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When you pop the top on Anchor Brewing’s Our Special Ale, you don’t really know what’s inside. Though the beer has arrived before Christmas for the last four decades, the San Francisco brewery changes the recipe each year and never shares the ingredients.

Lauren Salazar, blender and wood cellar manager at the Colorado brewery, routinely tastes the developing beers from the foeders to determine when they will be ready to blend and in what proportions.

Michael Brawley is renovating the old building to appear much as it did in his father’s day.

Breweries will pour samples at the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s third annual Brew Stash Bash on Saturday, June 14.

Townes Mozer, founder of Charlotte’s Lenny Boy Brewing Company, plans to add space for brewing.

April is N.C. Beer Month, which might seem like one of those arbitrary celebrations until you see the full calendar of beer events at NCBeerMonth.com. It’s also Lawn and Garden Month, which will seem just as fitting to anyone who has seen their grass growing as fast as our state’s brewery scene lately.

For the past five years, local beer lovers have eagerly awaited the middle of March. Not for St. Patrick’s Day, but for Charlotte Craft Beer Week.

With Cupid coming Friday, you might have expected this column to focus on beers that are chock-filled with chocolate. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t cross my mind, but after attending the third annual Queen City Brewers Festival earlier this month, I opted to swap sugar for spice.

A year ago, the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery celebrated 1,000 batches brewed by releasing Fat Boy Baltic Porter. Local beer lovers, myself included, gathered out front in the brewery’s beer garden before the doors opened to share other bottles of beer, many of which were limited or not available in the state.

Daniel Hartis
Daniel Hartis is the author of “Charlotte Beer: A History of Brewing in the Queen City” and the editor of the website CharlotteBeer.com.
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