Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time is like drinking a piece of your childhood. If you haven’t tried it, you have another chance right now.
Brewed with raspberries and aged on peanuts, this beer should take you back to a simpler time. Before bills, acne breakouts, and hangovers. (That last one depends on how much of this nostalgia you take part in…) New for 2017, the beer is available in 16 ounce cans.
Does it taste like a sandwich? Pretty much. Brewing with peanut butter and the sugar blob that is jelly isn’t the greatest of ideas. The base beer is roasty brown ale, aged for weeks on fresh raspberries and peanuts. What makes this beer even more fun to drink, is the arc of flavor you get as it warms. Colder, this beer tastes like peanut butter. Warmer, more sticky jelly notes appear. Because Peanut Butter Jelly Time is a brown ale instead of a stout, it really is a smooth, childhood reminiscent, comfort beer.
When your mom packed a PB&J sandwich in your school lunchbox, the flavors all melded into pure comfort food by noon. Well, we recreated this childhood goodness in a beer! This light brown ale is brewed from five different grains and then aged for weeks on raspberries and roasted peanuts. Take a sip, let flavors mingle on your palate, and enjoy our PB&J in a glass.
Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time! is available in 16oz cans in the tap room starting March 3rd, 2017. All of Catawba’s markets starting the week of March 6th.
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Morganton, North Carolina based Catawba Brewing will be adding Georgia distribution in March. The brewery has signed a distribution deal with United Distributors.
Catawba has always had the goal of becoming a regional brewery, they have just needed the time to build up production. Over the past year, the brewery has added 11 new wholesalers across North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee. Catawba’s lineup can be found statewide in all those markets.
As for Georgia, resident drinkers can expect White Zombie, the brewery’s year-round white ale in grocery stores in March. On premise accounts (bars, etc) can pick up Catawba’s lineup by summer, 2017.
Additionally, the brewery is adding dedicated sales representatives in all five markets this year.
Catawba Brewing was started by Billy Pyatt in 1999. The brewery boasts a 30 barrel Sprinkman brewhouse in downtown Morganton, plus a 7 barrel brewhouse in downtown Asheville.
Catawba Valley Brewing will be opening a “boutique” brewery in Asheville, North Carolina. The idea is to build a 7 barrel facility (that’s 210 gallons each batch) to better meet the demand by Asheville. I’m told no location has been decided.
In other Asheville related news, Craggie Brewing will close its doors on 12/1.
14 North Carolina breweries got a shot at Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp recently. The group created two beers – The Headliner (Black Ale), and Carolina Dreamin (Red Wheatwine). The 14 breweries are:
Green Man, Highland, Asheville Brewing Company, Catawba Valley, Nantahala, Pisgah, Craggie, French Broad, Oyster House, Wedge Brewing Company, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Thirsty Monk Pub & Brewery, HeinzelmÃ¤nnchen Brewery, & Southern Appalachian Brewing.
Look for kegs at any one of these breweries starting now!
Catawba Valley Brewing (Morganton, NC) will finally be releasing their beers in cans starting this weekend. This Can-tastic weekend comes after at least of year of testing their lineup in cans. 3 beers find themselves in new aluminum homes on Friday:
Firewater IPA– Paying homage to the original settlers of Appalachia and brewed with natural ingredients such as wheat, corn, American hops and
free range yeast. This crisp refreshing ale is the product of Catawba Valley’s vision of early American brewing.
Farmer Ted’s Farmhouse Cream Ale – This golden straw colored IPA is made with 5 varieties of malts and 6 massive hop additions. It is outstanding in flavor and aromatics.
White Zombie Ale – This beer is refreshing and tasty with a sweet and shimmering frothy head.
These offerings will now be available year round in 12oz cans. On Friday, Jan. 20, Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria (42 Biltmore Ave.) hosts a can party. You’ll see cans at off-premise retailers this weekend.