Commonwealth Brewing Company Limoncello

One of my favorite liquors, Limoncello Italian lemon-flavored alcohol, and the locals sometimes home make it. This. Commonwealth Brewing Company Limoncello, 3.9% ABV, brewed in Virginia Beach, Virginia is a Gosé style ale brewed with Lemon Beebrush, Lemon Balam, Lemon Zest and Lactose. Lemoncello is Commonwealth Brewings interpretation of Italian Limoncello. Limoncello pours a yellow color with a two-finger white head that fades steadily and has sweet lemon aroma with a pinch of saltiness to it. The flavor is not as I expected with a nice semi yet sweet lemon at the front with a little salt in the middle of the mouth with a little twinge of bitterness at the back, with a smooth finish of sweet/semi-salted lemon and a slight tartness that has a lemon balm and slightly sweet aftertaste with a light refreshing mouthfeel. The Gose aspect of Limoncello is muted and sometimes nonexistent, but overall Commonwealth Brewing Company Limoncello is a C+, a little above average but I have had better Gosé Ales and a better Lemoncello Style beer. Deep River Brewing Limoncello is a better Lemoncello beer. Commonwealth Brewing Company Limoncello is not the worst but it’s interesting enough for a try! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Beer & Chips Pairing: Trophy Brewing Co. & Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Waffle Cut Sea Salt

Trophy Brewing Co. Foam Party Pilsner, 5.0% ABV & Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Waffle Cut Sea Salt for this Beer & Chips Paring. I have previously review Foam Party Pilsner not too long ago. These Cap Cod Chips from Hyannis, Massachusetts are a deeper yellow color with a tight lattice cut to them and are similar to a waffle fry but not as thick, there is a potato aroma with a nice touch of sea salt and a faint crispy almost burnt aroma as well. The chips have a nice medium crunch with a nice amount of potato flavor that is salty but over salted. Foam Party Pilsner does cut some of the salt flavors and complements the somewhat greasy potato notes and together they finish nicely with a good amount of malty potato and an aftertaste of slight salt and nice greasy potato. This is a good paring of Trophy Brewing Co. Foam Party Pilsner, 5.0% ABV & Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Waffle Cut Sea Salt, pilsner goes very well with salty potato chips. This Beer & Chips Paring is a B+. The salt flavor is there but not so in your face kind of there, it has more potato flavor than anything else but these chips are a nice and welcome addition to the beer! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!       

Trophy Brewing Co. Foam Party Pilsner

Trophy Brewing Co. Foam Party Pilsner, 5.0% ABV purchased from Pop The Top Bottle Shop is brewed on a larger recipe off Trophy Brewings 20 barrel system designed for maximum foam and crispness using a technique called ‘spunding’ which Trophy has allowed for some natural carbonation to build up during fermentation creating a higher level on the finish for supreme head retention. Foam Party pours a golden yellow color with a three-four finger foamy white head that sticks around for a while leaving good lacing behind. There is a crisp malty aroma with light sweet notes wafting into the nose with a nice crisp semi-sweet malted flavor washing over your tongue with a brightness to the overall flavor. Foam Party Pilsner finishes bright refreshing with a nice malty sweetness and an aftertaste that is a little bready/biscuity with a light mouthfeel. Trophy Brewing Co. Foam Party Pilsner is a great example of a taste Pilsner, one that is an A. I recommend trying this as I will over and over again. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!      

Burial Beer Co. & Alvarado Street Brewery Endless Surfer Dry-Hopped Pils

Burial Beer Co. & Alvarado Street Brewery Endless Surfer Dry-Hopped Pils, 4.8% is a collaboration between the two and brewed at Burial in Asheville, North Carolina with malt from Admiral Malting and double dry-hopped with Alvarado Street Brewery’s (Monterey, California) hand-selected Motueka and Aramis hops. Endless Surfer which I purchased from my favorite local bottle shop Pop The Top, pours a light hazy lemon-yellow color with a dark hue to it and a big four finger bright white head that fades slowly into thick whips of lacing throughout the glass giving you a light/faint lemon aroma with a nice bit of biscuity malt that’s aromatic with a very faint vegetal notes that beckons you into a light lemon biscuit flavor with soft but subtle malt notes hitting your tongue with a nice little hop note jumping in the end/back of the tongue/mouth with a nice refreshing finish that has a little hoppy note and a nice lemon breaded biscuit aftertaste with the slightest touch of a hoppy notes with a light mouthfeel. Burial Beer Co. & Alvarado Street Brewery Endless Surfer Dry-Hopped Pils is an interesting take on a Pilsner that has a good balance of soft hoppy flavors that are light as not to overpower your tastebuds, and yes this is a sessionable beer that I give an A too and highly recommend you try it. I have yet to have a bad Burial Beer Co. beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Arrogant Consortia Enter Night Pilsner

Arrogant Consortia (Stone Brewing) Enter Night Pilsner, 5.7 ABV is a collaboration between Arrogant Consortia and the heavy metal rock bands Metallica. That is not the usual type of beer collaboration you normal find but I think that it’s interesting and it may boost beer sale. Enter Night Pilsner pours a darker golden color with a two and a half finger white head with good retention and nice lacing is left behind with a little hoppy clean-ish bitter aroma on the nose. Taste is like a nice German Pilsner up front but strong and with a quick crisp note in on the middle of the tongue and a slight bitter hoppy note on the back that grows into the finish of a hoppy cracker and a slight linger of a bitter note in the aftertaste with a lighter mouthfeel. This is what you’d expect Arrogant Consortia (Stone Brewing) to do with a Pilsner beer it has their signature hoppy notes in there but they do it without ruining the fact that it’s a Pilsner beer. I give Arrogant Consortia (Stone Brewing) Enter Night Pilsner a B- it starts out nice and slowly goes down from there but not too far, and yes this interesting beer is worth checking out and trying. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Oskar Blues Brewing Mama’s Little Yella Pils

Originally posted February 6th, 2014.

Canned beer is making a popular comeback these days. Can are a little more versatile than bottles. You can take cans of beer on a picnic with have to worry about what to do with a whole glass bottle. Can stay colder longer than a bottle, and are easier to transport. Plus can are much easier to open and recycle. There are number breweries that can beer and there are some that only can their beer. Oskar Blue Brewery is on that only cans all their beer. Originally started in Lyons Colorado, and recently built a brewery/taproom in Brevard North Carolina. So depending on what part of the USA you are would determine which brewery you beer comes from. Here is on of Oskar Blue’s year round offering, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, 5.3% ABV, a Czech Pilsner. Mama’s Little Yella Pils pours yep you guessed right, a yellow, light gold color with a big rocky three finger foamy bright white head that seem to stay forever, and from thick foamy lacing around the glass. I found decent amounts of light streaming though a healthy amount of carbonation bubbles. The aroma on Mama’s Little Yella Pils is a little breaded with nice pale biscuit scents. The aroma is altogether big and bright. The taste is clean, crisp, and easy drinking with nice clean breaded biscuit flavors. As the beer becomes a bit warmer the German Specialty and Saaz hops shine through. The mouth feel is light and crisp, with a clean refreshing finish. The after taste is just a pinch of a very faint hoppy taste with a nice semi faint biscuit flavor. Overall this is a wonderful, refreshing, clean, crisp, and easy-drinking pilsner! Oskar Blue’s Mama’s Little Yella Pils get an A+ here. I really can see this beer as an everyday beer. Mama’s Little Yella Pils is one well-crafted Pilsner, and I like the fact that it’s in can, that’s a little different. So I do highly recommend Mama’s Little Yella Pils. So go out and try Mama’s Little Yella Pils and see what you think of it! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

Here are this week’s happenings in the Charlotte, North Carolina area!

  • Wednesday, March 27th. Crowned Sparrow Co.: craftXcraft | Carry Your Beer. Legion Brewing Co. 6:30 pm=9 pm. Tickets at Get an early start to celebrating Craft Beer Week and join us at Legion Brewing to make your own custom Beer Caddy! It’s the perfect size to take home your favorite beers this week, whether it’s six bottles or two crowlers! Choose your own paints and stains, as well as from four different designs at check-out to customize your piece! Everything you’ll need to make your own beer caddy is included in this class! In this class you’ll learn:

    – Basic construction techniques for building your caddy.

    – How to work with paints and stains to get full coverage on your piece.

    – How to work with vinyl stencils to get crisp, clear lines and a sharp image!

    Legion Brewing will have their delicious craft beer on tap and available for purchase, as well as their in-house menu of tasty eats!


  • Wednesday, March 27th. NOLA Brewing Co. Release Party. Flying Saucer. 6 pm- 12 pm. We are welcoming this sought after brewery to Charlotte by tapping up some of their great beers.
    – 7th Street Wheat
    – Hoppyright Infringement IPA
    – Dreaded Sour Ale
    – Hopback Cadillac Imperial IPA
    – Wild Gose 


  • Thursday, March 28th. IPA Series Release: Gravity Rides Double IPA. Birdsong Brewing Co. 3 pm -10 pm. The IPA Series continues throughout 2019 and just in time for Charlotte Craft Beer Week we’re excited to bring you the next brew in the series: Gravity Rides Double IPA!

    Join us for this limited release brew on Thursday, 3/28/19 at 3pm!

    Mosaic | Chinook | Idaho 7
    Hop heads rejoice! We chose the brightest and best hops for this juicy, piney Double IPA. Inspired by our favorite West Coast IPA styles, Gravity Rides has strong orange citrus and pineapple aromatics with a
    hint of grassiness for a smooth, hop forward drinking experience.
    8.7% ABV

    You can expect to see a very limited amount of Gravity Rides hitting fine retail establishments the week of 4/1/19.    


  • Friday, March 28th. Catawba Brewing and Bold Rock Picnic Party & PB&J Eating Contest. Flight. 6 pm-9 pm. Do you love Peanut Butter and Jelly?
    Do you love beer?
    Help us celebrate the release of our Peanut Butter Jelly Time beer into the market at Flight Beer Garden and Music Hall.

    We will be having a PBJ eating contest starting around 7 pm, and the winner will receive an awesome prize pack presented by Catawba Brewing and Bold Rock Cider!

    Contest rules will be as follows: The person who finishes the most “Uncrustable” PBJ sandwiches in 4 minutes is the winner. All participants will receive a pint of Peanut Butter Jelly Time Brown Ale with their entry fee. Entry into this contest will be $10 (cash only, please!)

    All proceeds will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Participants and guests are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated directly to this charity.

    Come out stuff your face with PBJ and drink for a good cause!


  • Friday, March 28th. NoDa Bandito Release. NoDa Brewing Co. 3 pm-10 pm. Join us tonight for the NoDa Bandito Release Fiesta on the patio (or inside) for a few pints of our favorite Mexican Style Lager (4.9% ABV) and plenty of tacos from TIN Kitchen.


  • Saturday, March 30th. Burgers, Brews, and Buds Festival. Legion Brewing. 12 pm-6 pm. We’re kicking off Charlotte Craft Beer week with our annual Burgers, Brews and Buds Festival! The parking lot will be filled with live music, vendors, new merchandise, fresh-grilled burgers from a local farm, and of course cold beer. This is a free, family-friendly and dog-friendly (outside only) event, so bring the whole crew!

    PLUS, we’ll be releasing our new Blood Orange Juicy Jay IPA at the festival – don’t miss it!

  • Saturday & Sunday, March 30th & 31st. Triple Can Release. Wooden Robot. TRIPLE CAN RELEASE! SATURDAY 03.30.19 AT NOON
    Join us Saturday, March 30th for the Triple Can Release of Pilmatic, DDH Mosaic & Double Juice Island!

    Can Release Details:
    Pilmatic – Pilsner: $12 (+ tax)
    DDH Mosaic – Double Dry Hopped IPA: $14 (+ tax)
    Double Juice Island – Double IPA: $16 (+ tax)
    Sold in 4-packs (16oz) – No individual cans

    Sales will commence in the main bar at noon.
    * These beers cannot be consumed on premise *
    We will not be distributing these beers! Cans will be sold through our Taproom Only!
    Cans are available for pre-sale below:

    This beer will be FRESH! We will have a limited quantity of all three beers on draft. Come party with us!


  • Tuesday, April 2nd. Sour Tap TOWER Takeover. NoDa Brewing Company. 4 pm-9 pm. Our sour beers are coming back to life on Tuesday, April 2nd, in celebration of Charlotte Craft Beer Week! These brews will be taking over our sidebar for you sour beer fanatics. No tickets are required for this event!

    Here’s the line-up:

    1. Boba Brett | 6.7% ABV
    American wild ale that serves as the base beer for a number of our sour offerings. Aged for a year in oak foeders with a complex blend of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and pediococcus. With notes of tropical fruit, melon, barnyard funk, and tartness, this beer was the beginning of our sour program.

    2. Lacto Calrissian | 6.5% ABV
    Golden Sour Ale brewed with 100% local Epiphany malt, NC Triticale (hybrid wheat/rye malt), and oats. Aged in an oak foeder for a year on a special blend of Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces. Lactic tartness reigns over a complex farmhouse funk.

    3. Berliner Weisse | 3.5% ABV
    Our take on a classic Berliner, brewed with spelt and fermented on a mixed culture of Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus, giving it some barnyard funk with a tropical, fruity tartness.

    4. Welcome to the Farmhouse | 5.3%
    Farmhouse Ale brewed with spelt (an ancient grain), refermented on the blackberries and brett culture used for our Blackberry Boba Brett bottle release in 2018. Complex fruit and barnyard notes.

    5. Pour L’amour | 6.2% ABV
    Saison brewed with NC Triticale and torrefied wheat malt. Aged for a year in oak barrels on a blend of Brettanomyces. Crisp with pure farmhouse funk.

    6. Crandaddy | 6.2% ABV
    Saison brewed with Epiphany malt and aged for a year in wine barrels on Brettanomyces, then refermented on cranberry puree.

    7. Lupulin Farm | 6.2% ABV
    Saison brewed with Epiphany malt and aged for a year in wine barrels on Brettanomyces, then dry hopped with one pound per barrel each of Citra and Hallertau Blanc.

    8. Ancient Funk | 5.2% ABV
    Saison brewed with spelt, an ancient species of wheat cultivated since approximately 5000 BC. Aged for a year in oak barrels on Brettanomyces.

    We don’t host these classic sour favorites often, so we hope you are able to come by and experience this unique event. We’ll also be selling Boba Brett glasses as well as t-shirts!

Highland Brewing Company Pilsner

Located in Asheville, North Carolina Highland Brewing Company, Pilsner 5.5% which I got through a family member at the local grocery store. Highland Brewing Company, Pilsner pours a clear golden color with a three finger pillowy white head with sweet biscuity clean aromas with a slight hoppy note. The taste is similar to the nose with nice sweet yet lightly hoppy biscuit notes with a clean refreshing taste and a crisp refreshing finish with a faint hop note with an aftertaste that is slightly hoppier than the finish bit just slightly that lingers till the next sip all with a light mouthfeel. Highland Brewing Company, Pilsner is just an average but good craft Pilsner and I give it a B-. It drinks easy and you are done with a can rather quickly and on to another one. You should try Highland Brewing Company, Pilsner it’s worth try over and over! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Paring Beer and Potato Chips: Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Captain James Jack Pilsner and Quillo Jamón Ibérico Spanish Ham

This is a new bi-weekly segment pairing a different beer with different potato chips. I have this week paired Quillo Chips Jamón Ibérico Spanish Ham flavor with Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Captain James Jack Pilsner, 4.8% ABV. Captain James Jack Pilsner is a German-style Pilsner from Charlotte North Carolina and this style of beer pairs well with both Spanish style Ham and potato chips. Quillo Chips from Sevilla Spain are yellow with crispy toasted edges with a big Somme aroma with some saltiness with a smoky, salty crispy flavor that pairs well with the crisp Pilsner beer of Captain James Jack. Captain James Jack Pilsner washes some of the smoky flavors out leaving a mild salted note and as the crisp Pilsner hits the back of the throat the smoky flavor rises back and continues on with the crisp finish of Captain James Jack Pilsner and the same for the aftertaste with a salted smoked ham aftertaste. Overall Quillo Chips Jamón Ibérico Spanish Ham flavor are good chips with a nice complement of smoky ham flavor to the salty chip and with Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Captain James Jack Pilsner it really pairs well with it because Jamón Ibérico Spanish Ham can be paired with any good Pilsner beer, the Pilsner doesn’t overpower the hams smoky flavor and compliments the crispy salted flavor. Quillo Chips Jamón Ibérico Spanish Ham flavor is an A grade chip and paired with Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Captain James Jack Pilsner make this pairing a B+. Solid paring but this Pilsner does take away from the smokey ham flavor in the middle but does come back on the end and aftertaste keep this pairings grade relatively high. This new segment will return in two weeks with another Pairing, Beer, and Chips. Cheer! Please enjoy responsibly!

Birdsong Brewing Co. Rewind Lager

Picked up Birdsong Brewing Company Rewind Lager, 4.0% ABV from Pop the Top Bottle Shop last week. This is a traditional Czech Pilsner that pours a clear golden color with a two finger head that fades quick into decent lacing giving you aromas of crackers that are slightly floral and crisp that lead into a taste of dry cracker crispness that has a little faint hoppy note with a nice crisp clean dry finish and a cracker gain aftertaste with a refreshingly light mouthfeel. Birdsong Brewing Company Rewind Lager hits the Czech Pilsner on head nailing the style perfectly, this is an A- beer. It has nice clean refreshing qualities without being to plan and unassuming, and yeah this Birdsong beer is on that I recommend trying. It goes down smooth and easy. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!