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Re: “Livermush Exposed


Posted by Cubbiebear on 08/18/2014 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Tiptoe through the tacos at Fonda la Taquiza

Guess Tricia Childress didn't visit the restroom at Eastside Taquiza. Wish I had done so before I ordered lunch instead of after. Dingy, dark, dirty, no paper dispenser in one stall; the other one on the floor in the second stall; nasty sink. If the restrooms look like that, what is the kitchen like? Short on charm too?

The menu was extraordinary by Charlotte standards, the food less than mediocre by any standards. The crushed cockroach outside the front door should have been a warning.

The review was classic Charlotte Creative Loafing. Upbeat, hopeful, and very, very misleading.
Your credibility dropped lower than usual with this glowing review. Judith Felson

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Posted by Judith on 08/16/2014 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Why are seasonal beers releasing earlier and earlier?

Part of the problem is that if you want one of these high-demand beers, you have to buy it when it is released, or you risk not being able to get it. I did buy Pumking as soon as it hit stores. I am not going to open it for a while yet, but if I waited, I might not have gotten it.

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Posted by Adam Raskoskie on 08/12/2014 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Charlotte Oktoberfest vs. Charlotte Beerfest

Thank you for the article and helping to explain and differentiate the festivals. If you have any future questions about the 2014 Charlotte Oktoberfest please direct your questions to I have a few thoughts below I would like to add.

1 - The Charlotte Oktoberfest is an event that is 100 percent planned and coordinated by a volunteer management board and festival volunteers to support craft beer and raise monies for charity.

2 - RE: Charlotte Beerfest charities' donation

"... with proceeds benefitting Grin Kids Children’s Charity and USO."

- this is a for profit festival so only a portion of the Beerfest proceeds go to charity. Both charities are well deserving of this assistance.

3 - Charlotte Oktoberfest's charities' donation

- a significant portion of our festival's net income will be given to local charities. $75,000 last year was split with $25K going to each Project Halo, Classroom Central, and Second Harvest Foodbank of the Carolinas.

4 - RE: "Contrarily, beer offerings at Oktoberfest do not discriminate between ticket holders."

- This year's Premium ticket holders will have access to specialty beers before the general public. There very well could be several specialty beers which only the premium ticket holders have access to at this year's festival.

I believe that management of both festivals believe that both sides could have handled things a little better instead of the initial bickering. In the future we plan to coordinate so that there is more time between our events.


Sean Murphy

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Posted by Sean Murphy on 08/11/2014 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Charlotte Oktoberfest vs. Charlotte Beerfest


Your last line makes no sense. The two events have different names, are on different dates, at different venues, and the article mentions that both benefit charities.

I have no dog in this hunt as I've not yet looked at my calendar or at the participant lists closely enough to determine if I'll go to either or both Fests.

Posted by ODB on 08/08/2014 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Welcome to North Carolina, Sierra Nevada

Mr. Wells fails to mention that SN is receiving about $5 million in kickbacks from the State and County, money paid in part by the craft breweries who MADE Asheville into Beer City USA.

New Belgium is getting about THIRTEEN MILLION DOLLARS.

My beer money - at least that part that isn't spent on Charlotte-area breweries - will go to Oskar Blues (opened near Asheville with NO taxpayer subsidies) and Lagunitas (opened in Chicago and REFUSED subsidies).

To me, SN and NB are the epitome of "skunky beer".

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Posted by John Q. Public on 08/08/2014 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Charlotte Oktoberfest vs. Charlotte Beerfest

Troegs, Lagunitas, Great Lakes, Brooklyn, New Belgium, and Southern Tier will all be at Charlotte Oktoberfest.

To be even more fair, a brewery called NoDa will not be at Beerfest. So there's that... (They brew that little IPA you may have heard won Gold at the World Beer Cup as the best IPA in the world).

I don't think that at the end of the day, there will be in comparison at the craft beer selection between the two events. Charlotte Oktoberfest is the premier craft beer event in the South East, and it is just completely unfortunate that the beerfest folks are infringing on the branding, timing, location, and more of the non-profit Charlotte Oktoberfest to sell tickets to a for-profit event.

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Posted by jmaysnc on 08/07/2014 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Welcome to North Carolina, Sierra Nevada

Not to mention they harvested all of the trees cut down on the property in the construction of the bar and brewery, and they left approximately 85% (163 acres) of the land undeveloped.

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Posted by Katherine Bass on 08/06/2014 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Welcome to North Carolina, Sierra Nevada

Well said! We were in attendance on Sunday. The facity is breathtaking, the Sierra employees were friendly and courteous, and well... the local beers were DELICIOUS!!!
Ken Grossman (beer royalty) and his children were so kind to take pictures with anyone and everyone who requested one! We are extremely proud and so fortunate to have SNB in WNC!
-Bentley and Paige Walton
Asheville, NC

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Posted by Bentley Walton on 08/06/2014 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Charlotte Oktoberfest vs. Charlotte Beerfest

New Belgium, Brooklyn, and Southern Tier have been there in years past. No reason to think they won't be there again this year.

Posted by gclimer on 08/06/2014 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Charlotte Oktoberfest vs. Charlotte Beerfest

Lagunitas is the platinum sponsor for Oktoberfest. Can confirm that Troegs will be at Oktoberfest.

Posted by Daan Muller on 08/06/2014 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Charlotte Oktoberfest vs. Charlotte Beerfest

Which one will have the most Oktoberfest/Märzen style beers?

Beer trivia: Märzen beers were traditionally brewed in March (hence the name) and fermented slowly over summer, a process which imparted their distinctive color and flavor.

Advances in brewing technology mean that Märzen style beer can be produced more quickly today, but authentic Bavarian Märzen-Oktoberfest beers must (a) be brewed in Munich (by Spaten, Löwenbräu, Augustiner-Bräu, Hofbräu-München, Paulaner or Hacker-Pschorr); and (b) be aged in lagering tanks for 12-16 weeks.

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Posted by John Q. Public on 08/04/2014 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Charlotte Oktoberfest vs. Charlotte Beerfest

To be fair, there are going to be some excellent breweries at Beerfest that aren't listed as attending Oktoberfest:

Great Lakes
New Belgium
Southern Tier

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Posted by Man1 on 08/04/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Gro takes Greek back to its tasty, healthy roots

We went once and found the ordering process far too involved and bulky for a fast food place, no real direction. You walk in and no register counter etc, the lack of which takes extra time as people are trying to figure out where to go. For a simplistic menu the lack of knowledge of the person with the tablet was troublesome and we found we wished we had gone else where. Yes the food was good but similar food is available across the street as Jerusalem Café, it is better and far easier to navigate

Posted by mrsbu on 08/03/2014 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Going Brazilian

Bad joke, right? Just google it.
In fact Pepsi makes Guarana Antartica for international Markets, like US. They've signed a deal in 1999. AmBev exports the Guaraná extract to Pepsi-Co for international production.

Posted by Henry Hunter on 08/01/2014 at 3:55 PM

Re: “TODAY: Uber offers sweet treat, sprinkled with convenience

I can't figure that out either. What hidden costs?

Posted by rumbrave on 07/23/2014 at 4:51 PM

Re: “TODAY: Uber offers sweet treat, sprinkled with convenience

What "hidden costs" is Uber known for exactly?

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Posted by Wyndham Manning on 07/23/2014 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Friendly, savory Che Gaucho Argentine & Urguay Grill

Worse service ever. World Cup finals. Called in the am to watch game at the restaurant. I was told it was sold out but could come after the game was over because they were open until 8pm. Show up to the restaurant at 6, they tell us to have a seat. 10 minutes later the waitress comes by and tells us the kitchen is closed. Parents were in town from Argentina. Total disappointment!!! My family won't be back

Posted by Maria Bates on 07/13/2014 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Piped butter cookies

If you use cake flour instead of regular all-purpose flour your dough won't be tough at all. It is the gluten that makes the cookies tough.

Posted by Kitchen Fairy on 07/12/2014 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Charlotte needs mocktails

I could not agree with you more! I'm 6 months pregnant and would love to be able to enjoy a flavorful, well-balanced mocktail when out to dinner!

Posted by SarahAnn on 07/10/2014 at 5:19 PM

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