Chickspeare is an allfemale Shakespeare company that began performing in the now defunct Johnson Brewery on Central Avenue in 1998 and continued to produce shows there until the brewery sold its space in 2002. Chickspeare produced shows in different Charlotte spaces, garnering several awards and accolades, until 2006. In 2012, the Chicks began performing shows at NoDa Brewing Co. to sold out audiences, and in keeping with their Craft Beer origins, there will be a special NoDa Brewing Co. holiday infused brew just for Twelfth Night audiences.
If you never were fortunate enough to catch a Chickspeare performance, you’ll have plenty opportunities come December. Charlotte’s own All-Female Shakespeare Co. will be performing their Roaring Twenties- rendition of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
Joanna Gerdy, Chickspeare’s Artistic Director, believes the 1920’s to be the perfect backdrop for the Chickspeare Performance…
In my last post I talked about our collaborative effort with Birdsong Brewing Company to produce a “Tribute” to Heady Topper, the famous American Double/Imperial IPA from The Alchemist. We got through what seemed liked the longest workweek in the history of long workweeks and eagerly arrived to brew with Conor.
When we showed up he was already about an hour and a half into the brewing process on Birdsong’s outdoor patio. For those of you who aren’t familiar with pilot batches, they are usually five to ten gallon batches of beer that are brewed by the breweries but not on the actual commercial system. Instead they are brewed in a less sophisticated, more homebrew-style setup sometimes called a pilot system. This is where a lot of those delicious Birdsong Brewing Thirsty Thursday releases come from. When a batch becomes a big hit, the brewer will work to scale his or her ingredients and process to work on the larger system. Once perfected the new beer can be brewed in much greater quantities.
If you’ve been listening to the Charlotte Beercast then you have most likely heard us mention our love for The Alchemist’s Heady Topper, the famous and highly acclaimed (canned) Imperial IPA.
It’s definitely one of our unanimous favorites and we started discussing the possibility of brewing a beer that would come close to the original (if that’s even possible). We approached Birdsong to get their thoughts on our crazy idea; after all, we called them out for producing one of our favorite hoppy IPAs in Charlotte (Higher Ground) so we thought it would be a good fit. Much to our pleasant surprise, they agreed! After a little discussion we agreed on logistics and a name.
The latest episode of the Charlotte Beercast is online! A couple caveats: first, the show is much shorter than normal due to some technical problems with our mixer. However, thanks to Amazon’s speedy customer service a new one is already on its way. Our plan is to finish the episode once it arrives and release it as soon as possible. Secondly, we have a big announcement coming your way….
Welcome to part two of the Charlotte Beercast’s fifth episode! Part one already covered summer shandies and the end of the Magic Hat vs. West Sixth lawsuit to Japan’s second craft beer boom. Here we’ll continue the conversation on the bottles versus cans debate as well as the main show topic: the recently passed North Carolina Growler Law.
Cans vs. Bottles
This is one of those topics that I’ve covered before but it seems to keep popping up. We kept it simple and just asked two things:
- Does it matter if beer is in a bottle or a can?
- Can people actually tell the difference?
For most people, it’s all mental, and the only time they can tell the difference is when they are drinking their beer directly out of a can or bottle. Heck, we did our own blind taste test during the show (from tasting glasses) and it was impossible to tell. However if you accept most craft beer is to be enjoyed out of a glass, there is no actual debate – cans are better.
This is part one of a two-part recap of Episode 5 of the Charlotte Beercast. The latest episodes’ topics ran the gamut from summer shandies and the end of the Magic Hat vs. West Sixth lawsuit to Japan’s second craft beer boom and debating cans versus bottles. The main show topic was the recently passed North Carolina Growler Law. Keep reading after the jump to the recap! Also, don’t forget to update your iTunes subscription, the show RSS feed and download the latest episode!
Jeff’s news article was pretty bland article from NBC News. The piece focused on the presence of summer shandies and other mixed beers in the US, blah blah blah. Thins were much more interesting after the article was released when Greg Koch from Stone Brewing came out against the article and the idea of shandies and other similar styles. You can read about his little rant here.
We asked, is it fair for him to come out against shandies when Stone does so many crazy beers?
Episode 4 is out! This recording of the Charlotte Beercast features Josh, Ryan, Jeff and Cesar with discussion topics ranging from crazy collaboration beers, breweries raising money, legal battles in the craft beer world and the craft versus crafty debate. I’ll highlight some of the topics (not all of them) and add some of my own thoughts, but nothing beats giving it a listen! Remember to send us your feedback in the comments!
Wicked Weed IPA and Foothills Sexual Chocolate Collaboration
*Edit: The Wicked Weed “69″ was actually a chocolate double IPA, not a black IPA.
Although it might seem like a marketing ploy (and despite the lame “69” name) when you bring two well-respected breweries together to do a collaboration, people get excited. This hoppy, black IPA isn’t necessarily a novelty, but it is part of a growing trend in the mixing of styles. The guys bring up some great discussion points regarding whether this blending of styles is innovation or highlights a lack of innovation. Their consensus was that it’s a good beer, but nothing too special.
My personal opinion? I love black IPAs, especially in the winter, but I can see the argument that mixing styles can sometimes be a “throw it at the wall and see what sticks” scenario. Perhaps really fine-tuning an existing flagship beer is a better use of time for some breweries; however, mixing styles is still a fun experience when done right.
Today Charlotte BeerCast released Episode 3, “I’m a Backside Guy.” Weird title? Yea you may need to listen all the way through to get the cool inside joke. If you want to get a quick rundown of the main topics we covered, keep reading below. However, definitely suggest listening all the way through because it’s a lot more entertaining that anything I can cover here.
As always, we’re looking for any feedback you can give us. What did you like about this episode? What didn’t you like? Are there any specific topics or issues you would like us to cover in Episode 4? Leave a message in the comments below; tweet at us or even post on our Facebook page. Lastly, don’t forget to rate us (highly) on iTunes! Let’s get to it!
On May 1 the Charlotte Beercast released the very first episode of a new podcast discussing national and local craft beer issues. I’m lucky enough to be a rotating co-host and got to partake in episode two which was released just yesterday. Rightly titled “It only gets worse from here….”
If you haven’t listened to it (or the first episode) make sure to visit the website or check it out on iTunes.
The topics for episode two ranged from the BeerAdvocate brothers Charlotte visit to Big Beer’s impact on the craft/local beer scene. We also discussed the constant hunt for “rare” or “limited release” beers, beer pricing, novelty beers and chatted about some of the beers we got to drink before and during the recording.
Nothing beats listening all the way through, but here are some of my take-aways….
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