Southern Brew News June/July 2011 : Page 20

20 Southern Brew News • June/July 2011 will distribute the beer in central North Carolina. For readers outside North and South Carolina, Bottle Tree is also distrib-uted in Georgia, Tennessee and Arkansas. http://www.bottletree.net Ft. Mill’s Skull Coast Ale Company is releasing Scallywag Extra Pale Ale . Scallywag is a toasted almond pale ale. Skullcoast owner Dave Fox stated, “ Scallywag is probably the first Toasted Almond Ale ever made. We take real Almonds and toast ‘em up. Then we add them to 2-row, Carastan and Pilsner malts along with East Kent Golding hops to create a light and hoppy ale. Some have described it as an Amaretto IPA, due to the sweet-ness in the smell and taste from the toasted almonds and the hoppiness from the EKG hops. I don’t think it has ever been done before. But, then again, that’s what we like to do create one-of-a-kind ales.” The next beer out for Skull Coast will be Sea Witch , a watermelon wheat beer. As a reminder, Skull Coast is draft only so look for it at your favorite watering hole in North and South Carolina. Speaking of South Carolina brewer-ies, Spartanburgh’s RJ Rockers Brewing Company has released Rockhopper IPA for the second time. The 7.5% ABV west coast IPA is loaded with nine hop additions of Warrior and Amarillo American hops which result in 90 IBU. The packaging for Rockhopper IPA is 22 ounce bombers. Fans of the brewery can also find Son Of A Peach on tap and in bottles. The 6% ABV unfil-tered wheat ale is made with real peaches, mean ones at that. Holly Spring’s own Carolina Brewing Company turns sixteen in July. We’re not sure if the brewery will now be able to drive, but for sure their 16th Anniversary beer will be a resurrection of their popular Imperial IPA . The base recipe was the same recipe as their 2009 Holiday beer but with a slight change in the hop bill. Imperial IPA is unfiltered and rings in at 8.6% ABV. The hop bill for brewing and dry hop-ping is Cascade, Centennial, Magnum and Columbus (CTZ). The release party will be held on Sunday, July 3 at the 42nd Street Oyster Bar in Raleigh. Head brewer John Shuck reported, “I’m not sure of the time just yet, but we typically get started around 5 PM. It will be available in bottles directly from the brewery and on draft at other places around the Triangle as well as 42nd Street.” Instead of asking what is going on at Aviator Brewing Company , ask what Story & Photo By Mike Dixon Fred Block owner of Bottle Tree Brewing at the Raleigh World Beer Festival. Tryon, NC is home to Bottle Tree Beer Co. and owner Fred Block’s business came as a result of a 2009 article about Fred’s various homebrewing awards. In the article he mentioned his desire to have Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville, SC brew his recipes, and a short time later that desire became a reality. The first Bottle Tree offering is Blonde which is a 6% ABV Belgian blonde made with a mash of four malts with bittering and aroma from noble hops. The result is a well-balanced aroma and flavor which complements any dish or dessert. Bottle Tree began distribution in the South Carolina upstate a year ago and after attending the Raleigh World Beer Festival has been picked up by Ararat Imports who the state of southern beer Become a Member Anybody can become an enthusiast member of the North Carolina Brewers Guild! It’s a great way to show your appreciation and support for craft brewing in North Carolina. To become a member visit us online at www.ncbeer.org/membership. Retailers and vendors please contact us via e-mail at director@ncbeer.org.

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Mike Dixon

Tryon, NC is home to Bottle Tree Beer Co. And owner Fred Block's business came as a result of a 2009 article about Fred's various homebrewing awards. In the article he mentioned his desire to have Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville, SC brew his recipes, and a short time later that desire became a reality. The first Bottle Tree offering is Blonde which is a 6% ABV Belgian blonde made with a mash of four malts with bittering and aroma from noble hops. The result is a well-balanced aroma and flavor which complements any dish or dessert. Bottle Tree began distribution in the South Carolina upstate a year ago and after attending the Raleigh World Beer Festival has been picked up by Ararat Imports who will distribute the beer in central North Carolina. For readers outside North and South Carolina, Bottle Tree is also distributed in Georgia, Tennessee and Arkansas. Http://www.bottletree.net

Ft. Mill's Skull Coast Ale Company is releasing Scallywag Extra Pale Ale. Scallywag is a toasted almond pale ale. Skullcoast owner Dave Fox stated, "Scallywag is probably the first Toasted Almond Ale ever made. We take real Almonds and toast 'em up. Then we add them to 2-row, Carastan and Pilsner malts along with East Kent Golding hops to create a light and hoppy ale. Some have described it as an Amaretto IPA, due to the sweetness in the smell and taste from the toasted almonds and the hoppiness from the EKG hops. I don't think it has ever been done before. But, then again, that's what we like to do create one-of-a-kind ales." The next beer out for Skull Coast will be Sea Witch, a watermelon wheat beer. As a reminder, Skull Coast is draft only so look for it at your favorite watering hole in North and South Carolina.

Speaking of South Carolina breweries, Spartanburgh's RJ Rockers Brewing Company has released Rockhopper IPA for the second time. The 7.5% ABV west coast IPA is loaded with nine hop additions of Warrior and Amarillo American hops which result in 90 IBU. The packaging for Rockhopper IPA is 22 ounce bombers. Fans of the brewery can also find Son Of A Peach on tap and in bottles. The 6% ABV unfiltered wheat ale is made with real peaches, mean ones at that.

Holly Spring's own Carolina Brewing Company turns sixteen in July. We're not sure if the brewery will now be able to drive, but for sure their 16th Anniversary beer will be a resurrection of their popular Imperial IPA. The base recipe was the same recipe as their 2009 Holiday beer but with a slight change in the hop bill. Imperial IPA is unfiltered and rings in at 8.6% ABV. The hop bill for brewing and dry hopping is Cascade, Centennial, Magnum and Columbus (CTZ). The release party will be held on Sunday, July 3 at the 42nd Street Oyster Bar in Raleigh. Head brewer John Shuck reported, "I'm not sure of the time just yet, but we typically get started around 5 PM. It will be available in bottles directly from the brewery and on draft at other places around the Triangle as well as 42nd Street."

Instead of asking what is going on at Aviator Brewing Company, ask what isn't? The Fuquay-Varina based brewery moved to a larger space over a year ago and then opened a separate Aviator Tap House on Broad Street. At Easter, a few doors down from the Tap House, they opened the Aviator SmokeHouse. The SmokeHouse is opened daily and serves slow cooked pork, beef, and chicken in their wood smoke pit. They offer ribs, pulled pork, chopped pork, brisket, slow smoked chicken wings, as well as fresh burgers on the grill. The Tap House recently expanded their hours and is also opened daily. Aviator was recently awarded 'best beer in the Triangle' in a poll conducted by Triangle Arts and Entertainment and followed up that win by a Reader's Choice third place finish in best BBQ. The brewery is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday and is now featuring food trucks for patrons who want want to grab a bite with their pint. Another recent award was a first place finish for Saison de Aviator at the Carolinas Championship of Beers. Saison de Aviator is a 6.5% ABV unfiltered Belgian wheat beer spiced with coriander and sweet orange peel and fermented with a fruity Trappist yeast.

Another milestone was reached this year by Weeping Radish Farm Brewery in Jarvisburg. North Carolina's oldest microbrewery turned 25. In honor of the 25th anniversary of Weeping Radish, head brewer Nick Williams created a unique Weeping Radish IPA infused with North Carolina hops. The hops for the India Pale Ale were grown on Echoview Farm in Weaverville, NC. "We've waited a long time for the opportunity to use local hops," says Weeping Radish owner Uli Bennewitz. "Also I believe that this is the first beer ever with the coveted 'Goodness Grows in NC' logo from the Department of Agriculture on the label. And hops are just the first step. There is a group of enthusiasts, who are planning to build North Carolina's first malting facility near Asheville. Soon we will be able to offer a completely North Carolina grown beer." Weeping Radish was originally in Manteo, and moved to the Eco Farm in Jarvisburg in 2006 where they promote a Farmer-to-Fork philosophy. For those who may not remember, Uli legalized brewpubs North Carolina (without the aid of a lobbyist) just so he could open Weeping Radish in 1986.

A note came from Ryan Pickens of Mars Hill, NC asking to spread the word Mars Hill recently passed legislation which would allow alcohol sales and production. Ryan indicated there are several places in town which would make ideal spots for tasting rooms, brewpubs or breweries. If you would like to contact Ryan, a business professor at Mars Hill College, regarding the area or potential properties in the Mars Hill area, please let me know and I will forward his contact information to you.

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