On the local front, NC Beer Month started yesterday at NoDa Brewing, which is teaming up with Autism Charlotte for the inaugural Ales for Autism. Also, 88 cents (which represents the ratio of 1 in 88 children being identified with an autism spectrum disorder) of every beer sold will be donated to help fight autism. As part of the event, NoDa is brewing Sensory Overload, an orange IPA.
As part of NC Beer Month, NoDa is collaborating with two other Tarheel State breweries for special relases: Front Street out of Wilmington (Mother Shucker, an oyster stout that the two brewed last year as well) and Morganton’s Fonta Flora (a yet-to-be-named Saison IPA). You can also enter the Brewmaster Experience, with the grand prize two nights at the Aloft hotel, two days of working with the NoDa staff to create your own NoDable beer, two vouchers for a Charlotte Brews Cruise and an appearance on the Cheers Charlotte podcast. Enter by visiting the NC Beer Month Web site (you have until April 30).
Charlotte’s official NC Beer Month kickoff party will take place at Growlers Pourhouse on Tuesday, April 8 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The NoDa beer bar will be showcasing craft beer from Charlotte’s breweries as well as other ones from North Carolina. Admission is free and there will be live music along with raffle prizes.
There are also several beer dinners involving Charlotte’s breweries, and VBGB is hosting a Meet the Brewers Charlotte Tap Takeover on April 22 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.