The Matthews building that was previously home to Mojo Cycles will soon house a concept that, at least in name, is truer to its neoclassical nature.
“The cool thing is that the building actually does look a little like a temple, with the columns and the steps going up,” said Rob Jacik, the founder of Carolina Beer Temple in Matthews.
It’s fitting, then, that Jacik will open a new concept called Temple Mojo in this space later this summer. Like its predecessor around the corner, Temple Mojo will offer a variety of beers on tap – but that’s where the similarities to Carolina Beer Temple end. Temple Mojo will also fill growlers, something you won’t find at its sister store.
“We do have a high demand for growlers here, and we don’t fill them,” said Jacik, noting that Carolina Beer Temple would require additional room and even have to convert to a three-compartment sink to fill growlers. “We’re pretty much maxed out on space here as it is.”
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But Jacik doesn’t want to simply fill growlers with beers you can already purchase in bottles or cans. Instead, Temple Mojo’s 26 taps will feature beers that are not packaged and sometimes seldom seen on draft.
“We’re planning on being super, ultra local,” said Jacik. “We’re really going to be pouring the stuff you can’t get most places or that you can’t get in bottles and cans.”
That means patrons could take home beers from breweries like Wooden Robot Brewery, Legion Brewing and others, said Jacik. Of course, they could also enjoy those beers while at Temple Mojo, whether inside or out (there will be patios in the front and back and a grassy courtyard-like area beside the building).
The new location will offer a good deal more space than Jacik is accustomed to at the Carolina Beer Temple.
“I love to have the extra space out there so we can do more things at that spot,” he said, “like more frequent live music, more targeted beer tasting classes, private parties and other events. We just don’t have the capacity at the Beer Temple to do those things.”
And as the name suggests, the new bar will retain some of the mojo from the previous tenants. Temple Mojo will have a few bikes for sale inside the building, but most of the Mojo Cycles operation will move to the shop directly behind the building.
While Carolina Beer Temple is right around the corner from Temple Mojo, it can’t match the visibility of the new location.
“You’ve got a good 25-30,000 cars a day that drive through town on Trade Street,” Jacik said. “I think it’s going to be a boost to both businesses. They will both have their own concept, and they’re both a little bit unique.”
Jacik, who serves as vice president of the Matthews Chamber of Commerce, hopes Temple Mojo and other new restaurants and businesses will continue to make Matthews a destination in the same way they have for neighborhoods like Montford, NoDa or Plaza Midwood.
Fake Plastic Trees, Birdsong Brewing Co.
$10 for a four-pack of 16-ounce cans
Named after a Radiohead song, Birdsong Brewing’s latest seasonal is a marriage between a wheat beer and an American IPA. The wheat provides a thirst-quenching base, upon which the brewery builds notes of pine, grapefruit and lemon courtesy of Cascade, Columbus and Sorachi Ace hops. This is the first time Birdsong Brewing has packaged its hoppy wheat beer in cans, which are available at the taproom now (1016 N. Davidson St.) and at area beer stores next week.