As North Carolina starts opening up again, we are re-adjusting our hours to allow people more opportunity to purchase their favorite beverages! We’re opening at noon again just like we used to, and depending on the day of the week, we are open through 8, 9, or 10pm. Can’t wait to see you!
THE EVENTS FORECAST
Today, May 17th, marks two years of customers walking through the door at Bottles & Cans! We’re extremely excited to invite everyone to celebrate this milestone with us on June 1st.
2nd Anniversary Celebration
Saturday June 1st 12-10pm
We are so excited to take the next step and would like to thank you all for your enthusiasm and encouragement for the last two years. Join us for the start of our terrible twos on June 1st for our anniversary party. Two bands, two food trucks, two major awards (and other minor ones), games, and an all local tap takeover. Facebook link with more details and timelines here.
Wine Tastings on Saturdays!
We’re making this a staple, you’re guaranteed a delicious learning experience. We’ll have many guests visiting to guide exploration of a range of wine… and don’t forget, the wines we’re tasting that day are always on sale! Come take advantage of the chance to find a favorite.
FOOD TRUCK TUESDAYS
The food truck on Tuesdays is always located behind us facing the Marq at Weston Apartments from 5-8pm! More details on schedule in the calendar, but here’s the immediate future.
5/21 Buff-o-Lina They bring all the traditional Buffalo, New York classics to the Triangle! We look forward to you trying our award winning wings, Beef on Weck, Sahlen’s hotdogs and much more!
5/28 Jolly’s CHASE THE TASTE!!! Your favorite comfort foods, they specialize in American soul food
6/1 5-8pm Cousin’s Maine Lobster Lobster, lobster, and more lobster!
6/4 The Cow and the Oak The Oak City’s premier mac and grilled cheese truck.
IN THE BEER WORLD
Bring on the Baptist! We’ve had a delivery of some special brews.
Quadrupel Barrel Big Bad Baptist – Epic: 12.3%abv We’ve taken barrel aging to a whole new level by aging shaved coconut, almonds, ans Blue Copper’s columbian coffee beans in whiskey barrels. Then our brewers hand-blend each batch creating the most complex and outrageous version of Big Bad Baptist we have ever made.
Big Bad Baptista – Epic: 11.7%abv Big Bad Baptista is inspired by traditional Mexican coffee, Café de Olla, which is served with cinnamon and piloncillo, an unrefined sugar. The Cinnamon adds another layer of complexity and accentuates the earthy character of Mexican Coffee, but more importantly, it captures the essence of a place and its culture.
Mexican Cake – Westbrook Brewing: 10.5%abv Imperial stout w/ cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon, and habanero peppers. This is a perennial favorite and only comes around now and then, come grab it while we have some!
On the bright side we also have a couple special IPAs that were just delivered.
Rum Barrel Aged Imperial Pineapple Thief – Southern Pines: 9.4%abv This Imperial version of Pineapple Thief Fruited New England IPA was fermented with pineapple purée before being aged in Jamaican rum barrels. The beer was then brought out of barrels and dry hopped with Citra, Idaho 7, and Mosaic before being conditioned on coconut chips.
Back In Session Hazy IPA – New Sarum Brewing: 4%abv Back in Session Hazy IPA was developed to master the balance between a massive amount of flavor and aromatics with the need for sessional drinkability. This lower octane, more consumable, triple dry hopped juice bomb makes it possible to enjoy more than one with friends and not be late for the next day. Think of it as a reminder to every one of us that absolutely needed Spring Semester extra credit papers around this time of the year. “I think of all the education that I missed, but then my homework was never quite like this!”
February Events Forecast
Hello February!! Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow on Groundhog Day, so we thought we would celebrate the early coming of spring with events every weekend, and some weekdays in February
Valentines Day Wine Tasting
Saturday February 14th 4-6pm
Celebrate the holiday of love by learning about wine together. Laurence Vuelta will be in to share his amazing knowledge of classic wines from around the world.
Delirium Tap Event & Back Taps Return… oh yeah, and a Wine Tasting!
Saturday February 16th 5-8pm
Come live it up with some live music by Back Taps on Saturday evening. We’ll have a wine tasting with a focus on eastern European wines for those who prefer grapes, and some traditional western European brew for those of you who want to drink the malty splendor that comes from Delirium. Samples, swag, and Tremens, Nocturnum and Barrel Aged Black (blend of Noel and Nocturnum) on tap! We’ll see you there!
Firestone Walker Tap Event
Tuesday January 19th 5-8pm
Another one for the books, we’ve got an outstanding selection of beer to tap. Andrew from Firestone Walker will be at the shop to share some prime brews:
Mind Haze, Luponic Distortion, 22nd Anniversary Beer, Nitro Merlin, & Undercurrants
Italian and French Wine Tasting
Saturday February 23rd 3-6pm
Claudio from Mondo Wines will be in the shop sharing wines from two of the most fertile wine growing countries in the world.
Mardi Gras Tap Event with TW Pitchers
Saturday February 23rd 3-6pm
Come celebrate Mardi Gras with us, and with T.W. Pitchers! Keepin’ the rest secret for now. Shhhhh.
Food Truck Tuesdays
The food truck on Tuesdays is always located behind us facing the Marq at Weston Apartments from 5-8pm!
2/12 Hale Yeah KitchenThe Triangle’s other Lobster Roll truck… These guys make some amazing Surf & Turf
2/19 Adobo JoeOur Favorite Fillipino food truck is returning to Bottles & Cans! So come stuff yourself with Lumpias!
2/26 Mr MongolianClassic Mongolian Grill
3/5 Mr Puebla’s TacosTaco Tuesday returns to B&C!
3/12 Burger 21 ‘Tis the season, Mardi Gras special The Bayou Burger – Handcrafted Andouille sausage and turkey burger, grilled to order, topped with blackened shrimp. Our Cajun masterpiece is finished with remoulade, Sriracha and house-made Rajun Cajun slaw.
Thanks to everyone who joined our wonderful Oktoberfest celebrations, and congrats to the winners of steinholding and costume contests!
We’re turning 1! What better way to celebrate than with a 1 Year Anniversary Extravaganza! Join us Saturday June 16th for an all day party. Cousin’s Maine Lobster food truck will be here for lunch (1-4:30pm) & Baguetteaboutit will be here for dinner (5-8pm)! We will have live music (Billy Strathman during the afternoon and Madd Elaine during the evening) and Raffle giveaways every half hour!
We’re highlighting NC breweries on the tap wall and have some unique brews that you can’t find anywhere else in the triangle! Raleigh Brewing, Brueprint, Gizmo, Southern Pines, Mother Earth, Fullsteam, Double Barrel, Big Boss and more will all have representatives and swag throughout the day. We’ll also have a few fun summer wines for tasting, (Cans?! Iced Champagne?! You’ve gotta try this stuff!)
Additionally, our anniversary will herald big changes…
NEW SUMMER HOURS
(We’ll be open 7 days a week starting June 17th)
Sundays – Noon until 8pm
Mondays Through Thursdays – Noon Until 9pm – We’ve extended the weekday hours one more hour!
Fridays And Saturdays- Noon Until 10pm – Same as it’s been.
Hello All! We’ll be closed for Easter Sunday to spend time with family and friends. Have a great holiday and we will see you on Tuesday! (Wandering Moose will be here for Food Truck Tuesday!
We’re super excited to share a great wine tasting this week. We’ll be going through most of the offerings from The Prisoner Wine Company, an up and coming Napa winery. The wine tasting will cost $5 which will go toward the purchase of a bottle if you want to take one home.
Here’s a little background on the company…
The Prisoner Founder and Winemaker Dave Phinney’s deep respect for the vineyards is rooted in an early attempt to make a sophisticated wine from a difficult site. Although he was frustrated by a situation that had him using every tool at his disposal and still coming up short, he learned lessons that inform his vineyard selection process now.
“I came away from that experience with the unshakable belief that if you put your emphasis on the vineyard, what follows is much easier,” he says. “The vineyard is everything.”
Most of Phinney’s time is spent exploring vineyard sites, meeting with growers and selecting the fruit that will be vinified and blended into The Prisoner. His method for vineyard selection includes assessing the site, soil, varietal, grower and provenance, or the history, of the vineyard.
“Sometimes one of these aspects is enough, other times it’s a combination of a few of these elements,” he says. “With provenance, looks can be deceiving, so you have to trust in the track record of a vineyard as opposed to what you see. Occasionally you step into a vineyard and can’t get to your phone fast enough to call the grower and lock up the grapes. Those experiences are one of a kind.”
Prepare for the season! Saturday we’ll have Cousin’s Maine Lobster here from 5-8 to help us kick off the holiday season. Since nothing goes better with lobster than bubbles we’ll be opening a bottle of Dom Perignon 2006 for sale by the glass ($30). If you’ve ever wanted to try Dom without the commitment of an entire bottle, this is your chance!
To prepare you for the food, we’ve arranged for a wine tasting from 3-6pm, (including another Champagne) and a beer tasting (beware the Dragon!) with New Holland Brewing. We’ll have a few special brews on tap and the rep will be here from 4-7 to share more offerings and swag.
Boo to you! We’re so excited to share one of our favorite times of the year with you, our wonderful loyal customers. We are super excited to host a Halloween Party to thank you for making our first quarter in business a success. We’ve got our favorite music duo, the Back Taps, playing at 6:30, there will be some awesome seasonal beers on tap, and there will be food! But no food trucks this time… this time we figured we’d try something new. We’re cooking up a batch of smoked maple bourbon chili to share along with some other treats… and we encourage anyone else who also enjoys bringing a smile to others through food to bring some to the party! Doesn’t matter what it is just make it good 🙂 Either way we’ll have enough for everyone at about 5pm as long as it lasts. Costumes are definitely encouraged and we plan on rewarding those who partake. We’ll have a pet costume contest at about 3pm (because everyone deserves a fair chance, even our four legged customers) and everyone else will be judged at around 8. Winners get bragging rights, fame, a $25 gift certificate, and a Bottles & Cans growler in the size of their choice, because everyone needs a growler. Please join us for an intimate Halloween evening with friends, whether you’ve been here before or not, come find out why some consider us a second home.
Somehow the stars have aligned so September is shaping up to be a month of beer! We’re planning tap events with Mother Earth, Bells, and Great Lakes (and Stone in October so keep an eye out) and working on details. We’re most looking forward to September 16th though when we celebrate the opening ceremonies of Oktoberfest in Munich! They’ll be tapping their first keg at noon on Sat, Sept 16th, and so will we. We’ll have at least 4 German biers on tap for opening weekend, live music, a few events and contests and will maintain Oktoberfest Marzen throughout the festival and the rest of October. Now for an answer to everyone’s biggest question…
Why is Oktoberfest called “Oktoberfest” when it actually begins in September?
The historical background: the first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17th with a horse race. In the following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September.
By moving the festivities up, it allowed for better weather conditions. Because the September nights were warmer, the visitors were able to enjoy the gardens outside the tents and the stroll over “die Wiesen” or the fields much longer without feeling chilly. Historically, the last Oktoberfest weekend was in October and this tradition continues into present times.