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Posted by Pop The Cap on April 16th, 2007

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A little excerpt, just for fun. Fixed for clarity on 4/17/07.

A New Cause?

I got a little mad at the North Carolina wine industry the other day. They’re just so, well, organized.

You see, I found out that this year’s Moore Square Farmer’s Market in Raleigh will feature North Carolina wineries who will provide samples and sell bottles of wine directly to the public.

The North Carolina General Statutes allow wineries to do this. Read the statute (bold mine):

G.S. 18B-1114.1. Authorization of winery special event permit.
Fee: $200.00

(a) Authorization. -The holder of an unfortified winery permit, limited winery permit or a wine producer permit may obtain a winery special event permit allowing the winery or wine producer to give free tastings of its wine, and to sell its wine by the glass or in closed containers, at trade shows, conventions, shopping malls, wine festivals, street festivals, holiday festivals, agricultural festivals, balloon races, local fund-raisers, and other similar events approved by the Commission.

Now substitute “brewery” for “winery.” Think this would fly? It might…if the North Carolina beer industry actually looked into it. Meanwhile, the NC wine producers — by tying in agriculture, tourism, and political know-how — has paved the way for state wineries to sell direct to the public for a mere $200. Kudos to them, and I mean that sincerely.

The Moore Square Farmers Market wants to include NC breweries as well. However, there’s no legal provision to allow this. Thankfully, the good people at the NC Wine and Grape Council are looking into ways the state’s breweries can share booth space or otherwise get invovled…but it’s only because they believe in the greater good of advocating NC-produced beer and wine.

It’s time for the best beer state in the South to grow up. Get focused. And fight for the rights NC wine producers have championed for themselves.

Stay tuned. A new cause may be emerging, and you may see some changes with our mission and focus. Balloon races and craft beer in 2008!

Hickory Hops!

Posted by Pop The Cap on April 16th, 2007

From HickoryHops.com, the official web site.

“Hickory Hops, the fifth rendition of downtown Hickory NC’s annual beer festival, takes place on Union Square on Saturday, April 21st.

Although Asheville and Charlotte have had fests for years, in only its fourth year this is already an up-and-coming event for our humble burg. Hickory Hops is being planned and organized by the Hickory Downtown Development Association and hosted by Olde Hickory Brewery.

A beer festival is a celebration of beer, a gathering of the brewing clans. With brewers on hand to answer questions, it’s an opportunity for the beer neophytes and curious to learn and enjoy. A variety of beer, spanning almost every style, will be available. Don’t let the selection overwhelm you, there can be a method to this tasting madness.

Hickory Hops’ tasting glasses are sized, small, to encourage variety. Take advantage of the fest environment to try different beers. Sample as many as you are comfortable with. In order to try more beers, ask for half a glass. You can always get another. Taste a beer by taking at least two sips. Then decide whether it’s a flavor profile that you like. If it doesn’t make your taste buds sing, determine what flavor in that beer was objectionable. If you don’t feel like drinking more of that beer, empty your glass into the nearest dump bucket. Make note of the distasteful style of beer (usually provided as part of the beer’s name, such as Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Stout, etc). When you try another of that same style, look for the same unwelcome tastes. You may just not care for a particular style of beer. That’s okay – there are over 56 different styles to choose from.”

ASHEVILLE: Beer tasting at Bruisin’ Ales

Posted by Pop The Cap on April 16th, 2007

From the Bruisin Ales blog:

This Thursday, we’re doing a fantastic Belgian line-up with Millennium Beverage—the last three of which are brand new to North Carolina. On this week’s menu:

· Troubadour Blonde: Your first experience, while sipping the BLOND, will be a refreshing, sparkling effect on your tongue, followed by a mild bitterness enhanced by a spiciness that finishes with a sweeter sensation. A good nose recognizes the hops, in combination with fruity esters.

· Bier du Boucanier Red: The RED is easily considered a double in strength, and burst open with a full fruit candy like flavor, offset by a dry hoppy-ness, perfectly balanced. You could also categorize it as a strong amber ale.

· Bornem Triple: Golden shining and soft feeling in the mouth; perfectly balanced taste; full body and heart warming, a splendid aroma, tickling in the nose; hoppy dry long finish. You can age the Bornem Triple for many years, just like wine.

· Leute Bok: “Leute” means joy in Flemish, and “bok” is of course the “he-goat.” Leute Bok ale is a dark red heavy beer, top fermented and refermented in the bottle. The aroma and taste is unique and striking, not too sweet, but full and smooth on the tongue. The “official” denomination of the style is “Double Bock”, since it is over 7% alcohol by volume.