Craft Chicks Hustle Harder at The Unknown Brewing Co. – Aug. 23

Unknown Brewing Craft Chicks Hustle Harder
The Unknown Brewing Co. is celebrating women in beer with an event entitled “Craft Chucks Hustle Harder” from 2-8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 to benefit the Pink Boots Society, which helps “women beer professionals to advance their careers in the beer industry through education.” And though this event celebrates the women of craft beer, the brewery encourages guys to come out as well.

Tickets are just $10, can be purchased the day of, and get you a beer of your choice as well as the following (directly from Unknown Brewing):

  • Chef Rochelle on site from QC Pantry sampling homemade pimento cheese and sliders
  • The high-flying ladies of Aerial CLT performing aerial art demos
  • Alchemy the Workshop offering makeup and hair tips
  • The Charlotte Roller Girls hosting our relay race open to all attendees to participate
  • Radio Lola, The Waves, and Grown Up Avenger Stuff rocking the event all day with live music
  • Avant Garland Designs in the brewery showcasing her handmade jewelry for sale
  • Chef Tara with Bleu Barn Bistro on site cooking up tasty grub for purchase
  • Women’s home brew competition! Attendees can visit each home brew station, sample never-before-tasted beer from 6 competitors, and vote for a winner. The styles will vary as we are challenging the brewers to get creative!
  • And we’ll be tapping a special keg just for the event brewed by the Charlotte Beer Babes
  • and more to come!


Charlotte Oktoberfest Tickets on Sale Now

Charlotte Oktoberfest 2014 - Charlotte Beer Festival

Tickets for the 16th annual Charlotte Oktoberfest — held at the NC Music Factory on Saturday, Sept. 27 – are on sale now.

Presented by the Carolina BrewMasters, Charlotte’s non-profit homebrew club, the event is the largest Charlotte beer festival of the year. As in years past, there are two ticket options: general admission tickets are $45 and allow for entry between 2-6 p.m.; premier admission tickets are $65 and allow you to get in at 12:30 p.m. Premier ticket holders also have the chance to join guided beer tours that take place throughout the day, starting at 1:30 p.m.

Breweries are still being added to the brewery list, which already features more than 20 NC breweries. Ultimately, festival organizers expect to feature 350 different beers from more than 100 breweries. In addition to a strong showing of local and regional breweries, one of the festival’s main draws is the homebrew section. Here, homebrew clubs from around the region bring their best — and they are often some of the festival’s most memorable beers.

There will be live music provided by U-Phonik and StellaRising.

Over the years, the festival has allowed the Carolina BrewMasters to donate more than $500,000 to local charities (they raised $75,000 last year alone). They’re able to do this thanks to the Carolina BrewMasters and a veritable army of volunteers. This year, the festival will benefit Kids Rein, Classroom Central and Camp CARE.

Follow the festival’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates in the weeks leading up to the festival.

Tap Takeover Thursday

Tonight is the night of tap takeovers in Charlotte (and especially southeast Charlotte).

• Carolina Beer Temple welcomes out Aviator Brewing Company for discounts on pints and flights of the following: Bad Beach Wheat Ale, Hog Wild IPA, 919 Pale Ale, McGritty’s Scottish Ale and Big Albert Belgian Ale.

• All of the taps at Vintner Wine Market will be pouring beers from Founders Brewing Co., including the elusive KBS. There will be a few bottles of this one for purchase as well, starting at 6:30 p.m. The full taplist includes: All Day IPA, Centennial IPA, Dry-Hopped Pale Ale, Red’s Rye IPA, Barrel-Aged Red’s Rye IPA, Double Trouble, Devil Dancer, Porter, Oatmeal Nitro Stout, Imperial Stout, Curmudgeon, Sweet Repute, Dirty Bastard, Rubaeus and a Randall that has yet to be announced.

• At Custom Home Pubs monthly tap takeover, you can get a pint glass and unlimited samples for $10. This month, they’re featuring beers from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, which will host a huge festival at their new NC brewery this Sunday. On tap tonight will be Ovila Abbey Saison, Kellerweis, Bigfoot Barleywine, Narwhal Imperial Stout, Pale Ale, Southern Hemisphere, Foam Pilsner (brewed for Phish concerts) and Tater Ridge (collaboration with the Asheville Brewers Alliance).

The Melting Pot “Brew and Fondue” with NoDa Brewing

The Melting Pot will host two four-course “Brew and Fondue” beer dinners with NoDa Brewing. The Lake Norman restaurant’s dinner is at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, while the Midtown location’s is at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7. Dinner is $49.95 a person, and since seating is limited The Melting Pot asks that you call to reserve your spot. Lake Norman: 704-987-2201; Midtown: 704-334-4400.

The menu is as follows:

CAVU Blonde Ale

Cheese Course
Pale Ale Cheddar Fondue
Jam Session Pale Ale

Salad Course
Tropical Spinach Salad
Ghost Hop White IPA

Entree Course
Spicy IPA Marinated Filet
Ghost Hop Marinated Shrimp
Garlic Herb Chicken
Wild Mushroom Sachetti
Blackened Tuna
Hop Drop ‘n Roll IPA

Chocolate Course
Coconut Milk Chocolate
Coco Loco Porter


Founders Cellar Event at Pizza Peel Cotswold – July 29

Pizza Peel Cotswold will host a Founders Cellar Event at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29. Cost for the event is $20, which gets you a four-ounce pour of KBS, Backwoods Bastard, Devil Dancer and Curmudgeon. Call 704-714-8808 to RSVP.

Triple C Summer Folk Festival, Saturday, Aug. 2

Triple C Brewing will host its Summer Folk Festival from 4-9:30 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 2. The festival will take place in the the brewery’s parking lot, where four bands — Bombadil, River Whyless, Sinners and Saints and Carolina Spence — will perform on a full stage. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

In addition to the music, there will be raffle giveaways and artwork for sale, and food will be available to purchase from local food trucks. Beers will be on sale inside the taproom and outside in the parking lot.

Because the festival will take up most of the parking lot, the brewery suggests that folks ride the light rail if possible. They will also be announcing a deal with Yellow Cab soon.

The event will benefit DrumsForCures, which produces drumSTRONG events to raise awareness and funds for cancer organizations globally.

Triple C Brewing Summer Folk Festival

Charlotte Beerfest at BB&T Ballpark on Sept. 20

Charlotte Beerfest at Knights Stadium

When the Charlotte Knights’ BB&T Ballpark was built, myself and other beer-minded people wondered when the beautiful new venue would host a beer festival.

Well, we have our answer: the Knights’ ballpark will host the Charlotte Beerfest on Saturday, Sept. 20 (that’s a week before Charlotte Oktoberfest, tickets for which go on sale Aug. 1).

Tickets for the Charlotte Beerfest are on sale now. General admission tickets are $50 and get you a sampling glass and unlimited sampling from 5-9 p.m.; VIP tickets are $100, and get you all of that plus entry at 4 p.m. to try more limited beers, premium seating, private bathrooms and a festival t-shirt.

The festival’s brewer lineup is populated by a good amount of big beer (including “crafty” brands like Goose Island, Blue Moon, Magic Hat and Leinenkugel’s), and there will be themed stations around the ballpark that include Corona Find Your Beach and a Yuengling Pittsburgh Steelers Tailgate section.

Several NC craft breweries have signed on as well, though. These include The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, D9 Brewing, Foothills Brewing, Natty Greene’s, Oskar Blues and more. When asked if the brewer list was complete, festival organizers told me that they hoped to add more — especially those from Charlotte — soon.

There will be live music throughout the day as well, with the festival being headlined by Blues Traveler. Simplified and Charity Case will round out the musical offerings.

And speaking of charity, a portion of the festival’s proceeds will benefit Ace and TJ’s Grin Kids as well as USO of North Carolina.

For more info, follow Charlotte Beerfest on Facebook and Twitter.


Films on Tap at Heist Brewery – July 22, 2014

Heist Brewery on Tuesday, July 22 will host Films on Tap, a new group that aims to pair “local beer & amazing short films from the greater Charlotte area.”

Tickets for the inaugural event at Heist Brewery can be purchased at the door for $10. The ticket also includes a flight of the brewery’s beers, each paired with a specific film by that film’s director, who will introduce the beer and film.

The screening starts at 7 p.m. and should last an hour or so. The following five films will be shown:

  • Like Rats in a Trap, a film about a 1904 flood at the Reed gold mine. Directed by Scott Lazes and G.S. Koch.
  • Shelter 5, a film that focuses on a group of post-apocalyptic survivors in a bomb shelter. Directed by Aaron Longstreth.
  • Test of Uncertainty, a horror comedy centering around a pregnancy test . Directed by Carl Lechner.
  • Juice, a music video for Ancient Cities that features a hero trying to save a princess from a “red-headed Bojangles’ eating king.” Directed by William S. Davis.
  • The Bishop Boys, a film about a family that knocks over convenience stores together. Directed by Andrew Huggins.

Follow Films on Tap on Facebook for more info and to keep up-to-date with future events, which they hope to host quarterly at local breweries.

Harvest Fest Homebrew Competition at Triple C Brewing Co.

Triple C Brewing is accepting entries to its Harvest Fest homebrew competition from now until Sept. 19. These beers will be judged on Sept. 20, and the first and second-place winners will be brewed on the brewery’s pilot system and served at the Harvest Fest on Saturday, Nov. 1. Details for that festival are forthcoming, but count on a lineup of live music and a food truck being parked outside.

To qualify for the competition, beers must be brewed with one of the following:

  • Half the grain bill must use Riverbend malt
  • Half of the hops used must have been grown in NC
  • Locally-grown fruits, veggies, herbs, etc.

Whatever you choose, make sure that Triple C can get those same ingredients should they need to brew your beer. And due to time constraints, lagers and sours will not be accepted.

Two bottles of the beer should be shipped to or dropped off at the brewery before Sept. 19, with labels wrapped around the bottles with rubber bands. You can register for the festival here.

Triple C Brewing Harvest Fest

White Elephant Bottle Party at NoDa Brewing

NoDa Brewing is hosting a white elephant bottle party at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, July 21. The brewery has done several of these events, which work much in the same way as a traditional holiday white elephant party: just wrap up a big bottle of beer (22-ounce or 750 mL) and bring it to swap with others. If you don’t get a chance to wrap your bottle, the brewery will have some brown bags available.