locally sourced peaches! This event is free and family-friendly, and pups are allowed too (outside only)!


  •  Saturday, July 20th. 20th Anniversary Party. Catawba Brewing Company Charlotte. 12 pm-11 pm. That’s right – We’re turning 20 on July 20th! Time flies when you’re brewing (and drinking) beer. We would love nothing more than to celebrate this milestone with YOU!

    – Sip on the four BRAND NEW anniversary beers
    – Shop at the Starving Artist Market CLT: local & handmade
    – Mark the day with a limited edition anniversary T-shirt, printed onsite
    – Test your recording skills at our mobile podcast station
    – Enjoy live music throughout the day
    – Nosh on bites from the Fresh Med Mediterranean Fusion Food Truck or Holy City Waffles food trucks
    – Have the chance to win a $200 gift card as part of the Find Green, Get Green promotion:
    On each day (July 15-19) leading up to the anniversary bash, the tasting room will have a one-pint glass with a band around it, an emerald green color in honor of the 20th anniversary. The glass will be randomly hidden in the day’s serving glassware; the lucky person to be served the emerald glass “gets green”—a special emerald-colored $20 gift card. The guest who is served the emerald glass during our July 20 anniversary party will receive a $200 gift card.

    Mark your calendars!


  • Sunday, July 21st. Suns out Tongues out Pool Pawty. Lucky Dog Bark and Brew. 1 pm. Our first pool pawty was such a hit, we’ve decided to have one EVERY SUNDAY! Beat the heat with $5 Bloody Marys, Mimosas and more! This weekend Bad Mother Smokers LLC Food Truck!

    ***We are a 21+ facility. Fur-kids only! All guests must have a valid ID and all dogs must be spayed/neutered & up to date on vaccines. Please remember, you are responsible for your dog.***