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Best Beer Selection/Beer Halls In Charlotte

February 10, 2012 1:47 AM

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There are certain nights when a beer thirst is not easily quenched. Ordinary taverns are inadequate on these nights and the zest for unique beers can not be easily satisfied. If you are ever stricken with this condition, check out these five Queen City beer halls, which can certainly quench anyone’s thirst. – Jeff Hawkins

Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pubs & Grill

127 North Tryon, Unit No. 8
Charlotte, N.C. 28202

A unique, Scottish-themed uptown watering hole with a full Scottish menu, Molly MacPherson’s has an envied beer list. Customers can join the Daily Scotch Club and enjoy membership perks. With Guinness or malt scotch whiskey in hand, patrons enjoy live music on Fridays and Saturdays, and Team Trivia on Tuesdays. Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

215 Southside Drive
Charlotte, N.C. 28217

Imagine 15,000 square feet of brewery, dedicated to producing premium beer served from large tanks. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is worth discovering to experience its multitude of ales and lagers, including Copper Altbier. The Tap Room has the feel of a German beer hall and the outside Biergarten is relaxing when the weather is warm. Free Saturday tours are at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Hours: (Tap Room) Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.

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Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

9605 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, N.C. 28262

With hundreds of tap and bottle selections, finding the right beer will not be alien at Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. A UFO Club is actively searching for the out-of-this-world commemorative beer glass collection. To leave your mark, sign up, and over the course of time, try a designated number of beers and mark the achievement with a plaque on the wall. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, noon to 12 a.m.

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

401 North Tryon Street, No. 100
Charlotte, N.C. 28202

Rock Bottom takes its beer brewing so seriously, it employs beer “chefs.” And the chief brewing tool is a 1,500-liter pot filled with ale or lager. The chef special is Gordon Biersch, a four-ingredient mixture dedicated to Reinheitsgebot, a 500-year-old German purity law. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Growlers Pourhouse

3120 North Davidson Street
Charlotte, N.C. 28205

Wanna pint? Here you go. Wanna pint from a 1936 beer engine? Here you go, really. At Growlers Pourhouse, the vintage hand pump is used for drawing beer from a cask and utilized to make “old-school brew.” The eclectic NoDa vibe is present with the establishment’s wooden castle door and big tables. Hours: Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, noon to 2 a.m.; Sunday, noon to 1 a.m.

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