Archive for October, 2006

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.

Carrboro: Highland Beer Dinner at ACME

Posted by Pop The Cap on October 27th, 2006

Oscar Wong from Highland Brewery will be hosting a Beer Dinner at ACME in Carrboro, NC on November 1st.
Call ACME for details: 110 E. Main St. • Carrboro, NC 27510 • (919) 929-ACME

Highland Dinner

$40 per person

St.Terese’s Pale Ale

Low Country Oyster Stew with Bacon and Leeks

Kashmir IPA

Flash Fried Black Grouper with Curried Slaw and Spiced Almonds

Gaelic Ale

Individual Chicken Pot Pie with Chicken Confit and Braised Pearl Onions

Oatmeal Porter

Wild Boar Confit with Goat Cheese Grits and Wild Mushrooms

Black Mocha Stout

Overnight Braised Beef Shortribs with Truffled Egg Noodles

Chapel Hill: The Great North Carolina Beer Tour (Jujube, 7pm)

Posted by Pop The Cap on October 20th, 2006

Oh yeah.

We kick off our state-wide tour celebrating the five GABF winners at Jujube restaurant in Chapel Hill. Chef Charlie Deal will offer a pan-Asian take on these five very diverse beers from five breweries (read the press release for more on the winners).

$55 all-inclusive, limited to 30 people. Attendees are asked to bring a silent auction item or two to support Pop The Cap. Email Sean at PTC with any questions – sean at

Cary: Highland beer dinner at Greenshields, 7 P.M.

Posted by Pop The Cap on October 18th, 2006

Greenshields Brewery & Pub Invites you to attend our first beer dinner
Featuring Highland Brewing Company beers paired in a five-course dinner

7 P.M. October 25, 2006

1077 Darrington Drive (Preston Walk at Darrington Drive and Cary Parkway)
Cary, North Carolina

$45 per person tax and grautity included

Limited Reservations — call 919-388-1599 to reserve your seat

The Menu:

Voodoo Prawns

Mexican sweetwater prawns sautéed in a cajun spice mix, garlic, herbs deglazed with a Gaelic Ale butter sauce.

Paired with Gaelic Ale .

Garden Salad

Mixed greens, calamata olives, cherry tomatoes, yellow teardrop tomatoes, goat cheese, cucumbers tossed in a roasted tomato St. Terese’s Pale Ale vinaigrette.

Paired with St. Terese’s Pale Ale

Tandoori Spiced Seared Salmon

Atlantic Salmon dredged in a tandoori spice mix and pan seared. Served with cilantro basmati rice and mango apricot chutney.

Paired with Kasmir India Pale Ale .

Blackened New Zealand Lamb Chops

Marinated in a herb-spiced Oatmeal Porter. Blackened, seared then topped with a creamy bleu cheese demi-glace sauce. Served atop a couscous cake and roasted spaghetti squash.

Paired with Oatmeal Porter .

Death by Chocolate

Homemade tart made with bitter sweet chocolate and topped with Mocha Stout whipped cream and sauce anglaise.

Paired with Black Mocha Stout .

Saxapahaw Oktoberfest!

Posted by Pop The Cap on October 13th, 2006

Yea, I’ve heard it before. “Saxapawha’?” Well, if you haven’t been to Saxapahaw, you’re missing out…especially these days. With the restoration of the old mill halfway complete, Saxapahaw is a beautiful village with great people, rolling hills, and an awesome Saturday music series.

I’m very fond of Saxapahaw, having lived there for six years. Our daughters spent their formative years in the village and there are many a day when I regret having moved.

Anyway, BEER. The Saxapahaw Oktoberfest features great bands, a farmer’s market, activities for kids, food from The Barbeque Joint, and beer by Pop The Cap. The exact line-up of beer is to be determined, but expect it to be heavy on the local stuff.

For more information on the festival, visit the Rivermill home page.

Held at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham:
Thursday, October 5, 2006, 7:00 p.m.
Maureen Ogle’s new book is Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer. Got beer? Ogle tracks the history of beer in America from the German immigrants of the 1840s to the microbreweries of the 1980s. There has never been a better time to explore the pleasures of fine beer, as today there well over a thousand breweries and brewpubs in the United States. Refreshments will be served!

Raleigh: Magic Hat Beer Dinner, 7 P.M.

Posted by Pop The Cap on October 2nd, 2006

Bearded and barefoot Magic Hat co-founder Alan Newman headlines this amazing beer dinner at the Raleigh Times. The dinner features five courses with at least five unique Magic Hat beers…and if you’ve had Chef Ashley Christensens’ gastropub cuisine, you know you’re in for a great evening.

The Times is opening this event to a mere 35 people. It will sell out. Call the Times for more information or to RSVP: (919) 833-0999.

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!