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Our Guide to the Local Brewery & Cocktail Scene

DAY 1: BREWERY TOUR

A holder with five small glasses of different beers

Charlotte is quickly becoming North Carolina’s hub for craft beer, with more than 18 breweries speckled across the city. Gather friends and take a guided brewery tour or simply sit back and enjoy the local brews.

Ritz-Carlton Recommends:  Each brewery offers a distinct experience. If you’re looking to enjoy a bite with your beer, visit Sycamore on its “Food Truck Fridays.” Challenge friends to a game of giant Jenga or sip your beer by a fire pit at Birdsong Brewing Co. Visit Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, one of the oldest breweries in Charlotte, for a behind-the-scenes glance at the craft beer creation process, or perfect your poses at their Tuesday yoga sessions. 

DAY 2: THE PUNCH ROOM EXPERIENCE

Colorful cocktail in a hurricane glass

Nestled in the Uptown Charlotte hotel’s 15th floor, The Punch Room is a modern reincarnation of a drinking den which crafts delectable cocktails inspired by the 19th century clubs of yesteryear. Sip craft cocktails prepared by the award-winning mixologist, or share a pitcher of punch with friends.

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Ritz-Carlton Recommends: Pair your cocktail with an artisan-crafted small plate, prepared using fresh ingredients from the hotel’s Rooftop Garden and Urban Cultivator.

DAY 3: DISTILLERIES & CIDERIES

Wood barrels of alcohol

Local cideries and distilleries – much like breweries – are making Charlotte their home. Operating from “grain to glass,” they incorporate local ingredients into their homemade vodka, gin, bourbon, moonshine, rum, and hard cider.  

Ritz-Carlton Recommends: Take a tour to see the craft in action. Muddy Rivers Distillery offers a behind-the-scenes glance into how they create their rum, and Doc Porter’s takes visitors on a tour of their facilities, where they prepare gin, bourbon, and whiskey. In addition, Red Clay Ciderworks, Charlotte’s first cidery, give visitors an inside glance on tours from Wednesday-Sunday.