As the population of Charlotte continues to rise and diversify, so does the food and beer scene. New transplants to the Queen City are seeing a landscape filled with gourmet burgers and hand-crafted brews that didn’t exist even five years ago.
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is one of the pioneers of the recent Charlotte beer boom. Their new space, including an award winning tasting room, is worth a visit. Not to be outdone, NoDa Brewing Company’s Hop Drop & Roll won a World Beer Cup Gold Medal in the ultra-competitive American IPA category. Every year another new brewery or two start operations in Charlotte, many with weekly organized running or yoga events.
Most mid-activity discussions eventually turn to post-activity grub and the ever-changing Charlotte food scene is there to fill the void. When hitting the trails in the east, Jake’s Good Eats, featured on Diner’s, Drive-In’s, and Dives, is a must try. When heading out west on 85 south (yes, we know) The String Bean is a small-town surprise in quant Belmont, N.C., with a killer beer list, great burgers, and amazingly sophisticated specials given the laid-back atmosphere.