Quick Pours: Birdsong releasing Honey Pie, Upcoming Beer Dinners and more
As always, there’s never a shortage of happenings in the Charlotte craft beer community. Here’s a look at what’s ahead over the next two weeks:
• This Thursday (Jan. 23), Birdsong Brewing will be releasing one of their most popular beers last year, Honey Pie Double IPA. This hoppy beer comes in at 8.9 percent ABV and is brewed with local honey from Cloister Honey. Honey Pie sold out at the brewery in just three weeks last year and was quite popular at the local bars that received a keg. Birdsong’s taproom opens at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, and That Guy Smitty will also be performing.
However, if you can’t wait that long, Birdsong is releasing a special cask of Honey Pie at the Park Road Duckworth’s on Tuesday. At 6 p.m., Duckworth’s will tap the cask of Honey Pie with fresh papaya. (My mouth waters just typing that sentence.)
• A few beer dinners to mention: On Tuesday, True Crafted Pizza at Stonecrest will host a dinner featuring five Olde Mecklenburg beers: Copper, Captain Jack, Dunkel, Yule Bock and Southside Weiss. True Crafted will have appetizers, artisan cheeses and assorted grilled and specialty oven baked pizzas. The dinner, which runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., is $25. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Saturday, Jan. 25, is the Boar and Oyster Fest at Triple C Brewing. Presented by Slow Food Charlotte, the event runs from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and features barbecue, oysters and Triple C beer, with The Flatland Tourists providing live music. Tickets are $15 for Slow Food members and $20 for everyone else.
On Jan. 28, Dish is partnering with five North Carolina breweries (including two in Charlotte) for a five-course beer dinner. Enjoy beers from NoDa Brewing, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Big Boss, Duck-Rabbit and Mother Earth. Cost is $35 and there are two seatings, 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Call (704) 344-0343 to make a reservation.
• Queen City Brewer’s Festival is sold out, but keep an eye out for ticket giveaways over the next week or so. Many Charlotte breweries, bars/restaurants and bottle shops have been posting on Twitter about their extra tickets, so if you don’t have yours, make sure to give them a follow. Also, QCBF will have a ticket swap on Jan. 29 at VBGB for anyone looking to buy or sell (if you have tickets, be a good beer person and sell for face value).
• Finally, some news from two of Charlotte’s newest breweries. Unknown Brewing just put up its new Web site, check it out to see what they are brewing/pouring (along with some of the hilarious FAQs). And to get an idea about the meticulous task and effort it takes to brew even just a pilot batch, I encourage you to check out Sycamore Brewing’s latest blog post, which is well detailed and informative.