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!
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!
Here are this week’s news and events happening in the Charlotte, North Carolina area!
- Thursday, November 21st. Up All Night Breakfast Porter Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm. The best thing about New Years is the Christmas lights! Our 10% Breakfast Porter is back and in 16oz cans for the first time!! Brewed with flaked oats, honey, lactose, chocolate malts, and Magnolia Coffee Company coffee. There may be a couple surprise draft-only variants too…
- Thursday, November 21st. Blackberry Lemon Tart Release. Catawba Brewing Company. 3 pm-9 pm. This week’s Passport Beer is straight out of the bakery! Brewed with fresh lemon peel and blackberries, this pink drink is a little sweet with a tart bite.
- Friday, November 22nd. YWDW Foster Village & Elderly Coffe IPA Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 9 pm. Did we just make your favorite IPA? 🍻If you’re a coffee AND IPA lover, this brew was made with you in mind.
It gets better though! If you come by the OG to enjoy this brew, you’ll be contributing to a charitable cause. 👏 We’ll be donating $1 from every pint sold during the ENTIRE weekend to our friends at Foster Village Charlotte, whether you order our Enderly coffee IPA or another brew on tap. They’ll also be joining us at the OG on Friday!
If you want to see how our other IPAs on tap would taste with a coffee twist, try out our coffee infused options where we use a French press to steep Enderly coffee beans on one of our non-coffee infused IPAs. ☕️
This coffee IPA, sitting at 6% ABV, is a bright west coast IPA. It’s brewed with a special blend addition of Guatemala and Colombian coffee beans from our friends at Enderly. The base IPA is brewed with a heavy dosage of Simcoe and Mosaic hops and is infused with coffee in a small dose. It then received a heavy dose after fermentation, to bring this rich roasted coffee addition to the piney IPA. 👌🏻🤤
- Friday, November 22nd. Citra Acid Test Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm. As soon as we heard we had won a 2019 GABF Bronze in American-Style Sour Ale, we brewed up a batch of Citra Acid Test. Limited draft and only 80 cases. Don’t miss yours!!
4.7% ABV, Kettle soured and loaded with Citra hops, this is a tart and refreshing ale full of juicy tropical fruit notes.
- Saturday, November 23rd. Russian Roulette Beer Release. The Unknown Brewing Company. 11 am. We’re opening at 11am this Saturday for the Russian Roulette can release!
Our delicious Imperial Stout is brewed with chocolate, spices, & peppers, sold only in 4-packs, and 1 out of every pack is EXTREMELY hot from the Carolina Reaper pepper!
1 case per person!
VERY LIMITED QUANTITY ON HAND!
Get here early if you wanna play a little Russian Roulette the Unknown way!
- Saturday, November 23rd. Christmas Cookie Can Release. Sycamore Brewing. 12 pm-11 am. It’s back! 🎄🍪 Christmas Cookie Winter Ale will be released Saturday, November 23rd in our taproom! There are limited cases and they will go fast. ‘Tis the season!
- Sunday, November 24th. Fall Oyster Roast at Birdsong! Birdsong Brewing Co. 1 pm-4 pm. 📣📣 UPDATE: DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL: The oyster roast is rescheduled to 11/24 (same time). We want the best possible experience for our customers and hope you’ll join us on 11/24!
Fall is in full swing and we’re celebrating with an Oyster Roast! Our friends from Rappahannock Oyster Company are bringing the oysters and the steamers down from Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC! We’ll have buckets of steamed/roasted oysters & they’ll be shucking raw oysters to order by the dozen! We’ll be brewing up a special Oyster Stout in honor of the occasion, hope you can join!
Mark your calendars for one of Charlotte’s favorite oyster events! This event is family-friendly, so all are encouraged to join!
WHEN: Sunday, November 24th, 1-4 PM.
- Monday, November 25th. Mimosa Gose Release. Pilot Brewing. 2 pm-9 pm. Our award-winning Mimosa Gose will be back on tap soon! Join us for $3 goblets on release day.
Here are this week’s news and events happening in the Charlotte, North Carolina area!
- Wednesday, November 13th. Wild Beer Round-up and The Hobbyist. The Hobbyist. 5 pm-9 pm. Allagash is bringing the rare beers to The Hobbyists for wild beer round-up! The tap list will be stacked with limited Allagash offerings like Farm to Face and Nancy.
Bottle pour flights and bottles available to bring home. We hope to see you there!
- Thursday, November 14th. Good Golly Miss Molly Pickle Gose. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm. We have something special for National Pickle Day! We brewed Good Golly Miss Molly Pickle Gose with lots of Molly Poe’s Party Pickles Juice. A must-try for any pickle lover!
- Thursday, November 14th. Imperial Stout w/ Red Grapes Must. Catawba Brewing company. 3 pm-10 pm. The weather is getting colder and the beers are getting darker!
- Friday, Novermber 15th. Cranberry Gose Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 2 pm-10 pm. Your favorite Gose is back, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. 👌🏻 This brew, sitting at 4% ABV, is made with our base Gose recipe and to accentuate the tartness and create some additional flavor, it is fermented on cranberries. 🍻
Who needs a warm and cozy mug when you can reach for this tart and refreshing pint instead? 😆 You’ll want to come by to have it on draft AND leave with it in cans. Lucky for you, it will be available on draft and in cans at both locations!
- Friday, November 15th. Mango Starr Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10pm. Get ready for a thirst-quenching Saison, sitting at 5.5% ABV. This Saison was brewed with flaked oats, aged in oak barrels for two years on a mixed Brett culture, then refermented on mangos. 👌
This exotic brew is the perfect combination of juicy and tart! 🥭 🍻
- Saturday, November 16th – Sunday, November 17th. Thicket as Thieves ’19 Bottle release. Wooden Robot Brewery 12 pm-12 am. Join us for the return of one of our beloved brews, Thicket as Thieves – Blackberry Sour Ale
Saturday, November 16th at Noon
Doors will open at The Chamber and The Brewery at noon! We will have a limited quantity on draft at both locations on the day of the release!
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Thicket as Thieves ’19:
Thicket as Thieves starts life as a sour golden ale brewed with local malt from Epiphany Craft Malt. It ages in our oak foeder with our house mixed culture, then re-ferments on over 2 pounds per gallon of local blackberries for a delightfully tart and juicy flavor. Bottle conditioned, please pour carefully.
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$16 (+tax) per 500mL bottle
No limit on purchases
Cheers, see you all on Saturday 11.16.19!
Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company Lagerbier, 5.5% ABV from Charleston, South Carolina which I received from a family member who purchased this from Winestore. Lagerbier pours a golden yellow color with a four-finger white head that steadily fades down to a two-finger head and stays. You get a crisp biscuit aroma off this beer that has a semi-sweet very faint corn-like flavor on the nose. The taste of Lagerbier is clean crisp with biscuit notes that have a little semi sweetness to it with a tiny hop note on the end that finishes with a twinge of a hop note a lots of lager biscuit malts with a aftertaste of Chips and a beady note that does not stay long with a light mouthfeel. Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company Lagerbier grows on you as you drink it, I start out thinking this average, then a few more sips I thought it was above average than by the end I’d say it’s a B-. Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company Lagerbier is one that I recommend and some worth a try. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
German beers brewers are pretty straightforward about the styles of beer that they brew. They tend not to stray far from the true version of a particular style of beer. This one Lammsbräu Organic Winter Spezial Premium Bavarian Lager, 5.1% ABV, is true to that statement. The style is known as a winter lager. Winter layers are slightly more malty and rich than are normal lagers would be. Lammsbräu Organic Winter Spezial Premium Bavarian Lager pours an amber color with a three-finger white head that slowly dissipates into nice wispy lacing around the glass. I saw nice amounts of light coming through and nice carbonation bubbles as well. The aroma is a bit sweeter than a regular lager would tend to be, and there is a faint earthy tone as well. You do get a faint biscuit/breaded scent. The taste is a bit malty, but not overly malty and you do get a little sweetness that isn’t there too long, but just long enough to enjoy. The sweetness is reminiscent of light semi-sweet chocolate. The taste is also earthy with a grassy like the taste, but not in the way an IPA would be. It is more of a lager. Type of grain flavor than an earthy flavor. The mouth feel is medium and the finish is nice smooth with a touch of malty sweetness. The aftertaste is slightly sweet with hints of earthy, grainy biscuit flavor. This Lammsbräu Organic Winter Spezial Premium Bavarian Lager goes well for a winter day like yesterday or today, not such an easy drinker, but close. Lammsbräu Organic Winter Spezial Premium Bavarian Lager is good, so it gets an A. German beers are always high up on my list, and even ones that I have not had before. Germans are masters and brewing beer and consistently brew great beer and this one was no exception, it was a good winter beer. So go out and pick up Lammsbräu Organic Winter Spezial Premium Bavarian Lager, and see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Here are this week’s news and events happening in the Charlotte, North Carolina area!
- Thursday, November 7th. PBB&B Sandwich Imperial Pastry Stout Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm. Clocking in at 12%, this collaboration was brewed with Hidden Springs Ale Works and inspired by what Elvis might eat!
This Imperial Sweet Pastry Stout has all the flavors of peanut butter, banana, & bacon sandwich. Pours an opaque black, with a viscous mouthfeel and low silky carbonation. Sweet and complex with notes of bacon on the nose from cherrywood smoked malt, freshly ground peanuts, and a hint of ripe bananas. Rich flavors of brownie batter, sweet peanut butter pie, chocolate-dipped banana milkshake, and smoky, crispy, fried, candied bacon.
- Thursday, November 7th. IPA Series Release: Haze-Ology. Birdsong Brewing Co. 3 pm-10 pm. Join us for another brew from our Limited Release IPA Series!
This time we’re bringing you Haze-ology, a hazy IPA, with a unique blend of 5 hops which lends to big juicy tropical fruit notes upfront with a citrus finish. Join us for the release of this limited IPA on Thursday, 11/7!
Robust and floral with hints of tangerine and grapefruit, Haze-ology is balanced and bright. We used Eureka, Comet, Amarillo, El Dorado, and Galena hops to create a one-of-a-kind IPA that seamlessly blends the hop character of West Coast-style brew with the hazy qualities of East Coast IPAs.
Haze-ology IPA will release on draft and in cans at 3p!
- Friday, December 8th. Holy Mole Dunkle Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm. Holy Moly! Join us on November 8th for a special release. This brew, sitting at 6% ABV, is a Dunkelweisse (Dark German Wheat Ale) brewed with Mole sauce spices giving a dark, spicy but drinkable twist on a classic German Style. This was the Charlotte Beer Babes 2019 homebrew winning recipe. It’s a brew not to miss!
- Friday, November 8th. Seasonal Release: Pomme Pom. Red Clay Ciderworks. 3 pm-11 pm. Our semi-sweet pomegranate fall/winter seasonal is back!
Deep red in color with hints of both apple and pomegranate on the nose, this cider hits the pallet with apple sweetness and finishes with a tart pomegranate burst of flavor!
- Friday, November 8th. Apple Crumble Ale Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm. A cozy winter ale featuring 15 lbs. of caramelized apples and a generous dash of cinnamon.
- Saturday, November 9th. 2019 Strange Brew Beer Festival. The Unknown Brewing company. 7 pm-10 pm. Tickets at eventbrite.com. We’re celebrating 5 years of being strange! Some of the best breweries in and around Charlotte are joining us to put on a festival based on brews no one would expect, or even dare to create!
This unique adventure pits the Queen City’s top breweries against each other in a battle of weirdness. The goal is to brew, filter, and infuse the weirdest ingredients into the strangest beer!
Over 20 breweries will be in attendance this year. Your ticket gets you access to try every beer multiple times throughout the night!
Its gonna be a freaky good time!
– Live music all night!
– Special performances!
Last year’s winner, Cabarrus Brewing Co. will be back to defend their Strange title! Who’s gonna come out on top?
- Saturday, November 9th. Veteran’s Day Celebration. Sugar Creek Brewing. 11 am-11 pm. Come celebrate Veterans Day this Saturday with veteran-owned and operated craft beer here at the brewery. We’ll have the USO of North Carolina set up and selling raffle tickets to WIN 2 Indian Motorcycles, great food, and drink specials, $5 dollar everything and of course Veterans Discounts. Celebrate our Veterans with Veteran Beer!
- Sunday, November 10th. Cinnamon Bun Brown Ale Release. Pilot Brewing. 10 am-9 pm. One of our fall favorites will be ready for release this Sunday, November 10! Join us for Sunday Market and $3 goblets of Cinnamon Bun Brown Ale all day.
Mikkeller Brewing, Aloha Fridays Gose-Style Ale, 5.9%, brewed in San Diego California with Passionfruit, Tangerine, Pineapple & Hibiscus. Aloha Fridays pours light cherry red with a one and a half finger head with somewhat good retention, that gives off tropical tart fruity aromas of tangerine and pineapple. You get tartness up on the front of the tongue with a bit of a salted flavor with lots of tropical fruit flavor notes like lots of passionfruit l, pineapple, and tangerine but not really any hibiscus. Aloha Fridays finishes with a slightly tart tropical flavor with a tropical fruit aftertaste with a slight sour note on the very end with a light mouthfeel. Mikkeller Brewing, Aloha Fridays Gose-Style Ale sounds like it’s an interesting take on a Gose-Style Ale and it sort of starts out that way then just becomes an average tart fruited beer, and I give Mikkeller Brewing, Aloha Fridays Gose-Style Ale a C+. And this wouldn’t be something I would rush back to try but if it’s around I might have it. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Fonta Flora Hoppin’ John Lager, 5.2% ABV brewed in Nebo North Carolina with Sea Island Red Peas, smoked wheat and Carolina Gold Rice in collaboration with Buxton Hall Barbecue￼. Hoppin’ John pours a cloudy, smokey golden yellow color with a two finger white head that fades into a nice little white cap, giving off a smokey biscuit aromas. You then get a taste of what I can only describe as what a Big Green Egg smells like, it taste just like that with some light biscuity meat notes and finishes with a smokey yet faint meaty quality with a smoked wooden charcoal aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. This is certainly different from most lagers and slightly different from most smoked beers it has a bit of a bbq meal quality to it that I give a B grade to. Fonta Flora Hoppin’ John Lager in my opinion taste like it should be had during mid fall season. It does invoke a feeling of a camp fire on a cool crisp dusk fall evening. I however recommend Fonta Flora Hoppin’ John Lager. I am Definitely going back to this beer. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Originally posted 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 a Weizen (wheat) variety of their smoked 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 smells 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 it’s semi-light drinkable and really good. Yes, they do brew three other types of smoked beer. You should try this one, it is surprisingly good. Cheers! Please drink responsibly!