Events at Olde Mecklenburg, Salud Beer Shop and Good Bottle Co. this week
After a honeymoon hiatus for On Tap, we’re back and ready for the final month in what has been the biggest year for Charlotte craft beer history. Here are a few items to note regarding this week, along with a couple things while I was out:
–We’ll start off with a big congrats to Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. USA Today and 10Best have partnered up for nationwide “10 Best” contests, with numerous categories. One of the most recent ones was the best brewery tour in the country, and Olde Mecklenburg was one of the nominees, along with some larger breweries, including New Belgium and Sam Adams. Through strong local push and promotion, OMB and the rest of Charlotte’s craft beer community got the word out to vote and it looks like Olde Mecklenburg has won (the “official” announcement will be made on Wednesday). It’s a well-done job not only by the brewery, but also the support of everyone local to make this happen. Yet another gold star for this great craft beer scene.
You can personally congratulate the folks at OMB (and go on a brewery tour on Saturdays and Sundays, it really is a good one) by visiting this Thursday through Saturday for the brewery’s annual “Weihnachtsmarkt.” This German tradition will see parts of the brewery turned into a traditional marketplace, where several local vendors will be selling items for Christmas wish lists.
The festivities begin this Thursday at 4 p.m., with OMB releasing its Yule Bock at 5 p.m., and there will also be a tree lighting at that time. The Weihnachtsmarkt will run 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.
Finally, Olde Mecklenburg also announced its bottle release for Fat Boy Baltic Porter, which this year is aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels. The release will be January 24, and you can read more about this event from Daniel at CharlotteBeer.com.
–This Thursday, Good Bottle Co will host a tap takeover featuring seven beers from Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville. The lineup includes Wicked Weed’s most recent GABF gold-medal winning beer, Mompara Imperial Honey Ale. You’ll also be able to try the brewery’s Blind Faith, a Belgian Strong Dark Ale; Capricious, a sour mango IPA; French 75, an ale aged in gin barrels; Dark Age Bourbon Stout, Gluten Assassin Pale Ale and Freak of Nature Double IPA. All beers will be tapped at 6 p.m.
–On Sunday at noon, Salud Beer Shop is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Terrapin’s Wake ‘n Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout with a “Wake ‘n Bake-Off.” Ten chefs will have the opportunity to come up with their most creative dishes using the famed Terrapin beer. The best part? Those who attend get to be the tasters and voters.
For $25, you get a voting card (used to judge the dishes), a beer ticket for one pour of Wake ‘n Bake and a logoed mug. Funds for this event are being raised to help Changed Choices. There are only 100 tickets for Sunday, so act now.
–And finally, this Saturday at 10 a.m. is when tickets for Queen City Brewers Festival will go on sale. This year’s event has been moved to Bojangles Coliseum and once again will fall on the last Saturday of January (which is Jan. 31 this year). There is an afternoon tasting session and an evening tasting session. Both will sell out at some point, if history holds true, so get your QCBF tickets sooner rather than later. Here is the link to the ticket site when they do go on sale.