The Unknown Brewing Co.

Charlotte, NC

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Unknown Vehopciraptor. Big hops. Little arms. No bottles.

Unknown Vehopciraptor Glass

Unknown Vehopciraptor Double IPA returns to the North Carolina-based brewery’s lineup for the forth time on September 15th. In 2017, you won’t find this animal in bottles.

Unknown Vehopciraptor features highly aromatic scents due to the seven different hops and nine additional ingredients used to brew this prehistoric beast.

RELATED: Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top

The Vehopciraptor was a terrifying beast that roamed free millions of years ago, wreaking havoc on local natives and their taste buds. It would use it’s large claws and aromatic bite to strike swiftly. We’ve attempted to capture the spirit of this beast. With 7 hop varieties and 9 additions, this double IPA packs a serious bite.

Unknown Vehopciraptor is available only on tap in 2017. The first pour can be found at the brewery in Charlotte on September 15th.

Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: Draft only
Latest Return 9/15/17

9.9% ABV

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Rum & key lime-y Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top returns

Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top can

Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top drops in about two weeks, slamming two styles together in one canned package.

It seems like key limes have found almost overnight success in beer. Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top has them in the base gose, plus 15 year old Nicaraguan rum barrels. Brewery founder Brad Schell told Beer Street Journal last year of his excitement to find such great rum barrels.

“They smell like being drunk on a beach or being a pirate.”- Brad Schell, brewery founder

The base beer is a gose brewed with sea salt and key limes, then aged in the rum barrels for over three months.

The result? A bold beer. There are a few key lime flavored beers running around out there these days. While some just taste a little citrusy, Bright Ass Tank Top doesn’t let you forget what it is. A rum filled gose that is full of key lime juice. You can’t miss a bright as shit tank top walking by you. You won’t forget this beer either.

Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top is available once again in 16 ounce cans and draft.

Style: Gose (w/ Sea Salt, Key Limes. Barrel Aged. Rum.)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.

Distribution: NC, SC, GA
Latest Return: June, 2017

4.1% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal

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Big on aromatics. Unknown Brewing Scratch n Sniff, a session IPA

Unknown Brewing Scratch n Sniff can

Unknown Brewing Scratch n Sniff hits shelves just as spring begins.

Subtitled “Aromatic IPA,” the beer’s name is truly fitting. Unknown uses a technique called “hop bursting,” where a massive (read: unreasonable) amount of hops are added at the end of the beer’s boil and whirlpool stages. The result is a beer that is low on bitterness and big on hop aromas. The Unknown Brewing team uses a seven hop blend, bringing a real burst of flavor to the table.

The hop bursting technique is really evident in Scratch n Sniff. There is so much hop aroma in a 4.8% session IPA. It’s hopped like an imperial IPA, but won’t put you under the table nearly as fast.

This aromatic IPA is made with 7 hop additions. All those hops are thrown in at special timed editions to create flavor, a nose full of goodness, and light bitterness.

Unknown Brewing Scratch n Sniff is available in 12 ounce cans and draft as a spring seasonal.

Style: IPA
Availability: 12oz Can, Draft. Seasonal release.
Latest Return: March, 2017

4.7% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal 

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Unknown Brewing Twas the Night, literally just before Christmas

Unknown Brewing Twas the Night

Unknown Brewing Twas the Night, releases almost literally the night before Christmas, has hit shelves.

This beer is flying under the radar a bit, sneaking onto shelves the week of Christmas. The dark sour ale was brewed during Christmas of 2015, and has spend a majority of 2016 aging in oak barrels. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to sip stouts by the fire.

Unknown Brewing Twas the Night is available in limited quantities the week of December 20th.

Style: American Sour/Wild Ale (Barrel Aged)
Availability: 500ml Bottles
Debut: Christmas, 2016

6.8% ABV

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Amazing beer name: Unknown Brewing Dos AKs

Unknown Brewing Dos AKs

Probably one of the best beer names we’ve heard all year. Unknown Brewing Dos AKs.

We’ve spent time around Charlotte, North Carolina’s Unknown Brewing. One fact most assuredly comes to mind. They are weird. We mean that in the most endearing way. So many folks take beer so damn seriously. Unknown just loves being a part of the industry.

More on the weird situation. Unknown’s Day of the Dead Beer Series has seen the likes of La Jordana del Escorpion en Fuego Hacia la casa del Chupacabra muertoa beer brewed with 99 food-grade scorpions, and “El Corazon Que Sangra Morado”, or “The Heart That Bleeds Purple.” Continuing down that tasty, odd ball path is Unknown Brewing Dos AKs.

Even before we explain the beer, we can’t we but giggle a little bit with the name. Say it a few times out loud and you’ll start to get it. (HINT: Stay thirsty my friends.) The base beer is an imperial stout, fermented with a blend of ale and Mexican lager yeast. Those two yeasts ferment at entirely two different temperatures, resulting in a blend of flavors.

Additionally, the beer features cacao nibs, chipotle peppers, poblano peppers, and cinnamon. The specialty grains used mimic the favor of raisins. The brewery even brewed the beer with mariachi music in the background. It’s brewing. They damn sure have fun with it.

Flavor. This isn’t your run of the mill stout, there is a lot going on. Chocolate, cinnamon, and a touch of smoke from the chipotle peppers. Try it with some vanilla ice cream.

Unknown Brewing Dos AKs is available in 22 ounce bottles and draft starting November 2nd, 2016.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cinnamon, Cocoa Nibs, Chili Peppers, Coriander.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: 11/2/16

9.2% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal

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Unknown Brewing 2.5 features bourbon & fruit

Unknown Brewing 2.5

Unknown Brewing 2.5 (ish) is the second release in the Charlotte, North Carolina based brewery’s on going Anniversary Series.

Last year, brewery founder Brad Schell realized at one point that he had completely forgotten the brewery’s first birthday. (Owning a burgeoning brewery will do that.) If you know anything about Schell and well, the whole brewery’s less than normal mentality, then you’ll fully understand his next move. Throw a 1.5 ish birthday party. And… do it again next year.

Unknown Brewing 2.5 is hitting shelves in North Carolina. South Carolina, and Georgia. The beer is a blend of both a Belgian-style red ale, and a Belgian-style golden ale, aged in bourbon barrels with apricots, blackberries, and cherries. Truly a party in a bottle. Last years is pictured on the left in the image above.

Unknown Brewing 2.5 is a limited 22 ounce bottle offering.

Style: Belgian-Style Strong Ale (w/ Blackberries, Apricots, Cherries. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft. Limited.
Debut: June/July, 2016

9% ABV

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Unknown Hospitali-tea, a tea laden amber ale returns

Unknown Hospitali-Tea

Unknown Hospitali-tea has return once again to the brewery’s lineup.

It’s the south, and sweet tea is king. The Charlotte, North Carolina based brewery created a caramel malt heavy amber ale, and added black tea leaves and orange blossom honey. The hops mimic lemons. The result? A boozy sweet tea style beer

Made with black tea leaves and sweet orange blossom honey, this beer is on the lighter side with great caramel malts. The finish of sweet tea and hops provide a new floral lemon aroma. Plain and simple, Hospitali-tea is refreshing.

Unknown Hospitali-tea is a 12 once can and draft offering for the summer.

Style: Amber Ale (w/ Black Tea, Honey)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.

Return: June, 2016

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