Over the past year, there were literally hundreds of beer-related events in Charlotte. While it would be great to reminisce over them all, I think we’re all probably a little pressed for time with the holidays fast-approaching. I haven’t been able to spend as much time writing for the site lately due to the Charlotte Beer book (my submission deadline is Jan. 2), but I thought it would be nice to look back at the last year and any new events, beer stores or breweries that added to our ever-growing beer culture here in Charlotte.
Here, then, are a few highlights from The Year in Charlotte Beer:
January: The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery released Rein Pale Ale.
February: The first annual Queen City Brewers Festival was held at the Neighborhood Theatre in NoDa.
March: Salud Beer Shop opened its doors, and we had another great Charlotte Craft Beer Week.
April-May: This website got a much-needed redesign!
June: NoDa Brewing, Birdsong Brewing and The Olde Mecklenburg added more fermenting tanks.
July: JJ’s Red Hots opened up with craft beer and delicious dogs.
August: Some of us celebrated IPA Day. Others did not. NoDa Brewing unveiled a great beer for a greater cause in Hope’s Stout, which is still on at the taproom. I agreed to write a Charlotte Beer Book, which will be published in March of next year. Cinebarre, a movie theater with beer and food, came to Charlotte. Salud opened up an uptown location just in time for the DNC, as did Triple C Brewing in SouthEnd and Heist Brewing in NoDa.
September: We had yet another great Charlotte Oktoberfest, this time with a few more breweries from our fair city. Brawley’s Beverage filed for a rezoning application to allow for on-premise sales. Chickspeare, which used to perform at Johnson Beer Co. in the ’90s, did a bit of a reunion tour at NoDa Brewing.
October: Good Bottle Co. opened in SouthEnd. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and NoDa Brewing both won silver medals at GABF. This website was named “best local blog” by the readers of Creative Loafing (thank you again for that!).
November: Carolina Beer Temple announced they will be opening in Matthews in early 2013.