Beer Madness in Charlotte

Is it a coincidence that Charlotte Craft Beer Week and the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament happen in the same week? I think not.

Hopefully you’ve been able to take advantage of the many events currently going on for CCBW. Brawley’s Black & Blue was a smashing success yet again (look for a review shortly on this blog) and NoDa Brewing Company won the 2013 Battle of the Casks at Duckworth’s with its Coco Loco featuring oak chips, vanilla beans and cherries.

The best part? It’s not over yet. While I already touched on the top 5 events for CCBW, here are a few highlights for the remainder of the week that just missed the cut:

Second Annual Charlotte Brewery Tap Takeover at Vintner Wine Market, 6 p.m.-until

This is a local beer lover’s dream, as Vintner is devoting 16 taps to the best of Charlotte craft. Highlights include Olde Meck’s Fat Boy Baltic Porter and unfiltered Copper and Captain Jack Pilsner, NoDa’s Imperial Coco Loco and Hop Cakes, Triple C’s Cajun Stout and 3C IPA, Birdsong’s Mexicali Stout and Black Saison and Four Friends’ Santa’s Dirty Little Secret Imperial Stout.’s Daniel Hartis will also be at Vintner, selling (and signing) copies of his new book, “Charlotte Beer: A History of Brewing in the Queen City.” Pick this book up if you haven’t yet, as it gives an extensive background of all things beer in Charlotte.

Carolina Rare Beer Extravaganza, Taco Mac (University location), 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

This event is being advertised with the phrase “Expect the unexpected,” featuring rare local beers. Think barrel-aged, one-off recipes and beers infused with special and intriguing ingredients. Taco Mac will also be tapping a firkin (small cask) of Terrapin’s Bourbon Barrel Hop Karma, which is worth the trip by itself.

Power Hour at Flying Saucer, Noon-11:30 p.m.

Flying Saucer is tapping one specially released beer per hour for 12 straight hours. Selections include Victory Ranch Double IPA, Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout aged in Wild Turkey barrels (note: be here for this one), Stone Enjoy By IPA and Allagash James Bean, among others. There will also be live music beginning at 3 p.m.

Finally, speaking of March Madness, Good Bottle Co. owner Chris Hunt has started an NCAA pool, and this prize could be better than cash, as Chris is giving away six total bottles of Westvleteren XII, a rare beer many consider to be the best ever. In what is being billed as “March GOODness,” entrants who have the most points after the first weekend of NCAA play will receive two bottles. Whoever has the most points after the second weekend will win two bottles, and those who pick the overall winner will be entered to win two bottles and two glasses.

Interested? Enter and fill out your bracket here:

Triple C Brewing Company is also running a bracket challenge, with prizes ranging from a Triple C hoodie to pint glasses. Enter here. You’ll need to register an e-mail address with the group password “Babymaker.”

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