Found: Growlers Pourhouse (3120 N. Davidson St.)
Ingredients: Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Goldschlager, Grand Marnier, Uinta Punk'n Harvest Pumpkin Ale, cinnamon and sugar rim, orange slice.
This NoDa chill spot serves more than just beer, sausage and bar-side popcorn. Though it's not listed on the chalkboard, there is one fall-inspired sip that isn't the seasonal pumpkin beer. "Growlers Pour House is known for our extensive beer list, which is my inspiration for a lot of the cocktails I make," says bartender Nicole Ippolito. "I often will make guests drinks with their favorite beer. The idea behind the Dirty Ol' Punk'n was to bring out the fall spice of Uinta Punk'n beer with the use of the Goldschlager." Between the whiskey, beer and spices, you can practically hear the crunch of leaves while warming up with this fall-in-a-glass cocktail.
Third generation pitmaster Samuel Jones of The Skylight Inn is headed west next week to cook some of his legendary Eastern Carolina barbecue for a special dinner at Midwood Smokehouse alongside Midwood's pit master, Matthew Barry.
Jones captains the acclaimed Ayden, N.C., barbecue joint, started by his granddaddy Pete Jones, whom many consider the "King of Barbecue." Jones comes from a long line of smoke aficionados, seven to be exact, and cooks whole hogs the same way his family did - slow over wood charcoals. The sign on the front of the theatrical capitol dome in Ayden says, "Barbecue Capitol of the World" and many who've made the pilgrimage, including me, genuflect there for the whole hog, hand-chopped with bits of crispy skin doused with vinegar sauce.
On Wednesday, Nov. 20, Midwood Smokehouse is hosting a throwback three-course meal featuring Southern hors d'oeuvres of smoked pimiento cheese and jalapeño dip, whole hog prepared by Sam Jones and warm apple cobbler for dessert. NoDa Brewing Company will provide beer pairings. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit The Southern Foodways Alliance
Tickets are $35 (plus tax and gratuity) and guests can reserve seats by calling 704-295-4BBQ. Midwood Smokehouse is located at 1401 Central Ave.
Charlotte's newest addition to the burgeoning craft beer scene is planning to throw down this Saturday for its grand opening celebration. The Unknown Brewing Company has garnered quite the buzz since stepping on the scene earlier this summer and with good reason. They are looking to make a big splash with a 30-barrel brewhouse inside a 25,000-square-foot space near the Bank of America Stadium.
Owner Brad Shell, a seasoned veteran of big craft beer (he worked at Sweetwater Brewing Company and consulted at Terrapin Beer Co. before becoming general manager of Rogue Brewing Co.) says this grand opening is 10 years in the making.
"I got a job at a brewery on accident by drinking there," says Shell. "I worked for 10 years, studying the craft and helped build three of the top 25 craft breweries in the nation. It's time to go big or go home."
Go big, indeed. The Unknown Brewing Company is dropping a fifth of its marketing budget on the grand opening shindig with music from Nashville-based DeRobert & The Half-Truths, Charlotte's Bubonik Funk and Brooklyn-based band The London Souls plus food from Three Amigos. They will showcase three flagship beers - Over the Edge (a USPA, 6.9 percent ABV), Head First (Pale Ale, 5.6 percent ABV) and No Shame (Wheat Beer, 5.1 percent ABV) - and plan to release a different specialty beer every hour on the hour throughout the grand opening event. Shell promises an unforgettable grand finale at 9:45 p.m., which will remain unknown until then.
One thing Shell is adamant about is that The Unknown Brewing Company is not about being mysterious or ambiguous. Rather, it is about living the unknown, living without boundaries and going after the adventure.
The taproom will be open this Saturday and tours will be given throughout the day. The Unknown Brewing Company is located at 1327 S. Mint St. The grand opening event is from 4p.m. to 10 p.m. Follow The Unknown Brewing Company on Facebook.
Nan & Byron's, the eagerly anticipated second project from MAP Management (the team that created 5Church in Uptown), celebrates its grand opening tonight. The restaurant, which occupies the former Vinnie's Raw Bar space in South End, boasts a casual-chic family-friendly atmosphere and a menu of classic comfort food favorites created by chefs Marc Jacksina and Jamie Lynch.
The cuisine is classically American. Expect to find hearty pot pie, meatballs with sauce and roasted chicken with elevated twists from chef Jamie Lynch. Think sriracha ketchup on a comforting slab of meatloaf and peppadew peppers stuffed with aged cheddar cheese. The restaurant also boasts a menu of creative cocktails and local beers on tap, with plans to stay open late on weekends for the nightlife hungry.
Nan and Byrons opens tonight from 5 p.m.-11 p.m. and will be celebrating all weekend with a DJ after 11 p.m. Reservations can be made online or by phone at 980-224-7492. The restaurant is located at 1714 South Blvd.
How do you get to a person's soul? You find out what they eat.
Most of the time, if you bring a person down to his darkest moments, the very first thing he is going to do is hunt down a tattered slice of pizza from that place on 3rd and Main, or maybe the fried tofu from the Chinese place next to the strip mall.
Perhaps that was a little dark, but it happens. Think about the last time you went through a big breakup or fucked up a big job interview. Did you call your best friend? Did you go out and drink a beer or two or 12? Sure you did. But you damn sure ordered a pizza first, or got whatever food comforts you the most.
I'm not saying food's better than crying on your friend's shoulder ... I'm just saying that food can make you feel better in ways that other stuff can't. These Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes with Lemon Curd and Blueberry Frosting definitely make me feel that way, so I'm going to make them.
Just because Halloween is now behind us doesn't mean you can't get into costume - 1920s vintage flapper dress, anyone? The Young Affiliates of the Mint Museum hosts its inaugural Fall Ball on Nov. 8, featuring classic cocktails like the Sidecar, White Lady and Bee's Knees, courtesy of Rémy Martin V and Cointreau. Food, also inspired by the 1920s, will be catered by Something Classic. Selections on the menu include Flash Fried Potato Chalices with Crème Fraiche and Caviar and Waldorf Deviled Eggs with Roquefort, Walnuts & Crisp Apples, among others.
Proceeds from the event will go to support the upcoming Mint Museum Randolph photography exhibit Bearing Witness: The New York Photo League and Sonia Handelman Meyer. $75 for members and $95 for non-members. Nov. 8, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S Tryon St. For more information, visit FallBallCharlotte.com.
Spend Nov. 2 among old friends and new while raising money for a worthy organization in Charlotte.
As one of the largest HIV nonprofits in the Carolinas, the Regional Aids Interfaith Network's mission is to combat prejudices and strive for understanding within the community. RAIN gives those living with AIDS the ability to live their lives to the fullest.
The charity event Dining With Friends allows hosts to throw their own parties and invite their guests to raise money that will go directly to RAIN. Parties will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, with the finale shindig at Discovery Place at 9 p.m. The finale is a celebration of all the money raised by the event, and guests are treated to desserts from some of the best restaurants around. Amelie's, barCHOCOLATE and Dandelion Market are just a few of the sponsors. Attendees are welcome to explore the exhibits as they sip on champagne and cocktails. Donations and registration to become a host can be made online at www.diningwithfriendscharlotte.org. Minimum donation of $30 to attend finale. Nov. 2, 9 p.m. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St.
I'm not generally a fan of anything that gets plastered over a zillion billboards and TV ads, but I feel the need to defend this whole "pumpkin spice/apple" mania the country seems to go into every fall.
I like it because it IS fall, and fall tastes and smells goddamned amazing. And the other seasons have their things too, their iced teas and peppermint sticks and tables full of Grandma's hellaciously soggy "stuffing" that'd probably seep out of a turkey like a paper bag full of ice cream. But if you ask people what the definitive taste of winter or spring or summer is, it's going to be totally different depending on who you ask. Some people think of roasted chestnuts in the winter, while others think of the inviting smell of a half-empty bottle of Wild Turkey and a freshly-loaded handgun. To each his own.
Say "fall," on the other hand, and you get the same answers from everyone: pumpkin spice, apple cider. Every. Damn. Time. And there's a reason for that: THEY'RE DELICIOUS.
Like I said, I'm not super into obsessing over anything too much. But the way I see it, this whole fall thing isn't obsessing, it's just giving people what they already know they want. And I want some Apple Cider Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting.
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