Ballantyne is more than just streets after streets of newly built houses — it’s also quickly becoming a bar and restaurant scene all on its own. And just because Ballantynians (is that the preferred term?) live at the far southern tip of the city, it doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy a good local brew as much as the folks in say, South End. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of six places in the ‘Tyne where you can get your craft beer fix:
Torgingdon Circle, 12206 Copper Way
Best for: Trying craft beers you’ve never heard of.
This newly opened tap room and restaurant is a craft beer-lover’s mecca. With more than 100 taps that include local favorites, big brands and tiny breweries you’ve never heard of, Growler USA has something for every taste. They host tap takeovers on Thursdays, so it’s a great place to try out new breweries you haven’t gotten to check out yet. You can even bring your friend who’s “not that into beer” because Growler USA also has hard cider, wine, kombucha and hand-crafted root beer. Hungry? The kitchen serves upscale bar fare as well.
Ballantyne Quad, 14015 Conlan Circle
Best for: Grabbing a bite with your brew.
The Ballantyne location of this popular uptown watering hole boasts 80 beers on tap and lots more in bottles. If you’re the adventurous taste-testing type, join the Hopman Beer Club. You’ll get points for every unique beer you drink and you can redeem them for prizes like koozies, gift cards and even local brewery tours. Duckworth’s has a huge food menu, too.
Toringdon Cicle, 12210 Copper Way
Best for: Grabbing a beer with the whole family.
Thursday is “local pint night” at the Ballantyne location, where you can try 14 different local beers on tap for $3.50 a pint. It’s not just local stuff though… Hickory Tavern Ballantyne has a total of 32 beers on tap and 66 more in cans or bottles. Come in every month to see which “beer of the month” is on special.
— Hickory Tavern (@TheHickoryTav) March 14, 2016
15235 John J. Delaney Drive
Best for: Getting a casual beer after a date.
This casual sports bar has a great beer selection with 34 unique beers on tap and five taps reserved for local breweries. Sunday is $5 local craft day, and if you join the All Star Club, you could earn points for every $5 you spend. Those points are redeemable for food and other perks, which means you’re actually saving money by drinking beer, if you think about it (don’t think about it too hard).
Make watching college basketball better this March with drink specials, delicious food & good times to go with it. pic.twitter.com/L5EmOZZWcV
— Fox & Hound (@the_foxandhound) March 15, 2016
Robinson Farms, 8440 Rea Road
Best for: Staying out late with your craft beer-loving crew.
As far as late-night bars go, Bradshaw Social House has a much better beer selection than your average Bud Light and Blue Moon-hocking public house. Bradshaw’s has 21 beers on tap, with around seven being local or regional. If you’re the type who likes to chase your beer with a shot, check out the Cheerwine, Klondike and Big League Bubble shooters.
Stonecrest, 7828 E. Rea Road, Suite D2
Best for: Going on a romantic date with a fellow beer-loving hottie.
This upscale barbecue joint is a step up from your normal pulled pork shack, and with nine local beers and one local cider on draft, and eight local beers in bottles, the drinks are a step up from sweet tea. Smoke also regularly offers about 15 other domestic bottled beers, including craft beer faves like Rogue Dead Guy Ale and Southern Tier IPA.
UPDATE: Harris Teeter, Ballantyne Commons
15007 John J. Delaney Dr, Charlotte
Drinking in a grocery store? Yep. We missed this one the first time around, but just look at this recent tap list.
— Trackside's Beer Guy (@KitBurkholder) March 4, 2016
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