“Good Bottle Company” will open in Charlotte’s South End (125 Remount Rd next to Canine Cafe) on October 12. They will be donating some proceeds to 24 Hours of Booty and will also be giving away a bike. One of the owners, Chris Hunt, agreed to answer a few questions to tell me what’s good about Charlotte’s newest bottle shop.
Why the name “Good Bottle Company”?
“When we think of beer, we often begin our description with ‘that’s a good beer.’
It’s that simple. Bottles will represent the majority of our store; we will have more bottles than anything. And the “company”? It comes from our desire to feel like our place has been in SouthEnd for years, like one of the old companies housed in a warehouse just off the tracks. Also, company to us is how beer is best enjoyed, with somebody or somebodies.”
“We will have bottles, cans, growlers, draft pints and draft half pints. Our store will be divided up by style, making it easy to find a beer or beer style that you are looking for. We will focus on local, regional, and national breweries. We are not going to focus on how many beers we have, but on how good the beers we have are. We hope to help tell the story of each and every brewery, one good beer at a time.”
“We will have 10-12 taps rotating frequently while having at least 2-3 taps dedicated to Charlotte beer at all times. We will serve both pints and half pints. We believe that craft beer is about choice and variety and with our half pints folks will have a chance to maybe try a few different beers while they are here.
With the father-in-law tap, my father-in-law typically drinks lighter beers. So we will try and always have something light (craft beer of course) just in case he decides to stop in. Also, it will be a way for folks to understand that craft beer is variety, not just dark, heavy, high gravity beers.”
What will set Good Bottle Company apart in the Charlotte beer scene?
“What we want to do is concentrate on celebrating craft beer. We want to connect the brewers to our customers. We want to be a place beer geeks can come together to talk beer. We want to be a place where people can meet after work, or during work, and have a beer together. We want to be a place where you can learn about beer and just how good it can be.”
“SouthEnd has quickly become a destination for craft beer in Charlotte. Common Market, World of Beer, The Liberty and Mac’s Speed Shop have been exposing people to craft beer through tasting, beer pairings, dinners and plenty of other events. We are excited to join the community and continue to help make SouthEnd and Charlotte known for craft beer.”
“I grew up in Asheville, NC, so I was exposed to craft beer back in the mid-90s. I wish I could tell you that I loved it from day one, but that’s not exactly true. I remember friends smuggling bad beers into Barley’s Taproom because we were all too scared to try something new/dark/heavy.
I started trying beers from different breweries and began to appreciate the passion that the brewers/breweries had for their beers. After attending the Brewgrass Festival and stopping at Bruisin’ Ales a few years ago I began to research the industry and a possible career in craft beer. It wasnt until I met Sean Lilly Wilson a few months before he opened Fullsteam Brewery that I really thought this career was possible. His passion for his brewery, his focus on NC and the South for his ingredients, and his connection to to his customers showed me just how real the craft beer community and culture is.”