Charlotte Beer Blog

A Note From’s Mark Iafrate

In 2012 I started the Charlotte Beer Blog with the goal to help spread the word about Charlotte’s burgeoning and eclectic craft beer scene. Along the way I’ve been blessed to meet countless of kind, welcoming and outgoing people who epitomize the spirit of craft beer. These people made the time spent curating events, writing [...]

The Beer Growler Charlotte

The Beer Growler comes to Charlotte

Dennis Young, Paul Saunders and Sean Galvin didn’t just open Georgia’s first growler shop — they helped change the laws to allow growler fills in the state. In the years since they first opened The Beer Growler in Athens in 2010, they have added six additional franchises throughout the Peach State, where growler shops have [...]

Beer Lover's The Carolinas

“Beer Lover’s The Carolinas” Book Signings in Charlotte

My second book, “Beer Lover’s The Carolinas,” is currently landing on store shelves across North and South Carolina. In addition to offering a look into 156 breweries, brewpubs and beer bars across both states, the book also includes sections on clone homebrew recipes (NoDa Brewing’s Jam Session, anyone?), cooking with beer, pub crawls and area [...]

OMB and NoDa Collaboration Beer

Want to Help Brew the OMB and NoDa Collaboration Beer?

Last month, I wrote about the forthcoming collaboration beer from OMB and NoDa. As I mentioned in that post, the breweries will each select a person to attend a brewer’s summit on May 17 to decide upon the style, and these two people will also get the chance to brew the beer at The Olde [...]

Triple C Brewing Kick'n Ash

Triple C Brewing’s “Kick’n Ash” for the Catawba Riverkeeper

There were many reasons New Belgium, Oskar Blues and Sierra Nevada chose to build in North Carolina, one of which was the access to clean water. Beer geeks will talk all day about different grains, yeast strains and hop varietals, yet we take for granted that beer’s main ingredient is water, and that without good [...]

Bring Stone Brewing to Charlotte

Could the Next Stone Brewing Already be in NC?

A couple months ago, Stone Brewing announced plans to build a second brewery east of the Mississippi. Since then, many have submitted proposals trying to convince the nation’s tenth-largest brewery to build in their city (I wrote about the Charlotte Chamber’s proposal last month). In this guest post, Ryan Self suggests that a change in legislation [...]


Sugar Creek Brewing Company

Belgium and Germany are right next to each other on a map of Europe, and that will soon be the case here in Charlotte, too. Sugar Creek Brewing Company will brew Belgian-style ales where once The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB) brewed their German-style lagers. Last year, OMB announced that it would leave its current space [...]

The Great NC BBQ Map

The Great NC BBQ Map

This post isn’t strictly about beer, but indulge me for a moment. A couple from Charlotte, Amanda Fisher and Paul Bright, have launched a Kickstarter called “The Great NC BBQ Map.” As a native North Carolinian, I’ve enjoyed my share of ‘cue. And as someone who just last year toured almost all of the breweries [...]

Gastonia Grizzlies Beer Fest 2014

Gastonia Grizzlies Ballpark Beer Fest

Now in its sixth year, the Gastonia Grizzlies will host their Ballpark Beer Fest on the field of Sims Legion Park in Gastonia from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. Just 200 VIP tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 21, with 1,000 more general admission tickets going on sale this Saturday. This event [...]


First Tweets: You’ve Come A Long Way, #cltbeer

Since everyone on Twitter is sharing their first tweets today, I thought it would be fun to look back at a few from the Charlotte breweries. Mine was pretty straightforward: In the four years since that tweet, I’ve certainly found more than a few “craft beer lovers and establishments,” including the many breweries that have [...]