Like a little catnip in your beer? Unknown Brewing Kitten Snuggles is back for a second time.
Two years ago, Charlotte, North Carolina based Unknown Brewing debuted ‘Kitten Snuggles‘ a farmhouse ale brewed with “fuzzy” apricots, lactose milk sugar, and catnip flowers.
Catnip has the most notable influence on felines, thanks to nepetalactone, an organic compound found in the plant. A little over 60% of cats are affected by the compounds in catnip.
Lesser known uses include making herbal tea or culinary dishes with catnip. In this case, the off-the-wall folks at Unknown Brewing created cat themed Kitten Snuggles with what some call “kitty crack”. (The brewery once made a beer with food grade scorpions.)
By now you might be wondering what catnip tastes like. Catnip tea is slightly minty and grassy. It’s been two years since trying Kitten Snuggles at the brewery in Charlotte, but as we recall – it’s apricot fruit heavy and creamy, with just a touch of grassy flavor. Cats followed us around the rest of the day. It was as cute as it was weird.
Unknown Brewing Kitten Snuggles is available for the first time in 16-ounce cans at the brewery on May 25th.
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Unknown Brewing Rarest Bean debuts on February 16th.
“Pastry Stouts’ are in high demand in the beer world. Today it’s Charlotte, North Carolina’s Unknown Brewing’s turn to release one, using two of the world’s rarest beans.
The first bean is the “Black Ivory Coffee” bean, one of the rarest coffees on Earth. The raw beans pass through the digestive tract of elephants and are very literally pooped out. (Similar to the Kopi Luwak coffee that passes through a civit.) Around 1000 pounds the coffee are produced a year, running over $100 dollars a bag.
Tongan vanilla beans are the second rare bean in Unknown Brewing Rarest Bean. Just one of the beans can run almost $20 dollars each.
Both rare beans have been added to a 12.5% alcohol by volume imperial stout and allowed to age. The result is a beer that should prove to be both rare and decadent.
Unknown Brewing Rarest Bean will be available in 16.9-ounce bottles in the brewery’s taproom on February 16th.
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.
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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
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.
Distribution: NC, SC, GA
Latest Return: June, 2017
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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.
Availability: 12oz Can, Draft. Seasonal release.
Latest Return: March, 2017
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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.
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 muerto, a 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.
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