CHARLOTTE, N.C. — We're calling it now, the Charlotte Beer Garden will be the new place to be on the weekends.
Charlotte Beer Garden is touted as having the world's largest selection of draft beers available in one restaurant. In fact, the beer garden currently holds the unofficial Guinness World Record for the most beers on tap, with 436 draft beers.
Their Sister site, Raleigh Beer Garden, currently holds three Guinness World Records for its beer selection.
Dave Herrington, General Manager, said they're not competing with local breweries, but rather partnering with them.
"We're serving their beer. The difference is we have 436 beers on tap, no one in the world has that," Herrington said.
For those who aren't big beer drinkers, don't worry. Charlotte Beer Garden also has a very extensive cocktail menu.
"I see it as a different experience," Herrington said. "You go to a brewery and that's a wonderful experience. This is a more grandiose platform to try a lot of different beers."
Herrington said he thinks his guests are going to love the rooftop the most.
"I think they're going to enjoy every level, but the rooftop is something really special," Herrington said. "There's a great view of Charlotte skyline and on nice weather, there is no better place to hang out."
Owner Niall Hanley said the creation of the Charlotte Beer Garden has been a long project -- two years in the making.
"We've done it once before," Hanley said. "But this is to a much bigger scale."
Hanley said he hopes guests will get an appreciation for Charlotte beer and said the plants as the decor is a big part of the project.
"We truly wanted to create a beer garden," Hanley said. "And showcase Charlotte beers, Charlotte has so many amazing breweries and I want to put them all in one place."
Hanley said they did the same thing in Raleigh, NC and it was extremely successful for them.
"The Charlotte market is obviously bigger than Raleigh and so we're excited to do the same over here," Hanley said.
The Charlotte Beer Garden truly focuses on their indoor and outdoor space. Hanley said since the weather on Wednesday (their opening day) will be so nice they hope to open all of the windows.
"Every wall in the place is actually retractable," Hanley said. "So it really is a big treehouse."
First floor: The ground floor features a large indoor/outdoor bar that extends out to the patio with 190 taps dedicated to North Carolina beers. Also located on this level is a second craft cocktail bar with lounge-style seating and a showcase tree rising up through a two-story atrium.
Second floor: The second floor is home to an expanded 222-tap bar featuring beers from all over the world. Also located on this level is a private event space and adjacent balcony overlooking Tryon Street for small-scale gatherings.
Third floor: Upstairs is a partially covered greenhouse-inspired rooftop bar with another 24 taps, picnic table seating, and lots of greenery, including live trees, plants, and vines.
436 beers in total.
Charlotte Beer Garden also has a full-service restaurant with burgers, poutine and pizza on the menu. Here's a quick look at some of the menu items and their prices:
Beer battered pretzel ► served with beer cheese and grain mustard
1 pretzel $8 | 2 pretzels $15
Buffalo or dry-rubbed wings ► served with bleu cheese or ranch dressing
4 wings $5 | 10 wings $12
Smoked salmon flatbread ► Flatbread topped with smoked salmon, radish, dill, avocado spread, pickled onions and capers
Burgers and Sandwiches
Beer Garden Burger ► Lettuce, tomato, onion, CBG sauce served on a brioche bun with fries
Mushroom Burger ► Caramelized onions and mushroom duxelles aioli served on a brioche bun with a side salad.
Mussels and Fries ► Pei mussels, garlic shallots, butter and white wine topped with french fries
Tuna Nicoise ► Seared tuna, green beans, pimento cheese, blistered tomato and hard-boiled egg
Address: 1300 S Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28203
Dogs: Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the patio.
Parking: Charlotte Beer Garden is located in the heart of South End at 1300 S Tryon just one block from the light rail's Carson Blvd and Bland St stations. Beer is abundant and on-site parking is not available so we recommend traveling responsibly via public transportation, walking, or ridesharing with Lyft and Uber.
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