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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Brew Cruise a Highlight of Charlotte Beer Week

Creative Loafing's ambitious attempt to launch Charlotte Beer Week has to be admired. The alternative weekly is behind a series of 21 events being held over the course of eight days. The celebration of all things beer wraps up on April 19th.

Last evening Lyke2Drink was on board a party boat on Lake Norman as part of the Brewers Cruise. There was plenty of great beer from North Carolina breweries, some very tasty imports and the hit of the evening, Brooklyn Local 1. Beer chef Tim Schafer provide food for the evening, and the relaxed atmosphere and near perfect weather conditions made for a great event.

Charlotte Beer Week has included tastings, pub crawls, brewery tours and beer dinners. It is pretty remarkable when you stop and think that North Carolina had little or no beer culture just a few years ago. The successful Pop the Cap movement just in 2005 resulted in a change in state law to the limit on the alcohol content of beer sold in the state, increasing the maximum from 6 to 15 percent. Many of the brews served on the cruise and featured during the other events were not legal in North Carolina just two years ago.

It will be interesting to see how Creative Loafing views the success of various events during Charlotte Beer Week. It would be nice to think that this will become a strong annual event, drawing beer fans from not only Charlotte, but also from across the Southeast.

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