Catawba Releases Mardi Gras Wild IPA

Catawba Brewing Releases Mardi Gras Wild IPA




On Thursday, February 23rd Catawba Brewing will release a special Barrel Aged Wild IPA 5.5% as part of their Mardi Gras celebration. This beer began its parade twelve months ago as a much tamer session IPA, before spending a year with Brettanomycees in oak barrels. After aging, the beer was dry-hopped, lending ripe tropical fruit and citrus peel flavors to the earthy farmhouse funk of a traditional wild ale, with an ever-so-subtle hint of bourbon.


Brewed in Morganton and aged in Asheville, this is Passport Beer #8 in Catawba’s 2017 Small Batch rewards program, available in their three tasting rooms and in limited distribution.



Catawba will host their Mountain Mardi Gras party on Sunday, Feb. 26 at their South Slope location (32 Banks Ave). Festivities begin at 5pm, immediately following the Asheville Mardi Gras Parade. Bring your krewe and come out for music by The Low Down Sires, a New Orleans-style brass band, and a special Cajun-themed menu courtesy of Deli Llammma food truck.



About Catawba Brewing Company

Founded in 1999 by the Pyatt family, natives of Western North Carolina, Catawba Brewing operates a main production facility in downtown Morganton, NC at 212 S. Green St; a boutique brewery/tasting room in downtown Asheville, NC at 32 Banks Ave; and a tasting room in Asheville’s Biltmore Village at 63 Brook St. A new Catawba brewery/tasting room will open in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood at 933 Louise Ave in the spring of 2017. Catawba beers can be found in NC, SC, TN, AL, and coming soon to GA. Find us at

The Weekly Beer Releases from Burial Beer

The Weekly Beer Releases from Burial Beer and Shallow Water Kolsch Can Release Saturday, March 18th


Wednesday, Feb 22nd  Voorhamer Imperial Stout

The little brother of Houtenhamer, this Imperial Stout, brewed with 2-Row, brown, chocolate, honey malt, midnight wheat, Cherrywood Smoked Malt and Lactose, is as brooding and dark as it’s sibling. Dry hopped with Columbus and Simcoe, Voorhamer is the perfect evening sipper.

|9.3%|1.104|60| Black

Thursday, Feb 23rd  – Dire and Ever-Circling Wolves Experiential Rustic Ale

Imagine the disorienting feeling of walking through an unknown forest in complete darkness. A great wash of fear comes over you, your senses heightened; you can almost taste your environment. Moist earth, decaying wood, crushed acorns, evergreen trees…you’re lost, immersed in a cold fog. This black ale is meant to submerge you into this place and this experience. It is meant to provoke your senses and to chart unknown territory by using midnight wheat, earthy and piney hops, spruce tips, juniper branches and berries and fermented with a wild yeast.

|6.3%|1.054|30| Black

Saturday, Feb 25th 

Scythe Rye IPA

For this Rye IPA, we use a healthy dose of malted Rye and Belgian Crystal malts while Mosaic, Summit, and Chinook hops add that delicious hop flavor and aroma.

|7%|1.061|66| Orange

*Available in 16oz-4packs

“I Know For A Fact You Don’t Party” Imperial Stout


Brewed in collaboration with our friends from Night Shift Brewing this Imperial Stout is brewed with Pilsner, pale chocolate, flaked barley, Blackprinz, honey, Beechwood Smoked, Cherrywood Smoked, Carared, and Double Roasted Crystal malt. Coconut sugar and brown sugar round out this heafty stout.

|10%|1.102|45| Black

*Available in 16oz-4packs


Weathered Scythe – Rye Barrel-Aged Rye IPA

Our beloved first-brewed beer rested in barrels. Scythe is a malt-driven ale crafted with NC Rye and hopped with Mosaic aged in Rye Barrels.
|9%| Orange

*Available in 500ml bottles
Weathered Scythe – Bourbon Barrel-Aged Rye IPA

Our beloved first-brewed beer rested in barrels. Scythe is a malt-driven ale crafted with NC Rye and hopped with Mosaic aged in Bourbon Barrels.

|9%| Orange

*Available in 500ml bottles



Shallow Water Kolsch Can Release Saturday, March 18th

Brewed in collaboration with Great Raft Brewing this 12oz-6pack Kolsch, is the first of an annual Mardi Gras release of a beer dedicated to the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans.

100% of the proceeds of this beer released March 18th in Georgia, New York, Louisiana, and North Carolina will go the LEAF Feather Fund to keep the Mardi Gras Indians dancing.




Terrapin Beer Co. to release T-Time, Tea and Lemon Berliner Weisse

Terrapin Beer Co will be releasing its newest special release, T-Time, this March. The beer is a Tea and Lemon Berliner Weisse style ale brewed with Maya Tea from Tucson, Arizona.

The limited release is perfect for a quick round of golf, or for sipping while watching a tournament on TV. Sweet, crisp taste and a tart finish make this low-alcohol beer a hole in one.

Available in 6-packs of 12 oz cans and on draft in limited quantities across Terrapin’s distribution network starting in the first few weeks in March.

From the Label:
ABV: 4.0%
IBU: 5
SRM: 2.5

“T-Time Berliner Weisse German Style Ale” is a tart and thirst-quenching wheat beer made with fresh tea and lemon. This easy-to-drink summertime refresher will get you back into the swing of things both on and off the course.”

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Buys 24 Acres in Downtown Cornelius, NC

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Buys 24 Acres in Downtown Cornelius, NC



OMB growth dependent upon Craft Freedom & the limits imposed by the NC legislature


CHARLOTTE — February 21 (press release)- The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is pleased to announce the purchase of the old “Curtis Screw Premier Precision” property in Cornelius. The former manufacturing occupant recently relocated to a new facility in Mooresville, enabling OMB to acquire the 24-acre wooded site, with a 51,000 square foot building, situated in the heart of downtown Cornelius.


OMB’s founder, John Marrino: “We are extremely excited about this property. We have a long-term commitment to the Charlotte region and we believe that this site will allow more Charlotteans to experience OMB and our beers first hand.”


Plans for the site hinge on what the North Carolina General Assembly does during its current 2017 session. A movement called Craft Freedom plans to bring legislation to the floor to remove the arbitrary 25,000-barrel production cap law that restricts the growth of self-distributing breweries throughout our state.


OMB brewed over 21,000 barrels in 2016 — after having to preemptively pull-out of the Triad in 2015 to avoid exceeding the cap. If the legislature lifts the barrel cap in 2017, OMB plans to invest an additional $7 million in the Cornelius site to expand its brewing and wholesale operations, in addition to building a spectacular Brauhaus & Biergarten. This will create well over 100 new local jobs in Cornelius (on top of the 133 currently employed by OMB in Charlotte), and generate millions of dollars of additional economic activity here in our region. However, if the law does not change, the future of the new site will be significantly impacted; OMB will only be able to build a Brauhaus & Biergarten in Cornelius, resulting in fewer new jobs in the lake region. And, OMB will have to further restrict its sales territory to avoid exceeding the production limit, leaving millions of Charlotteans without easy access to OMB products.


As a business, OMB must look ahead and continue driving towards its core goal of enriching the quality of life in the Charlotte region. Cornelius represents an enormous opportunity but also a risk due to the uncertainty created by this misguided state law.


OMB’s founder, John Marrino: “We hope we can make the Cornelius site everything it can and should be. We also hope this announcement will bring more awareness to Craft Freedom’s efforts. The current law protects wholesalers and foreign beer from free and open homegrown competition. It’s truly un-American and unfair. We hope the North Carolina legislature will change the law in 2017 so we can continue to invest in our local community, increasing jobs and economic opportunity.”


On February 27th look for the OMB Spring seasonal release of Früh Bock. Früh means Spring in German — and this seasonal “Spring Bock” captures the promise of warmer days ahead, combining a slight malty sweetness with a refreshing touch of citrus aroma from its noble Bavarian hops.





The antiquated 25,000-barrel cap law requires small breweries to relinquish control of their path to market and transfer ownership of their brand to a state-sanctioned cartel of 23 wholesale distributors should they exceed the production cap. This anti-free-market government intrusion exists in no other industry, and punishes success. Small local brewers take enormous risks to start and build a business, create good manufacturing, sales and distribution jobs, and boost their local economies. But once they achieve a small measure of success, the state dictates that another private entity should reap the rewards of that effort and inspiration.

Sign the Craft Freedom Petition:



Founded in 2009 in Charlotte, NC, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery believes in delivering fresh, local beer and adhering to Germany’s oldest beer purity guideline, known as the “Reinheitsgebot”. Five beers are available year-round and at least 8 others make seasonal and holiday appearances — always delivered in refrigerated trucks to preserve freshness and meet the demands of ultra-premium beer consumers. OMB is one of only nine craft breweries included on the Inc. 5000 list, and the only one in North Carolina. The Brewery has received numerous regional and international medals in North America and Europe. OMB was also named Best Brewery Tour in the country by the readers of USA Today, and receives many accolades for its multi-acre Munich-inspired Biergarten, which seats over 1,000. For more information, visit or @oldemeckbrew on social media.

From the “Strange Cargo” series of oak aged ales Big Boss Brewing announces a trio of bottle releases

Big Boss Brewing’s Latest Set Of Oak Aged Ales

From the “Strange Cargo” series of oak aged ales Big Boss Brewing announces a trio of bottle releases



Three new beers emerge from Big Boss and their barrel ageing program in Raleigh, NC. The first offering captures the earthiness of brettanomyces. Brett Belle 7 % ABV uses the breweries Belgian-style ale, Hell’s Belle, as a catalyst to a dry funk finish.  After the brewery has conditioned the beer for approximately 120 days in oak wine barrels, the beers character gave way to a complete transformation to a distinctive barnyard flavor that is so often associated with beers that are fermented with brettanomyces.
Second in the bottle releases is a new version of Prometheus Unbound. Big Boss took our 8% stout as a base beer and then aged it in oak bourbon barrels with cherries!  Dark malt & chocolate notes blend with an added dimension of oak and Virginia bourbon melding together for it’s final presentation.


Last in the trio of beers and continuing the breweries sour offering, Saints & Sinners 5% ABV is aged in oak foedres for six or more months.  S&S is a Flanders inspired ale that captures a refreshing fruit and oak qualities of the vessel. Saints & Sinners is brewed with corn from local  Yates Mill,  established around 1756, it is  one of the oldest working stone mills in the country!

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