Cruzan® Carolina Trolley


Sep 23, 2014

Inspiration by Stefan Huebner: This cocktail is a twist on a Cable Car cocktail, but here in Charlotte we have a trolley system to get around the uptown area. The Cruzan Rum gives this cocktail the oomph that is needed to stand up with the fruit juices and the Blue Curaçao. The Blue Curaçao adds a touch of color making it a beautiful Carolina blue. It's served over ice to cool off on a Carolina night.



BY THE PINT | craft beer on the rise!

By Ashley Rodrigue

The craft beer industry, in itself, is an ever evolving and rapidly expanding market in the US. With roughly 2,500 breweries in the US, a majority of which are craft, it’s fair to say this entrepreneurial obsession for creating a signature craft beer has begun to make its mark across the American landscape. In 2013 alone, it was said that an additional 1,600 craft breweries were in the works and South Carolina would come close to doubling its number of craft breweries across the state. With this in mind, one can assume that opening a storefront and offering these masterpieces to the public is an ideal way to capitalize on this obsession right? Why not… With breweries releasing new flavors into the market accompanied by the rapid expansion of enthusiasts relentlessly striving to acquire these nectars of the gods, beverage stores have begun to focus more on supplying the public with a variety of craft beer selections to help satisfy the appetite for this ever evolving beverage. And although the beverage may be evolving, the packaging has not. A lot of breweries have fallen back on the original method of caning next to bottling. Clayton Robinson, owner of Sun King Brewing Company, replied,

“In general, people consider draft beer to be the freshest, best beer you can get, so we like to think of the can as a mini-keg that delivers draft-quality fresh beer to your glass.”

Sounds convincing enough right? But what about metallic after notes that is always present while drinking from a can? Well truth be told, in every aluminum beer can, there is a protective liner within the can that keeps the beer from ever coming into contact with the metal. Usually the “tinny” flavor is directly connected with the cheap beer that lies within. Also, canning a craft beer offers better means of preservation as well. Mr. Robinson added,

“Light causes beer to have a skunk-like flavor because it degrades the hops and actually creates the same chemical compound that a skunk excretes – hence – “skunky”. Cans also protect from oxygen, another component that can cause beer to go bad.



SIP | trending cocktails

By Ashley Rodrigue

In January of 1920, the Eighteenth Amendment became a law, banning the manufacture, transportation, importation, and sale of intoxicating liquors in the United States. Known as Prohibition, the amendment was the culmination of more than a century of attempts to remove alcohol from society by various organizations. Following Prohibition, large cities and states went dry in 1918, thus not allowing Americans to legally drink or buy alcohol. With all of these events taking place at such a critical time in our nations history, it would ultimately lay the foundation to a culture that thrived in the wake of Prohibition. This culture would be solely responsible for the illegal production, importation, and selling of alcohol. They were known as Bootleggers.

Bootlegging helped lead to the establishment of American organized crime; this persisted long after the repeal of Prohibition. The distribution of liquor was necessarily more complex than other types of criminal activity, and organized gangs eventually arose that could control an entire local chain of bootlegging operations, from concealed distilleries and breweries through storage and transport channels to speakeasies, restaurants, nightclubs, and other retail outlets. Bootleggers had other major sources of supply however. Among these, were millions of bottles of medicinal whiskey that were sold across drugstore counters on real or forged prescriptions. In addition, various American industries were permitted to use denatured alcohol, which had been mixed with hazardous chemicals to render it unfit for drinking. Millions of gallons of this were illegally diverted, “washed” of hazardous chemicals, mixed with regular tap water, perhaps a dash of real liquor for flavor, and sold to speakeasies or individual customers. Eventually, bootleggers took to bottling their own concoctions of spurious liquor, and by the late 1920s stills making liquor from corn had become major suppliers. The bootleggers would produce their batches in the mountains of North Carolina and the Virginias, tucked away in the cover of the ravenous landscape. To avoid detection by the local police, the bootleggers would pack their modified vehicles full of the illegally distilled liquor and deliver to their customers by way of moonlight. This tactic would ultimately lead to the famous phrase that we Americans have adopted. They were called moonshiners. Although still considered a highly illegal practice, people to this day pride themselves in the ability to produce their own moonshine.




I’ve always subscribed to the philosophy (meaning you should too) that you can usually trust a national dish. Yes, there is the occasional outlier, and that outlier is usually near some ice caps and involves a kind of fermented dead fish. Regardless, 9 times out of 10 if it’s sold on every street corner in the country, it’s probably gonna be delicious. I mean, if an entire nation of millions upon millions of people willingly eats it several times a day…how could they be wrong?





Join Guys with Ties Charlotte for their Inaugural, Cans: Recycled Canned Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, June 28th at Brazwell's Premium Pub in the parking lot from 1pm - 5pm.
Let's get together to enjoy this festive opportunity to educate and celebrate canned craft beer and local charity efforts.



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