Pintful: Brewers and beer lovers take note

john.frank@newsobserver.comJuly 23, 2013 

  • What’s On Tap All About Beer dinner

    5:30-8 p.m. Sunday at Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill

    The Durham-based magazine is hosting a beer dinner with Carolina Brewery and Brooklyn Brewery, pairing eight craft beers with a dish from the brewery chefs. Tickets cost $50 and include unlimited samples. Info:

    Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

    Aug. 2-3 Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary

    The two-day event features unlimited samples of 40 bourbons and 60 beers and plenty of barbecue while music plays from the stage. Tickets cost between $35 and $65. Info:

    Tap ’N Run Beer Run

    1:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Raleigh

    Jam Active’s drink-and-run fun race is coming to Raleigh this fall. The 4K course includes four “beer-chugging” stations and a post-race costume contest. Living Social is running a deal on the race now. Info:

It’s hot. Too hot to stoop over a boiling brew pot in the July heat. And too hot to even think about the State Fair this fall.

But home brewers need to take note: The deadline for entering the State Fair beer-making competition is rapidly approaching. So start brewing.

The N.C. Brewers’ Cup will accept amateur and professional craft beers Aug. 1-19, and judging will take place in early September. It is only the competition’s second year, but it’s becoming one of the top beer contests in North Carolina because of its ties to the State Fair.

The 2012 contest drew 177 entries from across the state, and this year’s competition is expected to be even bigger, expanding to 23 categories. The winners will be displayed at a craft beer education booth during the fair in mid-October. Think of it as the liquid version of those pie and sweet potato contests that showcase North Carolina’s finest.


World Beer Festival tickets go on sale

One of the area’s biggest beer festivals returns Oct. 5 to Durham, and general ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Hosted by Durham-based All About Beer magazine, the World Beer Festival is an annual beer bacchanal that draws hundreds of enthusiasts and coveted breweries.

The 2013 event will return to the old Durham Athletic Park. The current Durham Bulls stadium downtown, which has hosted the event in recent years, is undergoing construction.

The event will feature two sessions: an afternoon tasting from noon to 4 p.m. and an evening tasting from 6 to 10 p.m. Festival veterans pick the afternoon session to make sure they taste the rare craft beer offerings, though some breweries are beginning to reserve kegs for the evening event.

General admission tickets are $45, and VIP tickets – which typically sell out early – are $75.

This year’s venue comes with one perk: It’s around the corner from Fullsteam Brewery and the food trucks that congregate nearby – just in case festival-goers don’t get enough unlimited 2-ounce samples of more than 300 different beers.


Crank Arm Brewing to open soon in Raleigh

Another new craft brewery is opening in Raleigh next week – the ninth inside the Beltline.

As a colleague recently reported, Crank Arm Brewing is an extension of the rickshaw company by the same name. It opens 4 p.m. Monday in the city’s Warehouse District, southwest from the Capitol. The owners say they will use rickshaws to deliver beer and make food runs.

The brewery’s starting lineup includes five offerings: White Wall Wit, Rickshaw Rye India Pale Ale, Unicycle Single Hop Pale Ale, Holy Mole Smoke Porter and Eat Sleep Bike E.S.B. The single-hop ale will rotate with a different hop featured in the batch. For newcomers to craft beer’s hop craze, it’s a great way to see how these little green cones can alter a beer’s flavor.

What I’m tasting

Beer Study bottle shop in Chapel Hill is introducing a new Charlotte craft brewer to the Triangle’s beer scene.

Triple C Brewery took its name from the three owners, whose names all start with the same letter. The brewery’s Baby Maker Double India Pale Ale caught my eye on the shelf, and it may have one of the best beer taglines: “Enjoy responsibly, this one’s aptly named.”

At 8.5 percent ABV and 80 IBU, it’s a big beer that comes in a big, 22-ounce bottle. Despite the numbers, the amber-hued double IPA is not too overpowering, balanced by a prominent malt flavor. About $12.

Contact John at 919-829-4698 or On Twitter @ByJohnFrank.

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