Throwback Thursday: Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Captain James Jack Pilsner

Originally posted April 25th, 2012.


On May 19, 1775, twenty-six local civic leaders convened the Mecklenburg Convention at the corner of Trade and Tryon in downtown Charlotte, NC. One day later on May 20th, the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was unanimously adopted. It was the first such declaration by any civic body in the British colonies. Captain James Jack, a local tavern owner, volunteered at great personal risk to carry the Declaration more than 500 miles on horseback to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. That’s the interesting story on this Old Mecklenburg Pilsner’s name, no on to the beer itself. This is a pilsner at 4.9% abv and has nice sharp gold color with a brilliant white head that is thick but is gone before you know it. It has a nice calm light hop scent with a sort of grassy aroma to it that smells like a spring lawn, not bad. On the taste, you get a crisp hop, not that is light and refreshing with the tiniest bit of bitterness. You get a nice clean crisp refreshing finish that goes down rather smooth, which makes this is a good everyday kind of beer when you just want to good plane beer. This Captain is good and drinkable, not to light not to heavy, a good balance of things. This is good on any day, especially a hot one. Old Mecklenburg Brewery seems to pride themselves on making each beer special, great and tasty in my opinion and that’s how you need to feel about most beer in general, pride, and happiness. That is key to good beer drinking. Try this and you’ll agree! Cheers! Please drink responsibly! 

New Anthem Beer Project Dance Floor Heater


New Anthem Beer Project Dance Floor Heater, 5.2% ABV is a New Zealand Hopped Pilsner brewed in Wilmington, North Carolina with Motueka hops, Mexican yeast, Pilsner Malt, and of course water. Dance Floor Heater pours a nice crisp yellow color with a one and a quarter finger bright white head that fizzes down to a thin layer giving of nice crisp beady aromas with some light hop notes and a bit of bitterness that beckons you to take a sip where you’ll find a nice crisp beaded/biscuit note with a light hop note in the middle of the mouth that continues to the end with a faint bitterness that shows itself in the back of your mouth. Dance Floor Heater finishes with a bitter crisp with a very faint lemon-like note that carries into the aftertaste with a light bitterness but with less of a lemon note with a  light mouthfeel. New Anthem Beer Project really nailed it with Dance Floor Heater, this is a really good flavorful pilsner without being overwhelming and yes I think that many Dance Floor Heaters could be had without being too much on your tastebuds. New Anthem Beer Project Dance Floor Heater is an A+ beer and should be tried if you haven’t already. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!  

Blowing Rock Brewing Co. Cloud Rise Hazy IPA


Blowing Rock Brewing Company Cloud Rise Hazy IPA, 7.2% ABV from Hickory North Carolina was gifted to me through my father’s business associate. Cloud Rise is brewed Cashmere, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops. Cloud Rise pours light hazy orange with a three-finger sticky white pillowy, cloud-like head that gives off hoppy citrusy tropical fruit notes of orange and freshly crushed pineapple that gives you a taste of juicy orange and fresh pineapple with a nice bitterness on the middle of the mouth with a crisp flavor of grapefruit that comes together for a fruity juicy finish and aftertaste that of fresh hops with nice orange and light grapefruit pineapple with a medium mouthfeel. Blowing Rock Brewing Co. Cloud Rise Hazy IPA is a refreshingly fruity hazy IPA that gets a B+ here. I think that the 7.2% ABV and the bitter hoppy notes do tend to become too much after three of these and that is the only thing I found to be negative about Cloud Rise, the beer is good with nice flavors and you should try Cloud Rise for yourself! Cheers! Please stay safe at home and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!    

King Canary Brewing Co.


King Canary Brewing co. Dark Side of the Loon, 5.6% ABV purchaser in Crowler form from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop is an English-style Porter brewed with fifteen pounds of golden raisins, vanilla, and a touch of coconut. Dark Side of the Loon pours a black color with a quarter finger beige bubbly head that fades into nothing as soon as it from with no traces of it being left behind. I found there to be nice chocolate, black licorice with very faint raisin with some light coffee aromas on the nose that then lead into similar flavors of chocolate, black licorice, nice but light coffee notes with very faint raisin come in for a second on the back of your tongue that comes to a slightly bitter chocolate licorice finish with a licorice aftertaste. King Canary Brewing co. Dark Side of the Loon is not so great but not the worst Porter, I think its a D, and was something that I did finish two pints of from my crowler but I wouldn’t have again, the weird bitterness towards the end was not that pleasant nor was the chocolate and licorice together, when but together those two tasted weird and bitter.  I didn’t enjoy King Canary Brewing co. Dark Side of the Loon, as much as I was thinking that I would I would not try this beer. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Catawba Brewing Company El Gato Mariachi


Catawba Brewing Company El Gato Mariachi, 5.3% ABV is a Horchata White Ale brewed with Summit hops, 2-Row Pale, Malted wheat, flaked oats, flaked rice, vanilla, Lactose, and cinnamon. Horchata is a Mexican drink made with rice and is flavored with cinnamon and sweetened with sugar. El Gato Marichi pours a yellow color with a one-finger quick white fizzy head that gives off a sweet cinnamon and clove aroma a very very faint banana note that leads you to partake a sip in which you’ll find a nice cinnamon note that has a nice balance of banana clove with notes of vanilla that come to a sweet refreshing finish of vanilla and some cinnamon that give you a nice white ale aftertaste with touches of cinnamon with a light mouthfeel. I found that Catawba Brewing Company El Gato Mariachi an interesting take on a white ale and one that turns out to be good, and I wasn’t really to be the way it tasted I thought it to be more on the sweeter dessert side of things and it was actually refreshing and something that you can have a few of without wrecking your tastebuds. I give Catawba Brewing Company El Gato Mariachi an A+. None of the flavors of El Gato Mariachi weren’t too strong they were lighter than I was expecting and that is why this is a great beer that you should try. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!    

Burial Beer Co. The Tranquility Amid Terror


purchased a crowler of Burial Beer Co. The Tranquility Amid Terror, 7.2% ABV a New England style IPA from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop here in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Tranquility Amid Terror poured a deep cloudy/hazy yellow with a tich two finger white head that sticks around awhile leaving thick ropey lacing after each sip. The Tranquility Amid Terror give off a piney citrusy aroma with a tart bitterness wafting into your seance of smell that draws you to take a sip that brings forth a flavor of bitter creamy citrus orange and light grapefruit notes with a sweet yet tartness that turns into a faint vanilla note that then quickly becomes bitter with a nice tartness toward the end, then culminates into a creamy tart bitter finish with a juicy citrusy aftertaste with a medium, almost full mouthfeel. Burial Beer Co. The Tranquility Amid Terror is a good beer, a B+ beer, falls just a bit in my opinion with that tartness and bitterness together, I think they don’t meld well together but everything else flavor-wise with Burial Beer Co. The Tranquility Amid Terror is great and s beer worth trying. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!       

Dancing Gnome Beer Lusta


Thank you to Dancing Gnome Beer in Pittsburg Pennsylvania for sending me four fresh Lusta, 5.8% ABV their Pale Ale. Lusta pours a yellow straw color that is slightly cloudy with a nice rocky bright three finger white head with great sticking power and leaving behind thick ropey lacing. After looking at this beer you enticed by a citrusy aroma of light grapefruit and orange aroma with nice touches of creamy bitter notes wafting into your sense of smell that calls you to a taste of citrusy orange and grapefruit that has a creaminess to it with nice bitter notes that is somehow smooth that finishes with a juicy citrus fruit bitterness and a nice creamy bitter aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Dancing Gnome Beer Lusta is a great beer, an A+ beer, and one that should be a goto beer in any beer drinkers refrigerator. Every ingredient in Lusta just flows and melds very well. Dancing Gnome Beer Lusta is something that should not or ever be missed! Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Dssolver Beer & Proclamation Brewing Co. Tiger Kings


Dssolver Beer & Proclamation Brewing Co. Tiger Kings, 5% ABV brewed with coconut and orange peel is a collaboration between the two breweries brewed at Dssolver Beer in Asheville North Carolina. Tiger Kings pours a yellow color with a bright one and a half finger white quickly fading head that fades down into a small island. This beer gives off orange aromas with sweetness coming in a little coconut form that then takes you into the taste that is big sweet orange flavor in the front with some coconut and a weird bitterness in the back of the mouth that continues into the finish with an orange candy finish that tastes like it has gone bad with a bitter orange candy aftertaste that really lingers with a very faint trace of weird coconut. Dssolver Beer & Proclamation Brewing Co. Tiger Kings starts out fine then goes way downhill quickly getting a D-. The finish and the aftertaste are weird tastings in the bad/not so good way. Dssolver Beer & Proclamation Brewing Co. Tiger Kings is only good when it hits the tip of your tongue, that like two seconds then it’s quickly headed into D- territory. But I like Dssolver Beer but I am not so sure about Proclamation Brewing Co. Don’t try this one. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Throwback Thursday: Avery Brewing Co. Ellie’s Brown Ale

Origins Posted on March 28th, 2015.


Brown Ales are unrated as a style of beer in my opinion. I believe that they don’t get as much credit as they should. I love brown ale a lot. They can be sweet, malty, nutty and drinkable. Here we have Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder Colorado, Ellie’s Brown Ale, 5.5% ABV. This beer is named after Avery Brewing’s beloved chocolate lab. Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops, and yeast are used. This is another beer delivered by Brewpublik ( Ellie’s Brown Ale pours a deep russet color with a four-finger pillowy off white head that slowly dissipates into a fine lacing. I found very little light coming through the glass with some carbonation bubbles. The aroma is sweet with some malt and chocolate with a hint of nutty aroma. The taste on Ellie’s Brown Ale is a bit sweet brown sugar at first, and then you get a bit of the chocolate with some nutty flavors and a hint of vanilla. Ellie’s Brown Ale taste is just as brown ale should be. This brown ale has a smooth sweeter finish and nice chocolate and brown sugar after taste that lingers just enough for full enjoyment. The mouthfeel is somewhat light to barely medium. I like brown ales a lot and Ellie’s Brown Ale is no different. I give this an A. It is just what brown ale is supposed to be. It is easy to drink with a great tasting flavor. Ellie’s Brown Ale is something that you could drink a few and really enjoy it. The flavor is not so bold that one is all you could enjoy. It is sessionable brown ale. I recommend that you go and try Avery Brewing Co. Ellie’s, Brown Ale. It is good! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Sugar Creek Brewing Hazy Creek India Pale Ale


Sugar Creek Brewing Company Hazy Creek India Pale Ale, 6% ABV with 30 IBUs is a New England style IPA that has been dry-hopped during fermentation after being local brewed here in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hazy Creek is the newest offering from Sugar Creek Brewing Company, and pour a bright yellow hazy color with a two-finger white slow fading head which gives off tropical juicy fruit aromas of mango, pineapple with some nice orange peels and light bitter hop notes. Once you take a sniff you go in for a flavor of nice juicy ripe tropical mango, pineapple, juicy orange and orange peel with a nice light but slightly pungent bitter hop notes that has a tropical fruit juice finish and a juicy fruit bitter aftertaste that is quite refreshing all with a medium mouthfeel. Sugar Creek Brewing Company Hazy Creek India Pale Ale is a very welcome addition to their lineup of beers, I give this IPA an A+.  Sugar Creek Brewing Company Hazy Creek India Pale Ale is a very well balanced and brewed IPA that everyone should try, it is refreshing juicy with good tropical fruits with lower bitterness. I could drink many of these Sugar Creek Brewing Company Hazy Creek India Pale Ale. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!