We are, believe it or not, about to enter Decade 1.5 at Foothills.
That’s right – 2020 will mark our 15th year in business. Fifteen years of riding the (enormous) craft beer wave, first from our downtown brewpub and now from three different locations — along with the six states in which our beer is available.
To give you some perspective, Foothills was the 18th craft brewery in the state when we opened in 2005. There are now 313 breweries in North Carolina.
We tell you all this as a way of prefacing our plans for our annual Bourbon Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate Release September 20 & 21. In short — we’re starting the 15th anniversary celebration a little early. And what better place to start than with a Sexual Chocolate release?
For beginners, we’ve designed a special new label (don’t worry we didn’t change the beer):
After you’re done admiring Kyle Webster‘s awesome artwork, please note the label says ‘Coffee Infused’. We introduced this version last year, and it was so popular that we’re making it the only version we will offer bottled this year. The coffee we’re infusing the beer with is Peruvian Chanchamayo, considered Peru’s finest premium gourmet coffee.
There will be a straight bourbon barrel aged version of Sexual Chocolate with no coffee infusion available on draft – more on that in a minute.
Worth noting: we’ve been doing these releases for over a decade; normally we release the draft on Friday and the bottles on Saturday. This year, for the first time, we’ll have BASC bottles for sale ON FRIDAY at all three locations.
As a result, we’ve moved weekend events around a little in terms of locations, so this release will look different to you Chocolate veterans. Here’s a rundown on our 2-day extravaganza:
11am: Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate will be available on draft for the first time at our downtown brewpub. Bottles available for purchase as well ($20 each).
We’ll also have our new cans on sale, including our latest Craft Happiness Project beer – Equus Hazy IPA, brewed to help protect North Carolina’s wild horses.
2pm: Our tasting room opens (early) in preparation for the big Barrel Aged Bonfire (don’t worry we’re not lighting it at 2 o’clock). You can grab a taste of this year’s BASC (including a special randall), as well as purchase bottles. You can also avail your sweet tooth of our “Build Your Own Smores” Bar.
5pm: Food trucks arrive! Grab a bite from Cousins Maine Lobster or Inga’s Apples
7pm: Enjoy live music with Anne and the Moonlighters
8pm: Our Annual Bottle Share Party cranks up in our main brewery (first time we’ve ever held it there!) Admission to the party is a bottle (or can) (or several) you’d like to share with your fellow craft beer enthusiasts. Always a good time, so don’t miss it.
We’ll also light the bonfire around 8pm (or whenever it’s dark enough).
8am: Footnote opens up, they’ll be offering a special Sexual Chocolate afegato. No idea what that is or what’s in it, but it looks awesome so go get one. There will lots of other BASC specials; for the full list check out our website.
11am: Downtown brewpub opens, with BASC on tap and for sale in bottles.
NOTE: We aged the beer this year in two different brands of bourbon barrels: Weller’s and Buffalo Trace. We kegged some of the Weller’s barrels before we infused the rest of it with our coffee, and that beer will be available on draft ONLY at the pub, starting Saturday.
We’ll also have some 2018 Sexual Chocolate on tap.
Can’t decide? No problem – we’ll be offering a specialty flight (6 oz. each) consisting of:
– 2018 Sexual Chocolate
– 2019 Sexual Chocolate
– 2019 BBA Coffee Infused Sexual Chocolate
– 2019 Weller’s bourbon barrel aged Sexual Chocolate (no coffee infusion)
Chef Shane always has some amazing food specials for our beer releases – can you say Sexual Chocolate BBQ sauce? Check out all the specials on our website.
Additionally, we’ll have live music Saturday night with Pythagrass. Oh, and we haven’t forgotten it’s college football season – we’ll have games on the big screen all day.
12pm: Tasting room opens, plenty of BASC available on tap and in bottles. PLUS . . . Saturday night 8pm will be the final edition of our summer-long Wes Anderson Outdoor Movie Series – so bring a lawn chair, enjoy some free popcorn and come watch Grand Budapest Hotel with us.
While we don’t necessarily have Sexual Chocolate-specific events on Sunday, we DO have the Camel City Craft Fair Fall Festival will be held 12-6pm at the tasting room. Over a hundred vendors, five food trucks, kids’ activities, and live music from Boxcar Echoes. The best part? You can browse it all while sipping on a BA Sexual Chocolate.
September 20-22 is going to be a very special weekend. You joining us will make it even better.