Custom Home Pubs to hold grand opening on Thursday, July 2

Custom Home Pubs

Earlier this year, it was announced that Elevation Church planned to purchase the shopping center that housed its Matthews campus.

That shopping center was also home to Custom Home Pubs, a bar with a small bottle shop and an assortment of home bar necessities like kegerators and CO2 tanks. Founder Geoff Goss quickly had to look for a new location.

He found that a few miles north at 1640 Sardis Rd. N., in the Galleria Shopping Center off of Independence Boulevard. It was the second move for founder Goss, who opened the store in SouthPark before moving it to Matthews years ago.  His new location will have a dozen taps (up from eight), a slightly-larger bottle selection, lots of local brewery memorabilia (t-shirts, stickers, hats, glassware, etc.) and the bar from Sankey’s, the restaurant that Goss operated beside Custom Home Pubs.

There will be no food served at Custom Home Pubs, however Goss said customers can have food from nearby Boardwalk Billy’s delivered to the bar.

The bar will hold a grand opening celebration on Thursday, July 2 from 6-9 p.m. The taps will be pouring “rare Charlotte draft beers,” and attendees can enjoy unlimited samples for $20 (with $10 going back to The King’s Kitchen, which is supplying food for the event).

Unlike the bar’s popular monthly tastings, this event does require that you pre-purchase a ticket by calling 704-315-5223 or


Tap Takeover Thursday

Tonight is the night of tap takeovers in Charlotte (and especially southeast Charlotte).

• Carolina Beer Temple welcomes out Aviator Brewing Company for discounts on pints and flights of the following: Bad Beach Wheat Ale, Hog Wild IPA, 919 Pale Ale, McGritty’s Scottish Ale and Big Albert Belgian Ale.

• All of the taps at Vintner Wine Market will be pouring beers from Founders Brewing Co., including the elusive KBS. There will be a few bottles of this one for purchase as well, starting at 6:30 p.m. The full taplist includes: All Day IPA, Centennial IPA, Dry-Hopped Pale Ale, Red’s Rye IPA, Barrel-Aged Red’s Rye IPA, Double Trouble, Devil Dancer, Porter, Oatmeal Nitro Stout, Imperial Stout, Curmudgeon, Sweet Repute, Dirty Bastard, Rubaeus and a Randall that has yet to be announced.

• At Custom Home Pubs monthly tap takeover, you can get a pint glass and unlimited samples for $10. This month, they’re featuring beers from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, which will host a huge festival at their new NC brewery this Sunday. On tap tonight will be Ovila Abbey Saison, Kellerweis, Bigfoot Barleywine, Narwhal Imperial Stout, Pale Ale, Southern Hemisphere, Foam Pilsner (brewed for Phish concerts) and Tater Ridge (collaboration with the Asheville Brewers Alliance).

Custom Homes Pubs Summerfest Tap Takeover

Custom Home Pubs

During most of their tap takeovers, Custom Home Pubs features several beers from one single brewery. For just $10, you get a pint glass and unlimited samples.

And that pricing’s still in play for this month’s event, but rather than focusing only on one brewer, Geoff and Co. are featuring an assortment of beers well-suited to this warm weather we’re having. As part of their Summerfest Tap Takeover from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, June 27, you can enjoy the following beers:

  • Green Man’s Wayfarer White IPA
  • Triple C Hyzer Hefeweizen
  • Sierra Nevada Summerfest
  • NoDa CAVU
  • Olde Mecklenburg Hornet’s Nest
  • RJ Rocker’s Strawberry Bomber
  • Natty Greene’s Elm St. IPA
  • Birdsong Doin Thyme Wit:

Custom Home Pubs Owner to Open Sankey’s Next Door

Sankey's Taproom and Grille

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Many patrons of Custom Home Pubs in Matthews are well familiar with the term Sankey, a manufacturer of kegs and keg valves used in bars and restaurants the world over. This May, they will become even more familiar with the name as Custom Home Pubs owner Geoff Goss opens Sankey’s Taproom and Grille next door to his current business.

The restaurant will be a new venture for Goss, who opened Custom Home Pubs in 2007. The company specializes in supplying kegs and building home bars, but in its Matthews location you can also find a small bottle selection and a bar with eight taps. Each month, Custom Home Pubs hosts a monthly tasting where, for $10, you can enjoy unlimited samples of a brewery’s beers. For most of these events, a food truck parks outside to supply the food.

Now, patrons will be able to walk next door to Sankey’s for food (there will be a door inside connecting the two businesses). The building, which was previously home to a Quizno’s, has room for around 50-60 seats inside and a few more outside under a covered patio. The bar area will seat another 10-15 people.

Custom Home Pubs will continue to fill its eight taps with smaller batch offerings, whereas Sankey’s will have 12 taps with an emphasis on year-round, local beers. Goss also wants to use local ingredients in the food menu, which will include such items as wings, burgers, express lunches (salads, sandwiches and soups) and a Cleveland-style panini with roast beef, french fries and coleslaw inside the sandwich.

Custom Home Pubs to host Pros vs. Joes tonight

Charlotte Craft Beer Week 2011 has officially started with authority. The first three days of the week saw three of the biggest events come one after the other. Black and Blue was a huge success on Friday, drawing an excellent crowd and setting the tone for the week to come. Beertopia kept the ball rolling with a huge outdoor lineup that also drew a sizeable crowd and introduced several new breweries to the area that are normally hard to find here. Finally, Duckworth’s ended the long weekend with a stellar cask event that, despite initial fears that ticket sales were lagging, was very well attended and went off without a hitch. If you attended one or more of these events it is likely that you are still recovering, and the thought of attending others during the work week may be a bit daunting. That is where Custom Home Pubs might just be able to change your mind.

These guys have been running a stellar small scale operation in Matthews (previously South Park) for several years now and are one of the primary providers of non-retail kegs in the area. They have a small, but quality, tap selection and serious expertise in the area of draft beer systems. They also regularly host some small, low key beer events, including a really unique tasting event tonight.

In honor of Charlotte Craft Beer Week, Custom Home Pubs will host Beer Tasting 101: Pros vs. Joes, a competitive beer tasting event featuring George Allen, brewer and part owner of Bison Brewing, and Tom Henderson and Richard Lane, both certified beer judges. The idea is simple. These guys will give a quick overview of the styles on tap and then you get to test your skill against the professionals in a blind taste test. If you score better than the judges, you win a prize.

The price for admission, including all you can drink from the eight taps, is only $15, and if you attend the brewery tour at Hops right down the street (which is free), you get an additional five bucks off your ticket. That is $10 for all you can drink, an opportunity to chat with a professional brewer and two certified beer judges, and the possibility of going home with some cool stuff. That is a steal by anyone’s standards.

The lineup for the taps is as follows:
• Green Man IPA
• Victory Prima Pils
• Big Boss Bad Penny Brown
• Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Red
• Four Friends Extinction Double IPA
• Ommegang Rare VOS
• Big Boss Diable Blanco Wit
• Special One-Time Only Cask: Hops Brewing Hammer Head Red dry hopped with loads of Citra Hops

So, if you are festivaled out and looking for something cool, but low key, to keep you in the Charlotte Craft Beer Week mood, check out Custom Home Pubs, located at 11416 E. Independence Blvd, Suite K in Matthews tonight from 7-9 for a small, but unique beer experience that is truly an amazing value.