Tuesday, May 3, 2016

It’s time for the Craft Brewers Conference!

This is the CBC I went to in DC in 2013. It was a blast! 
This is THE industry expo for craft beer taking place in Philly this week, May 3-6.


I can’t wait to see all of my brewing homies, check out the newest in gadgetry, attend seminars, get my sip on, and take part in some of the crazy events they have in store going down in Philly aka “Illadelph” this week at the annual Craft Brewers Conference
With more than 10,ooo brewing professionals taking part in this industry-only conference (the largest of its kind in the U.S.), look for my social media shout outs on Twitter and Instagram; photos will also follow. I went to the one in DC and that was crazy a few years ago. With the boom the craft beer scene has witnessed within the last few years, this one is certain to be even more nuts! The Brewers Association always does a tremendous job putting this conference on.
By the way, I am sure this Thrillist article "There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer. Here's Why" will be a topic for discussion especially when it juuuuust won a James Beard Award; I was blessed to be featured in it. To add, a lot of people showed me a lot of love for my necessary follow up to it posted on this blog here. Congrats to writer Dave Infante who had the courage to write it and Thrillist to post it. 
Okay, back to Philly. Be ready because I am taking you with me!

Your homey, 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Three Taverns' Sour Asylum #5 a.k.a. Pometheus releases tonight!

Photos courtesy of Three Taverns
Get your sour-lovin' tail to the Decatur brewery Friday night for its bottle-only special release!
Three Taverns, one of my favorite breweries in the Southor the nation for that matter—is doing a bottle release of their extremely limited Sour Asylum #5 Pometheus brewed with pomegranate tonight, Friday, April 29th, at their headquarters located at 121 New Street, Decatur, GA 30030. Doors open at 5:30 and there is a limit of two per person. I love limited bottles. They are great for trades and sharing with fellow beer nerds who appreciate greatness!
Here is the full breakdown straight from the source along with a close up of their label below. 

Brewery only bottle release of Sour Asylum #5, Pometheus on Friday 4/29. This is the first time any bottle of our Sour Asylum series of lacto-fermented beers has been released from the brewery. 750ml bottle-conditioned Pometheus will be available to go as part of a special release tour for $10 each. The limit on this special tour is 2 per person and will be available all weekend as long as our supply of bottles lasts.

Also available, as usual, is our standard tasting tour for $14 that includes a souvenir glass and 36oz. of beer on tap. Cheers and see you on the 29th!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Charlotte, NC’s Beer Scene Continues to Blow Up!

Free Range Brewing is doing their thing! I need to get back to Charlotte soon!
Here’s what to look for in the Queen City regarding brew thanks to the CRVA!

Cheers Everyone!

After seeing how I loved covering their beer scene for FirstWeFeast.com here and my Instagram, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) made sure you—my cherished readers—are up to date with what’s poppin’ lately.
Below is the official CRVA write up featuring numerous breweries and craft-centric shops doing their thing in Queen City; I noticed that there are definitely a few I need to put on my list including Sycamore Brewing, Triple C Brewing Co., The FūD at Salud kitchen (I love their bottle shop), Lenny Boy Brewing Co., Sycamore Brewing, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Legion Brewing, and Sugar Creek! There were even a couple joint cideries shown love— Red Clay CiderWorks and GoodRoad CiderWorks.
For more information on what’s going down in Charlotte, feel free to visit charlottesgotalot.com.
Okay, read on and look for me Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ in Charlotte again soon.

Clinkin’ glasses!

What's on Tap for Charlotte Craft Beer
Craft beer boom gives rise to new ways to explore Charlotte's beer scene

In 2009, Charlotte was the largest city in the U.S. without its own craft brewery. Now, less than 10 years later, Charlotte's craft beer industry is booming with 28 breweries in the Charlotte area and more than 15 in the works.
With the development of new breweries and the growth of more established taprooms come new events, unique brews and new ways to enjoy craft beer in the Queen City. 
Urban Brewery Sprawl: In the last year, 12 breweries opened the doors to their taprooms, and more than half of them set up shop just outside of Charlotte city limits. Nearby Cabarrus County welcomed two breweries in 2015 and 2016: High Branch Brewing Co. and Cabarrus Brewing Company. Breweries have also opened in Belmont (Rivermen Brewing Company), Fort Mill, South Carolina (Full Spectrum Brewing Co.), Rock Hill, South Carolina (Legal Remedy Brewing Co.), and Shelby (Newgrass Brewing Co.). 
Lenny Boy Brewing.
Brewing Bigger: The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery has been blazing the trail for Charlotte craft beer since opening in 2009. In 2014, the brewery moved its headquarters to an expanded space off Yancey Road, upgrading to an 8.5-acre brewery and biergarten with a 60 barrel-brewhouse and 3,600-square-foot taproom. Last year, NoDa Brewing Company and Birdsong Brewing Co. followed suit, opening new taprooms in Charlotte's NoDa neighborhood. Lenny Boy Brewing Co. and Sycamore Brewing also have expansions in the works. 
Beer Bites: These days, Charlotte craft beer doesn't just come in a pint glass; it can also be found on a plate. The FūD at Salud kitchen opened in 2015 as an expansion of Salud Beer Shop and now offers three dishes featuring Charlotte local beers: the beer cheese and pretzel appetizer, featuring Birdsong Brewing Co.’s Jalapeño Pale Ale; the Frambella waffle with NoDa Brewing Company’s Coco Loco Nutella; and the Jason-Gi-Ham-Brie sandwich with Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill’s Peach Cider. Charlotte’s Wooden Robot Brewery, which Beer Advocate magazine included on its “Class of 2015 – 33 of the Best New Breweries” list, has teamed up with Twisted Eats food truck outside its taproom to offer bites crafted with the beers on tap. 
Can It: To meet the demand for local craft beer in Charlotte and the surrounding areas, brewers are starting to look beyond the taproom. Birdsong Brewing Co.’s upgrade to a 17,000-square-foot taproom in 2015 included a canning line to package 16-ounce cans of the brewery's Jalapeño Pale Ale, which it began distributing locally last spring. The Unknown Brewing Co. has also gotten into the canning business. It released its Pre-Game Session Ale, the second year-round canned beer for the brewery, following in the footsteps of its Over the Edge IPA. In addition to Birdsong Brewing Co. and The Unknown Brewing Co., NoDa Brewing Company, Sycamore Brewing and Triple C Brewing Co. all offer Charlotteans canned versions of local brew favorites. 
Good Things Come in Small Batches: Small batches are becoming a big deal in the Queen City. Free Range Brewing, which opened in 2015, boasts consistently rotating short-run small batches found on 11 of their draft lines. With its 1-barrel brewing system, Lake Norman Brewing Company produces specialty brews, like the Man Overboard IPA and the Wakeboard Wit, one small batch at a time. Part nanobrewery, part CrossFit gym, Full Spectrum Brewing Co. combines the passions of craft beer and fitness and offers beers named after colors on the color spectrum. 
Fitness on Tap: For beer fans looking to lace up their running shoes, unroll their yoga mats and dust off their drivers before putting back a pint, Charlotte's craft breweries have them covered. The Charlotte Runners recently started leading their Legendary Legion Run Thursday nights at the newly opened Legion Brewing in Plaza Midwood. NoDa Brewing Company, Triple C Brewing Co., Lenny Boy Brewing Co. and more also offer a schedule of weekly run clubs. The Unknown Brewing Co. launched its Saturday Bike & Brew in 2015, while Sugar Creek Brewing Co. and The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery offer disc golf and yoga, respectively.  
The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Brewery: The next big wave in craft brews may have more to do with apples than hops. Hard ciders were the fastest growing segment of the beer and flavored malt beverage landscape in 2014, enjoying a 75.4 percent growth in sales. While national cider sales slowed in 2015, Charlotte's cider scene is just starting to blossom. The city welcomed its first cidery, Red Clay Ciderworks, last year with another, GoodRoad CiderWorks, on the way in 2016. 
(In celebration of NC Beer Month, this five-part content series about Charlotte as a beer destination features facts and information that help tell the story of the city’s burgeoning craft beer scene.)

This infographic shows where you can drink craft brews in their Sky Clubs throughout the U.S.

Cheers Everyone!

I posted an Instagram of my tradition of pairing a Samuel Adams Boston Lager with those awesome Biscoff cookies whenever I fly Delta (which is 99 percent of the time). Along with the pic, I did drop a line stating my desire for airlines to step up their craft beer game and my willingness to help out via consulting. Well, a Delta employee nicknamed “Crafty” sent me an email conveniently on National Beer Day stating that his airline does a lot to support U.S. craft breweries specifically in their posh Sky Lounges; he even hooked up the infographic graphic for us to refer to along with some commentary in an email directly to me. Check it out:
Crafty said:
“So far, we offer 26 different beers (I’ve had nine) in 35 Clubs with more to come. Over the past several months, as part of Delta's focus on improving the overall Sky Club experience, there has been a focus on adding more local beers.”
Crafty added:
“The results are obvious, folks love tasting beers from various markets, and best of all, it's complimentary for all of our Club members.”

Well, I want to thank Crafty for the gem of info; it kinda makes me an even prouder Frequent Flyer of Delta. Now if only I got to kick it in the Sky Club to experience this myself when I fly to Nashville to explore Bowling Green, Kentucky and then to Philly for the Craft Brewer’s Conference; that would be even more dope! I will speak this…err…write this into existence I guess.

Keep sippin’ on the fly!


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Wicked Weed takes over at Smith's Olde Bar tonight!

There will be a few surprises too!

I love these guys and brew by Wicked Weed straight outta Asheville, and they have taken Atlanta by storm this past year. Tonight is no different when they'll be pouring a lot of their gangster sips as you can see in the artwork above. (Did you peep the Dark Age? I never had that joint.) To add, there will be a new release of a sour or two! 
Say whaddup to my main man Andy, the rep for this great brewery who will make sure y'all have a great time and this funky, always rockin' Smith's Olde Bar!
Today is nuts for beer. Plain and simple. Just peep the right events column.

Your homey,