Craft releases this weekend from NoDa, Olde Mecklenburg and Wooden Robot
There’s a local craft beer release for each day this weekend. Plan accordingly with details below:
–NoDa Brewing’s award-winning summer seasonal is back. NoDajito will be released in the taproom Friday beginning at 3:30. This Belgian witbier is infused with lime zest and mint leaves as a nod to the ever-popular mojito drink. NoDajito has been a hit with the local beer crowd every year, and received national recognition with a gold medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival. You can get NoDajito in 4-packs of cans and on draft at NoDa throughout the weekend, and look for cans and kegs to begin hitting local accounts next week.
–It’s time for the newest edition in Wooden Robot’s Réserve Series. Following the heightened success of Réserve Doree and Réserve de Cérises last September, Saturday will see the release of Réserve Blanc. This is a sour golden ale that was aged for more than a year in Sauvignon Blanc wine barrels.
Wooden Robot will open at 10 a.m. for the release, and will be selling tickets at that time at the adjacent Kre8 Gastropub. Each bottle is $20 plus tax, with a 4-bottle limit per person. After you buy your tickets, you can visit the neighboring taproom for a pour of Réserve Blanc (along with other Wooden Robot beers). Ticket numbers will be called from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., at which time all purchased bottles must be picked up.
–If you don’t know (and you should), May 20 is Charlotte’s annual Meck Dec Day. In short, this is reportedly when the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was signed and read on Charlotte’s courthouse steps in 1775. The city celebrates this day in many ways, and one is Olde Mecklenburg’s yearly event. One of OMB’s most popular beers is its Captain Jack Pilsner, named after James Jack, the legendary tavern owner who volunteered to take the Mecklenburg Resolves (the official documents signed May 31, 1775 which outlined the new self-governance) to Philadelphia in order to be read into record.
For this occasion, Olde Mecklenburg creates special labels on Captain Jack Pilsner bottles to commemorate the ride, and there will also be several Colonial impersonators (including Jack) walking around the brewery Sunday, along with a historic bike ride and other events throughout the day. OMB opens Sunday at 11 a.m. and the festivities last until 11 p.m.