Throwback Thursday: Trader Joe’s Providential Belgian-Style Golden Ale by Unibroue

Originally posted November 2nd, 2015.

I have seen beer collaborations between two breweries and even between a grocery store and a brewer, but this is a collaboration between Trader Joe’s and Unibroue of Chambly, Québec Canada. The beer is Providential Belgian-Style Golden Ale, 7.5% ABV. This beer pours a nice bright golden color with a bright white four-finger head. The aroma is bright and yeasted with a faint banana and clove scent. The taste of this Unibroue is a bit sweet at first with a little spice and a nice light banana flavor. I found this to have champagne-like effervescence that helps to bring out flavor like the malty mildly sweet. I also found a little bit of ginger and orange peel on the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is medium and has a nice light spicy finish with a touch of hops. The after taste is subtly spicy with a hit of ginger and banana. Overall this is one great beer. I give this A+. I cannot find anything wrong with this beer. I highly recommend that you try Trader Joes Providential Belgian-Style Golden Ale by Unibroue. Cheers! Please Enjoy Responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Thursday, December 3rd. Griffith St. – DDH Hazy Pale. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm.

This New England style hazy pale ale is double dry hopped with Strata, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, and HBC 586. A citrus bomb of aromas including ripened pineapple slices and zested oranges. Smooth bitterness with a dry finish help the juicy fruit and citrus flavors come through.5.4%
Draft and Crowlers 

  • Weekly Can Release. Resident Culture Brewing Company. 11 am-9 pm.

Check in here for weekly updates on our can & bottle releases every Thursday. Releases go live on at 11AM, pick up in the Taproom or Drive Thru starts at 3PM that Thursday. Orders placed on Thursday are available to pick up through that Sunday at 6PM and we will have a limited amount on tap for your enjoyment in the Taproom. ***Brand availability and limits are subject to change***11/19
//BEERS//👁OVER CONE 👁 Hazy IPA // 7 % ABV // Whole Cone Hop version of our Over Soul Hazy IPA with Strata hops & packed with a Citra bang. It’s drinking super soft and full of juicy citrus 🍊
NO LIMIT, $17.99 + tax per 4-packLAELAPS // Hazy IPA // 6.3% ABV // Bringing back one of our favorites to share again with you. Hopped with Citra, Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, and Mosaic. Tropical fruit dankness with bursts of oranges and peaches. Juice casually dripping down your face without you realizing – or giving a flying FFFFFFFFF. 
NO LIMIT, $17.99 + tax per 4-packRADICAL EMPATHY – German-Style Pilsner // 4.8% ABV // Hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrüh, Hallertau Blanc – All sourced directly from Seitz Farm in the Hallertau region of Germany. Krausened with all that tiny bubble goodness flitting on the tongue with whisps of fresh lemongrass and newly-mown hay. 
FIRE WALK WITH ME – 100% Galaxy Hopped Double IPA
FOREVER ALONE: MOSAIC – 100% Mosaic Hopped IPA12/3 – COLLAB W/ The Batchmaker
OATMEAL CREAM PIE PORTER – Collab w/ The Batchmaker
VIBE CHECK – New Peach Sour
ACCUSTOMED TO EXCESS – Mixed Culture Pastry Berliner with Mixed Berries, Cinnamon, and Vanilla
DEFINE SUCCESS – Collab w/ Green Cheek Beer Co. – Costa Mesa– Imperial Stout aged on Amburana Wood and Vanilla.

  • Friday, December 4th. Birdsong ( Year Anniversary Weekend! Birdsong Brewing Co. 12/4 10 am-12/6 8 pm.

We’re turning 9 (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! UPDATE: 10/16/20: You may have noticed that our event cover photo has changed! We have decided to spread our anniversary out over 3 fabulous days so we can maximize social distancing and safety for our staff and guests! Please stay tuned for details on a beer release schedule, music, food trucks, and more! Cheers, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate 9 years with all of you!*Due to our current climate we will post updates regarding party times/dates, social distancing plans, and tap room/outdoor capacity. Please stay tuned!

  • Friday, December 4th. Providence Plantaion Neighborhood Delivery. 5 pm-6 pm.

We’re coming to the Providence Plantation Neighborhood this Thursday, December 4!Place orders by Dec. 4 before 2:30 PM and delivery is between 5-6 PM.Pick up location – 3100 Houston Branch RoadVisit, select the “Providence Plantation pick up” button to add to your cart. Once order is complete, choose the pick up option to continue to payment 
(disregard the given pick up time, we’ll be there between 5-6 pm)

  • Friday, December 4th, “Rakefire” BBA Imperial Stout Bottle Release. Town Brewing. 2 pm. “Rakefire” is an 11.1% Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. After a long slumber in bourbon barrels, Rakefire has finally awoken! Dark, decadent, and intense, this imperial stout boasts notes of bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and espresso, enhanced by subtle flavors of vanilla, bourbon, and coconut imparted by the oak. $11.99 each- 500ml bottles. We will also be releasing a “Rakefire” variant which will include Cinnamon, Chocolate, Vanilla, and Chile Pepper (Mole). $13.99 each- 500ml bottles. Available starting Friday December 4th starting at 2pm. 

Coop Ale Works Horny Toad Blonde

Over Thanksgiving, my Aunt brought Coop Ale Works Honey Toad Blonde, 5.3% ABV from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This beer, brewed with Noble Hops, Two-row, and Pilsner malt. Horny Toad pours an orange color with a thin one and a quarter white head that quickly recedes into itself. The aroma is nice, clean, and crisp with a sweet fruity note and a light bitternessIt smells more sugary than you think it would. Taste is crisp, slightly bitter, and sweet with a fruity like flavor with a refreshing mouthfeel and finishes with a bittersweet flavor. There is less bitterness in the aftertaste and more sweet notes there. Coop Ale Works Horny Toad Blonde is a good beer, but it’s sweet than some blonde ales I’ve had, and I give it a B-. The sweet notes of this beer weren’t terrible. I found those sweet notes to be slightly overpowering to the other flavors as the little number of bitter notes. It is a good beer that is worth trying. I would be glad to have it again. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly. Cheers!

The Unknown Brewing O.T.E I.P.A (Over The Edge India Pale Ale)

The Unknown Brewing O.T.E. I.P.A. (Over The Edge India Pale Ale), 6.4% is a west-coast style IPA, thats brewed with five grains and west coast hops. Over The Edge, IPA is brewed here locally in Charlotte, North Carolina. This IPA pours a deeper yellow-orange color with a two and a half finger white head. The head is steady to fade away. Over The EdgeIPA has a citrusy hoppy aroma with a light sweetness. Taste is citrusy with light sweetness and happiness with a faint pine note come on the back of the mouth that then comes to a nice bitter fruity finish with a malted note. The mouthfeel is medium, and the aftertaste is just the finish that lingers. Overall The Unknown Brewing O.T.E. I.P.A. (Over The Edge India Pale Ale) solid IPA without being too wild with ingredients and flavors. Over The Edge is how you brew a traditional west-coast style IPA should be and I give it an A+. It is solidly brewed and tastes good. So I suggest you try The Unknown Brewing O.T.E. I.P.A. (Over The Edge India Pale Ale). Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly. Cheers! 

Throwback Thursday: 21st Amendment Brewing Marooned on Hog Island

Stouts come in many sub-styles with their flavor and taste, like imperial stouts, Belgian stouts, English, American, dry, oyster, and fruit stouts. They are all dark beer and have some similar qualities. 21st Amendment Brewing in San Francisco brews Marooned on Hog Island, 7.9% ABV and brewed with Hog Island Oyster shells. Oyster Stouts are a drier type of stout but aren’t the dry type of beer. Marooned on Hog Island pours a black/deep brown color with a three-finger beige head that leaves behind nice decent lacing. The aroma roasted with cocoa, bits of chocolate, and the faintest/tiniest saline note. Taste is similar to the aroma with a semi sweetness that comes in and then goes in an instant. There not many saline flavors to it. But it does shine through at the end as this beer warms. I also found the roasted note to be a bit fainter than you on the aroma. The mouthfeel of this beer is full. Marooned on Hog Island does finish with a saline-like note that fades and then the after taste of roasted cocoa/chocolate that does not stay. Marooned on Hog Island is a good beer, but I would like to have more from the added oyster shells. I give this Stout a B-. Not too bad, but not really what I was hoping it to be. It is off by just a little. 21st Amendment is a great brewery. They make a great summer beer, Hell or High Watermelon, and they’re no longer in production Beer Bitter American was fabulous, so I know they can brew great beer Marooned on Hog Island was close, but not close enough. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Wednesday, November 18th. Highland Cold Mountian Release. Mac’s Speed Shop. 5 pm. You’ve waited a long year…even with 2020, we still got Cold Mountain!! Come on out while we still have some. It will be tapped and once we run out, we run out!
  • Thursday, November 19th. Pre-Thanksgving Can Release. Divine Barrel Brewing. 12 pm-10 pm.

Don’t go to Thanksgiving empty-handed! We’ve got 4 brews dropping this Thursday that will pair perfectly for the holiday! Come by and pick up 4-packs with NO limits starting at noon! Here’s what we’re releasing:Carolina Cobbler – Peach: Pastry Berliner, 6.0% ABV – This Berliner will have you thinking about Grandma’s cobbler fresh from the oven and cooling on her window sill. Brewed with massive amounts of peaches, Madagascan vanilla, graham crackers, cinnamon & an extra dose of lactose, giving this dessert-style Berliner the extra pillowy mouthfeel it deserves. A blast of tangy, juicy, peach gives way to a heaping scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream and a cinnamon pie crust.Defensive Pancake: Breakfast Porter, 6.8% ABV – A Robust Porter fermented with Madagascar vanilla and pure Vermont maple syrup. A classic porter base that is enhanced by a rich maple character and a subtle yet creamy vanilla finish. Drink with breakfast!Defensive French Toast: Breakfast Porter, 6.8% ABV – A Robust Porter fermented with Madagascar vanilla, Vermont maple syrup, Saigon cinnamon and coffee. We took our Defensive Pancake base and turned into French Toast in a glass.Lunchbox Confidential: PB&J Sour, 6.0% ABV –
This fun pastry berliner will bring you back to lunch time as a kid! Lunchbox Confidential is dosed to the gills with peanut butter, jammy strawberry purée, graham cracker & lactose. You won’t want to trade this one with your friend!

  • Friday, November 20th. “Bret Note” Chai Latte Brown & “Sonic Fruits” Sour IPA Dual Can release. Town Brewing. 2 pm. Bent Note” Chai Latte Brown Ale: A 5.6% classic American brown ale enhanced by the addition of local, organically sourced chai tea. The spice character is perfectly balanced by the malt flavor and lactose sugar, making for a smooth, easy drinking ale perfect for welcoming cooler weather. $13.99-16oz/4 pack cans. “Sonic Fruits” Sour IPA: Double dry hopped with Mosaic and Citra, and fruited with Pineapple, Peach, Tangerine, and Blueberry, this IPA was fermented with a unique yeast strain that produces pleasant sourness and notes of citrus and stone fruit. $15.99-16oz/4 pack cans. More details to follow as the release approaches!
  • Saturday, November 21st. Wool Socks & No Filtah Double can Release. Red Clay Cider Works. 12 pm-10 pm.

Just in time for the holidays! Our holiday fan favorite, Wool Socks, is making its first appearance in cans! It’ll be accompanied by No Filtah Cidah, a classic unfiltered bone dry cider that’ll pair great with any holiday meal.Wool Socks 6.5% ABV – Inspired by the Swedish recipe Glögg, this slightly sweet cider has a wonderful spiced bouquet and well balanced finish. Black currant, orange peel, cinnamon, cardamom, and other spices bring everything together for a potpourri of deliciousness.No Filtah Cidah 6.9% ABV – An ode to our Massachusates born and raised teammate Paul. This cider has some attitude. Dry unfiltered and hazy, this full bodied cider is clean and crisp. Just like Paul’s unfiltered stories and opinions. We think you’ll find No Filtah very refreshing. Enjoy!Cans will be available to purchase in person, or online for a fast easy pick-up beginning Saturday, November 21st at 12pm.Online pre-orders & sales will open up Saturday, November 21st at 8am.

  • Saturday, November 21st. CLT Epiphany Bottle Release at Sugar Creek Brewing. Sugar Creek Brewing. 12 pm-11 pm. Join us on November 21st for the release of our bottle conditioned CLT Epiphany. Just one of the many things happening for our 6th Anniversary! This collaboration with Epiphany Craft Malt is boasting with flavors of bready malts and dark fruits. We’re also serving up a full food menu and specialty craft cocktails so there’s something for everyone in your group to enjoy!
  • Saturday, November 21st. Sugar Creek 6th Anniversary Celebration. Sugar Creek Brewing. 12 pm (21st)- 11 pm (22nd).

Come and Safely Celebrate Sugar Creek’s 6th Anniversary the weekend of 11/20-11/22. We’ve decided to space the celebration out over the weekend to maintain safe occupancy levels. We’ll have LIVE music, bottle releases, draft releases along with great specials all weekend long! See flier for details!Here is how we are going to keep you safe:•Our celebration has been delayed and spaced out over the course of the weekend (20th 21st & 22nd) to keep occupancy levels within the Governors guidelines
•Occupancy will be monitored at the entrance along with a quick Temperature check to be sure everyone is safe before entering.
•Bar stools will be removed and limited seating will be available inside, social distance spacing will be in effect.
•All Guests and Staff must wear a mask when entering or transiting the building.
•We have tons of space in the Taproom, Eventroom and 2 Patio Spaces, so a safe space will not be hard to find.
•All Tables will be sanitized before and after a guest arrives.
•If you have forgotten a mask it’s no problem. Just ask your server or bartender and we’ll grab you one.Thanks so much to everyone in advance and we look forward to seeing you all real soon!

  • Saturday, November 21st. Up All Night Breakfast Porter Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 12 pm-10 pm. The best thing about New Years is the Christmas lights! Our 10% Breakfast Porter is back and tap and in 16oz cans. Brewed with flaked oats, honey, lactose, coffee and chocolate malts.

Hi-Wire Brewing lo-pitch juicy IPA

Hi-Wire Brewing lo-pitch juicy IPA, 4.9% ABV and 35 IBUs brewed in Asheville, North Carolina. Lo-pitch uses Loral, Simco, and Ekuanot hops. This IPA pours a light yellow color with a three-finger bright slow fading with a fluffy head. Lo-pitch has a citrus Lemon aroma with grassy light hop notes. The taste of lo-pitch is citrusy with lemon, a bit of grass, and pine notes with a nice hoppy light floral note. The mouthfeel is light and low-pitch finish soft with bits of citrus flavor and a little lingering lemongrass note on for an aftertaste. Hi-Wire Brewing lo-pitch juicy IPA is good, getting a B+. It needs little more hoppy notes and a slightly high IBU. But I found it tasty otherwise. I would have Hi-Wire Brewing lo-pitch juicy IPA again and would recommend it too. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Dankfull IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Dankfull IPA, 7.4% ABV, is a generously hopped IPA. Dankfull IPA brewed with Two-row Pale, Caramelize, rye malts, Columbus, Chinook, Mosaic, Ekuanot, Nelson Sauvin, Zappa, Idaho 7 hops, and ale yeast. This IPA brewed to help non-profits as a thank you to all the work that they do to help the communities worldwide. Dankfull IPA pours a light orange copper color with a steady three finger white head. The aroma is hoppy, piney, grassy with a little faint citrus sweetness. The flavor of Dankfull IPA is piney with grassy hop notes. Then comes light citrus and some malt notes as well. The mouthfeel is on the medium sideIt comes to an east coast style IPA finish with nice hoppy earthy notes and carries those piney earthy notes into the aftertaste. To sum up Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Dankfull IPA, it’s like an English or east coast IPA with a nice hop punch, one that gets an A. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Throwback Thursday: Brouwerji Lindeman Framboise Lambic

Originally posted September 13th, 2012.

Now here is a fascinating style of beer, Framboise. The Framboise style comes from Belgium and is from barley, unmalted wheat, and wild yeast. After spontaneous fermentation, then fruit added after that. Then secondary fermentation occurs. This Lambic beer has raspberries add to it. This brewery has been doing this since 1811. In my own opinion, they brew some of the best Lambics. This Lambic here has a low alcohol level of 2.7% ABV. It could be deadly due to the great fruitiness and just how tasty it is. It also has a large amount of carbonation. This beer is one of the only beers I have seen with both a pry-off cap and a cork. Well, I must say this one has been in my refrigerator for almost a year> I am not sure, but it seems close, and I have one left. I like to give a shoutout to an Instagram friend Champagnesupernovax, and she said she wants to try this and is looking forward to reading this. Enjoy! Please follow her if you’re on Instagram. This Framboise Lambic pours a dark red, almost blood-red color, very dark with no light seen through this, and there was a light red rose or radish one and a half finger head that was a bit slow on the fade. This beer has a good raspberry scent, and there is a yeasty smell there with a big sweet fruit candy-like scent too. It’s all nice on your nose. When you taste this, you get a raspberry syrup taste that is tart, both sweet and bit sour. It’s a good sour, nothing overpowering. I found this to have a much different wheat taste that I am used to with wheat or wheat-like beer. It wasn’t malt-forward wheat to it like some. You do get a yeast flavor, but it’s more of a less uniform yeast or average yeast flavor that you would get in other yeasty beers. Please, when you get to the middle of the glass and give it a nice swirl to mix the yeast, wheat, and raspberries. But as this Framboise Lambic hits the back of you get a little good tart raspberry. This finish is a bit more tart than the start, but it finishes nice and is very pleasing on you’re taste buds. The overall tart raspberry flavor here. I would give this beer an A+. You can have this fresh or cellar it a while, but when you do have it, serve this at 38 – 41 F. I have always liked this style, just so different from other beer styles and just easy to drink and is refreshing with fruit flavors here. Brouwerij Lindemans Framboise is a great place to start. You should pick one up. I highly recommend you do. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Saturday, November 14th. Caramel Apple Crumble Can Release. Red Clay Cider Works. 12 pm.

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy some Caramel Apple Crumble!Join us Saturday, November 14th for the next installment in our small batch “Crumble” series!Imagine grandma’s caramel apple crumble…now imagine that recipe baked in a can. This semisweet pastry cider is loaded with caramel and vanilla and finishes with a touch of cinnamon.Cans will be available to purchase in person, or online for a fast easy pick-up beginning Saturday, November 14th at 12pm.Online pre-orders & sales will open up Saturday, November 14th at 8am

  • Saturday, November 14th. Enzo Gorlami – Italian Pils. Triple C Brewing Company. 12 pm -10 pm.

Enzo Gorlami – Italian Pils – This lightly DDH Italian Pilsner satisfies both the lager and hop lovers. Aromas of floral and spicy noble hops with a hint of citrus melds with the light bready malt undertones. Crisp and dry mouthfeel with moderate bitterness to make this a beer’s beer! 5.4% ABV Draft and Crowlers.

  • Saturday, November 14th. Is It Noon Yet? – Coffee IPA. Triple C Brewing Company. 12 pm-10 pm.

This IPA has all the qualities of a citrus forward west coast IPA with a blend of fresh roasted coffee. With help from our friends at Sugar Creek coffee roasters, we selected a very citrus forward coffee blend with a hint of berry, orange zest and stone fruit aromas to pair with Centennial, Chinook, and Citra hops. Now you don’t have to decide if it is too late for coffee or too early for a beer. 6.1% ABV 
Draft and Crowlers

Women Belong In All Places Where Decisions Are Being Made Southeastern IPA • 6.5%You guys showed up for our first release, so we decided to do it again!$2/4 pack will be donated to the Dottie Rose Foundation, which aims to connect the dots within the technology and computer science sphere to educate, support, and inspire the next generation of young women.Online sales start at noon and the taproom opens at 2 PM.Other RBG swag available – 
Candles: $22 
Koozies: $4
Stickers: 2 for $1Ve-Go will be here for Taco Tuesday and Dottie Rose will be on site to spread awareness