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Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. Sour Cherry Pineapple

This Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. Cherry Pineapple, 6.5% ABV is an American Sour Ale from Charleston, South Carolina I picked up from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop. Sour Cherry Pineapple pours a Robitussin bright red color with a thin one and a quarter pink head that quickly fades into itself, with big sour tart cherry fruits. Smells okay but no pineapple. The flavor is similar to the aroma with tart and sour cherry with a very light/faint tropical note on the middle of the tongue still no pineapple then you get a sour cherry cough medicine that slowly fades into an effervescent tart Maraschino Cherry finish with a tart sour sugar cherry aftertaste and a light mouthfeel. I found Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. Cherry Pineapple to have a weird cherry flavor without getting any pineapple with a medicinal quality to it. I give Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. Cherry Pineapple a D-, I did finish this and it was not very heavy or way too sour, but not very good otherwise so do not try this! Please enjoy responsibly!

Hopfly Brewing Company Crunch Time Munich Helles Lager

Hopfly Brewing Company Crunch Time Munich Helles Lager, 4.5% ABV is a Pale Lager produced in Rocky Mount, North Carolina in which I purchased from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop, which is my favorite place to buy great beers. Crunch Time pours a light yellow color with a three and a quarter finger white fluffy head that fades steadily leaves behind quickly dissolving lacing. Aroma on Crunch Time is faintly sweet, clean and biscuity with a very faint hop note that draws you to a clean crisp taste that is biscuity with very faint/light hop notes on the back of the mouth with a nice crisp finish that has light hop twinge that quickly fades into the lightly breaded aftertaste all with a light mouthfeel. Hopfly Brewing Company Crunch Time Munich Helles Lager is good for a hot day and very crushable, which just means you can drink this down easy and go for many more and has a good refreshing quality about it but not one of the flavors really stand out on their own they all come together for a well-balanced beer that is an A+. It is lighter than a standard lager and isn’t heavy feeling after finishing a pint. I enjoyed Hopfly Brewing Company Crunch Time Munich Helles Lager and so should you! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Maine Beer Company Peeper Pale Ale.

You don’t usually find much from Main Beer Company here in Charlotte, NC but I stopped into the Laurel Market the other day and found Maine Beer Company Peeper Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV. This beer brewed in Freeport Maine and has been brewing Peeper, a year-round beer since 2009. Peeper is brewed with Amarillo, Cascade, and Centennial hops with American 2-Row, Carapils, Vienna, and Red Wheat malts. Peeper pours a yellow color with a big four finger creamy looking white head the fades into a little snow cap with great wide lacing throughout the glass. This beer gives off aromas of some lemon and grapefruit notes, a light wafting of fresh cut grass with a faint yet light hoppy notes. Taste is on the lighter side with some nice lemon notes along with grapefruit grassy hop notes hitting your tongue from the middle to the back with a little pine note coming into the mix that finishes nicely with dryness and some slight tinge of a hoppy note. Peeper Pale Ale has a nice but short aftertaste of hoppy grass citrus fruit that is delicate and a little soft. This is really refreshing, easy drinking and one I could have over and over again, and so should you. Everything going on in Maine Beer Company Peeper Pale Ale is well brewed and balanced, it is well deserving of an A+. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Ruthless Rye

Originally posted February 13th, 2013.

There is a wide range of ingredients when it comes to brewing beer, but some brewers and beer drinkers overlook some. One, in particular, is rye a grain closely related to wheat but tends to be a bit dark in color. There are a few breweries that use rye. Here is one example of a rye beer. This is Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye 2013 6.6% ABV, which is a west coast style IPA with rye. Ruthless Rye is a seasonal release, and Sierra Nevada Brewing says it fits in between winter and spring, that transition between the two. Ruthless Rye pours darker than most IPAs. It pours a deeper amber/copper color with a three finger white bubbly head. This beer does have some lacing to the glass. I found some light coming through the class with a very little amount of carbonation bubbles. The aroma is just like a west coast IPA, with a citrusy scent of grapefruit, and a hint of the orange peel. The taste of Ruthless Rye has a nice amount of hop bitterness up front with nice grapefruit flavor that is followed by a hit of a small peppery spice. There is also a very faint malt character to it. The mouthfeel is light and this beer does finish well with a citrusy grapefruit aftertaste. The aftertaste does say for a little and the fade before your next sip. Well, I like this one because of the rye in it, but it doesn’t WOW me. So I am giving this a B. This is a good effort from the folks the Sierra Nevada. I mean they do hoppy beers well. They were the first breweries to brew pale ale here in the U.S. It’s good too. But anyway, this Ruthless Rye is worth a try, and I would recommend this to any IPA or rye fan. I would have this again. It is a good solid beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Wednesday, June 19th. 2x Peach Sour Preview at Salud! Salud Beer Shop. 5 pm-8 pm. You’re invited to an EXCLUSIVE first look at two of our most exciting fruited sours yet! Be the first to try this year’s Springs Farm Peach Sour and the first-ever Big Red Peach Sour (see details below.) It’s all going down this Wednesday, June 19 at Salud in NoDa starting at 5pm!

    This all leads up to our double bottle release and Peach Party this Saturday, June 22nd from 12-2pm! Both bottles will be available for purchase starting then, plus we’ll have some live music, peach treats from Springs Farm and Button Macarons, and even a Peach Bake Off.

    The Springs Farm Peach // 7% ABV
    A beer near and dear to Fort Mill’s hearts, this peach sour proudly features 500 pounds of local Springs Farm peaches added in secondary fermentation. We aged this beauty in neutral wine barrels with a mixed culture of Belgian and Brett yeast for nine months, giving the beer a winey quality that slowly unveils itself as the palate adjusts.
    $18 including tax, 500ml. No limit!

    Big Red Peach Sour // 7% ABV
    Our base golden sour was aged in our Italian Chianti wine cask for 7 months. Featuring 250 pounds of “big red” peaches from Springs Farm in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
    $18 including tax, 500ml. No limit!

    Finally, we’d like to extend a big THANK YOU to Salud for hosting this special event!! We look forward to seeing everyone there!

 

  • Thursday, June 19th. Tap-Takeover with Frog Level Brewing Co. The Wine Shop River Gate. 6 pm-9 pm. Tap take-over, by Frog Level Brewing Co., join us from 6:00-9:00pm June 19th – for a fun night of Brews and Bites! Special Beer Bites pairing menu!
    Pints, Fights, and more!!

 

  • Thursday, June 20th. Seasonal Release: Fake Plastic Trees! Birdsong Brewing Co. 3 pm-10pm. Fake Plastic Trees is BACK! Join us for the release of Charlotte’s favorite Summer brew and the ORIGINAL Hazy IPA! Cans and draft will go on sale on 6/20/19 at 3pm!

    Cascade | Sorachi Ace | Comet

    Refreshing and distinctive, Fake Plastic Trees is summer in a glass. Lemon citrus notes and a piney hop bitterness compliment a wheat-based malt bill for a Hazy IPA that’s incredibly drinkable no matter the occasion.  

 

  • Thursday, June 20th. Resident Culture Preview Event Vol. 3. Carolina Beer Temple. 12 pm-11:30 pm. Resident Culture is launching 4 cans on Saturday, but they just couldn’t wait! We will be tapping all four a full 2 days before they are available in the taproom. You won’t find this beer anywhere else in the city on Thursday, even at the brewery! Growlers will also be available, so if you want to take some home early, we are happy to save you the drive to Plaza. After all, with fantastic beer and fantastic company comes fantastic times.

    TAP LIST:

    Skeleton Crew Hazy IPA – 7% ABV – Generously hopped with Simcoe and Vic Secret for a piney, tropical punch

    Highly Suspicious Hazy Oat DIPA – 8% ABV – Brewed with 60% Oats and hopped with Enigma and Citra, with lemon zest in the whirlpool for a little something extra. Collaboration w/ Greenville, SC’s 8th State Brewing

    Plus returning favorites Pils Don’t Pay the Bills Pilsner and Whatever You Feel Just Dance It Hazy IPA! 

 

  • Friday-Saturday, June 21st-22nd. $3 Beer Special Celebration! Sycamore Brewing. Friday 12pm-Saturday 11pm. 2 Day Event! $3 on select cans-o-beer! Food Truck Friday on Friday + Psychedelic Flow Can Release Saturday! Live music by Pluto for Planet, Clyde Derberry, and ScOOt Pittman! Very good times. See YOU this weekend!

 

  • Friday, June 21st. Sunkissed Watermelon Kolsch. Triple C Brewing Company. 12 pm-10 pm. We heard you like watermelon. This classic German style Kolsch has a splash of watermelon. Incredibly crisp, and highly refreshing. Grab your sunscreen, this is the summer beer you need!

 

  • Saturday, June 22nd. Psychedelic Flow Can Release. Sycamore Brewing. 12pm-11 pm. Join us on Saturday, June 22nd 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.

 

  • Tuesday, 25th. IT’S BACK! – Improper Glassware Night. The Unknown Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm. The beer we take seriously; everything else, not so much…Come hang on the lighter side of things and raise a traffic cone, pot, boot or whatever vessel is holding your beer to Improper Glassware Night!

    Join us on Tuesday, June 25th for Improper Glassware Night! We will pour up to 16oz into any item, excluding high gravity beers. We want to see your craziest drinking vessels, so get creative, there will be prizes for the best improper glassware!  

Flying Fish Brewing Co. Salt and Sea Session Sour Ale

Brewed with strawberry and lime Flying Fish Brewing Co. Salt and Sea, 4.3% a session sour from Somerdale New Jersey, which Flying Fish claims to have enticing aromas of saltwater taffy. Salt and Sea pours a light golden color with a one half finger white head and with sour, tart, fruity aromas with faint semi-sweet notes as well. Taste is similarly the aroma with tart fruity sour notes of light strawberry and lime with nice salty touches, but is it like saltwater taffy? Well a little but not entirely. Salt and Sea finish tart with light fruity sour notes with a medium salted tart aftertaste with a light mouthfeel that is all refreshing. Flying Fish Brewing Co. Salt and Sea is well deserving of an A. I found Flying Fish Brewing Co. Salt and Sea to have enough flavor to convey what’s they were going for, and yes I would recommend it. It is well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Westbrook Brewing Company Yu Zuper Nice Rice Lager Brewed with Yusuf Juice

You probably haven’t heard of a Yuzu fruit. Well, Yuzu is a citrus fruit similar to the Kaffir Lime and looks like a small yellow grapefruit. Westbrook Brewing Co. Yu Zuper Nice, 4.5% is brewed with rice, a touch of Yuzu and lightly dry-hopped with Loral Hops. Rice lagers are typical of China and Japan. Yu Zuper Nice purchased from Total Wine pours a yellow lemon color with an almost two finger fluffy white head with an aroma of Yuzu, lemon sweetness hitting your nose with a rice sweetness as well. Taste is light with a nice juicy Yuzu/lemon flavor that slightly enhances the light rice sweetness that comes in on the middle and back of the mouth that is quite refreshing, especially on a warm humid day. Yu Zuper Nice finish with a light sweet crisp flavor and the] aftertaste is slightly and lightly tart from the Yuzu all with a light mouthfeel. This is Super nice and refreshing something that I could drink a bunch of, and I recommend you do the same. Westbrook Brewing Co. Yu Zuper Nice is one great beer, very well balanced and great use of Yuzu fruit with Loral hops in a rice lager. Hit hits the spot hard! I give it an A+. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Saranac Brewing Blueberry Blonde Ale

Originally posted August 1st, 2015

Blonde ales are always a good style that can have a wide range of styles. Some breweries brew blonde ales with fruit that usually present in the spring or summer times of the year, and can be popular. Here we have one example Saranac Brewing Blueberry Blonde Ale, 5.0% ABV. This beer was bought because it can in the cool looking one quart, thirty-two ounces, or 0.946353 liters. This is a small growler that can be refilled with more delicious beer. Saranac makes other beers in this one-quart bottle, like Our Pumpkin Ale, and this one. Saranac is located in Utica New York and is part of the F.X. Matt Brewing Co. Blueberry Blonde Ale pours a golden color with a two finger bright white head that slowly dissipates into fine whips of good lacing. I found nice amounts of lights streaming in through the glass with nice carbonation. The aroma reminds me of fresh blueberries and a bit of a blueberry pastry. The taste is light with ale and big blueberry upfront, but you don’t get very much tartness from the blueberries. The middle of the mouth get just a tick more of a tartness for a second or two, then towards the back, it all fades into a nice refreshing sweetness. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, with a nice sweet blueberry finish that leads down to an aftertaste of sticky somewhat tart blueberry flavor. This is quite good. I would say Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale is a B. It’s good, easy to drink, and refreshing but after many of these I think the blueberry flavor would get to be a bit much and you’d have to move on to another different beer. But I did go through and enjoy this entire small growler myself. But I think thirty-two ounces is just the right amount to enjoy on a warm spring or hot summer day. I recommend trying Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale for you. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Wednesday, June 12th. PTT x Burial Beer Co. Tap Takeover. Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop. 2 pm-10 pm. We’ve stockpiled a lot of kegs from Burial Beer Co., so much so that we need to do another tap takeover to clear some room in our cooler. Come join us for one of the most diverse takeovers yet!

    ~~Tap List Below~~

    > The Savages of Ruminating Minds NEIPA – 7.2%abv
    > The Pall of Ominous Aura Brett IPA – 7.2%abv
    > Through the Gates of the Sleepy Silver Door Hazy Pale Ale – 6%abv
    > Born From Death (TRVE Brewing Collab) Saison w/ Peach and Nectarine Blossoms – 4.4%abv
    > Billhook Farmhouse Ale – 7%abv
    > An Abstract Reverie Farmhouse Ale w/ Citrus & Mandarina Bavaria – 4.5%abv
    > Reverence of the Wren Imperial Stout – 10%abv
    > Like Everlasting Shadows Dopplestick Lager – 8.3%abv
    > Torrent of Souls Mixed Culture Saison w/ Marrionberries & Blackberries – 5%abv
    > An Abyss of Human Experience Triple NEIPA – 10%abv
    > This Immortal Coil (Wayfinder Beer Collab) IPL – 7%abv
    > Krystal Artifakts (Pinthouse Pizza Collab) West Coast Style IPA – 7%abv

    See you on Wednesday!!
    Cheers!  

 

  • Thursday, June 13th. Scandinavi-Ale. Carolina Beer Temple. 12 pm-11:30 pm. In the past, the Swedes, Danes, and Norwegians were renowned for their fearsome Viking warriors and brutal pillaging of Europe’s coastlines. These days they are more commonly known for IKEA stores, minimalist architecture… and GREAT BEER! While Mikkeller and Evil Twin may have paved the way for the great beers of Scandinavian breweries to reach our shores, but there are so many other incredible ones worth trying that we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to show some of them off. So whether it’s a hazy IPA from Sweden’s Brewski or stout from Denmark’s To Ol, we want to expand your horizons and show you the world of Viking beer for a modern age!

    TAP LIST IN PROGRESS:

    Brewski Mangofeber Hazy IPA

    Brewski Guavafeber Hazy IPA

    To Ol Mr. Blue Imperial Black Currant Stout

    Mikkeller Wicked Sik Spells NEIPA

 

  • Friday, June 14th. Triumph Pils Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm. Join us on Friday, June 14th, for the release of our Czech Pilsner. This brew, sitting at 4.8% ABV, stays straight forward and traditional with Pilsner grain base and several Saaz hop additions. The batch is then finished off with a newer hop variety, Triumph and then dry hopping it with Triumph to give a unique, citrus/lemon peel accent. A proven style that is already crisp and clean with clean and earthy malt/hop balance. Just what your palate needs this summer!

 

  • Friday, June 14th. Small Batch Release: Watermelon Cucumber. 3 pm-11 pm. Red Clay Ciderworks. Small batch release number two for this month is a summer favorite from last year; Tell it to the Melon, our semi-sweet watermelon cucumber!
    Served in our taproom only while supplies last, so don’t wait too long!
    And yes, friends, we will be filling your growlers with this deliciousness!

 

  • Saturday, June 15th Luau Lemonade Release Party. 12 pm-11 pm. Sycamore Brewing Company. Join us on Saturday, June 15th for our Luau Lemonade Gose Can Release Party! We will also be Celebrating our Lobster & Beer Fest! at 12pm in the Sycamore Beer Garden! Live Music, Amazing Food Trucks and the Best of Times! See you there! Cheers!

    Brewed with a Lively Blend of Tropical Fruits, Best Served with Good Friends for Great Times. Kāmau Kī’aha!

 

  • Saturday-Sunday, June 15th-16th. Father’s Day Fest. 11 am-11 pm & 11 am-10 pm. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Celebrate Father’s Day at OMB all weekend on Saturday, June 15th and Sunday, June 16th!

    CHANCE TO WIN OMB BEER FOR A YEAR – LIVE MUSIC – GOLF CONTEST – FOOD FEATURES FOR DAD AND THE FAMILY – FRESH BEER – STEIN HOISTING – GREAT PRIZES

    We’ll be giving away some pretty amazing prizes all weekend. We’re also going to have some fun activities and food features just for Dad!

    CHIPPING CONTEST!
    Saturday & Sunday 2 – 3pm

    Grand Prize – WIN BEER FOR A YEAR!!!

    Are you a golfer? Even if you’re not, we’re going to have an OMB Chipping Contest set up with multiple ways to win some great gifts/prizes from OMB. Other prizes include OMB gift cards and merch (t-shirts & hats).

    OMB’s STEIN HOISTING COMPETITION!
    Saturday & Sunday 3 – 4pm

    OMB’s Stein Hoisting Contest returns! We’ll have competitions on both Saturday & Sunday with a chance to win some gift cards to OMB. Win a $25, $50, or $100 OMB gift card for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place (Mens & Womens divisions)!

    FOOD!

    On SATURDAY we’ll have some delicious food features:

    Surf & Turf Burger (Fried Gulf Shrimp, Remoulade, 6oz Beef Chuck Patty, Pepper Jack Cheese, Lettuce & Tomato)

    AND

    Gulf Coast Wrap
    (Fried Gulf Shrimp, Remoulade, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Spinach Tortilla Wrap)

    ON SUNDAY WE’LL HAVE A BUFFET LUNCH! All you can eat! When you purchase the buffet, you’ll also receive a free gold leaf logo’d OMB Biergarten Mug!

    The BUFFET LUNCH (SUNDAY) will have these options:

    – Roasted Prime Rib
    (Horseradish Cream, Spicy Mustard, Brotchen Rolls)

    – Cut to Order Sausages
    (Kielbasa, Knockwurst, Bratwurst, Gyulai, Country, Franks)
    (Mustard, Spicy Mustard, Apple Sauce, Curry Ketchup, Brotchen Roll)

    HOT
    – Scrambled Eggs
    – Buttermilk Biscuits – Sausage Gravy. Red Eye Gravy
    – Hash Brown Casserole
    – Bacon & Nueremburger Sausage Links
    – Charred Brussel Sprouts

    COLD
    – Fresh Sliced Fruit & Seasonal Berries
    – Artisan Greens Salad
    (Goat Cheese, Tomato, Cucumber, Red Onion, Roasted Peppers, Ranch & Balsamic Vinaigrette)
    – Smoked Salmon – Cucumber, Capers, Hard Cooked Egg, Dill Cream

    * Price for Sunday’s Lunch buffet is $29.95 (includes gold leaf logo’d OMB Biergarten Mug)

    * No reservations needed.

    * Our regular menu will also be available and the ‘Garten Grill will be open as well.

    U. S. Open Golf Tournament

    We’ll also be broadcasting the U.S. Open on our tv’s throughout the Brauhaus all weekend! You can grab some fresh beer, kick back and watch the final round on Sunday!

    LIVE MUSIC

    We’ll also have live music all weekend with 2 bands on Saturday and 1 band on Sunday.

    Join us and celebrate Dad! Prost!

 

  • Sunday, June 16th. Fatherfest. Brewers at 4001 Yancey. 11 am-10 pm. Fine tune your dad jokes and come celebrate Father’s Day with us on Sunday, June 16.

    In addition to our regular menu, a specialty menu has been built for dad’s that includes:
    🥩 St. Louis Style Ribs | fries, jalapeno slaw, 2X IPA bbq sauce
    🍗 Smoked Half Chicken | ranch potatoes, mixed greens, S.C. mustard sauce
    🍔 Surf-N-Turf Burger | beef patty, fried shrimp, shredded lettuce, American cheese, Old Bay mayo

    🍺 We will also be tapping some of our limited Sixpoint beers for Father’s Day including:
    Hyper Beam
    Stun Gun
    Funky Spritzer
    Super Jammer
    Anti-Resin
    Tripel Take

    ⚽ The FIFA Women’s World Cup will be playing on all TVs at noon! Good food, good brews, and awesome sports sound like the perfect Father’s Day to us!

 


Gizmo Beer Works Gizmo Gose Wild Strawberry Gose Ale

Gizmo Beer works from Raleigh, North Carolina produces this Gizmo Gose Wild Strawberry Gose Ale, 4.3% ABV which was purchased from Total Wine. Strawberry Gose Ale is first kettle sour, which means to sour a beer in a stainless brew kettle, with there house Lacto, or Lactose sugar and with freshly crushed coriander and pink Himalayan salt with loads of freshly puréed strawberries. Strawberry Gose Ale pours a light yellow cloudy color with a one and half finger white head with salty yet sweet strawberry notes with a nice fresh tartness. Taste is sweet up front with a bit of strawberry for a second then comes the salted tartness on the middle with a little stronger strawberry note on the end with a little sour, salty, and tart note, then Strawberry Gose Ale finishes with a tart yet light sour strawberry salted note and a salty strawberry aftertaste with a light refreshing mouthfeel. The salt does overshadow the strawberry flavors a bit but not too much, and overall Gizmo Beer Works Gizmo Gose Wild Strawberry Gose Ale is actually good, B+ to be exact, and it’s a nice spring/summer beer. You get the right amount of strawberry and salty Gose that ties it all together is a good refreshing beer that I think you should try! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!