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Charlotte Pop-Up Art Space

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20141123194247 artspace-1My name is CC Evans and I'm building a 256 sqft portable interactive art space where the community can interact with art, and artists can showcase their work anywhere in the world.

For over a year, I have traveled around Charlotte (including Noda) and surrounding areas to bring people to art. For the average individual, getting to the local gallery or checking out an upcoming exhibit isn't on the priority list. I don't think people don't consider art as unimportant, so I would like to expand and continue bringing art and inspiration where people will already be.

I have partnered with festivals and major events to bring out our 32 sqft DIY interactive art wall. People of all ages have been shown to love it.

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NoDa Area Breweries Out in Full Force for Charlotte Oktoberfest

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Oktoberfest thesavagewayNoDa Area Breweries Out in Full Force for Charlotte Oktoberfest
by Paula Bartlett, #thesavageway

The 16th  annual Charlotte Oktoberfest brought all of the craft beer lovers to the factory on Saturday, September 26, 2014. This sold out event took place at the North Carolina Music Factory and the day could not have been more perfect. With over 90 breweries in attendance, the NoDa neighborhood breweries were out in full force.

NoDa is home to three of the top breweries in Charlotte: Birdsong Brewing Company, Heist Brewery and NoDa Brewing Company. All three of these creative craft beer hubs brought their best to Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest in particular is the biggest festival in CLT, so it’s a great way to get in front of people in your city,” said Heist Brewery owner, Kurt Hogan.

One of the fun things about attending Charlotte’s largest beer festival is the vast range of beers from all over the world.

When I think about what beers to bring to a festival I look at a couple of different factors before deciding. I like to offer a range of beers that will appeal to not only the hardcore beer nerds that attend these festivals, but also to the attendees that may be new to our beer and may be even new to beer in general,” said Conor Robinson, head brewer at Birdsong Brewing Company.

NoDa Brewing’s head brewer, Chad Henderson, must have been thinking along those same lines because he brought some of their taproom favorites (including the popular seasonal Gorgeous), as well as the beer enthusiast’s Hop Drop & Roll cask which stole the show. 

The HDR is normally dry hopped with both Citra and Amarillo, but for Oktoberfest, I added Simcoe hops and Mosaic hops directly to the cask, giving it four dry hop varieties. I was very happy with the resulting product and seeing as how it didn't last an hour, everyone else was too,” quoted Henderson.

Each of the three breweries showcased a unique, small batch beer alongside their usual taproom favorites.

  • Birdsong Brewing Co: Evil and a Heathen - Wee Heavy; ABV: 8.7%. The aroma is reminiscent of fall with scents of apples and caramel. It tastes warming with flavors of a bit of booze, fresh bread and a touch of cinnamon.
  • Heist Brewery: Barrel Aged Wee Heavy; ABV: 14.9%. A very malty, strong Scotch ale. A process known as kettle caramelization provides notes of plums and dates. This beer sits in TOPO wheat whiskey barrels for quite some time.
  • NoDa Brewing Co: Hop Drop & Roll Cask: ABV: 7.2%. This "quad" dry-hopped version of their HDR IPA. Adding Simcoe & Mosaic hops to the normal dry hopping with Citra and Amarillo, brought an incredibly flavored brew.

So what keeps the breweries coming back to Charlotte Oktoberfest year after year (Birdsong and NoDa since 2011 and Heist since 2012)?

For Heist Brewery, going to the festival is simple. “As a brewpub, and a destination, we don’t distribute our beers, so it’s important to get face time with Charlotte beer lovers,” said Hogan.

Birdsong’s Robinson added, “Charlotte Oktoberfest dedicates a significant amount of time and energy to celebrating true American craft beer and showcasing craft beer from our region. I think the combination of the festival's reputation (16th annual) and their ability to bring the entire NC craft beer community together is what makes it so enjoyable/successful for both the breweries and the attendees."

One of the many reasons NoDa Brewing continues to attend is that, “Oktoberfest played a big role in getting our name out to the public when we first opened. We could really display what NoDa (Brewing) could bring to the beer scene,” said Henderson. “It’s also a place to show off a new seasonal or specialty one-off beer to a crowd of well established craft beer enthusiasts and impressing them is always important in order to stay relevant in the ever growing craft beer scene in Charlotte."

As the Charlotte craft beer scene continues to grow, all three of the NoDa breweries are preparing to amp up their games!

As we have new breweries open we will see the new and current breweries start to fall into their respective niches and challenge everyone to define themselves as well as produce even better beer,” noted Birdsong’s Robinson.

Henderson added that growth in the industry will lead to, “a swelling of local beer options in our local bars and restaurants. The bars and bottle shops are the support line for the breweries and if the last two years are any indication, the demand for local beer will only increase.”

Charlotteans and craft beer nerds will have to stay tuned as the craft scene develops and prospers in all neighborhoods of Charlotte. However one fact holds true, festivals like Charlotte’s Oktoberfest are the perfect platform for local breweries to experiment with beers and get people excited about supporting local.

So Save the Date! Charlotte Oktoberfest, Saturday, October 3, 2015

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First We Feast: NoDa Beers

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The Next Great Beer Town: Charlotte, North Carolina

Forget the corporate cliches—the Queen City's North Davidson arts district has become a hot-bed of creative brewing.

Article and photos by | October 8, 2014 at 12:15 pm

If you’ve made your way through our Southern beer starter kit or taken a beer-fueled road trip lately, you’ll already know that the brew scene below the Mason Dixon is catching fire in a major way. As it continues to grow, we’ve been on the hunt not only for the best breweries, but also the cities that are establishing themselves as beer-drinking meccas.

In North Carolina, Asheville has hogged the national spotlight with its splashy ground-breaking ceremonies for major breweries (Sierra Nevada, New Belgium) that have set up their East Coast operations in the already suds-heavy town (thanks, tax breaks!). But about 125 miles east, Charlotte is making a name for itself as the state’s next breakout beer destination.

The beginnings of this this transformation date back to North Carolina’s historic “Pop the Cap” law 2005, which allowed brewers to make their beer, shall we say, gangster; the severely handicapping 6% alcohol-by-volume (ABV) limit got boosted to 15%, resulting in more variety, experimentation, and a communal willingness to set up shop and push the envelope. But it’s also due to Charlotte’s shifting culture. Long stereotyped as a somewhat soulless corporate town (it’s home to Nascar’s main offices), the Queen City has attracted younger energy with its favorable cost of living and quality of life.

The best place to explore Charlotte’s new, funkier side is in the historic North Davidson arts district (popularly known as NoDa), which has become ground zero for the city’s burgeoning brew scene. Here, we focus on a quartet of microbreweries in the bustling ‘hood that are rapidly climbing the ladder of craft-beer prestige.

Bird Song Brewing Company

Founded in 2011, Bird Song is the best place to soak up the energy of the new NoDa community. From bikers clad in leather vests to wide-eyed college students offsetting mid-terms with a few pints, brewmaster Conor Robinson’s mastery of hops draws in drinkers of all stripes. Led by the workhorse Free Will Pale Ale, American-style pales ales and double IPAs (check the Honey Pie, laced with local honey) dominate the menu. But there’s no single-mindedness here; you’ll also want to explore creative seasonals (Mexicali Stout), the limited-release Take Flight Series, and well-crafted Belgian-style ales. Speakers bumping Bob Marley and live guitar players often make the taproom the place to be—especially on “THURSty THURSdays,” when a new small-batch brew is poured and tours are offered.

Unknown Brewing Company

In any beer city in America, there’s always that one brewer that other liquid craftsmen say you have to track down while you’re in town. Unknown’s Brad Shell is that guy in Charlotte, thanks to his outgoing personality (okay, he’s crazy) and his invaluable work experience with heavyweights like SweetWater, Rogue and Terrapin. Shell’s eccentricity translates to his often-unorthodox brews, including the coveted Over The Edge IPA; Southern Hopitali-Tea, incorporating flavors from the South’s most beloved beverage; and the seven-hop Vehopciraptor Double IPA, flexing 9.9%-ABV of beer muscle. Setting up shop a stone’s throw away from the Carolina Panthers’ Bank of America stadium (the Pre Game Session Ale is a tailgate favorite), Unknown is an ideal place to wile away an afternoon, with a ping-pong table, comfortable couches, and large windows for visitors to gawk at Shell’s expansive brewing playground.

NoDa Brewing Company

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If you only had one beer to try while in Charlotte, it would have to be the 2014 World Beer Cup Gold Award-winning NoDa Hop Drop ‘N Roll India Pale Ale. Named after C-Town’s hipster paradise, NoDa brewery has a major expansion in the works to help supply the demand for one of the South’s best IPAs. But to stop there would be a shame, as the other five year-rounds and numerous seasonals prove that it’s no one-trick pony. What Gose Round and Ramble On Red are both favorites, and the Hop, Drop is liquid crack for for hop heads. The brewery is an great spot to chill out after work and especially on the weekends, when food trucks pull up out front and sports fans flood the tap room to watch games. The always smiling NoDa owners—husband-and-wife team Suzie and Todd Ford—can often be found milling about the bar, so feel free to chat them up about what’s next for the up-and-coming brewery.

Heist Brewery

The beer names alone announce that Heist likes to do things with its own point of view—just check out the Cross-Pollen Nation Stout (an American stout brewed with Belgian yeast), Mussels From Brussels Belgian Pale Ale, and the ever-popular San Fran Disco American Pale Ale. The same spirit of experimentation fills the rest of the 6,700-square-foot brewpub, which proudly exhibits striking local art adorning the walls (there are even occasional “Paint Nights” hosted by Wine And Design Charlotte, where patrons can come, paint and sip). And Heist may be the best place to bring a group who might not share your beer obsession, thanks to seasonal cocktails (fall brings the Fig Martini and Pecan Smoked Manhattan) and live music from local acts like the Brother’s Berg. Beer-friendly food comes in the form of house-baked ESB Pretzel sticks, and sriracha-fried chicken with ramen salad and lobster mac. Speaking of vittles, Charlotte’s most demanding gourmands recommend Heist’s Sunday brunch without hesitation.