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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 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.

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery held its annual Christmas market (or Weihnachtsmarkt, for authenticity’s sake) last week. Under a big tent in the brewery’s biergarten, vendors sold locally made crafts and gifts like candles, artwork, ornaments, jewelry, doughnuts and Belgian waffles.

One of the Charlotte area's smallest breweries opened last Friday, and one of the largest opened the day after that.

North Carolina is a land infused with smoke. From tobacco fields to whole hogs cooked low and slow, smoke has wisped its way through Southern culture.

Aging beer in a bourbon barrel imparts all of the wonderful notes you expect in the whiskey itself: coconut, vanilla, oak and a boozy sweetness.

Beer and wine drinkers are sworn enemies, members of fermented factions that have warred since the dawn of civilization over which beverage is best – or so it sometimes seems.

Thanks to a friendly zoning change, brewery is set to open in September

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