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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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rusy beer that tastes like key lime pie for those who want "dessert in a can." Breweries Big in N.C. It seems there's a new brewery or taproom opening every time you take a look. That's not an exaggeration. As of 2017, North Carolina had 257 craft breweries, putting the state eighth in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association. The state ranks 11th in craft beer consumption at five gal- lons per adult annually. (For com- parison, neighboring South Carolina ranks 28th and 41st, respectively.) Both locally and nationally, India Pale Ales, shorthanded as IPAs, are es- pecially trendy right now. These hoppy brews were developed with a higher alcohol content to protect them during transport to Britain in the 19th cen- tury. Also fashionable are beers aged in bourbon barrels; these brews take on the flavors of the wooden barrels. Patrons line up when limited-edition brews, such as Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, are released annually. Both Kit's and Pintville are family friendly. Kids can play games while adults sip a beverage. Neither place has an on-site kitchen; Kit's features small plates from the Community Culinary School of Charlotte, while Pintville often hosts food trucks. Patrons are welcome to bring in food at either spot, and both shops fill growlers to go. Wine aficionados will be happy to know each locale offers a small, well-curated list of selections. While some patrons prefer one of these shops over the other, plenty of people frequent both. And one thing is certain: The mastery that these local experts have attained is helping everyone understand and appreciate the ever-growing world of craft beer. Patrons can cultivate new beer tastes by trying ones recommended by cicerones at both Kit's and Pintville. North Carolina 11th in craft beer consumption 5 gallons per adult annually 257 craft breweries, putting the state 8th in the U.S. BALLANTYNE FALL 2018 57 Feature FOR THE LOVE OF SEAFOOD Come to the eclectic little oyster bar where you can enjoy amazing seafood, a casual, fun atmosphere and have an extraordinary experience. 1 A M S U N D A Y - T H U R S D A Y 1 1 A M - 1 0 P M F R I D A Y & S A T U R D A Y 1 1 A M - 1 1 P M H A P P Y H O U R M O N D A Y - F R I D A Y 4 P M - 6 P M S T O N E C R E S T A T P I P E R G L E N B A L L A N T Y N E / 7 8 0 4 R E A R D C H A R L O T T E , N C 2 8 2 7 7 / ( 9 8 0 ) 4 9 8 - 7 2 4 7

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