One of the great things about craft beer is experiencing new beers all the time. The craft beer community is constantly pushing the envelope and brewing up fantastic new beers for us to try. At Carolina Beer Temple in Matthews and Carolina Beer Temple at Ayrsley you can find a fantastic selection of singles to choose from – just about every beer we have in stock is also available as a single. And if you mix-and-match any 6 bottles or cans (16oz in size or less) we’ll give you 10% off your purchase. What a great way to try new beers and potentially discover your new favorite beer!
Here is a proposed six pack for you to come in and mix and match. Most of these are new arrivals, a couple of others have been on the shelves just a little while longer, but if you haven’t discovered them yet its time to give them a try.
Cabarrus Brewing – Vanilla Coffee Blonde (4.7% ABV)
Cabarrus Brewing is not only Cabarrus County’s first brewery, but also the first brewery to call Concord home! Their Vanilla Coffee Blonde Ale is an American style cream ale with S&D Coffee French Roast coffee beans and vanilla added. It is light bodied, crisp, golden and refreshing with hints of both coffee and vanilla. Noble hops were used in this brew keeping the hop profile mild. Fans of Wooden Robot’s Good Morning Vietnam may be pleased with this offering in cans from Cabarrus.
Are you ready for a Gold Medal Winning beer? E.S.B.s (Extra Special Bitter) are known for their malt forward profile and mild hoppiness. A bit on the sweet side, but easily quaffable. Gibb’s Hundred Brewing out of downtown Greensboro took Gold Medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival for this spectacular brew! In the words of Mark Gibb, co-founder of Gibb’s hundred,
“This [beer] really showcases an underrated beer style and validates the tremendous talent and hard work of our brewers John Priest and William Brown.”
Not familiar with E.S.B.s? Then look no further than this award winning brew to give it a try!
Olde Hickory Cubano Walker Barleywine (10% ABV)
Let me disclose up front that I am a BIG fan of barleywines! However, they must be consumed in moderation. They are so delicious, yet so strong, one or two of these big beers can put just about any man on the floor very quickly! You’ve been warned, but you have to try this brew! In my humble opinion Olde Hickory Brewery makes some of the best barleywine beers on the planet! And my opinion stands in good company as their notorious Irish Walker Barleywine has won numerous awards at both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup – two of the most prestigious beer competitions in the U.S.A. Here is just a sampling of awards Irish Walker has won in recent years:
- 2016 GABF Gold Medal Winner (Old Ale or Strong Ale category)
- 2013 GABF Silver Medal Winner (Old Ale or Strong Ale category)
- 2016 World Beer Cup Bronze Medal Winner (Old Ale or Strong Ale category)
- 2014 World Beer Cup Silver Medal Winner (Old Ale or Strong Ale category)
With all that said, how do you make one of the best barleywines on the planet even better? Age it on the Spanish cedar wood used for cigar boxes and humidors. I first tasted this brew at the Charlotte Oktoberfest festival a couple of years back. I about did the happy dance and told everyone I met that if they wanted to try the best beer at the festival, this was the one to try! Since then, Olde Hickory has bottled this beautiful beer! Now…I must admit, even I haven’t had a chance to try one from the bottle. But on draft, it is perhaps the best barleywine ever conceived. Give it a try…and I guess I better go build my own mixed six pack to bring one of these home myself.
Lenny Boy Brewing got their start brewing kombucha. That led to brewing beers, especially wild ales. Now Lenny Boy brews everything from IPAs to Brown Ales to Belgian Wits (have you tried De La Wit?). Very recently Lenny Boy started to put their beers in cans. When you first see the purple and white swirls of the the Laughing Yogi can you’ll just want to try it! Laughing Yogi is a light Belgian Blonde ale brewed with Jasmine Tea. If there was ever the perfect summer time, warm weather beer, this is it!
Green Man 20th Anniversary Imperial Wayfarer Double IPA (8% ABV)
Here at my house I have a Green Man Brewery pint glass from their 1 year anniversary back in 1998! At 20 years of age, Green Man Brewing is the 2nd eldest brewery in Asheville (can you name the eldest?). As part of their 20 year anniversary, Green Man released this fantastic double IPA! Wayfarer is a seasonal offering from Green Man, a citrusy, easy drinking IPA . However, this Imperial Wayfarer is a dry-hopped big shot cousin of the beer it is based off of. This IPA features big hop aromas of citrus and tropical fruit.
Back when Newgrass Brewing, out of Shelby, first visited us at Carolina Beer Temple they informed me that Carolina Uncommon was the best selling beer in their tap room. Not sure if that holds true today, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. At first, it took me by surprise that such a unique beer style – a rye saison – would be the number one seller out in the small town of Shelby, but once you give this beer a try you’ll see why. This beer is brewed with 100% Riverbend malts from Asheville and features notes of banana and clove, with just a hint of rye.