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Find the Sour

Here is the much anticipated list of independent beer stores which will carry Natty Greene’s American Sour Ale. Be aware that distribution does not always happen at the same pace, so while one city may have the beer in stock today, another city may not for a week or more. With only 240 bottles dispersed among these stores, I would suggest calling ahead to ensure the beer is in stock. Read more about the beer specifics here. Happy hunting! And as always, thank you for your support!

CHARLOTTE
Custom Home Pubs
Common Market Plaza
Brawley’s
Salud
Vintner Market

NEW BERN
Beer Army Outpost

WILMINGTON
Lighthouse Beer and Wine

GREENSBORO
Best Way

HIGH POINT
Brewers Kettle

BURLINGTON
Company Shops

WINSTON-SALEM
City Beverage

BOONE
Peabody’s

ASHEVILLE
Brusin’ Ales

DURHAM
Sam’s Quik Shop

CHAPEL HILL
Weaver Street Market

RALEIGH
Tasty Beverage
Tyler’s Bottle Shop

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Sour Released

Official press release:

Natty Greene’s to release Cellar Series American Sour Ale

Greensboro, N.C. – September 21, 2012 – Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. has released their much-anticipated Cellar Series American Sour Ale this week. With only 240 bottles of this oak aged Flanders Red Ale produced, this beer is expected to disappear fast from the few independent beer stores (here is the list)  in which it will be available across the state. Dispersion is already underway and all bottles are expected to be delivered within the next two weeks.

The Cellar Series is a limited collection of unique beers that are crafted with carefully selected hops and malts. These brews are hand racked, numbered and sealed with wax. Past varieties have included an Imperial Stout and Belgian Dubbel, which were widely admired. Natty Greene’s launched its sour program in 2004 at their brewpub in downtown Greensboro, but as it grew in popularity, they began buying more barrels and eventually moved it into their production brewing facility a few miles away.

The American Sour Ale begins its journey after completing primary fermentation as the flagship Buckshot Amber Ale. It is then inoculated with several bacteria including Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus, as well as a couple of varieties of Brettanomyces yeast to produce the desired sour characteristics. Head brewer Scott Christoffel explains that each barrel of beer develops at a different speed, requiring the artistic challenge of blending the beer once it is ready to be bottled. Christoffel says that, “to come up with the desirable sweet/tart blend that we are looking for in the beer, you have to watch the pH to make sure that the beer is not too attenuated, because if the beer is too sour, it becomes so intense that there is not enough malt to balance it, or sweetness to balance it.” The public are not the only ones excited about this beer release, as owner Kayne Fisher states, “Of all the great beers we make, this is the one I look most forward to. It takes two years to make. Lots of love and expertise go into this beer.” Be sure to call ahead to your local beer store to ensure that the beer has arrived and is still in stock. To see Christoffel’s full interview, check out the video. Find the Sour here.

American Sour Ale Specifics:

240 numbered 750mL Bottles

6.5% ABV, 25 IBUs

Malts: Base, Munich 1, Cara 20, Cara 8, Cara Munich 3, Special B

Hops: Magnum, Willamette, Santium

About Natty Greene’s: Launched in 2004 by Chris Lester and Kayne Fisher, Natty Greene’s has expanded from a brewpub in downtown Greensboro, to include a second location in Raleigh, and a production facility in Greensboro which provides beer for the entire state. As one of the fastest growing craft breweries in North Carolina, the beer can easily be found at all major grocery stores, many independents and on 700 taps across the state of North Carolina. The core beers are the Buckshot Amber Ale, Southern Pale Ale, and the Guilford Golden Ale. The brewery has more than 70 recipes in their repertoire, tantalizing the beer geeks with offerings like their extremely limited Cellar Series and their popular seasonals such as the upcoming Red Nose Winter Warmer Ale.

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Best. Week. Ever.

 

1. Free O.A.R. concert Saturday the 22nd in downtown Greensboro at the pub. 

3PM – Race the Bar 5k/10k

5PM – HOUSE OF FOOLS

6:45PM – CARBON LEAF

8:30PM – OAR

Donations will benefit the North Carolina Brewers Guild. No minimum age, no tickets necessary, free admission, plenty of beer! The concert will be preceded by Race the Bar, a 5k/10k race at 3pm which starts and ends at the pub. Rock 92, 1075 KZL, and Race the Bar are proud sponsors of the whole epic day! Parking is available in decks on Washington St. and Davie St.

2. The American Sour Ale is bottled and ready to go out next week. Done in the Flanders Red tradition, the American Sour is fermented with wild yeast and bacteria while it is aged in oak barrels for two years or more. Only 240 bottles will be distributed across the state.

3. Hats are available at the Greensboro pub. Southern, Buckshot & Natty’s for $12. These are only at the pub and will go fast with the concert this weekend!

Yep. Best. Week. Ever.

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American Sour Ale Soon

Natty Greene’s famous, or perhaps, infamous, American Sour Ale is just over the horizon. Watch out for news of this extremely limited release for the last week of September 2012.

Madison Smith interviews Head Brewer Scott Christoffel on details of the American Sour Ale.

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Welcome Thomas!

Natty Greene’s is excited to announce a new addition to our team, Thomas Vincent, our new Raleigh pub brewer. Follow him on Twitter @NattysThomas and stop by the Raleigh pub to try one of his brews and welcome him to our family!
Thomas answers a few questions for us:

What is your educational background?
I have BA in International Affairs from Northern Arizona University.
How have you gained brewing experience?
For over the last year I was working at Big Boss Brewing here in Raleigh. Previous to that I taught classes and helped people learn to brew for the last five years at homebrew shops in Raleigh and Flagstaff. I am a BJCP Beer Judge, Certified Beer Server in the Cicerone program and attended Hop Unions Hop School. I have been homebrewing for 18 years.
Why did you choose brewing as a career path?
I started in politics but wanted to go into something more honest. More seriously since I discovered my love of great beer in college I have explored many different paths, like technology trade association, medical device manufacture and politics. In the end my love of passion for beer has only grown.
What is your favorite Natty Greene’s beer?
Swamp Fox Belgian Blonde
What are you looking forward to most in this new position?
The opportunity to help others find that perfect pint that will help them discover the potential of beer and even better if it’s a beer that I brewed.

We are glad to have you on board Thomas!
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O.A.R. Live at the Tracks


 

Official press release:

Natty Greene’s to host free O.A.R. concert

Greensboro, NC – September  10th, 2012 – Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. will host their 8th outdoor concert Live at the Tracks on September 22nd, at their Greensboro pub featuring O.A.R.  The concert will be preceded by Race the Bar, a 5k/10k race at 3pm which starts and ends at the pub. The opening acts will be House of Fools at 5pm, and Carbon Leaf at 6:45, followed by the main act, O.A.R. at 8:30pm. No tickets are necessary for this free event, though donations will be accepted for the North Carolina Brewer’s Guild. Rock 92, 1075 KZL, and Race the Bar are proud sponsors of the entire day.

Launched in 2004 by Chris Lester and Kayne Fisher, Natty Greene’s has expanded from a brewpub in downtown Greensboro, to include a second location in Raleigh, and a production facility in Greensboro which provides beer for the entire state. As one of the fastest growing craft breweries in North Carolina, the beer can easily be found at all major grocery stores, many independents and on 700 taps across the state of North Carolina. The core beers are the Buckshot Amber Ale, Southern Pale Ale, and the Guilford Golden Ale. The brewery has more than 70 recipes in their repertoire, tantalizing the beer geeks with offerings like the upcoming release of their extremely limited Cellar Series American Sour Ale and their popular Fall seasonal, Red Nose Winter Warmer Ale.

Natty Greene’s hosted the first of this annual Live at the Tracks concert series in 2005 featuring the Violent Femmes, opened by The Avett Brothers, with 12,000 people in attendance. Through the years, many famed musicians have taken the stage like Rusted Root, Sam Bush, Drive by Truckers, and Cracker. The pub was immortalized in Greensboro-born, Chris Dautry’s music video for his hit ‘Home’, which he filmed while performing for a crowd of 24,000 at Live at the Tracks. Lester and Fisher are both huge O.A.R. fans and say that they picked the group because of their ability to put on a fantastically engaging live show

When asked why the concert series has remained free all these years, Fisher explained, “It was originally to promote the revitalization of downtown and do a huge event with the thought of introducing our brand. We wanted to attach out brand with cool, fun events. We basically made it our advertising and marketing budget. So when you come down to one of our free shows and try our beer, we hope that it will resonate into what you buy at the grocery store and what you support”. Lester encourages guests to, “Come have a blast. We’re going to raise some money for the North Carolina Brewers Guild, drink some good beer, hear some great tunes and enjoy beautiful downtown Greensboro”!

 Please RSVP to Race the Bar here, and RSVP to Live at the Tracks here

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Big Butt Smoked Porter Release

Greensboro, N.C. – Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. is excited to announce the limited release of Natty’s Big Butt Smoked Porter which was brewed using Mac’s Speed Shop’s smoker to smoke Vienna malts. The Big Butt is a 6.5%, full bodied, rich, robust porter, with creamy texture and accents of baked bread, cocoa powder, roast malt, and smoke. The brainchild of Natty’s western rep, Taylor McDermott, and a former Mac’s employee, Andy Grimes, the Big Butt combines the famous smoking abilities of Mac’s and the already wide popularity of Natty Greene’s. Taylor McDermott says that the name was chosen because it , “incorporated the “Boston Butt” or pig shoulder as part of the name, which is the most widely used portion of the pig for BBQ.  We smoked roughly 125 pounds of Vienna Malt in their rotating smoker for approximately 4.5 hours at roughly 135 degrees using Cherry, Apple, and Oak wood varieties”.

Both Natty Greene’s brewpubs in Raleigh and Greensboro and 3 Mac’s locations will tap the beer simultaneously at 6pm on August 23rd. At Mac’s (but not at the pubs), if you buy a pint, you get to keep the glass! Taylor further explained that, “Collaboration ales can be fun and adventurous.  Its usually unique and limited…which is a nice offering to a community or region that both collaborators live, work, and play.  It can bring people together and it highlights the strengths of both.  Most collaboration beers are between one or  more breweries.  In this case, we used an aspect of their bbq/food and incorporated it into the beer.  This smoked porter is 6.5% abv.  One last unique idea we had with this collaboration…getting every consumer to check-in to this beer and their Mac’s location which helps both promote”. Each location will only recieve one keg which is expected to go fast! Guests are encouraged to “check in” on Untappd to get Mac’s and the Smoked Porter trending highest locally! (Untappd is a free app which allows you to “check in” to the beer you are drinking, take notes, rate it, and share it on Facebook & Twitter, but you guys knew that already, right?) Check out our Facebook page for more info.

Locations:

Natty Greene’s Greensboro
345 S. Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401

Natty Greene’s Raleigh
505 W. Jones St. Raleigh, NC 27603

Mac’s Speed Shop’s in Charlotte
Southend- 2511 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203
Lake Norman- 19601 Liverpool Pkwy, Cornelius, NC 28031
Steele Creek- 2414 Sandy Porter Rd, Charlotte, NC 28273

About the brewery:
Founded in 2004 by Chris Lester and Kayne Fisher, Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. found such a warm welcome in Greensboro, NC, that it was soon necessary to expand production to provide beer for the entire state. Now with a production facility in Greensboro, a brewpub in Greensboro and another brewpub in Raleigh, they are able to reach their fans with what they lovingly refer to as the “common man’s drink”. The core beers, Buckshot Amber Ale, Guilford Golden Ale, and Southern Pale ale, are tasty and quaffable session beers. The most exciting and experimental brews are released as seasonals, like the current Freedom IPA, cellar series, and also a rotating selection of 12 beers at the pubs. Taste the South!

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IPA Day

We are excited to participate in International IPA day! Join hop lovers across the world on August 2nd 2012, as we celebrate one of the most popular and defining styles in craftbeer! Founded by Ashley Routson (@TheBeerWench) of DrinkWithTheWench.com  in 2011, IPA day became an instant success, garnering attention and respect from the craftbeer community. As evidenced by it’s second coming, it  has become an “annual” event!

We are pleased to have created a special dish for the occasion, steeped in IPAs.  More details will follow.

Greensboro pub-  IPA marinated Pork Loin with IPA braised Collard Greens, mashed Potatoes, and and an IPA Dijon Mustard Sauce. $9.95

Raleigh pub- TBA

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FREEDOM IPA

Natty Greene’s Freedom American IPA Release

Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. is excited to announce the release of our newest seasonal beer, Freedom American IPA, just in time for the 4th of July! Of course you guys are loving it so much that I’ve heard rumor that it’s running out in a lot of stores. I promise we are brewing as fast as possible to get some into your hands!

The Freedom was first brewed as the in-house IPA at the Raleigh pub on Jones Street by Mike Morris, but it developed such a following, that owners Chris Lester (@ChrisLester1) and Kayne Fisher (@KayneFisher) , decided to pick it up as a seasonal for the brewing company.

Freedom American IPA is 6.5 ABV and is medium-bodied with an American hop aroma and bitterness. Each batch receives 30 lbs of dry hops at 15 bbls batch size, which translates to about 2 lbs per bbl in the cellar. Head Brewer, Sebastian Wolfrum (@Aussenhaus) describes the Freedom as an, “American IPA with a nice malt body emphasis to support the strong hop aroma. Both together make it a smooth IPA that does not have an overly bitter profile. It finishes out with an aftertaste of malt and hop bitterness that does not linger very long, which Natty Greene’s regards as one of our signature elements of our beers.”

The beer is available  in chain and independent retailers, and on tap across the state. This is a seasonal brew, which will be available throughout the summer. Follow us  @Natty_Greenes, Facebook  , & www.NattyGreenes.com for more beer and brewery updates!