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Sugar Creek Brewing White Ale

Brewed here in Charlotte, North Carolina Sugar Creek white Ale 4.9% ABV is nearly fifty percent unsalted wheat, oats, coriander, and orange peel with yeast that is from the original strain from town in Hoegaaden in Belgium. Sugar Creek White Ale pours a yellow color with a two finger slowly fading head of white that does lead behind some lacing giving off semi-sweet notes and a nice aroma of coriander orange with hints of clove. Taste is somewhat similar to it aroma with a little sweetness at first with some cloves, coriander, light banana with some orange notes yeasted notes on the middle of the tongue that car on to the rear with a nice refreshing medium mouthfeel, a nice light sour spiced finish a nice refreshing coriander orange yeasted aftertaste that linger for a while. Sugar Creek Brewing White Ale is the breweries flagship beer and a very good one getting an A+. It is very true to the Belgian white Ale style and a beer that is good one after another. I highly recommend Sugar Creek Brewing White Ale. It’s one of my favorites. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Unibroue Blanche De Chambly

Originally posted October 29th, 2016

It’s been four of The Best of the Mixed Six-Pack, with Unibroue Blanche De Chambly, 5.0% ABV. This is a Belgian style white ale from Canada brewed with Coriander and Orange Peel then its bottle refermented, which means a second fermentation takes place within the bottle. Unibroue is one of my favorite brewers and brews some of the most amazing beers. Blanche De Chambly pours a hazy sort of bight yellow color with a bright three finger white head that slow to fade but does transition into some nice lacing. The aroma is quite nice with some spiced orange peel with a hint of a yeast character. Blanche De Chambly has a nice refreshing taste to it with nice yeasted orange peel with hints of the coriander spice. The taste is one the heavier side but really solid. The mouthfeel is one heavier side of the medium spectrum and has a nice refreshing finish of slight orange and faint spiced notes, the same can be said of the aftertaste but the is a slightly heavy feeling in the said aftertaste. This is definitely an A beer for sure. It’s a bit heavy but a lot of good Belgian style white ales are, so have many is not recommend. It this better than Westbrook White Thai? Well, Westbrook White Thai is not as heavy as Blanche De Chambly and White Thai has more of a broader flavor to it with a slight tropical feel to it. But this is a tough question. They are both White Ales, but different takes on each. One is traditional and one isn’t. But to find out which comes out on top, you’ll have to stay tuned here to find out. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27th. OMB’S 12th Annual Mecktoberfest. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. 11 1m-11 pm.

It is bier season once more and Charlotte’s most popular Octoberfest celebration is back in all its glory with a festive atmosphere, live music, pretzels, lederhosen, sausages, dirndls, bier-filled steins & DAS BOOT!

DAS BOOT IS HERE!
A limited amount of our highly sought-after, gold-leaf logo’d 1 Liter glass boots will be made available each day during Mecktoberfest. Get it early and get it filled with your choice of Mecktoberfest Märzen Lager, Copper Altbier, 704 Hazy Wheat Ale, Captain Jack Pilsner, or Hornets Nest Hefeweizen.

BIERGARTEN
Welcome to the largest Biergarten in the Southeast! Mecktoberfest will take place on OMB’s expansive 10.5-acre wooded grounds at 4150 Yancey Road in Charlotte’s Lower South End (LoSo) with plenty of well-spaced seating outdoors, on the covered patio, and in the Brauhaus.

LIVE MUSIC
The Holzhackern Tyrolean Band will be playing their high-energy arrangements of traditional Bavarian songs that include English and German vocals, audience participation, dancing and sing-alongs. We will also have some surprise guest bands playing a mix of bluegrass, rock, covers and country. Full list TBA shortly.

BIER
In addition to our multiple award-winning Mecktoberfest Märzen Lager, all of OMB’s year-round brews will be on tap throughout the celebration: Copper Altbier, Captain Jack Pilsner, Hornets Nest Hefeweizen, Fat Boy Baltic Porter, & OMB’s hottest new beer, 704 Hazy Wheat Ale.

MECKTOBERFEST FOOD
Pretzels! Bier Cheese! Sausages! And all the German-fare you’ve come to love here at OMB will be served up fresh and festive through the Brauhaus and ‘Garten Grill. More festive food items to be announced shortly.

Shandies & More
Absolutely sparkling with fruit and citrus flavors, our Shandy menu has become extremely popular lately. 🍎 Cider Shandy: Hornets Nest Hefeweizen blended with blueberry cider. 🍋 Lemon Weizen: Lemonade blended with Hornets Nest Hefeweizen.☀️ Cider Sunrise: Lemonade and cherry cider blended with Hornets Nest Hefeweizen. Local ciders, wine, radlers, and Prosecco Pops will also be available.
–**As always, admission is free.–
We are in compliance with all current state-wide mandates for masks, indoor capacity, and social distancing.

  • Friday, September 25th. New Release DRBT Collaboration 2020. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-1o pm.

We teamed together with Fullsteam Brewing in Durham and Crank Arm Brewing in Raleigh to brew a collaboration beer for the virtual Denver Rare Beer Tasting (DRBT) held by Pints for Prostates! 💪DRBT Collaboration 2020 is: • New England IPA hopped heavily with Mosaic, Strata and Azacca hops• Fermented on papayas, which are rich in Lycopene, a compound that reduces Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and reduces risk of enlarged prostate/prostate cancer• Double dry-hopped with no hop additions in the kettle, making it very hop-forward and tropical with little bitterness• 6.80% ABVWe’re excited for you to try this special beer that we had so much fun brewing with our brew buds. DRBT Collaboration 2020 will be available on tap only at our NorthEnd taproom beginning on Friday, September 25th.

  • Friday, September 25th. New Release: Peach Sour Ale. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm.

Fruited sour beer fans get ready…  🍑Our Peche Sour Ale is the first release of our new sour ale series. 🍻• Brewed as traditional as possible with malted wheat, unmalted wheat, torrified wheat, and flaked oats in a turbid mash with a 3.5 hour boil with 3 year old, whole leaf Hallertau Mittlefruh hops.• Barrel fermented in wine barrels with a variety of funky yeast and bacteria. Refermented with local pureed peaches to add peach flavor and additional microorganisms to increase the complexity of the funky, sour character.Peche Sour Ale will be available in bottles and on draft in our North End taproom on Friday, 9/25.

  • Saturday, September 26th. ‘Mango Mischief’ Mango & Habanero Hazy IPA Release. Town Brewing Company. 12 pm.

Mango Mischief”
Hazy IPA w/ Mango and Habanero
6.1%MANGO/HABANERO/JUICYBrewed in collaboration with the NC Beer Guys, we bumped up the volume on this Hazy IPA by adding a healthy dose of juicy mango and spicy habanero peppers. Hopped with Mosaic, El Dorado, Sabro, and Michigan Chinook, this IPA’s tropical and citrus hop aromas compliment the mango and habanero exceptionally. The NC Beer Guys have been amazing promoters of the North Carolina craft beer scene for years. Check out their website for more information on upcoming beer events and releases throughout the state, their comprehensive NC Beer map, and other beer news! As the NC Beer Guys like to say, remember to always “drink local, and spend your beer dollars in North Carolina!” 
https://www.ncbeerguys.com/

Oktoberfest like you’ve never seen it before! And honestly we’re hoping to never see it this way again. But that’s not about to stop us from throwing an epic party like it’s 1999, er, make that 2020. Yes, this one will have a decidedly 2020 feel — which is to say masks are required, dirndl and lederhosen optional.The inaugural MASKED Oktoberfest will be held at Catawba Brewing’s Charlotte tasting room on Sunday, September 27. Join us as we celebrate our favorite Bavarian beer holiday with an emphasis on safety. Competitions will be held from 2-4pm, but the festivities will go all day. When we say we’ve got it all, we mean we’ve got it ALL:
Catawba Festbier and Thirty Seconds to Marzen on tap 
Stein hoist from your own table (separate men’s & women’s games)
Keg rolling competition in the parking lot
Prizes including collectable steins (filled with beer!)
Oktoberfest costume contests
Grand prize for best costume is a gift certificate redeemable for a sixtel keg of a Catawba flagship beer!
German food specials from Blue Fork 
Vintage motorcycles courtesy of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride
Dance demo courtesy of The JAM
Masks and social distancing
And more!Oktoberfest competitors MUST REGISTER for outdoor tables in the Festival area via EventBrite. There is no charge to enter. Attendees who are not participating in games may sit at tables spread safely throughout the tasting room and event space — no reservations required.A table reservation is good for ONE 6 or 8-top table in the Festival area. Tables are limited to no more than 8 guests.Grand prizes for best costume will be awarded at 4pm to one man and one woman.

The Unknown Brewing Company Buzzed City

The Unknown Brewing Company Buzzed City 4.6% ABV brewed here locally in Charlotte, North Carolina is a dry-hopped Pale Ale. Buzzed City pours a darker yellow with a one and a half finger white head that somewhat steadily fades away. You get orange notes in the aroma with sharp bitterness and non the first sip it’s orange notes then I it fades in to a sharp bitterness that carries all the way to back of your mouth with citrusy notes with a medium mouthfeel. Buzzed City comes to a bitter citrus finish and an aftertaste that is bitter with lighter orange. The Unknown Brewing company Buzzed City is good but the sharpness that comes in the middle isn’t as good as the rest and that brings this Pale Ale to a B-. Buzzed City has a nice full on orange flavor that is nice and citrusy the rest knocks it down a bit, but I think you should Gove The Unknown Brewing Company Buzzed City a try. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Armor Artis Brewing Sospeso Coffee Blonde Ale

Went out to a new local Butcher shop purchase a few items such as Armor Artis Brewing Sospeso Coffee Blonde Ale, 6.6% ABV. This is coffee blonde is brewed not far from me down in Fort Mill, South Carolina, dry-hopped with Ethiopian coffee beans from Sospeso Coffee Roasted in Waxhaw, North Carolina. Sospeso pours a brown copper color with a two finger bright sightly rocky white head that stedily fades with slightly roasted sweet coffee and coca aromas. Taste is lightly roasted with some coffee and a faint coca note and it has a very light and very faint bitter note that shows up in the back of the mouth with a meduim mouthfeel that finish with a bitter roasted note and an aftertaste that is roasted with coffee and slight hint of coca with a slight linger of bitterness. Now I have had better Coffee Blonde ales than Armor Artis Brewing Sospeso Coffee Blonde Ale. It not much of a blonde ale by the looks of it. I give Armor Artis Brewing Sospeso Coffee Blonde Ale a D+. It has a strange bitterness that isn’t a coffee like bitterness and it to much like a brown al with coffee. I would not try Armor Artis Brewing Sospeso Coffee Blonde Ale, instead I would have Wooden Robot Brewing Good Morning Vietnam, that is turly blonde and has a more subtle but great cooffe flavor that intertwines well with the blonde. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery 704 Hazy Wheat Ale

A relativity Beer, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery 704 Hazy Wheat Ale, brewed locally here in Charlotte, North Carolina from one of the oldest craft breweries in Charlotte. It’s brewed with Loral, Mandarin, and Bavaria hops. 704 pours a light somewhat hazy yellow color with a three finger semi-quick fading head with a fruity (mandarin, faint lemon, and orange) aroma and with a light/faint wheat notes. Taste is crisp with a nice fruitiness of orange, mandarin and very light lemon notes, light wheat beer qualities, some light bitterness toward the back of the mouth that comes in and goes away rather quickly. 704 has a fruity bitter finish that is light on the bitterness, light mouthfeel, and has a nice but light bitter fruity aftertaste. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery 704 Hazy Wheat Ale is a good beer but the light little bitter notes give it a B+. It has very light wheat qualities to it with more of a fruity bitterness that makes it different enough and somewhat interesting. I would recommend that you try Olde Mecklenburg Brewery 704 Hazy Wheat Ale! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Ayinger Weizen-Bock

Originally posted November 18th, 2011

Guten Tag bierliebhabler! This is an old-world beer from the great beer land of Germany, Aying Germany, by Brauerei Aying. This brewery is older than the United States. WOW, that’s pretty old! These are two different styles of beers in one delicious brew, Weizen (wheat beer) and bock beer. Bock beer is a strong lager, usually german in nature, and has a ram (male sheep/goat) associated with it, but I couldn’t tell you why as of yet. This weizen-bock pours a cloudy/hazy darkish yellow color like most weizens. It has a big thick bright white head that seems like its never leaving. That is like most german wheat beers I have had. Please be patient while pouring this beauty. It’s worth the wait, trust me, people. This Ayinger has a big crisp Weizen taste with a little bock bite in the end and all the wheaty flavor stays with you for a massively great after taste. MMM GOOD! Now I only found this Ayinger in a big 1 pint 0.9 oz bottle, no 12oz six-packs. I don’t know why Ayinger does not put out six-packs of beer as far as I know, because they’re Dopplebock, Celebrator (any beer with ATOR on the end is a Dopplebock) comes in a four-pack. Awe but I want two more when I buy that and I’d like six weizen-bocks too. Well buy it anyway, it is such an awesome old world brew, and praises it to all your friends and family. I love this one ALOT and you should too. If you ever get to Germany and have this one I’d soo love to hear about it and where that good time was had. Thank you! Prost! Please drink responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Friday, September 18th. Empire Destroyer Release at Brewers at 4001 Yancey. 11 am-10 pm. Brewers at 4001 Yancey. Brewers at 4001 Yancey bring us the latest CLT Brew’d beer Empire Destroyer Imperial IPA. With the Southern Tier base recipe of Double Phreshie at hand, Brandon put his spin on the brew to create an imperial IPA with the sinister collection of hop pellets, whole cone hops, hop hash, and distilled hop oil. Together they create Empire Destroyer, an Imperial DIPA.
  • Friday, September 18th. Orange & Spice Witbier Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm.

Traditional Belgian Witbier brewed with fresh ground coriander and orange peel. This wheat beer has mild fruity flavors and a bit of spicy phenols from the yeast. With some wild bacteria and yeasts added, this Witbier has a touch of acidity making it quite refreshing these last days of summer. 5.8% ABV
Draft and CrowlersMedellin Food Truck will be on the patio

  • Saturday, September 19th. Pink Robots Release: Raspberry & Blackberry kettle Sour. Birdsong Brewing Co. 3 pm-10 pm.

Coming back by VERY popular demand, we have a release date for Pink Robots Blackberry/Raspberry Kettle Sour! You’re probably wondering why we waited so long this year and we’re pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with Carolina Breast Friends. We will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this year’s entire batch of Pink Robots to The Pink House at Carolina Breast Friends. The vision of Carolina Breast Friends is to support, encourage, and empower those in our community who are affected by breast cancer. Brewed with over 1300 lbs of raspberry and blackberry, our kettle-soured ale is bright, tangy and deliciously fruity. Upfront berry aromatics and a lingering tartness come together for an easy-drinking experience. It won’t take long to see why it’s a fan and staff favorite. Even Yoshimi would agree—Pink Robots can’t be beat!We will be releasing this beer on draft & in CANS at 3pm on 9/19/20! Cheers!

  • Saturday, September 19th. Panty Raid Peanut Butter Porter Release! Sycamore Brewing Company. 12 pm-9 pm.

Releases in our taproom & SycamoreBrew.com for pickup or FREE delivery to select zips. 🥜🍫 Time to raid the pantry! This decadent porter is loaded with chocolatey goodness and smooth, creamy peanut butter

  • Saturday, September 19th. Flat Brim Hazy IPA Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 12 pm-10 pm.

Our favorite Hazy IPA returns on Saturday the 19th! Flat Brim Hazy IPA is bursting with Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops! Cans and Draft. 5.2% ABVDeejai Food Truck will be here for lunch and dinner with their amazing Thai offerings. Live music on the patio from 5-8 with Sam Tayloe of Time Sawyer!

Throwback Thursday: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen

Originally posted on January 15th, 2012.

When you think of Germany and it’s the beer you think of Munich and Bavaria. But this a Rauchbier, which is a smoked beer style in the Bamberg area of Germany. Schlenkerla is the original smoke beer. This is the Weizen (wheat) variety of their smoke beer. This beer is 5.2% abv and is dark amber with a thick foamy beige head. The color of this beer is a bbq like color, dark crispy slightly burnt edges of the meat. Schlenkerla has a smokey scent to it that really smells like fresh bbq being cooked. This is a very pleasant smell. Yes, there is a very faint wheat smell but it is overpowered by the smokey scent. This smokey brew here has a bbq taste that makes you think of ribs pulled pork and other good bbq staples. Yes, there is a wheat taste there but you really have search hard for it. This beer has a good smokey aftertaste that is very wonderful and tasty nothing like a heavy thick smoked porter. I really do think this would go great with a bbq brisket or a slab of ribs. This smokey guy is not heavy tasting nor does it stick to your stomach/ribs, no its semi-light drinkable and real good. Yes, they do brew three other types of smoke beer. You should try this one, it is surprisingly good. Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Friday, September 11th. Hazy Skies Hefeweizen Release. Pilot Brewing. 2 pm-9 pm.

Hazy Skies German Hefeweizen is releasing Friday, September 11! Draft only.ABV: 5.8%
A pale, refreshing wheat beer with high carbonation, dry finish, a pillowy mouthfeel, with a banana-and-clove yeast character.

  • Friday, September 11th. Beer Release: My Place or Yours Barleywine Ale. Blue Blaze Brewing. 12 pm-8 pm. First time release of My Pace or Yours Barleywine Ale (9.3% ABV) Friday, September 11th. We’ve taken a few switchbacks to make a type of beer that we aren’t know for… a big, burley, malty beer with high ABV. Big, bold, balanced, beautiful, b-dark, and b-hoppy.
  • Friday, September 11th. Gose PINK or Go Home Beer release. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm.

This fun, unique, and refreshing brew is “the drink” benefiting Levine Cancer Institute: Project PINK and Project PINK Plus. Gose PINK or Go Home:
• Raspberry and Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Gose
• 3.8% ABV
• Available in cans and on draft at the taproom beginning September 11
• Look for it at retailers starting September 14We’re tickled pink to be a part of Pink Pint Night, September 24, for the 9th year!Click here for event information: https://nodabrewing.com/event/9th-annual-pink-pint-night/