On Tap: Hoppy Halloween!

Looking for some good Tricks & Treats this Halloween? Check out these great events going on around the Triad!


  • Mellow Mushroom Greensboro: Spooky Drafts & Olde Hickory Glassware Giveaway ( 11:00 am) Happy Melloween! Special spooky beers on draft! Olde Hickory Seven Devils Southern Tier Pumking Dogfish Head Punkin Great Lakes Nosferatu Olde Hickory glassware giveaway, too.
  • The Brewer's Kettle: Halloween Get Down ( 3:00 pm) Lots of Draft Specials, Pumpkin Beers and plenty of Tricks and Treats! Wear your costumes, bring the kids by for candy and enjoy some great Beer and Wine specials!
  • Jake's Billiards: Halloween Pint Night ( 5:00 pm) HALLOWEEN NIGHT: JOIN US FOR A SPOOKY BOOZETACULAR EVENING OF GHOULISH GUZZLING! *Wear a beer-themed costume and win prizes! We will be giving away swag to the best beer themed costumes all night long!* Buy a pint of beer from the featured brewery and take home a pint glass with their logo on it! This...
  • Finnigan's Wake: Halloween Bash ( 8:00 pm) Where do you want to spend all Hallows Eve? With the goblins at your favorite local haunt! Come to see us here at Finnigan’s Thursday night for devilish fun! We’ll be bobbing for bottles where $3 will get you a chance to try your luck in our tub full of delicious craft brews. Who knows...
  • King's Crab Shack: Costume Party ( 8:00 pm) Are you good enough? Tomorrow night Halloween Eve we are throwing a costume party/contest! First place gets $100 2nd place gets $50 3rd place gets $25! Every costume gets a prize, the girls from Jim Beam will be there sampling their new products . The party starts at 8 until late ! Treat a trick!
  • Stumble Stilskins: Old School Halloween Party ( 8:00 pm) We’re taking it back to the good ol days of Frankenstein, Wolfman, Dracula, and all your favorite classic Halloween characters Halloween Night at Stumbles!!!! Come out in your favorite old school costume and have a chance at winning $500 in cash and prizes all night long! We’re also going to have My Brother Skyler in...
  • Sessions: Costumes & Karaoke ( 8:00 pm) Come get down and play at Sessions on Halloween Night (the real Halloween Night!) and laugh your asses off at our yearly Karaoke party! Costumes, BEER, Shenanigans , and bunch of singing yahoos to make the night fantastic! Beer Starts at 11am Karaoke starts around 8:30pm And yes Virginia we will be Open til 2am !!
  • Bull's Tavern: doby + Costume Party ( 8:00 pm) It’s Halloween!!! Get funky to the music of Doby!!! Costume contest at midnight!! Cash prizes!!!


  • Potent Potables: Halloween Hangover Party ( 7:00 pm) Miss out on the fun last night? Don't worry, Potent Potables has you covered with a Halloween Hangover party tonight! Featuring live music from Jessica Mashburn, come out in your costumes one more time (or for the first time) and enjoy some great beer & wine!


    Know of another Halloween Party going on tonight in the Triad? Leave a comment!

    Taking a Look at the Growler Fill Temporary Rules

    Growler of BeerThe NC Rules Review Commission officially passed the temporary growler fill rules this morning, and they will go into effect starting October 25th. The permanent rules have to be in place by January 1st, 2014.

    No real surprises in the filling rules, they simply lay out how the growlers should be sanitized prior to cleaning, how the tubes or machine used to do the filling are to be cleaned, and how the filling implements should be stored.

    The definition of a growler was also refined, going from simply a “refillable container no larger than 2 liters” to “a refillable rigid glass, plastic, aluminum or stainless steel container with a flip-top or screw-on lid that is no larger than 2 liters.” Interesting that they included the “rigid” modifier, as this could possibly affect adoption of the recently developed “soft” growlers such as the BeerPouch.

    Quite a few new rules around malt beverage labeling were added, including now requiring the Federal alcoholic beverage health warning statement on all manufacturer prefilled containers (so both bottles and growlers). Retailer filled/refilled growlers must also “be affixed with a label or a tag” containing the following information:

    1. brand name of the product dispensed
    2. name of the brewer or bottler
    3. class of product (e.g., beer, ale, porter, lager, bock, stout, or other brewed or fermented beverage)
    4. net contents
    5. if the malt beverage is fortified by any stimulants from the original manufacturer, the amount of each (milligrams) per container
    6. name and address of business that filled or refilled the growler
    7. date of fill or refill
    8. if the malt beverage is more than six percent alcohol by volume, the amount of alcohol by volume
    9. the following statement, “This product may be unfiltered and unpasteurized. Keep refrigerated at all times.”

    All filled/refilled growlers are also required to carry the Federal alcoholic beverage health warning statement.

    Non-brewery retailers are also prohibited from prefilling growlers for sale – filling and refilling is specifically limited by the rules to occurring “on demand by a customer.” Once purchased, whether it is prefilled or a refill, a growler can only be consumed “off-premises.”

    You can find the adopted growler fill temporary rules here:
    Growlers: Cleaning, Sanitizing, Filling and Sealing (.doc)

    Amended rules defining a growler and for labeling growlers:
    Growlers (.doc)
    Label Contents: Malt Beverages (.doc)

    2013 #GABF NC Winner Rundown

    North Carolina breweries picked up 4 more Great American Beer Fest medals this year! Let’s take a look at the 4 winners and where you can find them.

    Wicked Weed BrewingWicked Weed won a Gold Medal in the American-Style Brett Beer category with their 100% Brett fermented farmhouse ale, Serenity. According to Wicked Weed, “Serenity is light in color with a subtle golden haze, the nose bursts of white grape, mango, pineapple and old leather. The flavors are similar to those found in New Zealand white wines and notes of guava and grape skin stand out leading to a well-rounded finish.”

    You’ll have to travel to Asheville for a taste of this gold medal winner, since Wicked Weed has not started distributing yet. As anyone who’s been to their taproom knows, though, it’s well worth the trip up the mountain to check them out!

    Olde Hickory BreweryOlde Hickory won a Silver Medal in the Old Ale or Strong Ale category for their Irish Walker barleywine. As they describe it, “It has a full body, deep mahogany color and malty finish with a pronounced fruity quality. Irish Walker is dry hopped with a generous amount of English hops yielding a wonderfully spicy hop bouquet and flavor with less bitterness.”

    Like their Imperial Stout, Irish Walker is released a couple of times a year, usually in early fall and early spring.  You can generally find it at any of the Triad bottle shops, including Total Wine.

    Mother Earth BrewingMother Earth Brewing added to their medal count, winning their second Bronze Medal in the Bohemian-style Pilsner category for their Kinderpils Bohemhian Pilsner. So far, it’s only been available on tap and I’ve not seen it anywhere in the Triad, but hopefully now we may see some distributed and maybe bottled. Until then, you’ll probably have to visit the brewery to taste this winner.

    Last year’s GABF bronze medal winner, their Dark Cloud Munich Dunkel, is available at all of the Triad bottle shops and many grocery stores as well.

    Carolina BreweryCarolina Brewery brought home their 3rd medal, winning a Bronze Medal in the Robust Porter category for their Genuine Oatmeal Porter. They describe their porter as “This hearty dark ale with pleasing hints of molasses and chocolate is robust and full bodied. Fresh rolled oats complement the brew by creating a nice silky texture and a creamy, rocky head.”

    The Oatmeal Porter can be found distributed in growlers throughout the Triad, including Total Wines, Whole Foods & Bestway. Previous medal winners Sky Blue Golden Ale (Bronze, 2012) and Flagship IPA (Gold, 2006) can be found in growlers at the same places, and canned in all the bottle shops as well as many grocery stores.


    Colorado Beer-cation

    Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver

    The Source, location of Crooked Stave’s new taproom

    Nightmare on Brett

    Hop Savant (Galaxy hops) and Surette Provision Saison

    L’Brett D’Or (sour golden ale)

    Prost Brewing

    Prost Pils

    Root Down in Denver, an amazing restaurant

    Funkwerk’s Tropic King Saison at Root Down

    Black Shirt Brewing, where they do nothing but Red Ale variations

    BSB Imperial Red Ale

    Gore Range Brewing in Edwards

    BBA Porter

    Aspen Brewing taproom

    Aspen’s Conundrum Red

    Eldo Brewing in Crested Butte

    Eldo’s Porter

    Beautiful day for a fresh brewed beer!

    Phantom Brewing in Colorado Springs

    Back at Crooked Stave for the L’Brett D’Or bottle release.

    The haul from Colorado!

    Denver Skyline


    Part of the reason that I put the site up this week is because I’ll be gone on vacation to beautiful Denver, CO through Oct. 11th. I’m looking forward to sampling all of the great CO breweries and seeing the Rockies again! I’ll be trying to post a little on Twitter and Facebook, but don’t expect too much. But now that the Event Calendar is up and running, you don’t have to wait for the daily roundup to see what’s going on this week and next!

    Enjoy your weekend, I know I will be. Follow me on Twitter @nctriadbeer to stare jealously at the delicious CO beers I’ll be drinking!