It was a fantastic 10 days in Charlotte with some of our very best friends and some pretty great beers.
Charlotte's growth as a beer-centric city is pretty astonishing. When we lived there from 2007-2009, there wasn't much to speak of in terms of craft beer, but I suppose that's probably true of a lot of American cities at that time. It was great to see the breweries, and their beers being served at bars and restaurants around the city. It was cool seeing all the people in those small tasting rooms, enjoying pints with friends, bonding over beer.
All together, we got to check out 4 breweries:
Triple C Brewing
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Plus I got to try out a lot of other really good NC craft beer.
Table Rock Pale Ale-One of the better pale ale's I've had
Green Man Forester-Tom's favorite brewery from Asheville
Big Boss Hell's Belle
Natty Greene's Old Town Brown-Dinner out for the birthday girls!
All said and done, it was a pretty great trip. If work or pleasure ever takes you to the Charlotte area, don't worry about the beer. They are doing a lot of things right, and I'd guess that even more is on the horizon. I know that I for one can't wait to head back south and get to the couple of breweries that we missed and check out some more great brews. If it doesn't stop snowing, that trip might be sooner rather than later!
Have any of you gotten to take a beer trip recently or have any beer trips planned for the upcoming year? Let us know about them in the comments section! I'd love to hear if you have any favorite destinations or recommendations for cities that I need to check out!