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Our Guide to the Local Brewery & Cocktail Scene

DAY 1: BREWERY TOUR

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 seasoned 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.