Brewers Collaborate for the North Carolina Brewers Celebration

Gary Brown from Boondocks Brewing

Gary Brown, founder of Boondocks Brewing, measures out hops for the red IPA. The beer will be served at the NC Brewers Celebration at BB&T Ballpark on Saturday, June 27.

Representatives from breweries across the state met at NoDa Brewing this morning to brew a collaboration beer for the North Carolina Brewers Celebration, to be held at BB&T Ballpark on Saturday, June 27. The festival is presented by All About Beer magazine in conjunction with the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild.

The collaborative beer is a red IPA brewed with Pacific Jade, Equinox, Azacca, Chinook and Bravo hops, and it will be served at the festival as well as in the taprooms of participating breweries. The following breweries were in attendance to help brew the red IPA: Boondocks Brewing, Check Six Brewing, The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, Four Saints Brewing Co., Mystery Brewing, Natty Greene’s Brewing Co., Triple C Brewing, White Street Brewing Co. and Wise Man Brewing.

The festival will feature around 50 North Carolina breweries as well as several local farmers, retailers and beer stores. At a small “cask ale festival,” six NC breweries will pour a variety of cask-conditioned beers.

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.

NoDa Brewing to release NoDajito in cans this month

NoDa Brewing NoDajito Cans

Tomorrow is Derby Day, and would-be mixologists everywhere are buying handfuls of mint with which to craft their own mint juleps.

NoDa Brewing has mint on the mind as well, but for a different reason. Today, they released the can design for NoDajito, which should hit shelves the week of May 18th.

This is the third in the brewery’s line of seasonal cans, following December’s Hoppy Holidays and February’s Hop Cakes. As you would expect from the name, NoDajito is a Mojito-inspired witbier brewed with mint leaves and lime zest. Four-packs of the beer should retail for $9.99.

And if you, too, fancy yourself something of a mixologist, why not make your own version of what NoDa Brewing calls its Thin Mint. Simply mix equal parts NoDajito and Coco Loco (which is also in cans now) and you have a dark, minty blend that rivals the Girl Scout cookies for which its named.

An Elaboration on Collaborations

Earlier today, I posted about Birdsong Brewing and Hi-Wire Brewing collaborating on a beer, which will be released Friday. And a couple months ago, I wrote about The Boozehound, a collaboration between Triple C Brewing and Sycamore Brewing that was tapped on Valentine’s Day.

Well, these breweries aren’t the only ones feeling the collaborative spirit. This Thursday, March 12, NoDa Brewing is doing something they’ve never done before: brewing two collaborations with two different breweries and in two different cities. Head brewer Chad Henderson is out in Portland, Oregon, where he will be brewing an Imperial IPA with Ben Edmunds at Breakside Brewery. The beer will feature 180 pounds of NC honey and 180 pounds of Oregon honey. Both breweries know a thing or two about IPAs: last year NoDa Brewing won gold at the World Beer Cup for its Hop Drop ‘n Roll, and Breakside won gold at the Great American Beer Festival for its Breakside IPA. This collaboration beer will make its debut at the Craft Brewers Conference in April (and will find its way into NoDa’s taproom in late April as well).

While Henderson and Edmunds are pouring 360 pounds of honey into a massive Imperial IPA, NoDa’s lead brewer, Bart Roberts, will be across town brewing a hoppy bock with Lenny Boy’s John Watkins. This one will later be brewed at NoDa as well, and both versions will use organic malts. Roberts and Watkins are just two of a handful of brewers who worked at Charlotte’s Alternative Beverage homebrew store, so this will be a reunion of sorts.

Also this Thursday, Salud Beer Shop will be tapping Hop Rocks Sour IPA, a collaboration between Fullsteam Brewery in Durham and Wooden Robot Brewery, which is currently building in Charlotte’s South End.

So that’s Thursday, and a busy one. Then this Saturday morning, Kevin Kozak and Kelsie Cole from Wilmington’s Front Street Brewery are making the trip to NoDa to brew an oyster stout — but this is not the same one you might have had in previous years. This one will be a 9 percent ABV, imperial version of that beer brewed to celebrate Front Street’s 20th anniversary. And instead of being called “Mother Shucker,” this one will be called “Muthah Shuck Yo Mouth.”

 

NoDa Brewing Releases Hop Cakes Cans on Feb. 9

NoDa Brewing Hop Cakes Can NoDa Brewing will release four-pack cans of Hop Cakes, a double IPA brewed with maple syrup, at the taproom this Monday, Feb. 9. The cans will be distributed around town starting the next day, but if you want to try it on tap head to the brewery this Friday, Feb. 6 (kegs, too, will make their way to area bars next week). This beer first appeared as a small-batch NoDable beer almost three years ago when head brewer Chad Henderson interrupted a lumberjack convention to tell them about the beer. The brewery has since brewed larger amounts and had it on tap at the brewery, though not often. This will be the first time they have packaged the beer. This is the second in the brewery’s line of specialty cans. The first, Hoppy Holidays, was released last December. Though it was distributed to many bottle shops around town, Hoppy Holidays didn’t last long on the shelves. At more than 3,000 four-packs, Hop Cakes will be much more plentiful than Hoppy Holidays. Still, it’s limited. I’d recommend trying to find it sooner rather than later, as it’s sure to sell like — well, you know.

NoDa Brewing releases Hoppy Holidays

NoDa Brewing has released Hoppy Holidays, the first in a new series of specialty cans. Four-packs are currently available in the taproom and will make their way to area beer stores later this week, though it is limited.

Hoppy Holidays is a 6.5 percent IPA that has been dry-hopped with Simcoe and Chinook hops. After checking out the label, you might be wondering, “What does this IPA have to do with Christmas?”

Besides the cool label design, you mean? Well, Hoppy Holidays was also dry-hopped with spruce tips, adding even more to the piney notes that you’ll often find in IPAs.

NoDa Brewing Hoppy Holidays

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.

 

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)

NoDa Brewing Celebrates Three Years with Three Days of Special Beers

NoDa Brewing always taps some special beers for their anniversary, and this — the brewery’s third — might be the biggest celebration yet.

Monday, Oct. 27  is “Collaboration Day,” when they’ll tap beers they brewed with other breweries. This means the highly-acclaimed “Stop, Collaborate & Glisten” collaboration with Night Shift Brewing is back, as is the Mother Shucker Oyster Stout that they did with Wilmington’s Front Street Brewery. Fonta Flora’s Haulin’ Oats, a hoppy saison, will also make an appearance. But it’s not just collaborations: NoDa will also tap their Olde Voyager English Barlyewine as well as a cask of Hop Drop ‘n Roll that’s been double dry-hopped with Simcoe.

Tuesday, Oct. 28 is “Throwback Tuesday.” They’ve gone into the cellar and come out with the following aged beers: 2012 Ménage à Quad; 2013 and 2014 TriUmphant Tripel; and 2013 Imperial Coco Loco. There will be another Hop Drop ‘n Roll cask, though this one’s double dry-hopped with Mosaic. And since it’s a Tuesday, they’ll have “CAVU Kölsch” as their NoDable keg.

But Wednesday, Oct. 29 is their actual anniversary, and for that they will roll out the barrels. On “Barrel Aging Day,” they tap the following: bourbon barrel-aged Olde Voyager, rum barrel-aged Imperial Coco Loco; bourbon barrel-aged Ménage à Quad. For the third day they’ll have a cask of Hop Drop ‘n Roll, this one filled with pineapple and double dry-hopped with Ella and Equinox hops.They will also have two new beers on Wednesday. Captain Peanut Butter’s Chocolate Revenge comes in at 8.5 percent ABV and is brewed with Dutch and Ghana cocoa, plus 2.5 pounds of peanut butter powder per barrel. Toast to a New Year Sparkling Ale was brewed with honey, toasted flaked oats and Sorachi Ace hops — and then it was refermented with Champagne yeast to give it a nice crispness. At 5.1 percent ABV, it’s a much lighter offering than most of the other beers they’ll tap this week.

And if that wasn’t enough, they’ll be releasing Monstro — a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout — on Saturday, Nov. 1. They’ll tap a keg of non-barrel-aged Monstro on Friday the night before to prepare. Find the details on that release here.

Taps and Snaps Launch Party at NoDa Brewing Company

Taps and Snaps Photography

Perhaps you’ve seen her behind the lens at local Charlotte breweries over the last years, or more recently at this year’s Charlotte Oktoberfest. Now Wendy Raymond, owner of Little Photography, is turning her hobby of beer photography into a specialty she’s calling “Taps and Snaps.”

You can join Wendy for the launch of Taps and Snaps at NoDa Brewing from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. She will have some of her photography on display and will be on hand to talk a little more about the new venture.

Says NoDa Brewing’s Suzie Ford in a press release: “Wendy has a keen eye to capture that perfect moment without any major set up or planning. She just has ‘it’ and seems to be in the right place, at the right time, without getting in the way. She is a long-time craft beer-lover, and she understands the personalities of beers, brewers and craft beer fans, which allows her to get that special shot.”

A portion of the proceeds from Wendy’s sales of print photography go to charities that serve the homeless in the Charlotte metro area (and not just this Thursday, but always). A raffle with various prizes will help raise funds for Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center.

For more information about Taps and Snaps, visit www.wlittlephotography.com/tapsandsnaps.