North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries by Erik Lars Myers

Erik Lars Myers

Erik Lars Myers

Erik Lars Myers didn’t start his life in the beer business. He got his degree in performing arts from Alfred University, and then ended up working in information technology for 15 years. Now he is a respected figure in the craft beer scene in North Carolina. Erik has homebrewed for over 11 years which led to him opening Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough, NC.  He has worked within the North Carolina Brewers Guild, was the executive editor for the Know Your Brewer website, has published more than 90 columns in various publications, and has his own blog Top Fermented where he comments on craft beer and its industry. Oh yea, he’s also a Certified Cicerone; the beer equivalent of a sommelier. So yea, Erik knows a thing or two about craft beer. With all of the knowledge and experience about craft beer he has accumulated throughout the years, he decided to write a book about the flourishing craft beer scene throughout the state of North Caronlina.

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Dogfish Head Urkontinent to be Released Mid-April

Urkontinent Label

As we previously mentioned to our faithful readers, Dogfish Head Urkontinent was being tentatively bottled at the time. However, it seems to be that Urkontinent will be released sometime mid-April in 750ml champagne bottles and limited draft release.

This is what Sam Calagione says the 8.1% ABV Belgian Dubbel “…a valentine to boot-strapping creative entrepreneurs in all kinds of industries all over the world.

Here is a breakdown from Beer Street Journal about what each of the ingredients add to Urkontinent:

  • Wattleseed from Australia imparts chocolate, coffee and hazelnut notes to the beer. Toasted amaranth from South America gives it an earthy, grainy flavor and a little additional roast flavor.
  • Green rooibos from Africa contributes a floral aroma and slight astringency.
  • Myrica gale from Europe supplements the bitterness from minimal hopping.
  • Hiveplex Honey from California adds a subtle sweetness while maintaining the dry finish.

Small Breweries Represent Over 5% of Beer Market in the United States

According to the Brewer’s Association, the craft beer industry rose over 13% in volume in 2011; a 1.3 million barrel increase in production. The total volume of craft beer produced in 2010 was 4.97% which increased to 5.68% in 2011. Another big accomplishment for the craft beer industry is that more than 2,000 craft breweries are now operating in the United States!

Great news for the craft beer industry. Check out Beer Street Journal for some more information on the rise of craft beer!

Growth of craft beer

Bell’s Oberon Released Today!

Today is the day that Bell’s Oberon is released. This wheat ale is a favorite beer throughout the craft beer community, and is definitely great for this exceptionally warm weather we’ve been having recently. Check out the Bell’s Brewery event calendar to see if there are any Bell’s Oberon events happening near you!

The Music of The Rocktown Beer and Music Festival

Over the years, one of my best friends Thomas over at Rarity in Form has introduced me to music I would have never found on my own. I’m sure his passion for music is unlike anyone’s I have ever seen and he has continued to delve deeper when he moved up to the Washington DC area. I respect his musical taste and knowledge, so I asked him if he would be kind enough to write about the bands that will be performing at The Rocktown Beer and Music Festival this April 21st.

Check his article out over at Rarity in Form about the three acts coming this year; The War on Drugs, Yarn, and No BS! Brass Band. Also do yourself a favor and look through his other posts about up and coming bands, concert reviews, and his concert pulse that has a lot of must see shows coming through the Northern Virginia / Washington DC area.

New Belgium to Start Distributing in Michigan

New Belgium Brewery has stated that they will begin shipping to Michigan this August 2012. Michigan will be state number 29 (not including the District of Columbia) to have New Belgium distributed there. As with previous New Belgium releases, 22oz bombers will be the first to arrive followed by draft then 12oz bottles.

Check out Beer Street Journal to see the full list of distributors in Michigan who will be carrying New Belgium products!

My First Order of Business When I Get a Dog

Here is an awesome article telling you how to train your dog to get you a beer from the refrigerator.

Some changes will be coming to Craft Beer Nation soon. The site name will be changed in the near future because someone has already registered the domain for craftbeernation.com. It will still be all about beer and beer related things, just a different name and web address. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment! Once a new name and address is chosen, we’ll let you know.

Sierra Nevada’s Hoptimum is Coming

Sierra Nevada’s Hoptimum is ready to be shipped from Chico, California. This whole cone hop Imperial IPA was first released last year, and was met with great praise from the craft beer world. Unfortunately, I was unable to snag some last year but I’m hoping to get my hands on a 4-pack this year. With Sierra Nevada setting up shop in North Carolina in the near future, I’m excited to see what this will do to bringing more of their limited release beers to this region of the US.

Hoptimum Bottles Ready to be Packaged

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Bitter – German Magnum. Aroma/Dry – Simcoe & new secret strain.
Malts: 2 Row Pale, Golden Promise, Munich & Wheat
Yeast: Ale

Hoptimum will be a limited release and available in 12oz bottles and on draft.

From Beer Street Journal.