#northcarolina Archives – PorchDrinking.com
We’re very deep into the North Carolina summer. That means it’s sticky and wet and insufferable. That means it always looks like rain, but only actually rains for ten minutes at a time. That means heat so hot there’s no good reason to be outside, unless you’re sitting in the shade drinking a cold beverage. And what better beverage than something refreshing and delicious? For your consideration, I present Hopfly Brewing’s Triple Berry Sour.
The magic of North Carolina is in the land. Sandy eastern beaches roll into lush central plains which grow into majestic mountains to the west. Between mountains and plains, just north of Interstate 40, you’ll find magic of another sort: Fonta Flora Brewery.
Queen City Brewer’s Festival is a Charlotte beer-lover’s dream every February, but the global pandemic has forced them to get creative this year. For the 10th Anniversary of the fest this year, they’re celebrating in the format of a collective beer release: Court Shoes Only.
Located in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina, Booneshine Brewing Co. calls the town of Boone its home. And, like many of the residents of Boone, they are explorers and adventurers, and their beers reflects that—both in name and ingredients.
Their Space Pegasus—a New England-style IPA—is also aptly named after exploring, as it will take you on an “intergalactic adventure”.
We’re deep into the North Carolina summer. That means it’s sticky, wet and insufferable. It means it always looks like it’s going to storm, but only actually storms for ten minutes at a time. It means heat so hot there’s no good reason to be outside unless you’re sitting in the shade drinking a cold beer. And what better beer than something refreshing and delicious? For your consideration, I present Hopfly Brewing’s Triple Berry Sour.
Beer hunting is most fun when digging up long-forgotten, buried treasure. Recently, I had the pleasure of discovering Olde Hickory’s Flanders Red Ale. This beauty was aged for 30 months—a full two-and-a-half years!—in bourbon barrels before bottling on Halloween 2016. I found it in late 2019, hiding in plain sight on the shelf at Carrboro Beverage Company. That means this Bad Larry was aging for more than five years before I picked it up. Today, I have the pleasure of sharing it with you, our lovely PorchDrinking readers.
For some, the arrival of autumn means football. For others, perhaps the ripening of the leaves on the trees—as their colors erupt in flaming reds, oranges and yellows. Others may slave over their Halloween costumes as soon as summer draws to an end. In the beer world, fall is synonymous with the most hotly contested debate in all of craft. Love it or hate it, the pumpkin beer season has arrived. Not surprisingly, breweries aren’t shy of taking a side in this contentious argument, with many taking a stance in the former camp. One of these establishments is NoDa Brewing Company, as it proudly releases its pumpkin Ale, Gordgeous onto its taps.
Featured image courtesy of Ponysaurus Brewing
How many of you have tasted a bière de garde? I bet not many. Up until recently, I was included in that bunch. Truthfully it’s not the most common of beer styles in the U.S., and in North Carolina, it’s even rarer. As a matter of fact, I can think of only one brewer (no doubt there are more) who produces this style of beer: Durham’s own Ponysaurus Brewing Co.
Sierra Nevada issues a huge recall, North Carolina brewers make plans to repeal the distribution cap law, and a Virginia senator hopes to boost farms and breweries in his home state. No matter where you live in the country, we got you covered. Keep reading to catch the details of these stories and more in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.
Last month, PorchDrinking reported on the federal lawsuit that the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina filed against Anheuser-Busch and R.A. Jeffreys, a local A-B distribution company for using the Tribe’s logo and slogan in Bud Light ads without permission. The ads incorporated the Tribe’s name, official tribal seal and its tribal slogan phrase “Heritage, Pride & Strength.” Notably, after the Tribe filed suit, it came to light that A-B had no knowledge that R.A. Jeffreys made and subsequently displayed these ads.
Burning Can returns for the third straight year to the Oskar Blues Brewery REEB Ranch in Brevard, NC. In less than two weeks Oskar Blues will wrap up its trio of summertime festivals. Following impressive events held in Lyons, Colorado and Austin, Texas (their newest addition to the OB production sites) there are high expectations for this grand finale. For anyone wondering what exactly Burning Can is, as their site aptly states…
It’s THE celebration of Craft Beer in a Can, Live Music, and the Adventurous Lifestyle.
American Craft Beer Week starts today, Odell releases a new brew, and Wedge Brewing Co. has some choice words for North Carolina’s HB2. Start your week off right with a little craft beer news. Keep reading to catch all the details in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.
Brewers team up against NC’s HB2, AB-InBev to acquire yet another craft brewery, and Little Kings makes it way back home to Cincinnati. Cure your Monday blues with a little craft beer news. Keep reading for all of the details in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.
This week I bring you stories of technology, finance, and politics. Schlafly uses tap handles that communicate with your smartphone, Southern liquor laws are outdated, and craft beer exports increase once again. Sit back, relax, and inform yourself with this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.
In a state known for its history of coastal confrontation between some of the country’s most famous pirate personalities, Queen Anne’s Revenge nods to North Carolina’s past, but paves the way for what’s now known as the Carolinian Dark Ale.
Today, we’re going on a little adventure with six new (to me) North Carolina beers, all of which come in cans. There are brews representing the piedmont cities of Raleigh, Pittsboro, Hillsborough, and Fuquay-Varina; those in the foothills, Hickory and Morganton; and the Land of the Sky, mountainous Asheville. We’re gonna see a lot, so hang on and please enjoy.
ABV: 5.1% | IBU: Low
Out in rural, eastern North Carolina, there lies a town called Kinston. Kinston boasts as the home of at least a couple of highly notable entities: Mother Earth Brewery and the Chef and the Farmer, a fine-dining restaurant with its own show on PBS. Since we’re all about the beer here at PorchDrinking.com, I’ll leave the food commentary for another day, but I thought I should mention it in case any of you find yourself in the area.
If you love serious sour and funk, be warned: you won’t want to leave Wicked Weed Brewing’s Funkatorium in Asheville, North Carolina. You’ll wonder if they’d notice if you hid among the barrels and spent the night. At 5’4”, this thought seriously went through my head.
Durhamites of North Carolina, you asked for it, and here it is: the skinny on South Durham’s burgeoning beer store and bottle shop scene. Let’s start our journey near Southpoint mall on the corner of highways 54 and 751. There are at least 5 bottle shops or growler fill-stations all within a few short miles so you can visit them all in quick succession.