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Oct 29, 2019


Bike lovers and beer lovers alike, get your kicks(tands) at The Spoke Easy

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Plaza Midwood Nightlife

On a recent bike club excursion, we made our end destination a bar I had never heard of before, and it immediately piqued my interest. The Spoke Easy, located in Elizabeth, is a bike bar that perfectly blends the love of biking and the love of beer under one roof and adjacent patio. It also deserves a spot on our "5 places you probably didn't know you could grab a drink at" list

Hidden beside Opera Carolina on Elizabeth Avenue and in the same space as Cluck Design Collaborative, lies a beautiful, architecural haven of bikes and brews, perfect for kicking back after a long day. The Spoke Easy is truly the place to go if you're tired of the large brewery scene, because it offers some of the best Charlotte beers available on tap, and even the NoDa Brewing Brizo Spiked Seltzers! 

Inside, you'll find bikes and bike accessories for sale from over 20 different brands, with the items "geared toward the everyday rider." The owners are extremely knowledgeable about riding, and have a passion for the activity, making them a great resource if you're heading there to purchase a bike. 

If you're looking to just hang out and grab a bite to eat and a drink, then you'll be able to choose some items from their grab-n-go fridge, filled with healthy eats to pair with your beverage. 

Outside, you'll find a patio filled with bike-inspired art and picnic tables to sit at while it's still warm enough. They also have outdoor games, like ping pong, which truly makes this the hidden backyard bar you have been dreaming of. 

So whether you're trying to determine your next bike club outing or you just want to switch up your local bar hopping routine, checking out The Spoke Easy is a must-do.

Oct 25, 2019


A Guide to Game Day Bar Hopping in Charlotte

Posted by Alissa DeRogatis • Where To Drink

Everyone knows the best Sundays (or Saturdays, if college football is more your thing) in Charlotte are spent cheering on our Panthers - and getting drunk while doing it. It is our job, and our mission, to help guide you to the best places for spending game days, especially if you aren't going to the game yourself. 

Here’s our unofficial guide to game day bar hopping.

Stop #1 - Clutch

Starting at Clutch gives you the advantage of getting to tailgate hop too. You can see all of your friends that are going to the game, maybe get a drink or two from them, and then head over to Clutch to start your day. The best way to do that is to split a bottle of Champagne for only $15.

Stop #2 - QC Pour House

The new spot in South End may have just opened, but it already has a great reputation for game days. Grab a $7 Panthers Punch Cocktail before taking the hike back up South Blvd.

Stop #3 - All American/Hot Taco

Depending on what mood you’re in, the best way to last through a long day of drinking is to eat. Maybe you want nachos or maybe you want wings. Either spot is great to grab a mimosa and some food to keep you going!

Stop #4 - Slate

Duh! If you don’t end game day at Slate with a Gatorade shot, did you even go out?

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Cover Image Credit: @qc_pourhouse Instagram

Oct 23, 2019


QC Pour House: South End’s Newest Spot

Posted by Alissa DeRogatis • Southend Nightlife

QC Pour House finally made its big reveal 3 weeks ago and we are more than impressed. Nestled in South End on the corner of Tremont Ave and Hawkins St, it’s the perfect spot to add to your bar hopping list. It’s also quickly become the go to game day bar for both college and NFL (Panthers) games.

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Cover Image Credit: @qc_pourhouse

The best part about QC Pour House besides the indoor/outdoor bar tables is the fact that they have killer weekly food and drink specials! Right now they’re featuring $6-$8 shareable apps from 4pm to 6pm, so make sure to head over after work this week. 

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Credit: @qc_pourhouse Instagram

As for drink specials, where do I even start? Mondays they have $5 local drafts, Tuesdays are $5 any well liquor drinks, Wednesdays are $6 wine nights, Thursdays are a select QC Pour House cocktail for $6 and Sundays (game days) are $6 Mega Mimosas, Bloody Marys and $7 Panthers Punch Cocktail - which is amazing and a must try.

QC Pour House is the place to go on any day or night of the week, but you definitely need to spend a game day there. I promise you won’t regret it (well, your Monday morning self might).

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.