Pour beer. Turn on computer. Write. Some musings over beer that span everything from things we’ve done to things we’d like to do. From the profound to the petty, it’s just stuff that’s on our mind. Thanks for reading.
May 25, 2017
Not long after opening in 2011, Head Brewer Chad Henderson realized that we could build an extremely successful buzz (no pun intended) around festival beer releases when the brew included crazy or interesting ingredients, as proven by our popular S’mores Porter at the time. In the months following, Henderson and OG Funkmaster Bart Roberts brainstormed about what the next whacky beer they created would be. When a friend suggested creating a beer to mimic a mojito, they knew they had, if anything, a novel idea. “Even though we initially laughed at the idea, we knew that the mint and lime could make for a perfectly refreshing warm-weather beer,” said Henderson.
In the spring of 2012, with just the right amounts of key lime zest and spearmint, NoDajito Witbier was born in preparation for two area festivals — Rural Hill’s NC Brewers and Music Fest, and Gastonia Grizzlies’s Beer Fest. It was clear before the festivals even began that NoDajito might be bigger than we had planned. “Just during the VIP hour of Rural Hill’s festival we went through almost half of what we brought,” noted Henderson. “People kept saying, ‘Wow, this really tastes like a mojito!’”
Not only did that first 10 gallon batch get wiped out at both festivals, but it also claimed the Drinker’s Choice Award at the Gastonia Grizzlies, winning the mojito-inspired beer a spot on tap in the ballpark for the rest of the season!
From a very small batch to many key lime’s zested later, it has continued to grow in popularity each year. In fact, last year brought NoDajito the most attention yet when it won the Gold in the Herb and Spice Beer category at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the premier beer competition in the country. Not only did we capture the Gold out of 114 entries, but it brought the city of Charlotte the first Gold GABF ever!
Now that it’s warming up, grab a pint in the tap room, or a four-pack for all your pool-side summer sipping!