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!
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 eventbrite.com. 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.
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!
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!
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 a 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!
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!
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!
We’re back and with new local beer from Edward Teach Beer Co. in Wilmington North Carolina and this is their Belgian-Style Blonde, 7.2% ABV. Edward Teach Beer Co. since 2014 is a newer brewery here among the many different NC breweries. Belgian-Style Blonde pours a deep gold color with a quickly fading white head that does leave some minimal lacing behind that fades halfway through drinking this beer, and gives off a semi-sweet aromas with some sour notes flowing in with a brightness hitting your nose that takes you down to a sweet taste of yeasted slightly spiced sour notes with hints of light fruit with a nice spiced finish and a semi-sweet spiced aftertaste with a medium to almost full mouthfeel. This beer is exactly how the Belgian Blonde should taste, it’s an A beer and is quite tasty as well as a bit refreshing in a little way. This Edward Teach beer doesn’t overpower your mouth with lots of flavors, it just hits it with a well-balanced amount, this is one beer I highly recommended. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
I am not a huge fan of IPA but I actually love Belgian IPAs. The Belgian yeast strain tends to cut through some of the bitter hops making the flavor less intense and softer. This IPA style is quite popular but not as popular as US west coast IPA that you tend to find in southern California especially San Diego. While I was on vacation in the great Country of Italy I went to Napoli to the Isle of Capri and by the end of the day while waiting on the boat back to Napoli I had CAPRI di Birra Artigianale Ligea (Belgian IPA), 5.0% abv. Three brothers who have a love for craft beers make this beer on the Isle of Capri. CAPRI di Birra Artigianale Ligea pours a yellowish gold color with a tow finger white head. I found there to be little rays of sun coming through the whine glass with a decent amount of carbonation bubbles. The aroma is soft with hints of apples, pears and light lemon zest. Ligea has a nice soft fruity taste that has a nice bit of bubble behind a crisp apple, and hints of lemon zest. I got a little amount of hop flavor there but nothing to bitter. The mouth feel is medium with a nice softness and has a good slightly bitter finish. The aftertaste is like a nice lemon and apple flavor with a hint of a grassy note. But as this beer warms up the fruity flavor fade and the hoppy grass note come alive. I found Ligea to be very refreshing after a nice warm day on Capri. CAPRI di Birra Artigianale Ligea is an A. I very easy drinking beer and very delicious. If you every get to the Isle of Capri or to Napoli I highly recommend drinking CAPRI di Birra Artigianale Ligea. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Southern Gothic Unfiltered Pilsner, 5.2% ABV, another local grocery store find is somewhat of a new beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and it’s sort of follow a trend where Brewers are not filtering their beer especially IPA. Southern Gothic Unfiltered Pilsner pours a hazy slightly clouded golden color with a two and a half bright white head that slowly dissolves and gives off a semi-sweet sour bread and light malt notes that take you into a flavor of a semi-sweet breaded flavor with some chalk like flavors and the flavor becomes sours as it warms with a faintly bitter finish with a chalky aftertaste that slips into a very faint bitterness. This beer isn’t that good I give Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Southern Gothic Unfiltered Pilsner a D+. I was hoping for a better beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing, this was a letdown and yes it’s not so bad that you can’t finish it. Maybe the Pilsner style isn’t a beer that should be unfiltered. I just don’t think I would hurry back to Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Southern Gothic Unfiltered Pilsner nor would I recommend it! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
I recently received in the mail a Shakoolie Can Cooler that you can use to hold beer while showering. This product is in two parts, one is the launch pad that stick to the wall of the show with Velcro on it which the Shakoolie stick to acting as a cup holder. The Shakoolie is made of pretty thick material which held Champion Brewing Company Shower beer. I have previously posted a review of Shower Beer. Please check that out. When on the wall the Velcro hold is strong even with a full twelve ounce can of beer, but I am not sure if this cold up an open pint beer can. I will have to try that sometime.
Shakoolie does keep the beer cold even during a hot steamy shower. The Shakoolie really grips the can, it was a little tough getting it out when it was finished. This product can be used out of the shower as well you can go from drinking in the kitchen to the shower and back to the kitchen or wherever you drink beer all while keeping it cold.
This is an A+ product that makes a mundane everyday task fun all while make you smile and I think that not only beer can be used with it and will bring many happy hours in the shower. Thanks, Shakoolie! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!