United States > North Carolina > Charlotte
Drake (392) Ivy, Virginia | February 24, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
If I were a local I would be here ALL THE FREAKING TIME. Definite neighborhood grocery vibe. Deli/bar/bottle shop/convenience store. Tons of taps with lots of good beer, locals and US micros. Lots of bottles on both sides of a long aisle. Several rarities. Staff was great. Funky music was playing. Prices were right on target. Great place.
changeup45 (100) Mount Dora, Florida | November 15, 2011| Updated August 7, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Well, this is an interesting place. Business brought me to South Carolina (but flew into Charlotte) so after reading some reviews I made it a point to swing by here. Is it a bottle shop? A bar? A convenience store? Man, I donít know, itís like all of those wrapped in one. A very unique place. Oh, you can also get deli sandwiches here too (I did not try any of them) so throw that into the mix as well. I left very impressed with the bottle choices here. Also, they appeared to have quite a few cool taps. Imports are well represented and it looks as if this place gets the bulk of the good stuff available in state. As a matter of fact, the selection is the best Iíve seen in Charlotte, although I did not stop by Brawleys on this visit. It wasnít easy to find though, as it doesnít look like much from the outside and parking is extremely limited. Where do people park once the few spots in front are taken? Looks like a fun place. Next time Iím in the area hopefully I get to hang out here a little longer.
Travlr (999) Washington, Washington DC | October 7, 2011| Updated August 7, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing vibe in this place, with lots of friendly characters. Beer guy Jason is very knowledgeable and helpful. You can drink beers here, either on tap or from the shelves or fridges. They had a better selection of Stillwater stuff than I can find in DC. One year old Bells Java Stout on draft. Definitely worth going well out of your way to visit.
NachlamSie (447) Tennessee | November 9, 2010| Updated January 5, 2011
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Here it is: the beer Mecca of Charlotte. The ambiance is very Asheville, I couldnít begin to imagine this place in uptown Charlotte. The beer selection is the best Iíve seen around these parts. There are two aisles stocked full of quality beer along with another row of coolers. One cooler is devoted to singles. I picked up a Highland beer I hadnít seen elsewhere and some new Rogue stuff. Prices are right in line with the rest of NC. I also made use of the tap beer and had a pint of Olde Hickory Death by Hops. There are only 4 or 5 taps available, but they are of superior quality. Founders Canadian Breakfast was on the chalkboard as upcoming. Too bad I missed that one. Deli sandwiches are available, but I was saving room for my visit to Macís Speed Shop for some Carolina BBQ. The ambiance is inviting, different, and bustling without being overly crowded. If Iím ever in Charlotte again , this is a must stop.
awitti (1) North Carolina | September 16, 2010| Updated January 5, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Very funky place. Lots of uncommon beers. Frequent tastings and events with knowledgeable speakers. If they donít have something they will help you find it.
BleacherBum (10) Blowing Rock, North Carolina | February 14, 2010| Updated January 5, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
The Common Market is a hidden gem in Charlotte. I canít believe it wasnít listed already! Iíve only frequented the Commonwealth location. The place is basically a convenience store with a bar in it. They only have about 4 or 5 taps, but always something good/rare on. The beer selection, though fairly limited is outstanding. It rivals Brawleyís in quality of selection. The place has a real "hole in the wall" kind of hippie feel to it. Asheville meets Chicago in a weird way. I like it. Great, rare beers and a busy vibe. A local Charlotte running club uses the place as a meetup before and after their runs so you get a diverse/fun crowd. Small/narrow store. Again, itís a gem.
czh (10) Charlotte, | December 9, 2009| Updated January 5, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
A Charlotte staple in the beer community. A true Charlotte original in Plaza-Midwood.
gwkhiatt (3) | October 25, 2009| Updated January 5, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Please go in, spend some time, ask questions, and learn. The W. night pours are great, with fantastic local, regional, and national brewers reperesented.
BlackDonald (59) Boise, Idaho | April 11, 2009| Updated January 5, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
I cannot believe this was never added to the list of places in Charlotte. This is easily one of the best locally owned and operated shops in the whole city. Tom has put together an excellent beer selections organized tastings with local beer clubs (wednesdays, which are free). With a great selections of coldbox singles and six packs and a warm shelf for overflow and rare beers. They have an on-premise license so you can buy and drink right there in the shop, or if you are a smoker take your beverage out on the patio and enjoy it there. Great people with an incredible deli, and a nice selection of wines as well as other novelties and trinkets that you have to see to believe. Right across the street from the Penguin in Plaza-Midwood.
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