“Craft Beer Lawn Darts” Festival!

Posted by Pop The Cap on April 1st, 2007

It’s the first ever Craft Beer Lawn Darts festival!

Lawn Darts!

Natty Greene’s amazes PTC with $2,000 donation

Posted by Pop The Cap on November 21st, 2006

Last Wednesday was our most successful PTC(v2) function yet, with over $2,000 raised to support awareness of North Carolina and independent breweries. Hosts Chris Lester and Kayne Fisher of Natty Greene’s in Greensboro brought in a crowd of over 50 people — this good audience combined with some amazing auction items resulted in a not-to-miss evening for the Triad. Hey, I even saw the news media there!

Pop The Cap is incredibly grateful to the entire staff of Natty Greenes: Chris, Kayne, Drew, Trevor, Chris D. and our servers, Heather and Jody. I personally had a great time…my only regret is that I didn’t take more pictures!

#2 GABF dinner was great!

Posted by Pop The Cap on November 9th, 2006

Yep indeed, we had a wonderful time at last night’s GABF beer dinner, hosted by the Carolina Brewery. The brewery, as you may recall, won gold for their English-style IPA. Pop The Cap gathered the other NC winning beers for this event, and then let the Carolina Brewery take care of the rest.

The food was great, the auction items were excellent, and the company was superb. Oh, and the beers kicked booty. Many thanks to Robert, Jon, Thomas and Matt of the Carolina Brewery for putting this event together.

More pictures here!

The Jujube beer dinner was a great success!

Posted by Pop The Cap on October 31st, 2006

The Jujube community table

Originally uploaded by peeto teeto.

Chef Charlie Deal of Jujube pulled off an amazing evening…probably the most inventive beer dinner I’ve ever been to.

The five GABF winners each stood out with some amazing pan-Asian food, and the 24 people who attended the evening all seemed to have a good time.

Here are some pictures of the evening. Be sure to join us on Wednesday, November 8th at the Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill or Wednesday, November 15th at Natty Greene’s in Greensboro!

I believe we will have another round of dinners after Thanksgiving, hitting Asheville, the Coast and Charlotte. We will have to substitute the Foothills Baltic Porter for a different Foothills beer, as they are simply out of this popular and limited-edition brew. But it’s Foothills…it’s not like you can go wrong with Jamie and his crew.

Wow, what a great time!

Posted by Pop The Cap on October 1st, 2006

A great venue!The good folks of the Carolina Brewmasters continue to do a great job running the Charlotte Oktoberfest. Litttle touches made a huge difference: arranging the brewers by region (state and southern brewers on one side, other U.S. and international breweries on the other). Creative Loafing provided ping pong tables, foosball and big screen TVs showing football.

The venue was great — the expansive Memorial Stadium with lots of breathing / wandering room.

And of course it helps that it was a beautiful day outside — sunny, 75 degrees with a slight breeze.

Congratulations to the Carolina Brewmasters on a great event. Here are a few pictures of the event….enjoy! I sure did!

Carolina Brewery: NC dinner redux

Posted by Pop The Cap on September 21st, 2006

This just in from the Carolina Brewery:


The 8PM seating for our Fall Beer Dinner on Saturday October 21st is almost sold out so we have decided to add a second seating at 5:30PM! The dinner will feature Carolina Brewery beers paired with a special menu prepared by Chef Forster, and will be a smaller more intimate event than our August NC Beer Dinner.The tickets for the early seating are $40 and we’re giving our Brew Crew members first crack at them before we begin selling to the general public. Call (919.942.1800), stop by, or email info@carolina to get your tickets.

Two good articles in the N&O

Posted by Pop The Cap on September 15th, 2006

These just in…

  1. Business article by Sue Stock on the lifting of the cap, one year later.
  2. “Life is good” beer lover article by Julie Johnson Bradford.

The one thing that I failed to mention to Ms. Stock is this: the beer selection is great, but I’m equally thrilled with the impact HB392 has had on a number of small- to medium-sized businesses. America is a nation of entrepreneurs, and it’s great to see a number of them flourish from the opening of this new market.

Raleigh: Local band, local beer

Posted by Pop The Cap on September 5th, 2006

Every Tuesday, Tir Na Nog in Raleigh is featuring Local Band, Local Beer. The first 100 people through the door receive a free pint glass, and local beers are only $2.50. I don’t know anything about the beers or the type of pint glasses.

This week’s band is Just the Snare? from, well, the Triangle. It’d be funny if they were from Syracuse or something.

I think this is very cool that Tir Na Nog is doing this. You should totally go. What else do you have going on Tuesday?

Yea, I’m talkin’ to you.

Greensboro: Summertime Brews Festival

Posted by Pop The Cap on August 19th, 2006

AUGUST 19, 4:00 — 8:00 P.M.

Sample from over 100 craft beers from around the world at the Greensboro Coliseum Pavilion. Free parking with advance purchase.

Visit the Summertime brews website for more information and to order tickets!

Tonight! Celebrate one year of free beer.

Posted by Pop The Cap on August 12th, 2006

Tyler’s in Carrboro…celebration kicks off with a 7:30pm toast…stay for the music!

“Importing these specialty beers just cuts down on the production and jobs involved in producing North Carolina beer.”

Senator Jim Jacumin, July 2005

French Broad Wee Heavier

Highland Tasgall

Foothills Seeing Double IPA

What do these beers have in common? Two things: they’re the featured beers at tomorrow’s kick-off celebration at Tyler’s in Carrboro. And they weren’t produced last year.

Drink that, Senator Jacumin!

We’re going to celebrate a year of great beer tomorrow at Tyler’s in Carrboro. Join us at the Tyler’s bar for a 7:30pm toast with big beers from French Broad, Highland and Foothills. Then mosey on over to the Speakeasy for a great combination of Asheville music and Asheville beer!

Asheville’s French Broad Brewery will offer draft beer specials on their Wee Heavier, Goldenrod Pilsner, Marzen and White beer. In addition, the brewery is bringing along two great bands from the area: Woody Wood and Tyler Ramsey .

Details, for the summary-minded:

Saturday, August 12, Tyler’s Taproom in Carrboro
Pop The Cap celebration at 7:30pm at the bar
Music at the Speakeasy starts at 8pm ($4 cover)

You don’t have to hit the music scene to celebrate with Pop The Cap, but it’d be great if you were there! Support NC music and NC beer!