FūD at Salud — Salud Beer Shop’s New Deli

Salud Beer Shop is expanding into the space next to them with a one-barrel nanobrewery and additional seating, as well as a new, appropriately-dubbed deli called FūD at Salud. The latter venture will be overseen by Jeff McElwee, who prior to joining Salud had spent four years at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar.

With beer in bottles, on draft and now produced at Salud, it should come as no surprise that FūD at Salud’s menu will feature many items made with beer. Pretzels and beer cheese is one such example, with the cheese being made with Jalapeño Pale Ale from their neighbors at Birdsong Brewing down the road. Beer will also find its way into mustards, pickles and jellies to be slathered on the various sandwiches (or waffle-wiches, if you prefer Belgian waffles to bread).

McElwee said that the deli’s offerings should help bring a quick dine-in or take-out option in the immediate NoDa neighborhood, and that they plan to offer delivery options as well.

They hope to open FūD at Salud in mid-October or early November (which should mean you can grab some food before or after Release the Funk 2: Electric Funkaloo). Look for more updates on FūD at Salud’s Facebook page, and check out the full menu below.

Salud Beer Shop Fud at Salud

Craft Beer in Bank of America Stadium: 2014 Edition

Craft Beer in Bank of America Stadium

For the last few years, the craft beer presence in Bank of America stadium has gotten stronger and stronger. And as more breweries pop up in Charlotte and the Carolinas, fans have in turn seen more taps in the stadium dedicated to these local beers.

From what I can tell, the stadium has one of the best selections of craft beer in the country. Last year , the stadium added a beer garden in section 101. This is one of the best spots to find a wide variety of craft beer inside the stadium, though below you can also find specific sections.

It’s always a pleasure to put together the annual “Beer in Bank of America Stadium” post, especially as a big fan of the Panthers myself. If you are headed to a home game to watch the Panthers play this season, I hope you’ll use the guide below to seek out craft beer in Bank of America stadium.

This year I’ve had some trouble getting as much detailed information as I had in last year’s post. I’ll continue to update the post as the season goes on, especially if the beer offerings change. And by all means, let me know if you find something I’ve missed.

Craft Beer in Bank of America Stadium

NoDa Brewing will pour Ghost Hop, CAVU and Coco Loco in sections 101 and 118. In sections 518 and 546, they’ll pour Woody and Wilcox, CAVU and Coco Loco. In addition to those drafts, they will also have cans of Hop Drop ‘n Roll and Jam Session in sections 105, 125, 521, 550. This year, you will also be able to find the cans around the club level and in the suites and in sections 105, 125, 521 and 550. This photo from Charlotte Magazine’s Matt McKenzie shows the NoDa cans and many other craft beers that can be found in the club level.

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Copper and Captain James Jack Pilsner in sections 101, 103, 118, 125, 502, 523 and 535.  Like NoDa, they also have packaged product (12 oz. bottles) throughout the entire club level and in “market” bars in the 100 and 500 sections.

I’m working on getting the specific beers, but you’ll be able to find Foothills Brewing on the 100 level in 102, 138 and in the beer garden (section 101). On the 500 level, you can find Foothills in sections 504 and 523.

Bayne Brewing coming to Cornelius this Fall

Bayne Brewing Company

This fall, Bayne Brewing Company will open a nanobrewery and taproom in Cornelius at 19507 West Catawba Ave., Suite I. They will be the third brewery to call Cornelius home, joining fellow brewers Ass Clown Brewing and D9 Brewing.

Brothers Chris and Sean Bayne will be brewing on a two-barrel system, which will allow them to brew a variety of beers. Chris has been brewing for around six years, and plans to brew both conventional and unconventional styles.

The Bayne brothers went the nano route because the brewery will be family-owned, and they wanted to start small to better manage the risk.

“The creativity and latitude that a large company lacks is something that we plan on taking advantage of,” said Chris Bayne in an e-mail. “One of the things about craft beer is that bigger isn’t always better.  When you come into our taproom, you’re going to most likely see me there.  I brewed the beer, managed the social media, paid the bills, did the hiring, worked with vendors on merchandise.  I’m going to talk to the customers one on one and show them the passion that I have in beer and the power that it has in bringing people together.”

Chris mentioned that seeing Ass Clown Brewing and D9 Brewing doing well after going the nano route in Cornelius was reassuring.

“It shows that people recognize a great product, regardless of the size of the company, or how big of a mass marketing plan is being shoved down your throat,” Chris said. “You don’t see a lot of advertising from them, but everybody knows about them and loves their products.”

Chris and his brother live in nearby Huntersville, but love the town of Cornelius.  Right now, they’re busy framing out the taproom, which will feature a long bar covered in corrugated aluminum. To stay up-to-date with Bayne Brewing leading up to their fall opening, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

D9 Brewing’s Grand Opening at the New Brewery

A little less than a year ago, D9 Brewing opened up a small taproom and one-barrel brewery in Cornelius, not far from Ass Clown Brewing. Even then they hoped to one day move into a much-larger brewery, and they will do just that this Saturday, Sept. 13, when they open their new, 5,000-square-foot brewery  in Cornelius from 2 p.m. to midnight. The new location is at 11138-C Treynorth Drive off exit 25 on I-77.

To christen the new brewery, they’ll have a huge festival in the parking lot, with four food trucks and several area bottle shops pouring NC beers. Of course, you’ll be able to purchase D9 Brewing beers, too, including Experiment #12 (an ESB), Battle Hymn Black IPA, Viking Fraoch (a really excellent sour) and Head of the Horsemen Imperial Pumpkin. To make the process a little easier, you can buy beer tokens at the following bottle shops: The Beer Growler, Salud Beer Shop, Carolina Beer Temple, Brawley’s Beverage, Crafty Beer Guys, Cork and Cask, and Davidson Beverage Co. Four tokens go for $16, with one token being the equal of one beer. You will be able to buy beers directly this Saturday, but this process will make it easier so that you don’t have to wait in the longer lines.

There will be four food trucks in the parking lot, and there will also be live music throughout the day as well as a free cornhole tournament with prizes, beer pong, and other games by Bar Athletes.

D9 Brewing Grand Opening

The Unknown Brewing Co. brews beer with 99 Scorpions

Unknown Brewing Scorpion Beer

Fresh off the heels of their Vehopciraptor release, the folks at The Unknown Brewing Co. have announced their second bottle — and it’s a doozy.

The full name of the beer is “La Jordana del Escorpion en Fuego Hacia la Casa del Chupacabra Muerto,” which roughly translates to “The Path of the Fiery Scorpion through the House of the Dead Chupacabra.”

The beer is a 10.1 percent ABV Mexican imperial lager brewed with agave nectar, serrano peppers and 99 real scorpions. It’s then aged on oak staves from tequila barrels.

Why scorpions? Founder Brad Shell asks why not? After all, this is a brewery that prides itself on stepping into the Unknown and encouraging others to do the same. When they first talked about aging this beer in tequila barrels, someone suggested they throw a single scorpion into one of the barrels. But Shell, perhaps channeling Hunter S. Thompson, said that “anything worth doing is worth doing with 99 scorpions.”

The food-grade scorpions were procured from Thailand, and added during the boil of the beer with the hops. While Shell is unsure of how the scorpions will contribute to the beer’s final flavor, he said he has eaten other bugs and gotten a light pepper flavor. In China, scorpions are skewered and fried on a stick — but of course this beer has a Latin flair, and as such it will be released on Nov. 1, which is the Day of the Dead. There will be death mask face painting and a Mariachi band at the release.

The Beer Exchange Bottle Share at Good Bottle Co. on Sunday, Sept. 7

The Beer Exchange Bottle Share at Good Bottle Co.

The folks at The Beer Exchange, a web app devoted to beer trading, will be hosting a bottle share out at Good Bottle Co. starting at noon this Sunday, Sept. 7. There will be football playing on TV, so feel free to bring a few bottles to share or just come up and enjoy some of Good Bottle’s drafts. All are invited — you don’t have to be a beer trader.

Triple C Brewing to bottle Space Cadet, The Force and The Dude Imbibes

Triple C Brewing has three new bottles on the horizon. Next week, they will brew their Space Cadet Black IPA, which will be bottled toward the end of September.

Release dates for the other two beers are tougher to nail down, as they are both aged in barrels and barrel-aged beers are ready when they’re ready. That being said, the brewery hopes to release the rum barrel-aged version of The Force Belgian Tripel toward the end of September or beginning of October. A few weeks after that, they’ll release bottles of The Dude Imbibes, an imperial milk stout that will spend six months in a rum barrel before being aged on coffee beans. They have done pilot batches of Space Cadet and The Dude Imbibes in the past, and they also recently tapped the non-barrel-aged version of The Force.

Follow Triple C Brewing on Facebook and Twitter for updates on these beers and more.

NoDa Brewing Releases Coco Loco Can Design

NoDa Brewing Coco Loco Porter Cans

NoDa Brewing Co. released the label for Coco Loco Porter, which they’ve brewed since they opened in October of 2011. Now, three years later, the beer will join Hop Drop ‘n Roll, Jam Session and CAVU as their fourth canned beer when it hits shelves in early fall.

The porter won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2012 (and since there was no gold awarded, that was the highest-ranked beer in the Robust Porter category that year).

Like their other three canned beers, the label for Coco Loco was designed by the folks at Saturday Brand Communications. For this one, the brewery wanted to continue with the vintage aesthetic while tying in the coconut without specifically having it on the can, according to president Suzie Ford.

The copy reads: “Enjoy the blend of chocolate and brown malts in this robust porter with crazy-rich color and ruby highlights. The subtle bitterness of chocolate is balanced by sweet, organic toasted coconut. Perfect to pair with food or just enjoy alone. So go nuts, you’ll be glad you did.”

Four-packs of the beer will retail for $10.99, as it’s a more expensive beer to make than Jam Session and CAVU. At the taproom, the brewery will offer mixed four-packs of their full lineup of cans.


Release the Funk 2: Electric Funkaloo

Release the Funk 2 The Electric Funkaloo

Last year, Salud Beer Shop and New Belgium presented “Release the Funk,” a festival devoted to wild and sour beers. They will do it again this year, when the two come together again to put on “Release the Funk 2: Electric Funkaloo” at the Neighborhood Theatre in NoDa  on Nov. 15 from 1-5 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $65 (includes all fees) and will be available at www.saludbeershop.com starting at noon on Monday, Sept. 1. This includes a tasting glass and unlimited beer samples; food from Three Amigos will be available to purchase separately.

In attendance this year will be Lauren Salazar, a wood cellar manager and sensory specialist at New Belgium. Lauren plays a key role in blending her brewery’s sour and wood-aged beers, such as La Folie, Le Terroir and Transatlantique Kriek. She visited Charlotte last year to oversee the blending of Funkaversary, a beer that New Belgium and NoDa Brewing collaboratively brewed in honor of Brawley’s Beverage’s tenth anniversary.

Breweries are still being finalized and there will be a few surprise beers, but the following breweries are on board to pour at the event:

  • Allagash Brewing
  • Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
  • Avery Brewing
  • Bell’s Brewing
  • Birdsong Brewing
  • Burial Beer Co.
  • Cascade Brewing
  • Crooked Stave
  • D9 Brewing
  • Evil Twin Brewing
  • Fonta Flora Brewery
  • Foothills Brewing
  • Free Range Brewing
  • Fullsteam Brewery
  • Haw River Farmhouse Ales
  • Heist Brewery
  • Lenny Boy Brewing Co.
  • Moylan’s Brewery
  • Natty Greene’s Brewing Co.
  • New Belgium Brewing
  • New Holland Brewing
  • NoDa Brewing
  • Steel String Brewing
  • Wicked Weed Brewing

Wooden Robot Brewery signs lease in SouthEnd

Wooden Robot BreweryWooden Robot Brewery has signed a lease on a 5,700-square-foot location at 1440 South Tryon Street, Suite 110, about a block away from Common Market in SouthEnd and a quick walk from the Bland Street light rail stop.

Here, they will have a 1,500-square-foot taproom and a 15-barrel brewhouse (for comparison, this is the size of NoDa Brewing’s current brewhouse).

The name “Wooden Robot” is a bit of an oxymoron. In a press release, president and head brewer Dan Wade explained the meaning behind it.

“Wooden Robot represents the blending of seemingly disparate elements into a wonderful union,” Wade said. “The wood represents the brewing tradition that inspires us: high quality ingredients, expressive yeast strains, and extended aging in oak barrels. The robot represents innovation: the unique, creative beers that we craft using these traditional methods and ingredients.”

Wade was previously employed with Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville, Florida. Before this he worked for Rogue, where he heard lots of stories of one Brad Shell, who had left Rogue a few months prior. Brad founded The Unknown Brewing Company, and now these two ships in the night will be working right down the road from each other.

I recently met Wade at a North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild media event, and he described the brewery’s focus as “urban farmhouse.” It’s a term that Asheville’s Burial Beer Co. also uses, showing that even a brewery smack-dab in the middle of a city can still take a rustic approach to brewing.

The brewery will take much of their inspiration from Belgium, drawing upon that rich tradition to brew “drinkable saisons, unique hoppy Belgian ales, and innovative wood-aged and wild beers.”

They will now start designing the brewery with construction following soon. Wooden Robot is shooting to open in spring of 2015. Follow their progress on Facebook and Twitter.