Catawba Brewing Company CLT India Pale Ale

Catawba Brewing Company CLT India Pale Ale, 7.2% ABV is a double dry-hopped IPA brewed in Charlotte North Carolina hence the name CLT which is airport  nomenclature for Charlotte. CLT pours a cloudy orange color with a two-finger white head that fades quickly into the thinnest ring around the glass, giving off a bitter grapefruit l and orange aroma with a pine bitter note. Taste follows the nose with grapefruit and orange bitter flavors that have a piney note to them with a bitter tropical finish and a piney bitter orange aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Catawba Brewing Company CLT India Pale Ale starts off in the wrong direction then after a few sips the flavor begins to head in a good direction and becomes a grade B beer, but I don’t think I could drink more than two pints of Catawba Brewing Company CLT India Pale Ale all its flavor would overpower your taste buds but it’s not bad and one that’s worth a try. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: New Belgium Brewing Citradelic Tangerine IPA

Originally posted on February 11th, 2016.

I am not a fan of New Belgium Brewing IPAs. I don’t like Ranger their original IPA. Well that changed when I had Citradelic Tangerine IPA, 6.0% ABV with an IBU of 50. This IPA is brewed with Citra Hops and Tangerines. Now these two things sound like they go well together in an IPA. Citra Hops give a citrus flavor and well Tangerines are a Citrus fruit, so how can they not go well together.  Citradelic pours a crisp golden color with a bit of an orange twinge to it and a two finger bright white head. The head quickly fades to about one finger then slowly fades into nice ropey lacing that is on the thinner side. The aroma is tropical with citrus fruit like tangerines, oranges and some faint grapefruits. There is a little bit of a subtly earthy aroma as well. This   is one good smelling tropical IPA. The taste is juicy with nice Citra note up front with some real nice tangerine flavor kicking in in the middle of the mouth that really build up a great tropical taste. The mouth feel is on the lighter side with a nice half sweet finish of earthy pine tangerine. The after taste is a bit hop with tangerines and faint subtle grapefruit notes. This beer surprised me with how good it was. I was going in to this IPA thinking it was going to be okay/average, and be a little to hoppy and have a little bitter fruit. Well it was not! I give this an A-. Citradelic was all about one hop and one added ingredient, which wasn’t bad. I enjoy it, but I really prefer a more round flavorful IPA. Not to say that Citradelic wasn’t flavorful. New Belgium nailed the tropical tangerine flavors on this IPA! This is a great IPA a great for warmer weather IPA or anytime of the year. This IPA is tropical and sweet with out being to sweet. It is also easy to drink and refreshing. I highly recommend New Belgium Brewing Citradelic Tangerine IPA. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Thursday, December 5th, Flat Brim Hazy IPA Release. Triple C Brewing Company.  4 pm-10 pm. Flat Brim IPA is back and brewed with ridiculous amounts of Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops. 5.2% ABV


  • Friday, December 6th. Yule Bock Release. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. 11 am-11 pm. Come and celebrate the start of OMB’s Christmas Market on December 6th with the release of YULE BOCK!

    Yule Bock usually sells out before the end of Weihnachtsmarkt, so drink it while you can! This holiday delight is an authentic “Weihnachtsbock” (Christmas Bock). Premium European barley malts and noble hops give this bock lager its rich crimson color and smooth malty character. If you’re looking to add some happy to your holidays, have a Yule Bock!

    Like all OMB beers, Yule Bock is all-natural — brewed in strict accordance with the famous German beer purity law of 1516: the “Reinheitsgebot.” In line with Reinheitsgebot, it was brewed using natural carbonation from the pure CO2 produced by the yeast during fermentation. We pull our brews from our lager tanks weekly, so you know it’s fresh. And, it was kept cold from production to delivery to you, because all beer should be kept cold to maximize freshness. We hope you enjoy this pure, fresh, cold beer.

    See our other event pages for more details on Santa & Weihnachtsmarkt. Under 21 is welcome at OMB. Pets are welcome outside in our Biergarten. Thanks & Prost!


  • Friday, December 6th. Premium Roast Breakfast Stout Release. NoDa Brewing Co. One of your favorite winter seasonals is back! 🍻☕️ Rise and shine for a pint of our Breakfast Stout, a perfectly rich and roasty brew, thanks to our custom Ethiopian and Colombian coffee bean blend provided by Nightflyer Roastworks. This Stout, sitting at 5.5% ABV, is rich and full of flavor but not overly heavy, or high in alcohol. 👌🏻

    While you’re here sipping on this delicious brew, stick around for food from TIN Kitchen and live music in the taproom! Premium Roast Breakfast Stout Release featuring syrups and infusions. 3 pm-10 pm. OG NoDa Brewing Co. One of your favorite winter seasonals is back! 🍻☕️ Enjoy a pint of our Breakfast Stout, a perfectly rich and roasty brew, thanks to our custom Ethiopian and Colombian coffee bean blend provided by Nightflyer Roastworks. This Stout, sitting at 5.5% ABV, is rich and full of flavor. 👌🏻

    Enjoy it as is, or with coffee syrups to take things up a notch. We’ll have amaretto, hazelnut, caramel, Irish cream, and vanilla syrups available to be paired with our Premium Roast Breakfast Stout, or with any other brew on tap. 🍺

    Last, but not least, If you want to see how our other brews on tap would taste with a coffee twist, try out our coffee infused options where we use a french press to steep coffee beans on one of our non-coffee infused IPAs. ☕️


  • Saturday. December 7th. Birdsong 8 Year Anniversary. Birdsong Brewing Co. 11 am-10 pm. Limited Beer Glass and four Beer Tokens $15.00 on Facebook or We’re turning 8 (WOW) and we hope you’ll save the date to celebrate with us! We expect no shortage of awesome people, good vibes, and DELICIOUS beer! Mark yourself as interested or going to this event and you’ll get all of the updates on beer releases, food trucks, music, and other fun stuff!

    We are so excited to announce that we are switching things up this year and will be offering 5oz pours so you can try ALL of the awesome beers we’ll have at our anniversary party!

    1p: The Robertson Boys
    4p: The Shana Blake Band
    7p: Sinners and Saints
    3-5p: Ira the 3rd (production space)

    Shelves Bookstore Pop up
    The Tinsel Crown
    Moxie Mercantile
    Jim Hanley Stoneware
    Lumen CLT

    11:30a-4:30p: My Sausage Buddy & Sun Burger Vegan
    2-7p: Queen City Pretzels and Pierogies!
    4:30p-9:30p: Chimi Spot and Bleu Barn Bistro

    Also NEW this year, you will be able to pre-purchase a package with the anniversary glass + 4 beer tokens online so you can skip the line and come right on in! Of course, you can always purchase more tokens at the event and we WILL be honoring tokens here at the taproom for future purchases beyond the anniversary. We can’t wait to celebrate with you all! Here’s the breakdown:
    $15 Pre-Sale Token Package = Limited edition anniversary glass + 4 beer tokens. (you can wait and purchase tokens and/or glass at the door in any quantity you desire)

    Token Breakdown:
    ONE TOKEN = 5oz POUR
    TWO TOKENS = FULL POUR (16oz standard pint size OR 12oz high gravity and barrel-aged brews)

    **Must be 21 with valid ID to purchase/ pickup beer tokens. You do not need to pre-purchase anything to attend the event. Tokens and the anniversary glass will be available for sale at the door.


    The Barrel-Aged List has been finalized:
    2018 Turtles on Pterodactyls stout
    Four Roses Bourbon Barrel Aged

    2018 Rich Girl Imperial Oatmeal Raisin Porter
    Muddy River Rum Barrel Aged

    2018 Prehistoric Dog Stout
    Bookers Bourbon Barrel Aged

    2018 Let’s Stay Together barleywine
    buffalo trace bourbon barrel-aged

    Dirty Bird imperial lazy bird brown ale
    4 yr Muddy River Rum Barrel Aged

    Vein Melter sour w/ black currants
    Tequila Barrel Aged (contains lactose)

    Besamé Mucho Gose w/ lime and tangerine zest
    Tequila Barrel Aged

    Too Many Puppies gran cru fermented w/ cherries
    Brandy Barrel-aged

    Skipping Rocks white double IPA
    16 yr George Dickel Whiskey Barrel Aged  


  • Saturday, December 7th. Beach Shack Coffe Blonde Ale Release! Sycamore Brewing. 12 pm-11 pm. Crafted with a variety of the finest, hand-selected coffee microlots and vanilla beans, chosen by our own coffee roastery – Beach Shack.


  • Sunday, December 8th. Keg Tapping! 1st Ward Beverage Company. 12 pm-10 pm. Come join us for Sunday Funday and enjoy Cold Mountain on tap from Highland Brewing Company

Kona Brewing Co. Hanalei Island IPA

Kona Brewing Co. Hanalei Island IPA, 4.5% ABV with 40 IBUs is brewed in Kona Hawaii with Pale, 2 Row Premium, Carmel-120 malts, Azacca, Galaxy hops, Tropical Passionfruit, Orange, and Guava. Hanalei Island IPA pours a clear golden color with a one and a half finger white head that give tropical fruit aromas of passionfruit, guava, and some light orange. Taste of Hanalei Island IPA is a little similar to its nose with tropical fruits, guava, passionfruit and a little faint orange with a slight bitter hoppy note come through on the back of the tongue that does carry into the finish where the tropical fruit flavors fade into a light hoppy aftertaste with a light mouthfeel. Kona Brewing Co. Hanalei Island IPA is more tropical fruit than traditional IPA. I think that Kona Brewing Co. Hanalei Island IPA is an A-, the hoppy notes only chime in towards the back of the mouth and in the finish and aftertaste with drops it just slightly, and with that said this IPA is one beer I’d recommend trying. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Crafted Cocktail: Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer, Dark & Stormy

Here is something a little different from the usual. Thank ya o The Baddish Group for sending me some Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer and for sparking the idea for this post. One of my favorite types of liquor is rum especially dark rum so here I crafted a Dark & Stormy, 3 1/3 oz ginger beer (Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer), 2 oz dark rum (Pusser’s Rum), and 1/2 oz lime juice (Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice). Fill a highball glass with ice, add dark rum atop ginger beer then add lime juice, mix thoroughly and garnish with a lime wedge. Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer has a 4.8% ABV whereas most ginger beers used to not. The Dark & Stormy is a is light sort of brown copper color with a big aroma of ginger and little notes of the lime and dark rum. It has a pronounced ginger flavor with a nice following of light lime dark rum right behind all the ginger beer with an alcoholic ginger finish and similar aftertaste with a light lime coming through with a halfway medium mouthfeel. This is not as boozy as it would seem but it’s a little boozier than a standard Dark & Stormy due to the Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer. Overall this was a nice taste Dark & Stormy cocktails, gets a B+. Yes sure there will always be something better out there but right now this Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer, Dark & Stormy is really good. Please enjoy responsibly. Cheers!

Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer, 4.8% imported from Edinburgh, Scotland is not something I usually review but I do like ginger so let’s give it a review. Thanks to The Baddish Group for sending this to me. Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer is brewed with real Far East ginger that has been steeped for up to six weeks and with exotic spices. Crabbie’s pours (over ice) a bronze, semi-gold color with really not head and gives off a sharp and strong spicy ginger sweet aroma. The taste is a slightly more amplified version of the aroma, of strong spicy ginger with a nice cool sweetness that finishes with a nice mellow ginger sweet and spicy note with a sweet and slightly spicy ginger aftertaste with a lighter mouthfeel. Overall I found Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer to be a little on the strong side with its ginger flavor but I think that it’s a B+. Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer is a refreshing drink for any time and would be a nice addition to any cocktail. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Beer & Chips Pairing: Sun Chips Garden Salsa & New South Brewing Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale Ale

Here is another Beer & Chips Pairing with Sun Chips Garden Salsa & Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale Ale, 8.9%. I have previously reviewed Dirty Myrtle. Sun Chips Garden Salsa, from Frito-Lays, is a multigrain chip that has orange-brown wavy color in a square shape with some brown spots and an aroma of light jalapeño, tomato, and some faint grains. Taste is somewhat similar to its aroma with a nice crunchy tomato jalapeño flavor that is medium with faint grain and very faint cheese flavor. When paired with Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale the Garden Salsa Sub Chips get the jalapeño flavor washed away but do retain a light tomato flavor and as the beer washes into the back of your mouth the jalapeño flavor come back slightly and has a nice light vegetable salsa finish and after with a tiny bit of spicy heat on that aftertaste. Sun Chips Garden Salsa & Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale Ale do somewhat complement each other getting B. Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale does overpower the flavor of the chips slight a couple of times but overall was a good pair and one that you should try. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

New South Brewing Waccamaw Red Ale

New South Brewing Waccamaw Red Ale, 5.8% ABV, brewed in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, dry-hopped with Cascade and Chinook hops is a west-coast style amber ale. Waccamaw Red Ale pours a deep red/orange murky color with sediment throughout the glass and a one and a half off white head that is somewhat quick fading, that gives off a piney hop aroma with faint caramel malts. The taste follows the nose with hoppy pine notes upfront and some nice but light caramel malt notes towards the middle of the mouth and the back. Waccamaw Red Ale finishes with a light caramel malt flavor with a big bitterness and a hoppy caramel aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. After a few swigs of New South Brewing Waccamaw Red Ale, it starts to grow on you and starts being slightly enjoyable and gets a C+. You don’t really see a whole lot of hoppy amber ales out in the market. This New South Brewing Waccamaw Red Ale is a bit above average and it surprised me a bit. I don’t recommend that you rush right out to have it. But if you come across New South Brewing Waccamaw Red Ale try it. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

New South Brewing Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale Ale.

This past weekend I was in Myrtle Beach South Carolina and I found the magic of the internet New South Brewing. I had two beers at their ho-hum brewery which did have many brewery stickers and beer mats adorning the wall. The two beers I had while there, Java The Hut, an English Brown ale, and their Red ale which I have and will review soon, both were slightly below average. I also picked up New South Brewing Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale Ale, 8.5% ABV. Dirty Myrtle is brewed with lots of Mosaic, Simcoe, and Falconer Flight hops. Dirty Myrtle pours a deep orange murky color with a two-finger steady fading white head with piney grapefruit/orange bitter aromas. That aroma then leads you to a hoppy piney flavor of orange/grapefruit bitterness that is on the smoother side with a bitter citrus fruit finish and a bitter citrus pine aftertaste with a smooth medium mouthfeel. New South Brewing Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale Ale did surprise me after having two mediocre beers. New South Brewing Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale Ale is a B, and this was a smooth double IPA m, yet it had enough hop flavor so you knew that it’s a double IPA. I would recommend trying New South Brewing Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale Ale. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Triple C Brewing Company Baby Maker India Pale Ale

Originally posted on August 11th, 2014.

In the last year or so I’ve grown more of a liking to IPA’s (India Pale Ale), but I am not one hundred percent into them, but more than I was in the past. When it comes to IPA’s I can be a bit particular about them. But I was brought a local double IPA from Triple C Brewing here in Charlotte, NC called Baby Maker, 8.5% ABV with 80 IBU (international Bittering Unit). A double IPA is a stronger version of an IPA, with higher an ABV and IBU. The flavor tends to be bigger and bolder. Triple C uses a unique blend of malts to masks the high ABV while copious of four different hop varieties are used in the late kettle additions and dry-hopping is also used. Baby Maker pours a deeper amber/copper color with a big three finger off white whipped head that leaves great lacing behind that fades kind of fast. There were tiny amounts of light coming through with a normal carbonation amount. The aroma on Baby Maker is a little sweeter than you’d expect for a DIPA, and there is a normal piney scent that is around a malted aroma. The taste isn’t huge like you when normally get from DIPA’s, but more of malt sweetness with a little bit of piney hop bitterness behind it. I didn’t get much alcohol taste with Baby Maker; it was masked by the sweetness with made this beer a little easier to drink. As this DIPA warms up the sweetness becomes more present as well as the hop bitterness, but the bitterness never gets overly intense, just a bit more present behind the sweet flavor and the alcohol comes through just a little. The mouthfeel is a high medium with a nice bittersweet finish. The aftertaste is good with a little faint grapefruit that lingers for a second or two before quickly disappearing. I am not much into double IPA’s but this is not bad, it’s a B-. I felt that the sweetness and the hop bitterness were not balanced enough, it’s as if they are just there together in the same place not working together. But Baby Maker is a not bad beer though. It’s would be a beer that I would recommend if you like hoppy beers (DIPAs & IPAs). So go out and try Triple C Brewing Baby Maker Double India Pale Ale. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!