Brew & Bite Battle
During the inaugural Brew & Bite Battle at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), HMSHost chefs teamed up with four famed local breweries in a battle to create the best snack-sized bite that perfectly paired with one of its signature beers.
Each team had just 30 minutes to create a beer-and-bite pairing to impress a star-studded lineup of judges: retired Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson and Greg “Woody” Wood and Chris Wilcox, hosts of Charlotte’s “The Woody & Wilcox Show.”
After an intense competition, judges selected the winning pairing — Hop Drop ’N Shrimp Roll paired with NoDa’s award-winning Hop Drop ’N Roll West Coast-style IPA — as the Brew & Bite Battle Champion, earning the culinary combination a coveted spot on the menu at 1897 Market, which HMSHost opened at CLT in 2015. The dish features IPA-poached local North Carolina shrimp, shaved cabbage, pickled pumpkin, sesame glass noodles, and Citra Hop Ponzu, which perfectly complements the juicy flavor and complex malt backbone of the craft brew.
Passengers traveling to or through CLT during the event had the opportunity to watch the action and sample craft brews from each of the participating breweries.