Ultimate Brewing Championship

Cape Fear Craft Beer Week starts on Friday, March 24th, when 10 Cape Fear area breweries will go head-to-head in the first ever Ultimate Brewing Championship hosted by The Fieldhouse at Tops Athletics. This will be the official Cape Fear Craft Beer Week kickoff party.
So what is this Royal Rumble all about? Are we going to see John Savard and Jim Deaton throw down in an epic battle? Will we finally get to see Mike Barlas send a message to nemesis Aaron Skiles? Will Laren “The Beer Wizard” Avery take out newcomer Zac “Not in a Band” Brown?
 
Nope.
 
On Monday, January 16th, brewers from the 12 participating breweries gathered at the Downtown Wilmington offices of Untappd to select their ingredients for a unique and special brew. How would you feel about a beer made with blueberries and basil ? Or sea salt and cucumbers ? What about Texas Pete? Each brewery drew for one of 10 NC ingredient combinations. The results will be kept secret until the event when there will be a blind tasting to crown The Ultimate Brewing Champion on March 24th.

UBC Ingredient Pairings

  1. Oysters – Texas Pete
  2. Bacon – Melon
  3. Sea Salt – Cucumbers
  4. Sweet Potatoes – Cranberry
  5. Scuppernog grapes – chili pepper
  6. Blueberry – Basil
  7. Strawberry – honey
  8. Pecans – lactose
  9. Squash – black pepper
  10. Molasses – peaches
  11. Chocolate – seaweed
  12. Grits – fig