I Tried It - #instabeerupCLT

I’ll admit I was a little hesitant at first to attend an #instabeerupCLT event because I worried that at 35, I was going to be the oldest person in the world and interacting with people like Lillian on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: “So what do you do for work? Oh, I’m sorry, I meant can you believe you get paid to chase your bliss?” I don’t have perfectly imperfect mermaid hair and a cool, effortless looking wardrobe – my wardrobe consists of clothes that are either suitable for work or are brewery T-shirts.

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I Tried It - Blue Blaze Brewing

Here I was, thinking I would have this perfectly scheduled I Tried It about checking out Blue Blaze Brewing before their grand opening scheduled for Saturday, June 25th, and they went and opened early. I guess when you’re as awesome as they are, it really is a disservice to the community to not open early and share your beer goodness with the world. Fear not, the grand opening celebration is happening this Saturday, June 25th, from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm, at their taproom at 528 South Turner Avenue in Charlotte.

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I Tried It - 2015 Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout & Barleywine

A word of warning: I don’t hate Goose Island and I don’t drop breweries when they sell to bigger guys or sell controlling stakes. I’ve encountered a lot of Goose Island hate since moving back to North Carolina that I didn’t really encounter in Chicago. What changes most people’s minds about what it means for a brewery to “sell out” is having a beloved local or regional brewery go from being independently owned to being part of another company or to no longer have a controlling interest in its operations. 

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I Tried It - NoDa's White Elephant Bottle Party

If you’ve never been to a White Elephant Bottle Party at NoDa, I highly recommend going. Don’t feel intimidated about bringing the “right” beer and don’t worry about whether your beer is “special” enough because it’s very likely that whatever you bring is going to be new and exciting to someone there. To find out about the next White Elephant Bottle Party at NoDa, like their page on Facebook and keep an eye on their Events page. 

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