D9 Brewing beer release and brunch on Saturday, Dec. 12

Saint Martin's Cross

This Saturday, D9 Brewing in Cornelius will host a brunch and bottle release event for Saint Martin’s Cross, an imperial Scotch ale aged on oak previously soaked in Talisker single malt scotch.

The beer-infused Scottish brunch kicks off at 11 a.m. with the following menu prepared by Tim “The Brew Chef” Schafer:

  • Scottish pickled eggs with “beernaise” sauce
  • Beer and bacon-braised cabbage with caraway and cider vinegar
  • Smashed red-skinned potatoes with horseradish and scallions
  • Scotch ale-spiked beef “slop,” topped with yeast dumplings
  • Beer-brined and applewood-smoked pork shoulder, pulled and served in a Scotch ale and whisky “gravy”
  • Double chocolate banana bread pudding with spiced Scotch ale vanilla whipped cream
  • Fresh-baked dinner rolls

Tickets to the brunch are just $25 and include a 22-ounce bottle of St. Martin’s Cross (there is a brunch-only option for $15). The brunch is limited to just 80 guests, and tickets can be purchased here.

Bottles of the beer alone will retail for $10.99 starting at noon, and the beer will only be available in the taproom.

Brawley’s Beverage events: Sierra Nevada’s anniversary, Cheers Charlotte, Black and Blue 7

Brawley's Beverage

(Photo courtesy Brawley’s Beverage)

Brawley’s Beverage opened its tasting room a little more than a year ago, and they have been celebrating ever since. The tasting room has allowed the longtime Charlotte beer destination to host a variety of events over the last year, and things aren’t slowing down as we head into the holidays.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This Saturday, Nov. 14, Brawley’s is celebrating the 35th anniversary of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. And, as they are wont to do, they’re digging into the archives in honor of one of the nation’s oldest craft breweries. Starting at 11 a.m., they’ll be tapping the following kegs throughout the day:

  • Grand Cru Strong Ale (30th anniversary beer brewed in 2010)
  • Fritz and Ken’s Ale Imperial Stout (30th anniversary beer brewed in 2010)
  • Jack and Ken’s Ale Barleywine (30th anniversary beer brewed in 2010)
  • Charlie, Fred and Ken’s Bock (30th anniversary beer brewed in 2010)
  • Life and Limb Strong Ale (Batch two from 2011)
  • Maillard’s Odyssey Imperial Dark Ale (a collaboration with Bell’s Brewery from last year’s Beer Camp Across America pack)
  • Blue Baltic Porter
  • Ovila Abbey Dubbel
  • Ovila Abbey Golden with Pomegranate
  • Narwhal Imperial Stout (Vintage)
  • Bigfoot Barleywine (Vintage)

See what I mean about “digging into the archives?” It seems like just yesterday Michael Brawley was pulling out nearly 20 years of Anchor Our Special Ale for the Cheers Charlotte Christmas party (tasting notes on a few of those vintages can be found in this Charlotte Observer article). And while Brawley’s Beverage won’t be unveiling another two-decade collection of Christmas beers this year, they will once again be celebrating with the guys from Cheers Charlotte, a local podcast on beer (and other good drinks and food) in the Queen City.

This year’s Cheers Charlotte Christmas party will take place from 6-11 p.m. at Brawley’s on Saturday, Dec. 5. That date marks the 82nd anniversary of the repeal of that noble experiment called Prohibition. The big beers routinely poured at Brawley’s fly in the face of Prohibition, but that’s not to say everything is Pollyanna today. Literature about “Prohibition-era alcohol laws” will be on hand, and they are trying to get local brewery owners in the shop to talk about some of these issues (which I imagine will focus heavily on North Carolina’s self-distribution cap).

The taplist for the event is still being finalized, but they will be pulling out a keg of Founders Brewing’s Nemesis 2010. This 12 percent black barleywine is one of the shop’s rarest kegs, according to Shane Icenhour at Brawley’s. Look for more information on that party in the coming weeks.

Finally, Brawley’s Beverage has announced that tickets for Black and Blue 7  — held on Saturday, March 5 — will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24 at The Visulite’s website. You can enter to win a couple free tickets by tagging two friends in the comments of this Instagram photo. The winner of those tickets will be announced on Nov. 25.

Bands, Brews, and BBQs at Carowinds

Carowinds Bands Brews and Barbecue

Fresh off the heels of their Taste of the Carolinas festival, Carowinds is now hosting “Bands, Brews, and BBQs” on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning July 31 and ending August 16.

Each day, different bands will play between 12-4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. As for the beer and barbecue, there will be booths throughout the park and you simply pay by the pint (or pulled pork, as it were). There’s even a booth that will feature 24 different flavors of regional barbecue sauce, but of course you’ll need only one: a good Eastern N.C. vinegar-based sauce (I’ll wait for the barbecue battle to play out in the comments).

The breweries that will be pouring in the park are as follows:

  • Holy City Brewing
  • Blowing Rock Brewing
  • Legal Remedy Brewing
  • Benford Brewing
  • Catawba Valley Brewing Co.
  • Lonerider Brewing
  • Aviator Brewing
  • Natty Greene’s Brewing
  • Sugar Creek Brewing

Fillmore Craft Sessions returns on Saturday, July 11

Fillmore Craft Sessions
Last October, The Fillmore held the first of its seasonal beer festivals that it is dubbing “Craft Sessions.” The “Summer Sessional” version of the festival will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, promising a mix of local and national craft breweries and an old school hip hop playlist.

Local food trucks will be parked out back as well, selling a variety of dishes. As for the beer, expect homegrown favorites like NoDa, Birdsong, Sycamore, Unknown, Wicked Weed and Fonta Flora, plus larger brands like Stone Brewing, Founders Brewing, Bell’s Brewery and Lagunitas. There will be a few one-offs as well, such as Unknown Brewing’s Opening Act IPA and Birdsong Brewing’s cask of Higher Ground IPA with jalapeños in it. I’ll have more on some of these special beers next week, but all told there will be 40 breweries in attendance (you can see the full list on the Facebook event page).

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the box office or at Salud Beer Shop for $35 (or $40 at the door). They can also be purchased online, where a service fee and tax brings them to $41.98 each.

Custom Home Pubs to hold grand opening on Thursday, July 2

Custom Home Pubs

Earlier this year, it was announced that Elevation Church planned to purchase the shopping center that housed its Matthews campus.

That shopping center was also home to Custom Home Pubs, a bar with a small bottle shop and an assortment of home bar necessities like kegerators and CO2 tanks. Founder Geoff Goss quickly had to look for a new location.

He found that a few miles north at 1640 Sardis Rd. N., in the Galleria Shopping Center off of Independence Boulevard. It was the second move for founder Goss, who opened the store in SouthPark before moving it to Matthews years ago.  His new location will have a dozen taps (up from eight), a slightly-larger bottle selection, lots of local brewery memorabilia (t-shirts, stickers, hats, glassware, etc.) and the bar from Sankey’s, the restaurant that Goss operated beside Custom Home Pubs.

There will be no food served at Custom Home Pubs, however Goss said customers can have food from nearby Boardwalk Billy’s delivered to the bar.

The bar will hold a grand opening celebration on Thursday, July 2 from 6-9 p.m. The taps will be pouring “rare Charlotte draft beers,” and attendees can enjoy unlimited samples for $20 (with $10 going back to The King’s Kitchen, which is supplying food for the event).

Unlike the bar’s popular monthly tastings, this event does require that you pre-purchase a ticket by calling 704-315-5223 or info@customhomepubs.com.

North Carolina Brewers Celebration on Saturday, June 27

North Carolina Brewers Celebration

All About Beer Magazine, in conjunction with the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild, will present the North Carolina Brewers Celebration, held at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte on Saturday, June 27. The festival will feature around 50 North Carolina breweries, plus a small “cask ale festival,” samples from local farmers, retailers and beer stores.

General admission tickets for the festival are $45 and include a 4-ounce commemorative glass and unlimited samples of more than 150 beers from 1-5 p.m. VIP tickets are $70 and provide the aforementioned samples, early entry at noon, a festival gift, and access to 20-30 limited beers not available to general admission ticket holders, plus access to private bathrooms and an air-conditioned lounge in the club level.

Tickets for the North Carolina Brewers Celebration are available at NCBrewersCelebration.com.

The Durham-based All About Beer Magazine also puts on the World Beer Festival events every year in Durham, Raleigh, Columbia, SC and Cleveland, Ohio.

Founders Brewing Beer Dinner in The Cellar at Duckworth’s Uptown

Sorry, but this beer dinner is sold out. 

The top two floors of Duckworth’s Uptown have now been open almost three months. Now, the new bar and restaurant is ready to open The Cellar for a five-course beer dinner with Founders Brewing Co. at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26. In attendance will be Jeremy Kosmicki, Founders’ brewmaster and the man whose name is on every bottle of KBS as “the amazing Kosmicki.”

The idea behind The Cellar, Rob Duckworth told me in February, is to offer a more intimate environment that caters to diehard beer geeks. Gone are the TVs that are so prominent upstairs. There are two 50″ screens, but they display information about the 20 beers on tap in The Cellar (including the ABV, the style, how much is left in the keg, etc.).

The beers down in the cellar are served in style-specific glassware, and at the appropriate temperatures. And The Cellar will offer a different menu than the floors above it, focusing on local ingredients and small plates.

Tickets to the Founders dinner are $50, with only 35 available. Call 980-939-1166 to order.

Here’s what they have planned for the Founders Brewing dinner on Tuesday, May 26.

First course:
Devil Dancer
Buttermilk Orange Shrimp Waffle Cone
Garlic Marmalade, Cilantro, Coconut

Second course: 
Backwoods Bastard
Espresso Rubbed Lamb Carpaccio
Cured beets, Backwoods Bastard Mustard, Parmesan

Third course: 
Randallized Mosaic Promise
Herb Crisp Local NC Tilefish
Octopus, Succotash, Bottarga Dust

Fourth course: 
BLiS Blast All Day IPA
BLiS Blast Lacquered Pork Belly
Pickled Pineapple, Lentils, Sundried Tomato

Fifth course: 
Chocolate Glazed Walnut Tort
KBS Ganache Glaze, House Marshmallow, Charred Banana

Next Triple C Brewing Release is “Kind Of A Big Deal”

At noon this Saturday, May 23, Triple C Brewing will release the latest bottle to come from its growing barrel-aging program. Dubbed “Kind Of A Big Deal,” the beer is an imperial honey wheat ale that aged for six months in bourbon barrels and rested on tart cherries in the brite tank.

The beer will be available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles, which will retail for $14 with a case limit. Bottles will start hitting area beer stores the following Monday.

Triple C Brewing Kind of a Big Deal

Try “Repack Your Pipe” at JJ’s Red Hots May 4-10

JJs Red Hots Brew Dog Repack Your Pipe

A couple years ago, JJ’s Red Hots graciously invited me to build my very own “Dog of the Week.” My creation, appropriately dubbed “Put That In Your Pipe,” featured  smoked bacon, smoked cheddar, smoked jalapeno ketchup and red onions. It was one of the best-selling dogs of the week at the time, and it made an appearance in their Brew Dogs series last year as well.

This series, which features dogs built by brewers, shop owners and others in the local beer scene, is back — and with it comes a new twist on Put That In Your Pipe. My focus is still on the smoke, with Repack Your Pipe featuring beer cheese made with Triple C Brewing’s Smoked Amber, andouille and bacon mash also made with that beer, and a smoked jalapeño relish on top.

The dog’s only available for one week, from Monday, May 4 to Sunday, May 10. Whomever has the best-selling Brew Dog wins a trophy, a party, and bragging rights. It’s that last one I’m really after. so if you can swing by this week to try a Repack Your Pipe, I’d certainly appreciate it. And let me know what you think!

Grand Opening for Salud Beer Shop’s “FūD at Salud”

Tonight, Salud Beer Shop will hold a grand opening celebration for its new deli space called FūD at Salud.

If you missed it, check out my Charlotte Observer article on Jason Glunt’s new venture for a little more on what you can expect. Or, better yet, head out tonight for an “old school playlist and great taplist,” the latter of which you can see below.

Fud at Salud Salud Beer Shop Grand Opening