Hickory Hops

Written by Ellen Gurley

Hickory Hops 2013 4.20.13
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:,,,, and . 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 in Kill Devil Hills), Sexual Chocolate (from in Winston-Salem), Rabid Duck Russian Imperial (from in Farmville), Dark Construct Stout (from in Raleigh), and Dweller Imperial Stout (from Green Man 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 in Asheville) and one from (in Farmville).  

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

But I think my two favourite may have been the Raspberry Sour Patch (from in Fayetteville, NC) and a mind-blowing Habenero Saison (from 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.

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