If you don’t recognize Kelly Pickle (yes, that is her real name) then you really need to go visit Salty Turtle Beer Company up in Surf City. She’s been there slingin’ tasty Hey Zay Hazy IPAs and Swingbridge Breakfast Stouts since day ONE! I was excited to interview her for the Ale Trail because I’ve had the honor of tending bar with her for the past six months; she did not disappoint.
Ale Trail (AT): What’s your favorite thing about bartending?
Kelly Pickle (KP): My favorite thing about bartending is meeting new and interesting people every single day. I love building relationships with guests from near and far!
AT: Do you have any advice for current or future craft beer bartenders?
KP: My advice to craft beer bartenders is to learn your audience. Honing in on what types of beers your guests like, as well as their experience in the craft beer world, will help make their trip to your venue an unforgettable one.
AT: If you were a beer, which one would you be?
KP: If I were a beer I would choose a New England IPA: unfiltered, slightly sweet and slightly bitter. *wink*
(Not So) Basic Beach Porter: 6.2% This not so “basic” take on pumpkin spice was made with smoked pumpkins and lots of love from Waterman’s staff! The smoky aroma is followed by notes of clove and vanilla with a mildly sweet, chocolatey flavor. This fall treat has a little bit of something for everyone.
Double West Coast IPA: 8.5% 84 IBU Simcoe, CTZ, Cascade. Dry, hoppy, and aggressive. This full flavored IPA is a look back to where the IPA came from.
Get Schwifty: 7% New England IPA brewed and dry hopped with a ton of Citra and Simcoe hops. Juicy, fruity aroma, yet not syrupy
or too sweet. Silky smooth body from oat and wheat additions. Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!
Black Spot Lager: 5.3% This beer breaks stereotypes. Dark in color, similar to a stout, however this beer has a refreshing finish without astringent roast or cloying sweetness.
Belgian Quad: 9.8% Ale brewed in the tradition of the Belgian Quadrupel with house-made Belgian candi sugar. Available in 500ml bottles.
Electronic Fog: 6.3% Features notes of grapefruit and pineapple. The brightness of this libation will make it explode off of your tongue.
Peach Apricot Ale: 5.3% Head brewer Laren says, “Herbs of the past combine with fruit of the future to create this uniquely balanced fruity ale. Marsh Rosemary, bog mrytle, Yarrow, and Damiana blend together with peach and apricot to stimulate the mind and enhance the senses.”
Cranberry Headed Ninny Muggins: 5.5% A special batch of their Wilmywood Witbier infused with pureed cranberries and a pinch of vanilla for the holiday season! A classic Belgian-inspired wheat beer brewed with cardamom, coriander, orange peel and grains of paradise. Fermented with Belgian Saison yeast.
Elderberry Hefeweizen: 5.3% Head Brewery Dani says, “Get your festive dose of antioxidants ahead of flu/fall season with our classic Hefeweizen brewed with spiced elderberry from our friends at Panacea Brewing. This tasty tonic goes well with colder weather and Thanksgiving dinner; like your grandma’s cranberry jam, with a twist!”
I Am The Law: 8.1% A collaboration with Tavern Law downtown, this brew is a New England style IPA with Amarillo and Azacca hops.
Hoptoberfest: 5.9% The perfect marriage of malty amber lager and American hops. Their gold-medal winning Oktoberfest simply shines with citrus and floral notes from the novel addition of Cascade, Centennial, and Amarillo hops. Imagine America’s favorite pale ale transformed into a clean, crisp lager!
Midnight Swim: 5.3% Stout meets lager in this traditional German lager. Soft notes of roasty coffee complement smooth dark malts on the palate. Delicate bitterness finishes this velvety, light-bodied brew.
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Deep Sea Dunkelweizen: 4.4% Dark, mysterious, and full of surprises. This dunkelweizen has a rich malt and clove aroma with slight notes of vanilla. Malted wheat makes for a smooth, medium-light body, while Munich provides a slight sweetness. Although the dark color can be deceiving, the crisp and refreshing Hefeweizen character makes this beer unique.
Collective Illusions: 7.5% A hazy IPA dry-hopped with Amarillo and Simcoe. Think: sweet, red fruit, mango. Available on draught and in cans.
Rye Saison: 6.7% Another delicious variation on their classic house saison, now featuring rye malt and Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand.
Sextant Chocolate Porter: 5.8% The latest porter coming out of the North 4th brewery featuring notes of coffee, toffee, and chocolat.e
Fool’s Gold Nitro Stout: 6.7% This strong golden ale looks like a blonde ale but has the body and mouthfeel of a stout. Additions of vanilla bean, Ecuadorian cocoa nibs, and whole bean coffee complete the finish with a light bitterness and strong roasted coffee flavor.
Moletimus Prime: 5.6% A New England IPA that was dry hopped during fermentation, bio-transforming the hops to more aromatic properties.
If you’ve kept an eye on Edward Teach Brewing’s social media or been to the brewery for an event, you may have run into some unexpected fuzzy friends–the Ed Teach Burros! The tiny donkeys are so famous that they have their own Instagram at @EdwardTeachBurros. I had the pleasure of Friday & Ernie at the Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance event Halfway There and they were such sweet little guys!
Blair Sholar took a second to fill in the Ale Trail about what the burros are all about!
“My husband/brewery owner, Gary Sholar, had the idea in early 2018, that as a small, craft brewery, it seemed like a fun twist on the well-known Clydesdales. ‘We may be small, but we make damn good beer!’
Friday and Ernie, miniature Mediterranean donkeys, came to us from a lovely farm in Canada. We were seeking an experienced driving pair that could represent our brand at local events and parades. After several months of searching these two wonderful little geldings were the shining stars of the short list. They arrived here last August and have made a few small appearances at the brewery on North 4th Street. The crowd always loves them, and vice versa! We couldn’t be happier to have found such sweet and friendly personalities in our burros.
It is our goal to introduce them under harness to the public very soon to debut the Edward Teach Beer Wagon. Every appearance is weather permitting, and as their handler my first priority is the health and safety of our boys. Friday & Ernie have been enjoying this hot summer at their boarding farm in Hampstead, NC but with cooler weather approaching, you’ll be seeing more of them out and about. ”
Be sure to go say hello to Friday and Ernie at Edward Teach Brewing soon!