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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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/
NoDa Brewing will release Monstro, an 11.2 percent imperial stout that has been aged in Van Winkle Special Reserve bourbon barrels, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. The 22-ounce bottles will retail at $18 a piece in the taproom only, and are limited to one case a person. Though they won’t have a final bottle count until they bottle the beer, it will be a limited release. There will be live music and a food truck serving up breakfast the morning of the release.
Monstro is the name of the giant whale in Pinocchio. In the beer world, rare beers that merit an Ahab-like chase are known as “whales” or “white whales,” and with a small bottle this one should certainly qualify. The beer was available at Brawley’s Black and Blue earlier this year, and it was one of the first kegs to kick. I can vouch that it is an excellent beer.
The beer will be a blend of two different batches: one was brewed in November of 2013, the other in March of 2014. Those batches have been aging in 12-year-old barrels that once held Van Winkle Special Reserve, a highly-acclaimed bourbon, ever since.
The label reads:
“Neptune said to the sea there should be a terrible Monstro, born from its darkest depths. It should stout with the strength of a whale. This is that beer, of toasted barley mass, rounded out by the vanillas, molasses and oak of bourbon barrel aging. Enjoy the deep.”
Edit: I initially reported that Monstro was aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels, however this is not the case. The barrels were actually used to hold 12-year Van Winkle Special Reserve, a bourbon that — like Pappy Van Winkle — is in the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery family and produced by Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Charlotte 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.
Growlers Pourhouse hosts Beer Ed at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month. On Aug. 5, the monthly tasting will focus on sour and wild beers.
They will pour four sours: NoDa Brewing’s What Gose Round; Anderson Valley’s The Kimmie, The Yink and The Holy Gose; Victory Wild Devil; and Bell’s Oarsman.
And it’s not just sour beers — Charlotte’s Pickleville pickles will also be in house.