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FALL 2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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D rive down Main Street in Pineville in search of a craft beer and no mat- ter which way you turn, you're in luck. That's because there are two well-stocked bottle shops with great selections of brews on tap —and they're situated directly across the street from each other, right near the railroad crossing. They share some similarities, but each has its own personality and appeal. Pintville was first on the scene in 2015. Kit's Trackside Crafts is newer. It opened in late 2016. Pintville is larger with live music and lots of events. It can seat up to about 80. Kit's is smaller and quieter, designed to deliberately foster the art of conversation. It can seat about 50. Each has its own vibe but what they share is a true dedication to an optimal experience for a beer drinker, whether that person is a novice, an expert or somewhere in between. Both are run by "certified" beer scholars. (Don't laugh: The Cice- rone Certification Program issues credentials to those who must pass classes in the brewing process, the keeping and serving of beer, flavor evaluation, food pairings and more.) Kit Burkholder, whose shop is named for him, grew up in south Charlotte. An unexpected career change allowed him to start work- ing at the Harris Teeter in Bal- lantyne Commons East, where the self-proclaimed beer geek served patrons at the in-store bar (Bal- lantyne featured him in "Who Knew?" in the fall 2015 issue) . That led to opening his own place. At Pintville, Joey Abate hails from Florida, where he worked in Kit's Trackside Crafts BALLANTYNE FALL 2018 53 Feature

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