I stopped in at Free Range Brewing in Charlotte, North Carolina. When I considered the beer options I simply had to order Uncle Bob’s Sweet Nuts. Seriously. The website described it as a maple pecan porter. There’s hints of pecan and maple but essentially its a solid porter. Smooth. Drinkable. Perfect for a cool evening.
I stopped in at High Branch Brewing Company in Concord, North Carolina. When I reviewed the beer list I had to try the Imposter Golden Stout. Imposter is a good name for this. I wonder how many people, blindfolded, would assume this to be a regular stout. It’s delicious, smooth, with most typical stout characteristics. Just a bit lighter. But I had to try the Yucatan Stout. The vanilla came through first, then the cinnamon. The pepper lingered with me for a good half hour after I’d left the brewery, leaving this wonderful tang on my palate that I enjoyed and reminisced over this tasty beer.
I stopped in at Cabarrus Brewing Company in Concord, North Carolina. With the help of the bartenders I checked out the beer list. Decisions, Decisions. I tried the ESB. Tasty. Malty, Hoppy, Bitter, very nice. At the recommendation of the bartender I tried the Vanilla Coffee Blonde. Stop right there. Delicious. Sweet. Coffee. Vanilla. Forget Starbucks, I’d drink this for breakfast every day.
By the time I thought to take a picture, well, they were empty. Sorry!
I stopped in at Three Spirits Brewery in Charlotte, North Carolina. After trying Honey Porter and Ghost of Pumpkins Past I decided to stick with Agate Have It Brown Ale.I was looking for the honey porter to be sweeter and the pumpkin was a little too prominent for my taste. I really enjoyed the brown ale. It was smooth and very drinkable. Malty but not too sweet. A great way to end the evening.
I stopped in at Blue Blaze Brewing Company in Charlotte, North Carolina for a beer. I tried the Blue Blaze Altbier which was really crisp and refreshing. The bartender pointed out that #NPS100 Irish Red Ale had just been tapped today so I gave that a try and decided to go with a full pour. It was a malty and hoppy delicious beer. Full of flavor and body. I tried a sample of the Scotch Ale and enjoyed it but felt it tasted a bit boozy for my taste.
I met some guys at the bar who were also brewery visitors. They were pumped at having visited 300 breweries. Which is quite an accomplishment. When I told them I’d been to over 500 I’m not sure if they believed me or not. But we had a good time talking about several brewery favorites we had visited.
I stopped in at Wooden Robot Brewery in Charlotte, North Carolina for a beer. The brewery has a great vibe. Indoor and outdoor seating. Lots of locals and great energy. They also have food available from the Twisted Eats Food Truck (but I had already eaten). Looking at the beer list:
…I decided to go with Universal Automation, their sour golden ale. It is delicious. It had a good sour bite, but not too sour. It is crisp and refreshing.
I stopped in at Legion Brewing in Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoyed their Juicy Jay East Coast IPA. Although I’ve backed off from IPAs to some extent, when I asked the bartender what the most popular beer was, I took their recommendation and tried the Juicy Jay. I really enjoyed this beer. I love a grapefruit-flavored IPA. This IPA was full of citrus flavor, including grapefruit. Very hoppy. Tropical.
It was open mic night when I stopped in and I enjoyed several musicians while enjoying my beer. A great relaxing evening.
I stopped in at Thirsty Nomad Brewing Company in Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoyed a Sweeney English Brown Porter. What a treat. Smooth. Malty. Dark. Rich. I’d call it chocolatey. This would be a delightful after dinner beer.
The tap room is a delightful place with remnants of an English pub. Bartender and staff were very kind and helpful. And, I found the bullshit corner –
I stopped in at Lenny Boy Brewing Company in Charlotte, North Carolina and tried both the beer and the kombucha. I enjoyed the Mirage Belgian Tripel and also the Tart De La Wit Sour Beer. Both of these were fine beers. I recommend them both. A great example of a Belgian Tripel and a refreshing sour beer. Kombucha is a non-alcoholic fermented beverage that’s high in B-vitamins, probiotics, and amino acids. I really enjoyed the Good Ol Ginger made with real ginger. Both tart and sweet. Lenny Boy Brewing Company is a great place to stop in Charlotte.
I stopped in at Sycamore Brewing in Charlotte, North Carolina for a sandwich and a beer. The pressed focaccia cheddar grilled cheese sandwich was delicious. And the Serendipity Vanilla session ale I enjoyed with it was also delicious. I highly recommend the food and the beer. I also tried the bourbon barrel aged huckleberry pie brown ale. Also delicious. I highly recommend Sycamore Brewing to everyone in Charlotte and hope I have the chance to return.