North Carolina Goes West…and Dominates: The Great American Beer Festival

I made the pilgrimage. I went to The Great American Beer Festival last week in Denver, Colorado. Of course, it was delicious and fun. Of course, you should go. Of course, I had all the rare beers. But the experience was also filled with surprises. Three days prior to the festival I was offered a […]

Charlotte Oktoberfest

Charlotte Oktoberfest postponed until 2017

The Carolina BrewMasters, a local homebrew club that presents the Charlotte Oktoberfest every year, has announced today there will be no 2016 festival. In an announcement they cited a number of issues in finding a suitable site for this year’s festival, including “construction, parking, safety, and other nearby events.” It’s sad news, not only because such […]

Birdsong Brewing Charlotte

Birdsong Brewing to expand into Western North Carolina market

We get so much good Asheville beer here in Charlotte that it only seems fair to share. Birdsong Brewing just announced in a press release their plans to distribute into Western North Carolina via an agreement with Skyland Distributing Company. While the brewery plans to continue self-distributing its beer locally, they have partnered with Skyland […]

Lone Tree and Sycamore

Betting Beers on Super Bowl 50

When the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos this Sunday, Vegas won’t be the only ones playing the odds. North Carolina’s brewers want a piece of the pie, and they’re backing their home team the best way they know how — by betting with beer. The first beer-related bet came prior to the Panthers […]

Building Permit

Blue Blaze Brewing gets its building permit

Blue Blaze just got its green light. With a building permit now in hand, Blue Blaze Brewing has released drawings of its plans for its 8,000-square-foot warehouse at 528 S. Turner Ave, beside the Savona Mill. As it stands today, the nondescript building is relatively empty; but in the months between now and a late spring […]

Thank You

The site turns five years old today. Thanks for being a part of it.

Five years ago, I published my first post on Or rather, I published my first posts on the site, all of them events-based in nature: a Big Boss beer dinner at Whiskey Warehouse, a Founders Brewing dinner at Zink, an Olde Hickory tasting at Custom Home Pubs. You can see all three on a very primitive […]

Saint Martin's Cross

D9 Brewing beer release and brunch on Saturday, Dec. 12

This Saturday, D9 Brewing in Cornelius will host a brunch and bottle release event for Saint Martin’s Cross, an imperial Scotch ale aged on oak previously soaked in Talisker single malt scotch. The beer-infused Scottish brunch kicks off at 11 a.m. with the following menu prepared by Tim “The Brew Chef” Schafer: Scottish pickled eggs with “beernaise” […]

Southern Range Brewing Logo

Southern Range Brewing plans to open in Monroe next spring

Roll up the garage door of the white, brick building at 151 S. Stewart St. in Monroe, and a sea of furniture greets you. Tables, chairs and headboards, all in different states of refinishing, and at their feet a layer of dust. If Dustin Gatliff has his way, the building will furnish Southern Range Brewing […]

Brawley's Beverage

Brawley’s Beverage events: Sierra Nevada’s anniversary, Cheers Charlotte, Black and Blue 7

Brawley’s Beverage opened its tasting room a little more than a year ago, and they have been celebrating ever since. The tasting room has allowed the longtime Charlotte beer destination to host a variety of events over the last year, and things aren’t slowing down as we head into the holidays. But let’s not get ahead […]

(Photo courtesy The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery)

OMB’s Mecktoberfest wins gold at the European Beer Star International Competition

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB) announced today that its Mecktoberfest won a gold medal in the German-style Märzen category at the European Beer Star International Competition on Oct. 9. This was the first year the brewery has entered the competition, which this year received 1,957 entries from 45 different countries. This is not the first time they’ve […]