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Hickory Hops

Written by Ellen Gurley

Hickory Hops 2013 4.20.13
www.HickoryHops.com
Review by : Ellen Gurley

I left the safety of Charlotte craft beer to venture to the land of Hickory to partake in more regional beers. I’m glad that I did. All of the Charlotte Breweries were there:
www.BirdsongBrewing.com, www.HeistBrewing.com, www.HopsOnline.com, www.NoDaBrewing.com, www.OldeMeckBrew.com and www.TripleCBrewing.com . It was wonderful to see their faces and booths all set up. I only tried a few beers from Charlotte, the first being Triple C’s Smokey Amber (as I will be seeing them all at Sat., June 1st @ the Charlotte Brewers Festival) and I didn’t want to miss out on any of the other breweries present that I may not see again anytime soon.                

There were great NC beers all over this courtyard in downtown Hickory. There were so many wonderful creations and I just couldn’t try them all. I had some amazing stouts; Wild Oyster Stout (from Outer Banks Brewing
www.OBBBrewing.com in Kill Devil Hills), Sexual Chocolate (from www.FoothillsBrewing.com in Winston-Salem), Rabid Duck Russian Imperial (from www.DuckRabbitBrewery.com in Farmville), Dark Construct Stout (from www.RothBrewing.com in Raleigh), and Dweller Imperial Stout (from Green Man www.JackOfTheWood.com in Asheville), as stouts are my favourite. I started with them. Then my present company talked me into some barleywines; French Broad Barleywine (from French www.FrenchBroadBrewery.com in Asheville) and one from www.DuckRabbitBrewery.com (in Farmville).  

I had a bunch of IPAs; an interesting Kiwi one (that Advantage Beer & Wine Supplies was offering), a Belgian White IPA (from
www.HeistBrewing.com in Charlotte), Punch in the Face IPA (from Tipping Point www.Tipping.Server287.com in Waynesville) and the Chocolate Orange IPA that was very tasty - and I have bought twice since (from www.ThomasCreekBeer.com in Greenville, SC).             

But I think my two favourite may have been the Raspberry Sour Patch (from
www.HuskeHardware.com in Fayetteville, NC) and a mind-blowing Habenero Saison (from www.AviatorBrew.com in Fuquay Varina). All in all, it was a great, professional setting for admiring beer and networking with like-minded brethren.                

These are just some of your regional craft beers. Support them. This is a serious and fun movement. Visit these breweries. Buy a ticket to a beer festival. They will give you a glass and if you’re lucky, bottled water and pretzels or peanuts. And you will probably not find a drunken party goer on site, as everyone here is either looking to educate or learn or both. Get into it.

ellen-75   Ellen Gurley Visit Author Page | ellen.gurley@mycitymagazine.net

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