NoDa Brewing Company Bandito Mexican Style Lager

Craft brewers have been brewing the Mexican style larger for a while now and are a somewhat popular style among beer drinkers. This NoDa Brewing Company Bandito Mexican Style lager, 4,9% ABV is on the trend and is brewed with flaked maize, otherwise known as corn. Bandito pours a golden color with a fluffy two and a half finger white head with a slow fade into some nice lacing in the glass that gives you corn aromas with some sweetness that is a little similar to a Corona that takes you to a Corona like tasting sweet clean corn flavors with a nice clean yet semi-sweet finish and a much similar aftertaste with a faint dryness lingering till the next sip with a light refreshing mouthfeel. I was surprised at how much it tasted like a Corona and how well it was brewed to the Mexican style lager. I give NoDa Brewing Company Bandito Mexican Style lager an A-. It loses just one because as it warms it become a little off and not as good as it is at the first taste, but still a good be otherwise and yes you can have a six-pack without destroying your taste buds. So go and try NoDa Brewing Company Bandito Mexican Style lager I recommend that you do. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Boulevard Brewing Company Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Originally posted on January 12th, 2015

It looks like I have been reviewing a lot of Belgian-style beers recently, well that is true, I have. Well, that is because I love Belgian and Belgian-style beers very much, and I think that most concerning beers drinkers do as well. The Belgian-style beers are popular among brewers and breweries; there are some that brew the Belgian-style only. Well, this beer here no different from that; here is Boulevard Brewing Smokestack Series Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, 8.5% ABV. Boulevard Brewing is from Kanas City, Missouri and this is part of the Smokestack Series that is named after the tall old brick smokestack at their brewery. Tank 7 pours slightly hazy light copper color with a two and a half, almost three fingers white head, that somewhat slow to dissipate but does so into a nice lacing around the glass. I found very minimal light streaming through the glass with a decent amount of carbonation bubbles. The aroma on Tank 7 is a bit fruity with some tropical fruit notes, like a little faint pineapple. There is a tiny-spiced not that is barely noticeable. Tank 7’s taste is sweet and bready from its malts used and I found there to a tropical spiced fruit similar to the fruit aroma of pineapple, but there is a little faint mango as well. Tank 7 has crispness with little lemony flavor towards the back. The mouthfeel is medium, with a nice somewhat sweet bready and spiced finish and an aftertaste of spice and bready malt that lingers long enough for enjoyment. Boulevard Brewing Smokestack Series Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale gets an A. I thought this was good Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale, the really captured the style well with Tank 7. It had nothing wrong with, nothing overdone. Tank 7 is actually easy to drink for being 8.5% ABV and you don’t really taste that is that high in ABV. Now yes that could be a bit dangerous, but Tank 7 only comes in 12 ounces 4 packs and 750ml bottles. Yes, I would recommend this to anyone. So go out and try Boulevard Brewing Smokestack Series Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

  • Wednesday, June 20th. Pilot Batch Release-Hefeweizen with Blackberries. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-9 pm. A refreshing twist on a summer staple. In addition to the classic banana-like fruitiness and mild Belgian flavors, a heap of blackberries contributes a slight fruity tartness, an unmistakable hue, and a crisp, light finish. Bleu Barn Bistro food truck will be here for food pairings!
  • Wednesday, June 20th. Fiddlin’ Fish Spotlight. Temple Mojo Matthews. 5 pm-7 pm. Come and enjoy some beers from Fiddlin’ Fish. The beer rep will be here from 5:00-7:00pm and beers will be on all day.
    Spotlight Beers include:
    Mandolin Grain IPA
    Black Mountain Chocolate Stout
    Major Wintson’s Wheat
    Cucumber Kölsch
  • Thursday, June 21st-22nd. Boysenberry Sour Release. Catawba Brewing Co. 21st-3 pm & 22nd-10 am t’s as delicious as it sounds annnd $1 from each pour will be donated to the Humane Society of Charlotte!!
  • Thursday, Jun 21st. Legal Remedy Tap Takeover. Carolina Beer Temple at Ayrsley. 12 pm-11:59 pm. 
    Join us Thursday (June, 7th) for an evening with Legal Remedy Brewing! We will be featuring several tasty beers from them including:
    -Mixed Berry Berlinerweiss
    -Lemon Drop IPA
    -World Court Blond Mocha Stout
    -Double Indemnity DIPA
    -Sequestered Blueberry Saison
    -Courthouse Cookie Brown Ale
    Discounted pints and flights will be available all day long! See you at the Temple!
  • Friday, June 22nd. Pew Pew Pew Limited Taproom Release. The Unknown Brewing Company. 5 pm. Pew Pew Pew” is an all Citra barrel sour ale with an abv of 5.8%. There will be limited production of this beer (only 80 cases), so in order to ensure that you get your hands on a can, you need to be at Unknown at 5pm on Friday, June 22nd.
    This all Citra sour ale was brewed with whole leaf Citra. It was kettle, whirlpool, hop-backed, and double dry hopped. This beer was also blended with a version that was lightly aged and soured in oak barrels. 
    “Pew pew pew” is aromatic, juicy, tart, hazy and absolutely delicious!
  • Saturday, June 23rd. Release Party: Fake Plastic Trees Hoppy Wheat! Birdsong Brewing Co. 12 pm-10 pm. We’re no strangers to innovation. That’s what THURSty THURSdays are for, right? We like to experiment with new flavors, styles, & techniques to bring you some pretty cool brews. Way back in the day we brought you the first small batch of Fake Plastic Trees, our Hoppy American Wheat. Fast forward to several years later & it’s one of Charlotte’s favorite seasonal brews! Hope you can join us for the release on SAT, 6/23! 
    Not sure what to think about a Hoppy Wheat? Try it! This tasty, hoppy wheat beer is bursting with citrus & lemongrass aromas, supported by a complementary malt backbone & a clean bitterness. A blend of Columbus, Cascade & Sorachi Ace hops bring the party to your mouth while the mellow wheat base quenches your thirst. Enjoy this delightfully distinctive ale at your cookout, your day at the lake or wherever your next adventure takes you.
    We hope you’ll join us for the release party on 6/23!
  • Saturday, June 23rd. Deconstructed Prairie Bomb! and Amelie’s Chocolate Pairing. Duckworths Kitchen & Taphouse Park Rd. 1 pm-4 pm. 
    We can’t think of a better combination – 5 Prairie Bomb! kegs paired with Amelie’s Chocolates/Pastries! 
    Amelie’s Chef on hand to speak about each dessert.
    Tickets are PRE-SALE ONLY and are $30 + tax. To purchase a ticket, visit us at 4435 Park Rd. or call us at 704.527.5783
    Tickets are very limited so get yours while you still can!
    Deconstructed Bomb! Vanilla – Caramel Chocolate Macaron (Chocolate Macaron cookie filled with caramel buttercream)
    Deconstructed Bomb! Cocoa Nibs – Mini Pecan Tart
    Deconstructed Bomb! Coffee – Salted Caramel Brownie
    Deconstructed Bomb! Chili Peppers – Cream Cheese Mousse Cup (Chocolate cup filled with cream cheese mousse)
    Prairie Bomb! – Peanut Butter Petit Four (layer cake dessert composed of Almond Jaconde, Peanut Butter Center, Chocolate Mousse, Ganache)
  • Tuesday, June 26th, OMB Beer Dinner hosted by Hickory Taven Metropolitan. Hickory Tavern Metropolitan. 6:30 pm-9:30 pm. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and Hickory Tavern are teaming up to host a beer dinner on the patio at the Hickory Tavern Metropolitan location. Enjoy some cold beer, delicious food, and great view. OMB’s top representative will be here to talk beer, while the chef will be here pairing these beers with extraordinary plates all for just $30.00! Seating is limited, so don’t miss your chance!
  • Thuesday, June 26th. NoDable Release: #instabeerbeerupCLT Anniversary Brew. Every single week, we release a brand new “NoDable” beer on Tuesday! We’re releasing #instabeerupCLT‘s Fourth Anniversary Brew! Stay tuned for the release name and info of the beer!
    While you’re here, be sure to try a few of our 25+ brews and some TIN Kitchen for dinner. And, don’t forget you can take this week’s NoDable and many of our other beers to-go in a crowler!

Throwback Thursday: Miami Brewing Co. Shark Bate

Originally posted March 16th, 2015.

One of my favorite styles of beer the Wheat beer is also the first style I tied when I was getting into beer. This style is probably one of the most popular styles out there. Well at least that is what I believe. Wheat style has a few substyles such as Dunkle, Bock, and Hefeweizen, unfiltered, and filtered. This beer before us is Miami Brewing Co. Shark Bait Wheat Beer with mango juice, 5.3% ABV. Miami Brewing Co. is a relatively new brewery. There have been around since only 2011. Miami brewing isn’t located in Miami but they aren’t to far from it in Homestead Florida. Shark Bait pours a bright gold color with an almost one finger head the really dissipates quickly. I found plenty of light streaming through the glass with lots of great carbonation bubbles. The aroma of Shark Bait is nice with a fun bubblegum scent. I guess that is the combination of wheat and mango juice. The taste is much the same with a nice bubblegum flavor with faint wheat notes and a little mango, but mostly I get bubble gum throughout. This Shark Bait Wheat Beer is refreshing with a light mouthfeel. The finish is smooth and sweet with a bubble gum flavor. The aftertaste is a little fruit with tropical mango and still bubble gum but a little lighter than before. I really enjoy Miami Brewing Shark Bait Wheat Beer It’s a solid A. I liked the mixture of wheat and mango and the bubblegum flavor that I got off it. That was great and interesting. There is nothing I could find wrong with this beer. I recommend trying Miami Brewing Co. Shark Bait Wheat Beer. Go and try it for yourself. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

NoDa Brewing Co. Dreamsicle India Pale Ale

I saw NoDa Brewing Co. Dreamsicle, India Pale Ale, 7.0% in my local grocery store and picked up a four pack. This is a local west coast style IPA from Charlotte, North Carolina and is brewed with Amarillo, Centennial, and Citra hops with a little sweetness of vanilla beans and orange peel. Dreamsicle pours a light copper color with a billowy three finger fluffy white head that leave nice lacing behind with an aroma of west coast fruit flavors with a subtle yet faint sweet note that carries you into a light yet faint sweet fruited flavor with nice west coast tropical fruits like mango and pineapple with citrus orange and little bit of grapefruit with nice hoppy noted on the back with a hoppy yet smooth fruity finish and a mild hoppy semi-sweet aftertaste with a somewhat medium mouthfeel. NoDa Brewing Co. Dreamsicle, India Pale Ale is a good beer but I didn’t get much vanilla sweetness that I was hoping for so I give this IPA a B+. NoDa Brewing Co. Dreamsicle, India Pale Ale was taste and fruit with the right amount of hop notes but would have liked more vanilla beans. Would I have this again? In a heartbeat and so should you! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Foothills Brewing Thousand Smiles Golden Ale

I haven’t had a Foothills Brewing beer in a while but I’ve seen Thousand Smiles Golden Ale, 4.4% ABV and wanted to try it. This is a relatively new beer from Foothills Brewing. I was in my local grocery store and picked up a six pack of Thousand Smiles. American Golden Ales are golden to light in color with more subtle overall character and light body than typical pale ales. They are brewed domestically and will have less body, hop, and malt character than a pale ale. Thousand Smiles pours a bright golden yellow color with a one and a half finger white quick fading head that does leave lacing behind giving you aromas of a slight sweetness with nice light malt notes and a crisp slightly sweet flavor of a somewhat light breaded note that is clean with a very light yet faint hop note towards the back of the mouth with a crisp light faintly malted finish with a clean aftertaste with a light mouthfeel. Foothills Brewing Thousand Smiles Golden Ale is a good beer and deserving of an A. As usual Foothills Brewing has brewed another great beer, and one beer that I highly recommend trying as well as any Foothills Brewing beer. This is one you can enjoy again and again without having the beer overpower your palate. This could be an everyday and/or go to beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Burial Beer Co. The Keeper’s Veil Honey Saison

Burial Beer Co. The Keeper’s Veil, 5.5% ABV, a honey Saison is another selection from Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop. This saison is brewed with fresh honey, Carolina grown 6-row barley and wheat, laid upon a bed of flowers. The Keeper’s Veil pours a light orange color with a quick moving one finger white head with nothing left behind but the sweet aroma of floral honey with some light funky notes that take you into a sweet floral honey flavor with funky tart notes that fade into the back of the mouth with a semi-sweet floral finish and a light sweet funky aftertaste with a light to medium funky mouthfeel. Too much floral notes on this and it does not really go well with the honey sweetness I give Burial Beer Co. The Keeper’s Veil a C at best. I don’t think I could have more that one pint of this and one pint was more that enough. It was to flowery for my liking and if that’s you kind of beer that Burial Beer Co. The Keeper’s Veil is the beer for you, and not so much for me. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Great Lakes Brewing Dortmunder Gold

I really enjoy finding, searching, and hunting new beer to try. So a few weeks ago my father found a website BrewPublik ( that hand delivers beer that they have chosen for you based on what your go to beer is. They are local in Charlotte, NC and deliver your beer in a handmade wooden crate with their company logo branded on the side with a folder of tasting notes and information on each beer. One of the beers that I received is Great Lakes Dortmounder Gold, 5.8% ABV. Great Lakes Brewing is in Cleveland Ohio. This style is named after the town in Germany where the style originates. Dortmunder Gold is brewed in accordance with the Bavarian Purity Low of 1516. This law simply states that beer must be brewed with barley, hops, yeast, and water. Which this beer is and meets that law. Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold has won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival. But I couldn’t find when it won. Dortmunder Gold pours a nice bright orange/copper color with a two finger white head that sticks around long enough to notice its there before fading into very thin lacing. I found decent amounts of light streaming through the glass with nice carbonation bubbles racing up towards the white head. The aroma is similar is to a lager and a pilsner. It’s a slight mix of the two I think. The taste at first is crisp then becomes a tiny bit malty and towards the end, there is a bit of bitter flavor that isn’t so ‘in your face’. I found the bitter flavor to be a bit light. The mouthfeel is light to somewhat medium. Dortmunder Gold finishes with a little crisp bitterness but less bitter than before. I thought Dortmunder Gold was going to taste different from the way it actually did. Dortmunder Gold is a B. The small amount of bitterness towards the end was not what I was expecting and really brought down the overall flavor a bit. But Dortmunder Gold isn’t a bad beer; it was somewhat enjoyable, just not as I hoping it would be. Yes, I see how it won its gold medal and I understand it too. I probably wouldn’t have Dortmunder Gold right away but I might down the road. So go out and try Great Lake Brewing Co. Dortmunder Gold and see what you think. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

Here are this week’s news and events in the Charlotte, NC area!

  • Wednesday, June 6th. Sierra Nevada Keg Bowling. VBGB Beer Hall & Garden. 6 pm-8 pm. VBGB is excited to be hosting your new favorite sport: KEG BOWLING.
    Join us on Wednesday, June 6th from 6-8pm, where Sierra Nevada Brewery will be teaching you everything you need to know to become a Keg Bowling champion. Just by signing up, you’ll have the chance to win 2 tickets to Sierra Nevada’s fan favorite Beer Camp at their Mills River Brewery location. This event is FREE to attend — 21+ only!
    BEER CAMP, June 16th, 2018:
    “Guests can expect an epic adult day camp, complete with dozens of games, a high-ropes obstacle course, human foosball, keg bowling, Hammer-Schlagen, a silent disco, crafts, hammocks, and of course, plenty of Sierra Nevada beer. Zach Deputy will headline the festival with opening act The Broadcast. The silent disco DJ lineup will be local favorites DJ Marley Carroll and DJ Push/Pull.
    Attendees can purchase full-sized pours of their favorite Sierra Nevada beers, cans of Pale Ale, and six festival-exclusive collaboration beers created by Sierra Nevada’s employees just for Beer Camp. Local food trucks and the Sierra Nevada Taproom will also offer food for purchase. Complimentary Shuttles from Asheville and Hendersonville will be provided.”
  • Wednesday, June 6th. Belgian Strong Pale Ale Pilot Batch Release. Triple C Brewing Co. 4 pm-9 pm. Clocking in at 8.5%, this strong Belgian Pale was brewed with Monastery yeast, noble hops, and candied sugar.
    Bleu Barn Bistro has dinner covered. 
  • Thursday, June 7th. Brewsin’ with Birdsong + First Thursday. Carolina Beer Temple Matthews. 6 pm-11 pm. On Thursday, June 7th the Carolina Beer Temple will be Brewsin’ with Birdsong Brewing Co. – a fun event featuring rare and seasonal Birdsong drafts!!! PLUS it is FIRST THURSDAY! This month’s non-profit is S.A.F.E. Animal Haven. $1 from each Birdsong pint and flight sold all day will be donated to SAFE.
    The tap list will feature four (4) out of the ordinary Birdsong beers: Sunshine Gose, Weasel on Woodpeckers barrel-aged Belgian Ale, OPP Pineapple Pale Ale, and Rewind Lager.
    S.A.F.E. Animal Haven’s goal is to decrease the endless stream of dogs and cats pouring into animal care facilities by providing educational school programs and promoting the spaying/neutering of companion animals.
    Come out on Thursday, June 7th to drink some great beer and to support a great cause!
  • Thursday, June 7th. Vienna Lager Release + First Book Fundraiser. Catawba Brewing Co. Charlotte. 3 pm-10 pm. Join us for an amazing beer release and fundraiser this Thursday! Catawba has partnered with First Book-Charlotte to help raise funds for supplying low-income families with books! $1 from each pint of our Vienna Lager sold will be donated to this wonderful organization, so swing by for a pint or two and learn more about this great non-profit!
    First Book-Charlotte is part of the national, all-volunteer nonprofit network of local advisory boards whose sole mission is to help children from low-income families read and own their own books.
  • Friday, June 8th. Coffee on Corban Beer Release. Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company Concord. 2 pm-10 pm. Join us this Food Truck Friday for the release of our Coffee on Corban! Our new coffee blonde! We collaborated with Farmers First Coffee for this release. They have multiple coffee beans of various roasts to offer and we chose a mildly-roasted Emiliano’s coffee. Emiliano is a small, family farmer from the Amazonas region of Peru. I felt like his beans were the best to pair with our lightly flavored Corban Avenue Honey Blonde. The coffee isn’t heavy or bold enough to detract from the flavor of the beer. You could easily drink this beer with dinner, lunch, or breakfast. Dragon Boat CharlotteSugar Daddy’sThe Big Woodie, and The Sweetest Thing Bake Shop will be in the beer garden!
    Want to learn more about Farmers First Coffee Company and Emiliano, visit them on facebook!     
  • Friday, June 8th. High Branch Can Release – #smooth Hazy IPA. High Branch Brewing Co. Concord. 4 pm-10 pm. Releasing #smooth cans this Friday at 4! Motueka, Ella, and Vic Secret hop in this Hazy IPA. We get lingering tropical fruits, a spicy edge, and floral hop character. Used a lot of oats for a silky mouthfeel.
  • Saturday, June 9th. Asheville Brew Crawl – Summer 2018. Piedmont Social House. 10 am-11 pm. Details ASHEVILLE BREW CRAWL SUMMER 2018. Summer is so close and so is our summer brew crawl
    $50 – Until – May 19th
    $55 – May 20th – June 2nd
    $60 – June 3rd – June 9th at 8AM
    No need to worry designated driver!!!
    Price includes:
    Brunch (breakfast sandwiches) AND Dinner
    Ticket holders are responsible for their own brew purchases.
    This year’s Stops:
    Lookout Brewing Company
    New Belgium Brewing Company
    Wedge Brewing Company
    Archetype Brewing
    Green Man/Funkatorium/Wicked Weed
  • Saturday. June 9th. Beer Geek Tap Takeover. Carolina Beer Temple Ayrsley. 12 pm-11:59 pm. Release your inner beer geek, Saturday June 9th, as we feature several rare & hard to find beers from across the US including:
    – Burial Beer Co. * A Completely Different Nature * DIPA
    – Castia Cerveceria * Coffee Talk * Nitro Milk Stout
    – Main Brewing Company * Peeper * Pale Ale
    – Mikkeller Brewing San Diego * Mr. Smith * Hazy Pale Ale
    – The Bruery * Terreux-Frederick * Sour
    – Grimm Artisanal Ales * Air & Light * Dry Hopped Sour
    – Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, LLC. * Table Bretta* Saison
    Discounted pints & flights will be available all day long. See you at the Temple! 
  • Sunday, June 10th. Brunch and Brews. Legion Brewing. 10 am-2 pm. join us every Sunday from 10AM-2PM for Brunch and Brews! Whether you are nursing a hangover from a few too many late night pints or trying to get your Sunday Funday on, we have a little something for everyone!
    Southwest Breakfast Burrito
    Chorizo, egg, cheddar, homemade salsa, jalapeno, and avocado. Enjoy it in a spinach wrap OR on a bed of smoked cheddar grits!
    Lox and Loaded*
    Smoked salmon, cucumber, onion, fresh dill and cream cheese on a Nova*s bagel.
    Breakfast Sliders (3)
    Bacon, egg, cheddar, tomato and black pepper aioli on soft slider buns.
    Mixed Berry Parfait
    Greek yogurt, mixed berries, homemade honey almond granola.
    Seasonal Belgian Waffle
    Flavors change with our seasonal beer line up- check our social media for updates!
    Side Of Smoked Cheese Grits
    With a side of Warm Baked Apples 
  • Sunday, June 10th. Hoppin’ the Rail. Divine Barrel Brewing. 1 pm. Join Torah on Tap as we brewery hops through Charlotte! We will begin at Divine Barrel Brewing in Noda and use the light rail to move on from there. Can’t meet us at 1? No worries! We’ll be updating our location via this event page as we go.
  • Tuesday, June 12th. NoDable Release: Lyft Me Up (Bier de Garde). Noda Brewin Company. 4 pm-9 pm. Every single week, we release a brand new “NoDable” beer on Tuesday! This week’s new NoDable is a Bier de Garde
    While you’re here, be sure to try a few of our 25+ brews and some TIN Kitchen for dinner. And, don’t forget you can take this week’s NoDable and many of our other beers to-go in a crowler! 
  • Tuesday, June 12th. Pint Night with Hi-Wire Brewing. The Causal Pint Rivergate. 6 pm. Hi-Wire Brewing is joining us June 12th to deliver some beers you won’t want to miss tasting. It will be both fun and delicious!