Elysian Brewing Company Space Dust IPA

I found Elysian Brewing Company Space Dust IPA, 8.2% ABV at my local Harris Teeter and wasn’t expecting to find this beer. Elysian Brewing in Seattle, Washington which has been in business since 1996 brews Space Dust with Chinook hops to bitter the beer and they use late and dry additions of Citra and Amarillo hops. Space Dust IPA pours slightly hazy orange color with a two finger white head with fruity-hoppy dank aroma wafting off the head with a slight sweet grass note then you get to a bitter flavor of some grapefruit with mild sweetness to it with some onion, dank grassy pine notes but you don’t really get the full hit of the 8.2% ABV. Space Dust IPA finishes nice with a faint sweetness and a nice bitter note with an aftertaste of bittersweet fruity onion with a fuller mouthfeel. Elysian Brewing Company Space Dust IPA is a good beer, getting a B. Now I don’t think that more than two Space Dust IPA could be had, the flavor would overwhelm your tastebuds halfway through a third, but that is not a bad thing. Lots of beers are great and are a beer that can you could only have two or three due to the strong flavors or higher ABV. I like the sweetness that compliments the bitterness in Space Dust IPA it blends well with the entire flavor profile of Space Dust. Elysian Brewing Company Space Dust IPA is a beer that I would recommend you try and one that I would definitely go back to. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Brut IPA

Picked up Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Brut IPA, 6.2% ABV from my local Harris Teeter. This Brut IPA is a Sierra Nevada spring seasonal and is part of a new and growing IPA style. Brut IPA uses late hop additions to brew this, which pours a clean and clear yellow golden color with a one finger fizzy white head with aromas of a light champagne note with a faint hop note hitting the nose. Then your lead into a semi-sweet taste with very faint bitterness that is barely there but does grow to somewhat there toward the back to the tongue with a faint hoppy dry finish and a champagne/Pilsner aftertaste with an ever so slight hit of a hoppy flavor. This sounded interesting with high hopes seeing that its from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company but it fell short. It tasted more like a dry Pilsner with very faint hop notes more then it taste like a Brut IPA. I give Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Brut IPA a D, just because it was not what it was advertising on the label. The only thing that was on the label that I found was the dryness. But the flavors I did taste were okay and boring. I might not go back to this beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Southern Tier Brewing Company Blackwater Series Plum Noir.

Originally posted on July 4th, 2014.

During the summer time the store shelves are filled with light, fruity, hoppy, wheat and less malty beers. But one day I was in the grocery store and found a beer that you wouldn’t expect to find. This Southern Tier, Blackwater Series, Plum Noir, 8.0% ABV. This is an imperial porter brewed with Italian plums. Southern Tier also uses 2-row malt, caramel malt, barley flakes, chocolate malt, puréed plums, Chinook & Willamette hops. Plum Noir pours a very dark color, nearly black. But as I held it to the light I found a little brown hue to it. There is a one finger tan head that stays a while and make somewhat nice lacing. I found no light coming through the glass with no carbonation bubbles. The aroma is a coffee-like bitterness with a very faint chocolate aroma. The entire aroma on this porter is mostly the coffee like bitterness. The taste on Plum Noir is a mild coffee bitterness followed by a little mild chocolate sweetness. You don’t get a lot of the plums on the taste, but you do get a very little but faint plum earthiness in the back of your mouth. Plum Noir has a toasted grain with hints of caramel in there as well. The mouthfeel is medium with a little mild roasted finish that leads into an aftertaste of bitterness with chocolate. Southern Tier’s Plum Noir could be better, so it is receiving a B-. The sweetness could be a little more, but just a pinch. The plums aren’t really there but what I did taste was good. I like this porter. It sounds really interesting, but doesn’t taste as such, but still a good effort. I wouldn’t have this again but not right away. It is a good beer and something a little different for this time of year and all the summer beers. So go and try this one and see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Thursday, February 14th. Amélie’s & Birdsong Collab & Dessert Pairing. Birdsong Brewing. 5 pm-7pm. Join us on Thursday, February 14th from 5-7p for a special Birdsong and Amélie’s French Bakery & Café beer release and pairing in honor of Valentine’s Day! Amélie’s will be on site to pass out samples of their delicious hazelnut torte to pair with a duo of imperial stouts being released that very same day!

    We will be releasing both Prehistoric Dog Barrel Aged Imperial Stout and Turtles on Pterodactyls Barrel Aged Imperial Stout on draft and in cans at 3pm that day!

    Amélie’s is a French bakery and café located in Charlotte NC, Rock Hill SC and Atlanta GA. Their mission is to foster a feast for the senses and unique experience for each and every person that walks through their doors

  • Thursday, February 14th. Single AF: Anti-Valentines Day. Wooden Robot. 4 pm-10 pm. Are you single AF? Come party at the Bot.
    Join us for our Anti-Valentines Day Get Together on Thursday 2.14.19 from 4-10pm.
    We will have flights of our brand new S’mores Stout, Hibiscus Honey Balm Saison & Dragonfruit Passionfruit Sour. That day only we will be bringing back our beloved Strawberry Swirl It! and pouring Good Morning Vietnam infused with Caramel Oreo Brownies! Boozy, sugar coma warning warranted with this one…
    A local Caricature Artist will be drawing portraits if you are in need a good laugh from 6-8pm.
    Crowned Sparrow Craft Co. will be with us from 6:30-8:30pm offering Voodoo Doll crafts! She will have all the supplies you’ll need to create your own talisman of contempt over your Single AF status, including lots of different colors and embellishments to focus your energy on! Hit the link to reserve a spot. Walk-ins are available as well! bit.ly/2HInVTV
    Be Single AF and Proud! Come drink with us!

  • Friday, February 15th. Beer Release: Bantu Blaze Coffee Brown (Gluten Free Ingredients). Blue Blaze Brewing. 4 pm-9 pm. We’re excited to release Bantu Blaze Coffee Brown in draught. It’s a 4.5% bantu beer that was brewed using all gluten-free ingredients. This unique beer boasts a universe of complex flavors including hints of tart, oats, and coffee, and has a lingering hop finish.

    Made with all gluten-free ingredients, Bantu is an alcoholic beverage common throughout Africa (and other parts of the world) that has been made with millet or sorghum. This 4.5% beer was brewed using 100% gluten-free ingredients, such as millet, oats, etc. and infused it with local Enderly Coffee Company so that it comes across superbly nice as a coffee brown ale without many of the sour notes that are typical of gluten-free beers. As any gluten-free dieter will tell you, it is incredibly difficult to find a gluten-free beer that tastes great … but we think we’ve found it!

    Independently lab tested at under 10ppm gluten (max. 20ppm) and Made in a Gluten Facility.

    Swing by the taproom from 4:00 – 9:00 for a pint or growler to go!

    Food Truck- Ace Of Spuds Truck

  • Friday, February 15th. Hop Cakes Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 2 pm-10 pm. Pour yourself a stack of Imperial IPA goodness soaked in lots and lots of delicious Vermont maple syrup. Then put down your axe, loosen your suspenders and enjoy sweet, citrus, hops and resin flavors in this special release treat. Enjoy immediately (do not cellar). And feel free to come back for seconds!

    Available in cans and on draft, this 10.2% brew is one you don’t want to miss! While you’re here, enjoy some grub from TIN Kitchen, a tour at 6 pm and live music at 7 pm

  • Saturday, February 16th Azacca Acid Test Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 12 pm-10 pm. The third release in our Acid Test Series is coming soon!

    4.7% ABV- Kettle soured and loaded with Azacca Hops, this is a tart and refreshing ale with dank tropical fruit hoppiness.

    Draft, 16 oz cans and 32 crowlers will be for sale. New Wrap Order food truck will be in the house and Hunter’s Travesty playing from 5-8.

  • Saturday, February 16th. Rainbow Dust IPA Can Release. Sycamore Brewing Company. 12 pm-10 pm. Magic in a Can! Bursting with Six Rare Hops for Pure Hoppy Happiness. Expect Ripe Melon, Berry and Tropical Fruits.

    Join us for an Oyster Roast at Sycamore, too!

  • Sunday, February 17th. No Brainer IPA Release Party. Brewers at 4001 Yancey. 11 am-10 pm. No Brainer IPA is here! Be one of the first to try it and make sure you stock up.

    Beer taps when we open and we’ll have The Office trivia at 5 pm, giveaways, tons of board games, music, food and everything else you need for a perfect no-brainer Sunday!

    No Brainer IPA features a special selection of fruity, citrusy hops, real, all-natural hop flavor and delicious tangerine and mandarin orange notes. Our brewers spent months developing this brew to make sure it was the perfect formula for any IPA lover, no matter the occasion, no matter the day.

    We’ll be celebrating the release in style with a Sunday Funday full of trivia, games, great giveaways, food, fun and much more!

    Stay tuned for some great announcements as we get closer to the day

  • Monday, February 18th. February Pints for Purpose! NoDa Brewing Company. 12 pm-9 pm. As part of our Pints For Purpose Fundraising series, we are thankful for Noda Brewing Company to be included in their “You Drink, We Donate” program scheduled for 2/18/19!

    Mark your calendars as it’s a holiday and you’ll have all day to hang out, socialize, eat and have a few drinks while learning about what our charity has to offer!

    For every pint purchased that day, NoDa Brewing will donate $1 back to Cara’s Purpose!

    We will also have some merchandise to purchase such as wristbands, stickers, shirts, etc…

    Did we mention RAFFLE PRIZES? 🤩

    (1) Put the date in your phone right now and (2) say you’re coming to the event and (3) be sure to invite all your pals as it’s going to be a great day and a great event!

    We are very appreciative of all of you who may attend and to NoDa Brewing for their great way to give back to non-profits in the area!

    Be sure to check their website for all they have going on, their boatload of offerings and to sign up for their newsletter www.nodabrewing.com.

Beer and Chips Pairing: Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño & Birds Fly South Ale Project The Blueprint IPA

The Cape Cod brand of potato chips has been around for as long as I can remember and these are Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño which I paired with a recent beer review Birds Fly South Ale Project The Blue Print IPA 6.5% ABV. Now for future reference if you are going to have spicy food and you’d like to have a nice beer with it you can’t go wrong with an IPA. These Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño chips look much like your average chips but with little bits of green Jalapeño bits sprinkled on top T.he hops in this fruity IPA, The Blueprint complements the sweetness that hit you tongue quickly upfront then the hops do cut the Jalapeño spice in the middle which then the fruitiness of the beer blends nicely with the spicy finish of these Cape Cod chips. The hops profile of an IPA does blend well and keep the spiciness of spicy food down a bit. This was a good pairing a B+, the sweetness was minimal and there was more of the Jalapeño flavor they than anything else but was still good and went nicely with Birds Fly South Ale Project The Blue Print IPA, which is a great IPA. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Lagunitas Brewing Company & Short’s Brew Passion Grass West By Mindwest

Purchased Lagunitas Brewing Company & Short’s Brew Passion Grass North By Midwest, 4.6% ABV from the local Harris Teeter grocery store. Passion Grass North By Midwest is a pale ale and pours a yellow color with a bright one finger white head that gives off very faint hop aroma with sour, tart grassy aromas that then lead into a bitter, sour, fruity lemon, tropical, grassy, flavor that finishes with a tart bitterness and a fruited tart bitter after taste with a light mouth feel. Lagunitas Brewing Company & Short’s Brew Passion Grass North By Midwest is not good I give this a F+. The tart sour flavor do not blend well with the bitterness of the pale ale. No it’s not good, it taste more like fresh fruit that has gone past it ripeness and is spoiling. No I don’t recommend that you try Lagunitas Brewing Company & Short’s Brew Passion Grass North By Midwest, it is bad but I did finish my twelve ounces and I will not go back to it! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Birds Fly South Ale Project The Blue Print IPA

Birds Fly South Ale Project The Blue Print IPA, 6.5% purchased from the local Winestore is brewed not far in Greenville, South Carolina with Citra, Centennial, and Mosaic hops with a touch of Guava purée. Birds Fly South Ale Project only brews different variations of the IPA. The Blue Print IPA pours a deep yellow nearly orange color with a one and a half finger of nice white head with juicy tropical fruits aromas coming off it with a nice little hop note that lead to a juicy tropical fruits flavor with pineapple, guava, very faint grapefruit with hints of melon and a semi-creamy hoppy bitter note towards the back of the mouth with a nice tropical fruit finish and a nice slightly bitter tropical fruit aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Birds Fly South Ale Project The Blue Print IPA is just a tropical fruit bomb the way I really like my IPA and this IPA is well deserving of am A+ all the fruity flavors meld with the hope notes for a well balanced IPA that is awesome and flavorful and one I highly recommend trying and one that I will come back to again and again. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. Death Wish Nightmare India Pale Ale

Originally posted on November 15th, 2016

I like coffee and I like beer, so naturally, I would like coffee beer, and yes that would be correct cause I do. Most coffee beers are dark beers like stouts, porters, or brown ales. But this beer from Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. in Saratoga Springs New York brews Death Wish Nightmare India Pale Ale, 6.8% ABV. Death Wish Nightmare uses Death Wish coffee. If you haven’t had Death Wish Coffee then you are really missing out, and Death Wish Coffee is from Round Lake, New York nearby. It is good strong coffee, the strong kind of stuff you grandpa would say it’ll be hair on chest boy! This is an IPA brewed with whole Death Wish coffee beans. Death Wish Nightmare pours a light copper color with a five-finger fluffy slightly off-white head that stays for days. The aroma is like your smelling strong rich coffee being brewed on the other side of the kitchen. There is a slight earthy note there are well with a bit of an ash-like scent. Taste is roasted coffee upfront with a little ashy flavor in the middle with a bitter citrus pine on the back. The mouthfeel is medium with a nice ashy coffee finish that has a good bitter IPA and bitter coffee aftertaste. This is one balanced beer between the malts of the IPA and the coffee flavors. I say that Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. Death Wish Nightmare India Pale Ale is an A. I have never had a Coffee IPA before, and most coffee beer that I’ve had have been dark stout or porter. This was really good. I recommend that you try this beer and Death Wish Coffee! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly

The Beer News

Here are this week’s new and events happening in the Charlotte, NC area!

  • Wednesday, February 6th. Hacker-Pschorr 1 Liter Stien Night. Flying Saucer Charlotte. 7 pm-10 pm. Buy the beer, keep the 1 liter Stein. First come, first serve. Weather should be perfect to enjoy a patio beer


  • Thursday, February 7th,  Burial Tap Takeover. Carolina Beer Temple. 12 pm-11:30 pm. Tickets by eventbrite.com. Burial is kind of a hot brewery right now. If by kinda hot, you mean blazingly hot with the fire of a thousand suns. And it is easy to see why. Fantastic beer after a fantastic beer is always a good thing, and the guys over at Burial never fail to deliver. So we have invited them to come in from the cemetery and into the Temple, to share some of their best brews with our incredible congregation.



  • Thursday, February 7th. Blueberry Chocolate Wheat Ale Release. Catawba Brewing Charlotte. 3 pm-10 pm. It’s just as delicious as it sounds…



  • Friday, February 8th. Almost Heaven Release! The Unknown Brewing Company. 6pm. Come out Friday, Feb. 8th as we get ready for Valentine’s day with this sensual beer! Made with decadent berries and creamy white chocolate! You will think you were Almost in Heaven. Thanks to our brewers for being good sports for the label!! Available in 16oz cans and kegs.
    We will also have amazing and romantic keyboard music and indulge yourself in lemon and raspberry macarons from Le Macaron French Pastries Charlotte !!!



  • Friday, February 8th. Sally’s Rosemary Saison Pilot Batch Release. Triple C Brewing Co. 4 pm-10 pm. A blend of Belgian and French yeasts provide an earthy and slightly peppery taste that compliments the late addition of rosemary in this highly drinkable Saison.

    100% of the proceeds will go to help Sally Moore on her quest for a new liver. Please consider a donation here if you can’t make it to the brewery! https://www.gofundme.com/sally-moore-a-new-life-and-liver

    Bleu Barn Bistro has dinner covered!


  • Saturday, February 9th. Strawberry Seduction – Can Release. Lenny Boy Brewing Company. 11 am-11 pm. Strawberry Seduction is making its return just in time for Valentine’s Day. We use cold-pressed strawberries to unveil a sweet and tart flavor profile in this sour ale. Come by the Taproom on Saturday, Feb 9th and be the first to try our seducing strawberry sour. It’s sure to steal your heart.

    Strawberry Seduction will be available in 4-packs and on draft at the Taproom. We will also put some of this sour in distribution around North Carolina and South Carolina.  


  • Saturday, February 9th. Food Truck: Queen City Sliders. Blue Blaze Brewing Co. 12:30 pm-6 pm. A local food truck serving the greater Charlotte area.
    Queen City Sliders is a new and exciting food truck hitting the Charlotte area. We specialize in delicious old fashioned sliders and waffle tots!


  • Sunday, February 10th. Food Truck: Cousins Maine Lobster Co. Blue Blaze Brewing Co. 1 pm-5 pm. Cousins Maine Lobster serving up fresh and authentic Maine seafood!


  • Sunday, February 10th. Kegs & Eggs: Brunch at the Bot! The Wooden Robot Brewery. 10:30 pm-2 pm. Introducing Kegs & Eggs Brunch at the Bot happening every Sunday from 10:30am to 2pm. Get $5 Mimosas or hook up one of our beers with a shot of juice for a Beer-mosa! If your a bloody mary fan try a Michelada, our house lager with a shot of tomato juice.
    Expect brunch menu items from Twisted Eats by Kre8 like:
    Beer Cheese & Biscuits
    From scratch buttermilk biscuits, country ham, farm fresh egg over easy, Chef Rob’s OG beer cheese
    Shrimp & Grits
    Blue cheese & cheddar grits, blackened shrimp, Tasso ham gravy, crispy onions
    Avocado Egg Toast
    Farm fresh egg sunny side up, sliced tomato, avocado mash, wild mushrooms, micro cilantro
    Stuffed French Toast
    Hazelnut mousse, sliced banana, maple syrup, chantilly cream

    $1 off all Medium Beers ALL DAY LONG!


Allagash Brewing Company Black Belgian-style Stout

Allagash Brewing Company Black Belgian-style Stout, 7.5% ABV purchased from my local Total Wine is from Portland Main with 2-Row Malted Barley blend, Black malt, Oats, Torrified Wheat, Chocolate Malt, and roasted barley with Northern Brewer and Glacier hops, dark caramelized Belgian candy syrup and Belgian Pal yeast. Allagash Black pours black with a thin one and a half beige head giving off a coffee aroma with chocolate roasted malts that lead to a flavor of sweet roasted coffee with chocolate malty notes with a slight bit roasted coco hitting the back with a roasted coco finish and slightly lingering aftertaste of chocolate roasted malts with a slightly full mouthfeel. Allagash Brewing Company Black Belgian-style Stout is not such a heavy beer it leans more on the lighter side and gets a B+. It has a great balance of flavors between the chocolate, the coffee, and the roasted notes. Allagash Brewing Company Black Belgian-style Stout is one that is worth trying and on that, I would love to have again. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!