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INDY: A big beer tasting — one year later

Posted by Pop The Cap on August 25th, 2006

“In every pursuit, there are different levels of geekitude, and I use that fake word in the most affectionate sense. Take beer drinking. You’ve got the self-proclaimed beer monster who will drink the holy hell out of a keg–as long as it’s full of Bud Lite. Others ride a trajectory that goes something like Old Milwaukee to Michelob to Newcastle to Rogue to Dogfish Head.

Then there’s Jamie Guptill. He works at Durham beer mecca Sam’s Quick Shop, and he keeps a log in which he writes his impressions whenever he tries a new beer. He always brings his own beer to keg parties.”

For the full article, click here!

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!

Winston-Salem: Magic Hat Triad debut party

Posted by Pop The Cap on August 17th, 2006

From PTC Triad leader Loki (a.k.a. Kipp):

Thursday – August 17, 2006
Tasting @ 6th And Vine
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
(336) 725-5577

Join Matt, Chuck and Tori of Magic Hat for an evening of fun, games and elixirs galore!! Come and see what the Best Tasting Beer on the Planet is all about!! Imbibe the refreshing #9, an ale brewed in secrecy and win yourself some great FREE Magic Hat prizes to call your own!! Cheers!!

6th and Vine is the first place in the Triad to have Magic Hat.

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.

Statewide: Pop The Cap’s one-year celebration

Posted by Pop The Cap on August 12th, 2006

We’re celebrating the one-year lifting of the cap throughout August. Here’s what we have lined up FOR SURE.

AUGUST 12th

  • Tyler’s Taproom in CARRBORO: celebrate broader beer selection with French Broad Brewing Company!

A great combination of Asheville music and Asheville beer: Asheville’s French Broad Brewery will offer draft beer specials, and is bringing along two great bands from the area.

Pop The Cap celebration at 7:30pm at the bar.
Music at the Speakeasy starts at 8pm; $4 cover.

  • Cape Fear Wine and Beer in WILMINGTON: all day beer specials!

In the works, possibly later in the month:

  • Foothills Brewing and Mellow Mushroom in Winston Salem
  • Events in Asheville and Charlotte

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!

Raleigh: Duck-Rabbit 2nd anniversary

Posted by Pop The Cap on August 9th, 2006

(From beerinator.com. I’ve had this beer and it is amazing.)

DUCK-RABBIT CRAFT BREWERY CELEBRATES 2ND ANNIVERSARY

Farmville, NC—The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery celebrates its second anniversary with a Pint Night at Raleigh’s Flying Saucer Draught Emporium on Wednesday, August 9, 2006.

The event unveils the brewery’s Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter, third in a series of limited-release seasonal specialty beers. The Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter is deep, rich and velvety soft. A full blooded roasty character is balanced by complex alcohol notes. Strong (9% alcohol by volume) yet unfailingly subtle, this special brew warrants sipping and savoring. Accolades abound in the brewing community as brewmaster and founder Paul Philippon’s distinguished portfolio of beers has expanded to include a series of seasonal specialties—the Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter follows the Rabid Duck Russian Imperial Stout and Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale.

Specializing in dark beers, the Farmville, North Carolina brewery entered the craft beer market in August of 2004, offering Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale, Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale, Duck-Rabbit Porter and Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout. Duck-Rabbit sales continue to climb throughout North Carolina, as well as South Carolina and Eastern Tennessee.

Event Details:

What: Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery 2nd Anniversary Celebration. The first 120 pints sold will be served in take-home Duck-Rabbit logo glassware.

Where: Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, located at 328 West Morgan Street, in downtown Raleigh

When: 7pm on Wednesday, August 9, 2006.

Information: Contact Jay Wilson at 919.559.5091 or jwilson (at) duckrabbitbrewery.com

Website: www.duckrabbitbrewery.com

More on the one-year celebration THIS SATURDAY (the 12th)

Posted by Pop The Cap on August 8th, 2006

We’re lining up events throughout August. First up is CARRBORO and WILMINGTON this Saturday! Please pass this along to your friends…we’re relying on word-of-mouth given how quickly this is coming up.
AUGUST 12th

A great combination of Asheville music and Asheville beer: Asheville’s French Broad Brewery will offer draft beer specials (including the French Broad Wee Heavier!). In addition, the brewery is bringing along two great bands from the area: Woody Wood and Tyler Ramsey.

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!

Stay tuned for events in other cities (Asheville, Winston-Salem and Charlotte). For now, we hope to see you in Carrboro or Wilmington!

Carrboro: Panzanella NC beer dinner

Posted by Pop The Cap on August 7th, 2006

Panzanella, Carrboro’s community-owned Italian eatery, is celebrating North Carolina beer and food with a Monday night dinner.

The cost of this event is $40/person; space is limited, so reserve early. Please pay in advance and pick up a ticket for this tasting at either Panzanella or the Customer Service Desk at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro.

You can find additional discussion around the dinner on the Beerinator website.

Recap: Carolina Brewery’s NC beer dinner

Posted by Pop The Cap on August 6th, 2006

This past Thursday, a sold-out crowd of 130 patrons filled the upstairs section of Chapel Hill’s Carolina Brewery for the brewery’s first North Carolina beer dinner.

More @ Flickr!

It was a wonderful evening. Brewer Jon “MC Hops” Connelly kept the crowd entertained and focused, and we heard from participating brewers Oscar Wong of Highland Brewing Company and Paul Phillapon of the Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery.

A recap of the beer and food:

Appetizers
Sky Blue Golden Ale Battered Spicy Shrimp Rolls with Teriyaki Glaze
Giacomo’s Pigs in a Blanket with Whole Grain Duck Rabbit Milk Stout Mustard Sauce
Honey-Lavender Grilled Figs over Celebrity Farms Goat Cheese Canapes

Beers: a selection of Carolina Brewery, Highland, and Duck-Rabbit beers

Salad
Roasted Farmer’s Market Vegetable Napoleon with Fresh Mozzarella, Arugula Pecan Pesto, Grilled Radicchio with a To Hell ‘n’ Bock reduction.

Beer: Highland’s Gaelic Ale

Entree
Apricot Stuffed Pork Loin with Roasted Baby Beets and Braised Fennel. Veggies types received a Citrus Marinated Grilled Tofu with Apricot Chutney, beets and fennel.

Beer: Carolina Brewery’s To Hell ‘n’ Bock.

Dessert
Tiramisu-Sabayon- Counter Culture Dipped Lady Fingers, Fresh Fruit, DR Milk Stout Marscapone Cheese topped with Brulee Sabayon Sauce.

Beer: Duck-Rabbit’s Milk Stout.

Other beers on tap and not-to-be-missed: the Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter (amazing) and the Highland Imperial Gaelic (yuh-huh, I ain’t kiddin’).

All for $30. Can’t beat that.

If you missed this event, Carolina Brewery is planning another one in October (I believe the 21st). If you were there, feel free to comment on the event or post pictures at the emerging Pop The Cap group on Flickr. I forgot my camera, so the pictures of Thursday’s event come courtesy of Robert “New Papa” Poitras at the Carolina Brewery.