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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/

Golden Road Brewing Mango Cart Mango Wheat Ale

Golden Road Brewing Mango Cart Mango Wheat Ale, 4.0% ABV first in a series inspired by Los Angeles fruit cart vendors, brewed with 2-row, wheat malts, and Bravo hops. Mango Cart pours a bight yellow with a one finger fizzy white head that quickly fades away with aromas of sweet ripe tropical mango. The flavor is filled with fresh ripe mango sweetness with some light tartness, and a light to medium mouthfeel that has a nice tropical mango into the aftertaste with a hint of a light wheat note. This is very easy to drink with loads of bold mango sweet flavors, I give Golden Road Brewing Mango Cart Mango Wheat Ale an A+. It is a solid beer, but I didn’t really get much wheat ale qualities in mango cart which can be good becuase wheat beer tend to be heavier Mango Cart was not that heavy which along with it’s non overbmang flavor makes it a good sessionable beer, yes it crushable (easy to drink). So I recommend Golden Road Brewing Mango Cart Mango Wheat Ale its really tasty. Please stay safe and enjoy responsible! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Samuel Smith’s India Pale Ale

One of my favorite breweries in the world is Samuel Smith Brewery in (Tadcaster) N. Yorks, England. I have pretty much had all of they’re beer in the breweries lineup, and they are all great beers. But I found one from Samuel Smith’s that I’ve not had yet, India Ale (IPA). Like all Samuel Smith beers, this is Brewed with hard well water and fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares. Samuel Smith’s India Ale 5.0% ABV and an IBU of 46,  which pours a crisp coppery orange color with a big four finger white bubbly, rocky head that sticks around for quite a while before fading away slightly, leaving behind great strings of lacing around the glass. There is plenty of light coming through the glass with nice carbonation bubbles racing towards the white foamy head. The aroma in India Ale is lightly grassy with a slight malted scent and touches of some light tropical fruit. The taste is very low on hoppy flavor but there is a slight hop flavor present to let you know you are having an IPA. There is a nice small tropical fruit note here with a nice malt backbone to go right along with the faint grassy notes. The taste is much smoother than some American IPAs. The mouthfeel is light to almost medium. Samuel Smith’s India Ale finishes nice but dry and has a nice faintly grassy fruity aftertaste. Samuel Smith’s didn’t disappoint me with this India Ale at all, so Samuel Smith’s India Ale gets an A+. A solid smooth drinking English IPA, well balanced. Samuel Smith’s India Ale isn’t overwhelming in the hops department. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to try their first IPA or to anyone who likes beer. So please go out and try Samuel Smith’s India Ale and see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!   

The Beer News

Here are this week’s news and event happening Charlotte, North Carolina area!

  • Friday, September 4th. Hi Creek Sour Release. Sugar Creek Brewing. 2 pm-11 pm. The adult version of that fruit punch you remember as a kid. We packed as many fruits as we could in one beer to give you the most Fruit Punch inspired Sour we could brew up. With it’s crisp clean finish and a crushable 4.0% abv it’s the perfect summertime beer!
  • Friday, September 4th. Octoberfest Märzen Lager Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm.

Hold onto your lederhosen and get ready for the release of Oktoberfest Märzen Lager! 🇩🇪People may not be gathering for Oktoberfest in person, but we’re still honoring the best beer celebration in the world by releasing our beer (and a commemorative keepsake stein) during the would-be first week of Germany’s festival. Our 6.3% ABV, full-bodied Märzen Lager is brewed with German Bach yeast, German malts (Vienna, Munich and Pilsner), and, you guessed it, German hops. Celebrating Oktoberfest is easy with this brew’s light amber color, malt-forward taste, and crisp finish.4-pack of Oktoberfest and Stein – $17.99
Draft of Oktoberfest in Stein – $10
Stein alone – $7Enjoy Oktoberfest in cans to go or in pints at our North End taproom beginning September 4th. Look for it in grocery stores and retailers on September 7th. Prost! 🍻

  • Friday, September 4th. Can Release: Alpine Wiesen Oktoberfest. Blue Blaze Brew Brewing. 2 pm- 7 pm.

Join us to celebrate the oncoming fall season! We are working hard to get you ready for fall 🍁🍂We are releasing Alpine Wiesen Oktoberfest in cans and on draft for the fall season! Like the warm colors of Fall, Alpine Wiesen Oktoberfest is amber-red in color and as refreshing as the cool, autumn breeze. Brewed in traditional Märzen style, light toasted malt gives way to a medium hop presence, aroma, and flavors from German Noble hops. Live Music: Jade Moore 5-7pm Food Truck: Des Cajun Kitchen 4-7 PM

Throwback Thursday: Fish Brewing Company FishTale Ales BeyThe Pale Pale Ale

Originally posted Monday July 4th.

The other day I was in a Borders Books and bought a few magazines and one of them was volume one of the 2015 World Beer Awards. This magazine has all the winners in every category and their respected countries, great magazine. But this is not a review of that magazine, no, it’s a review of the worlds best beer 2015, Fish Brewing Company FishTale Ales Beyond The Pale, Pale Ale, 5.0% ABV. This is from Olympia Washington. So I had to try it. Beyond The Pale pours a deep orange color with t foamy two and a half finger white head that dissipates at a nice pace while leaving behind some average lacing. The beer is not to clear so some light is coming through. The aroma is a bit earthy and citrusy with grapefruit and faint hints of orange.  Now the taste is nice with grapefruit bitterness and a few hoppy earth notes and towards the middle and back of the tongue, it is slightly malty. The bitterness becomes stronger as the beer warms a bit but nothing too bitter or overwhelming. The mouthfeel is medium with a nice bitter finish and a good malt bitter aftertaste with a slight lingering of bitter citrus fruit. I see this beer trying to be a more than a pale ale without stepping into IPA territory which some pale ales tend to do and for me, that is not what they should do. IPA’s should be IPA’s; Pale ales should be Pale Ales. Beyond The Pale Takes the pale ale style and adds some IPA qualities to it without it tasting like or being an IPA. With the huge popularity of IPA, I see why some brewers what to make a pale ale as close to an IPA. That’s cool, just don’t make an IPA with bigger malted flavors and say here is our pale ale. Fish Brewing FishTale Ales Beyond The Pale is an A. I enjoyed it and would have it again. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Wednesday, August 26th. Pils of Funk Release – Foeder Aged Pilsner. Triple C Brewing Company, 4 pm-9 pm.

Another 8th Anniversary Release! All the qualities of a crisp hoppy lager combined with the qualities of a funky foeder-aged brett beer. This Brett Pilsener is both refreshing and complex. Draft and 500 ml bottles.

  • Thursday, August 27th. Lemon Tangerine Shandy. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm.

Our 3rd 8th Anniversary Week Release! Lemon Tangerine Shandy – A wheat beer brewed with lemonade and tangerines. Aromas of fresh squeezed lemons, citrus, and fruity tangerines. Easy drinking with a bit of sweetness from the lemonade on the finish, perfect for the hot Carolina summer.Draft and Crowlers.

  • Friday, August 28th. Duel Can Release: Rathaus Festbier and Stellar Evolution Hazy Pale Ale. Town Brewing Company. 2 pm-10 pm.

Join us for a dual release. Both of the below beers will be available in cans (16oz – 4pk) and on draft on Friday, August 28th.Rathaus 
Festbier Lager
5.8% This German-style festbier lager features soft, smooth, bready notes from Bavarian grown barley – malted locally by our friends at Epiphany Craft Malt in Durham, NC. Pleasant noble hop character provides the perfect balance to the bready, toasty malt. Crisp and refreshing, we lagered our festbier during this brutally hot North Carolina summer to produce an insanely smooth, flavorful festbier to welcome in the Fall.4 pks – $13.99Stellar Evolution 
Hazy Pale Ale
5.5% Hopped up with a heavy dose of Galaxy and Cryo Citra hops, this hazy pale ale features an explosion of tropical, citrus, and stone fruit aromas. In addition to a healthy dose of flaked oats, we added just a bit of lactose to give this juicy brew a silky mouthfeel. 4 pks – $14.99

  • Friday, August 28th. New Release Worth Wait IPL! NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm.

Hopped like an IPA and fermented like a lager…Worth The Wait India Pale Lager is an interesting brew with a blend of crisp, clean lager backbone that is hopped aggressively with tropical, piney, and resinous American hops like you’d find in a West Coast IPA. This India Pale Lager is kettle- and dry-hopped with Galaxy, Strata, Mosaic, and Experimental 10416 hops to give it a complex and bright character on top of a clean lager brewed with local malts and fermented on Pilsner yeast. Worth The Wait IPL will be available in cans and on draft at our North End taproom on Friday, August 28th. Look for it in grocery stores and retailers on September 1st.This hoppy treat is well worth the wait!

  • Friday, August 28th. Greenway IPA Can Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm. Our rotating hop hazy IPA returns with Centennial, Chinook, Simcoe, Amarillo hops! Soft on the palate with a touch of bitterness.

Burial Beer & Modern Times Beer Celestial Altar

Here is a collaboration Burial Beer & Modern Times Beer Celestial Altar IPA, 7.3% ABV brewed with rye malt, double dry-hopped with Galaxy, hand selected Cashmere, Citra, and Cashmeres Cryo. Modern Times Beer is over on the west coast, San Diego, California. Celestial Altar pours a hazy brown hued yellow with a one and half slowly fading white head. The nose of Celestial Altar is with nice aromas of tropical fruits, citrus orange and grapefruit with a bitterness, some nice light sweet notes. Taste is tropical and sweet with orange and bitter grapefruit citrus with a creaminess, medium thick mouthfeel that finish bitter and hoppy with nice lighter tropical notes and has a bittersweet orange, grapefruit tropical aftertaste. Burial Beer & Modern Times Beer Celestial Altar isn’t bad getting a high B+. I found the balance of tropical sweet fruits and bitter citrus fruits to be tasty delicious. Burial Beer & Modern Times Beer Celestial Altar is a beer that I would recommend if you are into hazy IPA like this. I would go fr this again but the mouth feel was a little thicker than I would have like for this style of IPA, but it was good otherwise Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Hopfly Brewing Company Freestone IPA

Brewed in Rocky Mount, North Carolina Hopfly Brewing Company Freestone IPA, 7% ABV is brewed with Ella, Citra and Galaxy hops. Freestone pours a cloudy yellow color with a one and a quarter slow fading white head with creamy tropical citrus aromas with a nice touch of sweetness waffting the nose. Taste is tropical with citrus orange and some grapefruit with a nice creamy sweetness with some nice bitter/hoppy notes with a meduim mouthfeel that has a nice tropical bitter finish and a fruity orange pineapple aftertaste that is nicer and bitter. Hopfly Brewing Company Freestone IPA is a great beer that is an A+ every part of this IPA was well brewed with great delicious flavors tht is an must have IPA, I would definitely have this again and a again. PLease stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!