New Duckworth’s Ballantyne Location to Open This Fall

Duckworth's BallantyneUpdate: The new Duckworth’s Ballantyne location opened on Nov. 1. Enjoy!

Duckworth’s Grill and Taphouse will open its third location in Ballantyne this fall, moving into the building that previously held Buffalo’s Southwest Cafe. Rob Duckworth said the Ballantyne Duckworth’s should open in October, with construction beginning in the next couple of weeks.

At 6,500 square feet, the Ballantyne Duckworth’s will be around 2,300 square feet larger than the Park Rd. location. The new location should feature 80 taps plus a beer engine for cask ales. The Park Rd. location is well known for its Tuesday and Thursday draft specials, and the Ballantyne Duckworth’s will offer similar specials on Mondays and Wednesdays. This way, Duckworth’s can offer specials four days out of the week.

Like the Park Rd. taphouse, the Ballantyne Duckworth’s will feature many unique and often rare beers, but Rob Duckworth noted they would try to keep the taplists different so as to offer plenty of variety between the locations while always keeping “the staples” available.

The food menu will be identical to that of the Park Rd. Duckworth’s. The overall layout will also be similar, but the new location will have more TVs, more seats and a covered patio with heaters for the cold weather.

Mike Brawley kicks off Charlotte Craft Beer Week with Black and Blue II

It seems fitting that one of the earliest disciples of craft beer in Charlotte should be the person to kick of Charlotte Craft Beer Week. Brawley’s Beverage has been serving the Charlotte area for nearly ten years and Mike has been a driving force in the growth of craft culture in the Queen City from the beginning.

Friday, March 11th marks the second annual Black and Blue beer and bluegrass event at the Visualite Theater downtown. The theme for this year’s event is Woodstock featuring North Carolina barrel-aged beers. Translation: Big party with big beers.

The lineup for the event includes several local heavy-hitters, including the viciously sought after white whale, Olde Hickory The Event Horizon, which has been blowing up the trade forums for weeks now. Other offerings include Mother Earth Silent Night, Highland Cherry Wood Smoked Chocolate Cherry Stout, Catawba Valley Whiskey River IPA, Foothills Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Aged Total Eclipse Stout, Foothills Char Aged IPA & Porter Blend on cask, Green Man Kill Devil Imperial Stout aged in rum barrels, and Duck Rabbit Barrel Aged Milk Stout. This is one of the best lineups for any Charlotte Craft Beer Week event, and the fact that they are all North Carolina breweries is even more impressive.

Oh, and by the way, there will be a half-barrel of HopSlam too, just in case anyone cares…

Tickets for the event are $25 and include a personal pint glass for you to carry around and reuse as you peruse the unique lineup and slowly start to forget your own name. There are no limits on pours. The show starts at 6:30 and ends at 9:00 which should give people plenty of time to go through a wide selection of brews and provide enough time afterwards to sober up before attempting to drive home. The Visualite is conveniently located near several cafes and restaurants that should be able to aid in this process.

Very few sporting events kick off their seasons with the biggest game of the year. In our culture of competition, the journey itself provides the storyline for what ultimately amounts to a culminating match between seasoned juggernauts. It provides incentive for us to stick with the teams, glued to our seats over the course of a grueling schedule with the hope that our team winds up surpassing all others to will their way to victory.

And then, there is NASCAR.

Charlotte Craft Beer Week 2011 promises to be another great celebration of craft beer in the Queen City and Black and Blue is going to be the Daytona 500. Viewed by many as the biggest race of the season, it is also the first, a phenomenon unique in sports. Does that mean the rest of Charlotte Craft Beer Week is going to be a disappointment? Definitely not. Like the Brickyard 400 and the Coca Cola 600, strong events from Duckworth’s, The Grapevine, and others will definitely stand tall and provide awesome and unique experiences all their own. But the main event is tomorrow.

Gentlemen (and ladies), start your (beer) engines.