Cinn City Gets Naughty

- by Bill Craver

“I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints. The sinners are much more fun.”


Paris is known to lovers across the globe as the ‘City of Lights.’ While Los Angeles is the ‘City of Angels,’ Las Vegas is commonly referred to in less angelic terms: ‘Sin City.’ As we are reminded daily, our hometown of Charlotte has long been known as the Queen City.

With the Holiday Season right around the corner, those of us at Legion Brewing are ready to throw off that somewhat saintly-sounding moniker and delve into something a bit more risqué. Whether one has been naughty or nice, this time of year presents great opportunities to loosen the collar, let one’s hair down, kick back and imbibe good stuff all around.

Newsflash – beer stands at the ready to assist in those celebrations! Just as people may loosen up around the Holidays, craft beer gets a little looser as well. Gone are strict adherences to centuries-old German brewing standards. (Pumpkin spices were not one of the three allowable brewing ingredients according to the Rheinheitsgebot!)

At Legion Brewing, we have immediate plans to add some spice to your Holidays: Cinn City (Spiced Belgian Amber; 7.9% ABV, 27 IBUs). Swirling in the red depths of this alluring beer lies a seductive array of cinnamon, ginger, and clove. Brewed with local malts and a smooth Belgian yeast strain, this luscious beer is sure to thaw even the most frozen of hearts. Expect a devilishly delicious blend of malt richness and dark fruit flavors, topped off by some seriously-spicy elements.

“Cinn City has a really warm character – kind of like the feeling you get when curling up in bed underneath a thick, multi-colored patchwork quilt,” mused Associate Brewer, Scott Griffin. “All of the disparate elements within this beer work well together, building to a compelling finish with very little bite. In my view, the perfect spot to enjoy Cinn City would be among friends at the last outdoor campfire of the season, perhaps on a cool, mid-November evening a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving.”

Whether you stop by the Taproom for a pint or take a growler of Cinn City to your office party, we know this beer will be a hit with you and your friends. Our forecast for all such Holiday gatherings: sugar, spice, and (perhaps not quite) everything nice…