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!

Four Breweries of the Month at Mellow WS

Winston-Salem’s Mellow Mushroom is having four breweries of the month on tap for October, all from Michigan, and the taps include standouts such as Founder’s Breakfast Stout and New Holland’s Dragon Milk! They’ll also be having special tappings throughout the month, as well as some Michigan beers ran through the Randall.

Good to see that there’s no hard feelings towards Michigan after Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo both beat out Asheville for the title of “Beer City USA” this year.

October On Tap Breweries at Mellow Mushroom

Welcome to the NEW NC Triad Beer!

Craft BeerWelcome to the new NC Triad Beer website! I’m Aaron, and I took over @nctriadbeer about 3 months ago from Acey and Mike when they moved to Charlotte. Some of you may have met me or seen my posts on Twitter and Facebook, and some of you I’ve met out and about the bars and breweries of the Triad. I’ve had a great time promoting awareness of the craft beer scene in the Triad- a scene that I think is growing by leaps and bounds. From new breweries planning to open soon (Small Batch Beer Co., Hoots Roller Bar, and Pig Pounder Brewery) to new bottle shops (Stella Brew) to great new events being put on for the first time (High Point’s HopFest), there’s been a bunch of news and events to keep you up-to-date on!

With that in mind, I hope that this site can become a “beer hub” for the Triad, connecting you to the venues, events and beers you’re interested in. The Events Calendar section will be replacing the “daily roundups” I have been posting to the NC Triad Beer Facebook page, and will allow you to see not only the daily specials around the Triad but upcoming events as well. It’ll also be freeing up a good chunk of my time to focus on other ways to promote the local beer scene!

Finally, there could be no NC Triad Beer without a strong community behind it, so I need your help. Keep sending me information on upcoming beer events and news, talk to your local bar, brewery or bottle shop and encourage them to use the #triadbeer hashtag when tweeting about their upcoming beer events (you have no idea how much easier it makes it to track!), and most of importantly of all – keep drinking good beer!