Throwback Thursday:

Some beers are harder to find than others and that could be due to where that beer brewery is located or that they just do not distribute beer out of their local area and/or state. That could be cost or other reasons. Some beers might just be a seasonal release and some seasons are shorter than others, like fall. Well, I came across a seasonal brew from The Unibroue brewery in Canada, Raftman, 5.5% ABV, a Belgian Pale ale brewed with Peat smoked Whisky malt and also brewed with spices. Unibroue Raftman is brewed in memory of those bygone masters of the forest who were always amenable to settling their differences over ale and a shot of whiskey. I always enjoy Unibroue’s labels, they are always very interesting and they look like they tell some sort of story. Raftman pours a copper brownish slightly murky color with a big three and a half rocky white head that sticks around for a good while and fades into some nice white lacing. I found minimal light coming through the glass with little carbonation due to the murky like coloring. The aroma has the slightest smoky malt scent with a little yeast. The taste on Raftman is smoky like the aroma but just enough to let you know that there are smoked whiskey malts. I also get a little bit of a pepper spice on the middle of the mouth that really goes well with the smoked whiskey malts, and really lifts it taste up. On the back of the mouth, I get some nice slightly sweet vanilla flavors. The mouthfeel is full bodied with some richness to it, but not a lot. Raftman has a nice smoky finish that lingers into a nice slightly spiced and smoked aftertaste. This is a really an interesting take on a Belgian Pale Ale, I give Unibroue Raftman A+. I really like the smoked whiskey malts on this beer. They really did it well, it isn’t overdone or strong and it’s easy to drink. I highly recommend trying Unibroue Raftman, so go out and get some of it and try it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Thursday, January 3rd. Founders Tap Takeover. Carolina Beer Temple. 12 pm-11:30 pm. Tickets at Founders has become one of the most recognized craft breweries in the US, and it is easy to see why. Nearly every beer, regardless of style, that they brew is among the best on the market. As such, we are excited to host them for an evening, to give our customers a chance to sample some of the fantastic beer that they are turning out. What better way to give up your New Year’s resolution than to do it with great beer, and even better company, right here at the Temple


    -Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS)

    -Backwoods Bastard Scotch Ale

    -Trigo Hoppy Wheat Lager

    -All Day IPA


  • Saturday, January 5th. Lenny Boy Q and Brew. Lenny Boy Brewing Co. 11 am-11 pm. Q & Brew is a monthly event at the Lenny Boy Taproom. The first Saturday of every month we have Live Music, New beer and kombucha releases, and fun vendors on-site. And of course, local BBQ smoked on-site 🍻

    Saturday, Jan 5th

    Free live music from 3 – 6pm with The Lazy Birds 🎸

    The Hunter’s Wife will be smoking up some amazing BBQ all-day.

    Pulled Pork Sandwich
    Mac and Cheese
    Southern Braised Collard Greens


  • Saturday, January 5th, BIGGEST BADDEST BAPTIST. Carolina Beer Temple. 12 pm-11:30 pm. Tickets at Our customers loved Epic’s Big Bad Baptist. They really loved Epic’s Big Bad Baptista. They went absolutely nuts for Epic’s Quad Barrel Baptist. We might have to lock the doors if they find out that we will be tapping all three in the same night.

    That’s right, for one night only we will be tapping all three of this year’s Baptist variants at the same time! What better way to kick off the new year than with one of the most acclaimed and sought-after beer series of 2018.

    It will truly be… wait for it… Epic


  • Monday, January 7th. BeerSavvy Boot Camp. 12 pm-4 pm. Sugar Creek Brewing. Tickets at Boost your beer IQ and prepare for the Certified Beer Server exam with this fun, and interactive class put on by the Cicerone® Certification Program—the leaders in beer service certification and training.

    BeerSavvy BootcampDuring this class you will:
    • Learn the difference between taste and flavor
    • Taste different types of malt
    • Smell hops from the US and Europe
    • Taste and study six foundational beer styles
    • Experience the spectrum of flavors found in beer
    • Understand the common variations that occur in beer styles
    • See how other styles relate to the core six
    • Learn how to talk about the flavor of beer with customers
    • Participate in creating flavor descriptions for six classic beers
    • Review proper beer service for bottles and draft
    • Learn how to spot a dirty beer glass from across the room

    Participants also receive a short book of readings and resources to help them prepare for the Certified Beer Server exam. Combined with the class, this book will prepare individuals to take the exam and join the ranks of more than 100,000 beer professionals who have achieved this certification. (Note: the cost of the class does not include the exam.) 


  • Monday, January 7th. Beer Education – Off Flavor Class. Pilot Brewing. 4:45 pm-7:45 pm. Taste the flaws in beer when proper care is not taken, learn how they form and how to control them in your fermentation. Join our Advanced Cicerone®, Jen Blair, as she guides you through a set of four off-flavors commonly found in beer.


    LIMITED SEATING IS AVAILABLE – Ticket will be sold day of the event, for the same price, if any room is available. 


  • Tuesday, January 8th. Stout Week. Bold Missy Brewery. 10 pm. We don’t know about you, but here at the Bold Missy Brewery, we LOVE stouts – especially during the colder months! We’ve selected eight awesome NC breweries to showcase during our first ever Stout Week!

    Each day during the week, we will put two of these very special beers on tap. If by chance they don’t kick on their assigned day, any remaining beers will be available on Saturday the 12th. So, what we’re basically saying is that if you see something you want, you better come to try it when you can!

    -Dead and Berried Imperial Stout from Foothills Brewing
    -Export Stout from Ponysaurus Brewing

    -Midnight Summit Vanilla Milk Stout from Highland Brewing Company
    -Three Paw Chocolate Hazelnut Porter from Granite Falls Brewing Company

    -Jelly Donut Imperial Stout from Hi-Wire Brewing
    -Joymongers Breakfast Stout from Joymongers Brewing Co.

    -Impending Grace Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from Four Saints Brewing Company
    -Attack Position Imperial Stout from Crank Arm Brewing Company

Hi-Wire Brewing gimme the brut Double IPA

Hi-Wire Brewing gimme the brut Double IPA, 8% ABV, is a new originating in California style for the past year where brewers use combination of Pilsner malt, wheat, corn and/or rice in the mash and they add Amylase enzymes that reduce the beers final gravity. These brut IPA are generally low in bitterness with gimme the brut Double IPA have only 20 IBUs. Gimme the brut Double IPA pours a yellow color with a tight but rocky white heads giving off a slightly fruity hoppy aroma with a dry juicy like note that leads to a slightly fruit hoppy orange flavor that is a little bit like orange juice on the middle of the tongue and dry on the back or the tongue that continues into the the finish of this beer with a little dry fruit aftertaste and low bitterness. Gimme the brut Double IPA is not overly bitter throughout but has a nice low/faint hoppy not that comes in. I give Hi-Wire Brewing gimme the brut Double IPA an A-. It’s a good beer but not as sparkling or effervescent as you’d like for being a brut IPA. But good and yes it was a bit refreshing, and one that I recommend tying. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace

In in the past of I have written that I don’t really like the Brooklyn Brewery, but yet here I am writing another post about one of they’re beers. But this here, a classic Saison ale (Farmhouse Ale) is quite good, not the best but good. Sorachi Ace is not something that is a full production brew, it is sort of limited, and only comes in a 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce bottle. Sorachi Ace is brewed with their special Belgian ale strain, and Sorachi Ace hops. They also bottle re-ferment this with Champagne. This brew is 7.6% ABV but doesn’t taste nearly that strong, but close. Now this one is not as easy to find as other Brooklyn beers, but I would not say that it’s hard to find. Sorachi pours a cloudy gold color with a nice thick white head. It looks good. Now there are nice scents of hops and a small amount of grain and zesty lemon. notes to it. But this here doesn’t have really have strong hop scents like an IPA. Just more than some. There really isn’t much scent or smells to write about. But that’s not a bad thing. The taste is hoppy, but not overly hopped. There is a nice hint of Champagne like taste there, that is nice. But to much Champagne taste and it’s starting to become not as good. A beer should be a beer, not something else. There is a nice lemon zest to this that makes it a fine hint of sourness but in a good way that is tasty. Sorachi Ace has nice white wine finish that is has a tiny sweetness to it. This brew here goes very nicely with cheese and crackers, very good. Now, this is not heavy it is light somewhat drinkable, but not entirely due to it’s higher abv percent. Too much of this and you’ll be drunk faster than some other beers would. Remember that! This is good but it more of a special thing, something you have for a certain time or a special time, like a celebration or something or that nature. This wouldn’t be your everyday beer. But this is good really good for what it is, Saison, and not a lot of people know what that is, so there isn’t a lot of them being brewed but more than you’d think. This is good for a special day and makes it better. Cheers! Please Drink Responsibly!

The Beer News

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

  • Wednesday, December 26th. Twas the Day After Christmas. Blue Blaze Brewing. 2 pm -9 pm. Twas’ the Day after Christmas & Santa’s Elves needed beer … they pulled on their stockings & headed out with cheer!

    They knew where to go – for they were Blue Blaze bound … with $10.00 pitchers they could each buy a round!

    The Elves enjoyed s’mores by the fire & live music inside …. sampling some of the best beers they’ve ever tried!

    At the end of the night, the Elves parted ways … with ‘hoppy holidays to all, & to all a great day’!
    From 2:30 – 5:30, enjoy live music by the talented violinist, Sandy Herrault. Enjoy authentic European style dishes from Strudelteig Food Truck. Wine, local craft cider, and non-alcoholic options are available.

    Your favorite Blue Blaze New England style hazy, SoBo Orangerine Hazy IPA, is back and in only a couple of sixtels! All naturally made from only water, yeast, malt, hops, and oranges. If our employee Christmas party is any judge, it won’t last long 😋
    We’ll also be offering beermosas in flutes or tulips made with this beer, only on the 22nd and 26th during our events those days.

    Our second annual, “Don’t Hate It, Donate It” drive starts today! If you’ve found yourself with unwanted gifts or items you’d like to donate, bring them to Blue Blaze! We are collecting everything from new to gently used apparel, outdoor gear, recreational items, toys, kitchen appliances, and more! All donated items will go to The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. The drive will run from December 26th – January 13th.

    If you have large items you’d like to donate but are unable to transport, schedule a pickup by visiting:


  • Thursday, December 27th. Hop Wallop Release Party. Brewers at 4001 Yancey. 6 pm-8 pm. The legendary Hop Wallop is BACK!

    Join us for the release party, with a tapping at 6 p.m. and we have a great event planned with music, samplings, giveaways and more!


  • Saturday, December 29th. Apple Pie Barleywine Release. Catawba Brewing Company. 12 pm-11 am. On December 29th we will unveil the biggest beer yet to emerge from our Barrel Program – BA #4 Apple Pie Barleywine. This delicious beer is an Apple Pie lovers dream come true! Aged for 32 months in bourbon barrels, it features additions of Carolina apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar and weighs a hefty 12% ABV.



  • Sunday, December 30th. Brunch and Brews. Legion Brewing. 12 pm-2 pm. Join us every Sunday morning for a Farmers First Coffee Company cold brew or a Carolina Sparkle Party Beermosa during Brunch and Brews!

    Southwest Breakfast Burrito
    Chorizo, egg, cheddar, homemade salsa, jalapeno, and avocado. Enjoy it in a spinach wrap OR on a bed of smoked cheddar grits!

    Lox and Loaded*
    Smoked salmon, cucumber, onion, fresh dill and cream cheese on a Nova*s bagel.

    Breakfast Sliders (3)
    Bacon, egg, cheddar, tomato and black pepper aioli on soft slider buns.

    Mixed Berry Parfait
    Greek yogurt, mixed berries, homemade honey almond granola.

    Seasonal Belgian Waffle
    Flavors change with our seasonal beer line up- check our social media for updates!

    Side Of Smoked Cheese Grits


  • Monday, December 31st. Sycamore Brewing. 4 pm-12:15 pm. Join us for a Super-Casual New Year’s Eve at Sycamore! Ring in 2019 with Special Beer Releases, Live Music and absolutely no dress code!


  • Monday, December 31st. Lenny Boy New Years Eve Party. 3 pm-2 am. Let’s ring in another New Year with a kickass party at Lenny Boy Brewing Co. 💃 🍻 🎸

    We will be open from 3pm – 2am with New Beer and New Kombucha releases to enjoy all day 🍻

    – Live music with Crystal Fountains from 5 – 8pm
    – Live music with Aarodynamics from 10pm – 2am [get ready to DANCE]
    – Champagne Bar 9pm – 2am
    – Huge balloon drop at Midnight 🎈
    – Photo booth 📸
    – Beer Pitcher and Champagne specials
    – The Hunter’s Wife from 5 – 10pm
    – Wild Dog Hot Dogs from 10pm – 2am

    NO COVER and NO DRESS CODE – grab your friends and come ring in the New Year… Lenny Boy style 🎉


  • Tuesday, January 1st. New Year’s Day Brunch! Sycamore Brewing. 11 am-2 pm. Come hang out with us on New Year’s Day. We open at 11am with brunch by Bun Appetit and some hair of the dog (just in case that’s what you need). Besides, don’t New Year’s Resolutions usually start on the 2nd anyway?!


  • Tuesday, January 1st. New Year’s Day Party & Glowed Up Brut IPA Release! 10 am-8 pm. Join us for our 4th annual New Year’s DAY Party!! The party starts at 10am and lasts until your hangover is officially cured! We’re also excited to release our brand new Brut IPA, Glowed Up!

    We’ll stock the bagel bar with fresh bagels and an assortment of cream cheeses from Owen’s Bagel and Deli and we’ll be providing locally roasted coffee from Central Coffee Co.! The coffee and bagels will be on us (for as long as they last) and we’ll be accepting donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina if you feel so inclined! We will also be donating a portion of bar sales to this awesome, local community organization!

    We’re spicing it up w/ Jalapeño Pale Ale Bloody Beers, Fun Beer-Mosas, and of course, our new Brut IPA called Glowed Up! Draft and 4 packs of cans of Glowed Up will go on sale at 10a! Hope you can join! 





Throwback Thursday: Samuel Smith Brewery Organic Oatmeal Stout

One of my top favorite breweries is, here again, it’s Samuel Smith and this is their celebrated Oatmeal Stout, 5.0% ABV. I’ve loved every beer I’ve had from Samuel Smith. This style of beer doesn’t really use actual oatmeal in the brewing process, but oats are used in the mash.  They give smoothness and a touch of sweetness to the beer. This Samuel Smith pours an opaque black color with a big three finger tan rocky head. The head stays for a while that leads into very wonderful lacing. This beer looks so great just sitting there. I did find a little amount of light coming through the pint glass with a small pack of carbonation bubbles. The aroma on Oatmeal Stout is sweet with the scent of oats and bittersweet chocolate. There is a nice roasted aroma too. The aroma reminds me of fresh and sweet homemade oatmeal. The taste is nice and you first get the lightly sweet oats hitting your tongue, followed by light chocolate that has a bit of a roasted noted around it. The taste on this makes every sip you want another. The mouthfeel is medium and a bit on the rich side. Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout finishes nicely with oats and a hint of sweetness that makes for a nice semi-dry and sweet aftertaste. I have to find a Samuel Smiths beer is bad, their beer is never lower than a C+, and there is only one, their cider. But this, their Oatmeal Stout is getting A+ from me. I would have this over and over again. This is a very tasty beer, and does not go overboard with the oats or other ingredients; it’s all balanced well into a great beer. I highly recommend this beer! Please go out and try this and see just how great Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout really is, you might just love it! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly! 

The Beer News

Happy Holidays, The Beer News will return after the Holidays with lots of news and events for you to enjoy. Thank you and once again have a responsible and happy holidays. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Moody Tongue Brewing Applewood Gold

This Moody Tongue Brewing Applewood Gold, 5.0% ABV is only the second beer I’ve had from Moody Tongue, this is a lager brewed with applewood in Chicago Illinois. Applewood Gold pours a golden color with a quickly fading two finger white head giving off a faint smokey biscuit aroma that leads into a biscuit flavors on the front of the tongue with a little faint fruit note on n the middle and a bit of smoke on the back that really builds in the finish with a big lingering aftertaste of smokey bacon with a light mouthfeel. This Applewood Gold is like drinking an Applewood bacon sandwich on a biscuit, but the flavors don’t seem to go together well, but individually they are good but this Moody Tongue Brewing Applewood Gold is a D+. On paper a lager brewed with applewood sound good but doesn’t hit the mark as a beer, it’s a lager then a smoke beer but it’s not both. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout

Originally posted February 18th, 2013.

Well, it still is wintertime outside, well it sure looked like it here over the weekend with a big snow hitting the Charlotte area, and I thought that would call for a nice dark stout. So I pick a few, one being The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout, 5.70% ABV. This is a sweet full-bodied stout, brewed in Farmville North Carolina. This milk stout uses lactose or milk sugar to give this its nice sweetness. They also nice amount highly roasted gains. Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout pours a thick black color with a quarter finger tan head that quickly dissipates and does leave tiny amounts of lacing. There was no light coming through the glass and I found no traces of carbonation bubbles. The aroma is big sweet and roasted with a hint of baker chocolate. The aroma reminded me a little of coffee with cream. The taste is first sweet followed be a chocolate roasted coffee flavor with a hint of baker’s cocoa. The mouthfeel is more on the full side, the flavor really coats your mouth to leave a full finish with an aftertaste of sweet roasted chocolate coffee. But I thought that this Duck-rabbit was easy to drink. I am giving this an A. Good flavors all around on this, and they all work well with one another to create one heck of a good beer. Nothing about this beer is overly done or bad. I do recommend this beer and will certainly have this again. Please go out and get yourself a bottle to try and see what you think of The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!  

The Beer News

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

  • Thursday, December 13th. New Beer Thursday: Winter Warmer Release. Catawba Brewing Company. 3 pm- 10 pm. Just as this name implies, this beer will warm you up with one sip!


  • Friday, December 14th. Weihnachtsmarkt. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. 4 pm-9 pm. OMB is the place to gather with friends, drink fresh beer, shop for gifts and celebrate the holiday season!

    Friday, November 30th is going to be one festive day at OMB with the release of Yule Bock, a visit from Santa Claus and the launch of Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market). Weihnachtsmarkt will then continue for the first three Friday/Saturdays in December. Now in its 7th year, Weihnachtsmarkt is a Charlotte holiday tradition full of joy and community.

    This year, we’ll have over 45 vendors each weekend – our largest market ever! Some vendors will be in traditional wooden huts, but all will be decorated to the max and full of local crafts and baked goods. Like the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg, Germany, OMB’s Weihnachtsmarkt will also have fresh beer on tap (including our winter seasonal brews Dunkel & Yule Bock) and Gluhwein (pron. “Gloo-vine”), a mulled red wine served hot and fresh.

    Look for our full list of vendors in the Discussion tab. See our other event pages for more details on Yule Bock & Santa. Under 21 is welcome at OMB. Pets are welcome outside in our Biergarten. Thanks & Prost!


  • Friday. December 14th, Cheese & Cider Paring. Red Clay Cider Works. 7 pm-8:30 pm. Tickets at 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.


  • Saturday. December 15th. Weihnachtsmarkt. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. 2 pm- 9 pm. 


  • Saturday, December 15th, Double Fudge Brownie Imperial Stout Release. 12 pm-11 pm. Sycamore Brewing. Rich chocolate fudge! We loaded this massive stout with hundreds of pounds of decadent Belgian Chocolate!


  • Saturday, December 15th. Monstro Bottle Release. 11 am-10 pm. NoDa Brewing Company. Neptune said to the sea there should be a terrible Monstro, born from its deepest depths. It should be stout with the strength of a whale. This is that beer… of toasted barley mass, rounded out by vanillas, molasses, and oak of bourbon barrel aging. Enjoy the deep.

    Join us as we release a VERY LIMITED amount of this gigantic beer in its original bottle form. Because it will be so limited, be sure to get here early and then hang out for grub from TIN Kitchen and a free tour at 4 pm! 


  • Tuesday, December 18th. NoDable Release: Kwagalana African Lager. 4 pm-9 pm. NoDa Brewing Company. Every single week, we release a brand new “NoDable” beer on Tuesday. This week’s brew is our Unfiltered Lager inspired by popular beer trends in southern Africa. It’s a clean and refreshing lager base with flaked corn to increase a clean mouthfeel. Spiced with wildflower honey and ginger, this beer will have you feeling so fresh and so clean!

    Plus, $1 of every beer will be donated to the Henry Kalungi Foundation! Kwagalana means “love one another,” and by buying this beer you’ll be doing just that in support of this amazing charity.

    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 week’s NoDable and many of our other beers to-go in a crowler!