“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!

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!

Charlotte: Oktoberfest!

Posted by Pop The Cap on September 30th, 2006

It’s Oktoberfest time! Enjoy over 250 beers from regional, national and international breweries.

You can purchase advance tickets for $25 at the Charlotte Oktoberfest website. The Carolina Brewmasters, hosts of this event for all eight years running, are limiting ticket sales to 5,000…so it promises to be a well-run, fun event.

Buy your tickets now!

Asheville: Brewgrass Festival

Posted by Pop The Cap on September 23rd, 2006

When: Saturday, September 23, 2006
Where: Market Street in the Historic “Block”
Time: 12-7p.m.

From the Brewgrass Festival web site:
Each year in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, we gather over 30 American breweries to showcase more than 100 different beers. We add a great lineup of national and regional bluegrass musicians that, in the past, has included such notables as Jimmy Martin, J.D. Crowe, The Osborne Brothers, Norman Blake, Tony Trischka, Bad Livers, Valerie Smith, Tony Furtado, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Sons Of Ralph. We also feature a variety of area food vendors and plenty of water.

Put all these things together and you have the ingredients for the perfect beer day.

Get your tickets or learn more about the festival!

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.

A few pics from the one-year celebration

Posted by Pop The Cap on August 14th, 2006

Ah, Flickr. I love you. But a simple task on your site turns into hours of browsing, much like my Aunt Flo on eBay after her afternoon Rob Roys.

Anyway, here are a few shots of the most excellent one-year celebration at Tyler’s in Carrboro. Many thanks to the event supporters, including Foothills, Highland, and French Broad breweries! And many thanks to Greg (the baker) Prospero for taking pictures of the toast!

We’re entering beer festival season, meaning that breweries (in particular) are really, really busy. It also means that there’s a lot of great beer-related events going on. SO…we at Pop The Cap going to support these events and plan our own functions in the more quiet months of the year. Look for 2007 membership information in the fall. In addition, we’ll be working on some publications and promotions to let people know all about the great breweries and beer businesses throughout the Old North State.

For now, many thanks to all of you who wrote letters, visited legislators and supported Pop The Cap. It’s been a great year.