by Kelly Davis
The church is one of Charlotte's most treasured historic landmarks, dating back to 1893. Participants of The Big Brew Ha not only supported the preservation of St. Peter's Church but were treated to an array of delicious heavy hors d'oeuvres, a variety of international beers, and artisan coffee, as well as games and prizes.
Coffee was brewed upon order using the pour over method by Counter Culture Coffee, from Durham, N.C. The folks from Not Just Coffee, a coffee stand in 7th Street Public Market were also there assisting with the brewing.
The beer pong tournament offered participating teams the chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Ticketmaster. Individual guests could also win prizes valued at over $20 each by taking part in the balloon pop. Volunteers walked around the venue throughout the evening offering guests the chance to pop one of their prize-filled balloons.
Beer was provided by MillerCoors, featuring an array of international brews including Peroni (from Italy), Pilsner Urquell (from Czecholslovakia), Leinenkugels Summer Shandy (beer and lemonade), Landshark, and Stella. The seasonally light beers were an excellent pairing with the warm April night.
Heavy hors d'oeuvres were provided by several Charlotte area restaurants. Dean and Deluca provided a variety of antipasti, cheeses, fruit, vegetables, dips, and tortilla chips. Harvest Moon Grill showcased their assortment of pork from Grateful Growers Farm, serving sausage and pork cabbage perogies. Irish food was the focal point of Dandelion Market, which provided shepherd's pie and creamy red pepper artichoke dip. Their brownies were definitely the sweet spot of the entire evening. Of course, Southern food was not left out of this smorgasbord. Flying Biscuit did Southern food right providing black bean love cakes, jambalaya, and biscuit pot pie.
For those with a sweet tooth, Lone Cone Toffee provided samples of their sticky sweet concoctions. The Big Brew Ha guests were treated to unique toffee pairings such as peppermint, peanuts, and coffee.
Whether you treasure the history of the Queen City, enjoy delicious food, international beers, or finely brewed coffee, The Big Brew Ha offered something for everyone.
Kelly Davis is a blogger, freelance writer, food enthusiast, and native North Carolinian. When she's not training for a race or cooking something delicious in the kitchen, she's writing, reading, snuggling her dachshund, or plotting her next project. You can keep up with Kelly's antics and recipes on her blog, Foodie Fresh.