Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop, located at 1320 S. Church St. in Charlotte’s SouthEnd, will open its doors at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. The new business is the brainchild of Dan and Alyson Davis, who moved to Charlotte last year after spending a dozen years in New York City. Growler sales were only allowed at breweries when they moved to Charlotte, however a change in legislation late last year paved the way for their new business.
And while Craft will be filling both 32-ounce and 64-ounce growlers from 36 taps, they’re more than just a growler shop. You can also enjoy those taps — half of which will be made up of NC breweries, the other half regional and more limited beers — in Craft’s 3,000-square-foot tasting room, by the pint or by the flight. The long row of taps is set against a backdrop of stainless steel, and the names of each beer are written in chalk on the large chalkboard wall above them.
And above that wall, exposed roof trusses support a glass roof that lets in plenty of natural light in the day and shows off the stars at night. There are several hefty, hand-hewed tables at which to sit and enjoy a beer with any number of “bar bites” such as charcuterie, cheeses, nuts, fruits and breads (Dan is a chef by trade). Outside is a 1,000-square-foot beer garden area with eight picnic tables underneath rows of string lights.
If you’re looking to grab something to go, Craft has that, too. The shelves inside are filled with six-packs as well as bombers, grouped for the most part by style or by season. The selection isn’t as extensive as other area bottle shops (at least not yet), but it’s still respectable and certainly a nice option for those looking to take something home.
Don and Alyson Davis envision Craft as being a one-stop shop for anyone looking to pick up beer and snacks for parties and picnics, too. To that end they have stocked the shelves with foodstuffs like chips, jams, nuts, crackers, pickled veggies and chow-chow, stone-ground grits and cocktail mixers.
From 6:30-9:30 p.m. on opening night, Craft will offer $3 drafts and complimentary bar bites. After the grand opening, they will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.