This just in…. Triple C will have it’s first public tasting today at South End Common Market from 5-7! Light Rail Pale Ale, Smoked Amber and a Roasty Stout.
THE BREWER: SCOTT KIMBALL
My love for craft beer first took shape in college, whenever I could afford the offerings of local Pennsylvania breweries like Troegs and Victory, I slowly introduced myself to the many styles the craft beer industry has to offer. I got the idea to start homebrewing while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2006. Upon my return to reality from the trail, I started small and over time advanced as a homebrewer. I grew my own hops, and experimented with different ingredients while honing in my brewing skills. In 2009, after three years of homebrewing, I managed to land my dream job, as a professional brewer. I was an Assistant brewer for Old Dominion and Fordham breweries in Dover, DE before moving to Colorado to be the Head Brewer for The Eddyline Brewpub in Buena Vista. I’m incredibly excited to be working with Chris H. and Chris and Christina M. to make some of the finest beers in Charlotte.
I love beer for many reasons. It has a rich history, giving our nomadic ancestors the motivation to settle down and begin cultivating grains (beer could then be interpreted as the creator of human societies). Beer has been a staple for many different cultures throughout the world for thousands of years. The industry fueled research that led the industrial and scientific revolutions. Beer has evolved over time, from session to extreme, there are an immense amount of different styles of beer today, it’s a very exciting time to be a craft beer lover.
My philosophy on brewing is to have a few flavors in mind, and then work my way backwards in order to achieve those flavors. Sometimes I come across a new grain or hop or spice or barrel, and will brew a beer just to experiment with that. For the most part I use styles as a very loose skeleton for a beer recipe, I’m always saying I don’t try to brew to style, I brew to taste. I’m dedicated to always using the finest ingredients possible, the most advanced brewing techniques and the patience for the beer to aged just right, in order to hand craft a truly amazing and unique product. At the same time doing my best to have as little an impact on the environment as possible, and strengthening the local community by using local ingredients whenever possible.
I feel incredibly lucky to have a job that is my passion, and even luckier that I get to share that passion with you. When I’m not brewing, you’ll probably find me outside, riding my mountain bike, playing disc golf or hiking…..basically anything outdoors.
The Dilworth and South End neighborhoods were the pioneers of breweries in Charlotte, NC. Dilworth Brewing Company opened March 1, 1989 on the corner of Kenilworth and East in the space which is currently Sutton House (old Picasso’s). Six years later in 1995, South End Brewery and Smokehouse opened on South Boulevard in Atherton Mill (currently Icehouse). I’ve heard many stories of Panther’s players hanging out in South End Brewery after games and how the space was so large they would throw footballs inside the brewery. I don’t know the exact year South End Brewery closed but believe it was around 06/07 so in similar fashion to Dilworth Brewing Company, it ran for about 10 years. The brewery and restaurant died but the beer equipment lived on and found a new home with Olde Mecklenburg Brewery which began production in 2009.
While it’s hard for me to call something a tradition that is only about 20 years old, I am happy to see Charlotte continue the tradition of breweries and to know we are home to Four Friends Brewing, Rock Bottom Brewery, NoDa Brewing Company, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and Birdsong Brewing. I am also happy to share that the Dilworth/South End area that pioneered breweries in Charlotte is welcoming Triple C Brewing Company to South End.
Triple C plans to be open in late spring/early summer of 2012 and is located a couple blocks from the New Bern Light Rail Stop at the corner of Fairwood and Griffith, which is the area I refer to as South of South End. Still very much a part of South End but in the southern most portion of South End. They have a 20,000SF building with about an acre of land (right across from The Furniture Connector) so great opportunity for brewery, tap room and maybe some outdoor music and events.
The name, Triple C, refers to the three owners, Chris H, Chris M and Christina M who will each handle different aspects of Triple C’s operation. They are in the process of hiring a brewmaster and look to their website for that announcement to come in the near future.
I want to credit the following sources for collecting my Charlotte beer history data above. If I missed a current brewery I truly apologize so please let me know and I will update: