Stone Brewing Tangerine Express IPA

 

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Stone Brewing of Escondido California brews so many different IPA and this Tangerine Express IPA, 6.7% ABV follow an IPA trend of citrus/tropical forward IPAs and it’s packed with whole tangerines and pineapples. Tangerine Express pours yellow with a slightly hazy appearance and a two finger white steady fading head that gives off citrus aromas of tangerine and pineapple bitter notes with a flavor or citrus tangerine, tropical pineapple hitting your tongue with a hoppy bitterness washing over to the back of the tongue with a fruity bitter finish and semi bittersweet aftertaste that linger for just moment all with a medium mouthfeel. Stone Brewing has made a good tasty IPA with Tangerine Express IPA it’s an A. All of the flavors of Tangerine Express IPA blend well to make for a good refreshing IPA that is full of good citrus/tropical fruit flavors with the right amount of bitter hoppiness. Tangerine Express IPA is a beer that I recommend. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!      

 

 

Westbrooke Brewing Co. One Claw Rye Pale Ale

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Westbrook Brewing Co. in Mt. Pleasent South Carolina a popular brewing and one of my top breweries brews One Claw Rye Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV, You don’t see too many Rye beers out there but if you look you’ll see that there are some. One Claw pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a two finger firm white head giving off spiced notes with a hoppy fruity aroma with a spiced flavor of slightly hoppy citrus fruits with a nice spiced bitterness, with a bitter rye spice finish and a mildly bitter aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. You can really taste the rye spiced notes on your taste buds. I found Westbrook Brewing Co. One Claw to be somewhat easy to drink and slightly refreshing, a B+ rye pale ale. This beer has a good rye flavor to it as well as a firm bitterness but none overpowering to your taste buds. I recommend Westbrook Brewing Co. One Claw Rye Pale Ale. It’s a good take on an under brewed beer style. Cheers! Please Enjoy Responsibly!  

Throwback Thursday: Brewery Ommegang Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale

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Belgian Ales are the best-tasting beers, in my opinion. I love them all each one of the different Belgian beer styles is great. Some I like more than others but that isn’t to say that others are bad. Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown N.Y. is partly Belgian; they are part of the Duel family of fine ales. They brew Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale, 9.7% ABV. Three Philosophers is a blend of Ommegang Quadrupel ale and Liefmans Kriek. So that is 98% Ale and 2% ale with cherries added. Three Philosophers pours a deep rich copper brown color with a beige two finger head that leaves nice lacing behind but not a lot of lacing. The aroma is sweet with candied sugar and dark fruits. Three Philosophers has a rather richer taste but none too rich, there is a nice sweetness with dark cherry and a hint of faint caramel. This is like most good Quads, and how one should be. But the taste and the flavors don’t wow me though. That might hold it back just a bit. The mouthfeel is more towards the fuller side but not overly full and Three Philosophers has a nice smooth sweet dark fruit finish and almost the same aftertaste but with a lingering raisin note. I think that is ale is pretty good, but I have had better. Don’t worry I am not saying that Three Philosophers is bad. I say that it is a B grade Belgian Quad. Yes, I have had better one brewed in Belgium, but those are the best in the world compare to this Ommegang, which is no slouch. I would recommend this one because it’s not as strong taste in the alcohol department, nor is it overly strong. I would have this again for those to reasons. So go try Ommegang Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!   

The Beer News

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

  • Thursday, April 19th Session Coffee Porter Release. Catawba Brewing Co Charlotte. 2 pm-10pm This beer was cold-infused with Dynamite coffee to give it a rich coffee flavor without the bitter harshness! Yumm!
  •  Thursday, April 19th Third Thirsty Thursday. Legion Brewing. 6 pm-9pm. Come join us for a craft beer (or 2) while we and Legion Brewing sell raffle tickets for $5 each. Legion is donating a raffle basket containing a certificate for a brewery tour for four and some other goodies. We get the raffle ticket proceeds. Also, that night is Legion Brewing’s “30 Second Rocks Music Bingo” event, which should bring in a good crowd and is a fun activity.
  • Friday, April 20th Lagunitas The Waldo’s Special Ale Tapping. Duckworth’s Grill and Taphouse Huntersville. 5 pm-8 pm. We’re tapping Lagunitas The Waldo’s Special Ale along with Scarcity #2 Rye Cocoa Porter & Scarcity #3 High West-fied Imperial Stout. Reps from Lagunitas will be here handing out beer samples and swag!
  • Friday, April 20th Burial Beer Mobile Taproom. Salud Beer Shop. 5 pm. The Burial Mobile Taproom returns with 4 brewery only can Releases and 8 special drafts.
    Ceremonial Vapors Session IPA
    Inverted Fields Ablaze Smoked Maibock Three Floyd’s collab
    The Savages Of Ruminating Minds DDH IPA sold out in Asheville
    Anyway Guava IPA collab with Three’s Brewing
    Cans are to go only
    No Wristbands
    Limits to Be Determined
    Draft List released Thursday Night.
  • Saturday, April 21st Earth Day Party & Sunshine Gose Release! Birdsong Brewing Co.  We’re celebrating Earth Day on 4/21/18 with the release of our new Sunshine Lemon Gose & a bunch of our friends who care about the Earth just as much as we do! We hope you can join us to celebrate your new favorite Spring/Summer brew & learn a little bit about this amazing planet that we live on and how to keep it spinning! Over here at Birdsong, we’re big fans of the environment. From cleaning up creeks to working with local farmers, our aim is to grow our sustainable efforts each year so we can continue to make a positive impact on our community. Thanks to our new rooftop solar array, we’re able to do just that. By harnessing the sun’s energy, our 75-watt 220-panel solar setup allows us to rely less on non-renewable fossil fuels, reducing our contribution to carbon emissions and coal ash that can harm the earth.
    Not only are we releasing Sunshine Gose, but we’re celebrating by hosting a bunch of earth-friendly vendors and there will be a special giveaway for those who take the light rail or ride share to the event! Hint: You’ll need them because your future is SO BRIGHT!
    Vendors will be on site from 1-5 and include Williams Subaru of CharlotteCatawba Riverkeeper Foundation100 GardensKing of Pops CharlotteRenewable Energy Design Group, L3C, and the NC Dept of Environmental Quality!
    Williams Subaru of Charlotte will be here with Eco-friendly giveaways such as recycled tote bags, recycled pens, eco coolies, recycled planters with seeds, recycled utensil sets, and sunglasses. They will also have some dog-friendly items as well!  will also be collecting items for TerraCycle that will be upcycled into something for the community either a park bench, picnic table, or playground. For the TerraCycle boxes, they are collecting used Keurig pods, chip bags/snack wrappers, and disposable cups/lids. Williams Subaru of Charlotte will be purchasing beer for people who donate so start collecting NOW!
  • Saturday/Sunday, April 21st-22nd Louisiana Spring Fest. The Old Mecklenburg Brewery. 11 am-11 pm. Let the good times roll at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s Eighth Annual Louisiana Spring Fest on April 21 & 22!
    Like previous years, the festival will focus on authentic Louisiana cooking. Guest chef and Louisiana native Brett Harris returns — boiling fresh crawdads flown in overnight direct from the bayou. Other staples include mouthwatering jambalaya, boiled shrimp, red skin potatoes and corn on the cob. The Biergarten will be strewn with Mardi Gras beads ready-to-wear, while Cajun, Bluegrass and Jazz music plays all day. This year’s band lineup:
    SATURDAY MUSIC
    11a-2p: Boom Unit Brass Band (A “second line” brass band – a tradition at New Orleans’ parades)
    3p-6p: The Local Boys (Features Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Dobro & Mandolin)
    7p-10p: Carolina Gator Gumbo (A locally famous Cajun/Zydeco band)
    SUNDAY MUSIC
    11a-2p: The Local Boys (Features Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Dobro & Mandolin)
    3p-6p: Carolina Gator Gumbo (A locally famous Cajun/Zydeco band)
    7p-10p: Jazz Revolution (CLT’s six-piece jazz and soul band)
    For beer, year-round offerings Copper Altbier, Captain Jack Pilsner, and Hornet’s Nest Hefeweizen will be on tap. Plus, OMB’s spring seasonal Früh Bock. This “Spring Bock” captures the promise of warmer days ahead, combining a slight malty sweetness with a refreshing touch of citrus aroma from its noble Bavarian hops.
    And don’t forget: you can drink those fresh brews in OMB’s new 1 Liter steins or our regular 0.5L steins!
    We hope you’ll join us for pure beer and fresh crawdads — and to celebrate the tradition and spirit of NoLa’s ‘bon temps’ culture. Prost!
    Under 21 welcome at OMB. Pets welcome outside in our Biergarten. This is a free event.
  • Saturday, April 21st Brunch, and Brews: Release of “A Blonde Named Rosa.” Legion Brewing. 10 am-2 pm. We have partnered up with our friends from Farmers First Coffee Company for our first coffee blonde ale, “A Blonde Named Rosa”, releasing this Saturday at 10AM during Brunch and Brews! Enjoy our made-to-order brunch menu, a piping hot cup of coffee and a pint of this delicious, easy drinking blonde at the same time!
    Farmer’s First is committed to putting farmers first when sourcing their coffee.They pay a 50% bonus on top of the market price farmers receive, which is as much as four times higher than “fair trade.This delicious coffee is roasted nearby in Shelby, NC. Rosa’s Coffee comes from Bajo Ihuamaca (Peru) and has the taste of dark chocolate, almond, brown sugar, caramel, grape, and rose.
  • Sunday, April 22nd Brunchin’ Bluegrass with The Bluegrass Sweethearts. Triple C Brewing Company. 12 pm-8 pm. Sundays are for Brunchin’ & Bluegrass! Join us for our 3rd Bluegrass Brunch! Greek Eats food truck will be joining us and serving up everything from hashbrown waffles to Greek avocado croissants! And of course, no brunch is complete without Mimosas for the masses and your favorite Triple C brews!
    Bring your bluegrass buddy and help us make a new favorite Sunday tradition!
    Bluegrass music is happy music, come get happy 🙂
    We are extremely lucky to have David and Valerie Mayfield “The Bluegrass Sweethearts” playing from 12ish to 3ish. We are open noon to 8pm.
  • Monday, April 23rd Charlotte Sushi Class. Sycamore Brewing Company. 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. Tickets at http://www.briminghamsushiclasses.com. In this two hour, hands-on class, we’ll teach you to make perfect sushi rice, how to make all of your favorite sushi sauces (from eel sauce to BangBang & more), where to shop/what to buy and how to safely serve raw fish at home with confidence, according to health department standards. You’ll get two rolls to eat (we make one, you make the other) and a take-home cheat sheet filled with tips, tricks, and recipes!
  • Tuesday, April 24th Rogue Ales Tapping. Duckworth’s Grill and Taphouse Ballantyne. 6 pm-8 pm. Beer list TBA – but watch out for some limited/rare beers from Rogue brewing!
    Reps on hand for free beer samples and swag giveaways!
  • Tuesday, April 24th Tap it Tuesday with Blake’s Hard Cider. Co. The Casual Pin (Rivergate) 6 pm-8 pm. If you haven’t tasted Blake’s Hard Cider you don’t want to miss out on April 24th. If you have then we know you’ll be there at 6:00 pm.

Birdsong Brewing Co. Lazy Bird Brown

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This is one of my favorite brown ale from one of my favorite local Charlotte breweries, Birdsong Brewing Co. Lazy Bird Brown Ale, 5.5% ABV. This American-style brown ale is brewed with to have a mild Citrus hop flavor. Lazy Bird Brown a year-round beer pours a well brown color (it is a brown ale) with a light beige two and a half finger head that sticks around for a long time with an aroma of roasted coffee, light/faint toffee, and chocolate that leads to a roasted malt chocolate coffee taste with a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue with a sweetly roasted chocolate finish and a roasted slightly sweet aftertaste and a medium mouthfeel. This a beer that must try an I give Birdsong Brewing Co. Lazy Bird Brown an A+. This is a good session brown ale with a good solid flavor that doesn’t overpower your taste buds. You should always keep this one in the refrigerator it’s that good. Cheers! Please drink responsibly!  

Abita Brewing Co. Hop-On Juicy Pale

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I haven’t had a beer from Abita Brewing Co. out of New Orleans Loiusiana in quite a while but I found a new beer from Abita Brewing Co. Hop-On Juicy Pale, 6.0% ABV a Pale Ale brewed with Cascade, Citra, and Ekuanot hops and pours a hazy yellow with a two finger white head with aromas of juicy citrus fruits with hoppiness hitting the nose as well that all lead into a juicy fruit taste of light orange faint pineapple and good amounts of grapefruit with a bitter smooth flavor on the back of the tongue with a smooth finish and a light bitter aftertaste with a meduim mouthfeel. This beer is a good pale ale that goes down easy and gets a B+. Abita Brewing Co. Hop-On Juicy Pale is fruity without being overly bitter or too harsh. I recommend Abita Brewing Co. Hop-On Juicy Pale. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!   

Catawba Brewing Co. Evening Joe Coffee Blonde Ale

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Catawba Brewing Co. Evening Joe, 5.7% ABV a limited release is a blonde coffee ale. A morning beverage that you’ll want to have as your evening pint. Evening Joe pours a deep orange/copper color with a thin one finger white head that quickly falls back into itself with sweet aromas of vanilla coffee with a bit of a roasted scent that draws you into a sweet vanilla coffee taste with a nice roasted note on the back on the tongue with a sweet roasted finish and a roasted vanilla finish and a medium mouthfeel. This is a good beer that’s easier to drink than most coffee beers. This is a B+ beer. Catawba Brewing Co. Evening Joe is good but Wooden Robot Brewer Good Morning Vietnam is a better coffee blonde Ale, it’s even easier to drink. Catawba Brewing Co. Evening Joe would get to be too much flavor after two. I enjoyed it and so should you. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!     

Throwback Thursday: Boulevard Brewing Somkestack Series Long Strange Triple

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In American, almost everything originates from some other country, and that is even truer when it comes to beer/craft beer. The first beer to be brewed here in this nation was from England and later from German and Czechoslovakia. Just look at some of the beer styles on your local beer store shelves and you can find, an IPA, and English style, Weizen, a German-style, Trappist, a Belgian style, and so forth. American breweries brew all the styles. Today’s beer is no different, Boulevard Brewing Company (Kansas City, Missouri) Smokestack Series Long Strange Triple, 9.0% ABV. A Tripel (a Belgian style ale) is referring to the brewing process in which brewers use up to three times the amount of malt than Trappist. Long Strange Tripel pours a darker semi-hazy gold color with a big three and a quarter white rocky/fluffy head that really stay a while and leaves big thick lacing behind. I found little light coming through due to the hazy nature of this beer and found little, but some carbonation bubbles are there as well. The aromas on this Tripel are big with apple fruits and a bit of lemon, with a nice spice note. I also found a bit of coriander, but that was a faint aroma at best. I could smell the aromas of this from were away, and not just when I put my nose to the goblet, and it is an awesome smelling beer. The taste of Long Strange Tripel is big with lemon and apple fruit with a slight spicy peppery like note. You do taste the high ABV (9.0% ABV) on this, more so as it warms up. But it’s not enough to make you stop from drinking it. There isn’t much of the faint coriander in the taste, there is, however, is little zesty zing from the lemon/apple on the back of your tongue. The mouthfeel is medium but does finish well with a slight spice not and bit boozy. The aftertaste is sweetly fruity with a hint of carbonated spice. So this, Long Strange Tripel that I took is getting an A+ from me. This is a really awesomely crafted Belgian style Tripel. It was refreshingly great, and I highly recommend you try this beer!! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!  

The Beer News

Here are this week’s beer news and events happening in and around Charlotte, NC area.

  • Wednesday, April 11th The Unknown Brewery Co. Tap Takeover. Vinter’s Hill Bean to Vine Café. 6 pm-9 pm. he Unknown Brewing Co story:
    At The Unknown Brewing Company, we are more than just a name. A name does not mean you make good beer, and good beer does not have to have a name.
    Our job is to stand out. We are the open road with no destination. We are your first kiss or your last time jumping out of an airplane,
    or whatever your wildest adventure is. We are The Unknown.
    So if you need us to have a name, make one up. If you make one up we prefer you call us something with adventure, or America, or dragons or something epic.
    That would be awesome. All we know is that we are good people whose mission is to make really great beer and have fun doing it.
    So our call to you………. Step into the Unknown.
    Come on out and taste some of their fabulous beers:
    Ginger Wheat, Over The Edge American IPA, and Pre Game Pilsner 
  • Wednesday, April 11th Pour & Pair Night Wooden Robot Brewery. 6 pm-9 pm. Join us this Wednesday 4.11.18 from 6pm-till as we pour bottles of Direct Currant and Foeder for Thought paired with 2 Kre8 Gastropub menu items!
    This night is for those of you that were unable to join us for the bottle release of Direct Currant! We saved a few bottles JUST FOR YOU!
    Bottles will be purchased in the Kre8 Gastropub for $20 (while supplies last) and must be consumed on premise! We will have a special tapas-style pairing to accompany both beers!
    Foeder for Thought:
    Herb Seared Tiger Shrimp – Quinoa and Couscous Salad, Preserved Lemon & Shallot Vinaigrette
    Direct Currant:
    Lamb Meatball – Peruvian Potato, Orange Scented Goat Cheese, Forrest Mushroom Demi
    Limited availability of both pairings and Direct Currant Bottles! Be sure to arrive early to guarantee your spot!
    Come out and join the rendezvous of bottles and food!
  • Thursday, April 12th The Offical Funky Buddha Launch Party! Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse Huntersville. 6 pm-8 pm. We couldn’t be happier to welcome Funky Buddha to North Carolina! Ryan Sentz, the founder and developing brewer for Funky Buddha will be attending our event as well.
    Let’s celebrate with a bunch of their best beers and tons of Funky Swag!
    Taplist:
    Pineapple Beach
    Hop Gun
    Floridian
    Huki Idol
    I Want It Now
    MBCP
    Last Snow
    Last Buffalo in the Park
    Hansel NE IPA
  • Thursday, April 12th NoDa’s Girl Scout Cookie Inspired Beer Event. Carolina Beer Temple. 6 pm-10 pm. On Thursday, April 12th we present NoDa Brewing Company‘s Girl Scout Cookie Inspired Beer Event! We will be featuring pints and flights of 4 fantastic NoDa brews along with their corresponding Girl Scout Cookies! The tap list will include:
    Samoan (blonde)
    Tag A Long (brown)
    Lemon Shortbread (kolsch)
    Minty Thin (porter)
    We hope to see you on Thursday, April 12th as we have a fun pairing of NoDa’s Girl Scout Cooking Inspired Beers with… actual Girl Scout Cookies!
  • Friday, April 13th Cheese & Cider Pairing. Red Clay Ciderworks. 7 pm-8:30 pm. Red Clay Ciderworks and Orrman’s Cheese Shop are joining forces to bring you a sensational night of cheese and cider pairings! Cider maker Jay Bradish and cheese expert Rachel Klebaur will be on hand to walk you through four different pairings, each with their own delectable panache.
    Seating for this event is limited, so don’t wait to purchase your ticket!
    Ticket holders please check in at the bar upon arrival. Tickets at Eventbrite. 
  • Saturday, April 14th Sycamore Spring Fest 2018! Sycamore Brewing. 12 pm-10 pm. Our biggest celebration yet…Spring Fest 2018!
    Celebrate Spring, Beer Drinking Weather, and Great Beer!
    Live Music on two stages by some of the region’s best talent, Indoor and Outdoor Beer and Cider Stations, Prosecco-Pops, Limited Edition Event T-shirts, and Very Good Times!
  • Saturday, April 14th Welcome Salud Cervecria! Temple Mojo. 2 pm-5 pm. Join us Saturday, April 14th as we welcome Salud Cerveceria for the very first time to Temple Mojo Growler Shop!
    We will be featuring 4 of their delicious brews (TBD) all day long. Flights and growler fill will be available.
    A rep will be out to hang out and discuss this CCharlotte-based brewery!
    Hope to see you all out there!
  • Sunday, April 15th Sunday Brunch with Red Clay. Red Clay Ciderworks. 12 pm-2 pm Swing by Red Clay and get your Brunch fix! PepperBox Doughnuts makes their return, and The Breakfast Food Truck returns to satisfy your savory desires!
    As usual, you can wash it all down with a Cidermosa, Bellini or our newest concoction, the South Beach (a splash of ginger beer and mango nectar topped with Queen City Common and Cherry Bobbin’ Trolls!).
    Don’t delay; when the food runs out, that’s it for the month, so come get your day started in the most delightful way!
  • Tuesday, April 17th NoDable Release: Hop Experiment #10. NoDa Brewing Company. 4 pm-9 pm. Every single week, we release a brand new “NoDable” beer on Tuesday! This week’s new brew is a brand new version of Woody and Wilcox’s Hop Experiment featuring Simcoe Cryo Hops.
    While you’re here, be sure to try a few of our 25+ brews and some TIN Kitchen for dinner. And, don’t forget you can take this brew to-go in cans!
  • Tuesday, April 17th Sierra Nevada Orta Vez Side-by-Side Tapping. Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse Ballantyne. 6 pm-8 pm. Enjoy a unique side-by-side tasting of Sierra Nevada Otra Vez and the new Otra Vez variant with blue agave & lime peel! We’ll also be tapping the new Sidecar Orange IPA.

The Unknown Brewing Co. Feather Light

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This is a beer that I thought I’d never see, The Unknown Brewing Co. Feather Light, 3.8% not because it is rare or hard to find no that not it! It’s because Feather Light is a light Berliner Ale, yes light as in light beer and Feather Light is only 123 calories from Charlotte NC’s Unkown Brewing co. A light beer from a Craft Brewery well it’s happened. Feather Light pours a slightly hazy yellow with a thin one finger white head that quickly falls into itself giving a light yet faint sour/tart aroma with some faint flavors sour/tart fruity flavor on its light taste with a slightly tart finish and light sour aftertaste with a very thin and light mouthfeel. Yes, this a better version of a light beer, a light beer with more flavor with an ease of drinking and quite refreshing. I would give The Unknown Brewing Co. Feather Light a B-. Craft Beer drinkers aren’t really worried about how many calories are in their beer so this might be a marketing gimmick to get calorie conscious people whom might not be into craft beer into craft beer. Well, I don’t care if that’s the case I just think The Unknown Brewing Co. Feather Light is a good beer that you should try for yourself. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!