September 26, 2017
Fall is officially here! As autumn brings crisp air and bright colors to the Carolinas, master brewers in Cabarrus County are offering up amber-hued glasses of malty goodness. Many area breweries are family and dog friendly, so make time to sip a seasonal brew and enjoy the atmosphere between visits to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch.
With a new beer garden in the works, Concord’s largest brewery will have even more space to relax. Paired with favorable fall weather, shade trees, picnic tables and an outdoor bar will make you feel right at home. Get a sneak peek at the new al fresco area during CBC’s Second Annual Oktoberfest starting this Friday through Sunday, October 1. Brewmaster Jason McKnight and the CBC crew will debut two new traditional German beers, and the authentic celebration will include local food trucks highlighting traditional German fare. Grab a beer and a bite, and enjoy local tunes from Paleface and Revelwood Trio over the weekend.
After sampling the new German-style beers, try the latest small batch, ‘Hazy Rye’der,’ a northeastern-style pale ale brewed with rye. Another perfect fall pick at CBC? ‘Mule Spinner Stout.’ Roasted caramel and chocolate malts give this full-bodied beer a rich flavor, and oatmeal provides a creamy, sweet body.
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It's #TuesdayBrewsday in Cabarrus County! Find your fall favorite as local breweries like @cabarrusbrewco serve up fresh #Oktoberfest creations! Grab your crew & check out these local #autumn events & limited time brews! #linkinbio 🍻 – – Use #RaceToTaste to share photos of what you're sipping on all season!
Twenty-Six Acres brew ‘Second Rodeo’ complements cool evenings with dark chocolate flavor from roasted barley and chocolate malts. This beer also has low bitterness for those who aren’t a huge fan of hops. Sip it outside by the brewery’s fire pit, and it’s like the adult version of a s’more! Up for something a little different? Try the extremely popular ‘Unicorn Milk,’ a vanilla cream ale with blueberries.
Test out both beers at the upcoming Fall Festival Supporting Aislinn’s Wish on October 14. This family-friendly fundraiser will have art vendors, food trucks, live music, and outdoor games. All funds raised benefit Aislinn’s Wish Foundation, a non-profit created to improve the lives of children diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome.
For adults, pencil in Halloween Bash(ed) on October 28 for music by DJ Festivus, food, costume contests, and of course, delicious beer.
If you’re looking for the perfect companion to weekend football games, it’s Red Hill Brewing Company’s ‘Cardiac Crème Ale!’ This light-bodied blonde ale is fermented with blackberries, blueberries and vanilla then lightly dry-hopped with Mosaic hops. The tart fruit balances flawlessly with the creamy vanilla.
Another recent release at Red Hill is a fall IPA called ‘Nice Pear.’ Their harvest-style IPA is infused with pears to give it an autumn juiciness that balances the hops. It’s rounded out with spices cinnamon and clove, to get you in the spirit.
Try it on October 20 as Hacksaw Jones plays live music in the taproom.
Concord’s first brewery has two new beers for fall that are variants of their popular ‘Little Sis IPA’. The first is ‘Juicy Sis’, which has the same base but added freshly-squeezed orange and pineapple juices, complete with pulp. The second variation, ‘Coffee Sis,’ includes Ethiopian coffee beans adding depth to this citrus IPA. Try them both and pick your favorite or go for a flight during an upcoming event at High Branch.
Before the brewery’s second birthday party on November 18, Odina Wood Art will be the first artist showcased for HBB’s new local art display. If you love the look of the High Branch taproom, stop by the reception on October 6 to score some custom and original wood burning creations.
We know—Southern Grace isn’t a brewery, but there’s one spirit we couldn’t leave off this list. Southern Grace’s new Sun Dog Apple Dumplin’ recently won a silver medal at the 2017 North American Bourbon and Whiskey Competition. When you’re feeling chilly, mix this 45 proof corn whiskey with apple cider and a cinnamon stick, then heat in a sauce pan to warm up from the inside out. Test Southern Grace’s latest treat during Halloween at Whiskey Prison on October 27. This after-dark flashlight tour of the 90-year-old prison is sure to send a chill down your spine!
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My Grandma Moyle made wonderfully sweet baked apple dumplings and when I first tasted our Sun Dog apple I knew I wanted to call it Apple Dumplin' because it made me think about her apple dumplings. I hope you'll try it this week in a cocktail, over ice cream, in a @cabarrusbrewco Company Red Hill Amber or over your own baked apple dumplings. Enjoy and remember we'll make a donation to Habitat for Humanity for every bottle you purchase. #nationalappledumplingday #giveback #appledumplings #sundogappledumplin #apples #whiskey #craftspirits #gottobencspirits #gottobenc #goodnessgrowsinnc #grandma #grandmalove
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