OMB to release Barrel-Aged Fat Boy Baltic Porter on Saturday, Jan. 24

If you have visited The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery recently, you might have wondered why they were pouring Fat Boy Baltic Porter. After all, that beer is typically released in January with a breakfast and bottle share.

Don’t worry, that’s still happening. The beer was brewed a little earlier this year so that some of it could age in Four Roses bourbon barrels. It is this portion that will make its way to bottles, which will be released on Saturday, January 24.

Only 250 tickets will be sold for the breakfast and bottle share event. Tickets are $40 and include breakfast, a bomber of the beer, and a keepsake glass filled with a draft of the beer as well. Additional bottles will be $13.99, and there will only be a total of 500 bottles available. Unlike in years past, this beer will not be sold in bottles or available on draft elsewhere.

A bottle share will be allowed at the brewery as well, and the doors open at 8 a.m. The brewery will sell tickets to the event online. Expect that to happen in a couple of weeks.

BeerGiving at the Flying Saucer – Saturday, Nov. 22

The Flying Saucer in Charlotte will be serving up a “BeerGiving” lunch and dinner all day on Saturday, Nov. 22. The meals, which should be between $10-15, will include deep-fried turkey injected with Founders Backwoods Bastard, green bean casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie. Of course, there will be some good beers on tap as well, including these fall and winter favorites:

  • Highland Cold Mountain
  • Terrapin Wake ‘n Bake
  • Terrapin Moo-HooChiato
  • Founders Backwoods Bastard
  • Smuttynose Strawberry Shortweisse
  • Stone Double Bastard
  • Stone Hibiscusicity
  • Bell’s Christmas
  • Great Lakes Christmas
  • Natty Greene’s Smoked Porter
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
  • Deep River Woodfruit Mushroom Brown Ale

Flying Saucer BeerGiving

Bell’s Stout and Brownie Pairing at Salud Beer Shop – Wednesday, Nov. 19

Salud Beer Shop

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, Salud Beer Shop will pair brownies with four different stouts from Bell’s Brewery: Expedition Stout, Double Cream Stout, Java Stout and Cherry Stout. For $8, you will get a five-ounce pour of each of the four stouts, plus four brownie samples.

Chelsea from Bell’s will be on hand with giveaways.


Films on Tap at Heist Brewery – Thursday, Nov. 20

Heist Brewery will host their second “Films on Tap” event starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20. Films on Tap is a Charlotte-based group that aims to pair “local beer & amazing short films from the greater Charlotte area.”

Tickets for the event are just $10, which includes a flight of the brewery’s beers. Each beer in the flight will be paired with one of the five films shown that night, which include: A Chess Player, directed by Shea Sizemore; Harmony Gardens, directed by Bunch Collective; Locker 212, directed by Matt Nunn; 10 Minute Song, directed by Derek Donovan; and Glory Days, directed by Christopher Baker.  specific film by that film’s director, who will introduce the beer and film.

The trailer below includes clips from these movies. Follow Films on Tap on Facebook for more info and to keep up-to-date with future events.

Films on Tap Trailer: Beer & Pairing 2 from ND Films on Vimeo.

Carolina Brew Fest to be held in Fort Mill on Saturday, Dec. 6

Carolina Brew Fest

The Carolina Brew Fest will be held at the Dairy Barn in Fort Mill on Saturday, Dec. 6. from 6-10 p.m. This is the first year for the festival, which will donate all of its proceeds to Education Equals Hope, a nonprofit organization that provides educational and spiritual mentoring to children in places like Ecuador, Haiti and Uganda.

The event will feature beers from 15 different homebrewers, as well as barbecue from Red Oak BBQ and live music from Massive Grass, an alternative bluegrass band from Wilmington. Festivalgoers will have the chance to vote on their favorite homebrews by donating toward that beer, with the winning brewer receiving a Vision trip to Quito, Ecuador.

Tickets for the festival are $40 if purchased before Nov. 30, $50 if purchased after that date. Designated driver tickets are also available for $30 a piece. For more information, visit the Carolina Brew Fest website or follow them on Facebook.

Upcoming Bottles (and Cans) from Charlotte Breweries

Several Charlotte breweries will be releasing new bottles and cans in the weeks to come, which is perfect timing for anyone wishing to share some local beer over Thanksgiving dinner or give a bottle or two to someone for Christmas.

Be on the lookout for the following beer releases:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 11: Fresh off the heels of releasing The Force and The Dude Imbibes, Triple C Brewing will waste no time getting their next bottles out. They have bottle their White Blaze winter ale for the first time, and you can pick up bottles at the taproom starting on Tuesday (they will soon be in area bottle shops). This winter seasonal is brewed with cinnamon and vanilla beans.
  • Thursday, Nov. 13: Birdsong Brewing will release “Turtles on Pterodactyls,” the third in the brewery’s Take Flight series. Last year, they put some of their popular MexiCali Stout in bourbon barrels, where it’s been aging for the last 11 months. They’ll blend this aged beer with a little of this year’s MexiCali Stout and throw some more cinnamon and cocoa nibs in for good measure. The bottles will be released at 4:30 p.m. this Thursday, with a four-bottle limit per person. It will be on draft as well.
  • Saturday, Nov. 15: Their White Blaze might be new to bottles, but this will be the third year that Triple C Brewing has sold bottles of Up All Night Breakfast Porter. This beer is brewed with chocolate malt, flaked oats, honey and lactose before being aged on coffee beans from Charlotte’s Magnolia Coffee. They will sell bottles starting at noon on Saturday, Nov. 15, and this year they are also offering some package deals. You can get two bottles of this year’s Up All Night plus a Teku glass for $30, or a bottle each of 2013 and 2014 Up All Night and a glass for $32 (these Teku glasses, which you can see here, are $10 by themselves).
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18: NoDa Brewing’s Coco Loco Porter is hardly new, having been a popular beer at the brewery since they opened their doors three years ago. But next week, you’ll be able to find this medal-winning porter in cans. It will be the brewery’s fourth canned beer, following in the footsteps of Hop Drop ‘n Roll, Jam Session and CAVU Blonde Ale.
  • Friday, Nov. 21: The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery will release Dunkel, its winter seasonal. They brewed this dark lager earlier this year and have had it on tap at the brewery, but now fans of the beer will be able to grab six-packs.

NoDa Brewing Coco Loco Cans Hitting Shelves Soon

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 starting on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

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.


D9 Brewing Taps Golden Eagle this Wednesday, Nov. 12

D9 Brewing CompanyThis past August, the Carolina BrewMasters homebrew club met at the Carolina Raptor Center for its Thursday Night Flights events. As part of the event, the homebrewers brought beers to compete against one another for a chance to brew a beer with D9 Brewing in Cornelius.

Joe Domm won the competition with his Belgian blonde ale, and got to join the guys at D9 Brewing to brew a pilot batch. The brewery will tap Golden Eagle Belgian Blonde Ale from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, and proceeds from the sale of the beer will benefit the Carolina Raptor Center.

No stranger to homebrew contests, Domm also won The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s US Open Rein Stein competition in 2013 with his Domm Kolsch. His Riverend Rye Porter also won Triple C Brewing’s Harvest Fest homebrew competition and was featured at the brewery’s festival on Nov. 1.


NoDa Brewing Announces New Location

This past May, NoDa Brewing announced they had run out of space at their current location in NoDa and were looking for another building. Today, it was announced in the Charlotte Business Journal that the brewery will sign a lease on a building at 2921 N. Tryon Street.

At 32,000-square-feet, the building is much larger than NoDa Brewing’s current location. The building, which was built in the 1930s, was once home to the Fleischmann’s vinegar plant and is now the headquarters for the Ray Roofing Company.

If you’re fond of the brewery’s current home in NoDa, not to worry: they will continue using this space as a barrel-aging facility and taproom. Asheville’s Wicked Weed Brewing took a similar path this year by opening up their sour-beer-focused Funkatorium  while also announcing plans to open a separate production facility in 2015. NoDa Brewing’s new facility will feature a 60-barrel brewhouse, which will allow them to brew four times the amount of beer in a single batch. They also plan to add their own canning line (currently their beers are canned by Land of the Sky Mobile Canning).

NoDa isn’t the only brewery to run out of space after a few years in business. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery recently relocated to a bigger facility at 4150 Yancey Rd., where they too graduated from a 15-barrel brewhouse to a 60-barrel brewhouse. Birdsong Brewing is currently in the process of moving to a larger location about a mile away from their current home. And while Triple C Brewing isn’t moving, they did recently announce their own expansion plans that include additional fermenters, a grain silo and their own canning line.

NoDa Brewing Company's New Location

NoDa Brewing Company's New Location (photo taken from Google Maps)

Carolina BrewMasters – Radegast Club of the Year

The Carolina BrewMasters, Charlotte’s local homebrewing club, made history this past June when they were named the first recipients of the Radegast Club of the Year Award at the 2014 National Homebrewers Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The award was created to acknowledge homebrew clubs “not for their competitive merits, but for their efforts to interact with and support their local community.”

In their Radegast submission, the Carolina BrewMasters listed their lengthy contributions to the local community. Chief among these is their role as organizers of Charlotte Oktoberfest, which has raised more than $500,000 for charities in its 16-year history.

In addition to being named the first Radegast Club of the Year, the BrewMasters also received a $500 stipend for the club as well as a $500 donation to a charity of their choice.  This past September, Hopunion flew staff out to Charlotte to film the BrewMasters on a brew day as well as at this year’s Charlotte Oktoberfest. Check out the video below.