The Beer News

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

  • Friday, October 2nd, Special Release Vanilla Grodgeous Cask! NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm.

Pumpkin spice and everything nice… AKA Tahitian vanilla! 🍂We brewed a cask of our seasonal pumpkin beer, Gordgeous, infused with Tahitian vanilla beans. Fun fact: Casks allow beer to naturally carbonate, a process referred to as “real ale” in the UK because it is the original process of packaging beers.This brew is a taproom exclusive sitting at 6.20% ABV. It will be available in a cask at our NorthEnd taproom only. We expect the cask to run out very quickly, so come on Friday, Oct. 2nd to try it while you can!

  • Friday, October 2nd. Raising Hope IPA Can Release. Sycamore Brewing. 4 pm-9 pm.

We’re proud to announce a partnership with Brewing Funds The Cure! We’re brewing our own version of Rising Hope IPA and donating 100% of proceeds to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. We will release Rising Hope IPA on October 2nd in the Sycamore taproom, and for local delivery and pick-up at IPA is brewed with raspberry, blood orange, and Bulgarian rose. Don’t miss it!Read more about this amazing project here:…/sycamore-brewing-partners…/

  • Saturday, October 3rd. Pumking Fest 2020. Brewers at 4001 Yancey. 11 am-11 pm.

Pumking Fest is back on Saturday, October 3. While things may look a little different this year, we still have a lot to celebrate. 🎃We will have the entire Pumking Family available, new and vintage, PLUS Pumking Whiskey!We will also have:🎃Live Music 3pm to 6pm and 7pm to 10pm
🎃 Specialty Cocktails
🎃 Pumking Milkshakes
🎃 Pumking Menu Features 
🎃 Plus an EXCLUSIVE Pumking draft 

  • Saturday, October 3rd. Festbier Draft Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 12 pm-10 pm. Festbier – A traditional German Festbier brewed to celebrate Oktoberfest in Germany. Golden in color, with aromas of biscuit, toast, and honey. Medium bitterness from German Saphir and Perle hops with a solid malt backbone. Crisp and dry for a perfect fall beer. 6.0% ABV
  • Saturday, October 3rd. Can Release: S’mores Blonde Ale. Blue Blaze Brewing. 12 pm-8 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 cracker. With just one sip you’ll be taken back to memories of roasting marshmallows around a crackling campfire.Live Music – Scott Smith 
Food Truck – TBD 
Plus: Yappy Hour Dog TreatsFAQs: 
Can I order online and pickup curbside? 
Yes, you can! Online ordering for S’mores will be available at on the day of release. In the meantime, please enjoy all of our other great beers that are currently available. Can someone else pickup my growler or cans? 
Sure! Just note the person’s name in the Notes section when cashing out. They, of course, need to be 21.Can I use my own growler to be filled? 
NC ABC requires “original manufacturer’s packaging” so in order for us to be legally compliant, we must use ‘Blue Blaze’ growlers. However, the $7 for the growler is similar to a deposit; when you are done-done with the growler, we will refund the $7 when you bring in the growler in good condition for taproom credit on anything else in the taproom.Can I order online and have it delivered to my home? 
Yes, you can! Online ordering for S’mores will be available at on the day of release. We provide home delivery on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturday inside & just outside of I-485 for $5. You, of course, need to be 21 and available to present your valid ID upon delivery. In the meantime, please enjoy all of our other great beers that are currently available. Are the pints also to-go? 
The pint option is for on-site ordering & consumption across all of our styles. We implemented them recently as a way to help minimize contact points during this challenging time. Anytime you visit to have a pint with us on-site, you may order directly from your phone and we’ll bring it out to you on our patio. You don’t even need to come into the taproom, or touch any of our point-of-sale systems! There is a notation highlighting “Taproom Only” for all of these on-site options. 

  • Saturday, October 3rd & Sunday October 4th. 2020 Orval Day. Carolina Beer Temple Charlotte. 12 pm(3rd)-11 pm(4th).

So what is Orval? Orval is a brett beer, in fact the first brett beer to hit the shores of the US. This classic Belgian Pale Ale took the US by storm with its slight acidity and crisp dryness, making for a very refreshing beer drinking experience. We will be doing bottle pours of several vintages of this classic beer, as well as giving away many Orval specific glasses to the lucky few who make it here first!Orval day is a day of celebration of this world renowned beer as well as a day of charity. The brewery that produces Orval donates a portion of their proceeds from its Orval day sales to a charity, with over 600 bar and restaurants participating every year that is a big chunk of change!The charity partner this year is Safe Water Network, which helps to bring safe and clean drinking water to Ghana and India. So come out to Carolina Beer Temple to learn about and enjoy this classic Belgian beer while helping those in need!

  • Monday, October 5th. Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest Swag Pack Giveaway, Duckworth’s Taphouse & Grill Ballantyne. 6 pm-9 pm.

Come and Celebrate Oktoberfest at Duckworth’s with Sierra Nevada. Sierra Nevada Beer Steins will be given away while supplies last. We will be raffling off a Swag Pack which includes:2 pairs of Suspenders
2 Alpine Hats
2 Glass Mugs
Bottler Opener
Pennant Flag
Selfie Props
Pin the Tap on the Keg GameRaffle tickets are provided during your visit, no purchase necessary.We will announce the winner at a late date after the drawing. If you win, we will be in touch!

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

  • Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27th. OMB’S 12th Annual Mecktoberfest. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. 11 1m-11 pm.

It is bier season once more and Charlotte’s most popular Octoberfest celebration is back in all its glory with a festive atmosphere, live music, pretzels, lederhosen, sausages, dirndls, bier-filled steins & DAS BOOT!

A limited amount of our highly sought-after, gold-leaf logo’d 1 Liter glass boots will be made available each day during Mecktoberfest. Get it early and get it filled with your choice of Mecktoberfest Märzen Lager, Copper Altbier, 704 Hazy Wheat Ale, Captain Jack Pilsner, or Hornets Nest Hefeweizen.

Welcome to the largest Biergarten in the Southeast! Mecktoberfest will take place on OMB’s expansive 10.5-acre wooded grounds at 4150 Yancey Road in Charlotte’s Lower South End (LoSo) with plenty of well-spaced seating outdoors, on the covered patio, and in the Brauhaus.

The Holzhackern Tyrolean Band will be playing their high-energy arrangements of traditional Bavarian songs that include English and German vocals, audience participation, dancing and sing-alongs. We will also have some surprise guest bands playing a mix of bluegrass, rock, covers and country. Full list TBA shortly.

In addition to our multiple award-winning Mecktoberfest Märzen Lager, all of OMB’s year-round brews will be on tap throughout the celebration: Copper Altbier, Captain Jack Pilsner, Hornets Nest Hefeweizen, Fat Boy Baltic Porter, & OMB’s hottest new beer, 704 Hazy Wheat Ale.

Pretzels! Bier Cheese! Sausages! And all the German-fare you’ve come to love here at OMB will be served up fresh and festive through the Brauhaus and ‘Garten Grill. More festive food items to be announced shortly.

Shandies & More
Absolutely sparkling with fruit and citrus flavors, our Shandy menu has become extremely popular lately. 🍎 Cider Shandy: Hornets Nest Hefeweizen blended with blueberry cider. 🍋 Lemon Weizen: Lemonade blended with Hornets Nest Hefeweizen.☀️ Cider Sunrise: Lemonade and cherry cider blended with Hornets Nest Hefeweizen. Local ciders, wine, radlers, and Prosecco Pops will also be available.
–**As always, admission is free.–
We are in compliance with all current state-wide mandates for masks, indoor capacity, and social distancing.

  • Friday, September 25th. New Release DRBT Collaboration 2020. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-1o pm.

We teamed together with Fullsteam Brewing in Durham and Crank Arm Brewing in Raleigh to brew a collaboration beer for the virtual Denver Rare Beer Tasting (DRBT) held by Pints for Prostates! 💪DRBT Collaboration 2020 is: • New England IPA hopped heavily with Mosaic, Strata and Azacca hops• Fermented on papayas, which are rich in Lycopene, a compound that reduces Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and reduces risk of enlarged prostate/prostate cancer• Double dry-hopped with no hop additions in the kettle, making it very hop-forward and tropical with little bitterness• 6.80% ABVWe’re excited for you to try this special beer that we had so much fun brewing with our brew buds. DRBT Collaboration 2020 will be available on tap only at our NorthEnd taproom beginning on Friday, September 25th.

  • Friday, September 25th. New Release: Peach Sour Ale. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm.

Fruited sour beer fans get ready…  🍑Our Peche Sour Ale is the first release of our new sour ale series. 🍻• Brewed as traditional as possible with malted wheat, unmalted wheat, torrified wheat, and flaked oats in a turbid mash with a 3.5 hour boil with 3 year old, whole leaf Hallertau Mittlefruh hops.• Barrel fermented in wine barrels with a variety of funky yeast and bacteria. Refermented with local pureed peaches to add peach flavor and additional microorganisms to increase the complexity of the funky, sour character.Peche Sour Ale will be available in bottles and on draft in our North End taproom on Friday, 9/25.

  • Saturday, September 26th. ‘Mango Mischief’ Mango & Habanero Hazy IPA Release. Town Brewing Company. 12 pm.

Mango Mischief”
Hazy IPA w/ Mango and Habanero
6.1%MANGO/HABANERO/JUICYBrewed in collaboration with the NC Beer Guys, we bumped up the volume on this Hazy IPA by adding a healthy dose of juicy mango and spicy habanero peppers. Hopped with Mosaic, El Dorado, Sabro, and Michigan Chinook, this IPA’s tropical and citrus hop aromas compliment the mango and habanero exceptionally. The NC Beer Guys have been amazing promoters of the North Carolina craft beer scene for years. Check out their website for more information on upcoming beer events and releases throughout the state, their comprehensive NC Beer map, and other beer news! As the NC Beer Guys like to say, remember to always “drink local, and spend your beer dollars in North Carolina!”

Oktoberfest like you’ve never seen it before! And honestly we’re hoping to never see it this way again. But that’s not about to stop us from throwing an epic party like it’s 1999, er, make that 2020. Yes, this one will have a decidedly 2020 feel — which is to say masks are required, dirndl and lederhosen optional.The inaugural MASKED Oktoberfest will be held at Catawba Brewing’s Charlotte tasting room on Sunday, September 27. Join us as we celebrate our favorite Bavarian beer holiday with an emphasis on safety. Competitions will be held from 2-4pm, but the festivities will go all day. When we say we’ve got it all, we mean we’ve got it ALL:
Catawba Festbier and Thirty Seconds to Marzen on tap 
Stein hoist from your own table (separate men’s & women’s games)
Keg rolling competition in the parking lot
Prizes including collectable steins (filled with beer!)
Oktoberfest costume contests
Grand prize for best costume is a gift certificate redeemable for a sixtel keg of a Catawba flagship beer!
German food specials from Blue Fork 
Vintage motorcycles courtesy of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride
Dance demo courtesy of The JAM
Masks and social distancing
And more!Oktoberfest competitors MUST REGISTER for outdoor tables in the Festival area via EventBrite. There is no charge to enter. Attendees who are not participating in games may sit at tables spread safely throughout the tasting room and event space — no reservations required.A table reservation is good for ONE 6 or 8-top table in the Festival area. Tables are limited to no more than 8 guests.Grand prizes for best costume will be awarded at 4pm to one man and one woman.

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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 & 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!

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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:

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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

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.

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We’re back with the beer news! Here are this weeks news and events happening in the Charlotte, North Carolina area!

  • Friday August 21st – 23rd. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. 11 am-10 pm Mecktoberfest Märzen Lager Release.

Friday, August 21, 2020 11:00 AM AMBEER RELEASE – Mecktoberfest Märzen Lager 7:00 PM LIVE MUSIC – DECARLO Saturday, August 22, 2020 3:00 PMLIVE MUSIC – Amanda Cook Band (Bluegrass) 7:00 PM LIVE MUSIC – The Royal Hounds (High Energy Roots Rock) Sunday, August 23, 2020 2:00 PM LIVE MUSIC – Jazz Revolution (Jazz, Soul, Motown)

  • Friday, August 21st. Sycamore Brewing Black is Beautiful Can Release. 4 pm-9 pm.

We are excited to release our Mocha Imperial Stout as our contribution to the Black Is Beautiful project. The Black Is Beautiful project was started by Weathered Souls Brewing in San Antonio, Texas.Sycamore will be donating 100% of the profits from the sale of this beer to a local cause, Action NC whose mission is “to confront and reduce the root causes of poverty, underdevelopment, and social and economic inequality through grassroots education, training, organization and mobilization.” We are committed to doing anything we can to support this crucial movement against inequality & injustice.Read more about the Black Is Beautiful project at***This event has been postponed to 8/21 as our taproom is temporarily closed. Please see our last post for more details. We will reevaluate the situation before the 21st and determine the format of the release.***

  • Friday, August 21st. Ruined Again! Stone Brewing Tap Takeover! Carolina Beer Temple. 12 pm-11 pm.

Join us at Carolina Beer Temple Charlotte for a few amazing brews from Stone Brewing out of California! One of the pioneers of West Coast IPAs we’ve got a fun list of brews for you to choose from:TAP LIST
Ruined Again | Triple IPA | 10.8%
Beautifully bitter!Xocoveza | Imp. Stout | 8.1% ABV
Tastes like Mexican Hot Chocolate!Buenaveza | Lager | 4.7% ABV
Mexican-style lager with lime and sea saltTangerine Express | Hazy IPA | 6.7% ABV
Hazy IPA w/Tangerine & PineappleEnjoy your tap takeover from home – pick any 3 Stone beers for a 3-Pack of Crowlers to go for only $30.99 (regularly $40).

  • Friday, August 21st. Dreamsicle IPA Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm.

The only thing better than eating a Dreamsicle in the summer is drinking a Dreamsicle IPA in the summer! 🙌We’re bringing this tasty beer back to soak up the last of August! This crisp West Coast style IPA marries the intensity of Amarillo, Centennial and Citra hops with the subtle sweetness of vanilla beans and orange peel. Dreamsicle will be available in cans and on draft on Friday, August 21st. Sitting at 7% ABV, this brew is a nostalgic dream you’ll never want to wake up from!Join us in the taproom, on the patio, or at the Brew-Thru — starting at 3 pm — to get your hands on our sweet and dreamy Dreamsicle.

  • Tuesday, August 25th. Rainbow Sherbet Sour Can Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-9 pm.

Back by popular demand to kick off our 8th Anniversary in Style. This fruited sour pours vibrant red in color with a bright fruited nose and tart finish from the Berliner Weisse base. Raspberry, pineapple, lime, and vanilla added in secondarily and brewed with lactose to add a touch of sweetness and balance. 4.2%

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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!!



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.