Archive for September, 2006

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!

Haven’t met Garrett Oliver? You need to. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Garrett, but I haven’t had a meal that included two meat courses. You can do both at Ruth’s Chris in Charlotte in late October.

Mini Lump Crab Cakes & Shrimp Cocktail
Brooklyner Weisse

Salad-Beef Carpaccio with Romaine Hearts “Caesar” Brooklyn Oktoberfest

Fish-Pilsner-Battered Cod “Fish & Chips”
Brooklyn Pilsner

1st Meat-Lamb Chop with Goat Cheese Potato Gratin & Cippolini Veal Glace
Brooklyn Lager

2nd Meat-Petite Filet with Ruth’s Creamed Spinach & Mini-Loaded Potato
Brooklyn Brown Ale

Dessert-Chocolate Sin Cake with Raspberry Sauce
2005 Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

The cost of the dinner is $75 per person plus tax and tip. Please call Ruth’s Chris for reservations: 704-556-1115.

Raleigh: Duck-Rabbit beer dinner at Zely and Ritz, 7 P.M.

Posted by Pop The Cap on September 24th, 2006

From the good folks at Duck-Rabbit:

“The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery will be featured at a beer dinner at Zely & Ritz, located in Raleigh’s Glenwood South, on Tuesday, October 24. There will be appearances by Duck-Rabbit’s Amber Ale, Brown Ale, Porter, Milk Stout, Wee Heavy Scotch Ale and Baltic Porter.

The menu looks to be incredible, and I’ll post it as soon as I have it in its final form.

For those not familiar with Zely & Ritz, here’s an excerpt from their website,

Zely & Ritz is all about fresh, organic, locally grown dishes served in tapas style small plates (so that you can order several and share). Chef Sarig’s food is intensely flavorful, beautifully presented and simply delicious. Sarig uses Mediterranean and Middle Eastern spices in unexpected ways with local organic ingredients (many from Richard’s own Coon Rock Farm) to create fantastic culinary works of art and as a Wine Spectator award winner, Nancy’s wine selections are the perfect complement to a fantastic meal.

I met with them today, and Chef Sarig has some great tricks up his sleeve. Mark your calendars (October 24) and make your reservations early, as they won’t seat more than 60 (you can make reservations from their website). I hope to see you there.

Menu when it’s finalized…”

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!

New newsletter, and volunteers needed

Posted by Pop The Cap on September 21st, 2006

PTC needs a few volunteers for the Cask Ale Tent at the October 7th World Beer Festival. If you serve the afternoon session, you get to attend the evening one for free. Same if you volunteer in the evening.

It’s easy, fun and air conditioned. Email me by the end of September if you’re interested.

Also, we have a new September newsletter. It’s freakin’ incredible.

ONE IMPORTANT NEWSLETTER CORRECTION: The Highland Imperial Gaelic sale will be at the new brewery in East Asheville, not Black Mountain. Yes, the new brewery is at the Blue Ridge Motion Pictures studio…*that’s* not a mistake.

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.

Chapel Hill: Carolina Brewery Harvest Dinner, 5:30 P.M.

Posted by Pop The Cap on September 21st, 2006

On the Heels of their success with summertime North Carolina beer dinner, Carolina Brewery is offering a fall-time beer dinner that looks really good. Hors d’oeuvres a plenty, smoked carrot soup, chicken breast or pasta for the veggie types, and warm chocolate pudding cake…all paired with Carolina Brewery’s beers.

Tickets to the 8 P.M. seating sold out quickly but the brewery has added a 5:30 seating. Cost is $40 per person including all beer, food, tax, and tip and can be purchased via email, phone 919-942-1800, or in person at Carolina Brewery on 460 West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

Seating is open but parties of eight or more can request to be together. Vegetarians are welcome- please inform when tickets are purchased.

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.

Chapel Hill: PTC at A Southern Season’s “Taste of the State”

Posted by Pop The Cap on September 14th, 2006

Pop The Cap is hosting the North Carolina beer table at A Southern Season’s big tent event, “Taste of the State.” Come out and enjoy samples of:

  • Natty Greene’s TBD Ale (yes, as in “to be determined”)
  • Carolina Brewery Flagship IPA
  • Top of the Hill Leaderboard Lager and Ram’s Head IPA
  • Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout
  • Highland Gaelic Ale

Winston-Salem: City Beverage Belgian Beer Dinner, 5:45 – 9:30 P.M.

Posted by Pop The Cap on September 10th, 2006

Spencer at City Beverage is holding a really cool beer dinner at his father-in-law’s vineyard, Elkin Creek Vineyard. The store is providing transportation to the vineyard, leaving City Bev at 5:45 and returning around 9:30. The dinner features Belgian (and Belgian-style) standouts Duvel, Ommegang and Rodenbach.

Call City Beverage at 336.722.2774 or email Spencer Davis with questions or to RSVP.