NC Beer Month kicks off with Casks on Fools
By Dathan Kazsuk
April 1 ended up being a perfect day to drink beer, no matter where you were. The weather was just amazing – but we decided to kick off our adventure into NC Beer Month at Crank Arm Brewing Company for its fourth annual Casks on Fools event.
For $10 you received a souvenir glass and four, 5-ounce drink tickets. Additional tickets were also available for $2.50 with proceeds going towards the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well as the NC Craft Brewers Guild.
After receiving our cask program with all that was available to sample, we looked through the 19 different NC breweries to figure out what we wanted to try first. We quickly decided on D9's Witless – a peachy sour brewed with house yeast and bacteria. We both liked this beer, and while Jen finished off the rest of the beer, I made our next selection.
Next was Carolina Brewing Company's Mango Habanero Hop Roar West Coast Style IPA. Jen's not a fan of IPA such as myself, but she loves beer that has a little heat to them. And although this could have had a little more heat to it, it was still a good beer. The mango left a nice fruity nose to the beer while the extra Citra hops in the cask added a balance to the fruit.
By now Jen wanted a stout, and we selected Bull City Burger and Brewery's Jack Tar Dry Irish Stout with Amarena Cherries. A very slight taste of cherries could be found in what we both thought was a very thin and weak stout. This was our least favorite of the day. But we had one more ticket. Can we leave Crank Arm with a winner?
It was a toss up between Foothills Jade IPA with pineapple and mango or Lynwood Brewing Concern's Lucifeous sour beer. Since we already had an IPA with mango, we went with Lynnwood. Luciferous was a barrel-aged sour with apricots put in the cask. We both liked this one - but in the end, our favorite was D9's Witless.
If you are interested in seeing everything that was offered at Casks on Fools, take a look below:
Aviator – Chocolate cream stout
Big Boss – War Hawk, dry hopped with El Dorado
Bombshell – Lady in Red with pumpkin spice
Brown Truck – Belgian dubble
Bull City Burger and Brewery – Jack Tar Dry Irish Stout with Amarena cherries
Carolina Brewing Company – Hop Roar West Coast Style IPA, on mangos, habaneros and Citra hops
Crank Arm – Tandem Double IPA with blood orange and orange zest
D9 – Peach sour brewed with house yeast and bacteria
Deep River – Bitter Unicorn Tears with Mosaic hops
Foothills – Jade IPA with pineapple and mango
Fortnight – ESB with East Kent Golding hops
Fullsteam – Steak Knives, imperial stout aged in bourbon with a set of steak knives
Gizmo – Stawberry Kiwi Gose
Haw River – Newlin's Original Belgian Oatmeal Pale, dry hopped with Crystal and Galaxy hops and strawberries
Lynnwood Brewing Concern – Luciferous,barrel-aged sour with apricots
Mystery – Hornigold, a 6-gallon oak cask which traveled in a car for 4,000 miles, to recreate IPA's that traveled from England to India
Neuse River – La Belge aDorée, strong golden ale aged on dried chamomile flowers and organic lemon zest
Raleigh Brewing Company – 4th Anniversary Ale, Scotch Barrel-Aged Wheat Wine with dates
Trophy - Special Session IPA on tangerine peelss