New Belgium’s Clips Beer and Film Tour hits Charlotte Friday, Oct. 3

New Belgium Clips Beer and Film Tour

Once again, New Belgium is bringing its Clips Beer and Film Tour to Charlotte’s Independence Park from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3. The event features 17 of the brewery’s beers and a variety of short films, and it all benefits local nonprofits Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance and Trips for Kids Charlotte.

The event itself is free and open to the public. Beers will be $5 for a 12-ounce beer or $1.25 for a 3-ounce sample, and you can choose from the following: 1554 Black Lager, FOCOllaboration IPA, Gratzer, Gruit, La Folie, Le Terrior, Rampant Imperial IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Tour de Fall, Trippel, Yuzu Berlinerweiss, Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, Fat Tire, Ranger and Shift.

The films will begin around 9 p.m. Feel free to bring your own food, blankets and chairs. Find more information about the Charlotte stop here.

Upcoming Fall Beer Festivals

Charlotte Beer Festivals

In recent weeks, I saw several people joking about how odd it is to celebrate Charlotte Oktoberfest in September. Historically, though, this has always been the case – Oktoberfest is a celebration leading up to and through early October, but it has always started in late September.

And now that Charlotte Oktoberfest is in the books (and what a great time that was), we can look forward to a few more beer festivals this fall.

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s Mecktoberfest – Friday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 4

Mecktoberfest isn’t just the name given to OMB’s award-winning Märzen — it’s also the brewery’s yearly fall festival, now in its sixth year. This will be the first festival at the new facility, which has more space than ever for anyone looking to grab a beer and hang out underneath the tents in the new biergarten. If you want to visit the brewery that Friday and Saturday, you’ll need to pay $10 to enter. This also gets you a beer and three live bands, including the Holzhackern Tyrolean Band. For designated drivers and those under 21, entry is $5.

Gastonia Grizzlies Pumpkin Beer Fest – Saturday, Oct. 4

Pumpkin beers are so popular, it was only a matter of time before we had a whole festival devoted to this fall seasonal. This is actually the second year for the Gastonia Grizzlies Pumpkin Beer Fest, which features lots of Oktoberfest beers and others with tickets at just $25 (get a commemorative t-shirt for just $10 more). Tickets can be purchased here, and if you plan to go act fast — at the time this post was published, only 57 remained.

South End Hops Festival – Saturday, Oct. 11

Held at the corner of Mint and Carson, the inaugural South End Hops Festival will feature beers from Adams Beverages as well as a handful of local breweries like OMB, Unknown Brewing Co, Lenny Boy Brewing and D9 Brewing. General admission is $35 in advance ($40 the day of), and gets you in from 2-6 p.m. A VIP ticket option is available for $50 and gets you in an hour earlier, plus private seating, restrooms and a “few choice beers that have been reserved for VIP ticket holders.” There will be live music from Of Good Nature and Heroes At Last, and local food trucks will be on hand selling a variety of foods. Tickets:

Fillmore Craft Sessions – Saturday, Oct. 18

The Fillmore will host the first of its quarterly “Craft Sessions” on Saturday, Oct. 18. General admission tickets are $35, while VIP tickets — which get you in an hour early and grant you access to exclusive beers and food — are $75 (there are fees when purchased online, but none if you go through the box office). The brewery list is still being finalized, but you can expect to see the following breweries: NoDa, Triple C, Big Boss, Catawba, Howard Brewing, Natty Greene’s, Foothills, New Belgium, Thomas Creek, Founders, Bell’s, Lagunitas, Troegs, Stoudts, Oskar Blues, Ommegang, Boulevard, Green Flash, Brooklyn, Green Flash, Southern Tier, Starr Hill, Terrapin, Victory, Left Hand, Stone and Great Lakes. This will be a smaller festival, capped at around 1,200 people.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Brewers Ball – Saturday, Oct. 25

The fourth annual Brewers Ball, put on by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Charlotte Chapter, features a variety of local beers and food samples from Charlotte restaurants. Individual tickets are $75 ($29 tax deductible) and VIP tickets are $125 ($58 tax deductible), with the latter getting you early admission, a VIP tasting glass, an exclusive VIP seating area and a goody bag. Naturally this event is more expensive than most festivals, though it’s clearly for a good cause. This year’s event will be held at Discovery Place. Get your tickets here

Release the Funk 2: Electric Funkaloo – Saturday, Nov. 15

Salud Beer Shop and New Belgium are once again putting on the festival for lovers of all beers sour, wild and funky. Tickets for this festival are higher than most at $65, but that’s a bargain considering the cost of sour beers and the breweries attending this year’s event, which include lots from North Carolina as well as funkmasters like Cascade, Crooked Stave, Allagash and, of course, New Belgium. Tickets:

Charlotte Radiology’s Pink Pint Night at NoDa Brewing

Charlotte Radiology Pink Pint Night at NoDa BrewingCharlotte Radiology is once again kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a Pink Pint Night at NoDa Brewing from 4-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1. This is the third year that the two have partnered on the event, which features live music, food trucks, raffle prizes and, of course, the pink pint. In this case, it’s none other than Breast Friends, a tart cherry Berliner Weisse.

Even better, a portion of every beer sold will help fund mammograms for uninsured women through the Carolinas Breast Cancer Fund. Screenings are essential to saving lives, as 1 in 8 women is affected by breast cancer.

You can schedule a mammogram at Charlotte Radiology online or by calling 704-367-2232.

Pumpkin Beers on tap at Good Bottle and Heist Brewery

Fall is officially here, and if you are like me and have been waiting for the season to arrive before tippling pumpkin beers, you are in luck. This Thursday, Sept. 25, you’ll be able to find a variety of pumpkin beers on tap at Good Bottle Co. and Heist Brewery.

This is actually the second “Good Pumpkin Tap Takeover” at Good Bottle. Here’s what’s on tap this go-round:

  • D9 Brewing Head of the Horseman Imperial Pumpkin
  • Southern Tier Pumking
  • Southern Tier Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout
  • Double Barley Gourd Rocker Imperial Pumpkin
  • Deep River Pumpkin Pie Porter
  • Birdsong St. Tuber Abbey Ale
  • 21st Amendment He Said Pumpkin Baltic Porter
  • 21st Amendment He Said Pumpkin Belgian Tripel
  • NoDa Gordgeous
  • Abita Pecan Harvest
  • Great Lakes Oktoberfest

Heist Brewery has started a new program called “Flight School,” in which they tap experimental flights on the last Thursday of each month. New brewer Alexa Long, who recently replaced Josh Johnson, has been hard at work crafting these new pumpkin beers:

  • Sweet Potato Cream Ale
  • Pumpkin Amber Ale
  • Belgian Pumpkin Ale
  • Pumpkin Stout
  • Imperial Pumpkin Ale

The cost for a flight of all five beers is just $7, and it starts at 7 p.m. In October, Flight School will feature nut brown ales. November will see coffee porters, and come December they’ll be serving a variety of Christmas ales.

Heist Brewery Flight School


Sugar Creek Brewing Opens Friday, Sept. 19

Sugar Creek Brewing CompanySince The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery vacated their old building to move just down the street, the new tenants at 215 Southside Drive have been hard at work brewing and renovating the taproom. Now, Sugar Creek Brewing is ready to welcome the public to Charlotte’s first Belgian-inspired brewery.

The grand opening celebration will be held on Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11, however the brewery will be open every weekend until then starting this Friday, Sept. 19. Stop by to try their witbier, saison, dubbel and pale ale between 4-10 p.m. on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and 12-8 p.m. on Sundays leading up to the grand opening celebration.

As for that event, it will feature those beers as well as live music, barbecue, outdoor games and tours of the new facility.

Having had the chance to sample some of these beers a few weeks ago, I can tell you that Sugar Creek Brewing is poised to do big things here in Charlotte. I’ll have more next week in The Charlotte Observer.

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. You can find Hop Drop ‘n Roll in the following “market bars”: Street Market (section 139), Locker Room (308) Red Zone (336), North Lounge (50-yard club bar).

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Copper and Captain James Jack Pilsner are 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. You can find Copper in the following “market bars”: Street Market (section 139), Locker Room (308) and Red Zone (336).

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.

Beer Garden (Section 101)

As mentioned above, the beer garden in the 101 level is a small alcove filled with several portable beer carts. One of them, oddly enough, pours Sh0cktop and Goose Island beneath a big banner that says “Local Craft.” But overlooking that, you will be able to find the following:

  • NoDa Brewing Ghost Hop, CAVU and Coco Loco
  • OMB Copper and Captain Jack
  • Foothills Brewing Hoppyum and Carolina Blonde
  • RJ Rockers Witty Twister, Bell Ringer, Strawberry Bomber and Son of a Peach

Beers and Bacon

There is a new bar in the southwest corner of the 300-level called “Beers and Bacon.” Helen Schwab at the Charlotte Observer wrote a little about the food you’ll find at this bar, as well as a few new signature dishes in the stadium (Hog Molly, anyone?).

Here’s the beer list you can expect at Beers and Bacon:

  • Avery Ellie’s Brown – $9
  • Avery New World Porter – $9
  • Sierra Nevada Torpedo – $12
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – $9
  • NoDa Brewing Coco Loco
  • NoDa Brewing Woody and Wilcox IPA – $9
  • OMB Southside Weiss – $12
  • Sam Smith Nut Brown Ale – $12
  • Sam Smith Organic Chocolate Stout – $12
  • Terrapin Hopsecutioner – $9
  • Terrapin Recreation Ale – $12
  • Terrapin Red Rye Mosaic – $15
  • Allagash White – $12
  • Allagash Black – $15

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.

Edit: The brewery released bottles of Space Cadet on Saturday, Sept. 20. Bottles of The Force will be available at the taproom on Friday, Sept. 26 for $13 each. They will make their way to area bottle shops the week after, but with only 60 cases they will likely go fast.