Lager is probably a bad word when it comes to craft beer drinkers. That’s is because we craft drinkers think of Bud, Miller, Coors beers. These are not good beers, according to craft drinkers. But there is more and more lager beer made by craft beer breweries. This particular lager is Spratt’s Premium Lager from Town Brewing Co. It comes in at 4.6% ABV, which is on the lower abv scale. This Lager beer is brewed right here in Charlotte, North Carolina. Spratt’s Lager finest pilsner malt, heirloom rice, and American hop. This lager beer, pours a clear gold color with a bright one-finger white fizzy head. The aroma is clean, sweet, and fruity. The taste is also clean and fruity with a white bread note. The mouthfeel is light. Then this lager beer finishes with a crisp light fruity flavor. The aftertaste is slightly dry and fruity. This lager beer is better the most macro lager beers. It’s a B-. There is nothing memorable about this beer’s flavor profile, and that’s generally what a lager is. If you want something simple in a beer, I recommend Spratt’s, Premium Lager. Please be kind, be safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Heist Brewery Because Stone Kolsch Said So Kolsch Style Ale
Kolsch is a lighter German-style ale. This beer from Heist Brewing here in Charlotte, NC. This beer is Because Stone Kolsch Said So, 4.8% ABV. I have not had a lot of beer from Heist. This beer pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head that fades steadily into a white halo. The aroma is of light bread, some sweetness, with a clean smell. The flavor is dry but light, clean, and sweet. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Then this Kolsch ale finishes with a dry flavor that has a hint of sweetness. The aftertaste is also dry. But less dry with a nice light sweet note. This Heist Brewery Kolsch is good, but it didn’t blow me away or wows me. It was a little above average. I give Because Stone Kolsch Said So a C+. It is refreshing and clean, but the flavors are muted. This Ale isn’t a beer I wouldn’t tell you not to buy. I am warning you that it’s just slightly above average. Please be kind, be safe and remember, always enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Foothills Brewing Hazyum IPA
Hazyum IPA, 6.9% ABV is a hazy version of Foothills Brewing’s (in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) Hoppyum IPA. Foothills Brewing uses locally sourced wheat and malts. This IPA pours a cloudy darker lemon yellow color with a two-and-a-half finger white head. The head is somewhat quick to go. The aroma is tropical, orangey, and bitter. The flavor is also tropical and orangey with grapefruit, melon, and pineapple. It is also bitter towards the back of the tongue with a bitter and tart flavor. The mouthfeel is light but barely. Then this IPA finishes with a tropical fruit flavor. The aftertaste is of bitter tropical fruits. This IPA is a nice hazy version of Hoppyum, a tropical forward Hoppyum. I like Hazyum, and would Gove this a B+. I still think that Hoppyum is just a bit better. I would still recommend Hazyum IPA. Please be kind, be safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Legion Brewing Pineapple Juicy Jay India pale ale
Pineapple Juicy Jay IPA, 6.5% ABV, is Legion Brewing’s pineapple version of their Juicy Jay IPA. This IPA uses pineapple puree. This beer is made locally in Charlotte, North Carolina. I have had the non-pineapple version of Juicy Jay many times, but never this version. This IPA pours a pineapple yellow color that is hard to see through. It has a two and a half finger white, steady head. The aroma is juicy and tropical, with some bittersweetness. The flavor is also fruity with bittersweetness and touches of tartness. The mouthfeel is slightly medium. Then this pineapple IPA finishes with a nice bitter pineapple flavor. Then the aftertaste of tropical fruit comes. This beer is a good variation of Juicy Jay IPA. I give it an A. I highly recommend it. It’s bright and tropical without being overly bitter. There is just enough pineapple flavor to give it that tropical feel. This beer is a good summer IPA. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Früh Bock Spring Bock
I have had Früh Bock, 6% ABV from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, many times before, and I might have reviewed it years ago. I’m reviewing this local Charlotte, North Carolina beer again , because the more beer I have and review, the more my plate grows and changes. This spring beer pours a deep gold/copper color with a two-finger steady white head. The aroma is ready, fruity, and sweet. The flavor is a sweet and fruity with a very light malt flavor. The mouthfeel is medium. Then it comes to a nice bitter-sweet fruity finish. The aftertaste is less fruity than the initial taste. There are some light malted flavor. Every time I have Früh Bock, the more I find it delicious. I give it an A+ and highly recommend it. It’s a good beer for springtime. It has a very well-made flavor profile and taste. I can’t fault it on anything. There is nothing negative from me about this beer. Just go and find it and try it! Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
New Belgium Brewing Company Fat Tire Amber Ale
Fat Tire from New Belgium Brewing Company is a classic flagship brew, that comes in at 5.2% ABV. New Belgium dates way back to 1991. I’ve had Fat Tire so many times before. This Ale pours a copper/amber color with a one and a half finger sticky white head. The aroma is malty biscuit and has a light hoppy sweetness. The flavor is lightly sweet with hoppy flavors. There is the same malted biscuit from its smell. The mouthfeel is light. Then this beer finishes clean with a hint of hoppy flavor. The aftertaste is lightly hoppy and biscuity. This beer is drinkable, and I mean that you can have a six-pack of these Fat Tires, and the flavor will not be too much on your taste buds. I would recommend this. It is a good flagship brew from New Belgium Brewing Co, which is in both Fort Collins, Colorado, and Asheville, North Carolina. I give it a B+. It is a good Amber Ale, but I have had some that blow me away, but I’ve had so many. A great example of one is Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Copper. But this is good too! Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Pipeworks Brewing Co. Ninja vs Unicorn Double Pale Ale
I found Ninja vs Unicorn Double Pale Ale at a nearby Harris Teeter supermarket. This beer from Chicago, Illinois, is 8% ABV. Pipeworks Brewing Co. was founded in 2012. I have not seen much of this or any Pipeworks beers here in Charlotte or in North Carolina. This beer pours a yellow color with a slight haze and has a three-finger thick white head. The aroma is juicy, fruity, tropical, and hoppy. The flavor is hoppy, juicy, fruity, tropical mango, and pineapple. It has a slight sweetness to it. The mouthfeel is medium. Then this beer (which is more like an IPA than a Pale Ale) finishes with a bitter tropical hop flavor. The aftertaste is hoppy and bitter with light fruit. I found this Ninja vid Unicorn Double Pale Ale from Pipeworks Brewing Co. to be good, A grade. It has fruity flavors with the right amount of bettering hops. It does not drink like an 8% beer either. I like that too. I highly recommend this beer, especially if you like IPAs. Please be kind, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Thomas Creek Brewery Islander Ginger Beer
Foothills Brewing Good Ship Wit
Good Ship Wit, 5.1% ABV from Foothills Brewing in Winston Salem, North Carolina. This Wit beer has ginger, lime, orange, turmeric, and coriander. This beer is a seasonal beer from March to July. Good Ship Wit pours a yellow color that doesn’t allow any light to get through. It has one finger quickly fizzy white head. The aroma is of huge ginger, lime, and orange, and it has a spiced note. The flavor has lots of ginger upfront with spices, lite orange/lime, and some citrus peels. The mouthfeel is medium. This Wit beer finishes with lime and ginger, which carries over to the aftertaste. Then the aftertaste has a linger of spiced ginger/lime flavor. This beer is a tasty Wtt beer. I think Foothills Brewing Good Ship Wit is a B+. There is a little too much ginger here. I like ginger a lot. But after three, the ginger is too much. The lime does help balance the ginger some, as do the spices. Good Ship Wit is refreshing to drink. I would recommend it for sure You should try it! Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!