Birdsong Brewing Company Wake Up Porter.

Birdsong Brewing Company Wake Up Porter, 5.8% ABV is a coffee vanilla porter brewed in Charlotte, North Carolina with Marris Otter, Carapils, Caramel 60, Caramel 40, Chocolate malts, Fuggle hops, Sumatra Lintong coffee beans from Central Coffee, and Madagascar vanilla beans. Wake Up Porter pours a dark brown color with beige edges with a two finger beige head that seem to fade at a snails pace. You get a nice roasted coffee sweet aroma on the nose that transitions to a similar flavor profile with nice sweet vanilla roasted coffee notes with a tiny bitterness on the back of your mouth that comes to a vanilla coffee roast finish and a coffee aftertaste. This is exactly what Birdsong was going for. It’s an A grade beer and would be a great addition to a nice brunch or a wonderful dessert. I recommend trying Birdsong Brewing Company Wake Up Porter. I enjoyed it! Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Eviltwin Brewing 90 Days Dry Aged Stout

Eviltwin Brewing 90 Days Dry Aged Stout, 9% ABV uses dry-aged malt that has been aged for ninety days. Eviltwin calls this a milk stout. 90 Days Dry-Aged Stout pours a dark, black color with a thick three finger tan head that does not move and leaves tremendous lacing throughout the glass. You get a subtle sweet aroma with nice roast chocolate notes and dry malt notes. Upfront a nice little roasted chocolate sweet flavor hits your tongue that becomes dry as it washes over the back of your tongue and finishes with a dryness that has a very faint sweet note with a dry roasted sweet aftertaste that does linger a bit until the next sip. Eviltwin Brewing 90 Days Dry Aged Stout has an interesting twist on a stout by the addition of dry-aged malts which gives this dark beer an A-. The dry finish has a little sweet note that doesn’t need to be there at that point, but it does go well with the flavor as a whole. I enjoyed 90 Days Dry Aged Stout and if you like dark beer than I recommend 90 Days Dry Aged Stout. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Stone Brewing Xocoverza A Winter-Spiced Mocha Stout

Originally posted January 9th, 2017

Wintertime is upon us and so is the time for dark beers, such as Porters, Stouts, Dunkles, and other various dark type beers. They warm you with thick rich high alcoholic flavored sips. Stone Brewing in Escondido California brews Xocoverza, 8.1% ABV, which is a milk stout brewed with cocoa, coffee, peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Xocoverza started out in 2014 as a homebrewed beer that won Stone’s annual homebrew competition. Xocoverza was only to be produced one but due to popular demand, they keep on producing it. Xocoverza is Stone’s idea of a Mexican hot chocolate. Xocoverza pours a quite black color with a thick two finger beige head that sticks around for a while and does leave some decent lacing. The aroma is ashy with a peppered spice and cinnamon note along with a very faint sweet vanilla note. Taste is ashy and slightly roasted at first then a bit of spicy and slight cinnamon comes on your taste buds with some very faint sweet notes. I know this is milk stout but I am not getting much of the common sweetness you get from a milk stout. There is a nice roasted spicy note toward the back. Mouthfeel is full with a nice spicy pepper coffee finish with much the same on the after taste but with a hint of sweetness and cinnamon. The fact that the spicy coffee masks the sweetness from the vanilla and coca rates Xocoverza an A-. The coffee characteristics are good on this beer, and that makes Xocoverza not have a lower grade. This is a complex beer and isn’t for everyone, so I am kind of recommend this beer, but only with caution. I enjoyed it and I like dark spicy coffee beers. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Friday, October 18th. Beer Release NoBoS Milkshake IPA. Blue Blaze Brewing. 4 pm-9 pm. Re-release of NoBoS Milkshake IPA but we made a bigger batch this time. 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.

    NoBo is a slang term for northbound AT thru-hikers, and there A LOT of them!


  • Friday, October 18th. Sycamore Brewing Tap Takeover. JJ’s Red Hots. 5 pm-8 pm. Join us for a Tap Takeover with Sycamore Brewing at JJs Red Hots in Ballantyne – $4 Pints!

    *Live Music with The Whisky Dollars and Special Guests
    *.50 Wings!


  • Saturday, October 19th. Pêche Day Bottle Release. The Chamber by Wooden Robot. 12 pm-6 pm. Saturday, October 19th at The Chamber – NoDa
    The exclusive Bottle Release of the 2019 vintage of our GABF Gold Medal Winner Rèserve Doreè de Pêche and Saison de Pêche.
    Bonus: Triple Can drop of What He’s Having, Flying Spaghetti Botster & So Exotic!

    Another vintage of our GABF Gold calls for another Pêche Day CELEBRATION!
    Join us on the rooftop at The Chamber in NoDa at noon for a bottle release party where we will be popping bottles of Reserve de Pêche ’19 and a specialty Pêche Day glass will be available! We will have a limited quantity of Saison de Pêche on draft and Pepperbox Doughnuts will be bringing hot&fresh, peach jam-filled doughnuts for us to enjoy! Tunes will be bumpin’ and we will have Des’s Cajun Food Truck from 11-4pm & Pasta la Vista Food Truck from 5-9pm serving up the goods!
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    Beer Facts:

    Rèserve Doreè de Pêche ’19
    Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Sour Golden Ale with Peaches
    5.8% – $18 (+ tax)
    6 bottle limit/person
    This blend of our sour golden ale was lovingly aged in French Oak Chardonnay barrels for over 2 years, then re-fermented on Carolina Peaches. We selected several barrels for their unique balance of stone fruit and funky characteristics to complement the rich, fresh fruit notes.

    Saison de Pêche
    Farmhouse Ale with Peaches
    5.8% ABV – $14 (+tax)
    Open Fermented with Mixed Saison Culture
    Brewed with local Epiphany Barley and Wheat Malts
    Re-fermented with local, SC Peaches
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    Can Release Details:
    What He’s Having – IPA – 6.5% $16 (+ tax)
    Flying Spaghetti Botster – Italian-Style Pilsner – 5.5% $14 (+ tax)
    So Exotic – Dragon Fruit, Passion Fruit & Lime Ale – 4.5% $16 (+ tax)
    Sold in 4-packs (16oz) – No individual cans
    No purchase limit

    These cans will be FRESH off the canning line!

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    We can’t wait to share these beers with you all. Rooftop party at the new location, Let’s celebrate!
    416 E 36th St. NoDa 


  • Saturday, October 19th. 5 Year Anniversary! Sycamore Brewing. 12 pm-10 pm. 5 Years of Good times! Hell. Yes. Time to Celebrate!
    Special Releases, Barrel-Aged Goodness, Awesome Bands, Event Tees, Fireworks.
    Rockin’ Good Times!


  • Tuesday, October 22nd. JJs Red Hop IPA Release. JJ’s Red Hots. 5 pm-8 pm. Our first ever JJs Red Hots beer – a collaboration with Amor Artis Brewing.

    Meet Reps from Amor Artis and enjoy free Samples of JJ’s Red Hop.

Throwback Thursday:

Originally posted on November 4th, 2012

Mike’s Discount Beverage is out of business on this date.

The last post I had a canned beer, well here is yet another canned beer. This here is Farmer Ted’s Farmhouse Cream Ale, 5.60% ABV. Farmer Ted’s is brewed with natural ingredients such as wheat, corn, American hops, and free-range yeast. Farmer Ted’s pays homage to the Original settlers of Appalachia. Farmer Ted’s pours a golden color with a bright white head that fades quickly into a nice tiny ring around the glass. There is not a lot of lacing on this one, but a nice amount of light coming through, and some carbonation. The aroma on this cream ale is of sweet ripe berries and a bit of a grassy note as well. I found there to be a tiny musty like a farm’s barn, but not in a bad way. The taste of Farmer Ted’s is sweet and creamy with a semi strawberry flavor there. Not much else on the flavor of this. The mouthfeel is light and smooth with a nice carbonation bubble on your tongue. The finish is nice clean and refreshing, with a nice sweet creamy fruity aftertaste. I’m giving this an A. Very good for a hot day. Good solid flavors on Farmer Ted’s. I would have this over and over again, and would highly recommend this to anyone. I would especially recommend this to someone that has yet to get into craft beer. Really great flavors on this just a wonderful beer! So head on over to Mike’s Discount Beverage’s 4700 Park Rd., Charlotte NC 28209, for all your fine wine and beer! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!  

The Beer News

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

  • Thursday, October 9th. Bik Belles Helles Lager Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm. Brewed for and named by Sustain Charlotte – This Munich Helles Lager has aromas of bready malt and sweet yeast esters. Very low hop bitterness make this a very refreshing easy-drinking beer, perfect for sipping on after Biketoberfest presented by The Charlotte Knights!! ABV – 4.8%

    We are releasing it a few days early in our taproom on Thursday but will have plenty at the event Sunday too. $1 from each pour from the batch goes to Sustain Charlotte and their mission to inspire choices that lead to a healthy, equitable, and vibrant community for generations to come. Get those Biketoberfest tickets while you still can! 


  • Thursday, October 9th. Enter the Dark Stout and Porter Showcase. Carolina Beer Temple Charlotte. 12 pm-11 pm. Free ticket at Summer is over. The nights are getting longer. That means that the beers are getting darker as well. Join us as we tap a selection of the darkest beers we can get our hands-on. It’s been hot for way too long. Get in the mood for the latter half of the year with a night of black beer and warm company, right here at the Temple.


  • Friday, October 11th. GABF medal party with live music by Rick Challen. Sugar Creek Brewing. 2 pm-11 pm. We are so humbled but also so proud of the entire team here at Sugar Creek Brewing Company for bringing home the Silver in one of the oldest and most sought after beer styles in the world. Belgian Dubbels have been a treasured beer style for many years and it was one of our main goals here at the brewery to have one of the best Dubbels in the world. Come toast a pint with the team here at the brewery this Friday after work with Live Music at 7pm by Rich Challen and $3 Belgian Dubbels all day long.


  • Friday, October 11th. Hot Pistol Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm. You’ve been asking, and we’re delivering. Join us in the taproom on Friday, October 11th for our draft AND can release one of your seasonal favorites. Hot Pistol, sitting at 7% ABV, is back! After just one sip of our chocolate, raspberry, and habanero Stout, you’ll be glad to have a to-go option.


  • Saturday, October 12th. Oyster & Seafood Fest! Sycamore Brewing. 12 pm-11 pm. Join us for Seafood & Beer Fest at Sycamore! We’ve partnered up with CCA North Carolina- a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting our coastal resources and preserving our fishery for the enjoyment of future generations. They will be joining us for this event to educate us on why it’s so important to maintain cleanliness in our coastal habitats.

    Live Music, Fresh Craft Beer, Wine, Wild Blossom Cider, Great Times! More details to come!

    Ryan Bethea, Baltimore Crab Cake Company – Charlotte, Lobster Dogs-Food Truck, Cuzzo’s Cuisine Food Truck, Feathered Fin and Gyro Twins Truck will also be in the beer garden all day and night, too!


  • Saturday, October 12th. Ground Up Coffee Milk Stout Release. Lenny Boy Brewing. 11 am-11 pm. GROUND UP / our favorite Fall seasonal will be available on Saturday, Oct 12th. We brewed Ground Up with Counter Culture Coffee from our wonderful friends in Durham, NC. This robust stout is packed with coffee to compliment the chocolate, caramel, and toffee flavors. 5.3% abv

    Ground Up will on tap and available in 4-packs for you to take home. This beer is perfect for all you coffee lovers. Make sure you get some while it lasts!

    On Saturday, Oct, 12th, we will also have a Sip, Shop & Support market with 15+ local vendors for you to peruse locally craft goods! The HeartBright Foundation will also be on-site hosting a market and a raffle with prizes like a trip to Mexico, workshop classes, gift cards to local restaurants. There will be activities for all ages to enjoy!


  • Monday, October 14th. Bauern Bock Release/ Olde Mecklenburg Brewery 11 am-10 pm. Bauern Bock fans mark your calendar for October 14th!

    Our holiday “Farmer’s Bock” is a rich, malty, German-style doppelbock lager with a deep amber color that goes with the season.

    * It’s also one of our “biggest” beers with an ABV of 7.5% *

    Bauern Bock will be available on draft in the OMB Brauhaus and in select restaurants & bars. It will also be available in local stores in specialty 4-packs.

    Get ready to enjoy the Fall and holiday season even more!

Heist Brewery Big Pick’n Berliner Weiss with Raspberry

I have not really seen much of Heist Brewery beer in stores until I saw Heist Brewery Big Pick’n Berliner Weiss with Raspberry, 6.1% purchased from Pop The Top. Big Pick’n pour very thick raspberry red with a two finger pink head that steadily fades in to a little white cloud. There is a tart raspberry aroma with a bit of some sour notes and a very faint wheat note. Fruity tart raspberry flavor burst on your tastebuds with sone semi faint juicy sour notes that have a nice tart raspberry finish and fade in to aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Heist Brewery Big Pick’n Berliner Weiss with Raspberry is rather good and getting a B+. It isn’t overly tart but just enough for most tastebuds. Sone tend to over do it with the tart flavors and this hit the sweet spot. I recommend Heist Brewery Big Pick’n Berliner Weiss with Raspberry. I will have this again. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Tarboro Brewing Company Sexy Canoe

Tarboro Brewing Sexy Canoe, 3.7% ABV is ode to light beer brewed in Tarboro, North Carolina will all malt. Sexy Canoe pours a golden clean, clear color with a one finger white head that disappears quickly leaving behind a white halo and clean biscuit aromas that have metallic malted semi sweetness to it. There’s not a lot of flavor on this beer, However there is some biscuity malt notes that have a metallic sweetness that finishes with a metallic bitter note and a clean crisp aftertaste that has a faint grain note and a light mouthfeel. Tarboro Brewing Sexy Canoe is not a great beer boring and gets a F+. The flavor hits you with an unimpressive quality and quickly goes away that is all boring. But this does drink quite easy. I would not try this you will be very unimpressed and very underwhelmed. So no I do not recommend Tarboro Brewing Sexy Canoe. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Flying Machine Brewing Co. Breakfast With Pegasus Hay Ale Collaboration Series

Flying Machine Brewing Co. Breakfast With Pegasus Hay Ale, 5.5% ABV is brewed in Wilmington North Carolina as part of their Collaboration Series with Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. in Charleston South Carolina. Breakfast With Pegasus is brewed with vanilla, Lactose and Tiffany Hay which is dry hay that thrives in the warm seasons. Breakfast With Pegasus pours a hazy orange color with one finger quickly fizzing white head with sweet vanilla aromas with some nice cream notes. The flavor is of vanilla sweetness that is creamy with no hay notes present that finishes sweet and slightly sticky with a vanilla candy-sweet aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Flying Machine Brewing Co. Breakfast With Pegasus Hay Ale is definitely an interesting beer style. I give it a B- After two pints the sweetness begins to be too much on your pallet, and it’s more on a dessert side of sweetness. Yes, I would have this again as well as recommend it. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Foothills Brewing Company People’s Porter

Originally posted on November 10th, 2014.

As we get deep into the fall and closer to winter the store shelves are getting more and more dark beer upon them. I do enjoy dark beers, which has a wide range of styles, dunkers, dunkelweizens, dopplebock, schwarzbier, porter, and stout. Here is a porter from Winston-Salem North Carolina, Foothills Brewing People’s Porter, 5.8% ABV. People’s porter is an English-style porter. People’s Porter pours a dark rube to a black color with a three and a half finger brown thick head that slowly fades into wonderful foamy, creamy lacing. The aroma upon People’s Porter is chocolaty with light hints of some caramel. The taste is similar to its aroma with chocolate and caramel, also there is toffee notes with a slight herbal bitterness that follows that, but nothing overwhelming, People’s Porter has an IBU of 42.  This People’s Porter finish nicely with a pleasant hint of espresso and faint chocolate but more of the espresso is present. The after taste is a nice lingering chocolaty espresso flavor that slowly fades into the next sip of this beer. I enjoyed Foothills Brewing People’s Porter and I would give this a B+. This is a solid English-style Porter, and it is not too heavy or bitter on your taste buds, nor is it too strong. I found People’s Porter to be on the easier side of drinkability throughout the entire pint. I really have grown to like what Foothills Brewing is putting out there. They are brewing great beers! I recommend trying Foothills Brewing People’s Porter, so go out and pick this People’s Porter up and try it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!