Ass Clown Brewing Launch Event at VBGB Beer Hall – Jan. 20

Ass Clown Beer TastingCharlotte has been talking about Ass Clown Brewing since I first wrote about the brewery in May of last year. A lot has been said about the brewery’s name to this point, and far less about the beer itself. Perhaps that can be attributed to the brewery being just north of Charlotte in Cornelius, with taproom visits made by appointment.
For those not keen on making the drive north, VBGB Beer Hall & Garden will host the Charlotte premier of Ass Clown Brewing Company at 7 p.m. on Jan. 20. On tap will be Ass Clown’s Orange Spice IPA, Dark Chocolate Blueberry Porter, Vanilla Brown Ale, Smoked Maple Black Ale and more.

Founder and brewmaster Matt Glidden will be on hand to talk about the beers and the many other Ass Clown beers he’s been working on.

Ass Clown Brewing Company comes to Charlotte, NC

Ass Clown BrewingWith new breweries like Birdsong Brewing and Noda Brewing coming to Charlotte this year, it was only a matter of time before some Ass Clown followed in their footsteps.

Well, that time is here. Ass Clown Brewing Company hopes to open in Cornelius later this year.

“The name ‘Ass Clown’ came from a co-worker and I calling each other ‘ass clowns’ at work,” said Matt Glidden, founder and brewer of Ass Clown Brewing. “Even though we have an odd name, we take our beer seriously.”

Matt takes beer so seriously, in fact, that he brews almost every night. He’s brewed for eight years, and yet rarely does he repeat the same recipe.

“I want a brewery that does not put profits in front of quality,” Matt said. “I want a beer that I can trust its ingredients. I want flavors from ingredients that are grown in NC.  We are going to always look for an odd flavor, and always experiment with recipes in small batches to achieve flavors that are not currently out there.”

You can see this desire for experimentation in Ass Clown’s premier beers, such as Poplar Brown Ale, Orange IPA, Dark Chocolate Blueberry Porter and Apricot Seed Pale Ale (these are not the final names of these beers). Matt roasts his own organic coffee, which he adds to coffee porters, and he also makes wine.

Matt wants Ass Clown to be known as much for sustainability as experimentation, and he hops to use alternative energy uses to brew his beers, which will feature organic ingredients and homegrown hops.

Right now, Matt is finishing up licensing and trying to find a home for his brewery in Cornelius. Initially, he plans to sell growlers and kegs, both to the public and local bars and restaurants. He does have a tasting room open in Cornelius at 17039 Kenton Drive, Suite 102. You can also sample Ass Clown Brewing Company’s beers at the upcoming Gastonia Grizzlies Beer Fest and NC Brewers & Music Festival, both of which will take place on May 14.