Tapped into Craft Libations and Victuals: February 2018
It Is Time for Hopslam
Bell’s Brewery, of Kalamazoo Michigan, has released their very limited batch of their wildly popular yearly brew called Hopslam. While not a NC beer per se, it is loved, adored and sought out by North Carolinians, especially hop freaks.
Bell’s is consistently putting out fantastic brews from their stouts and porters to their wheats (Oberon) and IPAs (Two Hearted Ale), but this, ladies and gentlemen, Hopslam, is a Double IPA. 10% ABV and full on flavor. There are honey notes and deep hop profiles.
According to Bell’s website, they start with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops. That is a lot of hops.
Hopslam, again is a very limited release and when it is gone, it’s gone. You can find them in cans at your favorite local bottle shops and on draft at many of the fine drinking establishments around the Triad.
We had this on The Less Desirables and I’m rating it 4.75 pints out of 5. Usually, I’m not a hoppy beer fan, but I love Double IPAs and this is spot on. Get yours now!
This month we are featuring Local Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Coffee that will be that the Big Eat Mac n Cheese Cook Off and Beverage Festival (Feb 24th 2-6p at the Millennium Center) BigEatNC.com
Old Nick Williams Farm and Distillery Lewisville NC
For over 250 years, the Williams Family has had a truly amazing and colorful journey, from participating in the Revolutionary War to establishing and then losing a world famous whiskey brand to prohibition. The “Old Nick Williams Distillery” continued full operation until prohibition laws were enacted making it illegal to sell whiskey in North Carolina. “Old Nick” was then forced to distribute their products by shipping them out of state. After national prohibition was enacted, Glen’s widow had no choice but to destroy the remaining whiskey and shutdown the distillery.
Today the sixth and seventh generation Williams’s family is back in operation on the same location of the original distillery. They have brought back to life their over 200 year old recipes to once again share with the public. The Old Nick Williams Farm and Distillery is offering historical tours and tastings on Fridays and Saturdays from 11-6 and during the week by appointment. They currently offer their Carolina Whiskey and a Carolina Bourbon in most ABC stores across the state. Come experience a piece of history and enjoy some fantastic NC sprites. (336) 946-1012 oldnickwhiskey.com
Broad Branch Distillery – Winston-Salem NC
We mash and ferment our grains and sugar to ensure authentic spirits that reflect our Blue Ridge Mountain heritage. Each batch is tempered and aged to preserve and enhance the delicate, defining aromas and flavors. (336) 602-2824 broadbranchdistillery.com/
– NightLab 1.0 – NC whiskey
Spirits distilled from a mash of grains, cane and hops
– Smashing Violet – Blueberry whiskey
NC craft infusion
– Nobilium – Aged NC whiskey
Spirits distilled from a mash of grains, cane, and hops barrel matured in European oak
Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Co.
(336) 999-8945 fiddlinfish.com
– One-Off Wednesdays Experimentation is at the heart of everything we do here at Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Co. We share our latest experimental brews with the world on Wednesdays via our One-Off Wednesday program. Small batches, fruit infusions, nothing is off the table! Come see what we’ve been cooking up, but hurry, One-Off Wednesday beers never last very long!
– Camel City Session IPA
At 4.8% ABV, this juicy, easy-drinking session is the lightest member of our Camel City IPA family. Cascade, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops lend this beer a bold flavor and aroma, evoking pineapple and grapefruit. This session IPA makes a great adventure companion that won’t slow you down!
– Black Mountain Chocolate Stout
Named after our neighbors who make chocolate the hard way: bean-to-bar, this is truly dessert in a glass. We brew this milk stout with cocoa nibs, roasted fresh at Black Mountain Chocolate
CRAFT HAPPINESS IPA PROJECT IPA – INDIGNEOUS
Brewed to bring awareness to the needs of our regional wildlife. Partial proceeds to benefit the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. Brewed with Sorachi Ace and Citra hops; earthy, herbal notes upfront with a tropical, citrusy finish.
The annual release of our iconic Russian Imperial Stout. Infused with organic Peruvian cocoa nibs, big chocolate aroma with notes of espresso, blackstrap molasses, dark sweet toffee and dark fruit.
PILOT MOUNTAIN PALE ALE
Named for one of western North Carolina’s most iconic landmarks. A classic American style Pale Ale brewed with British Pale and Caramel Malts, and aggressively hopped with Cascade and Mosaic for superior aroma and flavor. In name and in taste, a landmark beer.
Bravazzi Hard Italian Soda
Inspired by gourmet Italian sodas bursting with sun-ripened citrus flavor, Bravazzi™ excites the senses with its naturally sweet, fizzy essence and fruity aroma.
RagApple Lassie Vineyards
Exquisitely Handcrafted, 100% Estate Grown Wines, Sustainably Farmed and Lovingly Nurtured by Frank, RagApple Lassie’s Owner/Farmer on his hundred-year old Hobson Family Farm. February 10 and 11th – “Valentine’s Chocolate Pairing” events. Live music on Feb 10th and through out the month. (336) 367-6000 ragapplelassie.com
Raylen Vineyards – Mocksville NC
Primarily known for their red blends, but we are equally proud of their stand alone, hard to find varietals ranging from Cabernet Sauvignon to Petit Verdot, Chardonnay to Sparkling Brut. Upcoming events Feb 10th Love the Wine You’re With Chocolate Truffle & Wine Pairing plus live music through out the month raylenvineyards.com (336) 998-3100
Larry’s Coffee – Raleigh NC
We are committed to blending and roasting innovative uniquely delicious coffees — and making the world a better place. 100% of our coffee is Fair Trade, Shade Grown, and Organic, all slow-roasted to bring out every note of indigenous flavor. (919) 696-3470 larryscoffee.com