Look out for these 10 new bottles and cans from some of your favorite local breweries


Charlotte’s breweries are forever churning out new beers, but it’s always fun when those beers are available at the taprooms or stores in bottles or cans. From imperial milk stouts to Mexican lagers, these new and returning beers will be released over the next month or so.

Garage Ninja – The Unknown Brewing Co.
Release Date: Wednesday, March 29

For the second time, The Unknown Brewing Co. has collaborated with the Carolina BrewMasters homebrew club. Members of the local club first brought their gear to the brewery in 2015 to brew Garage Warrior IPA, and several showed up last November to brew Garage Ninja. The brewery just released cans of this “Super Collaboration Japanese Red Ale,” which was brewed with Sorachi Ace hops, Japanese pearl rice and Fuji plums before aging in oak barrels. 

Paradise City – Birdsong Brewing Co.
Release Date: Saturday, April 1

During its sixth-annual Spring Beak party this Saturday, Birdsong Brewing Co. will release its first new year-round beer since 2012. To celebrate, they’re bringing a beach theme to their annual celebration and also giving a gift basket and four-pack of the new session IPA to the person in the best beach outfit.

IPA and Raspberry White – Sugar Creek Brewing Co.
Release Date: Mid April

Sugar Creek Brewing Co. has expanded its portfolio of bottled beers this month with two new additions—one in the American tradition and another more in keeping with their Belgian inspiration. The new IPA was recently released in the taproom and will be shipped to accounts in mid-April, with the Raspberry White right behind it. 

Pacific Reign and Bandito – NoDa Brewing Co.
Release Dates: Friday, April 21 and Sunday, April 30

NoDa Brewing will bring back an old favorite this month in Pacific Reign, which was released just once before way back in October 2012. This double IPA is brewed with an assortment of hops from the Pacific Northwest and New Zealand, as well as honey. Pacific Reign will be available in cans and on draft starting Friday, April 21. On Sunday, April 30, the brewery will release its Bandito Mexican lager in cans for the first time. Bandito is brewed with N.C. malt and corn, and will be available in cans and on draft. 

Triple C The Dude Imbibes

The Dude Imbibes – Triple C Brewing Co.
Release Date: Saturday, April 22

You know what would really tie the room together? The Dude Imbibes, Triple C’s imperial milk stout aged in rum barrels with coffee. Details for the release party on April 22 are scarce right now, but last year’s party featured a Dude-inspired menu and costume contest. 

Citraphilia – Lenny Boy Brewing Co.
Release Date: Saturday, April 22

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. is poised to release its four core beers in cans, starting with Citraphilia. The IPA is brewed with all Citra hops and, like all of the brewery’s beers, is certified organic. Look for more information on the other three beers to come soon.

Thicket As Thieves – Wooden Robot Brewery
Release Date: Saturday, April 29

Wooden Robot Brewery will release its second bottle at the end of April. Thicket As Thieves is the brewery’s sour golden ale that is aged in their oak foeder on blackberry puree (a pound per gallon of beer!). Bottles will be $16 and sold at the brewery on Saturday, April 29. Look for more details soon.

Corn Bred – Free Range Brewing and Fonta Flora Brewery
Release Date: May or June

This one’s a little ways out, but worth noting. For its first bottle release, Free Range Brewing has partnered with Fonta Flora Brewery out of Morganton, N.C. It’s a fitting collaboration, as both breweries take pride in brewing with local ingredients. In this case, the 5.4 percent farmhouse ale is brewed with barley from Riverbend Malt House in Asheville as well as heirloom corn (Bloody Butcher and Cherokee White Eagle), then fermented with mixed cultures from each brewery. Before bottling, the brewers blended in each of their house cream ales. Corn Bred is conditioning in those bottles now, but look for it to be ready around May or June.

All photos and labels courtesy the breweries.

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  1. I’m looking forward to trying these beers from great CLT breweries. But can’t we move past the tired cultural stereotypes of a Japanese ale having to involve a “Ninja” or a Mexican lager can featuring a mustachioed sombrero-wearing “bandito?”

  2. I am not sure why more alcohol is a good thing but I am glad that micro-businesses are flourishing in Charlotte. Are there any other businesses that are in NoDa that don’t make beer? I haven’t seen any news coverage on them.


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