Drink of the Week: Black-beery Smash

Bourbon and Beer unite

The Black-beery Smash combines Whiskey and Wheat Beer, with fresh muddled mint and blackberries for one boozey doozey.

Drink of the week: Black-Beery Smash

Let’s continue with our NC Beer Month Cocktail Series, shall we? We have one delicious beer-infused concoction for this Drink of the Week: Black-beery Smash.

This recipe comes to us from Serena Wolf and the Cocktails and Confessions kitchen, and it has a funny story behind it which you can check out in the video below.

via Cocktails and Confessions

Sticking to our NC Beer selection, we paired an ice cold Weeping Willow Wit from Mother Earth Brewing with our favorite Jameson Irish Whiskey.

We also substituted a wooden spoon for a muddler, as we didn’t have one on hand. We really enjoyed the sweetness the blackberries added to the Black-Beery Smash, and might experiment with how well it would work with strawberries, as they are in season here in Coastal NC. Grab yourself a glass, and mix up a Black-Beery Smash!

 

Black-beery Smash

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:
  • 2 Ounces Wheat Beer
  • 2 Ounces Whiskey
  • 2 teaspoons Raw Sugar
  • Juice of ½ a Lemon
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Blackberries
  • Sprig of Fresh Mint
  • Blackberries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:
  • Highball Glass
  • Muddler or Wooden Spoon
  • Bottle Opener

 

Preparation

Black-beery Smash: Muddle fresh blackberries, lemon juice, mint leaves and sugar together at the bottom of a highball glass. Add ice to glass (use crushed ice if you are feeling fancy).

Next pour in the whiskey and stir. Top mixture with wheat beer, and garnish with a few blackberries. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 135.3 Fat (g) 0.1 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 76.9 Carbohydrates (g) 9.5 Dietary Fiber (g) 1.9 Total Sugars (g) 4.3 Protein (g) 0.3 Sodium (mg) 0.5

The Black-beery Smash cocktails combines Whiskey and Wheat Beer, with fresh muddled mint and blackberries

 

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Drink of the Week: Michelada

Drink of the Week: The Michelada

North Carolina Beer Month Will Never Be the Same Again

April is NC Beer Month, and in that spirit, the Drinks of the Week for the month of April will feature beer cocktails. We’re calling it our NC Beer Month Cocktail Series, and you are along for the ride.

Drink of the Week: Michelada

 

We are in the NC Beer Month Spirit for this Drink of the Week!

This Drink of the Week: The Michelada is the beer soaked cousin of the Bloody Mary. The Michelada originated in Mexico, and is a popular cocktail with many variations throughout Latin America. In some parts of Latin America, mixologist will use their national peppers and spices or substitute Clamato Juice for Tomato Juice. Here in the Brio Smart Life kitchen, we’re mixing up this cocktail with Natty Greene’s Buckshot Amber Ale.

Enjoy this spicy treat, and be sure to check out our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for NC Beer Month.

 

Michelada

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:
  • 12 Ounces chilled Amber lager
  • 3 Ounces Tomato Juice
  • 4 Dashes Hot Sauce
  • 4 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • Lime Wedge for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:
  • High Ball Glass
  • Stirring Spoon

Chili Salt Rim

Yields: 1 1/2 cups
Ingredients You’ll Need:
  • 1/4 Cup Sea Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • Lime Wedge
Items You’ll Need:
  • Small Plate

 

Preparation

For the Chili Salt Rim: Mix the salt and chili powder together on a small plate. Run a lemon wedge around the rims of the glasses, and dip the rim into the mixture until desired amount of covering. Fill glasses with ice, and set aside.

The Michelada: Pour lime juice, tomato juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire and lager over ice. Stir together and garnish with lime wedge. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 164 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 16.4 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.4 Total Sugars (g) 3.6 Protein (g) 2.6 Sodium (mg) 289

 

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Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

Your North Carolina Beer Month Tour Starts Here!

April is North Carolina Beer Month, and these NC breweries are some of our top picks that you should try!

Glasses of NC beer on a bar

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April is North Carolina Beer Month, and dozens of NC breweries are participating in the month-long celebration. What better time to plan a statewide brew tour, right?! North Carolina is exploding with breweries, from the coast to the mountains.

With so many breweries to choose from, the folks organizing NC Beer Month have put together their own lists of beer tour ideas based on location. Here are Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month to put on your Beer Tour Map.


Greater Wilmington Area

Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries of North Carolina Beer Month

Front Street Brewery

Address: 9 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Our Favorite Brew: Tiny Tim’s Christmas Ale (So sad you can only get it once a year)

 

Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

Ironclad Brewery

Address: 115 N 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Our Favorite Brew: Mango Pineapple Pale Wheat

 

Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

Good Hops Brewing

Address: 811 Harper Avenue, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Our Favorite Brew: Black Wheat

 

Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

Waterline Brewing Company

Address: 721 Surry Street Wilmington, NC 28401

Our Favorite Brew: Waterline Kölsch

 


Kinston

Mother Earth Brewing

Address: 311 N. Herritage St. Kinston, NC 28501

Our Favorite Brew: Second Wind Pale Ale
Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

 


Raleigh

Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

Natty Greene’s Brewing Company

Address: 505 West Jones Street Raleigh, NC 27603

Our Favorite Brew: Buckshot Amber Ale

 


Mooresville

Lake Norman Brewing Company

Address: 159 Barley Park Lane Unit B Mooresville, North Carolina 28115

Our Favorite Brew: Pontoon Pale Ale
Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

 


Granite Falls

Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

Granite Falls Brewing Company

Address: 47 Duke St, Granite Falls, NC 28630

Our Favorite Brew: Castle Stormer Scottish Ale

 


Ashville

Highland Brewing Co.

Address: 12 Old Charlotte Highway Suite 200, Asheville, NC 28803

Our Favorite Brew: Black Mocha Stout w/ cacao nibs & chipotle peppers
Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

 

Wicked Weed

Address: 147 Coxe Ave. Asheville, NC 28801

Our Favorite Brew: Amorous
Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

 


 
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