Feb 14, 2017
Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews
The most disappointing news to hit Charlotte so far this year is definitely that of dogs being restricted from brewery taprooms.
This ordinance was first brought to light at the Three Spirits Brewery, 5046 Old Pineville Rd, Charlotte, NC 28217, when a customer called in a complaint to the Mecklenburg County Health Department about animals being in the taproom, and the inspectors who responded explained the law that has apparently always been in place as far as dining room areas of food establishments are concerned.
I just got a dog myself, and I’d be lying if I said part of the reason I did wasn’t so I could bring him around to breweries and join the dog owner population and be accepted into their elite society, (besides saving an animal and having a four-legged best friend of course).
Now I’m having to be creative in my schemes to force myself into the canine community and make friends. Luckily, animals are still allowed to be present on patios and outdoor dining facilities, just not inside the taprooms. While this is definitely a relief, it still puts a damper on the brewery atmosphere, especially now during the winter when sitting outside and drinking a beer may result in frostbite and/or hypothermia. Cross your fingers that the ice caps keep melting, and global warming’s effects keep spreading and affecting our ozone layer so that we may keep experiencing 70-degree weather.
Until then, you will find me and my accomplice (mostly) inside and playing it cool at:
Lucky Dog Bar and Brew: An off-leash dog bar located in Uptown that is permitted to have dogs inside due to their lack of reusable utensils and glasses. Here, I am able to confidently comingle with all the other dog owners while my wingman does his part just by being him. Plus: Tuesday Night Trivia!
Dog Bar of Noda: An off-leash dog bar located in NODA, that also eludes the dog restrictions because of its business design, where you'll have access to a fun play area for your canine companion, a bar with a large variety of beer, liquor, and wine, and other individuals just begging you to schedule a standing doggy playdate.
Bulldog Beer & Wine (SouthEnd): The exception to the rule, this indoor/outdoor taproom offers a variety of rotating beers on tap, free popcorn and furry friends galore. This is the perfect place to enjoy either a sunny or gloomy day of drinking and bonding with the dog owning masses.
Farmer’s Market at Atherton Mall: Every Saturday morning from 8am-12pm, this indoor market filled with dog treats, local veggies, and more made from scratch goods, is the place to be on the weekend to meet other dog owners, and score some free samples.
Local Dog Parks: Not an indoor facility, but a dog’s gotta run around at some point, so I will bundle up and brave the weather for my bag of fleas and social interactions.
Petco: Going back to where it all began, because what better way to befriend someone than with a chance encounter in the dog food aisle, bonding over what brand of pet food is the best.
Here is a list of the breweries with food service permits that are expected to (unfortunately) comply with the law:
- Birdsong Brewing Company
- Blue Blaze Brewing Company
- Free Range Brewing Company
- Heist Brewery
- Legion Brewing
- Lenny Boy Brewing Company
- NODA Brewing Company
- Olde Mecklenburg Brewing Company
- Red Clay Cider Works
- Sugar Creek Brewing Company
- Sycamore Brewing Company
- Thirsty Nomad Brewing Company
- Three Sprits Brewery
- Triple C Brewing Company
- Unknown Brewing Company
- Wooden Robot Brewery