Wicked Weed Brewing Napoleon Complex Hoppy Pale Ale

I first had Wicked Weed Brewing Napoleon Complex Hoppy Pale Ale, 5.2% ABV at JJ’s Red Hots, and I thought I should pick some up and give this a review. So I purchased a six-pack of Napoleon Complex from the Harris Teeter. Napoleon Complex pours a darker yellow color with a three and a quarter finger white head that slowly recedes into itself giving off big hoppy pine aromas with grassy notes. Napoleon Complex smells more like a bigger beer and/or an IPA. Taste is big with a hoppy pine flavor that is clean, semi-smooth with a dry end and has a dry hoppy pine finish and a grassy hop aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. After finishing Wicked Weed Brewing Napoleon Complex Hoppy Pale Ale I realized why Wicked Weed named it Napoleon Complex. This is a Pale Ale which is a milder less hoppy beer than an IPA but has the presence of an IPA and drinks like one. I enjoyed this Wicked Weed Brewing Napoleon Complex Hoppy Pale Ale and I think is an A-. You can really have more than two pints of this, your tastebuds would be wrecked due to the hoppy nature of the beer becoming overwhelming. It has a good hoppy flavor without being too bitter. But I recommend trying Napoleon Complex for yourself. It’s a hoppy good beer! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Big Boss Brewing Company Big Boss Lager Beer

I have not had a Big Boss Brewing Company in a while until I purchased Big Boss Lager Beer, 5% ABV from Total Wine recently. This is a Munich style Helles Lager which is a pale lager beer produced mainly in southern Germany. Helles means “bright”, “light”, or “pale”. Big Boss Lager Beer pours a golden color with a thick four finger white head. The aroma smells like a traditional Helles with malty biscuity bread notes wafting into your nose. Taste follows the aroma with biscuit malt flavors with a light yet faint sweetness that is refreshing with a little crispness that finish smooth with a little biscuit malt flavor and a nice smooth aftertaste that is faintly sweet with a lighter mouthfeel. Big Boss Brewing Company Big Boss lager Beer really is a Munich Style Helles Lager and is well deserving of an A+, I highly recommend this beer and I will be going back for more of Big Boss Lager Beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Samual Smith Old Brewery Pure Brewed Organic Lager Beer

Originally posted on July 7th, 2013

When it comes to craft beer the word Lager is looked on as a bad or dirty word. That can be so do to BMC (Bud Miller Coors) for brewing such bad or weak tasting beers. But I don’t think that lager is such a fowl word. I have had some great lagers and this Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Organic Lager, 5.0% ABV, is what a BMC/lager beer should taste like. Samuel Smith an English brewery has some of the best beers in the world. This lager is no different. Samuel Smith Lager pours a bright golden color with a pure white foamy head that says for a nice while and makes very nice lacing. There is tons of light streaming through the glass with tons of little carbonation bubbles. This is a beautiful look lager beer. The aroma on this English lager is bready from the malted barely used. I also found a cracker like scent among the bready aroma. The taste is not far off from the nice aroma; I found it bready up front and a little teeny sweetness toward the end. The flavors on this lager are crisp, sharp, light, and refreshing. The mouth feel is light and refreshing, and has a clean crisp bready like finish. The after taste is a tad bit sweeter then the start but fades out rather quick. I think this is Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Organic Lager is how a BMC should taste. Forget adding SO much water to the darn lager. This Samuel Smith beer is getting A+ from me. This is an excellently brewed lager and a great example of how lager is supposed to be. I have yet to have a bad Samuel Smith beer! All of the beers that they brew are just as excellent as the last. This Organic Lager is something I would have over and over again, and it’s good that is 5.0% ABV. I highly recommend trying this lager, so go and see how great this beer is! Cheers Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Thursday, July 11th. Limited Release: Summer Nights Apricot Peach Ale! Birdsong Brewing Co. 3 pm- 10 pm. There’s nothing quite like biting into a fresh, juicy peach. From the initial earthiness to the sharp tangy sweetness of the fruit itself, it is quintessentially the essence of summer. Our tart fruit ale with peaches and apricots gives you the full-flavored depth of the orchard without having to leave your backyard.

    Join us for the release of Summer Nights Apricot Peach Ale on 7/11/19! Draft and cans of this limited release will go on sale at 3pm and Caribbean Buzz Food Truck will be on site for dinner!



  • Friday, July 12th. Double Stout Small Batch Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm. Two Stouts Enter the Triple C Ring on Friday! Both clocking in at 7.75% and just over 5 gallons each.

    Truffle Stout: Righteous stout infused with North Carolina truffles and salt
    Chili Vanilli Stout: Big chocolately stout infused with red chilies and vanilla

    Who do you have in the stout throwdown in Crowntown?  


  • Saturday, July 13th. Psychedelic Flow Can Release. Sycamore Brewing Company. 12 pm-11 pm. Join us on Saturday, July 13th in the Sycamore Beer Garden for our Psychedelic Flow Can Release Party! Take a hoppy trip. Its time to fly. Double Dry-Hopped with the Good Stuff. This Psychedelic Flow. Relax, Unwind.


  • Saturday, July 13th. 3rd Annual Island Luau. Sugar Creek Brewing. 11 am-11 pm 🌺If you missed last years Luau Party on the patio your not going to want to miss this year. We’ve got Sun, Sand 9 yea real beach sand), Tiki Torches, Live Music, Adult Slushies and Craft Beer – join us for the Sugar Creek Island Luau Saturday, July 13th 11 AM to 11 PM! TIKI ATTIRE strongly encouraged!🏖


  • Monday, July 15th. Very Berry Blonde Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 4 pm-9 pm. Join us July 15th for an easy drinking Blonde ale that was fermented on a mix of blueberries, cherries, and blackberries, giving it a bright and fruity flavor on top of the light easy drinking ale. This flavorful brew, sitting at 4.5% ABV, will surely quench your thirst this summer! 🍻🍒


  • Tuesday, July 16th. Beer & Glassware. Protagonist. 5 pm-8 pm. Our uniquely shaped glasses are called Teku glasses. The Teku was thoughtfully designed by Italian brewery Birra Baladin and German glassmaker Rastal in order to provide the best beer drinking experience possible.

    Join us for a side-by-side comparison of glass shapes across various styles of beer and discover how significant these small differences can be.

    The class includes:
    – Samples of 4 different beers
    – A guided tasting and instruction of tasting techniques by our Advanced Cicerone, Chris Westgard
    – 1 Protagonist Teku glass

    Come by anytime between 5-8pm on Tuesday, 7/16. The class is $15 per attendee.



New Sarum Salisbury Brewing Co. Pink Cheeks Rosé Gose

New Sarum Salisbury Brewing Co. Pink Cheeks Rosé Gose, 5.0% ABV local brewed in Salisbury North Carolina is brewed with Rosebuds, Hibiscus, Coriander, Hawaiian Red Sea Salt, melon purée and Barba Rouge Hops. It has a lot going on. Pink Cheeks pours a light orange somewhat copper color with a one finger thin white head that has briny salted aromas with a light fruity sweetness that has a tart aromatic quality to it. You get a salted briny sweetness that is light and fruity with a tartness around the middle and the back of the mouth with a faint floral note that all finishes with a tart fruity floral note and a salty fruity aftertaste with a nice bit of tartness and a light mouthfeel. I think the rose buds on this on not something I like, I’ve had beers with that ingredient in them before and I’ve had similar feeling toward them, but everything else about New Sarum Salisbury Brewing Co. Pink Cheeks Rosé Gose is okay, getting a C. Pink Cheeks is average, and the rose flavors held it to a C. It is something I would have again but not soon and if your curious then maybe you should try it! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

left Hand Brewing Company Push Pop Party Nitro

left Hand Brewing Company Push Pop Party Nitro, 5.4% ABV from Longmont Colorado is brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, mandarin oranges, limes, lactose, hops, and yeast with nitrogen in the can which gives this beer a draft quality from the can. Left Hand Brewing Company has many beers with nitro, but this is the first I have seen with nitro that isn’t a stout. The Brewery says to pour this beer like a pro I did not pour this delicately. Push Pop Party Nitro pours a deep yellow to orange color with a cascading thick creamy tight white snowy two finger head with sweet fruity citrus aromas of lime and orange. Taste is light, silky, creamy like with nice citrus limes and mandarin oranges that goes down easy with a smooth citrus fruit finish and a silky aftertaste of limey orange cream with a light mouthfeel. left Hand Brewing Company Push Pop Party Nitro is much like a refreshing fruity push pop and gets an A-. Push Pop Party Nitro does have that draft felling to it but the nitro does have a different fruit flavor to the beer if it didn’t have nitrogen. It has a faint Sorbet quality to it that isn’t bad. This is a beer that is worth trying and good on a hot day. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Shiner Ruby Redbird

Originally posted June 6th, 2012

Shiner has made another great beer! Yes, I love a good Shiner. This is a nice summer seasonal brewed with Texas Ruby Red grapefruit juice and lovely ginger, at 4.01% abv. These two pair well together. Ruby pours nice golden orange color with a nice head of white that laces nicely as you enjoy this Redbird. The aroma is of nice citrus fruit that has a tangy sweet scent. It reminds me of a fresh grapefruit. The scent of this is very inviting, nice and pleasant. Ruby has a nice sweet and tangy flavor that is of citrus fruit and then there is a nice pleasant kick of tangy ginger that finishes nice and tart. The is beer is sweet at first but finishes nice and tart, and isn’t bitter like a grapefruit. This is a bit sweet than an average grapefruit, but not much though, just a tad, a bit, just smidge. This is a very well balanced beer that is crisp refreshing and very drinkable. I have always liked this and always look forward to having one when it arrives at the stores. Neither of the two ginger or grapefruit overpowers one another, the work well perfectly and make for one great big taste when combined here. Ruby is very very refreshing, even on the hottest of days when you see heat waves off the road. Yes, you can see that just drive on a Texas highway in July. I get all happy when I have this, I feel relaxed and I welcome the warm summertime to come. This is on my favorites list, and it should be on yours! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Thursday, July 4th. Kölsch Release. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. 11 am-10 pm. For your 4th of July enjoyment, we present to you OMB’s take on the classic beer first brewed in Cologne, Germany – Kölsch.

    A perfect beer for a hot Summer day with its delicate fruit and light malt aroma, crisp, smooth body with good carbonation (all OMB beers are naturally carbonated) and airy sweetness with a gentle hop and spice flavors.

    We serve our kölsch in the traditional straight-sided glass (stange) to show its wonderful golden straw color.

    The kölsch is a Brauhaus Reserve beer, meaning it will only be available on draft at OMB (Brauhaus & Biergarten).

    It’s a great brew to enjoy in the relaxing atmosphere of our Biergarten – especially right before going to see some fireworks! Prost!


  • Friday, July 5th Margarita Gose Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 2 pm-10 pm. Join us Friday, July 5th for a new margarita-inspired brew. This light, 4% ABV beer is kettle soured to give a clean tartness. It’s fermented on lime juice and tangerine purree in order to mimic flavors found in the classic Margarita. We also add salt at the end of the boil, so you don’t have to add it ter Sale. Carolina Beer Temple Charlotte. 12 pm-11:30 pm. Free tickets at EventBrite.com. Don’t go thirsty this Independence Day weekend! Stop on by the Temple as we offer a $1 discount on ALL 4 packs, 6 packs, Crowlers, and Growlers! What better way to stock up on some of your favorite beers for the best time of the year to drink them?


  • Monday, July 8th. When Good Beer Goes Bad: An Off-Flavor Course. Pilot Brewing. 5:30 pm-8:30 pm. Develop your beer sensory skills! Learn and taste what happens to beer when problems arise in fermentation, process, storage, and ingredients during the brewing/packaging process.

    Limited seating available and tickets on sale now at Pilot Brewing. Pay in person or over the phone. The spot is confirmed once the ticket is paid.

    Tickets are $25; they include 6 beer samples and a 50-minute training course from our Advanced Cicerone® Jen Blair.
    Get them soon for they will sell out fast!



Beer & Chips Parings: Ruffles Double Crunch Hot Wings & Boulevard Brewing Company Space Camper Cosmic IPA

Beer & Chips Pairings are back but this is a little different than the others I will be reviewing the beer as well. This is Ruffles Double Crunch Hot Wings & Boulevard Brewing Company Space Camper Cosmic IPA, 5.9% with 50 IBUs. Space Camper is brewed with Ekuanot, El Dorado, and Galaxy Hops. Space Camper pours a deep yellow, orange color with a two finger with a fluffy head with fruity aromas of juicy mango, pineapple, with a light/faint pine note. Taste is resinous with notes of some citrus, orange, mango, and light pineapple with a hoppy note of the end that continues into the finish that grows slightly more hoppy with a light tropical fruit note and an aftertaste of tropical pine if that is a thing all with a medium mouthfeel. These Ruffles Double Crunch Hot Wings are orange with big ruffle ridges and smell like generic hot sauce. The resinous notes to cut down on the hot sauce flavor of the chips which is good because I think that’s if you eat them by themselves the hot wing sauce flavor would become too much. So Boulevard Brewing Company Space Camper Cosmic IPA is a good beer it has juicy fruit notes without overdoing that aspect with a nice resinous pine note to keep the fruit from becoming overwhelming. I give Boulevard Brewing Company Space Camper Cosmic IPA a B+. It is good and yes it does pair okay with the Ruffles Double Crunch Hot Wings but neither of them makes each other outstanding, I give this pairing a B-. Ruffles Double Crunch Hot Wings are good not the best but Boulevard Brewing Company Space Camper Cosmic IPA helps keep them from being too many flavors. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!