Behind Bars: Kelly Pickle

Behind Bars: Kelly Pickle

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*

Weekly Mixed Six November 10th

Weekly Mixed Six November 10th

Waterman’s Brewing

(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.

Bill’s Brewing

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.

Skytown Beer Company

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!

Edward Teach Brewing

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.

Flytrap Brewing

Belgian Quad: 9.8% Ale brewed in the tradition of the Belgian Quadrupel with house-made Belgian candi sugar. Available in 500ml bottles.

Flying Machine Brewing Company

Electronic Fog: 6.3% Features notes of grapefruit and pineapple. The brightness of this libation will make it explode off of your tongue.

Weekly Mixed Six November 10th

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Ironclad Brewery 

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.”

Wrightsville Beach Brewery

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.

Waterline Brewing

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!”

Wilmington Brewing Company

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.

Front Street Brewery

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!

Salty Turtle Beer Company

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.

Behind Bars: Eddy Johnson

Behind Bars: Eddy Johnson

If you’ve been to Flytrap in the last five years you’ve definitely had the pleasure of meeting Eddy; he celebrated his fifth anniversary shortly after the brewery did! And if you haven’t stopped by, you definitely should–both for the delicious Belgian-inspired brews, and the ultra-friendly bartenders.

Check out what Eddy has to say about being behind the stick.

Ale Trail (AT): What’s your favorite thing about bartending?

Eddy Johnson (EJ): My favorite thing about bartending, specifically at Flytrap, is being able to bring people together. We have a wide range of folks who come in and to be the bridge that brings them together over a pint is truly something I enjoy.

AT: Do you have any advice for current or future craft beer bartenders?

EJ: 1. Be knowledgeable of your brewery’s/bar’s beer and of other beers so you can recommend similar beer.

2. Keep the air conditioner on high, you never want them to see you sweat.

3. Always have a good dad joke in your back pocket. If they roll thier eyes you nailed it.

4. Most importantly, have fun. Create an environment where they want to stay and come back.

AT: If you were a beer, which one would you be?

EJ: I’m not sure I would want to be a beer, then I won’t be able to drink one. If I have to pick, something dry and with a bite.

Weekly Mixed Six October 27th

Weekly Mixed Six October 27th

A weekly roundup of local and craft beer that can be found around the area on tap, in bottles, or in cans. These are not beer reviews and should be used for entertainment purposes only.

Waterman’s Brewing

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.

Flying Machine Brewing Company

Collective Illusions: 7.5% A hazy IPA dry-hopped with Amarillo and Simcoe. Think: sweet, red fruit, mango. Available on draught and in cans.

Flytrap Brewing

Rye Saison: 6.7% Another delicious variation on their classic house saison, now featuring rye malt and Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand.

Edward Teach Brewing

Sextant Chocolate Porter: 5.8% The latest porter coming out of the North 4th brewery featuring notes of coffee, toffee, and chocolat.e

Bill’s Brewing

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.

Mad Mole Brewing

Moletimus Prime: 5.6% A New England IPA that was dry hopped during fermentation, bio-transforming the hops to more aromatic properties.

Edward Teach Burros

Edward Teach Burros

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!