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Oct 10, 2019


Where you can get your pumpkin beer fix in Charlotte this fall

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Where To Drink

A whole week of 70 degree weather, means that Fall has finally arrived, and with that, basic-women everywhere are crawling out of their hibernation, emerging in leggings, Ugg boots, and with a craving for all things pumpkin.

Well ladies, we support your obsession, and have created your go-to list for where to find all the locally-crafted pumpkin beers this season:

1. Sycamore Brewing: Pumpkin Latte Blonde

Notes: A true mix of a fall-lovers favorite items: latte and pumpkin. Enjoy this light beer while wearing a flannel and chunky scarf, and discussing all of the items on your fall-bucket list. 

ABV: 5.5%

2. Primal Brewing: Pumpalicious Pumpkin

Notes: A beer that packs a punch of fall to the face with a flavor profile including: pumpkin (duh), and clove and nutmeg, to create a malty masterpiece.

ABV: 6.5%

3. NoDa Brewing: Gordgeous 

Notes: And in this corner, using over 50 lbs. of pumpkin and 42 lbs. of brown sugar for every batch, is NoDa Brewing's Gordgeous! If you like it pumpkin-y and you like it sweet, you'll like this. We promise. 

ABV: 6.4%

4. Heist Brewing: Saison de Pon Pon

Notes: Did you know that Pon Pon means pumpkin in the French tonnage? Well, it does, accouding to Heist Brewing's website description of this Belgian Saison. Giving Gordgeous a run for it's pumpkin money, it takes 200 pounds of pumpkin to create the caramel sweetness that is found in this seasonal beer, paired with yeast derived spice as well as clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

ABV: 6.5%

5. Catawba Brewing: King Don's Pumpkin Ale

Notes:  A beer that will bring back vivid memories of your childhood, where you are sitting by the fire, watching "It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown," and smelling a freshly baked pumpkin pie wafting in from the kitchen. Which I honestly have never experience, but I can conjure fake memories from the taste of this beer. Consisting of "five separate barley varieties, fresh pumpkin, and an assortment of spices (cinnamon, ginger, allspice, clove, nutmeg) creates the complex flavor profile" of this delicious beer.

ABV: 5.5 %

6. Catawba Brewing: Emperor Don

Notes: The bigger, badder version of King Don's, Emperor Don provides a rich taste with a heavy ABV, that will do everything the beer described above will, but it will also get you drunker, quicker. 

ABV: 7.8%

7. Southern Tier: Pumking Imperial Ale

Notes: Truly the king of all pumpkin beers, I look forward to the time where purchasing Pumking is finally, seasonally, acceptable, and then I enjoy it all season long, right up until where it's almost unacceptable again. Truthfully though, this beer IS one that you can enjoy all year-long, but I like to show some self-control in my life, wherever possible.

ABV: 8.6%

8. Southern Tier: Pumking Nitro

Notes: Pumking, but make it nitro. If you enjoy Pumking, but want it to taste even smoother, get this. 

ABV: 8.6% 

9. Southern Tier: Rum Barrel Aged Pumkin

Notes: Pumking, but make it boozy af. If you enjoy Pumking, but want it to have hints of spiced rum, and the promise that having more than one will have you on your back, get this. 

ABV: 13.4%

10. Southern Tier: Warlock 

Notes: The titled "counterpart to Pumking," this beer provides that spiced pumpkin pie aroma, you crave during the fall, with the maltiness that you also hunger for in a well-brewed Stout.

ABV: 8.6%

11. Birdsong Brewing: St. Tuber Abbey Ale

Notes: Okay, so we have to be upfront with you, this beer does NOT contain pumpkin, but it IS brewed with 320 lbs of Sweet Potato and clove. While, we are straying from the theme a bit, hear us out, because we feel that St. Tuber provides a fall-flavor profile with a similar pumpkin beer experience, but less pumpkin flavor, for those who claim they like pumpkin to stay relevant, but truly, could take or leave it. Also, it's delicious.

ABV: 6.5%

Oct 03, 2019


Pineville has Entered the Brewery Scene

Posted by Dara Brewton • South Charlotte Nightlife

It’s no secret that Charlotte loves a good brewery. There are more breweries in the metro area than you can count on one hand, and now Pineville has tossed their hat in the ring with the opening of Middle James Brewing Company.

Middle James is the collaboration of four friends named Mike, Andrew, Shannon, and Perry. They felt like Pineville needed its own brewery. So, they set out to create a “sports-focused” spot where people could congregate for good beer and good food. 

The brewery can be found on North Polk Street in the old Golf Village building which it shares with a CrossFit gym. There is ample parking, and you can sit outside and watch people on the driving range. 

The interior of the brewery has a bit of an industrial vibe with a concrete bar and exposed ductwork on the ceiling. There are plenty of places to sit no matter if you come by yourself or in a big group. The bar wraps around a corner surrounded by probably 15-20 stools with adjustable heights. 

In addition to the outdoor seating, the interior has several long community tables as well as a smattering of four tops. Middle James is family-friendly, and the walls are dotted with big-screen TVs every few feet. 

They have a wide variety of beers on tap, and you can get 4 oz pours for $2 if you can’t make up your mind. The seasonal option on my visit was a cinnamon sweet potato blonde ale. We passed on the seasonal option in favor of a couple versions of their New England style IPAs: Highly Dramatic V1 and V2. 

The super friendly bartender told us that Highly Dramatic is their evolving beer, and each version uses different hops or hop blends for very distinct flavors. You could definitely taste a huge difference between V1 and V2. 

The drink menu also contains a handful of wines, and a few hard ciders and ginger beers to round things out. Families and designated drivers will find sweet tea and sodas on offer as well. 

At first glance, the food seems a little pricier than what you would expect at a walk-up window, but the quality far exceeds the price tag. I had the MJB Burger which is smothered with beer cheese and thick slices of bacon. It was one of the best burgers I can remember eating in quite some time. The fresh bakery bun is reason enough to get one, not to mention their signature house-made pickles. Plus, their tater tots are extra crispy and salted to perfection. 

Middle James Brewing has definitely succeeded in offering good beer and good food. Plus, there are a few little extras that add to the overall experience like the dedicated spot at the bar for ordering your beers, and the fact that your tab can transfer from the kitchen window to the bar which is super convenient. 

Sep 30, 2019


All You Can Eat: Rockin’ Rolls Sushi Express

Posted by Alissa DeRogatis • Where To Eat

Charlotteans love a cool, new concept restaurant and Rockin’ Rolls is just that.

Rockin’ Rolls Sushi Express had a quiet opening in Elizabeth a few weeks ago. This location is their third, following the Raleigh and Durham spots.

Their lunch hours are Monday-Friday from 11am-3pm. Monday-Thursday dinner is served from 5pm-9:30pm and the weekends have more extended hours.

Now, let’s get to the important part. The all-you-can-eat sushi is only $12.99 for lunch and $16.99 for dinner. The menu consists of 50 different rolls and other Japanese dishes that circle by on the conveyor belt.

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Photo credit: Alissa DeRogatis

When you walk in, you’ll pay (and tip) first. Then, you’ll make your way to grab all the condiment necessities like soy sauce, wasabi, a drink and some utensils.

You can sit and order your favorite rolls and dishes from one of the iPads, or try a new dish from the conveyor belt. All around, it’s a super fun and unique experience!

Sep 24, 2019


5 Places You Probably Didn't Know You Could Grab a Drink At

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Where To Drink

Sometimes the best places to kick back and relax with a nice cold drink, are the ones that you least expect to be able to grab a drink at. Imagine, you’re strolling through the mall, and trying not to run into or get run over by the hundreds of other determined shoppers and mall walkers, when you see a sign in a coffee shop, saying “beer on tap.” Maybe you weren’t thinking of grabbing a drink before, but now, that sounds like exactly what you need to take the edge off of the rest of your shopping excursion. 

If you’re someone who likes to be surprised with the presence of alcohol, then we guarantee that you’ll enjoy this list of some of the places that you didn’t know you could grab a drink at.

  1. McGill Rose Garden: A new addition to the list of places that you can grab a drink at, this city-funded garden recently got a new addition in the form of Rosie’s Wine Bar, which now offers wine, beer, and mimosas for you to sip on while you stroll around the lush and art-filled garden. 

  2. Bartique: Located on N. Davidson in downtown NoDa, Bartique stands as a unique space where you can shop for 70’s style clothing, and also grab a cold beverage. This is the perfect spot to go, if you are a boyfriend who has been dragged along on a shopping trip, or if you’re someone who just likes to pair your shopping trip with some alcohol. 

  3. Dilworth Coffee: Located in South Park Mall, next to Belk, is a small, unassuming coffee shop that offers delicious coffee, as well as a handful of alcoholic beverages. Grab a glass of wine on your next shopping trip, or write this down as a place to visit during the holiday shopping season, you’re gonna need it!

  4. Harris Teeter: While it’s advised not to go grocery shopping when you’re hungry, no one ever said you shouldn’t go when you’re thirsty! Harris Teeter is improving your grocery shopping experience, one drink at a time with their locations that are equipped with bars for your drinking pleasure. Walk around with your drink, or take a seat at the bar and enjoy! You can find a Harris Teeter bar at the Myers Park location and South End location.

Another Round Disc Golf and Tap Room: Located on 36th street in NoDa, this Disc Golf  shop doubles as a tap room, with 4 rotating beers on tap! If you’re looking to get into the sport, or just want to grab a drink and learn more about it, check out Another Round!

Sep 11, 2019


Your Guide to 20 Charlotte Breweries by Neighborhood

Posted by Alissa DeRogatis • Where To Drink

LoSo:

Brewers at 4001 Yancey

4001 Yancey Rd

2 breweries in one place, now that’s what I call easy bar hopping! Southern Tier and Victory Brewing is the newest LoSo go-to hang out. I mean, have you seen their food menu?

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

4150 Yancey Rd

If you haven’t been to Olde Meck, you haven’t lived. This German inspired brewery has a huge Biergarten that’s a perfect day drinking hangout spot. Dogs and kids are welcome too!

Sugar Creek Brewing Company

215 Southside Dr

The brewery might look small, but their beers are mighty! Sugar Creek is a great place to go for a casual night out, but can also be the go-to for hosting events.

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NoDa:

Birdsong Brewing Company

1016 North Davidson St

Home to the infamous Birdsong Jalapeno Pale Ale, this location has been a staple in Charlotte since 2011! Fun fact: every “Thurstyday” they feature a new flavor release on their website!

Free Range Brewing

2320 North Davidson St

Located just outside of NoDa, this cozy, casual taproom is a go-to for live music. Plus on the way out you can hit up Amelies!

Heist Brewery

2909 North Davidson St

Heist is one of Charlotte’s most classic spots. If you have out of town guests, Heist’s brunch is a must! 

NoDa Brewing Company

2921 North Tryon St

A well known, and well loved, Charlotte favorite. Home to flavors like Jam Session and Hop Drop ‘n Roll, this brewery is basically a historic landmark for the city.

Salud Cerveceria

3306 North Davidson St

An inhouse brewery/coffee shop? Say no more.

Wooden Robot Brewery, The Chamber

416 E 36th St

Home to Good Morning Vietnam, Wooden Robot now has 2 locations (that are always packed)! This brewery is one of the best spots in Charlotte. It’s a great time with great beers!

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Plaza Midwood:

Legion Brewing

1906 Commonwealth Ave

Best known for their infamous Juicy Jay, Legion is now home to 2 Charlotte locations! It’s Plaza Midwood location is a comfortable neighborhood favorite.

Pilot Brewing 1331 Central Ave

A nano-brewery that’s newer to Charlotte features small batches. Definitely a great quaint and cozy neighborhood hang out.

Resident Culture Brewing Company

2101 Central Ave

Resident Culture brings a different vibe to the casual Plaza neighborhood. Good news, they also serve wine! And it’s half price by the bottle on Thursdays.

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SouthPark:

Legion Brewing

4350 Congress St

Best known for their infamous Juicy Jay, Legion is now home to 2 Charlotte locations! It’s new SouthPark location (and the first brewery SouthPark has ever seen) gives off a natural and open, but cozy vibe. 

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South End:

Suffolk Punch

2911 Griffith St

One of South End’s most popular spots! Suffolk Punch is known for their cozy taproom, large outdoor area and amazing food menu. Did I mention they have $3 beers on Thursdays and Sundays?

Sycamore Brewing

2161 Hawkins St

A true staple of Charlotte, Sycamore is always a great choice for a day drinking spot or just a casual night out. Sycamore hosts a lot of events and great food trucks, be sure to bring your dog when you stop by!

Unknown Brewing Co.

1327 South Mint St

A rooftop brewery with a view of uptown, great inhouse pizza and beer, and live music. Unknown Brewery is South End’s greatest triple threat. It’s also a great place to hang on game days, since it’s walking distance to the Bank of American stadium.

Wooden Robot Brewery

1440 South Tryon St

Home to Good Morning Vietnam, Wooden Robot now has 2 locations (that are always packed)! This brewery is one of the best spots in Charlotte. It’s a great time with great beers!

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University City:

Armored Cow Brewing

8821 JW Clay Blvd

University City’s own brewery! This 3,500 square feet location is home to both regular and gluten free beers.

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West End + FreeMore West:

Blue Blaze Brewing

538 South Turner Ave

Nestled just West of uptown, Blue Blaze is a chill taproom that features a large selection of American, English and German beer.

Town Brewing Co.

800 Grandin Rd

Wesley Heights first (and only) brewery. Town Brewing has a large outside area great for dogs and bigger get togethers. They also serve great food (which is always a plus)!