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The Beer News

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

  • Thursday, October 3rd. Bier –  Geman Pilsner release. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm. This German Pilsner pours a translucent straw color with a fluffy white head. Aromas of whole grain bread crust and a touch of hop spice character hit the nose. The flavor follows on the palate with balanced malt sweetness and subtle hop bite from Saphir hops. Crisp, dry finish and medium-bodied. 5.4% ABV.

 

  • Thursday, October 2nd Olde Mecklenburg Beer Dinner. Tupelo Honey. 6:30 pm-9:30 pm. Tickets $45 at eventbrite.com. Tupelo Honey is partnering with Charlotte-based brewery Olde Mecklenburg for a four-course beer dinner on October 3rd!

    This is a special menu featuring unique dishes created especially to pair with OMB’s delicious craft beers.

    In addition, an Olde Mecklenburg Brewery representative will be in attendance to share information about each pairing.

    Tickets are $45 per person and include all four scratch-made courses and beer pairings.

    Space is limited so purchase your tickets now!

    THE MENU

    Hors D’oeuvre
    – Beer Cheese Mac & Cheese Bites
    – Paired with: Dusseldorf Altbier

    Appetizer
    – Beer-Braised Pork topped with fresh chimichurri over mixed greens
    – Paired with: BA Anniversary Altbier

    Entree
    – Boneless Beer-Brined Fried Chicken with black peppercorn gravy
    – Paired with: Vienna Lager

    -and-

    – Beer Battered Fish and Chips with Meyer lemon aioli
    – Paired with: 704 Citrus

    Dessert
    – Chocolate Mousse with beer foam whipped cream
    – Paired with: Baltic Porter

    This event is limited to guests aged 21+.

 

  • Friday, October 4th. Sticky When Wet Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 2 pm-10 pm. Sticky When Wet is as fresh and sticky as it can possibly get! 🙌🏻This wet-hopped beer has an assertive bitterness balanced with bright aroma and flavors of peach and grapefruit derived from heavy additions of Citra and Mosaic hops. Sitting at 6.31% ABV, this brew is one you don’t want to miss. Dry-hopped with three pounds per barrel of Citra and Mosaic. 🍻

    Fun fact: these hops are shipped overnight to us from the west coast as soon as they are picked and we use them within an hour or two of receiving. Talk about fresh. 🤤

 

  • Friday, October 4th. First Firkin’ Friday. Pilot Brewing 6 pm- 9 pm. October’s First Friday will feature our new artist of the month, Chris Hood, as well as, music from Lenny The Band, and a 100% vegan dinner by Ve-Go Food Truck.

    The Firkin is an Island Hopper dry-hopped with experimental hops from HOPSTEINER. This new beer will have aromas of orange, citrus, pine, mint and tropical fruits. $1 from every pint sold will benefit Classroom Central.

    Joint Hopper will be on site with awesome CBD products. 

 

  • Saturday, October, 5th. PumkingFest. Brewers at 4001 Yancy. 11 am-11 am. join us at Brewers at 4001 Yancey for Pumkingfest 2019 to celebrate your favorite Pumking beer & other fall favorites.

    🏆 Corn Hole
    🎃 Pumking Ring Toss
    🎃 Pumpkin tic tac toe
    🎃 Pumking Food Specials!
    👑🎃 Pumking throne!
    🎃 500 ML To-Go Pumking on special for $7

 

  • Saturday, October 5th, Can Release: S’mores: Blonde Ale. Blue Blaze Brewing 2 pm-7 pm. Back by popular demand .. We are re-releasing S’mores Blonde Ale in cans and on draft in an exclusively small batch! (Limit 2 case per person)

    Made with real cocoa nibs & vanilla beans, this Smores Blonde Ale packs rich notes of chocolate & vanilla, while maintaining a medium body. The biscuit malt gives way to hints of lightly toasted graham crackers. With just one sip you’ll be taken back to memories of roasting marshmallows around a crackling campfire.

    Live Music – Nathan Davis
    Food Truck – Food Geeks and King of Pops

 

  • Tuesday, October 8th. AIGA Beer & Branding – Winning Peach Beer. NoDa Brewing Company. 5 pm-9 pm. Join us on Tuesday, October 8th at 5 pm for a special release and the annual AIGA Beers & Branding Showcase. It’s going to be a peachy time. 🍑

    The combined efforts & creativity of local designers & homebrewers are finally revealed vis a vis their branding packages & beer samples.

    -$5 wristband, at the door, grants you access to a large variety of samples.
    – The expertly judged winning beer will be released on tap at 4:00 pm.
    – Sampling begins at 5:00 pm.

    Get a pint of our 2019 AIGA Beers & Branding winning brew, along with so many others to enjoy! It gets better. Thanks to the designers involved, there will be thoughtfully curated swag available that commemorates each beer. 🙌🏻See you then!  

 

 

Munkle Brewing Co. Brugge City Burne

Munkle Brewing Co. Brugge City Brune. 6.2% ABV, from Charleston, South Carolina is a Belgian-style brown ale or referred to as Brune. Brugge City Brune pours a deep copper brown color with a one and a half finger semi-white head that quickly fades into nothing with not a thing left. There is a sweetness on the nose with very faint bitter notes and some alcohol notes as well that make way for a similar taste with some sweetness, faint bitterness, and a caramel notes coming in towards the back of the mouth that all have a manufactured taste that finishes with a manufactured taste of mild sweetness and not much aftertaste of a faint caramel. Overall this Munkle Brewing Co. Brugge City Brune is not so great, getting a D+ here, it reminds of a more sweeter soda with a more caramel flavor. I don’ t recommend Munkle Brewing Co. Brugge City Brune, oh no it’s not great.  \ I did think it was very good, it taste like a manufactured soda, and I don’t think I would have or buy this again. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!       

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Festbier German-Style Lager

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Festibier German-Style Lager, 6.3% brewing here in Charlotte, NC and purchased from Pop The Top. This is a traditional German-Style Lager that pours Gold yellow color with a two-finger clean white head that steadily fades away giving semi-sweet honey biscuit malts with a very faint light hop note. The taste is on the bland side with honey-sweet notes that coexist with a faint hop character and a biscuit notes that finishes with a very faint hop twinge and a faint sweetness that has a short aftertaste that is minimally sweet and hoppy with a slight metallic note with a light mouthfeel. Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Festibier German-Style Lager is slightly on the boring side getting a low C-. I’ve had beers in this style where the flavor popped this Festbier has an overall bland flavor profile and yet I did finish a pint of it and wasn’t totally grossed out by it but I would not by this again, but it’s not the worst choice. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

The Unknown Brewing Company Vehopciraptor Triple India Pale Ale

Yes, you read that correctly, Unknown Brewing company Vehopciraptor Triple India Pale Ale, 9.9% with 90 IBUs is a triple IPA and you don’t really see those types of IPAs. Vehopciraptor brewed locally here in Charlotte, NC with nine hop and nine hop additions. This is the first time I’ve seen this in a sixteen-ounce can, before it usually been in a bomber or 750 milliliter bottle. Velociraptor pours a deep copper color with dark orange edges with a two-finger white creamy looking head that leaves great lacing behind and has a strong dank sticky hoppy aroma that is slightly malty with nice bitterness coming through. Taste similar to the nose with nice strong dank resin notes with a nice bitterness that is sticky but somehow smooth, you don’t really get the full brunt of the 90 IBUs, but as it warms more of the strong IBU comes through. Vehopciraptor finishes bitter sticky with a slightly malty flavor and a little oniony aftertaste with a full mouthfeel. I found Unknown Brewing company Vehopciraptor Triple India Pale Ale to not really feel as much of triple IPA that it is, and that helps give this monster IPA an A. It has good traditional IPA flavor profile besides being a big triple IPA.  If you like big IPAs then I recommend Unknown Brewing company Vehopciraptor Triple India Pale Ale. Please drink responsibly! Cheers!        

Throwback Thursday: NoDa Brewing Company CAVU Blonde Ale

Originally Posted on September 7th, 2014

I’ve seen more and more beer in cans recently and that isn’t a bad thing. In the past canned beer wasn’t thought of as good as the bottled beer. People thought the materials of aluminum cans would make the beer taste funny. Now can technology has gone many times better. But canned beer can go places that bottled beer cannot. You can take can’s of beer to the beach, put them in a backpack, or in the cooler without worry, and aluminum cans don’t break when dropped. NoDa Brewing Company here in Charlotte, North Carolina makes beer in cans and here is one of their newer beers CAVU (Ceiling and visibility unlimited), 4.6% ABV, and is in a rather cool looking sixteen ounce can. CAVU pours a clear golden color with a one-finger fizzy wheat head that dissipates quickly but leaves behind minimal lacing. I found lots of light streaming through the glass with healthy amounts of carbonation. The aroma is a bit fruity with a bit of grapefruit and some oranges. There is a slight whiff of pine in the aroma as well. NoDa CAVU has a crisp taste of fruity hops, this is due to the use of west coast hops, I found there to be grapefruit and orange with hints of a piney grassy taste on the back of the mouth. I also found a buttery cracker flavor in the middle of the mouth and towards the back. CAVU has a medium to light mouthfeel with a nice hop character. This beer finishes nicely with a crisp hoppy bit and has a fruity hop aftertaste. NoDa Brewing Company CAVU gets an A, this is a good beer that doesn’t overpower your taste buds and is easy to drink as well as refreshing, and has a very cool looking can too. I enjoyed this one very much and I do highly recommend that you go and try NoDa Brewing Company CAVU for yourself. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Thursday, September 26th. IPA Series Release: Friends in Low Places IPA. Birdsong Brewing Co. 3 pm-10 pm. Join us for another brew from our Limited Release IPA Series!

    This time we’re bringing you Friends in Low Places, a low calorie/carb IPA, with just 94 calories per serving and 6g of carbs! Join us for the release of this limited IPA on Thursday, 9/26!

    Crisp and refreshing with bright tropical aromatics, our new low-carb IPA delivers a full flavor with a fraction of the calories and carbs. Easy drinking without guilt!

    Friends in Low Places will release on draft and in cans at 3p!

    Per 12 FL OZ – Average Analysis:
    Calories 94
    Carbohydrates 6 grams
    Protein 1 gram
    Fat 0 gram

 

  • Friday, September 27th. Citranomicron Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm. Join us on Friday, September 27th at 3 pm for a special release. This hefty Imperial IPA, sitting at 10% ABV, was made with our mash/lauter tun as a super hop back.👌🏻 With this vessel, we use a high dose of Citra whole leaf hops at a rate that we would never be able to achieve on our main production brewery. 😲This brew mostly utilizes Citra but also has help from Mosaic, Cascade and Mandarina hop. Come by to enjoy this ominous ode to the mighty power of Citra. 🍻

 

  • Friday, September 27th. Brewmaster Dinner with Carolina Beer Temple. Carolina Beer Temple. 7 pm-10 pm. Tickets $50 at Eventbrite.com. Join us as we continue the celebration of Steele Creek Beer Week with Harry’s Grille & Tavern & Carolina Beer Temple! Harry’s Grille & Tavern Executive Chef & Carolina Beer Temple Certified Cicerone are teaming up for a fun evening of food & beer! They’re preparing a five-course menu with beer pairings to enhance the flavors of each dish.

    Tickets are limited. Reserve your spot today!

    First Course

    Ahi Tuna
    Diced and mixed with avocado, and sesame. Garnished with wasabi Dijon aioli

    Paired with Resident Culture Brewing “There Is No Light Without Dark” Schwarzbier

    Second Course

    Petite Wedge Salad
    Candied pecans, chevre, granny smith apples, dried cranberries, orange ginger vinaigrette

    Paired with Botanist and Barrel “Chai of the Tiger” Rum Barrel-Aged Cider made with Chocolate Habanero Tea from Asheville Tea Company

    Third Course

    Blackened shaved brussels sprouts with lemon crème Fraiche

    Paired with Westmalle Trappist Brewery “Tripel”

    Fourth Course

    Grilled sliced spinalus (Ribeye Cap)
    Seared mushrooms, port reduction

    Paired with Olde Hickory Brewery “2017 Event Horizon” Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout with Honey

    Fifth Course

    Apple Strudel
    French vanilla whipped cream, cinnamon whipped cream, fresh berries, and candied apple slices.

    Paired with Brasserie de Rochefort “10” Belgian Quad

 

  • Saturday, September 28th. Wet Wet Can Release! Sycamore Brewing. 12 pm-11 pm. The day after being harvested, we heaped fresh, sticky Michigan has grown Crystal and Chinook into this special, once a year treat.

Beer & Chips Pairing: Wooden Robot Urban Farmhouse Brewery Green Beast IPA & Frito-Lays Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Popper

This Beer & Chips Paring; Wooden Robot Urban Farmhouse Brewery Green Beast IPA, 7.5% ABV & Frito-lays Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Popper. I spotted these chips at my local Harris Teeter and knew it was time for a pairing. I have a review of Wooden Robot Urban Farmhouse Brewery Green Beast IPA posted here on this blog. Frito-lays Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Popper has a yellow with green Jalapeño flakes on them and has a smoky spicy potato aroma. They have a nice light crunch with a nice potato spice and smoke light smoky bacon-like flavor when you take a swig of Green Beast after ingesting a chip the beer cuts down on the Jalapeño spice leaving a nice potato bacon flavor. However, the Jalapeño does slowly creeps back later after the beer washes down over your tongue but not as strong as the initial bite. T  Wooden Robot Urban Farmhouse Brewery Green Beast IPA does pair somewhat okay with Frito-lays Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Popper, I give this whole pairing a C+. The Jalapeño flavor washes out with the beer and kind of recovers and I would like to have more Jalapeño throughout the beer. Both the beer and the chops are great on their own, it’s not bad together, just not great. Please drink responsibly!

Birdsong Brewing Co. Movin’ On Up Hazy Pale Ale

Birdsong Brewing Co. Movin’ On Up Hazy Pale Ale, 5.8% ABV brewed in Charlotte, NC with Idaho Gem, Strata, Cashmere, El Dorado hops, flaked oats, and wheat. I saw this on a Birdsong display at my local Total Wine, I decided to purchase it because it a hazy Pale Ale, not a hazy IPA, it was a bit different. Movin’ On Up pours a Hazy deer yellow nearly orange color with a two-finger slightly off white head giving off bright tropical sweet fruity aroma with nice bitter notes. Movin’ On Up has a nice tropical fruit flavor with some light mango and pineapple that bitter yet juicy with a nice light sweetness with a tropical fruit finish with a nice sweet yet faintly bitter aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Birdsong Brewing Co. Movin’ On Up Hazy Pale Ale is interesting in the fact that it is a Pale Ale that is nice and tropical with just the right sweet fruit and bitterness that deserves a B+, just give it a slightly more hoppy bitter notes and it would creep up to an A-, but it has nice tropical fruit notes that make it nice and refreshing with a nice sweetness and yes I do recommend you try it! Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Wooden Robot Brewery Green Beast IPA

Wooden Robot Urban Farmhouse Brewery Green Beast IPA, 7.5% SABV now in cans, and was only on tap. Green Beast is one of the first canned along with three others from Wooden Robot Brewery here in Charlotte, North Carolina. Green Beast, purchased from Pop The Top is brewed with local barley, wheat, and oat malts and dry-hopped with Cungeist Hops. Green Beast pours a deep orange copper color with a two-finger steady white head that fades into a nice white cap that gives peachy hoppy aromas that have a little bitter orange note coming through slightly. I got a peach taste with some bitter hops and a tiny little sweet note with a nice fruity bitter finish with a faint peach. The aftertaste is bitter and much like an IPA, but you get a very faint peachy bittersweetness with a medium mouthfeel. Wooden Robot Urban Farmhouse Brewery Green Beast IPA is certainly a different take on an IPA and was enjoyable getting a B here. The peachy was certainly a nice and yet different added touch, and it really cool to see such an awesome brewery canning their good beers, no you can have Wooden Robot Urban Farmhouse Brewery beers at home or wherever you want! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Ballast Point Brewing Grapefruit Sculpin

Originally posted on November 4th, 2015

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I have said this many time before, IPAs are growing in popularity more and more each day. Breweries are coming up with new and inventive IPA’s all the time, it seema like there is at least 6 new IPAs a day out on the market. Here is a popular one from Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego California, Grapefruit Sculpin, 7.0% ABV. This is a grapefruit version of their famous Sculpin IPA. Grapefruit Sculpin pours a copper color with an off white two and a half finger head that dissipates a normal speed and leaves medium sized lacing behind. The aroma is like a normal IPA but with a nice grapefruit juice aroma to go along with the piney earth notes. I found to have sour bitter grapefruit scent to it that was nice on the nose. The taste is earth a little bitter with touches of pine and yes there is a big grapefruit flavor that reminds of Shine Ruby Red Bird but with out ginger. Grapefruit Sculpin isn’t overly hoppy or bitter, it has the right amount of it to really balance it out, but I find that the grapefruit isn’t as predominate, as it should be for a beer with grapefruit in the name. But that doesn’t kill the beer though. I think Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin is a B+. I would like to have it be juicier with more grapefruit. I enjoyed this and thought it was good. Just need a touch more grapefruit is all it needs. I recommend try it! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!