First off, I know its been forever since I wrote a post here. I have not forgotten about you guys, and I am still enjoying home some home brew and craft beer in general. I spend most of the winter going to Carolina Hurricanes games. That eat up more time that you would expect. I am back in action, and my goal is to post once a week for you guys! ~Moving On~
On Friday 2/24/12 the wife and I got the chance to check out NoDa Brewing Company. They are located on North Davidson just a couple miles from downtown Charlotte, NC. Its a really cool historic area, that was the textile part of the city. Read more about that part of town here.
We got to the brewery a little early. I acutally know one of the guys that works there(thank you Twitter). The owners of the brewery were at Brewvival that weekend. All the cool beer kids were there, I won’t miss it next year. Due to being short staffed, they were not holding brew tours that weekend. Luckily, Brian is an awesome guy and gave us a the tour.
The Feel of the tap room is great! The brick walls, long wooden bar top, and big windows with a view into the brewery. Brian said they had a small band play a show recently, in the tap room. I love seeing into a brewery from the tap room.
We moved into the actual brewery. We were met by a cute little dog namedDakota, they actually have 2 but Marley was napping. Any brewery that has dogs hanging out has a place in my heart. They are currently running on as a 15 barrel brewery. According to Brian, they have plans to expand the brewery. They have made a real impact on the Charlotte beer scence since opening on Oct 29,2011. Their beers are already at about 75 or so places around the Charlotte area.
We also got to see NoDa’s small batch brew setup. This is a setup I would like to have some day. They do a small batch series called “NoDable Series“. This is small batches you can only get at the brewery. They do some crazy stuff that just can’t be done on a large scale. Anything from thier Coco Loco(chocolate coconut porter) infused with M&Ms to a S’more Porter.
After the tour we ordered a flight of all thier beers. I gotta say, I really enjoyed all of them. Even the Coco Loco was great. I usually don’t love coconut flavored things, but this was great. The coconut is very sublte, which I liked. My favorite was Midnight Madness. This is their Cascadien Dark Ale. That is huge for me because I have only had a couple of CDAs that I liked. Some folks call this a Black IPA.
Overall a GREAT visit. By the time we left for the Minus the Bear show, the placed was packed. The people have spoken and LOVE what NoDa is doing. All of the people we talked to at NoDa, both employees and customers, were awesome. I think we were the only ones that were not regulares. The support for them is really great.
After haning at NoDa, we hit the Tremont Music Hall for the Minus The Bear show. This is acutally where we first seen MTB. The show rocked as usual. They even played a new song! I got to enjoy a couple of New Belguim Ranger IPAs. You can check out a video I shot of one of the new songs they are working on. If this is any indication of the new album, it will ROCK!
After the show, we decided to check out Mac’s Speed Shop. When we got there, a small band was playing tunes inside. The volume was perfect, well it may have been really loud, but it seemed prefect. They had about 30 or so taps, and TONS of bottles. They still had FootHills Sexual Chocolate on draft AND HopSlam in bottles. Those are pretty rare beers to find in the area. I ordered the fish tacos with a side of mac and cheese. Both were outstanding. If you are in Charlotte, you need to check them out!
All and all it was a great trip. Thanks to Brain and the folks at NoDa Brewing for being so nice and showing us around! We will be back asap! Oh, and a huge thanks to Brian from NoDa. Follow him on Twitter!