"Baptized in the Funk" was the fourth annual sour festival that Salud Beer Shop hosted in conjunction with some brewery favorites such as Fonta Flora (Morganton, NC) and Free Range Brewing (Charlotte, NC). The Neighborhood Theatre (just around the corner from Salud) in NoDa is transformed into a beer tasting emporium during this four hour festival. There is an upper level (included Fud at Salud) and a lower level that saw over 40 vendors represented. Included in your $70 price tag was a stem tasting glass with the "Baptized in the Funk" art and a great time with friends!
Some of my personal highlights included Wicked Weed unveiling Red Atrial (a collaboration with Jester King), Fonta Flora pouring 2016 Jitterbug, Still (heavily blackberry fruited sour) and Ramatazz Remix (volume 1 & 2 mixed), also fan favorites Greenman poured Bootsy, Snozzberry and Maceo. Alongside of these were local, as well as, international offerings from renown breweries such as Gueuzerie Tilquin, The Libertine Brewing Company, Jester King, Carolina Brauerhaus Ales, Casa Agria, Newgrass, Lenny Boy, and Heist are just to name a few.
As tradition would have it, the festival ended with Jason (owner of Salud) opening a case of Brasserie Cantillon at the location where Fonta Flora was set up. Some of the loons that were popped included Fou' Foune, Iris, Grand Cru, and Kriek. What a great tradition and ever better way to say, "Thank You" to all who came out! Well, another Funk Fest in the books and a superb afternoon in NoDa. Until next year, Salud!!
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My text read, "What are you doing Tuesday?" "I am opening up the Maple Bourbon Mexican Cake!"
Fernandez had me at, "Maple Bourbon!" Is this beer a 'white whale'? I am not sure how others feel after tasting it, but I think is does fall into that category. Most of the people who came to the share had a bottle in their cellars, but none were ready to open theirs just yet. The hype of this beer grew due to Westbrook not tapping their kegs of it on the release day, meaning if anybody wanted to try it, they had to open somebody's personal bottle (which was limit one per person).
It was the best beer I have ever had! The sweetness of the maple was very present in the beginning followed by the infamous heat from the peppers as you finished each sip. Just pure tastiness!!
As should be at any share, like caliber brews should be brought if you know there is going to be a main event. This share was no different, great beer after great beer showed up as we put "work in" on a Tuesday night at Good Bottle Shop. Below are just some of the beers that were shared on this evening. Thanks to all the guys who came out!!
Next up: Baptized in the Funk: Release the Funk Sour Beer Festival
My journey began at 6:30 am on my way to Olde Hickory Brewery for their Event Horizon Spectrum Series release. I quickly realized I was underdressed with flip-flops and 38 degrees with a slight breeze! My cure, 2015 Bourbon County Bourbon Stout.......my toes are still freezing! What was I in search of?
Olde Hickory took their flagship beer, Event Horizon (Imperial stout brewed with honey aged in bourbon barrels) and added adjuncts to them to create the Spectrum Series. Here are the four beers included in this series: Spectrum #1 - coffee and cinnamon; Spectrum #2 - orange and cocoa; Spectrum #3 - vanilla and coconut; Spectrum #4 - coffee and chocolate. I really enjoyed the series with Spectrum #3 being my favorite right now. I believe that a little age will only make these beers better! Off to lunch and a birthday party in Morganton, NC!
Happy Birthday Todd and Fonta Flora! What better way to celebrate their birthday than with a glass of fresh Rhythm Rug! Tickets went on sale for this release November 2nd and 3rd and sold out both days in less than 3 minutes! What a testament to the great things Fonta Flora is brewing. After getting my bottles secured in the car, it was time to fellowship with great friends, make new friends and celebrate! Oh yea, all while drinking some great brews. Here are a few pictures of the activities at the party:
As you can see, it was a great time. Last, on my way back home I was vividly made aware of what was close to the hearts of so many in that area, the wild fires that has burned through so many acres of forest in the NC mountains. Fonta Flora is less than 10 miles from where these flames are still burning and consuming beautiful mountain ranges. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved in that fight and to those that have lost land, homes or other valuables due to this event.
Saturday, November 5th, 2016 was my first Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake release event experience. I meet up with two buddies at 7:30 that morning to make the trek down to Mount Pleasant, SC where the brewery and the release was taking place. I felt like a college kid going on my first spring break trip! As expected, the majority of the conversation on the way down was centered around craft beer and our expectations for today's event. It was all of our first time attending the release.
We arrived at the brewery around 10:30 and started meeting up with other fellow craft beer enthusiasts from the Charlotte, NC region.
The event didn't technically start until 11:00, so we congregated to where we thought the line would begin for pours and bottle pick-up. Promptly at 11:00, individuals where allowed to pick up their bottle allotments. Unfortunately, drafts were not ready at the same time. Approximately around 11:30, an announcement was made by one of the owners that this event was officially started! To start we got in line at the outside pouring table to get round one: 2015 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Mexican Coconut Cake and 2016 Tequila Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake. Underwhelmed that the Coconut had really fallen off within a year and the Tequila was ever so present! Round two included: 2014 Mexican Cake and more Tequila Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake.
After getting round two, the tap room was opening up, time to get in another line! Once inside, we decided to divide and conquer and each get something different off the menu. Here is what made it's way to the table: Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake, 2015 Cognac Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake, Mr. Chipper and Copy Paste. Also, somehow while waiting in line it was decided to purchase a 2015 Pappy Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake and 2015 Chocolate Bourbon Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake! New problem at our table.....all of the glasses look the same! Which is which? Post-it notes are a must next year!
As the day grew long, our conversation was centered around when we thought the Maple Bourbon Mexican Cake would be put on draft. The real showcase of this year's batch and we couldn't wait to try it, hopefully. We all know what idle hands do........they buy a bottle of 2013 Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake followed by a 2013 Red Wine Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake! These were the highlights of the day, especially since Maple Bourbon never showed its face!
Overall, this was an experience that I will look forward to each year. Not so much attempting to get a ticket for bottles, but coming down for all the cake is well worth it. I did get to have my cake and drink it too!
I just received my first shipment from the Brewpublik Buyer's Club this past Saturday. Included in my shipment were the following three beers: Selassie (imperial stout with Ethiopian coffee and vanilla beans) from Omnipollo, Michigan Maple Jesus (imperial stout aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels) from Evil Twin and Metatropics (farmhouse ale with pineapple, passionfruit, mango and grapefruit) from Wicked Weed & Trois Dame. A great first delivery without having to leave my house!
How does the buyer's club operate? Once you have signed up and created your beer profile, you will start to receive emails about beers that are available for you to reserve. The emails average to approximately 1 per day. These emails range from beers that have just been delivered to the Brewpublik warehouse, beers arriving within the week or 'soft release' beers. Soft release beers are highly sought after beers that Brewpublik will be receiving, but they are not sure the quantity they will finally end up with. So, they do a 'soft release' allowing you to reserve a pre-determined number of that particular beer with hopes they receive enough to fulfill your request, as well as, everyone else's. The above mentioned beers were the three I requested and was fortunate to be able to get all three!
Once you receive an email of a beer that you would like, you simply just reply to that email stating the quantity of that beer you hope to receive. If you do not want a particular beer, simply do not reply to the email. It's that simple! Once you reach a certain amount beer in the warehouse, Brewpublik will contact you about a delivery so you can start to enjoy your newly acquired brews. Usually deliveries are Thursday through Saturday and someone over the age of 21 must be available to sign for the beer. Brewpublik will also deliver to your business if that fits your schedule better. As you can see, this is a win-win situation that results in great beer being delivered to your doorstep!
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