Links to some of our favorite beer sites:
The Dr. Beer:
- Dr. Beer® – The real Dr. Beer, offering up beer tastings and training classes. Jay Hersh is a great guy who has been very generous in working with me on the naming issues on my site. Check him out!
Favorite Beer Blogs:
- Beer Babe’s Brew Reviews – Really great reviews on beers and all things beer related by the Beer Babe. She’s got a great writing style, one of the best we’ve seen. You can also keep up with her at Twitter.
- Daily Beer Review – A witty review site from “Beer Drinker Rob” that’s not short on content – he actually posts more than 365 posts a year over the last two years, as opposed to The BeerFathers who are doing good to get up maybe 5 or 6 posts a year.
- The Beer Wench – A fun, must read beer site by the Beer Wench about the global beer scene and much more. When she’s not drinking through the world you can find her at Twitter.
- Fermentedly Challenged – Fellow beer lover Chipper Dave reviews beers and writes about the beer scene out of Colorado.
- Musings Over a Pint – Fellow beer enthusiast David posts reviews and other musings about the Virginia beer scene and more. David’s also active in the beer social scene at Twitter.
- Buttle’s Beer Blog – A beer lover up in New York, he does a great job with good, quick reviews and is great about posting photos of the beers so you can see the labels and often times, the pour. It’s all in the details.
- Lyke 2 Drink – Veteran drinks journalist Rick Lyke, from here in Charlotte, talks about everything both beer and alcohol related.
- Beer News – Late breaking beer news, awesome shots of beer labels and a very knowledgeable beer sage make this a must visit site.
- Oktoberfest Girls – Dedicated to Munich, Oktoberfest, beer, and pretty girls. It’s a beautiful thing.
- The Drunken Polack – If you like beer reviews and ratings, then you’ll love reading our beer pal Dave whose goal is to try a thousand different beers. He blogs about various things, but really focuses on the reviews (and photo documents them), which we love.
- The Brew Club – Great idea – six people get together and exchange six beers on a regular schedule. Then they review and rate the beers. Brilliant!
- Monday Night Brewery – Three wild and crazy guys document their quest to open their own microbrewery in Atlanta. You can also keep up with them at Twitter.
- Good Beer Show – The original beer podcast (since 2004 – way before podcasting was all mainstream and accessible) and still one of the best. Jeffrey T in Muncie, Indiana hits the beer reviews and the music. A beer visionary! You can also keep up with him at Twitter.
- Fermentarium – One of the most fun and educational beer blogs on the web. Fellow beer lover DJ discusses beer, spirits, home brewing and shares some great beer stories. You can also keep up with DJ at Twitter.
- Nick’s Beer Reviews – No frills, just a nice photo of each beer and a quick one sentence or so review. And he’s using a 10 point rating system, like a certain pair of beer doctors we’re quite fond of.
- Beer Activist – Dedicated to drinking beer and saving the world. Who couldn’t use a little of both?
- Hair of the Dog Dave – A great resource for beer enthusiasts, particularly those in the California/Los Angeles area. Great writing style and top notch content.
- Hail the Ale! – A great beer blog with a wide sampling of beer posts by fellow beersman Chris, who is also active in the beer social scene at Twitter.
- Seven Pack – A couple of guys in not-so-distant Chapel Hill reviewing beer. Well put together under the tagline “We drink the beer, so that the kids don’t have to…”
Beer Community Sites:
- Rate Beer – Compiled beer ratings and reviews
- Beer Advocate – a great beer lover’s website
- The Beer Mapping Project – this is by far the best use of the Google Maps API I’ve ever seen – find beer bars, beer stores, brewpubs, breweries and more right on the map
- The Charlotte Beer Club – Through Meetup.com, the way to meet Charlotte beer drinkers and brewers to discuss and experience beer and beer events.
- Beerinator.com – North Carolina’s Beer Community site
- Beer Club Reviews – They review all the various beer of the month clubs for you, so check here first before you use one
- Beer of the Month Club – Where The BeerFathers get their beers of the month
- Beer Fest Boots – The best place we’ve found to get custom engraved beer boots. Maybe the only place.
- OktoberfestHaus – Oktoberfest Costumes, Boots, Steins, and more.
Beer Education Sites:
- Beer 101 – the educational site from Beer Advocate – from the right glass to use to the various styles of beer to the right food to eat with beer to how to host a beer tasting party to homebrewing and more
- What Temperature Should I Serve My Beer At? – this guide from RateBeer.com is invaluable to those who aren’t quite sure what temperature is best for their beer style or those who aren’t sure in which section of their dual zone wine/beer fridge they should put their bottles
- Beer at Wikipedia – everything you could ever want to know about beer
- The Lager Debate – Lager vs. Ale, which is better?
- The Bavarian Purity Law of 1516 – What exactly is this thing and why is it on almost all of my German hefes?
- Novus Vinum Beer Features – Features a nice list of top 10 beers, such as best winter, summer, fall and sipping beers
- Norm Peterson Beer Quotes – Featuring some of Norm’s best beer quotes from Cheers
German Beer Sites:
- The Official Oktoberfest Site – The Wiesn Site for everything about the real Oktoberfest in Munich
- Oktoberfest at Wikipedia – everything else you could ever want to know about Oktoberfest
- Augustiner Keller – our favorite beer garden in all of Munich
- Hofbrauhaus Munchen – though the touristy place to go, we did have a good time at the Hofbrauhaus. The Dunkel was delicious and their tent at Oktoberfest was one of the most lively and festive:
In Munchen steht ein Hofbrauhaus: Eins, zwei, … g’suffa!
Da lauft so manches Fasschen aus: Eins, zwei, … g’suffa!
Da hat so manche braver Mann: Eins, zwei, … g’suffa!
Gezeigt was er so vertragen kann
Schon fruh am Morgen fing er an
Und spat am Abend kam er heraus
So schon ist’s im Hofbrauhaus.
Where to Buy Beer in Charlotte:
- Brawley’s Beverage – Mecca is revered as the holiest site of Islam, and a pilgrimage to it is required of all able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime. If you live in Charlotte and love beer then Brawley’s is your Mecca and a pilgrimage should be made many times in your lifetime. You could try a new beer from there each week and you might not try them all before you die. I was like a kid in a candy store here. Michael Brawley, the owner, offers superb, over-the-top service and has a terrific beer knowledge. You can’t miss here:
4620 Park Road
Charlotte, NC, 28209
Hours: 12pm-8pm Mon-Thurs, 11am-8pm Fri-Sat, 12pm-5pm Sun
- Total Wine – I was actually very impressed with their beer selection. Make no mistake, it is a wine store first and foremost, but their beer selection was very respectable and is definitely a solid number two place for me in Charlotte. Some good finds and a lot of regional varieties. A large selection of multis and a decent showcasing of singles – mostly everything in singles you can also get in multis. Prices aren’t bad either:
Park Towne Village
1600 East Woodlawn Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28209
10052 East Independence Blvd
Matthews, NC 28105
Hours: 10am-9pm Mon-Thurs, 9am-10pm Fri-Sat, 12pm-7pm Sun
- Southern Spirits – a good variety of beers on their beer wall of single beers where you can also build your own six pack. Sneak into South Carolina for this outing:
9989 Charlotte Highway
Fort Mill, SC 29715
Hours: 9am-7pm Mon-Sat
- World Market – a decent selection – you can build your own six pack. Here I’ve found some good ones like Maudite, Ayinger Jahrhundert-Bier and Young’s Oatmeal Stout:
9557 South Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28273
Hours: 9am-9pm Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm Sun
Where to Buy Beer in Bossier City:
- The Cellar Fine Wines & Spirits – An impressive selection plus owners who know what they’re doing and will do what they can to get you the beers you want.
2100 Benton Rd, Suite A
Bossier City, LA 71111
Hours: 10:30am-9pm Mon-Sat
Where to Buy Beer in Lee’s Summit (MO):
- Gomer’s Fine Wines & Spirits – Father Beer Love found Gomer’s on a trip to visit Grandmother Beer Love and Uncle Beer Love. 20 doors to their beer cooler, he bootlegged back an impressive array of beers across several states, only to have Son Beer Love bootleg them across several more.
201 S 291 Highway
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
Hours: 9am-9pm Mon-Thur, 9am-10pm Fri-Sat, 12pm-6pm, Sun
Where to Drink Beer in Charlotte:
- Mac’s Speedshop – It’s BBQ. It’s Beer. Some things were just made to go together like peanut butter and jelly, kool-aid and water, ham and burgers and Q and beer. They’ve got over 150 beers including a respectable selection of wheats and of course, our all time favorite BBQ beer – the Stripe. Are you still here?
2511 South Blvd
Charlotte, NC, 28203
Hours: Coming Soon
- Flying Saucer Draught Emporium – Over 120 bottled beers and over 80 beers on tap. That’s right – ON TAP. See the complete beer list. Foodwise it’s a mixed menu – some German fare, plus sandwiches, burgers, pizza, fries, wraps. Special beer special nights – Monday is Pint Night, most beers on the tap wall are $2.50, Thursday is Biggy Beer night, get a 22 oz. beer for the price of a pint.
9605 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28262
Hours: 11am-1am Mon-Thur, 11am-2am Fri-Sat, 12pm-12am, Sun
- Southend Brewery and Smokehouse – A microbrewery with an assortment of custom crafted brews. The food includes pastas, wood-oven pizzas, fish, smoked barbecue ribs, chicken and sausage.
2100 South Blvd
Charlotte, NC, 28203
Hours: Coming Soon