|The bottle share at Foothills the night before the Sexual Chocolate release.|
Dathan Kazsuk | Feb. 2, 2017
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I've been fortunate enough to get my hands on a bottle of Foothills Brewing Company's Sexual Chocolate every year for the past 5 years – and doing so without ever having to stand in line. For the new 2017 release, I decided to make an exception. This was because we were already going to be in that neck of the woods that weekend for a wine event in Yadkin Valley. So why not stand in line and experience what others have done for years?
We arrived Friday afternoon in Winston-Salem and checked into our room at the Marriott by Hanes Mall and got ready for the Friday night bottle share that is held every year at Foothills downtown location prior to the bottle release. We packed up a couple cans of Deep River Brewing Company's Drag the River and a bottle of White Street's Koschei the Deathless to share with the masses.
|Beers from Deep River, Bells, The Answer, Fonta Flora, Hardywood and others were all available to sample.|
There were of course some of the obvious bottles you are expected to see in shares around here, such as Hardywood's GBS, 3 Floyd's Zombie Dust and several crowlers of The Answer IPAs. There were a handful of beers I've tried for the first time that I really liked, such as Toppling Goliath Brewing Company's Pompeii; Dangerous Precedent from Kings County Brewers Collective; Sore Thumb from Destination Unknown Beer Company and the Undefeated Saison from Funky Buddha Brewing.
The staff at Foothills were also kind enough to bring out food for its guests to eat throughout the night. A cheese plate, build your own nachos, mac and cheese egg rolls and veggie trays with dips were all made available to snack on during the night. But by around 8:35 and 30 beer samples later it was time to head back to the hotel for the night.
|Close to 100 different beers were available to sample during the Foothills bottle share on Jan. 27.|
|The line by 7 a.m. in the morning.|
At number 29, I was lined up in the second line, and which seemed like 10 minutes later I paid and purchased my beer and was out the door back to the hotel.
Thank you Foothills for the chance to partake in my first Sexual Chocolate bottle release. All I know is if I'm back for the BBA Sexual Chocolate release I'm bringing boots, gloves, a ski mask and some pocket hand warmers. I'm ready for you next time Sexy Chocolate.