Ballantyne Magazine

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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a beer store that required pass- ing a rigorous knowledge test to do his job. He is acting store manager and beer specialist for Pintville under owner A.D. Duggirala, who took over from the original owners this year. Hundreds of Brands The bottle shops aren't brew- eries because they don't brew beer on their premises. But each establishment includes a rotating selection of locally made brews on tap in addition to hundreds of brands of ales, pilsners, por- ters, stouts, lagers and more. The best reason to visit a well- stocked bottle shop is to sample the unfamiliar and cultivate new tastes. A cicerone can make recommendations based on his or her knowledge, combined with a customer's personal preferences. It can be intimidating to confront labels from all over the world. Burk- holder explains, "Customers will ask me, 'What's your favorite beer?' I'll answer, 'All of them — but I still don't know what you'll like.'" There's an art to teasing out what will appeal to an individual's palate. For example, Abate could recommend trying a "sour" beer brewed with wild yeast. He says sours are underappreciated, but a taste for them is worth de- veloping. "Nobody is born lik- ing anything. But it opens up a whole world of beers," he notes. There's a distinction between craft beer and mass-produced beer, and it's not just about unique or unusual flavors. "An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional," according to the Brew- ers Association, a national trade group for small and independent craft brewers. These days, adven- turous drinkers can enjoy a wider array of flavors than ever before as brewers add everything from coffee and chocolate to oyster shells to their products. There's even a cit- LOCAL SPOTS TO SIP INTRIGUING BREWS Brawley's Beverage For years, this family-owned store has been a neighborhood spot to find specialty beer. Now it's been updated with a bright, modern facade, patio and live music. No food is served, but patrons may bring in whatever they want. 4620 Park Road Charlotte, NC 28209 704-521-1300 Carolina Beer Temple Rob and Megan Jacik were traveling in Belgium when they learned just how devoted to beer a country can be. Motivated to share that fervor, they opened their own place when they returned home. CBT offers sandwiches and wraps from The Southern Gourmet, and other outside food is welcome. 131-1C Matthews Station Road Matthews, NC 28105 704-847-2337 Growler USA With 104 taps, a beer aficionado could try two different brews per week — and literally not repeat a single one for an entire year. A full kitchen on-site offers made-to-order beer bites, burgers, sandwiches and sides. Toringdon Circle 12206 Copper Way, Suite 124 Charlotte, NC 28277 704-910-6181 Kit's Trackside Crafts Literally next to the railroad tracks, this taproom has a mellow vibe that's perfect for pleasant conversation or deep discussion about all things beer, mead and cider-related. There's a small but good selection of prepared foods from the Community Culinary School of Charlotte. Customers may bring in food as well. 330 Main Street Pineville, NC 28134 704-956-3008 Pintville An unassuming storefront opens to a lively gathering spot for serious beer fans, who also like to lighten the mood on trivia nights or during live music events. Food trucks visit often, and a helpful blackboard lists the closest restaurants for patrons who want to bring in something tasty to eat with their craft beverages. 329 Main Street Pineville, NC 28134 704-835-1089 BALLANTYNE FALL 2018 55 Feature

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