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Best Bars With Local Brews In Charlotte

July 11, 2013 8:00 AM

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There are five breweries in North Carolina that are ranked among the fastest growing in the nation, according to the Brewers Association. With its 70 craft breweries, North Carolina ranks 10 nationally. Breweries in Charlotte include Heist Brewery, Birdsong Brewing Company and NoDa Brewing Company. Several of the brew creations are distinctive to the Tar Heel State, such as Birdsong’s Raise A Ruckus — made from North Carolina rye malt. Then, there’s Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s blend called Captain James Jack Pilsner. Captain Jack was a member of the Mecklenburg Convention back in 1775. There are a variety of places around town to find these local blends. Start with these. 

Bonfire Bar & Grill
6751 Old Monroe Road
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 776-4655

Bonfire Bar & Grill is located across from Sun Valley High School. Among the brews here are Birdsong’s Lazy Bird and Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s Cooper. For local and regional flavors, the bar dedicates three on tap and three in the bottle. The venue features a dining area, bar and dance floor. Bonfire offers international cuisine and high-end bar food. A DJ livens up Thursday through Saturday evenings. Every Tuesday is bike night, featuring a poker tournament and a band. Kids eat free on Tuesdays!

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Grapes Wine Bar (Credit, Catherine Lash)

Grapes Wine Bar
2233 Matthews Township Parkway, Suite G
Matthews, NC 28215
(704) 845-0524

Engage Fabien Duquesne in a conversation and learn of his passion for wine and European delicacies. Enjoy listening to his French accent while learning about European life. Grapes Wine Bar offers local brews and North Carolina wines. He will offer the perfect selection for the delicious appetizers, such as goat cheese and mascarpone dip. There is a wonderful selection of cheeses — French, Dutch and Spanish. Taste the Grapes special flatbread. It’s Italian-cured meats, pesto, roasted tomatoes, asiago and mozzarella cheese. Live entertainment is featured on some days.

Heist Brewery
2909 N. Davidson St., Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 375-8260

Heist Brewery is located in the Historic Highland Park Mill of the NoDa section of Charlotte. The former cotton mill was built back in 1903. Heist is a brewery, as well as a pub, offering twisted American cuisine. Among its blends are Raise A Ruckus and American Style Red Ale. Raise A Ruckus is formulated with North Carolina rye malt, while the red ale combines unique styles of malted barley, chocolate, dark caramel flavor and oatmeal flakes.

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Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
215 Southside Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 525-5644

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is Charlotte’s oldest micro brewery. Barley, hops, water and yeast — enjoy simple ingredients for these German blends. Among the offerings are Rein Pale Ale, Copper and Dunkel. Every Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. is live music in the biergarten. Mark the calendar for the Copper Classic on Saturday, August 17. Enjoy music, food and beer until 8 p.m.

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Carolina Beer Temple (Credit, Catherine Lash)

Carolina Beer Temple
131 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 847-2337

Carolina Beer Temple is located in historic downtown Matthews, not far from the red caboose. The shop offers local brews from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Four Friends, NoDa, Birdsong and Triple C. It offers no food, however. Guests can bring in take-outs from surrounding restaurants. There are table and chairs, bar space and a comfortable couch for a group of friends. An outside patio provides a nice gathering space for the evening out.

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Catherine Lash engagingly connects with people. She has learned that interested listening and thoughtful questioning are the means through which collaboration creates a story. She grew up traveling the world and learning military life in an Air Force family of seven. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three kids. Her work can be found at

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