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Charlotte Beer Releases: March 2020

Beer releases in March from Charlotte breweries including NoDa Brewing Company, Wooden Robot, Catawba Brewing, Divine Barrel Brewing, Thirsty Nomad Brewing, Birdsong Brewing Company and Lower Left Brewing Co.


It’s undeniable: Craft beer is big in Charlotte. Local breweries have taken over the food and drink landscape in the Queen City. If you aren’t a certified beer snob by now, you are at least in search of the new brews being offered at your favorite local craft maker’s headquarters. Queen City Nerve will now deliver you a monthly breakdown of all the new releases we can get our hands on in the CLT.

This is not a review board and we do not receive product or money in exchange for listing appearances. All submissions are made by brewery representatives by deadline of publication for the information listed and may be updated periodically throughout the month.


NODA BREWING COMPANY

2921 North Tryon Street; 704-900-6851

PAR 4

Style: Session IPA
ABV: 4%
Hop Type: Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Chinook
Brewer: NoDa Brew Crew

Low ABV with robust flavor and mouthfeel. Brewed with nearly four pounds of hops per barrel and mashed with oats, this beer has a smooth and balanced body to even out the bouquet of select west coast hops. Available through July in 16-ounce cans and drafts starting Friday, March 6.

Cookie Beers series by NoDa Brewing Company

COOKIE BEERS (series)

Style(s): Coconut & Chocolate blonde ale, Mint porter, Peanut Butter & Chocolate brown ale and Lemon Shortbread Kolsch
ABV: Varies by style
Brewer: NoDa Brew Crew

These beers are all inspired by the cookies of our youth, and let’s face it, our adulthood. NoDa started the Cookie Beers series back in 2017. The beers will be available in mixed four-packs and on draft starting Friday, March 13. There’s a party too.

NODA BANDITO

Style: Mexican lager
ABV: 4.9%
Brewer: NoDa Brew Crew

This lager has a bright mouthfeel and crisp, refreshing finish with tones of flaked maize. The yellow-in-color beer is true to style for a Mexican lager and will be available in 16-ounce cans and drafts starting Friday, March 20.


 

WOODEN ROBOT

1440 S. Tryon Street Unit 110; 980-819-7875

WHAT SHE’S HAVING

Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8%
Hop Type: Mosaic, Columbus and Cascade
Brewer: Dan Wade/Chris Piscatello

Gold-in-color with notes of rich tropical fruits, dank resinous pine and bright, refreshing grapefruit on the nose.

BOTBIER

Style: Farmhouse ale
ABV: 5.4%
Brewer: Dan Wade/Chris Piscatello

Dry like a typical farmhouse, with a balance of fruit and spice intertwined.

GET SPRUNG

Style: Session IPA
ABV: 6.4%
Brewer: Dan Wade/Chris Piscatello

Each spring the Robot releases this light and session-able IPA. It will be available on draft starting this month in the taproom.

PILMATIC

Style: Pilsner
ABV: 5%
Brewer: Dan Wade/Chris Piscatello

A pilsner.


 

BIRDSONG BREWING COMPANY

1016 North Davidson Street; 704-322-1810

 

3D image of Interstellar Feller can design

INTERSTELLAR FELLER

Style: West coast style IPA
ABV: 6.4%
Hop Type: Strata, Comet and Idaho 7
Brewer: Jeff Bowman

This beer has a unique darkness with hints of passion fruit, grapefruit and red berry. The mouthfeel is smooth and bright with aromas of passion fruit, grapefruit and strawberries. The beer should be available for about 4 to 5 weeks starting Thursday, March 5. The design was created by Jackie Hurd for their IPA series and the color scheme for each release is based on the name and the ingredients.

3D image of Sunshine Gose can design

SUNSHINE GOSE

Style: Tart wheat ale with lemon and spice
ABV: 4.7%
Hop Type: Cascade and El Dorado
Brewer: Jeff Bowman

Aromas of bright lemon and hints of coriander pair with sea salt and coriander for a bright mouthfeel with a juicy tang. The finish is clean and refreshing. This tart wheat will be available in 4 packs of 16-ounce cans for $10. Jackie Hurd created the illustration of the sun, the rays and the swirling clouds you see in the background. The color scheme includes a Carolina sky blue and the yellow from our company logo for the sun and the lettering. The beer should be available for about 8 to 10 weeks.


 

DIVINE BARREL BREWING

3701 North Davidson Street, suite 203; 980-237-1803

Largesse bottle rendering courtesy of Divine Barrel Brewing

LARGESSE

Style: Red wine barrel aged mixed culture wild ale
ABV: 6.4%
Brewer: Ben Dolphens

This is Divine Barrel’s first bottled sour release. Largesse rested in wine barrels for 18 months before being bottle conditioned for over a month to reach a good natural carbonation. The tasting notes are tart and funky with notes of strawberry and honey with a dry, oak finish. These are available in 500ml bottles and extremely limited draft in the taproom only starting Saturday, March 7 at 11 a.m. Only 400 bottles are being released so you’ll want to get there early on Saturday.


 

THIRSTY NOMAD BREWING

4402 Stuart Andrew Boulevard #A; 704-940-0947

BROSEIDON

Style: New England style IPA
ABV: 6%
Hop Type: Trident
Brewer: Seth Clark

This IPA has tasting notes of peach, apricot, papaya and stone fruit. It has a bright-orange color and will be available on draft starting Saturday, March 7 for $7 until it is gone.

M(A)CE OF DIAMONDS

Style: Double IPA with chiles
ABV: 8%
Hop Type: Sorachi Ace
Brewer: Seth Clark

Available on Saturday, March 14, this double IPA has a straightforward hop bite with flavors of citrus and spice leading to a moderate burn from the Thai chiles. The beer finishes dry and has a nose of fruity, citrus and slightly floral aromas.

 

Impeached graphic courtesy of Thirsty Nomad Brewing

IMPEACHED

Style: Golden sour with peaches
ABV: 8.2%
Hop Type: Citra
Brewer: Brad Ledbetter, Seth Clark and the Thirsty Nomad Brewing’s Mug Club

This sour is aggressively tart with peach undertones and a clean, dry finish. The aroma is acidic and peachy with a bright golden color and slight haze. The beer will be available on draft starting now for $7 until it runs out. They don’t plan to make this beer again. The brewery likes to poke fun at the POTUS by making reference to his time in office as well as to a particular event before his election. This one is pretty obvious at the take they were making.

WHAT’S THE CRAIC

Style: Irish red ale
ABV: 5%
Hop Type: Target
Brewer: Murray Williamson

This is a dry red ale with flavors of toasted bread and crackers with a low bitterness and earthy aromas. It will be available March through April.

CHERRY CRAIC

Style: Irish red with cherries
ABV: 5%
Hop Type: Target
Brewer: Murray Williamson and Brad Ledbetter

Strong cherry flavors lead into crackers and toast and finishes dry with an earthy and fruit aroma. The beer has a copper color with a deep red tinge and will be available starting Saturday, March 21.

SCWARZSCHILD

Style: Dry stout
ABV: 4.5%
Hop Type: Challenger and East Kent Golding
Brewer: Murray Williamson

Dark toast and coffee aromas with a flavor that has notes of darkly toasted bread, leading into coffee and chocolate flavors. The body is full and the finish is dry. Schwarzschild was a German physicist and astronomer. He provided the first exact solution to Einstein’s field equations of general relativity. The beer is in honor of his contributions to science starting Saturday, March 21.


 

CATAWBA BREWING CO.

933 Louise Avenue; 980-498-6145

Peanut Butter Jelly Time Raspberry Brown Ale courtesy of Catawba Brewing

PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME

Style: Brown ale
ABV: 5.7%
Hop Type: Magnum and Fuggle
Brewer: James Bradley and the Morganton production team, Dave Cobb and Paul Rollow

Peanut Butter Jelly Time is probably one of the most popular releases each year in Charlotte beer. There are flavor varieties such as raspberry, strawberry-rhubarb, peach and red currant. Raspberry and strawberry-rhubarb will be available in both draft and cans but the peach and red currant will be available on draft only. This is the debut year for the peach and red currant flavors. The beer is being released on Friday, March 6 with a PB&J sandwich eating contest on the following day to benefit Charlotte Lab School.


 

LOWER LEFT BREWING CO.

4528 Nations Crossing Road; 704-469-9861

THREE HOUR TOUR

Style: Coconut vanilla blonde ale
ABV: 5.2%
Brewer: Alex Shoenthal

This coconut vanilla blonde ale is pretty delicious. We had it at our South End Oktoberfest last year and cannot complain. It is available right now in the taproom for $6 on draft and you can take it home with you in growlers and crowlers. It will be around for 1 to 2 months and is made with toasted organic coconut, vanilla and a special blend of malts. Tastes like liquid coconut cream pie.

TECH NOIR

Style: Porter
ABV: 6%
Brewer: Alex Shoenthal

This porter has tasting notes of coffee, chocolate and dark toffee with a creamy mouthfeel balanced by American hops from the Pacific Northwest. It is available now in the taproom on draft for $6. 

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