Shiner Beer S’more


Shiner Beer S’more, 5.0% ABV categorized as a Brown Ale is brewed with real Texas Chocolate and marshmallow to celebrate one-hundred eleven years of beer brewing out of the Spoetzl Brewery down in yes Shiner Texas. S’more pours a deep brown color with a light beige three-finger rocky head that sticks with no movement, that gives you creamy sweet chocolate aromas with faint marshmallow notes. Taste on this brown beer is not too far off from what it advertising on its can, you get a creamy sweetness in the front with a light marshmallow note in the middle and a nice light note of a cream flavor on the end that comes to a nice chocolate sweet finish that carries into a nice light creamy chocolate aftertaste with a light mouthfeel, for a dark beer such as this brown ale. Shiner Beer S’more is exactly what it is, a chocolate marshmallow ale, but I thought it would be more sweet stout or porter like. Yes, this beer is easy to drink for a brown ale. I give this Shiner Beer S’more a C+. It is good but just above average, and the flavor all coincided well with one another but it’s on the lighter side for a beer that makes you think it would not be a brown ale and easier to drink helps. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Throwback Thursday: Shiner Beer Bohemian Black Lager

Originally posted December 16th, 2011. 


Yes, it yet another beer from Texas, another Shiner. Shiner, the Spoetzl Brewery in you guessed it, Shiner, Texas. This a style much the same as Ugly Pug I wrote not to long ago. The first Bohemian Black Lager was brewed to commemorate their 97th anniversary, that’s why there is a 97 on the top of the neck. Shiner brews this beer to keep it to the old-world heritage of the German and Czech immigrants who settled in Shiner. That area of Texas, not far from San Antonio is the german hill country of Texas. So this Shiner pours a dark rich black color with a thin white foamy head. Shiner Bohemian has faint scents of baked bread and grassy hops, but you really have to smells closely to notice them. It has a semi-sweet taste with a light sourish twist in middle. It’s in between okay and good. On the after taste, it has a sour hoppy bite that is kind of good. I think this Shiner is one is good, but I do think Ugly Pug is better. This isn’t as smooth as Ugly Pug, but still smooth though. I still think that this shiner is good, but it could be a tiny bit better. I would lower the sourness to this one and make it even smoother. I would get this again. Shiner brews great beers and is growing in popularity these days as with most craft beers. Maybe you will like this one better than Ugly Pug. But you need to try it to find out, have a few with a friend and spread cheer with Shiner beer! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Wednesday, March 11th. Beer & Cupcakes Pairing! Sycamore Brewing. 4 pm-10 pm. Because who doesn’t LOVE a FREE cupcake from Smallcakes Steele Creek with a purchase of a flight/pint? There is a special Sycamore Beer Cupcake is in the making… Can you guess which beer we will be using?! See you soon! Cheers!(Vegan/Gluten-Free options will be available!)


  • Wednesday, March 11th. D9 Brewing Co. Tasting! Carolina Beer Temple. 6 pm-8 pm. Join us from 6-8pm on Wednesday, March 11th for a beer tasting with D9 Brewing Co! Beers TBD!


  • Thursday, March 12th. Irish Stout Release. Catawba Brewing Company Charlotte. 3 pm-10 pm.  Celebrate Paddy’s Day early with a pint of Irish Stout!


  • Thursday, March 12th. Cookie-Inspired Beer Preview Night & Cookie Pairing. NoDa Brewing Company. 4 pm-9 pm. Join us for a Cookie-Inspired Beer preview night at our North End location where we will be serving up one of our most popular seasonals by the pint or flight! We will also be pairing up each flight with the 4 cookies that inspire these delicious brews! And if you’d rather enjoy a whole pint, you’ll be able to order them without cookies as well. 👌

    – Coconut & Chocolate Ale (Blonde Ale brewed with coconut and cocoa nibs)
    – Mint Porter (Porter brewed with mint)
    – Lemon Shortbread Kolsch (Kolsch Ale brewed with lemons)
    – Peanut Butter & Chocolate Brown Ale (Brown Ale brewed with cocoa nibs and peanut butter)

    Pricing –
    Pint: $6
    Flight: $8
    Cookie Flight: $10

    No four-packs will be available for purchase until 3/13 on the official release day.


  • Thursday, March 12th. Wild and Sour Beer Education. The Hop Shop 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. Join us for an exclusive guided beer tasting led by our friend Adam with Allagash Brewing Company!

    Learn how the brewers at Allagash craft their wild and sour ales, and taste the nuances of flavor as Adam guides you through a series of carefully curated, limited production beers. Keep your Allagash tasting glass.

    Q&A session after the tasting. Limited bottles are available for purchase.

    Farm to Face
    I Believe in Love
    Coolship Peche

    Limited seats. Presale tickets are available now at the bar. $25.


  • Thursday, March 12th. Dry Irish Stout Release. Triple C. Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm. Always After Me Lucky Charms Dry Irish Stout!

    This sessionable stout pours an almost opaque black with an off-white head. Aromas of dark roasted coffee and perfectly toasted bread. Smooth roast flavors with a touch of cold brew coffee on the tongue and a dry finish.

    4.7% ABV


  • Thursday, March 12th. Olde Hickory Event. Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse Ballantyne. 6 pm-8 pm. Olde Hickory will be here with swag giveaways and free beer samples!

    On tap:
    Death By Hops
    Piedmont Pilsner


  • Friday, March 13th. Cookie Beers Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 2 pm-10 pm. ** Available at both taprooms. **

    Join us for one of our favorite (and tastiest) events of the year. 👌 🍪

    We’re thrilled to be bringing back our highly anticipated cookie-inspired beers:

    – Coconut & Chocolate Ale
    – Mint Porter
    – Lemon Shortbread Kolsch
    – Peanut Butter & Chocolate Brown Ale

    Just like last year, we expect the MIXED FOUR-PACK cans to sell out quickly, so be sure to get here early if you want to claim a couple for yourself!


  •  Friday, March 13th. Varsity Barleywine & Shadow Puppet Release. Town Brewing Company. 2 pm-11 pm. Intensely malty and complex, this rich barleywine boasts notes of caramel, toffee, orange marmalade, and dried dates. Chinook hops provide a pleasant balance to the malt sweetness. A rich, velvety body and smooth warmth from the alcohol combine to make this great sipper that will age gracefully for as long as you can resist popping the cap. Barleywine is life! Don’t let your eyes deceive you! While dark in hue, Shadow Puppets is a far cry from the boozy, sweet pastry stouts that have come to dominate the dark beer landscape in recent years. This sessionable, Czech-inspired dark lager balances rich malt character and light roast with the pleasantly mild flavor and bitterness of Saaz hops. The result is a smooth, easy-drinking dark beer with the refreshingly crisp finish that lovers of lagers crave.


  • Friday, March 13th. Wicked Weed Pint Night. Mac’s Speed Shop Southend. 7 pm Free Tickets at Wicked Weed Pint Night @ 7 pm!

    Wicked Weed will be here with specials and swag for a Pint Night!
    Watch the ACC Semi-Finals!
    Brewery of The Month Friday!
    $4 Wicked Weed Beers
    $6 Carolina Mules
    $5 Fireball


  • Saturday, March 14th. St. Patrick’s Day Bash. Sugar Creek Brewing. 11 am-11 pm. Don’t miss our St Patty’s Day celebration next Saturday the 14th with Live music 3-6pm. We’ll be tapping our Irish Red Ale the Snake Chaser and serving up Irish Car Bombs made with Sugar Creeks Belgian Pastry Stout!
  • Thursday, March 14th. St. Pat’s Day Return of the Emerald Curtain! Red Clay Ciderworks. 12 pm-11 pm. Our St. Patrick’s Day small-batch, The Emerald Curtain, is making its return for year 3!

    This all-natural, green-inspired, semi-dry cider starts with sweet & tart kiwi, moves to cool cucumber in the middle, and culminates in a citrusy lime finish.

    Happy St Pat’s Day!


  • Saturday, March 14th. Paloma Gose Can Release! Sycamore Brewing. 12 pm-11 pm. Ruby Red Grapefruit, Bright Lime, Agave Syrup and Just a Pinch of Salt, All Layered Over a Tart Gose Base. Welcome to the Fiesta! Just in time for St. Patricks Day Par-tay!!



Foothills Brewing Craft Happiness UBU IPA


purchased Foothills Brewing Craft Happiness UBU IPA, 6.0% ABV from my local Whole Foods. UBU IPA is part of the Craft Happiness IPA series and is the first one of the year. UBU is brewed to embrace individuality and acceptance and has an experimental hop, HBC 692, and the proceeds benefit the United Way of Forsyth County. UBU IPA pours a deep yellow/orange color with a strong two and a half finger white head with sediment floating about. The aroma is of juicy citrus grapefruit some resin notes with a light tropical bitter fruit note that leads you to citrus grapefruit, stone fruit taste that has a nice resin bitterness to it with a dab of sweet and faint breaded notes that come to a bitter fruited finish and a resins aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Foothills Brewing Craft Happiness UBU IPA is yet another solid IPA, getting an A+, and it is nothing out of the ordinary from a Foothills Brewing IPA. It checks all the boxes for a good IPA that I think you need to drink. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!    

Deschutes Brewery Fresh Haze IPA


Deschutes Brewery Fresh Haze IPA, 6.5% ABV and 45 IBUs is a hazy take on Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA, both brewed in Bend, Oregan. Fresh Haze uses unmalted wheat, malted wheat, Munich malt, C-15, Pale, 2-row and flaked barley as well as Nothern Brewer, Cashmere, Mandarina Bavaria, and Amarillo hops. Fresh Haze pours a hazy orange color with a two-finger white head that slowly fades into itself giving off juicy fruit aroma of citrus orange, some grapefruit with light bittering with hints of a mango that come to a flavor of light bitter citrus fruit, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit on the front of the mouth with a mild bitterness in the middle that gross in the back of the mouth with a nice juicy finish and a nice bitter aftertaste that has a faint taste of citrus fruits with a medium mouthfeel. Deschutes Brewery Fresh Haze IPA is a good approachable hazy IPA that a mild IPA fan would enjoy and I think its an A. Nothing too overwhelming about this beer nor is it too hoppy with a huge blast of fruit, the flavor is near sessionable but Deschutes Brewery Fresh Haze IPA as a whole is not sessionable, remember this IPA is 6.5% ABV. But you could have three Fresh Haze IPAs and I suggest you try this Deschutes Brewery Fresh Haze IPA. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Throwback Thursday: Uinta Brewing Co. Dubhe Imperial Balck IPA

Originally posted April 3rd, 2016.


When you hear the words, Imperial and Black, you would think of a stout or porter style of beer, but there is Black IPA’s and Imperial Black IPAs. Uinta Brewing Co. in Salt Lake City brews Dubhe Imperial Black IPA, 9.2% ABV and they brew this ale with hemp seeds. The whole Uinta Brewery brews with renewable power, using wind and solar power. Dubhe pours a deep black color with a tan three finger head that slowly fades into slender lacing that doesn’t really stick around. This has an aroma of bitter earthy coffee with a subtle but faint grassy fruit scent. I didn’t really get much hemp seeds on the aroma, and that cause I have never smelled a hemp seed nor have I seen one. Taste is bitter chocolate upfront followed by a grassy roasted flavor, which is quite good. There is a little stronger earthy bitterness on the end with a little roasted note. Dubhe finishes nicely like an IPA with some roasted notes and chocolate bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium. After taste lingers a bit with floral, grassy, and earthy bitterness and some roast. Overall this beer turns out great and I was expecting it to be as good as it was, not that I was expecting to it be bad. I give Dubhe Imperial Black IPA a B+. It was well balanced between the imperial black aspect and the IPA. You don’t really get a taste of the big 9.2% ABV. That is well masked by the beer and all its flavors. That’s good. If it were to taste really boozy then it’s would be so good. I recommend trying Uinta Brewing Co. Dubhe Imperial Black IPA. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Wednesday, March 4th. Small Batch: Frolicking Fig with Almond & Oak. GoodRoad Ciderworks. 4 pm-10 pm. We’re tapping an almond & oak version of a fan favorite mead, Frolicking Fig! Catch it in our taproom starting Wednesday, 3/4!


  • Wednesday, March 4th. Temple Talks: Wild Ales. 7 pm-8:30 pm. Tickets at join us for discussion and sampling of Wild (sour) ales in our latest Temple Talks presentation.

    Wild ales are a bit like the natural wines of the beer world. They’re fermented with wild (or natural) yeasts, imbuing them with a funk-fuelled flavor profile—think earthy, sour cherry, barnyard, bacon, or desiccated pear. Nearly extinct 20 years ago, this beer style was rescued from obscurity by American craft beer bars and brewers who worshipped its weird, funky flavors. Join Certified Cicerone Aaron Gore on a journey into Wild Ales.


  • Thursday, March 5th. Steam Punk Beer Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm. We brewed this small batch for the 2020 Queen City Brewers Festival and saved a keg for our taproom! Steam Beer is deep amber in color with a thick creamy head and rich, distinctive flavor. Brewed in the historic vein of old, this beer is a tip of the hat to one of the oldest styles in America.

    4.8% ABV.


  • Thursday, March 5th. IPA Series Release: Interstellar Feller. Birdsong Brewing Co. 3 pm-10 pm. It’s almost time for our first IPA Series release of the year! We hope you join us for the release of Interstellar Feller! We will be releasing Interstellar Feller on draft and in cans on 3/5/20 at 3p.

    It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Interstellar Feller, the latest in our IPA series. Strata, Comet and Idaho 7 hops give this beer a unique West Coast dankness with hints of passion fruit, grapefruit, and red berry. Smooth and bright, this IPA will have you seeing stars!


  • Thursday, March 5th. Irish Red Release. Catawba Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm. Paddy’s Day is just around the corner!


  • Friday, March 6th. Par 4 Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm. Stay in the zone with a low ABV beer that still packs robust flavor and mouthfeel. Brewed with nearly four pounds of hops per barrel and mashed with oats, Par 4 has a smooth and balanced body to even out the payload delivered by a bouquet of select West Coast hops.👌

    This session IPA, sitting at 4% ABV, will be available on draft and in cans at both locations! 🍻


  • Friday, March 6th. Wicked Weed 50 Tap Takeover and Live Music. Mac’s Speed Shop Steele Creek. 7 pm- 10 pm. Free tickets at Wicked Weed 50 Tap Takeover and Live Music by Flannel is the New Black @7PM!
    Brewery of The Month Friday!
    $4 Wicked Weed Beers
    $6 Carolina Mules
    $5 Fireball


  • Friday, March 6th. Bramblin’ Blackberry a Seasonal Cider. Red Clay Ciderworks. 3 pm-11 pm. You know springtime is here and summer is just around the corner when we release Bramblin’ Blackberry!

    So please join us Friday, March 6th to be the first to taste this year’s batch! Available to enjoy on draft or to take home in 4 packs of 16oz cans!


  • Saturday, March 7th. Unknown Brewing’s 6.5ish Anniversary Music Festival. The Unknown Brewing Company. 12:30 pm-11. Tickets free at The Unknown Music Festival is back, March 7th! The best Anniversary party in the QC & IT’S COMPLETELY FREE! JUST RSVP!

    Kelley Jo & Phriends: 4:50-5:50p
    Akita: 6:05- 7:05p
    No BS! Brass Band: 7:25-8:8:25p
    Empire Strikes Brass: 8:45- 9:50p
    Petey Pablo: 10:00p

    6.5ish Kriek Sour Ale Release: 12p in the Tap Room!
    Beer & Wine Specials, Charlotte’s Best Food Trucks, Fireworks Show, Festival Shenanigans & A FREE Rockin’ South End Concert!

    The first 75 people get an Unknown Gift Bag with RSVP!


  • Saturday, March 7th. 2 Year Anniversary Celebration. Divine Barrel Brewing. 12 pm-11pm. We’re quickly coming up on our 2nd Anniversary, and we can’t wait to throw down and celebrate on Saturday, March 7 with all of you amazing people who’ve helped us reach this milestone! You can expect a day full of beer releases, 3 amazing and different bands, and Hot Tamale serving delicious Mexican all day! We’ll be releasing some special barrel-aged and non-BA beers that were crafted specifically for this momentous occasion. We’ll have fun collabs and even a couple guest taps again. We can’t wait to share this special day with you, but we’re not done yet… we’ve got a couple more surprises up our sleeves to announce before the event!


  • Saturday, March 7th. OMB Cans Release Party. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. 11 am-11 pm. For the first time ever, on Saturday, March 7th, you’ll be able to purchase OMB BEER IN CANS!!!

    We’re releasing Copper Altbier, Captain Jack Pilsner, Hornets Nest Hefeweizen, 704 Hazy Wheat Ale, and our seasonal Früh Bock in BPA-free cans starting at 11am on Saturday, March 7th!
    Please come to the OMB Brauhaus to purchase our cans.

    Everyone who stops in to buy a 4-pack of our 16 oz. cans will receive a free OMB koozie! Choose from 5 different colors!

    During the day we’ll be serving draft beer in our taprooms and Bier Hut. We’ll also have some fun food specials to complement the momentous day.

    Stay tuned to our social media for a few more surprises/contests leading up to March 7th.

    ** PLEASE NOTE ** We ask that you not open the cans on-premise to drink. Any packaged beer (including cans) must be taken off-site to be consumed.


Victory Brewing Company Sour Monkey Sour Brett Tripel


Victory Brewing Company (Downington, Pennsylvania) Sour Monkey, 9.5% is a Brett (Brettanomyces) Sour Belgian-Style ale. Victory uses Pilsner malt and Tettnang hops to brew Sour Money which is one variation of Golden Monkey, and there is also Twisted Monkey brewed with Mangos. Sour Monkey pours a golden color with a two and a half finger white head that slowly dissolves into a thin haze giving off sour aromas of some fruit and dryness. The taste is similar to the nose with a nice sizable effervescent with a nice punch of sour with hints of light fruit, spice in the middle probably from the Brett, and a somewhat strong sense of alcohol that comes to a dry spiced finish and a dry but sour aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Victory Brewing Company Sour Monkey is a nice tasty rendition of a Belgian-style Tripel, and I say it’s an A+. Nothing is really overpowering with this beer it nails the style and adds a pleasant Brett sourness to it for on pleasurable drinking experience, one that I think you will surely enjoy. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!  

Terrapin Beer Co. Hopsecutioner IPA

Terrapin Beer Co. Hopsecutioner IPA, 7.3% ABV purchased in a six-pack twelve-ounce can form from my local supermarket is brewed in Athens, Georgia with Warrior, Chinook, Simcoe. Amarillo, Cascade, and Centennial hops yeah that’s six different hops verities. Hopsecutioner pours an orange color with a two-finger white head that fades into a thin cloud on top. This IPA has dank garlic and onion aroma with nice hoppy bitter notes that then invite you into a taste that follows the nose with garlic and onion bitter hop notes that don’t overwhelm your palate. Hopsecutioner finishes with a nice hoppy malt flavor and comes to a nice bitter dank aftertaste with hints of very faint garlicky fruit notes all with a medium mouthfeel. Terrapin Beer Co. Hopsecutioner IPA is surprisingly good for an IPA that sounds like it to be a real wallop of hops to your tastebuds, it defiantly hopped and I give this an A. For have six varieties of hops it has a bit of smoothness about and I if you like classic styles IPA then this is right up your alley. Please drink responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Terrapin Beer Co. Rye Pale Ale

Originally posted on February 21st, 2012

Yes now, this is a beer that is following a new yet small trend in beer styles, rye. Rye is a cousin to wheat, looks and grows like wheat. There are several different styles of rye beer, rye IPA, rye ale, rye pale ale just to name a few. This Terrapin brew is 5.3 abv and pours a nice pale orange color with a white head. There is a definite rye scent present like rye bread, along with a nice hoppiness. It has a slightly similar taste to a weak IPA but not in a bad way. The taste is hoppy but not SO hoppy like an IPA, is smooth kind of crisp until the end. Yes, there is a nice rye bread flavor to this pale ale. The aftertaste is a little sour and hoppy but just enough to make it a bit interesting. I think so. Rye beers maybe a fad, but I think they may just be here to stay, and what a good stay it will be. I like this because it has a lot of different characteristics and flavors to it. That to me, along with the rye is interesting to me. I really enjoy interesting beers and that is what beer-loving is all about. That is a good Terrapin. Try it!! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!