Quick Pours: Lake Norman Beer Fest, Can designs for NoDa Brewing Company, Lenny Boy Brewery is official and why the Panthers don’t actually have the cheapest beer prices

Courtesy of NoDa Brewing Company
The can designs for NoDa's Jam Session and Hop, Drop 'n Roll, coming to local stores soon

Mondays got you down? Don’t fret, because as always, there are some incredible things happening in the local craft community. Here are a few items to check out:

• This Saturday (Sept. 21) marks the fourth annual Lake Norman Beer Festival, which will take place at the Galway Hooker in Cornelius from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. More than 30 breweries are taking part in this event, which will also feature live music, games and a bratwurst-eating contest. (Food trucks will also be on site.) New to the festival this year is a homebrew tent, which I always say is worth checking out (you’ll be more than surprised how talented these homebrewers are).

One local brewery making its festival debut is Lake Norman Brewing Company. The Mooresville-based brewery has quietly stepped on the scene while still constructing its taproom, which is scheduled for completion at some point by the end of the year. Lake Norman Brewing has already put its Dockside Blonde Ale and Outboard Amber Ale on tap at several northern locations (including Davidson Beverage Company and the Mooresville Duckworth’s), and I’m eager to check out the brewery once it’s completed.

Tickets for the Lake Norman Beer Fest are $40 and include a commemorative sampling glass. For $10 more, you can get a VIP ticket, which allows for entrance to the festival one hour earlier and also includes a gift bag with a T-shirt along with access to the private VIP area featuring private seating and restrooms. Go here to purchase tickets. 

• A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the rising popularity of craft beer in cans. This was spurred by the announcement of NoDa Brewing Company putting Jam Session and Hop, Drop ‘n Roll in 16 oz. cans.

The brewery officially released said can designs, and they look great. You’ll be able to find the cans in local bottle shops, bars and restaurants in the next couple of weeks, and they will eventually roll out to grocery stores (sold in 4-packs) in the next several months.

NoDa is also having another White Elephant Bottle Party tonight (Mon.). Everyone is invited to bring a wrapped 22 oz. craft beer bottle, and from there, it works just like the Christmas White Elephant parties, where gifts are stolen. NoDa has put on these in the past, and I can tell you the selection of beers at these events is nothing short of outstanding.

• If you’ve been to a local beer festival in the last couple of years, you may have seen a table/booth for Lenny Boy Kombucha. And if you haven’t tried any, you’re missing out. For those who don’t know, Kombucha is a fermented tea using all organic ingredients and brewed with filtered water. Many laud its immune-boosting properties, and it hits the spot the following morning after a long night out.

Lenny Boy opened in 2012 and has not only made the rounds at festivals, but you can also find it on tap at various local breweries along with its own location in the SouthEnd district. The tap room had been closed for several months, and Lenny Boy announced why last week: It has officially become a N.C. brewery and will be releasing Kombucha Wild Ale in the coming weeks.

As noted on the Web site, the “booch” will now come spiked if you want it that way. The Kombucha Wild Ales will vary in ABV percentage, from 1 percent up to 11. Lenny Boy’s tap room officially re-opens Oct. 5.

• And finally, in case you missed it, one of the more popular items among local craft beer aficionados last week was a list by Team Marketing Report that claimed the Carolina Panthers sold the cheapest beer among all NFL teams.

The list showed that an ounce of beer was 27 cents, which quickly raised the eye of myself and others. A cost of 27 cents an ounce would mean a 16-ounce beer would cost roughly $4.30, a price Panthers fans haven’t seen since the days of Dom Capers, Sam Mills and Wesley Walls.

Scott Fowler from The Charlotte Observer did a little digging and found out that the list was indeed wrong. (Team Marketing Report was also incorrect on the most expensive beer as well.) The correct number is 37.5 cents an ounce, as the cheapest beer inside Bank of America Stadium is now $7.50, putting the Panthers tied for fourth on the list.

Even though it’s not the cheapest, Bank of America Stadium is one of the best in the NFL for local craft beers (actually, fourth best according to this post). Daniel from CharlotteBeer.com has a great post about locating both local and N.C. beers inside B of A. And at the end of October, the aforementioned NoDa Brewing cans of Jam Session and Hop, Drop ‘n Roll will also be available at the stadium.

So if you’re heading to the game Sunday against the Giants, make sure to seek out a local craft beer. And judging by the Panthers’ recent performance, you may need a repeat visit or two.

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