Thursday, May 19, 2011

What Is Big, Sloppy, And Wants To Get In Your Pants?

Store # 2 in Charlotte
OK everyone, I'm back. The new store opening in Charlotte this week was a success. In fact, the usual blood, sweat, tears and screaming that usually accompany the birth of a new location were unusually muted this time. Maybe we're getting good at it, or maybe the other shoe just hasn't dropped yet. Who knows....?

The draft system at the new store is totally cool and different than at any other Taco Mac in that it hangs from the ceiling. As opposed to being a wall full of faucets, vertical tubes suspend a horizontal tube that has taps coming out of both sides. From above it looks like a centipede sticking its feet out to the left and right. You following me? Crappy-ass camera was not cooperating last week. Sorry. Anyway, the beer selection is top-notch too. There are plenty of North Carolina breweries up there that we do not get beer from down here, and most of them make pretty damn good beer. I fell in love with Mother Earth Dark Cloud Dunkle. There is also some California stuff (Bear Republic, Green Flash, Ballast Point & more) and even Great Lakes and Ska beers available. Having been there for over a week before opening, I had a list of what I wanted to drink before we even opened. Like Mike Holmgren scripting his first 15 plays when he was a head coach. We got the opening off on the right foot with that last cask of Terrapin Indiana Krunkles too. Tasted great (I had 3). If you have any reason at all to be in the Charlotte area (or maybe you already live there!), then find your way in there for some outstanding beer. 

Other than that, I do have some pretty killer events coming up that I will tell you about. First of all, the June beer dinner with the brew master from Belgium is sold out. Thanks to everyone who got in, as well as those who tried but did not succeed. The July 12th dinner in Duluth with the brewers from Southern Tier will be for sale soon, so be sure to get in on that one if you like to meet the brewery folk. These guys are flying in from upstate New York for this event.

On Friday the 27th of May we are tapping a cask of Heavy Seas Holy Sheet! at Newnan. This is a big, giant Belgian-style Abbey Dubbel. If none of that makes sense to you, maybe you should show up and figure it out. Or maybe you can't read. Next there is a firkin of Southern Tier 2XIPA at Woodstock being tapped on Friday, June 3rd. Then we are helping launch some new Lazy Magnolia beers on Wednesday, June 8th at Cumming. This brewery is from Mississippi and is most well-known for their Southern Pecan Brown Ale. But on the 8th we will also be featuring their Indian Summer, Reb Ale and Jefferson Stout. Until they get a little bigger, this brewery is staying with distributors that service some of the outlying counties. You won't find it in Fulton, Gwinnett or DeKalb counties. Coweta? Sure. Forsyth. Bingo. Come check them out if you can be in Cumming on the 8th.


The last thing I have for you is a super-rare cask of Duck Rabbit End Of Reason being tapped at The Fred on a date TBD. This is their Baltic Porter aged in whiskey barrels, turned sour (on purpose), plus with cherries added. This one is going to be wild. So if you like rare and unusual beers, this is the event for you. I also have two firkins being filled at Stone right now. One is going to The Fred and the other is for a special event in Charlotte. If you want to meet a Stone brewer and drink that second cask, then you need to be at our original Charlotte store on 6/24 from 8:00 to 10:00 pm.

Here are some weekend treats down at Deckard's coming up too:

Friday - Terrapin Big Sloppy Monster & Great Divide 17th Anniversary
Saturday - Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere
Sunday - Allagash Tripel (on the beer engine)

For those of you unfamiliar with Big Sloppy Monster, that is not a big fat person trying to get in your pants. That is a Terrapin beer that is definitely trying to get in your pants. It is a Big Hoppy Monster that spent 14 months in a Jack Daniel's barrel getting sloppy. Needless to say, these do not surface very often, so you should make it a point to get one before it's gone. Just drop your pants when you walk in the door and they will know what you are looking for. Or walk up to the bar with your pants around your ankles and shout "Give me the Big Sloppy Monster! Give it to me NOW!" Stop being so stingy with it already. Get out there and live a little. Tell whoever that I said it was OK. You know you want it.

Have a great weekend everyone. If you are going to see the Flaming Lips at The Tabernacle tonight, say hi if you see me. It's going to be a killer show. Over & out. 



From My September Trip-Sierra Brewhouse

From My September Trip-Sierra Brewhouse
This is the top floor of the brewhouse, with buckets of fresh hops about to go into the kettles.