Quick Pours: NoDa releasing Hop Cakes cans Monday, Uptown Duckworth’s sets opening date and more
Craft beer news in the city never slows down (even when you’re on vacation). Here are some upcoming items to keep an eye out for. Cheers!
–As mentioned a while back, NoDa Brewing Co.’s chose Hop Cakes for its second seasonal can offering. This Monday, February 6, you’ll be able to get 4-pack cans of Hop Cakes at the brewery. If you haven’t had it yet, Hop Cakes is a double IPA brewed with pure maple syrup from Vermont (each batch is brewed with 110 pounds of the good stuff). It’s long been a favorite of NoDa fans, from when it was first introduced as a NoDable small batch beer to making appearances at Brawley’s Black & Blue Festival, so upping the production and offering it as a seasonal can release is a no-brainer.
NoDa’s taproom will open Monday at 4 p.m. and if you can’t wait that long to try it, the brewery will have Hop Cakes on draft beginning today at 4 p.m. Hop Cakes cans will also make its way to local bottle shops and stores beginning Tuesday, while you’ll also be able to get it on draft as well at several bars/restaurants next week.
–One of the most anticipated openings in the local craft community now has an opening date. Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse will stake its claim in Uptown Charlotte on Monday, March 2, when the newest craft beer bar will open its doors for the first time. The fifth Duckworth’s will be located at 330 N. Tryon Street, which most know better as the old Fox & Hound (or, if you’ve been in Charlotte for a longer time like me, the old Atlantic Beer & Ice).
This will be the largest Duckworth’s yet, with three levels, including a downstairs location called The Cellar, which will house vintage and rare beers (rumor has it one of the first kegs tapped there will be the elusive Founders CBS). I’m looking forward to what this newest location brings to Uptown Charlotte, one of the few areas where craft beer is a little lacking.
–A belated congratulations to Sugar Creek Brewing Company, which sent out a press release earlier in the week announcing a bottling line expansion and further distribution. Since opening in the former Olde Mecklenburg Brewery location five months ago, Sugar Creek has grown nicely into the Charlotte craft beer scene, including its first bottle release (Belgian Dubbel) and a steady expansion into local bars and restaurants. The addition of a bottling line will allow Sugar Creek to get more of its beer to the local market, distributing six-packs and bombers. Look for more on Sugar Creek’s impressive growth in a future On Tap post this month.