April 4, 2017
Whether you think Lionel Richie or AC/DC when you try the new Charlotte Knights Birdsong beer, you’re certain to want to drink it all day and “All Knight Long.”
Today Birdsong Brewing Co. revealed its newest beer, which will only be available in their taproom and at BB&T Ballpark. At 4.5 percent ABV and 15 IBU, the light Belgian blonde ale is designed to be drinkable even past the seventh inning stretch. A smooth golden color, dry finish and slightly sweet beer, perfect for warm summer days at the ball game.
The new Belgian-style beer has aromatics of lemon on the nose with a light sweetness from the malt. Surprisingly, though, there is no citrus in the beer. All of the beer’s flavor comes from the yeast, explained partner Chris Goulet: “Belgian yeast strains are really fun. They kind of create all these interesting, fruity esters. There’s no fruit in it at all.”
The ultimate pun along with All Knight Long drinking at the ballpark? We think Lionel Richie and AC/DC would approve.
In addition to the new collaborative beer, the Charlotte Knights also introduced a hearty boutique food menu created by Pro Sport Catering executive chef Joseph Marx.
Premium all-beef Sahlen franks will be located throughout the ballpark on the concourse. Toppings will include a mac and cheese dog, a firecracker dog with jalapeños, and a Reuben dog.
“A lot of people are doing mac and cheese dogs,” Marx said. “You can see a mac and cheese dog at almost every ballpark right now. We asked, ‘What could we do differently?’”
Noodles and cheese sauce are both made from scratch. “And then we add smoked gouda,” Marx said.
Burgertopia will now be located near first base on the first floor concourse level, featuring 1/2 pound burgers including a pimento/jalapeño cheese burger, a western burger, a pepper jack jalapeño burger and a black and blue burger.
The street tacos are made from chuck tender that has been marinating for two days. “It takes six hours to cook, and then we break it down by hand,” Marx said. The chicken tacos are made from whole chicken that is also broken down by hand, he added.
Taco salads, nachos served in a souvenir cap, and a pork sandwich were also featured in the new menu lineup.
“When you take items from scratch and then really put that extra love in there, instead of buying a frozen product, it really elevates your level of food quality,” Marx said.
Pro Sports Catering announced its partnership with the Charlotte Knights in October, and this will be the first year providing food service for the minor league ballpark. Boutique menu items will range from $7-$9.50.
Opening day is Thursday, April 6 vs. Norfolk. Check out the full 2017 schedule.
Melissa Oyler is a creative director, writer, and graphic designer.